Rye Barcott, social entrepreneur, to speak at UNC-Chapel Hill Commencement

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Rye Barcott, social entrepreneur, to speak at UNC-Chapel Hill Commencement

U.S. Marine Corps veteran and co-founder of Carolina for Kibera to give keynote address

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C.— Feb. 15, 2018) –  Rye Barcott, social entrepreneur and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will deliver the University’s spring Commencement address on May 13 in Kenan Stadium.

 

Before graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2001 on an ROTC scholarship, Barcott co-founded Carolina for Kibera through the Center for Global Initiatives within UNC Global. CFK is a non-governmental organization based in the impoverished Kibera neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya. Named a Time magazine and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “Hero of Global Health,” CFK uses sports and public health initiatives to prevent ethnic and gender violence and to fight poverty.

 

“Rye’s amazing life journey began while he was an undergraduate at Carolina, when he co-founded an acclaimed non-governmental organization, Carolina for Kibera, dedicated to breaking cycles of violence and developing young leaders in Kenya,” said Chancellor Carol L. Folt. “Rye’s out-of-the box thinking and global entrepreneurial work – ranging from creating holistic youth development programs to establishing a clinic treating thousands in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has been recognized by the President of the United States, the World Economic Forum and international philanthropists, and is taught in graduate schools around the world. I know his authenticity and example of selfless service to others, mixed with his personal humility and humor, will inspire the Class of 2018 as they begin their own journeys.”

 

A former captain, Barcott served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps in Bosnia, the Horn of Africa and Iraq. He also wrote “It Happened on the Way to War: A Marine’s Path to Peace,” a book that juxtaposes social entrepreneurship with military service.

 

“What a thrilling honor it is to be this year’s commencement speaker for my beloved alma mater. Service has been part of Carolina’s DNA since 1789, when we were founded as the nation’s first public university,” said Barcott. “I’m grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to serve my country and I can’t wait to be in a sea of Carolina blue in Kenan Stadium with my kids by my side feeling the love.”

 

In 2001 Barcott earned bachelor’s degrees in peace, war and defense and international studies from Carolina. In 2009, he earned master’s degrees in public administration and business administration from Harvard University, where he was a Harvard Center for Public Leadership Social Enterprise Fellow. He then returned to North Carolina and co-founded Double Time Capital, an impact investment firm that played an integral role in helping the state become second in the nation in solar power.

 

Barcott currently serves as co-founder and CEO of With Honor, a new civic organization that is helping elect to Congress a cross-partisan coalition of post-9/11 veterans. With Honor is based in Charlotte, where Barcott lives with his wife, Dr. Tracy Barcott, a 2000 Carolina alumna, and their two children.

 

Folt chose Barcott in consultation with faculty and staff on the University’s Commencement Speaker Selection Committee.

 

Spring Commencement will be held at 9 a.m. in Kenan Stadium. Folt will preside over the ceremony. For more information, visit http://commencement.unc.edu/.

 

-Carolina-

 

About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill



The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 111 master’s, 65 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty, staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s more than 322,000 alumni live in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 165 countries. More than 175,000 live in North Carolina.

 

University Communications: Jeni Cook, (919) 962-2091, jeni.cook@unc.edu

 

UNC-Chapel Hill and the Town of Chapel Hill Launch Party Registration Program

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UNC-Chapel Hill and the Town of Chapel Hill Launch Party Registration Program

Effort will strengthen community relations and empower students

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C. – Jan. 10, 2018) – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Town of Chapel Hill today announced a new joint initiative, “Party, Police Free.” Modeled after programs at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Colorado State University and the University of Colorado Boulder, “Party, Police Free” is designed to strengthen neighborhood relations, to help students party responsibly and to empower them to be accountable to their community.

 

“This initiative has the potential to be a win-win for everyone,” said Aaron Bachenheimer, UNC-Chapel Hill’s Executive Director of Off-Campus Student Life and Community Partnerships. “Students who register and party responsibly can have a great time, while giving neighbors and police greater peace of mind and a more efficient response option should things get out of control.”

 

Students can register their Friday or Saturday night parties online and then complete the registration in person at the Office of Community Involvement, Granville Towers South, Suite 2100. If the Chapel Hill Police Department receives a noise complaint about a registered gathering, the host will then receive one courtesy phone call or text message, giving them 20 minutes to quiet or disband the event. Police will only visit the party if a second complaint is received after the 20-minute grace period, helping the police to avoid unnecessary visits and to provide students the opportunity to avoid a fine.

 

“Our goal is always to keep everyone safe,” said Chapel Hill Police Chief and Executive Director for Community Safety Chris Blue. “This program provides us with another opportunity to partner with the University to improve the quality of life in our community. An added benefit is that this program will allow us to use our police patrol resources more effectively.”

 

Students who register their parties will also receive “party smart” tips on how to party safely and responsibly. These tips include: letting their neighbors know about the party beforehand, knowing who is on the guest list, designating party monitors and making sure guests have a safe way to get home.

 

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About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 111 master’s, 65 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty, staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s more than 322,000 alumni live in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 165 countries. More than 175,000 live in North Carolina.

 

University Communications: Jeni Cook, (919) 962-2091, jeni.cook@unc.edu

 

Off-Campus Student Life and Community Partnerships: Aaron Bachenheimer, (919) 843-5827, bachenhe@email.unc.edu

 

Town of Chapel Hill: Ran Northam, (919) 969-4878, rnortham@townofchapelhill.org

 

UNC-Chapel Hill MLK Celebration Week Begins Jan. 14

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UNC-Chapel Hill MLK Celebration Week Begins Jan. 14

Highlights include speakers Chancellor Carol L. Folt and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C.— Jan. 8, 2018) – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will host several events as part of the 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Week. The theme, “Voices. Presence. Community,” focuses on the importance of inclusion, diversity and community building.

 

North Carolina native and former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch will deliver this year’s MLK Keynote Lecture on Jan. 18. Lynch was the first African-American female to serve as attorney general.

 

The week will begin with a keynote address by Chancellor Carol L. Folt at the annual MLK University/Community Banquet, followed by the MLK Day of Service 5K Run. The race honors Dr. King’s bridge-building legacy of community service, with proceeds benefiting two local non-profit organizations.

 

University/Community MLK Banquet with Chancellor Carol L. Folt

William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education

Sunday, Jan. 14, 6 p.m.

