Here is a sampling of links and notes about Carolina people and programs cited recently in the media:
Opioids May Play Role in Cancer Growth
"Good Morning America" ABC
...In the Carolina Breast Cancer Study of more than 2,039 women diagnosed between 1993 and 2001, women with invasive breast cancer who had one copy of the gene variant survived twice as long. Survival quadrupled for those with two copies of the gene variant, according to research led by Dr. Andrey V. Bortsov, an assistant professor of anesthesiology and his colleagues at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Time to Reset Police-Muslim Relations (Column)
The Huffington Post
The cornerstone of the Obama administration's strategy for addressing homegrown terrorism is the development of trusted relationships between law enforcement and communities targeted by al Qaeda and other radical groups. (David H. Schanzer is the Director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security at Duke University, the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and RTI International.)
Grasslands More Diverse Than Rain Forests—In Small Areas
Sorry, tropical rain forests. Grasslands have the most plant species—at least when the area studied is smaller than a few parking spaces. ..."The general perception is that the most species-rich places in the world are tropical rain forests. Depending on how you look at it, that's correct," said study co-author Robert Peet, a plant ecologist at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Tar Heels' JV Basketball Team The Last Of Its Kind
"All Things Considered" National Public Radio
March Madness is in full swing. And the University of North Carolina is one of the 16 teams still in the mix for an NCAA men's basketball national championship. But the Tar Heels also field a second and far less successful junior varsity basketball team.
Business 'shines' in new location
The Danville Register & Bee (Virginia)
...Mark Wells, executive director of RCBTC, said he had been thinking for several months about how to create a fund to help people with good business ideas get started. Wells said the idea grew out of the Rockingham County Competitiveness Assessment completed last year by James Johnson Jr. from the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. The study was a cooperative venture between county government, the Partnership for Economic Development and the Reidsville Area Foundation.
State and Local Coverage
For fans, businesses, a lot riding on Friday’s game
The Chapel Hill Herald
Cautious optimism was in the air on Franklin Street following North Carolina point guard Kendall Marshall’s uncertain playing status going into the Sweet 16. ...Holly Dedmond, a manager at Chapel Hill Sportswear, said the deadline to order National Championship and Final Four merchandise was Monday, which was complicated by Marshall’s injury.
"The State of Things" WUNC-FM
Blues singer Lorenzo “Logie” Meachum is a storyteller, an educator and a lifelong learner. ...Meachum is also pursuing a PhD in African-American Literature and Rhetoric at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He joins host Frank Stasio to play live and talk about how music, language, stories and the written word all come together in his performances.
Coffee shop uses crowd funding to back Geer Street shop plan
The Herald-Sun (Durham)
...According to Ted Zoller, director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School, that method of fundraising is called “crowd funding. It involves individuals with specific interests making small investments as a crowd to implement projects that may, or may not, have a strong business proposition,” he said.
Inaugural Poetry on the Hill Festival comes to Chapel Hill
The Chapel Hill News
...You can get a feel for that connection, and participate in it, this Saturday, when the Sacrificial Poets joins hands with the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership to present the first-ever Poetry on the Hill Festival in downtown Chapel Hill. ...They will present a lunchtime performance in the Ackland Art Museum Courtyard and then open the mic at the Wallace Deck at the end of the day’s activities.
Former GOP presidential contender Cain to speak at UNC
The Chapel Hill Herald
Former Republican presidential contender Herman Cain will speak at UNC on Thursday as an invited guest of the UNC College Republicans. ...Greg Steele, president of the College Republicans, said inviting Cain is in keeping with the group’s goal to keep students and others on campus involved and informed as the General Election nears.
Image of slain UNC student body president on advertising in India
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
...There, along National Highway 49, not far from the mountain town of Munnar, are at least two billboards with an image that would be chilling to most North Carolinians: the smiling visage of Eve Carson, the UNC-Chapel Hill student body president who was killed in 2008. ...Deborah Gerhardt, a UNC law professor whose expertise is in copyright and trademark law, said such unauthorized use is often addressed in the courts in the United States.
UNC professor arrested in Argentina
A University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill professor who traveled overseas for research has been arrested in Argentina, according to his ex-wife.
Issues and Trends
Homeland Security Asks New Academic Advisory Group to Keep Ideas Flowing
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano made it clear at the first meeting of her department's Academic Advisory Council: She doesn't want a report thick with recommendations at the end of the panel's two-year charge. Rather, she wants the group's ideas, and soon.
Note: Chancellor Holden Thorp is a member of the academic advisory council.
Wait, Isn't This the Old Normal?
Inside Higher Ed
...Public four-year universities raised tuition an average of 8.3 percent last year, compared to an average 4.5 percent increase in privates. Increases in the University of North Carolina system for next year will average close to 9 percent. Price hikes will be similarly large for the California State University System. But because they are starting from a lower baseline, the total dollar increase for these institutions is still less than the smaller percentage increases at privates.
Our restless energy has propelled North Carolina (Column)
The Gaston Gazette
North Carolina is a proud state that has always had a restless energy. It has never been satisfied with “what is now,” but has always worked to improve “what will be.” At our nation’s founding, North Carolina was the first state to charter a public university system, based on the principle that anyone who had the ability, the talent, and the desire for higher education should have the opportunity to improve themselves. Today, as a result of that courage and vision, the UNC system is 16 institutions strong and a true national leader in higher education. (Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton)
Tepid reception for proposed student housing project
The Chapel Hill News
A large student housing project proposed for Homestead Road received a lukewarm reception Monday from a Town Council that roundly rejected a similar project on the same site less than two years ago.