Public Service and Engagement News
In this section you will find news and information about Carolina faculty, staff, and students addressing issues that North Carolinians care about and helping to solve problems in communities across our state - and beyond.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
UNC Planning For Record-Breaking Blood Drive
WCHL 1360-AM (Chapel Hill)
UNC officials are encouraging residents to donate more than 1,000 units of blood for their 22nd annual blood drive. Carolina Blood Drive chair Katrina Coble hopes to break the current record held by Appalachian State University of more than a thousand units. Although 1,000 units seem like a lot of blood, Coble says local hospitals will use the blood quickly.
Roses & raspberries (Editorial)
The Chapel Hill News
Roses to the UNC students and others who participated in a project recently to give a much-needed boost to more than 100 Russian orphans. Many students took part in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day project at Christ Church in Southern Village, making scarves for children living in an orphanage in Slogodskoy, Russia. In late March, a contingent of 21 adults and children from Chapel Hill flew to Russia to interact with the children, teachers and staff, and to deliver the handmade gifts and other items to the young orphans.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
'Babies cry' is the message (Column)
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
Two years after launching a campaign to educate new parents about how much newborn babies cry, Dr. Desmond Runyan was eager to see its effect on the incidence of shaken-baby syndrome in our state. ..."We still have some number crunching to do," said Runyan, a professor of social medicine and pediatrics at UNC-Chapel Hill, "but maybe we had more of an impact than we thought." The campaign is called the Period of PURPLE Crying, and it is focused on a simple message: Babies cry - on average five hours a day.
Monday, May 10, 2010
40 year journey: Just the beginning
The Herald-Sun (Durham)
The race is not given to the swift nor the strong but he who endures until the end. ...The above amalgamation of scripture could have been written for Horace Sewell El, the 58-year-old Town of Chapel Hill bus driver who graduates from UNC today. You see, when Sewell El receives his bachelor's degree in anthropology this morning, he will complete a long and winding educational journey that started in New York 40 years ago. That journey ran through Kingsborough Community College and Queens College, both in New York, before concluding at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education at UNC, where he attended school part-time and during one summer to complete his degree.
Project Dinah targets campus sexual violence
The Chapel Hill Herald
...Among the thousands of women who have experienced sexual assault, several anonymous posters have found the courage to share their stories on a blog created to provide an outlet for UNC Chapel Hill students and survivors of sexual assault. The blog, called Speak Out UNC!, is part of Project Dinah, a UNC student organization that works to prevent and raise awareness of sexual violence on campus through public education efforts.
Someone cared enough (Letter to the Editor)
The Chapel Hill News
During a service event honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, many UNC students came to Christ Church in Chapel Hill and participated in making scarves for orphaned children in Slobodskoy, Russia. Students asked questions, and a sense of a connection formed as they worked together as a team to make beautiful scarves. ...On behalf of Mission 1:27 and 110 children in the Slobodskoy Orphanage, we are grateful for the UNC students that gave their time for these children. (David Parker, Mission 1:27)
Friday, May 7, 2010
"The State of Things" WUNC-FM (Chapel Hill)
Nairobi’s Kibera slum is a hard place for kids to grow up, particularly for young women. A program developed by a UNC-Chapel Hill nonprofit uses writing and photography to help girls understand their bodies and their choices. Host Frank Stasio tells the story of Binti Pamoja, or Daughters United, a reproductive health and women's rights center for 11 to 18 year-old girls in Kibera.
Sixth class of UNC Public Service Scholars to receive honors tonight
The 190 members of the Class of 2010 Public Service Scholars at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will be honored this evening (May 7) at a ceremony at Memorial Hall. All of the graduates will receive a Carolina blue-and-white cord to wear at Commencement on Sunday (May 9) to represent their achievement.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
UNC, ECU Receive $10 Million For Heart Center
WCHL 1360-AM (Chapel Hill)
A new $10 million grant will help researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill and East Carolina University collaborate with health-care practitioners and community leaders in Lenior County to tackle heart disease. Doctor Darren DeWalt says the funding will carry out three major projects in heart disease disparities. ...The National Institutes of Health doled out the grant money to fund projects that would look across several areas of health. UNC officials will study community effects of heart disease, particularly nutrition and physical activity.
Monday, May 3, 2010
UNC students on bike trip to raise awareness
The Herald-Sun (Durham)
Three students from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC Chapel Hill have embarked on a 700-mile bike trip. Their mission: To bring attention to the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, a nonprofit organization that empowers children from low-income communities by building their entrepreneurial skills. The three Kenan-Flagler students, Michael Yehle, Kai Zeng and Andrew Fu, departed from UNC on Friday with a delegation of other bikers who joined them for the first day of their journey.
The making of a humanitarian
The Chapel Hill Herald
In March, UNC senior anthropology major Julian Bach was selected for the Sullivan Award for Humanitarian Service by the Chancellor's Awards Committee. "I love being there for people," Bach said. "I would do it all day if I could." But it took 18 years for Bach to realize his passion and potential. Those 18 years were challenging. Bach is an only child of a single mom. He said she was an alcoholic, and during much of his childhood he lived apart from her in group homes or foster care. When they were together, Bach and his mom moved around. They settled in Chapel Hill right before he entered Chapel Hill High School.
Authors promote literacy council
The Chapel Hill News
Three nationally acclaimed authors helped the Chatham County Literacy Council raise almost $10,000 to help adult learners gain the skills they need to succeed in life. Nearly 200 people attended the Authors for Literacy fundraising luncheon featuring Southern writers Doris Betts, Lee Smith and Randall Kenan. ...Betts, who lives in Pittsboro and taught creative writing at UNC for 32 years, has tutored adult learners in Chatham County and has served on the literacy council's board of directors and its advisory board.
Friday, April 30, 2010
Autism on rise among kids in Kenai school district
The Associated Press
...Currently, 69 students in the district have been identified as autistic. In order to meet the needs of this increasing population of students, Holland said, the district created an autism-specific classroom at Kenai's Mountain View Elementary and has been using new kinds of teaching methods. ...This methodology is part of the Treatment and Education of Autistic and related-Communication Handicapped, or TEACCH, program from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. The district uses this TEAACH approach in instructing its students with autism.
Health woes persist in Eastern N.C.
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
The troubled economy and health problems that have long rivaled those in Third World countries are straining the capacity of Eastern North Carolina's only medical school to provide care. ..."They are already getting national attention for their emphasis on rural health," said Gordon DeFriese, a professor emeritus at UNC-Chapel Hill and research fellow at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research. "And they are a model on how to do regional health care."
City seeks "safe routes to school"
The McDowell News (Marion)
The city of Marion wants to make it safer for local students to walk and bike to their schools. The public's input is needed if this is to happen. ...The Safe Routes to School Program is a national program created by the National Center for Safe Routes to School. The program is maintained by the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center with funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
125 attend HOPE Gardens opening
The Chapel Hill News
... More than 125 people attended a ribbon cutting Saturday for HOPE Gardens on Homestead Road. The collaboration between UNC's Campus Y and the Town of Chapel Hill is a different kind of community garden. About half the space is an urban farm. Volunteers and three part-time workers who are homeless, have been homeless or at risk of homelessness are already growing beans, lettuce and mustard in neat rows.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Charters' uneven racial makeup (Opinion-Editorial Column)
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
In the wake of North Carolina's unsuccessful bid for federal "Race to the Top" funds, commentators have decried the legislative cap on the number of charter schools as both a weakness in our grant application and an unfair restraint on educational innovation. Missing from the debate is the reality that North Carolina charter schools are a national leader in racial isolation and hyper-segregated learning. (Mark Dorosin is the senior managing attorney and Benita N. Jones is the education fellow at the Center for Civil Rights at the UNC-Chapel Hill's School of Law.)
