July 9, 2007

Carolina in the News

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

International Coverage

New details in schizophrenia treatment trial emerge
SpiritIndia.com

Two new studies from the Clinical Antipsychotic Trials for Intervention Effectiveness (CATIE) provide more insights into comparing treatment options, and to what extent antipsychotic medications help people with schizophrenia learn social, interpersonal and community living skills. ...T. Scott Stroup, M.D., MPH, of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and colleagues compared the effectiveness of the medications by determining how long patients stayed on their assigned medication.
UNC News Release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/nov06/stroupschizo111506.htm

Pediatric specialists often far from home
SpiritIndia.com

Taking your child to a pediatric subspecialist may mean a big-time travel commitment, researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Public Health have found.
UNC News Release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/dec06/pediatrics.htm

National Coverage

Liquid or solid food: Maybe it matters
The Los Angeles Times

Glasses of juice may go down easier and quicker than bowls of fruit, but if you drink them, beware. Your body is less likely to register the calories they contain, and you may end up overindulging. ...Barry Popkin, the director of the interdisciplinary obesity program at the University of North Carolina says the study highlights how a broad array of liquid foods do not fill us up the way solid foods do.

NFL retirees feel forgotten as fight for benefits rages
USA Today

A 1965 youth book, Heroes of the NFL, featured a photograph of Green Bay Packers safety Willie Wood trying to block a field goal against the Baltimore Colts. To a 10-year-old gazing at that picture on Page 139, Wood seemed to be leaping higher than humanly possible. ...A 2003 University of North Carolina study found 263 of 2,500 retired NFL players said concussions may have had a permanent effect on their ability to think and remember as they got older.=

Diagnosing U.S. Health Care — and 'Sicko,' Too
"Fresh Air," WHYY

Jonathan Oberlander, a political scientist with an expertise in health-care politics and policy, discusses problems with the U.S. health-care system and considers how other countries handle health care. He'll also give us a critique of Michael Moore's documentary Sicko. Oberlander is an associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

No 2008 Plans As Independent
The Associated Press (National)

John Edwards plans to visit parts of the country beset by poverty, a leading issue in his Democratic presidential campaign. ...In 2005, Edwards helped create the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity at the University of North Carolina law school.

Advocates of Objectivism Make New Inroads
The Chronicle of Higher Education

It is not every day that a foundation offers to pour tens of thousands of dollars into a humanities department at a small regional institution. But this past spring, the philosophy department at the San Marcos campus of Texas State University received such an offer — and turned it down. .... One recipient is the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, whose philosophy department contains no objectivists. The department has also received grants of more than $500,000 from the BB&T Charitable Foundation to hire visiting instructors or postdoctoral fellows whose specialities are "Aristotle and theories of human nature, ethics and economics, social and political philosophy, or objectivity and values."

Banishing the Ghosts of Iran (Book Review)
The Chronicle of Higher Education

The recent arrest in Iran of Haleh Esfandiari, director of the Middle East program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, has ignited a storm of protest around the Western world. ...Omid Safi, an associate professor of religious studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, counts, in an essay in the fifth volume of Voices of Islam (Praeger Publishers, 2007), 14 demeaning qualifiers, such as "poor," "weak," "ignorant," "humiliating," "corrupt," "impoverished," "weary," and "shabby," on one page.

Information Online, on Demand, and on the Up and Up (Letter to the editor)
The Chronicle of Higher Education

Kate Douglas Torrey, director of the University of North Carolina Press, misses the mark in "Downloads, Copyright, and the Moral Responsibility of Universities" (The Chronicle Review, June 15). The critical issue that we face as educators is how to manage change in a time of rapid technological advances. The Internet requires that all aspects of university services change. ...Leah McGinnis Dunn, Director of Undergraduate and Branch Libraries, University of North Carolina

Regional Coverage

Turning back the clock?
The Broward Times (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)