 

Chancellor Carol L. Folt will deliver the keynote at the 33rd annual University/Community Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Banquet and Award Presentation. The banquet is hosted by the MLK University/Community Planning Corporation in partnership with UNC-Chapel Hill’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion. The corporation, a non-profit group founded in 1993, raises scholarship funds for high school students in Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Orange County, as well as Carolina students who work to improve the quality of life for everyone in the community. Each year, the corporation also honors citizens in “recognition of enduring service to humanity by word and by deed” through the Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Citizen Awards.

 

MLK Day of Service 5K: “Voices. Presence. Community.”

Starts at the Old Well (Cameron Avenue)

Monday, Jan. 15, 7 a.m.

 

Early registration is now open online for the 15th annual MLK Day of Service run. On-site registration the day of the event begins at 6 a.m. at the Campus Y on Cameron Avenue. In keeping with Dr. King’s lifelong commitment to bridge building work, race proceeds will benefit Girls on the Run of the Triangle and Healthy Girls Save the World, an organization founded by a Carolina alumna.

 

MLK Keynote Lecture and Awards Ceremony with Loretta Lynch

Memorial Hall

Thursday, Jan. 18, 7 p.m.

 

North Carolina native and former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch will deliver the 2018 MLK Keynote Lecture. Ms. Lynch, who was born in Greensboro, was sworn in as the first African-American female attorney general in April 2015, a position she held until January 2017. Additionally, the event includes a presentation of the University’s MLK Scholarships and Unsung Hero Awards.

 

More information and a complete list of events are available at diversity.unc.edu/mlk.

 

-Carolina-

 

About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill



The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 111 master’s, 65 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty, staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s more than 322,000 alumni live in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 165 countries. More than 175,000 live in North Carolina.

 

University Communications: Media Relations, (919) 445-8555, mediarelations@unc.edu

Diversity and Inclusion contact: Adrianne Gibilisco, (919) 843-6085, adrigibi@email.unc.edu

 

 

 

165 at UNC-Chapel Hill inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

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165 at UNC-Chapel Hill inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

 

103 inductees are from North Carolina

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C.— Nov. 9, 2017) – Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most honored college honorary society, has inducted 165 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill students as new members.

 

The recent induction ceremony featured a keynote address by Martin H. Brinkley, Dean of the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law and Arch T. Allen Distinguished Professor of Law. New members received certificates and Phi Beta Kappa keys, the organization’s symbol.

 

Phi Beta Kappa membership is open to undergraduates in the college and professional degree programs who meet stringent eligibility requirements.

 

A student who has completed 75 hours of course work in the liberal arts and sciences with a GPA of 3.85 or better (on a 4-point scale) is eligible for membership. Also eligible is any student who has completed 105 hours of course work in the liberal arts and sciences with a 3.75 GPA. Grades earned at other universities are not considered. Less than 1 percent of all college students qualify.

 

Past and present Phi Beta Kappa members from across the country have included 17 American presidents, 40 U.S. Supreme Court Justices and more than 130 Nobel Laureates.

 

Phi Beta Kappa has 286 chapters nationwide. UNC’s chapter, Alpha of North Carolina, was founded in 1904 and is the oldest of seven chapters in the state. Each year, Phi Beta Kappa chapters and alumni associations across the country raise and distribute more than $1 million in awards, scholarships and prizes benefiting high schools and college students.

 

Phi Beta Kappa officers at Carolina for 2017-2018 are students Rohanit Singh, president; Elaine Kearney, vice president; and Diana Lopez, recording secretary. James L. Leloudis, professor of history, Peter T. Grauer associate dean for Honors Carolina, and director of the James M. Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence, is chapter executive secretary and faculty advisor.

 

Listed below are 160 inductees, 103 of whom are from North Carolina. The names appear below in alphabetical order by North Carolina county, then by state and country. All study in the College of Arts and Sciences except where otherwise noted. Five students chose not to be listed.

 

 

Avery County

 

  • Charles Fischer Brown, a senior with a music performance major, son of Michael Brown and Susan Brown of Banner Elk.

 

Buncombe County

 

  • Margaret Scott Hilderbran, a junior with astrophysics and religious studies majors, daughter of Gregory Hilderbran and Carole Hilderbran of Asheville.

 

  • Dakota Hunter Koenigsberg, a May 2015 graduate with environmental studies and economics majors and a philosophy minor, of Asheville.

 

  • Samantha Lynn Pagan, a junior with a physics major, daughter of Tammy Sullivan of Weaverville and Juan Pagan of Houston, TX.

 

  • Christine Anne Zimmerman, a senior with an English major and French and studio art minors, daughter of Marjorie Zimmerman and Howard Zimmerman of Arden.

 

Burke County

 

  • Will Joseph Duncan, a senior with an economics major and Chinese and art history minors, son of Rich Duncan and Christine Post-Duncan of Chicago, IL.

 

Cabarrus County

 

  • Leah Baker, a May 2017 graduate with an English major and education and social and economic justice minors, daughter of Dr. Kristin Baker and Dr. Scott Baker of Concord.

 

  • Mallory Renee’ Croley, a senior with a biology major and a chemistry minor, daughter of Jill Croley and Dr. Glitz Croley of Concord.

 

  • Macey Elizabeth Fairchild, a senior with English and American studies majors and a history minor, daughter of Tierney Fairchild and James Fairchild of Harrisburg.

 

  • Alison Nancy Hollis, a senior with a biology major and chemistry and medical anthropology minors, daughter of Judi Hollis and Pete Hollis of Concord.

 

  • Sydra Larab Siddiqui, a senior with biology and religious studies majors and a chemistry minor, daughter of Rashid Siddiqui and Dr. Huma Siddiqui of Concord.

 

Catawba County

 

  • Anna-Kathryn Avonne Hass, a junior with psychology and history majors, daughter of Dr. Andrew Hass and Nicole Hass of Hickory.

 

  • Geoffrey Calvin McGee, a senior with public policy and economics majors and an education minor, son of Carmon McGee and Guy McGee of Black Mountain, NC.

 

  • Morgan Taylor Yapundich, a senior with a biochemistry major, daughter of Dr. Linda Billips and Dr. Robert Yapundich of Hickory.

 

Cumberland County

 

  • Faith Caroline Goldsmith, a senior with peace, war, and defense and Germanic and Slavic languages and literatures majors, daughter of Col. (R) Stu Goldsmith and Ann Goldsmith of Fayetteville.

 

Davie County

 

  • Meredith Anne Ratledge, a senior with an environmental science major and a business minor, of Advance.

 

Durham County

 

  • Emma Astrike-Davis, a senior with a nutrition major and a chemistry minor, daughter of Nancy Astrike and Joan Davis of Durham.