Community gardening kicks off in northern Chapel Hill
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
More than 125 people attended a ribbon cutting this weekend for HOPE Gardens, a different kind of community gardening space on Homestead Road in northern Chapel Hill. ...The garden grew out of the UNC-Chapel Hill Campus Y's Homeless Outreach Poverty Eradication (HOPE) organization. The Town of Chapel Hill owns the 14-acre site near the railroad tracks and is working with the students through the Parks and Recreation Department and its Active Living by Design advisory committee.
Monday, April 26, 2010
Children with autism spectrum disorders see the world differently
The Record & Landmark (Statesville)
Annalysa Smyth has a smile that can melt your heart in an instant. ...The staff at Central Elementary, particularly Annalysa's teachers, have gone out of their way to understand the complexities of her condition, while developing a workable school plan. Smyth said he was surprised at the resources the school district put into helping Annalysa. ...The school district also has outside specialists who train district employees and work with the children. Teachers and the autism specialists on staff are also sent to N.C. Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication-handicapped Children (TEACCH) training at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Duke, NCSU, UNC named ‘green’ universities
The Triangle Business Journal
They may bleed Carolina blue, Wolfpack red and Duke blue, but they’re all “green,” according to a new list from the Princeton Review and the U.S. Green Building Council. Duke University, North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill were among 286 universities recognized for their commitment to green initiatives, such as meeting LEED certification in new construction, environmental literacy programs, sustainability committees, recycling, conservation and use of renewable energy. ...And UNC was noted for being the first in North Carolina to hire a full-time sustainability coordinator, a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 60 percent by 2050 and its use of solar panels on the roofs of some dorms.
Chinese is coming to N.C. classrooms
The Herald-Sun (Durham)
...Beginning in the fall, "Confucius Classrooms" will be set up in 16 North Carolina schools in 12 districts throughout the state, where a Chinese guest teacher will teach the language. UNC Chapel Hill's Center for International Understanding coordinated the statewide effort for Chinese language instruction. The schools will also receive classroom materials, professional development and opportunities to teachers and students to travel to China.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Relay for Life
The Chapel Hill Herald
Thousands of students at UNC Chapel Hill and their neighbors in the community stayed up all night on Friday listening to live music, playing games, singing and getting thrown in jail. And no one seemed to mind. They were participating in The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, an annual fundraiser in the fight against cancer. ...The event was held at Fetzer Field and Belk Track on UNC's campus. It was organized by 170 students on the UNC Relay for Life planning committee. There were more than 2,300 participants, 203 teams and the event raised more than $194,000.
Carolina Center for Public Service honors service, announces endowment
The Carolina Center for Public Service honored seven individuals or student organizations at its annual service awards ceremony April 16 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus. Center leaders also announced that an anonymous donation will endow this and future years’ Outward Bound Scholarships through the Thomas James Scholarship Fund, which honors the former dean of the School of Education.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
The house that burgers built
The Chapel Hill News
Overburdened by the needs of families seeking treatment at the UNC Children's Hospital, the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill is looking to expand. The nonprofit agency on Mason Farm Road has 29 rooms now for patients and their families being treated just up the hill at UNC. Those rooms don't come close to meeting the demand, so the facility wants to add four or five more rooms and 20 new long-term care suites. "UNC Hospitals just continues to grow, and we try to keep up," said Shelley Day, executive director. "We're already turning away 500 families a year."
Monday, April 12, 2010
UNC Junior Mian Wins Udall Scholarship
WCHL 1360-AM (Chapel Hill)
UNC junior Michael Mian says his interest in environmental studies has evolved over the years, starting from his days looking at frogs in the woods as a child. His continued excellence in and exploration of the fields of both political science and environmental justice has earned him a scholarship from the Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental Policy Foundation. The awards are given out annually to 80 students across the country who demonstrate commitment to environmental careers, with exceptions for Alaskan natives and American Indians.
Cancer Survivor Chase Jones & His Tar Heel Teammates Celebrate BaseBald For The Cure
After graduating from Ragsdale High School and moving onto the University Of North Carolina, Chase Jones knew he wanted to be a part of the Tar Heel baseball team. Each time he steps onto the baseball diamond, Jones is living his dream. Four years ago, that dream was almost taken away. Jones was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2006 and underwent treatment at the UNC Hospital. This year he decided to promote awareness and raise money for cancer research. BaseBald For The Cure was born. For every $100 raised, a member of the Tar Heels baseball team would have their head shaved.
Friday, April 9, 2010
Seminar on green innovation
The Herald-Sun (Durham)
The Carolinas chapter of the Product Development and Management Association is holding a conference Saturday on sustainable business innovation called "Innovate Carolina." The conference will be held at UNC Chapel Hill's Kenan-Flagler Business School. Speakers include Marshall Brain, a Cary native who is the creator of "How Stuff Works" with PBS and "Factory Floor with Marshall Brain" with National Geographic; Al Delia, chairman of the first state Innovation Council and senior advisor to Gov. Beverly Perdue; and Dave Burke, president and chief operating officer of Prima Water, a Winston-Salem-based green beverage company.
The challenge of pervasive poverty (Opinion-Editorial Column)
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
The last two years have been tough ones for North Carolina: skyrocketing unemployment, foreclosure nightmares, a steep rise in the uninsured, a breakdown in mental health care, a chasm of revenue shortfalls, excruciating budget cuts. Here, also, daunting recessionary fallout has followed challenging economic transformations already under way - as we have shifted from traditional manufacturing and agricultural bases to newer industrial frontiers. Inequalities have become harrowing. (Gene Nichol is director of the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity at UNC-Chapel Hill. Leslie Winner is executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.)
Pharmacists could train in Asheville
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
A UNC-Chapel Hill plan for a satellite pharmacy program in Asheville appears to have bested a competing proposal from UNC Greensboro. A committee of the UNC system's Board of Governors recommended approval Thursday of a UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy request to establish a satellite program that would eventually produce about 40 pharmacists a year to work in Western North Carolina.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
N.C. college grads share world with younger students
...Three recent graduates of North Carolina colleges, Saurabh Aneja and twin brothers Jacob and Joseph Davis, shared a desire to bring younger students in direct contact with foreign cultures. ...Together, the three founded a cultural exchange program called Project Worldview. They hope to excite children about foreign language education by showing them foreign countries. ...However, all a classroom needs is Internet access, the Project Worldview organizers said. UNC's N.C. Center for International Understanding provided software that enables the travelers to do a Web presentation to any place connected to the Internet.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Duke, NCSU, UNC to split $12.5M grant from National Cancer Institute
The Triangle Business Journal
Researchers at Duke University, North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will split a five-year, $12.5 million grant to develop new ways to perform clinical trials for cancer treatments. The grant comes from the National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health. The collaborative project, which includes professors at Duke, NCSU and UNC, is intended to leverage the concentration of statistical and clinical experts at the Triangle’s three major research universities with the two cancer research centers at Duke and UNC.