A few years ago, I got into a heated debate with my sister-in-law, who is a lawyer, about the merits of the landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision that allowed black students into the same schools as whites. ...Last month, a study by researchers at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and the FPG Child Institute found that the most influential factor that inhibited a child’s academic growth was attending a school composed of at least a 75 percent minority student population, according to news reports.
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UNC News Release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/jun07/fpgminority062007.html

Biblical wisdom (Editorial)
The Chicago Tribune

"Any time I have ever been a part of an academic collaboration, everybody is enthusiastically eager to have their names mentioned. It is extraordinary to me that people would expend a great deal of effort on something and not want credit for that," said Randall Styers, assistant professor of religion at the University of North Carolina.

State ferries could monitor water quality, more
The News Tribune (Tacoma, Wash.)

“There wasn’t any routine monitoring going on previously,” said Hans Paerl, who along with other scientists at the University of North Carolina’s Institute of Marine Science helped design the system installed on Pamlico Sound’s ferries in 1999. “It’s a very cost-effective method to gather some very important data.”
Related link: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/102/story/124492.html

Expert says niche is key to small business
The Orange County Register (Calif.)

Small businesses exist because big corporations ignore whole groups of customers. ..."Traditional marketing talks about the 'four Ps': product (what you sell), place (how you get the product to the customer), price and promotion (how you get your message to the customer)," Jackson said. "Dr. Bob Lauterborn, a professor at the University of North Carolina… contends there are actually 'four Cs.'"

Good posture, less stress
Tuscaloosa News (Ala.)

Being neutral is the safest position for office workers. ...“When you’re trying to get people to change the way they do things, that’s not always easy," said Mary Crabtree, workplace safety manager for the office of Environment, Health and Safety at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Newspaper industry undergoing change
Cape Cod Times (Hyannis, Mass.)

With the fate of Dow Jones & Co. still undecided, the deal can be said to mirror the current uncertainty in the news media. ...Philip Meyer, Knight Chair in Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said he is optimistic for the future of journalism. "It's a good time for risk takers and individuals who are willing to think of new ways to perform and provide the news," Meyer said.

State & Local Coverage

Reading and race (Editorial)
The Charlotte Observer

How big a deal is the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision sharply limiting race in school assignment? If the ruling leads to more segregated schools, as critics contend, it would hamper the reading performance of low-income students. That's what a new N.C. study of the reading development of nearly 2,000 youngsters showed. The study, by the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute and the School of Education at UNC Chapel Hill, found that poor children who attend schools where the minority population exceeds 75 percent of the student enrollment under-perform in reading.
UNC News Release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/jun07/fpgminority062007.html

UNC studio art faculty show spans subjects from politics to nature (Opinion column)
The Chapel Hill Herald

Members of the studio art faculty at UNC have their love of teaching art and doing art in commonn.The way they approach the physical act of making art, however, is as different as the artists themselves.
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College dining diversifies
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

For colleges and universities, getting students excited about on-campus dining options can be tough. ...Case in point: the End Zone cafe on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. Opened in March 2005 next to the Kenan Stadium, the End Zone was supposed to draw students with its sports theme and plasma TVs.

Schools look for names in nature
The Charlotte Observer

Charlotte-Mecklenburg's new Mallard Creek High illustrates a national trend in school names, according to a new study that finds nature names are hot while people names are fading. ...Kelley O'Brien, director of the N.C. Civic Education Consortium at the UNC Chapel Hill School of Government, and Howard Lee, chair of the N.C. Board of Education, are skeptical school names promote civic values -- a purely speculative theory, the authors admit.

In Little League, every pitch counts
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

Grant Austin's pitches were falling short of home plate. Little League coach Jamie Jones of the Clayton Braves called out to the bullpen and looked at Grant's father, Jake. ...The organization also has partnered with UNC-Chapel Hill for a five-year study to better understand the effects on young arms and shoulders of throwing often and throwing certain types of pitches.