 

  • Emma Grace Crenshaw, a junior with a biostatistics major and medical anthropology and chemistry minors, daughter of Dr. Hugh Crenshaw and Dr. Donna Crenshaw of Durham.

 

  • Averyl Julian Edwards, an August 2017 graduate with Jewish studies and women’s and gender studies majors and a modern Hebrew minor, of Durham.

 

  • Caroline Scott Fowler, a senior with archaeology and anthropology majors, daughter of Sheryl Fowler of Durham.

 

Franklin County

 

  • Anna Elizabeth Dodson, a senior with a health policy and management major and a chemistry minor, daughter of Patricia Dodson and Terry Dodson of Bunn.

 

Gaston County

 

  • Michael Edward Purello, a senior with history and global studies majors, son of Joseph Purello and Sheila Purello.

 

Guilford County

 

  • Chris Chung, a junior with chemistry and mathematical decision sciences majors, son of Dave Chung and Clara Chung of Oak Ridge.

 

  • Cyrus John Fitzpatrick, a senior with exercise and sport science and psychology majors, of Greensboro.

 

  • Jake Ryan Mayer, a junior with computer science and applied mathematics majors and a physics minor, of Oak Ridge.

 

  • Russell Anderson McIntosh, a senior with mathematics and philosophy majors and a physics minor, son of Stan McIntosh and Lisa McIntosh.

 

  • Nishita Tushar Sheth, a junior with nutrition and biology majors and a neuroscience minor, of Jamestown.

 

  • Jacob Ryan Strauss, a junior with a computer science major and a biology minor, son of Dr. Brian Strauss and Andrea Strauss of Oak Ridge.

 

  • William Ross Taylor, a junior with a biomedical engineering major and a chemistry minor, of Greensboro.

 

  • Mary Elizabeth Triplett, a senior with psychology and anthropology majors, daughter of Cynthia Triplett and John Triplett, Jr. of Pleasant Garden.

 

  • Shan Yu, a senior with a biology major and chemistry and neuroscience minors, of High Point.

 

Halifax County

 

  • Patrick Oliver Fiorilli, a senior with a comparative literature major and a creative writing minor, son of Dr. Mario Fiorilli and Mona Fiorilli of Roanoke Rapids.

 

Henderson County

 

  • Seth McKenzie Alexander, a senior with a biology major and a chemistry minor, of Hendersonville.

 

  • Olivia Nicole Thiery, a senior with an exercise and sport science major and studio art and biology minors, daughter of Joel Thiery and Lynn Thiery of Hendersonville.

 

Jackson County

 

  • Rachel Katherine Nixon, a senior with political science and English majors and a politics, philosophy, and economics minor, daughter of Carla Nixon and Dr. Scot Nixon of Sylva.

 

Madison County

 

  • Anna Lynne Zimmerman, a senior with peace, war, and defense and English majors and an Asian studies minor, daughter of Robert Zimmerman and Tamara Ballard of Marshall.

 

Mecklenburg County

 

  • Alexander Bennett, a senior with biology and philosophy majors and a chemistry minor, of Huntersville.

 

  • Nicholas Chilton Blum, a senior with peace, war, and defense and political science majors and a public policy minor, of Charlotte.

 

  • Margaret Mclellan Bryant, a senior with a biology major and chemistry and neuroscience minors, of Charlotte.

 

  • Shouri Gottiparthi, a senior with a health policy and management major and a chemistry minor, son of Venkata Gottiparthi and Kalpana Gottiparthi of Charlotte.

 

  • Jacob Ian Greenblatt, a senior with public policy and political science majors and a social and economic justice minor, of Matthews.

 

  • Theresa Marie Jones, a senior with mathematics and geology majors and a French minor, daughter of Bonnie Likens Jones and George Wesley Jones of Charlotte.

 

  • David William Katibah, a senior with economics and political science majors and a philosophy minor, son of Dr. William Katibah, III and Maria Katibah of Huntersville.

 

  • Margaret Susan Lynch, a senior with a music (piano performance) major and an Hispanic studies minor, daughter of Jay Lynch and Susan Lynch of Charlotte.

 

  • Matthew Charles McKnight, a senior with history and public policy majors, son of Beth McKnight of Charlotte.

 

  • Elizabeth Houston Sheild, a senior with political science and Spanish literature majors and a women’s and gender studies minor, daughter of Susan Elizabeth Sheild (Phi Beta Kappa, Lambda of Virginia) and George Cabell Sheild, Sr. of Charlotte.

 

  • Kristin Grace Weiss, a senior with biology and German literature and culture majors and a chemistry minor, daughter of Richard Weiss of Davidson and Susan Gover of Hillsborough, NC.

 

  • Wilfred Chad Wong, a junior with quantitative biology and biochemistry majors and a computer science minor, son of Mela Chan of Charlotte.

 

  • Sarah Kathryn Yaghoubi, a senior with biology and philosophy majors and a chemistry minor, daughter of Pat Yaghoubi and Habibullah Yaghoubi of Charlotte.

 

Moore County

 

  • Joshua Daniel Barnes, a senior with peace, war, and defense and history majors and a public policy minor, son of Dr. Daniel Barnes and Laura Barnes of West End.

 

New Hanover County

 

  • Sarah Caroline Miller, a senior with a chemistry major and a business administration minor, daughter of Dr. Jon Miller and Diane Miller of Wilmington.

 

  • Brittney Louise Ortiz, a senior with a psychology major and an anthropology minor, daughter of Heather Wall and James Wall of Wilmington.

 

Orange County

 

  • Mike Gaitens Arneson, a May 2017 graduate with an economics major and a business minor, of Chapel Hill.

 

  • Noah Patrick Balamucki, a senior with a music major and a history minor, son of Susan Hollobaugh and Richard Balamucki of Chapel Hill.

 

  • Sarah Jane Brooks, a May 2017 graduate with an economics major and philosophy and business administration minors, daughter of Laura Brooks of Chapel Hill and Martin Brooks of Little River, SC.

 

  • Nathanael Connor Bedingfield Brown, a senior with peace, war, and defense and political science majors and a history minor, son of Thomas Brown and Robin Bedingfield of Hillsborough.

 

  • Veronica Carolyn Jean DaVanzo, a senior with a biology major and a chemistry minor, daughter of Dr. Robert DaVanzo of High Point, NC and Dr. Christie DaVanzo of Greensboro, NC.

 

  • Riley Bingham Foster, a senior with economics and public policy majors and a French minor, of Chapel Hill.

 

  • Ori Erna Hashmonay, a senior with an art history major and German and French minors, daughter of Dr. Ram Hashmonay and Michal Hashmonay of Kiryat Shmona, Israel.