Volunteers sought for Jordan Lake cleanup slated for May 8
The Chatham Journal
Volunteers are needed for Clean Jordan Lake’s first volunteer event on Saturday, May 8, from 9 am to 2 pm in cooperation with the US Army Corps of Engineers. Other groups providing support include the Highway Stormwater Program of the NC Department of Transportation, North Carolina Big Sweep and the Haw River Assembly. ...Clean Jordan Lake is a new non-profit corporation founded by Tom Colson, an environmental consultant, and Fran DiGiano a professor of environmental engineering at the University of North Carolina.
UNC Promotes First Generaction Service Week
WCHL 1360-AM (Chapel Hill)
Sophomore John Harris says UNC’s newest student organization is banding together with other student groups to promote the university’s first GenerAction Service Week. GenerAction is a national organization that looks for creative ways to engage college students in social action and volunteerism. The service week is all week long and includes a host of different speakers from Ralph Byrns, a UNC economics professor, to Liz McCartney, the founder of the St. Bernard Project and CNN’s 2008 Hero of the Year.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
UNC Student Recipient of 2010 Truman Scholarship
WCHL 1360-AM (Chapel Hill)
UNC junior Christopher Sopher has been named a Truman Scholar, with a substantial financial contribution to his graduate studies. The awards are given out for demonstrated dedication to public service. Sopher says he wants to be involved in education. Sopher is one of just 60 recipients this year nationwide, and the 32nd UNC recipient of the award since its inception in 1977. The scholarship is worth up to $30,000 for graduate studies in a field related to public service.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
UNC reaches out to LatinosThe Chapel Hill NewsA new Carolina Latina/o Collaborative at UNC will explore how the campus can become more inclusive of Latina/o communities and cultures. Composed of administrators, faculty, students and community members, the collaborative will seek out ways for UNC to interact more with Latina/o experiences and affairs. It also will facilitate events that do the same and seek to foster initiatives in scholarship, education and community engagement.
2010 Carolina Challenge Announces WinnersWCHL 1360-AM (Chapel Hill)
The sixth annual Carolina Challenge crowned two new winners over the weekend. Organizer Brent Blonkvist says the commercial winner was NovoLipid, a group that aims to make cancer drugs safer. ...The Carolina Challenge is a student-led program that helps students, faculty and staff learn to transform their ideas into new ventures of all kinds. The second place winners in the competition earned 75-hundred dollars each.
Startups get boost at Carolina ChallengeThe Triangle Business Journal
Eight startups or proposed ventures won more than $50,000 during the sixth annual Carolina Challenge entrepreneurial business-plan competition on Saturday. More than 120 teams participated in the challenge, which is sponsored by the Carolina Entrepreneurial Initiative, part of the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
UNC Starts New Latino CollaborativeWCHL 1360-AM (Chapel Hill)
The UNC-Chapel Hill campus will explore how to become more inclusive to Latina/Latino communities and heritage through a new collaborative. Graduate assistant John Ribo says the mission of the initiative is to increase interaction with the Latina/Latino community.
UNC Students Plan Summer Trip To TanzaniaWCHL 1360-AM (Chapel Hill)
A group of UNC students aren’t planning just an ordinary trip for their summer vacation. UNC Student Filmmaker Frederick Wellborn wants to take a nonprofit group to the African country of Tanzania to shoot a documentary about water quality. Students of the World is an organization that partners with college students to highlight global social issues and the innovative solutions of those working to address them. There are eight people in Wellborn’s documentary group, all of them UNC students.
UNC honored for public serviceThe Chapel Hill News
UNC isn't shy about pointing out it was the nation's first public university, and it speaks loudly and proudly about its service to the state. Now, the feds agree. UNC has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition an institution can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.
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Ackland featuring Carolina for KiberaThe Chapel Hill Herald
An international nonprofit whose mission is to fight abject poverty will be featured today at the Ackland Art Museum. "Kibera Illuminated: Lives in East Africa's Largest Slum" is the name of the program sponsored by Students for CFK (Carolina for Kibera) and Student Friends of the Ackland. A reception will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. on the lawn of Ackland, 101 S. Columbia St. (near the intersection of Columbia and Franklin streets in downtown Chapel Hill). An outdoor lighted art installation showcasing photographs taken by the young women of CFK's Binti Pamoja program will be showcased.
Chapel Hill chooses Stocks Elementary for studyThe Rocky Mount Telegram
The FirstSchool initiative out of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill has targeted Stocks Elementary School for observation in an effort to analyze trends that will serve as a foundation for improving the school’s student integration and learning. FirstSchool, a collaborative between the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education and the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, promotes “public school efforts to become more responsive to the needs of an increasingly younger, more diverse population.”
Party for safe water Friday nightThe Chapel Hill News
In the United States, I simply tilt a handle, turn a knob, or press a button for clear, cold drinking water. ... This summer, eight students from UNC, of which I am one, will travel to Tanzania as interns with Students of the World (SOW). We will witness firsthand the tragedies of the global clean water crisis and produce a multimedia project documenting the innovative efforts of Children's Safe Drinking Water (CSDW) to reduce sickness and death from drinking contaminated water.
Free dental clinic brightens smiles of the uninsuredThe News & Observer (Raleigh)
...The clinic, which continues today at the National Guard Armory on Stadium Drive, is one of 12 planned this year by the N.C. Missions of Mercy, an affiliate of the N.C. Dental Society. It treated about 650 people Friday. ...The huge turnout illustrates that many people can't get decent health care, can't afford it or choose not to pay for it, said Gary Rozier, a UNC-Chapel Hill health policy and management professor. "We just don't have enough dentists in the state," Rozier said. "It seems whenever someone sets up a clinic, they're overwhelmed. Access is difficult for a lot of people."
Conference to focus on Haiti workThe News & Observer (Raleigh)
The Haiti Connection's 10th annual conference on issues facing the island nation will be held today and Saturday at First Presbyterian Church in Raleigh. ...Kathy Johnson, a clinical instructor at the School of Social Work at UNC-Chapel Hill, will talk about writing proposals for grants to fund work in Haiti. Johnson has helped her church, Western Boulevard Presbyterian in Raleigh, get several grants to help run its orphanage in Haiti. The facility has agreed to take on 10 children who lost their parents in the earthquake, Johnson said.
UNC dentist honored as public health heroThe Chapel Hill Herald
There's one health care debate on which highly decorated dentist Gary Rozier is an immovable object. The 34-year faculty veteran of the UNC School of Public Health said society is responsible for protecting children and creating an environment where they can be happy, safe, successful and able to learn. "They can't do that themselves," said Rozier, who has worked to develop dental programs in North Carolina, especially for children from low-income families. "It's our ethical responsibility."
