Here is a sampling of links and notes about Carolina people and programs cited recently in the media:
Lifecycle Of An Athlete
"Health Check" BBC
The career of elite athletes is generally fairly short, and in this final programme of the series, Claudia Hammond looks at life after competition. ...At the Centre for the Study of Retired Athletes at the University of North Carolina in the USA, she meets researchers tracking the long term health of former American footballers, and some of their findings are disturbing. There are links between multiple concussions and depression and links between concussions and dementia.
The Shameful, Beneficial Midday Workout
...Their claims of more energy and a better mood—one guy said he did his best thinking in the gym’s sauna—made them sound a little deluded, but there is plenty of research to support their claims. “Depending on how quickly you refuel after you’re done, the boost can last for two to three hours,” says Dr. Darin Padua, director of the Sport Medicine Research Laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Lacker Calls for Law to Curtail Fed Aid to Funds, Brokers
...Further strengthening of “living wills” that show how financial companies could be unwound in an orderly way without destabilizing the financial system and changes in the U.S. bankruptcy code tailored to the financial sector are needed, Lacker said to bankers, lawyers and law students from the University of North Carolina School of Law’s Center for Banking and Finance.
Something for the weekend
Financial Times (United Kingdom)
...Sreedhari Desai, an assistant professor of organisational behaviour at Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina, Dolly Chugh an assistant professor in the department of management and organisations at NYU Stern and Arthur Brief a professor in the department of management at the University of Utah questioned 718 married men, some whose wives were at home full time, some whose wives worked part time and also those whose wives worked full time.
Obama Campus Fervor Losing to Apathy as Students Sour on 2012
...In North Carolina, which Obama won in 2008, thousands of students descended on the main campus drive at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to celebrate election night, Anthony Dent, a senior economics and English major, said in a phone interview.
Former President Clinton, Secretary of State Albright Speak on Public Service
Former President Bill Clinton will host a discussion on public service featuring his Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and the musician Usher, who runs his own public service foundation, along with Rye Barcott, founder of Carolina for Kibera, and Sadiga Basiri Saleem, executive director of the Oruj Learning Center. ...Carolina for Kibera is a program affiliated with the University of North Carolina that works specifically in the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya to build community programs and health and education services.
New Class of ACE Fellows Named
Inside Higher Ed
The American Council on Education has named 57 faculty members and administrators as the 2012-13 class of the association's Fellows Program. The fellows are assigned to work for a year with a senior administrator at another institution, while also attending special educational programs. (Warren P. Newton, vice dean of education in the UNC School of Medicine and the William B. Aycock Distinguished Professor and Chair of the department of family medicine was named to this years list.)
Why The Whole Diet (And Not Just Diet Soda Intake) Matters For Good Health
The Huffington Post
With all the studies coming out linking diet soda with a bevy of health issues -- including increased stroke and heart attack risks, and even weight gain -- one may wonder whether it's actually the drink that is causing the health problems, or if it's that people who are already unhealthy tend to drink diet soda. ...Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that people in their study who ate the more unhealthy, "western" diets of pizza, fast food and meat were also the ones most likely to have heart disease -- and it didn't matter whether they were diet beverage drinkers or not.
Year without mirrors, months sans makeup: Can less be more?
...That's a tough relationship for a lot of women -- and men, too, says Cynthia Bulik, author of The Woman in the Mirror: How to Stop Confusing What You Look Like with Who You Are. So the University of North Carolina professor has started her own "Mirror Project:" She is carrying around a little gold mirror and asking people to look into it -- and "say something positive about who you are and what you contribute to the world instead of reciting your litany of flaws."
Would you give potential employers your Facebook password?
The Washington Post
As part of the hiring process, some job applicants are being asked by some prospective employers to submit their usernames and passwords so that the employers can access their Facebook accounts to see what the applicants have posted online, reports the Associated Press. ...At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, team athletes are required to accept a coach or administrative official as a friend on their Facebook accounts so the official can monitor their pages.
Town bans all cellphone use while driving (Blog)
Unless it's an emergency, drivers who talk on their cellphones -- even hands-free -- in Chapel Hill, North Carolina will face a $25 fine, but the first town in the U.S. to impose this kind of ban may be overstepping its authority with the state. ...Chapel Hill has a population of more than 51,000 and covers 21.1 square miles, with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as one of its major employers.
Rethinking His Religion (Opinion-Editorial Column)
The New York Times
I moved into my freshman-year dorm at the University of North Carolina after many of the other men on the hall. One had already begun decorating. I spotted the poster above his desk right away. It showed a loaf of bread and a chalice of red wine, with these words: “Jesus invites you to a banquet in his honor.”
Trayvon Martin's Killer Should Face Justice (Opinion-Editorial Column)
The Hartford Courant (Conn.)
...A recent study of 100,000 inmates in North Carolina found that black men have a longer life span when they are in jail than on the streets. They are shielded better from violence and trauma, according to a study done by David Rosen at the University of North Carolina. There is easier access to health care. There are daily exercise and sleep routines.
State and Local Coverage
N.C. has one of the highest autism rates
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
About 1 in 88 American children have autism or similar disorders, and the prevalence in North Carolina is even higher, according to new estimates from the Centers For Disease Control. ...One valuable aspect of the estimate is that it helps the public and policy makers understand how big a problem ASDs are, said Julie Daniels, an associate professor of epidemiology in maternal and child health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, and leader of the team responsible for the North Carolina part of the estimate.
Autism rate higher in N.C.
The Winston-Salem Journal
...About 1 in 70 children have an autism spectrum disorder in North Carolina, according to a news release by Julie Daniels, a researcher at UNC Chapel Hill who collaborated on the CDC study. In the United States, about 1 in 88 children have ASD, higher than previous estimates released in 2009, which found 1 in 110 children diagnosed with autism or a related disorder.
Student grants on upswing at UNC (Blog)
The Triangle Business Journal
The struggling economy and higher tuition have combined to put students – and their parents – in a bind. Not surprisingly, then, Steve Farmer, vice provost for enrollment and undergraduate admissions at UNC in Chapel Hill, says more students are interested in student aid than ever before. So far, the university has been able to help – providing aid in the form of grants, scholarships and loans.
Voices for Civil Rights: Reflections on a Movement
WUNC-FM (Chapel Hill)
In the final installment of Voices for Civil Rights, we hear some reflections on the Civil Rights Movement as a whole. ...These oral histories were conducted by the Southern Oral History Program at UNC-Chapel Hill. This series is part of a joint project between the Smithsonian Institution and the Library of Congress. These oral histories are being added to the holdings at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
In this Durham incubator, good ideas are the ticket
The Triangle Business Journal
...Ted Zoller, director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, agrees. “I would fully expect that, as our region develops, we’ll see more and more of these types of facilities come out of the woodwork,” he says, adding that “vibrant ecosystems” such as those of Silicon Valley and Boston have spawned hundreds of incubators.
Issues and Trends
Bill affecting UNC system workers in dispute
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
About 30 people rallied Thursday against legislation they say would strip an estimated 22,000 University of North Carolina system workers of state job protections. Senate Bill 575 would remove the UNC workers from the State Personnel Act, giving the power to manage those positions to the UNC Board of Governors.