 

  • James Hale Jushchuk, a senior with a computer science major, son of Leslie Bunce, MD of Pittsboro and Michael Jushchuk of Chapel Hill.

 

  • Rachael MinJung Kang, a senior with a psychology major, daughter of Robert Kang and Connie Kang of Chapel Hill.

 

  • Sanam Louise Kavari, a junior with an environmental health sciences major and medical anthropology and chemistry minors, daughter of Emily Xavier of Hillsborough and Masound Kavari of Chapel Hill.

 

  • Nicholas William McHenry, a senior with computer science and economics majors, of Chapel Hill.

 

  • Kayley Peters, a senior with biology and Spanish majors and a chemistry minor, daughter of Mark Peters and Mary Todd Peters of Chapel Hill.

 

  • Ramkumar Rao, a senior with a computer science major, of Chapel Hill.

 

  • Frances Emily Reuland, a senior with environmental science and Hispanic literatures and cultures majors and a chemistry minor, of Chapel Hill.

 

  • Arvind Sivashanmugam, a senior with a biostatistics major and Spanish for the professions and mathematics minors, of Chapel Hill.

 

  • Daniel Lee Stickel, a senior with a biology major and Spanish for the professions and neuroscience minors, son of David Stickel and Julie Stickel of Chapel Hill.

 

  • Claire Elizabeth Weintraub, a senior with economics and Hispanic literature and cultures majors and a public policy minor, daughter of Dr. Jory Weintraub and Julie Haughton.

 

  • Yusheng Zhang, a junior with business administration and global studies majors and a music minor, son of Xiaoyun Shen and Chongben Zhang of Chapel Hill.

 

Pitt County

 

  • Olivia Marie Holder, a senior with a history major and Chinese and comparative literature minors, daughter of Dr. David Holder and Ann Marie Holder of Greenville.

 

  • Violet Simmons Noe, a senior with a nutrition major and Spanish for the medical professions and chemistry minors, daughter of Marna Noe and Marion Noe of Greenville.

 

Polk County

 

  • Bridget Gallagher, a senior with a nutrition major and Spanish for the medical professions and chemistry minors, daughter of Dr. John Gallagher and Jane Gallagher of Columbus.

 

Rockingham County

  • Philip Murray Wilson, a senior with classics and medieval history majors, son of Dr. Ewain Wilson and Laura Wilson of Wilkesboro.

 

Rowan County

 

  • Katelyn Laine Buffett, a senior with a sociology major and an education minor, daughter of Eric Buffett and Lyndy Buffett of Rockwell.

 

Rutherford County

 

  • Michael Ian Hensley, a senior with a history major and a medieval and early modern studies minor, of Rutherfordton.

 

Transylvania County

 

  • Emma Griffith McLeod, a senior with geography and global studies majors, daughter of John McLeod and Beth McLeod of Brevard.

 

Union County

 

  • Lindsey Anne Davis, a senior with psychology and exercise and sport science majors, daughter of Christopher Davis and Tricia Davis of Matthews.

 

  • Lacey Elizabeth Hunter, a senior with history and archaeology majors and a Hispanic studies minor, of Weddington.

 

  • Christina Rayen Kresser, an August 2017 graduate with a biology major and a chemistry minor, daughter of David Kresser and Susan Kresser of Waxhaw.

 

  • Suzanne Michelle McLendon, a senior with a music education major, daughter of Mary McLendon and Woody McLendon of Waxhaw.

 

Wake County

 

  • Katherine Frances Cayton, a senior with history and political science majors and a media and journalism minor, daughter of Verne Ellis Cayton, Jr. and Alison Riopel Cayton of Raleigh.

 

  • Jen-Hsuan Chu, a senior with a biology major and Chinese and music minors, of Cary.

 

  • Elizabeth Ciociola, a senior with a chemistry major and business administration and biology minors, daughter of Catherine Hinkle of Raleigh and Arthur Ciociola of Fort Worth, TX.

 

  • Kennedy Michelle Crawford, a senior with a music major and a dramatic art minor, daughter of Pamela Plummer of Morrisville and Duke Crawford of Hillsborough, NC.

 

  • Sarah Elizabeth Gee, a senior with psychology and global studies majors and a Hispanic studies minor, daughter of Susan Margolis and M. Blen Gee, Jr. of Cary.

 

  • Gabriel Christian Gonzalez, a senior with a biology major and Spanish and chemistry minors, son of Jesus Gonzalez and Louise Gonzalez of Wake Forest.

 

  • Angelica Green, a senior with a psychology major, daughter of James Green and Jacqueline Green of Sanford, NC.

 

  • Hannah Leah Holtzman, a junior with geological sciences and archaeology majors and a mathematics minor, daughter of Adam Holtzman and Maria Holtzman of Raleigh.

 

  • Vishal Iyer, a senior with a biology major and a chemistry minor, of Cary.

 

  • Jacob Alexander Johnson, a May 2017 graduate with an economics major and a business administration minor, son of Douglas Johnson and Willa Burgess of Raleigh.

 

  • Pooja Dhanesh Joshi, a junior with a health policy and management major and entrepreneurship and Asian studies minors, daughter of Dhanesh Joshi and Shivangi Joshi of Cary.

 

  • Farhan Khan, a senior with a psychology major and a chemistry minor, of Raleigh.

 

  • Katherine Anne Kruse, a senior with biology and English majors and a chemistry minor, daughter of Mary Engel and Shawn Kruse of Cary.

 

  • Allison Li-Ping Lim, a senior with business administration and global studies majors, daughter of Timothy Lim and Kathleen Lim of Raleigh.

 

  • Kristen Rita Lospinoso, a senior with a psychology major and chemistry and neuroscience minors, daughter of Mita Lospinoso and Jeff Lospinoso of Cary.

 

  • Christina Elizabeth Miller, a senior with a psychology major and chemistry and biology minors, of Raleigh.

 

  • Elizabeth Nicholls, a senior with a global studies major and Hispanic studies and social and economic justice minors, daughter of Marc Nicholls and Kay Nicholls of Raleigh.

 

  • Nils Erik Persson, a senior with a computer science major, of Cary.

 

  • Addie Marie Rush, a May 2017 graduate with a psychology major and speech & hearing science and education minors, daughter of Greg Rush and Robin Rush of Raleigh.

 

  • Akshay Sankar, a junior with biostatistics and chemistry majors and a computer science minor, of Cary.

 

  • Courtney Schlachter, a senior with linguistics and music majors and a speech and hearing sciences minor, of Cary.