UNC students spend spring break volunteeringThe Jefferson Post
Most college students plan to spend their spring break lounging on warm, sandy beaches or relaxing with family and friends as they gear up for the end of the semester push. But one group of University of North Carolina students has opted for a more proactive role in their community. Ten students from the UNC School of Law will spend their spring break assisting low income residents and the elderly of the High County in completing advance directives and legal wills free of charge.
Executive Education: Schools, Firms Gauge Social ImpactThe Wall Street Journal
When Stephanie Poole signed up for a mentor through her business school, she thought the person would be someone she could simply turn to for occasional advice. Instead, she was handed a semester-long project requiring her to assess the social impact of a nearby company. The Center for Sustainable Enterprise, a part of the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School, organized the mentor program and linked Ms. Poole with Kevin Trapani, president of the Redwoods Group, a Morrisville, N.C., insurance provider that works with YMCAs, Jewish community centers and resident camps throughout the country.
Event to focus on human traffickingThe Chapel Hill News
The Orange County Commission for Women will celebrate Women's History Month on Saturday, March 27, at the Seymour Center, 2551 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill, from 10 a.m. to noon. ...The film will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Donna Bickford, director of the Carolina Women's Center at UNC. Bickford, who holds adjunct appointments in the Departments of English and Comparative Literature and Women's Studies, is a core member of RIPPLE (Recognition-Identification-Protection-Prosecution-Liberation-Empowerment), the North Carolina Human Trafficking Task Force.
UNC's APPLES Receives Major GrantWCHL 1360-AM (Chapel Hill)
Director Jenny Huq says the students who participate in APPLES (Assisting People in Planning Learning Experiences in Service) are making a big difference in the lives of others. The group now has a new outlet for helping people. They’ve been awarded an $80,100 grant from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board to work on the Stimulating Mental Awareness Related to Teens (SMART) project. The project will put UNC students in partnership with juvenile offenders in a mentoring capacity.
UNC earns national nod for serviceWRAL.com
Congressman David Price will be on hand Friday when the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill is named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. UNC is one of only six colleges and universities in the country to receive the award, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement.
Sowing seeds of HOPEThe News & Observer (Raleigh)
...HOPE Gardens is a community garden on a mission. Residents who lease one of its 25 plots will work beside up to six homeless people this spring, growing produce to sell on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus, to local restaurants and at an on-site market. ...The project is a collaboration of UNC-Chapel Hill's Campus Y Homeless Outreach Poverty Eradication organization and the Town of Chapel Hill.
UNC Group Making Microloans To Local HomelessWCHL 1360-AM (Chapel Hill)
A UNC student group is blazing a trail with a plan to bring microloans to the local homeless population. Swathi Sekar, a senior loan officer for the Community Empowerment Fund, says her group is using innovative new tools to help those struggling with economic hardship. Microfinance is the practice of loaning small amounts of money to cover basic expenses or launch new projects. The Community Empowerment Fund is a new initiative of the student group HOPE, a nonprofit organization based at the UNC Campus Y.
Dance Marathon raises more than $421KThe Herald-Sun (Durham)
After a full year's fundraising and 24 straight hours on their feet for the kids, the UNC Dance Marathon announced Saturday evening that it raised $421,851.32 to benefit the children and families of the N.C. Children's Hospital. This total, representative of the student group's year-long fund-raising efforts, is an increase of almost $30,000 over last year and brings the organization's 12-year fundraising total to more than $2.5 million. "Seeing the students of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill come together under the same cause of benefiting the patients and families of N.C. Children's Hospital gives me such hope in what Carolina students are capable of accomplishing," said Taylor Scott, the 2010 UNC Dance Marathon overall coordinator.
Student team promotes censusThe Chapel Hill Herald
Four students at UNC are bringing Census Week to their campus. They are participating in a national competition, through Public Relations Student Society of America, called the Bateman Case Study Competition. Through the end of February, the team will work for its client, the U.S. Census Bureau, to educate students and the community about the census.
Grant to preserve historically black sites in DurhamThe Herald-Sun (Durham)
Preservation Durham has received an $88,000 grant to implement a plan to identify, document and preserve historically African-American sites in Durham. ...North Carolina Central University and UNC Chapel Hill students will also participate by getting course credit to work on projects to interpret and document history.
Finding his calling in the DominicanThe Chapel Hill Herald
Aaron Williams' eyes sparkle with pride when he talks about his Peace Corps experience. The recently appointed director of the Peace Corps, only the fourth alum to lead the organization, served in the Dominican Republic from 1967-70. ...Williams was at UNC on Wednesday to speak to students at UNC -- which moved from seventh to sixth place on the Peace Corps' list of large schools for producing the most volunteers -- about service and to strengthen relations with university faculty and departments.
Students break out dancing shoesThe Chapel Hill Herald
Starting today, UNC students will stand on their feet for 24 hours in support of North Carolina Children's Hospital at this year's 12th Annual UNC Dance Marathon. This year, 1,600 students are participating in the event. "It's become a tradition now," said Katherine Brandon, UNC senior and media relations sub-chair for the UNC Dance Marathon. "It is really like a celebration for all of our hard work throughout the year," Brandon said.
12th Annual UNC Dance Marathon Starts FridayWCHL 1360-AM (Chapel Hill)
UNC students have once again pledged to dance the night and day away for the 12th Annual UNC Dance Marathon benefiting the North Carolina Children’s Hospital. UNC senior Kate Gillman is publicity chair for the marathon and says the dance card for this Friday’s marathon has been filled. Each registered student has raised at least $150 that will go toward the final amount. That means at least 240-thousand dollars has already been raised. The marathon is UNC’s largest student-led fundraiser. Students stand on their feet for 24 straight hours in a symbolic show of support for the children and families of the children’s hospital.
WCHL 1360-AM (Chapel Hill)
UNC Students Show Enthusiasm For Peace Corps
Peace Corps director Aaron Williams is spoke on UNC’s campus Wednesday because of the enthusiasm Tar Heel students have shown for joining the service organization. Public affairs specialist Stephen Chapman says the students that serve the Peace Corps abroad are making themselves better while they make the world better. UNC rose from seventh to sixth in the group’s rankings for most students participating, with 78 Tar Heels joining up last year.
Stimulus Money To Fund UNC's AHEC ProgramWCHL 1360-AM (Chapel Hill)
Dr. Tom Bacon, executive associate dean of the school of medicine, says federal stimulus dollars will help patients across North Carolina by improving access to electronic medical records. The $13 million grant will go to the NC Area Health Education Center, or AHEC program, to hire fifty outreach workers who will help clinics to set up electronic health care record systems. The program will be organized around nine regional centers and will serve health care providers statewide. Bacon, who directs the AHEC Program at UNC, says electronic records can improve provider efficiency by making it easier for doctors to share information.
Haiti burn victims find hope in N.C.The Herald-Sun (Durham)
On Jan. 26, three patients who suffered burns during the earthquake in Haiti two weeks earlier arrived at the N.C. Jaycee Burn Center for treatment. Since then, they've undergone surgeries and skin grafts and their burns are healing, although it may be more than a year before some recover completely, according to Bruce Cairns, director of the burn center.
