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July 9, 2002

Carolina in the News

Current International Coverage

Here is a sampling of links and notes about Carolina people 
and programs cited recently in the international and national media:

HRT linked to breast cancer
BBC News (UK)

Authorities in the United States have stopped a major study into hormone replacement 
therapy (HRT) after it showed the treatment increased the risks of breast cancer...
Dr Gerard Heiss, professor of epidemiology at the University of North Carolina, 
praised the women who took part in the trial. "We wish to express our appreciation 
and thanks to the 16,608 women who participated in this WHI study.

(Note: This study was the subject of a UNC news release. Other coverage 
to date includes: The National Post (a Canadian daily newspaper), National Public 
's "Morning Edition" (to listen to this segment, go to and 
scroll down to the bottom of the page), The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Pittsburgh 
(no online link available), The News and Observer, The Chapel Hill 
Herald, and WRAL-TV 

Current National Coverage

Waits Are Common for Colonoscopies
The New York Times

In the year since Medicare began paying for wider access to colonoscopy to look for 
colon cancer, the number of people having the test has greatly increased, and doctors 
say they are struggling to keep up with demand. Dr. Michael Pignone, an assistant 
professor of medicine
at the University of North Carolina, said the average waiting 
time for an appointment for a colonoscopy was three to six months.
(Note: The New York Times requires free registration to access articles.)

DEET Bites Back on Safety Fears 
The Washington Post

Last week, a study in New England Journal of Medicine showed that mosquitoes avoid 
feasting on arms covered in DEET-based bug repellents. But at least one maker of 
alternative repellents, which fared less well in the tests, and a consumer advocacy group 
raised safety concerns about the synthetic pesticide..."If you look at the numbers, it's
remarkably apparent that there are few reports of toxicity," said Mark S. Fradin, the
University of North Carolina dermatologist who was co-author of last week's study.
(Note: This story was the subject of a UNC news release,

Christian-style capitalism grows in the South
The Christian Science Monitor 

On the suburban cusp of this quiet Piedmont city, the First Assembly of Concord Baptist 
Church has made a bold move: It's bought a whole shopping mall...."This has happened 
before, especially at the turn of the century, where large wealthy liberal churches tried to 
make up for what they saw as a lack of community in anonymous urban settings," says 
Laurie Maffly-Kipp, a religion professor at the University of North Carolina-
Chapel Hill

Jet Blue Skies Ahead
CIO Magazine

Like everyone else in the airline industry, JetBlue Airways saw business drop in 
the aftermath of September 11—the day the startup was scheduled to unveil its initial 
public offering. But unlike most others, JetBlue rebounded by year's end and continued 
to climb..."What they set out to do was take the 21st century electronic business model 
and apply it to aviation," explains John Kasarda, an airline industry expert at the 
University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler Business School

State and Local Coverage

3 schools, RTP institute get science grant 

The Triangle's three major research universities and the National Institute of Statistical 
Sciences in Research Triangle Park have won a $10 million federal grant to provide statistical 
and mathematical analysis for some of science's most complex problems... Duke, NCSU 
and UNC-CH are matching the NSF funding with $5.5 million, and the William R. Kenan 
Jr. Institute for Engineering, Technology & Science is contributing $50,000 a year.
(Note: This coverage results from a joint announcement by UNC, Duke, N.C. State and the 
National Institute of Statistical Sciences. For more information, visit

Good vibrations
Michael Williams Jr., was sitting with his mother by the window of his room at UNC Children's 
Hospital on Tuesday morning when Sadiqa Malik appeared in the doorway. She was quite a 
vision: resplendent in flowing robes of purple and a brilliant orange headdress, adorned with 
sequins and jewels and rings and bracelets... Door to Door, in its ninth year at UNC, grew 
out of a program Stewart began at Duke University Medical Center in 1988.

Nursing needs a few good men 
Right out of high school 20 years ago, Nathan Roper enlisted in the Marines, but being among the 
few and the proud has taken on a whole new meaning since he started nursing school this year. 
Roper, who finished his first semester in May at Watts School of Nursing in Durham, is among a 
small minority of men joining the ranks of women in nursing...That's just not true, said Wendell 
, who is midway through a graduate program at the University of North Carolina at 
Chapel Hill
, where he is studying to become a family nurse practitioner, a nurse who has some 
prescribing authority. He said his work as a nurse makes him the first person and the last to see 
a patient.

Issues and Trends Affecting Carolina

More Women Taking Leadership Roles at Colleges
The New York Times

Last year, Shirley M. Tilghman became the first woman to be president of Princeton University. 
A week later, she named a woman as provost. This May, she named a woman as dean of the 
Woodrow Wilson School. And last week, without fanfare, she named a woman as dean of the 
School of Engineering and Applied Science. With a woman already in place as dean of the 
undergraduate college — Nancy Weiss Malkiel, who was appointed last month to another 
five-year term — that puts women in more than half of Princeton's top academic jobs — little 
more than three decades after Princeton first admitted women as undergraduates.
(Note: The New York Times requires free registration to access articles.)

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