 

  • Lauren Ann Sugarman, a senior with a biology major and chemistry and neuroscience minors, daughter of Neal Sugarman and Denyce Sugarman of Apex.

 

  • Jayson Beck Wisk, a May 2010 graduate with an economics major and a chemistry minor, son of Dr. Joseph Wisk and Carolyn Wisk of Raleigh.

 

Alabama

 

  • Savannah Loehr, a senior with a biology major and neuroscience and chemistry minors, daughter of Leah Loehr and Tim Loehr of Montgomery.

 

Arizona

 

  • Gabrielle Rose Geenen, a senior with a psychology major and philosophy and women’s and gender studies minors, daughter of Daniel Geenen and Lisa Rosenfeld of Chandler.

 

Arkansas

 

  • Gordon Miller Wilbourn, a senior with English and classics majors, son of Penny Wilbourn and Gordon Wilbourn of Little Rock.

 

California

 

  • Brittney M Allyn, an August 2017 graduate with a biology major, daughter of Shelley Allyn and Dale Allyn of Seal Beach.

 

Colorado

 

  • Nicole Elizabeth Affleck, a senior with an environmental studies major and Hispanic studies and urban planning minors, daughter of Jack Affleck and Beth Affleck of Vail.

 

Connecticut

 

  • Caroline Joyce Keough, a May 2017 graduate with an environmental science major and mathematical decision sciences and Italian minors, daughter of Cami Keough and William Keough of Fairfield.

 

Delaware

 

  • Anna Claire McQuillin, a senior with African, African American, and diaspora studies and economics majors and a mathematics minor, daughter of Donna McQuillin and Alan McQuillin of Bear.

 

Florida

 

  • Sundus Alfi, a senior with public policy and economics majors, daughter of Nesreen Alsati of Tampa.

 

  • Stephen Baker, a senior with a psychology major and biology and chemistry minors, of Bradenton.

 

  • Brittany Marie Castellanos, a senior with a chemistry major and biology and Spanish for the medical professions minors, of Miami.

 

  • Khaleelah Lynne Elhajoui, a junior with linguistics and Japanese majors and a biology minor, daughter of Dylan Elhajoui and Anne Elhajoui of Sarasota.

 

  • Julia Marie Fehr, a senior with a chemistry major, of Longwood.

 

  • Rachel Elizabeth Joyner, a junior with a peace, war, and defense major and a philosophy, politics, and economics minor, of Tallahassee.

 

  • Ched Milic, a junior with economics and computer science majors and a business administration minor, of St Petersburg.

 

  • Margaret Eline Player, a senior with political science and peace, war, and defense majors, daughter of Shane Player and Lisa Player of Gulf Breeze.

 

  • Analisa Maria Sorrells, a senior with a public policy major and a media and journalism minor, daughter of Tom Sorrells and Mitra Sorrells of Windermere.

 

Georgia

 

  • Andrew James Bock, a senior with chemistry and French majors and a medical anthropology minor, son of Wendi Bock and Gregory Bock of Dawsonville.

 

  • Margaret Susan Cruser, a senior with a computer science major and a journalism minor, daughter of J. Robb Cruser and Laura Cruser of Alpharetta.

 

  • Kenny Le, a senior with a psychology major and a neuroscience minor, of Norcross.

 

  • Vishnu Ramachandran, a junior with computer science and philosophy majors, son of Swarnamani Ramachandran and Saraswathi Swarnamani of Peachtree Corners.

 

Illinois

 

  • Caroline Rose Stanton, a junior with chemistry and music majors, daughter of Charlotte Stanton and David Stanton, Jr. of Deer Park.

 

Indiana

 

  • Morgan Lane, a senior with a chemistry major and a biology minor, daughter of John Lane and Cindy Mason of Columbus.

 

Iowa

 

  • Nile Foxx Iverson, a senior with media and journalism and biology majors and a chemistry minor, of Iowa City.

 

Maryland

 

  • Leah Balkoski, a senior with comparative literature and religious studies majors and a French minor, of Baltimore.

 

  • Brooks James Knighton, a senior with a biology major and a chemistry minor, son of Michele Knighton and James Knighton of Catonsville.

 

  • Boateng Appiah Kubi, a May 2017 graduate with a biology major and philosophy and chemistry minors, son of Anthony Kubi and Naomi Kubi of Bowie.

 

Minnesota

 

  • Claire McBride Drysdale, a senior with biology and studio art majors, daughter of Julie Drysdale and Michael Drysdale of Golden Valley.

 

  • Lauren Groffsky, a May 2017 graduate with Hispanic literature and culture and Latin American studies majors, daughter of Jeffrey Groffsky and Natalie Wu.

 

Missouri

 

  • Eric Hanlin Lee, a senior with an economics major and a philosophy, politics, and economics minor, of St. Louis.

 

New Jersey

 

  • Madison Rihga Schaper, a senior with an English major and writing for the screen and stage and creative writing minors, daughter of Sheila Donohue and Todd Schaper of Metuchen.

 

  • Amanda Ruth Witwer, a senior with public policy and sociology majors, daughter of Rhonda Witwer of Clinton.

 

New York

 

  • Jimmy Chin, a senior with economics and Asian studies majors and a philosophy minor, son of Irene Lee of Chapel Hill, NC.

 

  • Kristen Michelle Marino, a senior with media and journalism and psychology majors, daughter of Dr. Mary Marino and Dr. Michael Marino.

 

  • Carolyn Jean Mistele, a senior with an exercise and sport science major and a neuroscience minor, daughter of Katherine Mistele and William Mistele, Jr. of New City.

 

  • Matthew Shear, a senior with peace, war, and defense and psychology majors and an Arabic minor, of Ardsley.

 

Oklahoma

 

  • Lauren Alexandra Moore, a May 2017 graduate with business administration and dramatic art majors, daughter of Hal Moore and Tonya Moore of Norman.

 

Pennsylvania

 

  • Adam Loeser, a senior with a chemistry major and a Spanish for the professions minor, son of Dr. Linda Malisan and Dr. Glen Loeser of Ambler.

 

  • Samantha Paisley, a senior with journalism and political science majors, daughter of Ian Paisley and Tess Dove of Perryville, MD.

 

  • Alexander Matthew Payne, a senior with biology and chemistry majors and a history minor, son of Susan Payne and Brett Payne of Downingtown.

 

  • Angela Lee Zhang, a senior with psychology and biology majors, daughter of Bin Zhang and Ping Lee of Pittsburgh.

 

Rhode Island

 

  • Camille M Oswald, a May 2017 graduate with dramatic arts and women’s and gender studies majors, daughter of Mindy Oswald and James Oswald of Barrington.