Electronic records program gets $13MThe Herald-Sun (Durham)
A UNC program working to improve electronic health records will receive $13.6 million for its projects, Gov. Beverly Perdue has announced. ...The $13.6 million has been awarded to the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers Program located at UNC Chapel Hill. The entity will establish a comprehensive regional extension center to provide training and technical support for primary care providers using electronic health records.
Illiteracy rates inspire writers to helpThe News & Observer (Raleigh)
...On Monday, Daniel Wallace, author of the celebrated novel "Big Fish" and a UNC-Chapel Hill English professor, will emcee the annual Writers for Readers benefit luncheon sponsored by the Orange County Literacy Council. Five noted writers will give short presentations on their work and on the topic of literacy: Dorothy Allison, a National Book Award finalist for her novel "Bastard Out of Carolina"; Charlaine Harris, author of The Southern Vampire Mysteries book series that inspired the hit HBO drama "True Blood"; UNC-Greensboro alum George Singleton, author of two novels and four short-story collections; novelist and homeless advocate Lee Stringer; and acclaimed short story author Wells Tower.
Black experience monument in playThe Chapel Hill News
A public monument in downtown Raleigh honoring the African-American experience in North Carolina may at last be moving closer to reality. ..."When the commission meets in the spring, we will be on the agenda," said Reginald Hildebrand, a UNC professor of history and member of the Freedom Monument Project's board of directors. "Hopefully, we will be approved at that time."
Care for poor is often freeThe News & Observer (Raleigh)
Triangle hospitals do a decent job of providing free care to poor people who have no insurance, a health advocacy group reported Thursday. They also readily publicize how people can qualify for so-called charity care - a courtesy that the Health Access Coalition said should be extended by all hospitals, especially those that benefit from tax breaks for nonprofit institutions. ...UNC Health Care, which has a mandate to provide care to all North Carolinians despite their ability to pay, tabbed charity care at $266million last year, said Karen McCall, vice president of public affairs and marketing. By comparison, she said, the hospital system reported $151 million in charity care in 2005.
UNC system to examine pharmacist shortage (Blog)The News & Observer (Raleigh)
An upcoming report on the state's pharmacist shortage may play into the UNC system's decision on two proposals by public universities to expand pharmacy programs. UNC system officials said today they're still evaluating a request by UNC-Chapel Hill to create a distance education program to offer courses remotely to students in Asheville.
$1.25M targets black male studentsThe Herald-Sun (Durham)
The National Association of Educators has pledged $1.25 million over the next five years to help Durham improve academic performance by black male students. The grant was announced Tuesday morning by Gov. Beverly Perdue and other officials at Lowe’s Grove Middle School. The host school is one of six in the Durham district that will share $250,000 annually over the life of the grant. ...Teachers, principals, district officials and advisers from UNC Chapel Hill, N.C. Central University and elsewhere will collaborate on designing projects that are worthy of funding.
Community news-based project gets new spaceThe Herald-Sun (Durham)
Scientific Properties is donating space in Golden Belt to VOICE, a community news project staffed by local youths mentored by journalism programs at UNC Chapel Hill and N.C. Central University. The Northeast Central Durham Community VOICE will be opening a newsroom inside Building 4, where it will be equipped with cameras, video equipment and laptops. ... Jock Lauterer, director of the Carolina Community Media Project at the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication, is leading the effort. The project began more than a year ago as an idea from UNC Department of City and Regional Planning, where students there were looking for ways to revitalize the 300-block area of Northeast Central Durham.
OPEN WI-I-I-DE ....The Herald-Sun (Durham)
Despite some tears and an occasional scream, there was plenty for kids to smile about Friday morning as they got free dental care at the Durham County Health Department. The annual Give Kids a Smile Day clinic is sponsored by the health department and the UNC Chapel Hill dental school's Department of Pediatric Dentistry. Future dentists donate their time to help children who might not be able to afford the care.
UNC picks two for second Eve Carson scholarshipWRAL-TV (CBS/Raleigh)
Two University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill juniors have been selected to receive the second Eve Carson scholarship that memorializes the student body president who was slain in 2008. The scholarship will pay half the cost of attendance for Caroline Fish and Chase Jones in their senior year and give them $5,000 each for enrichment experiences this summer.
Grant in ‘Heroes’ documentaryThe Daily Herald (Roanoke Rapids)
Roanoke Valley resident and community activist Gary Grant is one of three individuals profiled in a television documentary airing Thursday, Feb. 11, at 9:30 p.m., on UNC-TV, North Carolina Public Television. “We hope the documentary provides inspiration for people who believe that one individual can make a huge difference in protecting the environment,” said Dr. Tom Linden, executive producer and director of the Medical and Science Journalism Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The program was written and produced by students in the science documentary television course at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
$130,000,000 In Federal Research Funds Coming To UNCNorth Carolina News Network
Scientific research at U-N-C Chapel Hill got a big boost from federal stimulus dollars. UNC grants or awards are expected to total nearly $130 million over a three-year period. That money will go to boosting alternative energy projects and disease research. ...UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Holden Thorp said research creates many benefits for the state AND university. "First it creates jobs for skilled people in science here in Chapel Hill or in other university towns across the country, second thing is it produces a workforce that has the skills to take those innovations and abilities into the private sector and then the third thing is that it creates technologies that can be used to create jobs," said Thorp.
Doing justice to a good-faith effort to help the poor (Opinion-Editorial Column)The Herald-Sun (Durham)
...In recent months, there have been reports and editorials in The Herald-Sun about an audit of the Families First program conducted by Durham County. The audit raised questions about the worth of the program. It has been suggested that it was a waste of taxpayers' money, and that this program raises questions about other contracts Durham County has with other non-profit organizations in the community. We beg to differ! ...If we are going to provide a way out of poverty, it will require all of us pulling together for outcomes that offer hope. We desperately need such cooperative efforts in our community. (Dan Hudgins was director of Durham County Department of Social Work for 30 years and teaches in the School of Social Work at UNC Chapel Hill. This article was written in conjunction with Joe Harvard and Haywood Holderness.)
Jonathan Howes embodies town-gown relationship (Opinion-Editorial Column)The Chapel Hill Herald
We gave a reception earlier this month for Jonathan Howes, who is retiring from the university after nearly 40 years of service. Jonathan's most recent role at Carolina was as special assistant to the chancellor for community affairs, and I can't think of a better example of the title matching the man. As a former mayor of Chapel Hill and longtime director of the UNC Center for Urban and Regional Studies, Jonathan embodied the very spirit of town-gown relations. (Holden Thorp is chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.)
Center of hope (Editorial)The News & Observer (Raleigh)
It is rather like a life preserver, something we don't really think about until we need it. But now a catastrophe of epic proportions serves to put the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center in our consciousness again. The center is treating some of the victims of Haiti's earthquake, and will likely treat others, perhaps many others. ...Because the center, which is part of UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, and other burn centers typically go about their work quietly, it's easy to lose sight of the scope of their work.
Professors hope research helps communitiesThe Daily Reflector (Greenville)
Professors Sharon Paynter and Maureen Berner wanted to do something useful with their research. One day while having lunch together, Paynter, now an assistant professor at ECU’s Department of Political Science, and Berner, from the University of North Carolina’s School of Government, shared a common desire to use their skills and knowledge in a way that would benefit their communities.
