Here is a sampling of links and notes about Carolina people and programs cited recently in the media:
A good work attitude is contagious
The office crab. We all know one. He or she can't find a good thing to say about anything or anyone. But who is to say the office cheerleader-type is much better? Psychologist Barbara Fredrickson, at the University of North Carolina, observes that weathering ups and downs at work is easier if we concentrate on our positive emotions and what is going right.
Day Care: When It’s Good, It Benefits Kids Up to 30 Years Later — And Moms Too
...A separate study published last month in the journal Developmental Psychology confirms the importance of good child care: people who attended high-quality child care in the 1970s are still reaping the benefits 30 years later. In this study, researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) found that graduates of high-quality child care had more years of education and were four times more likely to have earned college degrees than members of a control group — 23% compared to 6%.
Are Diet Drinks The Key To Weight Loss?
The Huffington Post
...Professor Deborah Tate, study author at the University of North Carolina, said: "Substituting non-caloric beverages - whether it's water, diet soft drinks or something else - can be a clear and simple change for people who want to lose or maintain weight. "If this were done on a large scale, it could significantly reduce the increasing public health problem of obesity."
As seniors climb from poverty, young fall in
...It's not surprising that child poverty rose in Randolph County because the community has been buffeted by factory closings and job cuts, says Gene Nichol, who heads the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity at the University of North Carolina. Those jobs once provided stable salaries and benefits for parents and their children, he says. The rural county of 138,000 people is known for textile, hosiery and furniture manufacturing. Since 1999, 64 plants have closed or downsized, resulting in more than 6,300 jobs lost.
Drop five pounds by swapping soda for water, according to study
The New York Daily News
..."Substituting non-caloric beverages -- whether it's water, diet soft drinks or something else -- can be a clear and simple change for people who want to lose or maintain weight," said study author Deborah Tate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in a statement. But drinking water instead of soda is a tall order for some people who have become addicted to the fizzy, sugary taste of carbonated beverages.
State and Local Coverage
UNC, NCSU researchers lead effort to breed special lab mice
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
Scientists in the exploding world of genetic research needed not just one better kind of mouse, but hundreds. Now they have a whole living library of mice that offers 10 times the genetic diversity of typical lab mice and forms the heart of a powerful new research tool that can be used for free anywhere in the world. Researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill and N.C. State University are leading the international project, which has developed hundreds of new strains of mice and is meticulously mapping and indexing digital information about their DNA.
Consent to Search
"The State of Things" WUNC-FM
Fayetteville, NC is a cauldron of controversy after the city council imposed a moratorium on consent searches. Simply stated, consent searches happen when police officers ask permission to search someone or their property. Racial profiling concerns sparked the council's move, but opponents of the moratorium stay it will stymie police effectiveness. Guest host Isaac-Davy Aronson talks to Jeff Welty, an assistant professor of public law and government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Jeff Thompson, a talk show host on WIDU radio in Fayetteville and chairman of the Fayetteville Advisory Committee on Transit; and John Midgette, executive director of the North Carolina Police Benevolent Association.
Elon graduate creates documentary on 'The Dirty War'
The Times-News (Burlington)
...Brynne Miller, an Elon University graduate of the Masters of Arts in Interactive Media program in 2010, said her own parents had never heard of the atrocities in Argentina’s history. That is until her father, Dr. C.A. Tuggle, professor and director of the journalism program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), went to Argentina in the summer of 2009 to teach.
For The Kids, Dance Marathon Returns To UNC
WCHL 1360-AM (Chapel Hill)
Friday, Dance Marathon returns to UNC’s campus as student-volunteers will stand for 24 hours to raise money for the North Carolina Children’s Hospital. Alison Whisenant is a member of the media relations team for the UNC Dance Marathon. She says they plan on over 2,000 people taking part in the event.
Amendment One Rally On UNC's Campus
WCHL 1360-AM (Chapel Hill)
Thursday, an organization called Race to the Ballot will hold a rally against Amendment One, the proposed ban on gay marriage and marriage equality. Jeff Deluca is a student activist at UNC and is one of the people helping the organization of this event. “Race to the Ballot is an Equality North Carolina campaign to educate people across the state about the harms that Amendment One represents,” he says.
UNC's Cunningham ready for 'finality' of NCAA verdict
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
UNC athletics director Bubba Cunningham said Wednesday that the NCAA's Committee on Infractions is scheduled to meet this week, but he doesn't know when it will announce its penalties stemming from the NCAA's investigation of the Tar Heels' football program. "When we met with them on Oct. 28, they said it would be about eight to 12 weeks," Cunningham told members of the Raleigh Sports Club during a lunchtime speaking engagement. "So I just don't know when. We've been saying 'anytime' for two months.
Issues and Trends
Chapel Hill considers cell phone ban while driving
News 14 Carolina
It could soon be illegal to get behind the wheel and talk on a cell in Chapel Hill. Town council members are considering an ordinance that would ban using a hand-held phone while driving on town roads.