June 25, 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

Aerotropolis: a city by itself
The Financial Express (India)

The first phase of the modernisation of Delhi International Airport by the GMR-led consortium, which will be completed by 2010 will see an investment of $1.5 billion in commercial real estate development transforming Delhi airport into an airport city—an aerotropolis. ...Ever since Dr. John D. Kasarda, director of the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, USA, first introduced the concept of an aerotropolis, the span of an airport has gone up exponentially.

National Coverage

Where to Find Good, Cheap Tech Help
The Wall Street Journal

Most small-business owners can't afford consultants or an IT staff. For tech support, they draw on other resources: neighbors, friends, relatives -- anyone they know who might have a handle on a tech issue they don't understand. ...Arvind Malhotra, associate professor at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School, says he typically directs entrepreneurs to three starting points online.

With Every Ferry Trip, New Data on Outer Banks
The Washington Post

It's been almost four years since the night Hurricane Isabel washed away North Carolina Highway 12, along with homes, sand dunes, power lines and utility pipes on the Outer Banks. Pounding waves carried away a section of Hatteras Island, leaving behind a 2,000-foot-wide, 15-foot-deep gash in the banks. ...The information that scientists gain from ferry-based instruments may be more valuable than Blackbeard's legendary Outer Banks treasure, says Hans Paerl of the University of North Carolina's Institute of Marine Sciences in Morehead City. Paerl and his colleagues developed the instrument package.

Breast Cancer, Out of the Dark
The Chronicle of Higher Education

Richard G. Stevens saw the light one night — and it got him thinking about breast cancer. While trying to sleep in his apartment in the mid-1980s, Mr. Stevens noticed that the street lamp outside was so bright he could almost read in his bedroom. ...Marilie D. Gammon is one of the skeptics. A professor of epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Ms. Gammon ran a study in Long Island that found no association between breast cancer and women who had previously worked the night shift. "I think the epidemiological literature is inconsistent in supporting the hypothesis," she says, adding that the idea "is intriguing — it probably deserves more study."

Kiss and Make Up (Book review)
The New York Times

As anyone who has read Gregory Maguire’s “Wicked” or seen the subsequent Broadway show can attest, the Wicked Witch of the West was framed. Elphaba, as Maguire calls her, wasn’t really wicked at all. ...In “Judas and the Gospel of Jesus,” N. T. Wright offered the conservative critique, insisting that the man in question was a villain after all, and that the early Christians chose well when they decided to put their faith in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. In “The Lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot,” Bart Ehrman tells the cloak-and-dagger story of the papyrus codex from its discovery by an Egyptian farmer in the 1970s through the vagaries of the antiquities market, including a stop in a freezer along the way.

Regional Coverage

Study: Drug lowers heart disease risks
The Indianapolis Star

A drug co-marketed by Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly & Co. lowered the risk of heart disease in patients who had synthetic hormone therapy for 31/2 years, says a study unveiled Saturday to the American Diabetes Association convention. ..."It's definitely encouraging," said John Buse, a diabetes specialist at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and one of the investigators in the study of the drug Byetta.

Study reignites debate on aspartame's safety
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Researchers have strengthened a link between aspartame -- a common sweetener in diet sodas, medicines and sugar-free candies -- and cancer in rats. ...Others, however, beg to differ. James Swenberg, professor of environmental sciences and engineering at UNC Chapel Hill, said the group did not follow the National Toxicology Program's methodology, and therefore, the results were suspect.

Call To Conscience
The Hartford Courant

Barack Obama called for a new kind of politics Saturday -- "a politics of conscience" -- as he spoke to nearly 12,000 members of the United Church of Christ at its annual conference in Hartford. ..."If the Democratic Party and its candidates continue to come off to voters as too secular, they will lose moderate swing voters," said Ferrell Guillory, director of the program on public life at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Progress uncovers history
The Herald (Rock Hill, S.C.)

The discovery of Catawba Indian relics and burials on the site of a proposed mixed-use community near Interstate 77 is reshaping plans for where homes, shops and roads will be located. ...Other relics and burials may be in the path of a proposed road, said Stephen Davis, a professor with UNC-Chapel Hill's research labs of archaeology and a specialist in 18th-century Catawba Indians.
Related links: http://www.heraldonline.com/front/story/58534.html

State & Local Coverage

UNC doctor lands at center of stage
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

Coaxing numbers to reveal hidden messages is intricate work, time-consuming work, bang-your-head-against-the-wall work. Dr. John Buse, 48, revels in it. His efforts have led the UNC diabetes doctor to several discoveries and earned him the respect of his peers. But none gave Buse star power -- until he was thrust center of the national debate about drug safety.

Plans for UNC Satellite Campus to Go Before Trustees
WRAL-TV (CBS, Raleigh)

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Board of Trustees will consider next month plans for a proposed mixed-use academic development near the school. ..."We have this wonderful asset of a piece of land that is so close to the existing campus that we can put new activities out there," said Carolina North's executive director, Jack Evans.

Law allows no fetal murder charge
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

In the minds of Jennifer Nielsen's family and friends, two people were killed when the young mother -- eight months pregnant -- was found dead more than a week ago behind a South Raleigh convenience store. ..."There's certainly an argument to be made there," said Joe Kennedy, who teaches criminal law at the UNC-Chapel Hill Law School.
Related link: http://www.charlotte.com/204/story/172482.html

Contempt accusations loom
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

Mike Nifong, whose law career came to a crashing halt this week, could soon be summoned back to the courthouse he was ousted from to answer contempt accusations. ...Joseph Kennedy, a UNC-Chapel Hill law professor who has followed the lacrosse case, said the contempt allegations should have been before the court already.