N.C. Research Campus free nutrition seriesThe Salisbury Post
Scientists will discuss individualized nutrition, flax seed oil vs. fish oil and how global warming is changing the Inuit diet during a free lecture series at the N.C. Research Campus. Starting Tuesday night, the UNC-Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute will present weekly seminars called Frontiers in Nutrition, part of the Appetite for Life Academy.
- Friday, Jan. 29, 2010
Sustainable Program Rolls OutThe North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce Convention announced their association with the Green Plus sustainability education and certification program on Tuesday, becoming the first chamber of commerce in South Carolina’s to offer the program to small businesses. ...The Green Plus model was developed by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler School of Business in 2007. UNC Chapel Hill and Duke University developed online sustainability tools for small business that were tested in Ohio and North Carolina throughout 2008.
The North Myrtle Beach Times (South Carolina)
UNC establishes Energy Task ForceThe Chapel Hill Herald
UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp on Thursday announced the creation of a new Energy Task Force to study UNC's carbon reduction plan and to review what other universities are doing in that regard. The task force, which will be chaired by Tim Toben, chairman of the N.C. Energy Policy Council, will spend the next six to 12 months learning about the university's carbon reduction efforts and evaluating approaches being used to encourage sustainability.
Hospital sets up phone number to help Haitian quake victims
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
The N.C. Jaycee Burn Center at UNC Hospitals, which began treating three patients from Haiti burned in the earthquake, has established a telephone number for people to call with offers of help. The number is 919-966-4793. The three patients -- two men and a woman -- were transported to North Carolina on Tuesday in a military aircraft from a floating Navy hospital off the coast of Haiti.
- Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010
Haitian burn victim at UNCThe News & Observer (Raleigh)
...Now Louis is getting the best that modern medicine can offer, as one of four burn patients plucked from the rubble and flown to North Carolina - three to the N.C. Jaycee Burn Center at UNC Hospitals and one to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. ..."It's incomprehensible to imagine what these two individuals went through," said Dr. Bruce Cairns, medical director of the burn center.
- Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010
Digital system dazzles at Morehead PlanetariumThe News & Observer (Raleigh)
For four decades, North Carolina schoolchildren have piled into the star theater at UNC-Chapel Hill's Morehead Planetarium and Science Center and gawked at the strange contraption in the middle of the room. ... They will replace the analog projection system with a "fulldome" digital system that will bring far more dazzling, high-definition imagery to the 68-foot, domed star theater. The transition was funded in large part by GlaxoSmithKline, the pharmaceuticals giant that donated $1.5 million to pay for the equipment and its installation.
Burn center gets Haiti's woundedThe News & Observer (Raleigh)
...Flown to North Carolina from the Navy's floating hospital off the shores of Port-au-Prince, the three earthquake victims were among dozens of burn casualties that are finally being airlifted out of the crumbled capital to specialized treatment centers in the United States. The N.C. Jaycee Burn Center at UNC Hospitals, one of 14 in the Southeast and the largest between Florida and Maryland, got the call Monday that the three patients would soon head its way.
Hospitals adopt telemedicine to reach state’s rural populationsThe Triangle Business Journal
When a cancer patient who lives in a rural part of North Carolina needs an evaluation for a complicated case, it’s not uncommon for the patient to be referred to an oncologist in Chapel Hill. Aided by technology, an oncologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center can now talk to the patient remotely while also discussing the case with doctors in Wilson, Boone and the Outer Banks – all at the same time.
School DanceThe Chapel Hill News
Sixteen students -- 12 girls and four intrepid boys -- from Smith and Phillips middle schools lay flat on their backs on the floor of the gym at Lincoln Center. With the Ailey II dance company's associate artistic director Troy Powell directing, company dancer Levi Marsman demonstrated the move, a brief section of choreographer Alvin Ailey's 1960 classic "Revelations." ...The company met with members of UNC's scholarship program, held a master class, and, Monday morning, led the dance workshop for students in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools' AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program.
Grimsley High School Students Get High-Tech Science LessonWFMY-TV (CBS/Greensboro)
A traveling science lab is showing Triad students what a career in the field has to offer. The 40 ft. Destiny Traveling Science Lab bus stopped by Grimsley High School Tuesday. It's part of a learning program with UNC-Chapel Hill giving students hands-on experience.
Roses & raspberries (Editorial)The Chapel Hill News
Roses to David Baron and the other students and organizers of a new community garden that will grow more than just fruits and vegetables. Baron, a junior at UNC, took a year off school to help start HOPE Gardens, a collaborative project between the Campus Y Homeless Outreach Poverty Eradication (HOPE) organization and the town of Chapel Hill.
Nearly 500,000 college applications filed through CFNCThe Triangle Business Journal
Almost a half-million college applications were filed through the College Foundation of North Carolina in 2009, nearly twice as many as in 2007, according to numbers released Tuesday. The nonprofit, state-affiliated agency is increasingly becoming a one-stop source for students to learn about and apply to colleges and for financial aid. "The growing number of North Carolina students taking advantage of online college applications and submitting electronic transcripts shows that CFNC is making the entire process easier and more efficient for students, high school counselors and college admissions officers," said Bruce Mallette, senior associate vice president for academic and student affairs at the University of North Carolina System.
Monday, Jan. 25, 2010
Cancer care boom makes N.C. a beacon for patientsThe News & Observer (Raleigh)
...Experts say there's more than enough disease to go around. State health officials project a 14 percent increase in new cancer cases in North Carolina from 2006 to 2011 and a 21 percent jump in new cancer cases in the Triangle during that same time. Nationally, cancer cases across the nation are expected to grow 45 percent from 2010 to 2030, in large part because people are living longer. "The medical care infrastructure in North Carolina has always been trying to catch up with demand," said Tom Ricketts, editor of the N.C. Medical Journal and a professor of health policy and management at UNC-CH.
Mending hearts, building homesThe News & Observer (Raleigh)
The parents and fraternity brothers of Courtland Smith gathered Saturday in front of a muddy lot in Chapel Hill to salvage something good from a young man's tragic death. A new Habitat for Humanity house will rise in the Phoenix Place subdivision in the coming months to honor the UNC-Chapel Hill fraternity president shot dead in August by a police officer off Interstate 85. ...The house is being built for Lion and Zar Ree Wei, two UNC housekeepers, and their six children. The family arrived in Carrboro three years ago after fleeing their village in Myanmar, which is ruled by an oppressive military junta.
Friday, Jan. 22, 2010
Preserving open landThe Winston-Salem Journal
There are some beautiful places in New Jersey, but "the Garden State" is not what most of us envision for North Carolina's future. It's too crowded, too developed, too urban and suburban. ...Ferrel Guillory, the director of the Program on Public Life at UNC-Chapel Hill, has presented a population slide show for years. It consists of maps of North Carolina, through the past 15 or so decades, with little black dots covering the urban areas.
Anti-obesity grants awardedThe Chapel Hill Herald
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has awarded multi-year grants to 41 communities across the country as part of a landmark national program, based at UNC, which aims to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic by 2015. The sites are funded through Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities, a foundation program housed at Active Living by Design, part of the North Carolina Institute for Public Health at UNC's Gillings School of Global Public Health. The program supports local efforts to improve access to affordable healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity for children and families.
- Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010
Moldova prime minister visits NC, signs agreementThe Associated Press
The prime minister of Moldova visited North Carolina on Wednesday to extend its formal relationship with the state, with the leader of the former Soviet republic acknowledging the country's desire for outside help as it seeks reform. ...In September, dentists from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill joined dentists in Moldova to provide free dental care to children at a boarding school there. North Carolina medical leaders also have worked with Moldovans in improving their hospice care programs, Secretary of State Elaine Marshall said.
Council to consider rules for meetingsThe Daily Advance (Elizabeth City)
City Council will consider rules of procedure for council meetings at its work session next week. ...He said he plans to recommend that City Council follow municipal government expert Fleming Bell’s rules “as much as possible.” Bell, a professor of local government at the School of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has compiled a set of suggested rules for local government meetings based on Robert’s Rules of Order but adapted to municipal government settings.
Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010
Red, blue and green (Editorial)It's not as dramatic as the lions lying down with the lambs, but it's still noteworthy when the Heels make common cause with the Wolfpack. That's what happened this week — off the court, at least. Trustees of N.C. State and UNC-Chapel Hill held a rare joint meeting Tuesday to discuss strengthening ties between the two universities. ...While the universities are fierce rivals in sports, faculty members often join forces on research projects. Along with the educational benefits of collaboration, the trustees zeroed in on another area: Potential savings through streamlining administrative services and avoiding duplication. One example: standardizing computer systems for finance and human resources, which could save up to $4 million.
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- Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010
UNC Hospitals Prepared For Haiti PatientsWCHL 1360-AM (Chapel Hill)
Nearly one week after an earthquake shook Haiti and destroyed its capital, injured survivors are still arriving state-side for treatment. Dalton Sawyer, director of emergency preparedness and continuity planning at UNC, says the hospital has been put on notice. Last summer, officials overhauled the evacuation support component of the hospital’s emergency operation plan to specifically address gaps for out-of-area patients.
UNC Alumnus and Reverend Killed in HaitiWCHL 1360-AM (Chapel Hill)
The Reverend Sam Dixon, a UNC-Chapel Hill alumnus, was killed in Haiti after being trapped by rubble in the collapsed Montana Hotel in Port-au-Prince. Dixon was in Haiti with the United Methodist Church's Committee on Relief, for which he was the Deputy General Secretary. In a release, the UMC says the group with whom Dixon was traveling was trapped for 55 hours after the 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit. The rest of the group was rescued and evacuated to the United States.
He hopes to help more lung patients breathe easierThe News & Observer (Raleigh)
If Dr. Tom Egan is successful in his latest undertakings, the number of lung transplants in the United States will increase, and the results may improve. Egan, a surgeon at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has long been a pioneer in organ transplantation. He performed the first successful lung transplant in North Carolina nearly 20 years ago. Now he's working to expand the pool of eligible organs, using a technology that rescues lungs currently disqualified for consideration.
MegaWatt Solar"The State of Things" WUNC-FM
When UNC astrophysicists Chris Clemens and Chuck Evans teamed up with UNC computer scientist Russ Taylor to found a solar company, they weren't thinking of powering your house, they were thinking of powering your utility company. MegaWatt Solar is a start up in Hillsborough, with backing from a Norwegian company and lots of traction at home. They've designed a modular solar shrub that tracks the sun and can stow itself during high winds. They're hoping a forest of these shrubs will be the answer to powering America's growing need for electricity.
Kenan-Flagler picks 15 startups for its entrepreneurship support program
Fifteen emerging companies will receive a variety of services and report from the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School as part of its Business Accelerator for Sustainable Entrepreneurship program. The BASE initiative is in its second year. Support ranges from capital to expertise and focuses on what Kenan-Flagler calls a “triple bottom line” of profitability, social equity and environmental sustainability.
Related Link: http://www.heraldsun.com/pages/full_story/push?article-BASE+program+assists+businesses%20&id=5592687
Abstract harmony and the story of John Brown at AcklandThe Herald-Sun (Durham)
At UNC's Ackland Art Museum, viewers can experience the work of two contrasting African-American painters. In one gallery, viewers can see paintings of Felrath Hines (1913-1993), large works of abstract, geometric shapes in vibrant colors. In the adjoining gallery, viewers will see 22 silkscreen prints of Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000), all of them based on an episode in the life of abolitionist leader John Brown (1800-1859).
Friday, Jan. 15, 2010
Twin Counties join childhood obesity battleThe Rocky Mount Telegram (Rocky Mount)
The Down East Partnership for Children has been awarded a $360,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to improve opportunities for physical activity and access to affordable, healthy foods for children and families in Nash and Edgecombe counties. ... The Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities national program office is housed at Active Living By Design, part of the North Carolina Institute for Public Health at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
Governor tries to refocus schools goalsThe Salisbury Post (Salisbury)
Gov. Beverly Perdue said Wednesday the Core Lab on the N.C. Research Campus was an appropriate place to announce her education initiative aimed at improving student achievement and better preparing them for careers or college. "It's always reminded me of phoenix rising from the ashes," she said. When Perdue visited Kannapolis after Pillowtex closed in July of 2003, she said the spirit of the people was dismal.
Thursday, Jan. 14 , 2010
North Carolina responding to Haiti disasterWTVD-TV (ABC/Raleigh)
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health professor Billy Gentry discusses the challenges rescue workers are facing in clearing up the disaster in Haiti along with the health impact of the survivors.
This interview was recorded in the Carolina News Studio.
UNC Kenan-Flagler assists 15 early-stage sustainable businessesThe Chatham Journal
The Business Accelerator for Sustainable Entrepreneurship (BASE) at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School begins its second year assisting early-stage sustainable businesses. BASE will connect the entrepreneurs in 15 organizations to a range of sustainability resources—from expertise to capital—to accelerate their growth and impact.
Flogging the FlagshipsInside Higher Ed
Using catchy names like the Carolina Covenant, Access UVa, and the Illinois Promise, many of the country's public research universities -- like their elite private college peers -- have in the last several years created or expanded high-profile programs designed to increase their representation of students from low-income backgrounds and underrepresented minority groups. So far, though, the institutions appear to have made little progress toward that goal, according to a report issued Wednesday.
- Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010
A First For Carolina And Some StudentsWCHL 1360-AM (Chapel Hill)
Nearly 20-percent of undergraduates at UNC-Chapel Hill are first generation college students and this week, UNC will honor those expecting to graduate in May. ...So, UNC created Carolina Firsts, the Web site and student organization will launch this Thursday. The aim is to help student who have to go through the process of applying and attending college alone. In May, the university will recognize graduating first-generation college students with a pin that says "Carolina Firsts," as well as a celebratory breakfast the Saturday before Commencement.
Stone Center to Host Art Show on African DiasporaWCHL 1360-AM (Chapel Hill)
An art exhibit at the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History at UNC will explore how women use spirituality to heal. Joseph Jordan, the Center’s director, says the exhibit delves into the spiritual practices of women throughout the African Diaspora. Entitled “The Shadow and the Spirit: Women’s Healing Rituals in the Diaspora”, the exhibition features the work of Atlanta-based photographer Wendy Phillips, as well as painter Lucia Mendez, who hails from the Dominican Republic.
