Here is a sampling of links and notes about Carolina people and programs cited recently in the media:
Broadcasters bet on World Cup scoring with US
Financial Times (United Kingdom)
America has a tortured relationship with “the beautiful game”. Though football – or soccer, as it is known in the US – is played by millions of schoolchildren, the game has a relatively low profile in the world’s largest professional sports market. ...“ESPN took a bit of a gamble in showing the entire event but it’s paying off,” says Anson Dorrance, head coach of women’s soccer at the University of North Carolina and former coach of the US women’s team. “We are watching. The game is now part of the American conversation.”
New hypertension treatments possible
United Press International
U.S. medical scientists say they've discovered increasing certain proteins in the blood vessels of mice lowered the animals' blood pressure. ...The study, which included Assistant Professor Craig Lee of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and researchers from the Medical College of Wisconsin and Oregon Health and Science University, appears in the early, online edition of the FASEB Journal.
In Afghanistan, as in Iraq, a New Breed of Commander Stepped In
The New York Times
Like his boss, mentor and friend, Gen. David H. Petraeus, Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal modeled himself as one of a new breed of American commanders: intellectual, open with the press and as politically savvy as the elected officials he was hired to serve. ...“In the Army in particular, there has developed a sophisticated understanding of civil-military relations,” said Richard H. Kohn, a history professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. “I think more and more senior officers have grown up recognizing the importance of having to communicate to the American people through the American media.”
History Says McChrystal Will Lose His Job
National Public Radio
...It has not been common for generals to publicly challenge policies set by the president, but it has happened. In such cases, they've been fired. The bedrock American concept of civilian control over the military essentially demands it. "I can't imagine, at this point in time, how he could maintain the trust of the president," Richard H. Kohn, a military historian at the University of North Carolina, says about McChrystal. "A culture developed on his staff of contempt for the political leadership."
Thoroughly debate McChrystal’s fate (Opinion-Editorial Column)
That General Stanley McChrystal committed egregious, unprofessional mistakes is beyond dispute: disdain for the vice president, unhappiness with the president and frustration and anger with crucial civilian colleagues — all to a reporter whom he welcomed into his headquarters in circumstances inappropriate for public display. (Richard H. Kohn teaches military history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.)
Fewer 16-year-olds with licenses = more 16-year-olds alive
The Chicago Tribune
...Rob Foss, who has been studying teen drivers for decades, contends that Illinois' comprehensive graduated driver licensing (GDL) — an increasingly popular system that eases teens into full driving privileges after they safely navigate a period of restrictive driving — "certainly is a piece" of the recent drop in 16-year-olds with licenses. But Foss, director of the Center for the Study of Young Drivers at the University of North Carolina, also noted that Illinois' overhaul of its GDL system in 2008 corresponded with the recession, "and that clearly placed a downward spiral on licensing among teenage drivers."
State and Local Coverage
10 in Triangle named as Morehead-Cain scholars
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
Sixty-four students from around the world have been named Morehead-Cain scholars for the class of 2014 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Since its founding in 1945, Morehead-Cain is one of the most prestigious merit scholarship programs in the United States. The recipients are chosen solely on the basis of merit and accomplishment, not financial need. The scholarships cover all expenses for four years of undergraduate study and a distinctive program of summer enrichment experiences in public service, research and private enterprise.
Schizophrenia risk explored
The Chapel Hill Herald
...In a paper published recently online by the American Journal of Psychiatry, researchers at UNC and Columbia University provide the first evidence that brain abnormalities associated with schizophrenia risk are detectable in babies only a few weeks old. "It allows us to start thinking about how we can identify kids at risk for schizophrenia very early and whether there are things that we can do very early on to lessen the risk," said lead study author John H. Gilmore, professor of psychiatry and director of the UNC Schizophrenia Research Center.
Roses & raspberries (Editorial)
The Chapel Hill News
Roses to the North Carolina Maps project, a three-year collaboration between the North Carolina Collection at the UNC library, the North Carolina State Archives and the Outer Banks History Center in Manteo. The remarkable fruit of that collaboration is a collection of more than 3,200 historic maps of every corner of North Carolina, all posted online at www.lib.unc.edu/dc/ncmaps , accessible to all and easily navigable. The project sought to identify and scan nearly every original map of the state published from 1584 to 1923, as well as maps of every county and maps published by the state through 2000.
Issues and Trends
Senate Democrats release ethics bill, tout openness
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
Democratic leaders in the state Senate unveiled a major ethics bill Tuesday that seeks to provide a public financing option for most statewide campaigns, increase access to some government records and ban elected officials from coercing political contributions from those they regulate. "The days of pay-to-play are over," declared Senate Majority Leader Martin Nesbitt, an Asheville Democrat. "This is all about good government and transparency. We think government works better when the public can see what's going on."