Burial ground found at development site
The Associated Press (N.C.)

Archaeologists digging on the site of a proposed York County development have found a burial ground and a number of relics from a Catawba village that disappeared nearly 350 years ago. ...But no substantial survey was done until this year, when Kanawha project manager Brian Goray invited UNC Chapel Hill professors Stephen Davis and Brett Riggs to the site.

Comfort me with crab cakes
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

When I was a kid, my family didn't know any Catholics, but the schools offered fish on Fridays, and my family often followed suit. However, our fish was in the form of fish sticks. I have yet to determine what part of a fish the stick is. ...But was my craving all in my head or was there a physical reason? Maybe some of both, says Cynthia Bulik, director of the UNC-Chapel Hill Eating Disorders Program.

Internalizing the critical weight of water (Commentary)
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

Patiently, I stand behind a woman wearing a green silk blouse, embroidered with small fuchsia flowers. She does not know I am there. Her lovely, lavender paisley scarf drapes her neck, underneath perfectly coiffed blond hair, as she explains her question to the man trying to help her at the local new-age supermarket coffee counter. ...Donna Helen Crisp of Raleigh is a nurse and a clinical assistant professor at UNC's School of Nursing.

'Cataloochee' is its own mountain (Book review)
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

When a new writer's first novel starts in the mountains of Western North Carolina around the time of the Civil War, when its title is the name of a prominent Divide there, and especially when Charles Frazier praises the book in advance -- well, it's hard to avoid comparisons to "Cold Mountain" or to escape the huge literary shadow cast by that peak. ...Michael McFee teaches in the Creative Writing Program at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Words worth reading (Poetry column)
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

It's happened at least a dozen times. I've just finished a poetry reading at a bookstore or charity event, and a man -- it's almost always a man -- comes to shake my hand. He's smiling, and he has a wide-eyed, startled look about him. "I don't generally like poetry," he begins, "but I really enjoyed this." ...Michael Chitwood is author of five books of poetry, including "The Weave Room" and, most recently "From Whence."

In repressive Egypt, blogs bring hope (Commentary)
The Herald-Sun (Durham)

As I sat in a dingy Internet cafe in downtown Cairo waiting for a free computer terminal, I saw an Egyptian boy no older than 18 updating a blog. ...Justin Martin is a U.S. Dept. of Education FLAS Scholar studying in Cairo and is a Ph.D. student in mass communication at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Group of residents in Southmont area calls for community to be incorporated
The Winston-Salem Journal

On the way from Lexington to High Rock Lake lies Southmont, a small community marked by a handful of gas stations, a grocery, a post office, a fire station and tackle shop along N.C. 8. ...David Lawrence, a professor of public law and government at UNC Chapel Hill’s Institute of Government, said that incorporations have declined in recent years.

Aerotropolis opportunity encourages regionalism
The Business Journal of the Greater Triad

Not all of the Triad business and governmental leaders who heard UNC-Chapel Hill professor John Kasarda's idea of an aerotropolis earlier this month were sure that they were hearing something new. But nearly all agree that the concept, which promotes coordinated development around Piedmont Triad International Airport, has merit and could lead to a tangible aspect of regional cooperation.

Outdoor dramas aplenty in N.C.
The Times News (Burlington)

With gasoline prices closer to $3 a gallon than $2, many North Carolina families could be looking at staying close to home for summer vacations and weekend trips. One alternative that could fit right into the travel plans and family budgets is a trip to one of North Carolina’s outdoor dramas. ...“There are twice as many outdoor dramas in North Carolina than any other state,” said Scott Parker, director of the Institute of Outdoor Drama at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
UNC News Release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/jun07/oddlist060607.html

Study will look at how hog farms affect air quality
The News-Argus (Goldsboro)

For years, the effect of North Carolina's swine industry on the state's water quality and what to do about it has been hotly debated. ...To back up her claims, she's turned to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for help. The problem, explained Rachel Avery Horton, a doctorate student in the School of Public Health, Epidemiology Department, is two-fold, according to peer-reviewed research done between 2000 and 2007.

Chatham seeks development input
The Chapel Hill News

The Chatham County Economic Development Corporation has scheduled two more public forums to seek input from county residents on economic development. ...These are part of a series of five planned community forums around the county. They will be led by staff from the UNC Center for Competitive Economics, an economic development research center at the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise. Chatham County has contracted with the center to develop an economic development strategic plan.

Issues and Trends

Workers may get more pay, work
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

State employees appear to be in line for one of their best pay raises in the past decade. But it could come with a bitter pill -- more work. ...The House's budget proposal would trim nearly all of them, while the Senate's plan would allow the UNC system to hold onto its long unfilled jobs.

Rand calls shots as Senate gets business done
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

Step into a session of the state Senate and it's clear who runs the show. ...The 16-campus state university system, and UNC-Chapel Hill in particular, gets singled out in Senate budgets for more money and policy changes pushed by boosters.

Blacks in the South see college gains
The Associated Press (N.C.)

For the first time in the South, blacks are as well represented on college campuses as they are in the region's population as a whole, something not yet true of the country overall. The milestone is noted in a fact book to be released today by the Southern Regional Education Board, a nonprofit organization that promotes education.

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