Here is a sampling of links and notes about Carolina people and programs cited recently in the media:
Bendable New Particles Can Squeeze Through Tiny Blood Vessels (Blog)
Research teams around the world are attempting to develop new tiny synthetic particles that will enter your bloodstream to act as red blood cells, to play the part of platelets and stop the bleeding, to latch onto damaged areas and deliver drugs there, and more. And to make these lab-created particles as effective as possible, they need to stay in one’s system and not get stuck. In this week’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Joseph DiSimone and colleagues say they have figured out a way to mimic the twistable, turnable, bendable, foldable nature of red bloods cells to make long-lasting synthetic particles, and that they’ve tested those particles on a living system, a first. (Joseph DiSimone is the Chancellor’s Eminent Professor of Chemistry in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences, a member of UNC’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at N.C. State University.)
For Love of Longform
Inside Higher Ed
…Now JSTOR, which offers packages of digital journal content, is teaming up with several university presses to expand its catalog to include digital books, the organization announced on Tuesday. …The addition of books to aggregators’ vaults will offer scholars a discovery tool that does away with the “fog” of non-scholarly content that accompanies a Google Books search, says Douglas Armato, director of the University of Minnesota Press, which is one of JSTOR’s first five partners on the books project (along with the presses of University of Chicago, the University of North Carolina, Princeton University, and Yale University).
Elusive Forger, Giving but Never Stealing
The New York Times
…In the weeks since an article in The Art Newspaper first revealed the scope of the forgeries, museums and their lawyers have been trying to locate Mr. Landis, who was never easy to find in the first place because he often provided bogus addresses and phone numbers. But now he seems to have disappeared altogether. His last known attempt to pass off a forgery occurred in mid-November, when he presented himself, again as Father Arthur Scott, at the Ackland Art Museum at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, bearing a French Academic drawing.
Georgetown U. Takes Nursing Master's Degree Online
Inside Higher Ed
Georgetown University announced Tuesday that its School of Nursing & Health Studies would offer its master's degree in nursing online, representing the university's most visible foray into distance education. …(The others are the University of Southern California, which has taken its master's of education in teaching and is now doing so with its master's in social work, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, for its M.B.A. program.)
State and Local Coverage
Wake board may drop accreditation
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
The Wake County school board is weighing whether to drop accreditation for the system's high schools rather than go along with an accrediting agency's probe - a rare move which, if approved, could lower the value of diplomas for public high school students in the county. …"The loss of accreditation may hurt more with universities that don't know the system as well as we do," said Stephen Farmer, director of admissions at UNC-Chapel Hill. "And in the longer term, the loss of accreditation could be much more problematic even with us, if the result is that families lose faith in the system and remove their sons and daughters, or that the schools themselves begin to deteriorate."
Purchase aids preservation effort
The Chapel Hill News
The trees of Stillhouse Bottom stand sentinel in the winter cold and recall a time before the first European settlers set foot on these steep slopes. …On Dec. 22, the Botanical Garden Foundation, the nonprofit membership support organization of UNC's N.C. Botanical Garden, bought and added 5.6 acres to the foundation-owned Stillhouse Bottom Nature Preserve.
Littleturtle, passionate champion of Lumbees, dies
The Fayetteville Observer
…Malinda Maynor Lowery, an American Indian historian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said she admired Mr. Littleturtle for his dedication to Lumbee heritage and his support for native arts. Mr. Littleturtle and his family were big supporters of "Strike at the Wind," the Pembroke outdoor drama about the life of Henry Berry Lowry. Ms. Lowery helped produce the post-Civil War drama.
Horne misses point (Letter to the Editor)
The Chapel Hill News
Gerald Horne misses the point of the Silent Sam statue, which was donated by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, by stating that it is a tribute to racism and slavery. The statue is a war memorial not to slavery, but to the UNC students who took up arms to defend a country. (Madison Williams, Chapel Hill)
Issues and Trends
East Carolina looks to new ally (Editorial)
The Daily Reflector (Greenville)
…Those concerns were proven to be without merit as Bowles tirelessly advocated on behalf East Carolina until his retirement at the end of 2010. The university should hope to be as fortunate under the leadership of Thomas W. Ross, who took the helm of the UNC system on Jan. 1 seeking to build on Bowles' success and navigate the turmoil of the darkest budget year in memory.
No more magistrate in Chapel Hill
The Chapel Hill News
Eager brides and carpooling criminals will have to make their way to Hillsborough with the closing this month of the magistrate's office at the Chapel Hill Police Department. …Police in Chapel Hill, Carrboro and at UNC-Chapel Hill and UNC Hospitals will now have to travel to Hillsborough to obtain warrants.
N.C. teen freed in threats case
The Associated Press
A North Carolina teen said he is ready to move on with his life after he was released from nearly two years in federal custody for making prank bomb threats to universities and FBI offices. …Lundeby admitted involvement in 13 calls to universities including UNC-Chapel Hill, Clemson, Florida State, Purdue and Boston College, as well as FBI offices in Louisiana and Colorado.