Sept. 5, 2006

Carolina in the News

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

National Coverage

Family Matters

The girl's name was Sally. She was 10 years old and had never had serious health problems. But when Dr. William Coleman met her last winter, she was irritable, withdrawn and plagued by stomachaches. Coleman, a pediatrician at the University of North Carolina's Center for Development and Learning, referred Sally to a therapist but there was no improvement. "I sensed something else was going on," he says. "People don't usually get depressed—boom—for no reason." So Coleman arranged to meet privately with the parents.

Shoppers Now Can Reach for The Stars
The Washington Post

To meet the challenge of rating thousands of products, the company hired a team of nutrition scientists from Tufts University, Dartmouth Medical School, the University of North Carolina, the University of California, Davis, and Harvard University. The team drew on nutrition guidelines developed by the U.S. government, the World Health Organization, the National Academy of Sciences and such private groups as the American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association and the American Dietetics Association.

Immigration: How 'They' Become 'Us'
The Chronicle of Higher Education

My family came to America in 1957, when I was 3 years old. We lived in an apartment on Bush Street in San Francisco; a 10-minute walk from the traditional Japantown first settled by Japanese immigrants a half-century before us... Hiroshi Motomura is a professor of law at the University of North Carolina School of Law. This essay is excerpted from Americans in Waiting: The Lost Story of Immigration and Citizenship in the United States, published this month by Oxford University Press. Copyright © 2006 by Oxford University Press.

Chemistry Paper Draws Controversy
The Chronicle of Higher Education

Mr. Murray, who is also a professor of chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, emphasized that the editorial, which appeared in the August 1 issue, was not a retraction — "a retraction is when you know data has been falsified, and we have no evidence of that" — but a notice that readers should look with skepticism on the paper's results.

Eyeing 2008, 2 Top Dems Slam Rumsfeld
The Associated Press

As he decides whether to make another run for the White House, Edwards has been traveling the country on behalf of the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity, an institute he founded at the University of North Carolina. Preaching to Monday's choir, he called organized labor the nation's "greatest anti-poverty movement.” The manufacturing jobs that everyone is so worried about losing to overseas competition "weren't good jobs before the union," he said. Edwards said he favors increasing the minimum wage to $7.50 an hour and banning the hiring of permanent replacements for striking workers. He also backed making it easier for workers to unionize

State and Local Coverage

Her breakthrough in imaging finds breast cancers earlier
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

As a young medical student, Pisano yearned to be an obstetrician and gynecologist. But nights on call left her feeling wrecked the next day, and she realized she'd never survive a life of delivering babies at all hours of the night...Pisano, now a UNC-Chapel Hill radiologist, is widely regarded as the mother of digital mammography. She is recognized in this month's issue of Ladies' Home Journal for her groundbreaking work in the technology.

Leader from real-world law
Triangle Business Journal (Raleigh)

Jack Boger may have been a professor at the University of North Carolina's School of Law for the past 16 years, but he knows what life is like out in the real world, too. Boger, the new dean at the UNC law school, has had experiences that thousands of lawyers can only dream about - and others that might induce nightmares. Sometimes, they all came in the same case.
UNC News Release:

UNC eyes new graduate scholarship program
The Herald-Sun (Durham)

UNC officials are looking to start a new graduate scholarship program that places a strong emphasis on training students to be good professors. Carolina Teaching Fellows, as the graduate students in the program would be called, would have their tuition, fees and health insurance covered for up to five years. The university also would give the scholars an annual stipend of $25,000.

Dramatic Arcs
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

Snagging Strathairn came easily. Megel, a UNC visiting artist and StreetSigns' co-artistic director, has known him for years and directed him in a previous benefit reading for Working Theatre in New York. The two were discussing a screenplay reading that both were involved in when Megel mentioned the UNC fundraiser. Strathairn signed on immediately. So did Ron Perlman, though he has had to drop out because of a scheduling conflict.
UNC News Release:

Council drags out project studies (Guest Column)
The Chapel Hill News

An ordinary resident, I follow Chapel Hill and UNC revitalization projects because I know the silent majority here disagrees with the vocal minority that opposes growth. About the same time six years ago that Raymond started working downtown, I was an abuttor eager to see Food Lion move from its flooded Eastgate place into Ram's Plaza. I saw the Town Council unquestioningly accept anyone's opinion claiming "too many cars," regardless of the reality.