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New federally funded health initiative to speed benefits of science to North Carolinians
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received a $61 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant that will help speed up how scientific discoveries directly benefit patients in communities across North Carolina.
UNC is among 14 academic health centers in 11 states to join the ranks of the NIH’s Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) consortium. By creating a network of medical research institutions across the nation, the consortium aims to reduce the time it takes for laboratory discoveries to become treatments for patients, engage communities in clinical research efforts, and help train the next generation of clinical and translational researchers. The consortium is led by the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), a part of the NIH.
The five-year grant will partially fund efforts by the University’s new North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences (TraCS) Institute to engage communities across North Carolina in a continuous cycle of knowledge, discovery and dissemination of new ideas for delivering health care. The TraCS Institute was created with an annual commitment of $3.5 million in state funding to UNC-Chapel Hill.
“This institute will transform the way research is performed in our state,” said Dr. William L. Roper, dean of the School of Medicine, vice chancellor for medical affairs and chief executive officer of UNC Health Care. “The initiative will bridge science and clinical practice and speed up the movement of innovations from the laboratory bench to the bedside and the community.”
This initiative is campuswide, drawing on the diverse expertise of doctors and clinicians, biomedical researchers, and a broad spectrum of experts from public health, the social sciences, information technology and other fields.
An example of a project the grant will make possible is the establishment and operation of community research units, one of which is already successfully operating in Greensboro, N.C. Local physicians will be able to refer patients to these units, giving the patients access to new treatments and therapeutic programs, while also allowing researchers opportunities to better evaluate their effectiveness.
Read more at uncnews.unc.edu.
May 5, 2008
Three NC counties win weather stations through RENCI Competition
Weather Web means better weather data, new curriculum in underserved counties
CHAPEL HILL - Three counties in North Carolina will soon have detailed information about the weather patterns in their region and new classroom curricula that uses real-time weather station information as a result of the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) Weather Web competition. The winners are Yancey, Hyde and Alexander counties.
Each county will acquire a research and operational grade weather station through the Weather Web project, which is aimed at enhancing weather-related K-12 education and improving the quantity and quality of weather data in underserved areas of the state.
The winning proposals came from Alexander Central High School in Taylorsville in the west central part of the state; Ocracoke School on Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks; and from a collaboration of several schools in Yancey County in the Appalachian Mountains near the Tennessee border.
Early Registration Ends March 20
Global South Conference
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will host its annual interdisciplinary conference on the globalization of the southern United States on April 13-14, 2008. This year's conference, “Beyond the Sunbelt: Southern Economic Development in a Global Context,” is the fourth in the Global American South series. The conference will bring together 200 academics, policy makers, and economic development practitioners from across the region and beyond. Merle Black (professor of politics at Emory University), Michael Crow (President of Arizona State University), and Martin Lancaster (President of the North Carolina Community College System) will deliver keynote lectures. Topics for plenary and breakout sessions include: trade with India and China, labor migration and demographic shifts, uneven effects of globalization across regions and sectors, environmental concerns and opportunities, technology and regional economic development, and education and retraining. There will also be a special focus on private and public partnerships with institutions of higher education to capitalize on opportunities and solve problems created by this profound change in the economic landscape.
More information, including registration details, is available at http://gi.unc.edu/research/ngasc/
Jan. 18, 2008
Former Law Dean Honored With Faculty Service Award
Her commitment to making Carolina a better and fairer place has defined Judith W. Wegner's more than 25 years of service to the University as faculty leader and former dean of the School of Law. For her work in heightening the school's engagement with public service, Wegner was honored Friday evening with the General Alumni Association's Faculty Service Award.
The award was established in 1990 and honors faculty members who have performed outstanding service to the University or the alumni association.
Wegner served as dean of the School of Law from 1989 to 1999, after working as a teacher and legal scholar and an as associate dean for the University. She was the first former dean in more than 40 years to be elected faculty chair, taking over the position in 2003. She has taught and written on the subjects of land use, property law, state and local government law and the rights of disabled persons and has worked on myriad committees.
Read more at: http://alumni.unc.edu/article.aspx?sid=5632
Feb. 11, 2008
School of Dentistry Faculty, Residents Give Free Dental Care to Durham, Greensboro Children
On Feb. 1, faculty members and residents from the UNC School of Dentistry’s department of pediatric dentistry provided free screenings, preventive care and restorative treatments to children in Durham and Greensboro. This initiative was part of the “Give Kids a Smile” national children’s dental access day.
UNC pediatric dentistry residents Drs. Jonelle Grant, Liz Prada, Liz Miller, Julie Molina and Jossein Shahangian provided care to 13 children at the Durham County Health Department. Dr. Michael Day, dental director for the Durham County Health Department and an adjunct faculty member at the School of Dentistry, coordinated the health department visit.
Dr. Bill Vann, a pediatric dentist and UNC professor, joined Drs. Stephanie Blumenshine and Antonio Braithwaite, residents in pediatric dentistry, in providing care to nine children in Greensboro. The Greensboro event was for Gateway Education Center, which serves special needs students in Guilford County.
The “Give Kids a Smile” event, founded by the American Dental Association, is held annually to provide free dental care to children from underserved communities and to raise awareness of the importance of access to dental care for children. The 2007 North Carolina Child Health Report Card reports that 19 percent of N.C. kindergartners have untreated tooth decay.
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Sustainability Forum Will Be Open To The Public
WCHL 1360-AM (Chapel Hill)
The Solar Energy Research Center at UNC will host a public forum addressing current issues surrounding sustainability. Next Friday, Robert Pinschmidt says part of the focus will center on today’s energy concerns. The event, called “A Sustainable Energy Future: Mapping the Way,” will also focus on the future of energy usage and what kinds of technologies will be used to combat the world’s current energy problems.
Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010
UNC center hosts public forum on sustainable energy (Blog)
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Solar Energy Research Center will hold a public forum and information session to explore energy issues. The free event, “A Sustainable Energy Future – Mapping the Way,” will be Friday, Jan. 15, at the William and Ida Friday Center in Chapel Hill.
Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010
Delegation heads to Singapore to study its strength in math, science
The Charlotte Observer
N.C. Rep. Tricia Cotham of Charlotte, seven other legislators and a handful of state education officials are headed to Singapore in about a week to see what that country does right in math and science education. ...The trip will be the second delegation to Singapore in the 10 years that the Public School Forum of North Carolina and UNC Chapel Hill's Center for International Understanding have been sending lawmakers and policy shapers to look at other countries' schools.
Monday, Jan.4, 2010
Gauging the Dedication of Teacher Corps Grads
The New York Times
Teach for America, a corps of recent college graduates who sign up to teach in some of the nation’s most troubled schools, has become a campus phenomenon, drawing huge numbers of applicants willing to commit two years of their lives. ...Financed by the William T. Grant Foundation, the study surveyed every person who was accepted by Teach for America from 1993 to 1998. It is being published this month in Social Forces, a journal published by the University of North Carolina.
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