 

  • Magdalena Rainey, a senior with a nutrition major and chemistry and biology minors, of Barrington.

 

South Carolina

 

  • Rossi Akim Anastopoulo, a May 2017 graduate with global studies and sports and social issues majors, of Charleston.

 

Tennessee

 

  • David Isaac Doochin, a senior with linguistics and history majors, son of Lawrence Doochin and Janice Doochin of Franklin.

 

  • Gabrielle Blue Nair, a senior with political science and philosophy majors, daughter of Katy Burke-Nair and Brent Nair of Memphis.

 

Texas

 

  • Shelby Victoria Anderson, a senior with psychology and chemistry majors, daughter of Craig Anderson and Pamalla Anderson of Dallas.

 

Utah

 

  • Tony Hong Liu, a May 2017 graduate with a geography major and religious studies and anthropology minors, of Salt Lake City.

 

  • Isabel Margaret Romano, a senior with business administration and public policy majors, daughter of Bridget Romano and Rich Romano of Salt Lake City.


Virginia

 

  • Anita Amin, a junior with health policy and management and biology majors, of Arlington.

 

  • Allyson Sloan Barkley, a senior with global studies and Hispanic literature and cultures majors, daughter of Dr. Carolyn Dalldorf and James Barkley of Charlottesville.

 

  • Anna DeLancey Phares, a senior with a global studies major and chemistry and Hispanic studies minors, of Richmond.

 

Washington

 

  • Stenn Hollis Monson, a junior with economics and history majors and a business administration minor, son of Gregory Monson and Chalky Monson of Ephrata.

 

West Virginia

 

  • Jamie Austin Rose, a junior with chemistry and biology majors, son of Todd Rose and Rachel Rose of Beckley.

 

Canada

 

  • Renuka Rachel Koilpillai, a senior with sociology and psychology majors and a public policy minor, daughter of Dr. Chris Koilpillai and Prof. Anuradha Koilpillai of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

 

Costa Rica

 

  • Christopher Lee Brenes, a senior with computer science and economics majors, son of Margarita Brenes of San Pedro, San José and Robert Lee of Chapel Hill, NC.

 

Vietnam

 

  • My Linh H Luu, a senior with a comparative literature major and a creative writing minor, daughter of Dr. Doanh Luu and Thi Ngoc Mai Hoang of Hanoi.

 

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About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 111 master’s, 65 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty, staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s more than 322,000 alumni live in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 165 countries. More than 175,000 live in North Carolina.

 

University Communications contact: Jeni Cook, (919) 445-8555, mediarelations@unc.edu

Phi Beta Kappa contact: Jason Clemmons, (919) 843-7756, jclem@email.unc.edu

 

 

Gov. Roy Cooper to deliver keynote address at University Day celebration

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Gov. Roy Cooper to deliver keynote address at University Day celebration

11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 12

Memorial Hall, 114 E. Cameron Ave.

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C.— Oct. 9, 2017) – Governor Roy Cooper, North Carolina’s 75th Governor, will deliver the keynote address at this year’s University Day on Oct. 12. The celebration is in honor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s 224th birthday and will be held at 11 a.m. in Memorial Hall.

 

University Day marks the 1793 laying of the cornerstone of Old East, the nation’s first state university building, and the beginning of public higher education in the United States. More information on the history of University Day can be found here.

 

Chancellor Carol L. Folt will also honor the founders and generations of graduates who took the University’s mission of service to the world, discuss aspirations for Carolina’s future and recognize the service of alumni and faculty who continue the advancement of work for the betterment of the people of North Carolina.

 

Keynote speaker: Governor Roy Cooper. The son of a school teacher, Cooper knows that education creates opportunity and he has worked throughout his career to strengthen our schools and create a sound foundation for our state’s children. In the N.C. House and Senate, Cooper fought to increase teacher pay and reduce class sizes. He wrote North Carolina’s first children’s health insurance initiative. During his service in the legislature, Cooper worked with members of both parties to get balanced budgets that raised teacher pay to the national average, grow the economy and cut taxes for middle class families. Cooper entered public service to fight for communities like the one where he grew up. Born and raised in Nash County, he attended public schools and worked summers on the family farm before attending UNC-Chapel Hill on a Morehead Scholarship. After earning a law degree from UNC, Cooper returned home to Nash County to practice law and, with his wife Kristin, raise three daughters – Hilary, Natalie, and Claire.  He taught Sunday School, served as an elder and deacon in his church, and tutored students in local schools. More information on Cooper can be found here.

 

Awards: Five people will receive Distinguished Alumna and Alumnus Awards:

  • Amy Lansky, Senior Advisor for Strategy in the Program Performance and Evaluation Office at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Berrien Moore III, who once served as the Chair of the Space and Earth Science Advisory Committee for NASA
  • Judith Phillips Stanton, who compiled and edited The Collected Letters of Charlotte Smith (2004) and also taught at The University of Wisconsin Eau Claire and Clemson University
  • Mike Wiley, whose plays have been seen in settings ranging from The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C., to the official finale of the Freedom Riders 50th Reunion in Jackson, Mississippi
  • Richard Stevens, an attorney with the Smith Anderson Law Firm in Raleigh and member of UNC-Chapel Hill’s Board of Trustees, serving for the second time.

 

Additionally, the Edward Kidder Graham Faculty Service Award, established by the Faculty Council in 2011 to recognize outstanding service by faculty members, will be presented to Nancy Allbritton, the Kenan Professor and Chair of the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University.

 

Processional: At 10:30 a.m., faculty members, carrying gonfalon-style banners to identify each school and the College of Arts and Sciences, will process from the Old Well to Memorial Hall. The processional will be organized by the date of the establishment of the school. University staff members also participate in the processional.

 

Media Check In: Media representatives should check in at Memorial Hall no earlier than 10 a.m. Reserved media seating will be available. Broadcasters can expect a mult box for podium audio feeds. On-site contact: Jeni Cook (Cell: 404-309-3994).

 

Media Parking: A limited number of spaces will be available for media representatives in lots near Memorial Hall. Contact the Media Relations Team by 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 10 to reserve parking – mediarelations@unc.edu

 

University Day 2017 website: http://www.unc.edu/universityday/

 

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About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill:

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 111 master’s, 65 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty, staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s more than 322,000 alumni live in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 165 countries. More than 175,000 live in North Carolina.

