Here is a sampling of links and notes about Carolina people and programs cited recently in the media:
How to draft a constitution: six steps for the Middle East
The Christian Science Monitor
...Most people point to the United States, which has managed with one set of fundamental laws, plus orderly amendments, for more than two centuries. But America’s Founding Fathers took a dozen years after the Declaration of Independence before they wrote a basic charter. “Good constitutions take a lot of time,” says Andrew Reynolds, a professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, who has been consulted on constitution design for countries including Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, and South Sudan.
Edwards Lies Low, but That Won’t Last
The New York Times
...Keeping track of who walks in and out of the courthouse and the number of subpoenas issued has become a popular pastime. The subpoenas have piled up to such a degree that they have become the subject of jokes about insider status in certain circles. “I’m still waiting for mine — I feel like a nobody,” said Bill Ferris, a history professor at the University of North Carolina who was part of a literary event last weekend where the subject of Mr. Edwards made for easy conversation.
China 'officially' grows by 46 million people in 10 years
Although the official report from the 2010 census doesn’t come out for another few weeks, the National Bureau of Statistics is getting the numbers game rolling by announcing that China had 1.341 billion people at the end of 2010. That's 6 million more than the previous year’s head count and 46 million more than the count at the last census in 2000. "China's population now is mainly growing because people are living longer, not because people are having lots of babies," said Cai Yong, an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina and an expert on China's population to State media.
Migrating Sea Turtles Have Magnetic Sense for Longitude
U.S. News & World Report
...Now, researchers reporting online on February 24 in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, have figured out how the young turtles find their way. "One of the great mysteries of animal behavior is how migratory animals can navigate in the open ocean, where there are no visual landmarks," said Kenneth Lohmann of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Childhood mental illness
The Chicago Tribune
Join us at noon CT (1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT) on Tuesday, March 1, for an hour-long web chat on children and mental illness hosted by Chicago Tribune health reporter Deborah L. Shelton and panelists Dr. Bennett Leventhal and Dr. Lynn Wegner. ...Dr. Lynn Wegner is an associate professor of pediatrics, developmental and behavioral pediatrics at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a consultant to the American Academy of Pediatrics Task Force on Mental Health.
State and Local
Broadcast Note: Chancellor Holden Thorp and University Entrepreneur in Residence Buck Goldstein are scheduled to be featured on tomorrow's broadcast of WUNC-FM's "The State of Things." The State of Things is a live program hosted by Frank Stasio that airs Monday through Friday at noon, and again at 9 pm. See http://wunc.org/programs/tsot.
Young lawyers scrape to find work
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
Taiyyaba Qureshi graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill's law school last year bursting with ambition. She'd soon be righting wrongs and improving people's lives. Her idealism knew no bounds. ...The struggles prompted UNC law school dean Jack Boger to send e-mail to his alumni network this month pleading for help. Even unpaid positions would be welcome at this point, Boger told alumni. "Students will line up for those jobs now," he said in a recent interview.
Rally planned to protest arrest of longtime N.C. midwife
The Charlotte Observer
...Nurse midwives, although licensed in North Carolina, get most of their training in hospitals and can't oversee home births without a doctor's OK. "It's very rare that there's an OB/GYN who's going to agree to be the supervising physician for a midwife who's doing home births," said Nancy Mathias, a nurse midwife who teaches in the midwifery program at UNC Chapel Hill.
Play with a purpose
The Sun Journal (New Bern)
...Mitch Prinstein, a professor and the director of clinical psychology in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Psychology, said that currently, there is no conclusive scientific evidence to suggest that play therapy offers any psychological benefit to children. “There’s no evidence to suggest that it does any harm to children, and of course it’s possible that one day, positive evidence could accumulate, but parents would be well-advised to spend their time and energy pursuing therapy for which we do have scientific evidence that it can work,” Prinstein said.
Cookbook author to open 'Food Cultures' symposium
The Herald-Sun (Durham)
Molly O'Neill, cookbook author and a reporter and food columnist for The New York Times for 10 years, will speak at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill March 24. O'Neill will discuss "One Big Table: Regional Cooking in America" at 5:30 p.m. in Hyde Hall, off East Franklin Street across from the post office. Afterward, she will sign books. Her talk will open UNC's first "Food Cultures" student symposium.
Short story writer Amy Hempel to read March 16
The Herald-Sun (Durham)
Short story writer Amy Hempel will read from her work March 16 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Hempel, coming to campus as the 2011 Morgan Writer-in-Residence in UNC's College of Arts and Sciences, will share her stories in a free public reading at 6 p.m. in Carroll Hall auditorium, off Cameron Avenue behind Memorial Hall.