Something for the weekend
The way that you speak can be as important as what you say and can have far-reaching implications for your career, according to the latest research. ...Alison Fragale, assistant professor of organisational behaviour at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina, says that in certain situations the opposite may be true. She says “powerless speech”, which relies on tentative phrasing and hesitations, can make the speaker seem warm and collaborative. In team situations these characteristics are considered to be more effective and more deserving of promotion.
Not So Young at Heart?
The Wall Street Journal
f you think you're too young to worry about your cholesterol, new research suggests you might think again. In a 20-year study involving 3,258 people between 18 and 30 years old, researchers found that the cumulative effect of even modestly abnormal cholesterol heightens your risk of developing telltale signs of heart disease by age 45. ... Among the study's limitations, said Sidney Smith, a cardiologist at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, is that a calcium scan is only a proxy for a more definitive outcome such as a heart attack. In addition, it isn't known whether participants had calcium in their arteries when they entered the study.
Be Sure Exercise Is All You Get at the Gym
The New York Times
When you go to the gym, do you wash your hands before and after using the equipment? Bring your own regularly cleaned mat for floor exercises? Shower with antibacterial soap and put on clean clothes immediately after your workout? Use only your own towels, razors, bar soap, water bottles? ... Steven M. Zinder, a trainer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and chief author of the new paper, said in an interview that these recommendations are not esoteric. “It’s what we all learned — or should have learned — in sixth-grade health class,” he said. “It’s all common sense. You need to keep yourself and your equipment clean. You never know who last used the equipment in a gym. It can be a great breeding ground for these bugs, some of which are pretty nasty.”
State and Local Coverage
Animal facility gives up grant
The Herald-Sun (Durham)
UNC announced Monday that it will relinquish $14.5 million in federal stimulus money earmarked for an expansion of the university's controversial Bingham Facility, an animal research lab that supports research on genetic diseases. Bob Lowman, associate vice chancellor of research assigned by Chancellor Holden Thorp to manage the facility and its operations, said the cost of infrastructure upgrades were simply more than the university anticipated.
Related Links: http://www.newsobserver.com/2010/08/03/611572/animal-facility-plans-ditched.html
Issues and Trends
UNC insurance (Letter to the Editor)
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
Regarding your July 22 article "Tuition bill may surprise students," specifically the last section of the article: At N.C. State University, there are an estimated 2,200 students who do not have health insurance and meet the insurance requirement criteria. This equates to roughly only 7 percent of the total enrolled population at NCSU; 93 percent of the student population have been covered under their own health insurance plans or under the voluntary university-sponsored plan. With the new UNC Board of Governors health insurance requirement, this gap of 7 percent will be addressed and assist students and their families with their health care expenses.
Freeze enrollment, fix graduation rates (Letter to the Editor)
The Herald-Sun (Durham)
The other voices editorial in the July 29 edition celebrating increased enrollment at UNC Greensboro and UNC A&T could not be more wrong. These schools, with graduation rates of 28 percent and 16 percent do not need more students, they do need a better way of selecting students who have a greater likelihood of graduating. They are squandering tax payer money.
Scotland students help UNCP newspaper win web award
The Laurinburg Exchange (Laurinburg, N.C.)
Two Laurinburg students have helped UNC Pembroke’s student newspaper win top honors among North Carolina colleges and universities with more than 6,000 students. The University's student newspaper, The Pine Needle, won Best of Show Online News Site in the 2010 North Carolina College Media Association competition. It was the first year for the contest, and UNCP competed with the state’s largest universities, including NC State University and UNC-Chapel Hill.