 

University Communications contact: Jeni Cook, (919) 445-8555, mediarelations@unc.edu

 

UNC-Chapel Hill study finds beta blockers not needed after heart attack if other medications taken

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Beta blockers not needed after heart attack if other medications taken

 

UNC-Chapel Hill study first to challenge current clinical guidelines

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C. — Sept. 18, 2017) — A new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill finds beta blockers are not needed after a heart attack if heart-attack survivors are taking ACE inhibitors and statins. The study is the first to challenge the current clinical guideline that heart-attack survivors should take all three drugs – beta blockers, ACE inhibitors and statins –  for the rest of their lives.

 

Heart-attack survivors are usually prescribed all three drugs to help prevent a second attack and death. However, the beta blockers offer no additional benefit for patients who take the other two drugs as prescribed, according to the new study, which examined the trade-offs and consequences of using some of the medicines instead of others. The findings were published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

 

Researchers looked at more than 90,000 Medicare patients age 65 or older who had suffered a heart attack and were prescribed a beta blocker, ACE inhibitor or angiotensin receptor blocker and statin as preventive therapies after they were discharged from the hospital. Patients who only took the ACE inhibitor or an angiotensin receptor blocker and statin, as prescribed, were no more likely to die than those who took all three drugs.

 

The research team from UNC-Chapel Hill, Monash University, the University of Iowa and the University of Eastern Finland was led by Gang Fang, an assistant professor at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and senior author of the study.

 

Fang stressed that patients should not stop taking beta blockers or any other prescription medicine without first consulting their physician. “We are not saying that beta blockers have no value. It’s just that their benefits appear to have been eclipsed by the duo of ACE inhibitors and statins, which are relatively newer drugs,” Fang said.

 

Beta blockers were introduced more than 50 years ago and reduce blood pressure and heart rate. ACE inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers also reduce blood pressure and they have been around approximately 40 years. Statins reduce the amount of cholesterol and other fats in the bloodstream and have been in use for more than 30 years. For heart-attack patients, these drugs provide additional support to the heart.

 

For six months Fang’s team followed heart-attack survivors who filled prescriptions for all three drugs to study how well they adhered to their prescription drug regimen. Being adherent was defined as taking the medicines as prescribed at least 80 percent of the time. The team then followed the patients for up to 18 months to see how many died during that time. Six months after their heart attack about half the patients in the study had stopped taking at least one of their medications as prescribed, the researchers found.

 

For patients who took all three drugs as prescribed, the mortality rate at one year was 9.3 percent. For patients who adhered to ACE inhibitor or ARBs and statin prescriptions but not beta blockers, the mortality rate was 9.1 percent, a statistically insignificant difference. For patients not taking any of the medicines as prescribed, the mortality rate was 14.3 percent, a nearly 54 percent increase over adherent patients.

 

“The problem with this three-drug regimen is that it is difficult for people to take their medications as they are supposed to in the long term. This is especially true of older patients who are likely to already be taking many different drugs,” Fang said.

 

Fang also noted that patients in the study who had diabetes, dementia or both were more likely to die when taking beta blockers as prescribed. Further research is warranted, he said, and physicians should exercise more caution in prescribing beta blockers for elderly heart-attack survivors with diabetes or dementia.

 

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About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 111 master’s, 65 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty, staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s more than 322,000 alumni live in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 165 countries. More than 175,000 live in North Carolina.

 

Media Relations contact: Jeni Cook, (919) 445-8555, mediarelations@unc.edu

 

Vaccines save 20 million lives, $350 billion in poor countries since 2001

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Vaccines save 20 million lives, $350 billion in poor countries since 2001

 

(CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — September 1, 2017) — Vaccination efforts made in the world’s poorest countries since 2001 will have prevented 20 million deaths and saved $350 billion in health-care costs by 2020, according to a new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition, the researchers put the broader economic and social value of saving these lives and preventing disabilities at $820 billion.

 

Researchers led by Sachiko Ozawa, Ph.D., an associate professor at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, studied the economic impact of Gavi, the global vaccine alliance launched in 2000 to provide vaccines to children in the world’s poorest countries. Gavi support has contributed to the immunization of 580 million children, and it has operated primarily in the 73 countries covered by the team’s analysis, which was published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization.

 

“Vaccination is generally regarded to be one of the most cost–effective interventions in public health,” Ozawa said. “Decision-makers need to appreciate the full potential economic benefits that are likely to result from the introduction and sustained use of any vaccine or vaccination program.”

 

Researchers looked at both short- and long-term costs that could be saved preventing illness. The costs – expressed in 2010 U.S. dollars – include averted treatment, transportation costs, productivity losses of caregivers and productivity losses due to disability and death. They used the value-of-a-life-year method to estimate the broader economic and social value of living longer, in better health, as a result of immunization.

 

“Our examination of the broader economic and social value of vaccines illustrates the substantial gains associated with vaccination,” she said. “Unlike previous estimates that only examine the averted costs of treatment, our estimates of the broader economic and social value of vaccines reflect the intrinsic value that people place on living longer and healthier lives.”

 

Each of the Gavi-supported countries in the study will have avoided an average of $5 million in treatment costs per year just as a result of these 10 vaccines. The vaccines will have prevented an estimated 20 million deaths, 500 million cases of illness, 9 million cases of long-term disability and 960 million years of disability by 2020. The value of preserved productivity, quality of life and other broad economic and social benefits for all 73 study countries is estimated to reach $820 billion by 2020, the researchers calculated.

 

The team used health-impact models to estimate the numbers of cases of illness, deaths and disability-adjusted life-years averted by achieving forecasted coverages for vaccination against hepatitis B, human papillomavirus, Japanese encephalitis, measles, rotavirus, rubella, yellow fever and three strains of bacteria that cause pneumonia and meningitis. The researchers found that vaccinating against hepatitis B, measles, and haemophilus influenzae type b and streptococcus pneumoniae — two bacteria that cause pneumonia and meningitis — provided the greatest economic benefits.

 

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About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 111 master’s, 65 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty, staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s more than 318,000 alumni live in all 50 states and 157 countries. More than 167,000 live in North Carolina.

 

Office of University Communications contact: Jeni Cook, (919) 962-2091, jeni.cook@unc.edu

 

 

 

 

 

UNC-Chapel Hill experts available to discuss impact of Hurricanes

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UNC-Chapel Hill experts available to discuss impact of Hurricanes 

 

UNC-Chapel Hill researchers and faculty are among those helping communities deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and the impending threat of Hurricane Irma. University experts are available to discuss the storm’s effects including flooding-related issues, water quality and possible beach erosion.

 

If you would like to schedule an interview with one of our experts contact our media relations team at mediarelations@unc.edu or call our media line at (919) 445-8555.

