Here is a sampling of links and notes about Carolina people and programs cited recently in the media:
Low fat vs. reduced fat: Clearing up the confusion over food labels
NBC News Channel
Cruising through the grocery store yields a dizzying array of food choices to decipher company claims about fat and sugar contents. The Institute of Medicine has proposed a standardized icon system that would go right on the front label of food packaging. ...Amanda Holliday a dietitian at the University of North Carolina says "most of the sodium in our diets come from processed foods."
Note: This interview was conducted from the Carolina News Studio.
5 Tips for Managing Your Campus E-mail
U.S. News & World Report
If you E-mail Paul Jones, you will receive an auto-response explaining why the journalism professor at University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill (UNC) quit using E-mail on June 1, 2011—and why there must be a better way to communicate. In a phone interview, Jones says he stopped E-mailing because his inbox was clogged by computer-generated spam.
...“We used to think that we could take a million cells and grind them up and make measurements on those million cells,” says Nancy Allbritton, a biomedical engineer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “And whatever measurements we made on those million cells would reflect what’s going on in a single cell.”
In California, Corporate Structure Gets a Little Prius-y (Blog)
The Wall Street Journal
...In California, a new corporate structure hybrid has been born: the flexible-purpose corporation, which makes it easier for companies to include social and environmental goals in their business plans alongside the pursuit of profits, as AmLaw Daily reports. ..."My guess is, it will turn into a new revenue stream that’s not only a lucrative sub-area of law practice, but one that’s a lot of fun,” according to Thomas Kelly, a professor of nonprofit law at University of North Carolina School of Law, AmLaw Daily noted.
Celebrating Nutrition on America's "Food Day"
The Huffington Post
...But promoting safe, healthy and affordable food is only one aim of Food Day, which is sponsored by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a nonprofit watchdog group that fights for food labeling, better nutrition, and safer food. ...Events are being planned at the University of Vermont, University of Pennsylvania, University of Minnesota, University of North Carolina, New York University, Stanford, Yale, and Harvard School of Public Health, among others.
State and Local
Spirit of student-led protests lives on
The Carrboro Citizen
...In a ceremony attended by some 250 people last Wednesday afternoon, on the occasion of UNC’s University Day, a memorial marker was placed on the low stone wall between Franklin Street and McCorkle Place to honor those students who took action against the Speaker Ban Law at a time when the university was caught, as Chancellor Holden Thorp put it in his address to the crowd, “between the forces of tradition and the forces of change.”
Scanning for Sponges
The Triangle Business Journal
UNC Hospitals will use radio frequencies in an effort to keep medical sponges from being left in patients after surgery. The hospital system affiliated with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill contracted with Bellevue, Wash.-based RF Surgical Systems Inc. to upfit all 39 operating rooms with radio frequency mats and wands to better detect if sponges used during surgery were left behind in a patient.
The Festival of the Black Christ
"The State of Things" WUNC-FM (Chapel Hill)
Every October, tens of thousands of people make a pilgrimage to Portobelo, a quiet fishing town in Panama’s Colon Province, to visit El Cristo Negro – the Black Christ. It’s a life-sized figure of Jesus carved from dark mahogany. That powerful symbol, which has been in Portobelo since the 17th century, represents both the proud spirit and spiritual identity of this unique Central American community. Host Frank Stasio talks about the people of Portobelo, the Black Christ figure and the annual festival that celebrates it with Renee Alexander Craft, a writer and assistant professor of communication studies and global studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
New caution for US universities overseas
The Associated Press
...Ron Strauss, UNC's executive associate provost and chief international officer, calls Duke "our good friend," the schools' epic basketball rivalry notwithstanding. But Duke's struggles to bring faculty on board validated his skepticism about establishing some version of the home school overseas. UNC, which has extensive partnerships in places like Ecuador and Malawi, considered a branch in the Middle East but rejected the idea.
Orange County gets good news on bonds
The Triangle Business Journal
...Fitch also gave Orange a stable outlook, pointing to its connection with the diversified economy of the Triangle region. The county’s two largest employers, UNC-Chapel Hill and UNC Hospitals, Fitch says, maintain a workforce of 21,000. “The university is currently in the process of further expanding its presence by developing a Carolina North 250-acre campus with an estimated investment of $20 million creating approximately 1,100 new jobs,” the rating agency says.
Stunt candidate withdraws from CHCCS race
The Herald-Sun (Durham)
Brian Bower, who was running for a seat on the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools board as a stunt to prove he deserved in-state tuition at UNC, withdrew from the race on Wednesday. A UNC doctoral student, Bower said in a statement that his decision to withdraw was partially motivated by the “remote possibility” that his candidacy could hurt board Chairwoman Jamezetta Bedford’s campaign to remain on the board.
Hiding from lawsuit (Letter to the Editor)
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
I love UNC-Chapel Hill, but sometimes we have to tell the ones we love they are wrong. As you explained in an Oct. 20 article, the attorney representing UNC in Amanda Hulon's harassment suit sought to dismiss the complaint because Hulon had failed to fully complete UNC's grievance procedure. (Jarvis Edgerton, UNC J.D., 2000, Durham)
UNC-CH avoided creating public record
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
Two comments from a sworn deposition of a UNC-Chapel Hill official appear to show efforts by UNC to keep information from becoming public.