Community Genetics
"The State of Things," WUNC-FM (Chapel Hill)

Host Frank Stasio talks about the science and ethics of genetics with Francis Collins, UNC alumnus and director of the National Human Genome Research Institute; Barbara Rothschild, program director of the Community Genetics Forum at the University of North Carolina; and Jim Evans, an associate professor of genetics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

UNC Southern Folk Life displays new photos
WCHL-AM (Chapel Hill)

Music is only part of a musician’s story, and now Carolina’s Southern Folk Life collection is getting a chance to see more of 30 different musicians. Recently unearthed candid photos of musicians like Bob Dylan, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane and Dizzy Gillespie are going to join the popular culture collection.
UNC News Release:

'Black and Blue' tour teaches lost history
The Chapel Hill Herald

On "Black and Blue" walking tours of UNC, people learn what the university is and isn't doing to remember its racial past. For instance, tour leader Tim McMillan shows visitors the campus graveyard, where a wall separates the plots for black and white people.

N.C. Teen mails taped confession of killing to newspaper
The Associated Press

Two experts in journalism ethics said the newspaper did a good job. "From an ethics perspective, I think they did the best they could," said Lois Boynton, who teaches at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill journalism school. "This is a concern nationwide as far as schools, and family violence."

It's a different world for recent college grad
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

No longer can the recent UNC-Chapel Hill graduate get by on a few hours of sleep. The people he eats lunch with now talk about children, errands and tiling the bathroom floor rather what happened last night at He's Not Here, the beloved Chapel Hill watering hole. And time off? That particular reality struck him like an anvil would hit Wile E. Coyote.

Observer sees human faces of war
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

(Marty) Rosenbluth, 47, a UNC-Chapel Hill law student who used to make his living as a videographer, spent six days in northern Israel in early August on an Amnesty International research mission.

10 years later, mighty Fran's scars still show
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

"This used to be a cool, shady corner," Peter White says of a plot on the west side of the William C. Coker Arboretum on the UNC campus in Chapel Hill. White, who is director of the N.C. Botanical Garden, which includes the arboretum, and Dan Stern, curator of the arboretum, can stand anywhere in the 5-acre expanse of plants and walking paths and recall what was where, with the certainty of brothers remembering how furniture was arranged inside the old home place.

Some workers earning more than $5.15 an hour still need 2nd jobs, extra help
The Herald Sun (Durham)

Rose Glosson and Leroy Gilmore work at UNC Hospitals in nutrition and food services, which prepares food for patients, meetings and other events. Glosson is the single mother of a teenager, and Gilmore is single with two adult children. They're the kind of workers who make more than the minimum wage of $5.15 an hour, which is set to rise in North Carolina to $6.15 in January.

Issues and Trends

The State of Research Isn’t All That Grand
The New York Times

When analyzing a company’s performance, investors pay particular attention to what is spent on research and development. That’s because R.& D. represents investments that, over all, are likely to pay dividends in the future. It’s one of the most important sources of value creation for any company and can reveal much about its prospects.
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The U.S. Edge In Education (Editorial)
The Washington Post

Even as they welcome students back to campus, our country's colleges and universities are deluded by their own historical excellence, and their many contributions to U.S. strength may be eroding. That, at least, is how a special commission of the U.S. Education Department sees it.

We're not prepared (Editorial)
The Charlotte Observer

The most recent University of North Carolina system statistics show that three-quarters of the first-time freshmen entering the state's universities in 2000 did not graduate in four years. Only 42.2 percent of the freshman class entering in 1999 graduated after six years.

A healthy response (Editorial)
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

UNC Health Care, the prestigious public system associated with the University of North Carolina, provided more free care this year than it ever had before, according to the system's president. Dr. William L. Roper. Something like $218 million-worth, counting bad debt and adjustments in Medicare and Medicaid.

Positive changes at UNC Health Care (Editorial)
The Chapel Hill Herald

The petition, presented last month to Erskine Bowles, the president of the University of North Carolina system, said new policies implemented by the UNC Health Care system were preventing poor patients from getting medical care. The petition decried what it called the health care system's focus on the bottom line rather than its commitment -- as a state institution -- to all North Carolinians, regardless of their economic status.

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