 

Storm Surge Predictions

 

 

Rick Luettich is the director for UNC-Chapel Hill’s Institute for Marine Sciences in Morehead City, NC. He is on the front lines when it comes to predicting a storm’s potential force. FEMA as well as state and local leaders use Luettich’s data and analysis as they assess the risk factors and determine a course of action for their communities. He is one of the lead developers of ADCIRC, a system of computer programs used to predict storm surge and flooding. Those prediction models are updated every six hours and the most recent can be found here.

 

Luettich’s research and data has also been used to design protection systems around New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina and also New York and New Jersey following Hurricane Sandy. He is also the lead investigator of the Department of Homeland Security’s Coastal Resilience Center.

 

Storm Aftermath & Recovery

 

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Gavin Smith is the director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence (CRC) and also a research professor in Carolina’s department of city and regional planning. In both roles, part of his focus is to address the threats and unique challenges facing communities across the U.S. due to natural disasters and climate change. Smith also advises other nations, states and local governments about disaster recovery and risk reduction. Following Hurricane Katrina he served as director for the Mississippi Governor’s Office of Recovery and Renewal and also testified before Congress twice, providing recommendations for improving post-disaster recovery and reconstruction. Smith worked with Governor Hunt after Hurricane Floyd to develop more than 20 state programs addressing local recovery needs and he also served as assistant director of the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management.

 

Other recovery angles he can discuss: The role of state and local leadership in recovery and also the government’s ability to incorporate and implement precautionary measures; why some communities are more vulnerable to disasters than others and transitioning from immediate response to long-term recovery.

Flood Waters & Infrastructure

 

Bill Gentry is a lecturer in Health Policy and Management in UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. An expert in disaster management and public health leadership, Gentry also directs the Department of Health Policy and Management master’s and certificate programs. He can discuss water rescue situations, the hazards of flood waters to public health and the long-term problems hurricanes and flooding can create for infrastructure. Gentry can also discuss caring for animals during natural disasters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Water Quality

  

 

Hans Paerl is a professor of marine anduntitled3 environmental sciences. His area of expertise in regard to water quality is the harmful effect of toxic algae for both people and aquatic ecosystems. As we saw after Hurricane Floyd, contaminated water is prime breeding ground for algal blooms. Paerl can discuss the long-term impact of these blooms, including fish kills, as well as the different types of algae and the dangers, ranging from neurological problems to paralysis, posed by each. You can hear more about Paerl’s research and how hurricanes impact water quality in this recent episode of UNC- Chapel Hill’s podcast, Well Said.

 

 

 

 

 

untitled9Rachel Noble is a distinguished professor at UNC-Chapel Hill and also the Morehead City field site director of the Institute for the Environment. She can discuss water and the various contaminants that might be found in lakes and rivers following a storm like Hurricane Harvey. Water quality is especially a concern with flooding and also when the ground is oversaturated. Noble can discuss how those situations put stress on already taxed waste treatment systems and other infrastructure and how that also leads to water contamination.

 

 

Erosion

 

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Tony Rodriguez is a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Institute for Marine Sciences. He is available to talk about the overall, immediate effect of intense storms and weather conditions as they pertain to erosion. Rodriquez can further discuss the compounding factorsover time and just how problematic storm-related erosion can become after repeated exposure to intense weather systems and an increase in sea levels.

 

 

 

 

 

Carter Smith is a doctoral student at the UNC Institute for Marine Sciences. She studies the benefits of living shorelines, an alternative to seawalls, as a solution to combat erosion and property loss during storms. Living shorelines are both more cost effective than seawalls in the long-term, and are ecologically more sustainable. Smith can discuss how homeowners and property managers can better protect coastal properties from hurricanes.

 

 

 

  

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About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 111 master’s, 65 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty, staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s more than 322,000 alumni live in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 165 countries. More than 175,000 live in North Carolina.

Statement from Chancellor Carol L. Folt on repeal of HB2

 

I thank our legislators and the Governor for their efforts to reach a bipartisan compromise that allows the state to move forward. We remain steadfast in our commitment to inclusivity and diversity, and will continue to do all that we can to foster a welcoming environment for all.

 

 

Media invited to viewings of Final Four games

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Media invited to cover large-screen viewings of men’s Final Four games Saturday, April 1

 
(Chapel Hill, N.C. – March 30, 2017) – Media are invited to cover the viewing events of the men’s Final Four basketball games in the Dean E. Smith Center at UNC-Chapel Hill on Saturday, April 1. Media may arrive at 5 p.m. to cover the large-screen viewing of the Gonzaga vs. South Carolina game that begins at 6:09 p.m. followed by the Carolina game against Oregon that begins at approximately 8:49 p.m. Both semifinal games in Phoenix will be shown on a large projection screen and on Smith Center video boards.

 

Cosponsored by Carolina athletics and Late Night Carolina Programs at Student Wellness, the Smith Center will open for media members covering the event at 5 p.m. The Smith Center will be open to the public all day prior to the events, so fans can cheer on the Carolina volleyball team, who will host its spring tournament in the Smith Center. Filming is allowed in the Carolina Basketball Museum that will be open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

 

RSVP: Media intending to cover the viewings are asked to RSVP by close-of-business Friday, March 31, by emailing mediarelations@unc.edu or calling the media line at (919) 445-8555.

 

Arrival: Please bring media credentials; enter through entrance D beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 1.

 

Lights: Videographers are asked to refrain from directing TV lights into fans’ faces as they watch the game. Lights can be on before the game, during commercials and between games.

 

Filming: Live shots are permitted in the concourse area only. For b-roll purposes, camera crews are permitted to stand on the Smith Center floor or in the aisles of the stands during commercial breaks, halftime and between games. Please do not block anyone’s view of the screen. Media representatives may sit anywhere in the stands.

 

Assistance on site: Call Jeni Cook at (404) 309-3994 or the media line at (919) 445-8555.

 

Media parking: Satellite trucks may park behind the Smith Center. Media are asked to send only one truck per station. Set-up may begin after 5 p.m. Other media vehicles may park in the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center lot off E. Franklin Street. Parking is available for $5.00 in the Manning, Bowles, Craige and Rams Head parking lots beginning at 3:30 p.m. Road closure and parking restriction information is available online.

 

Cable: Approximately 500 feet of cable is needed to reach from trucks in the back lot to filming areas inside the Smith Center.
 

 

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About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 110 master’s, 64 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s 317,000-plus alumni live in all 50 states and 156 other countries. More than 167,000 live in North Carolina.

 

 

UNC-Chapel Hill Communications contact: Will Rimer, (919) 445-0945 rimerwp@unc.edu