Plants are taken out of harm's way
The News & Observer (Raleigh)/The Chapel Hill News

Nature lovers have two more days to save local flora from being chipped, bulldozed or buried by construction on the Southern Community Park off of U.S. 15-501. ...Mark Zimmerman, a horticulturalist with UNC-Chapel Hill, has gone to the site several times and brought back plants to add to a friend's garden.

All the News …(Editorial)
The Winston-Salem Journal

You’ve got to admire the folks starting up The Messenger, a five-days-a-week newspaper in Mount Airy that will go head-to-head with The Mount Airy News. Most of the staff of the new venture left jobs at the News and its neighbor, The Elkin Tribune, after those papers were bought by a Connecticut chain. Jock Lauterer, the director of the Carolina Community Media Project at the journalism school at UNC Chapel Hill, told the Journal’s Sherry Youngquist this week that if he were starting the new paper, he’d make it free and circulate widely.

Lanes do their job (Opinion column)
The Herald-Sun (Durham)

Just two weeks ago, Main Street was one-way through downtown Durham. City officials closed the street Saturday and reopened it for traffic going in both directions. How do drivers know the difference? ...The Pedestrian and Bicycling Information Center at UNC-Chapel Hill defines bike lanes as "a portion of the roadway which has been designated by striping , signing and pavement marking for the preferential or exclusive use by bicyclists."

An eyewitness to Cherokee history
The Charlotte Observer

In November 1761, British Lt. Henry Timberlake of Virginia broke an unwritten law among soldiers down through time: Never volunteer for anything. ...Long unavailable, the first reader-friendly edition with maps, photos and detailed notes was published in June by UNC Press for the Museum of the Cherokee Indian in Cherokee.

The world according to Dilbert (Book Review)
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

The subject of work has captured lots of attention down through the ages. We're all familiar with God's stern eviction notice to Adam in Genesis 3:19 ("... In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread ...") and probably with Maynard G. Krebs' shuddering cry of "WORK!" whenever anyone mentioned the subject. ...Peter A. Coclanis is Associate Provost for International Affairs and Albert R. Newsome Professor of History at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Workplace poetry
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

This poem came from Roy Jacobstein, a public health physician on the faculty of the UNC School of Public Health in Chapel Hill. It first appeared in "The Gettysburg Review," and he hopes it will be included in his next book of poetry, "Fuchsia in Cambodia."

Naturists to hold bash in the buff
The Chapel Hill News

Today marks the beginning of national Nude Recreation Week. And to celebrate, the Triangle Area Naturists will hold a pancake brunch and swim party at the Chapel Hill home of member Kirby Zeman. Zeman, a researcher in the UNC School of Medicine, joined Triangle Area Naturists, or TAN, when he moved here 15 years ago. His wife is a member, too.

Issues & Trends

Bowles means business for UNC
The Charlotte Observer

As a top adviser to North Carolina's last two Republican U.S. Senate candidates, Peter Hans of Raleigh twice worked hard to defeat Democrat Erskine Bowles. Now that Bowles runs the University of North Carolina system, he has few bigger fans. ..."People are still a little wary of that approach," said Steven Bachenheimer, a microbiologist at UNC- Chapel Hill's medical school.
Related link: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/higher_education/story/630942.html

UNC sports to lose lotto ads
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

Listen up, sports fans: The state lottery, which raises money for education, has been ejected from sporting events at North Carolina's public universities. Advertising and sponsorship contracts between the lottery and universities expired last week and apparently won't be renewed. UNC President Erskine Bowles asked UNC chancellors to end the practice.

Meet Bill Friday
"The State of Things," WUNC-FM

He’s much more than the friendly face of the UNC-TV program, "North Carolina People." During his thirty-year career as president of the University of North Carolina, Bill Friday oversaw the expansion of the system from three to sixteen campuses, presiding over a period of change that included desegregation of all the state's public universities. He joins guest host David Crabtree in the studio to discuss the events that shaped his childhood and his career.


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