Here is a sampling of links and notes about Carolina people and programs cited recently in the media:
Roche’s Zelboraf steadily adopted in advanced melanoma
Financial Times (United Kingdom)
...Only about half of patients with the marker meet the criteria for clinical response to Zelboraf, Smalley explained. It is not entirely clear why some patients with the mutation do not respond, Channing Der, Sarah Graham Kenan Distinguished Professor, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill said.
How Facebook Can Predict the Spread of STDs
...One of these researchers, Peter Leone, a professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina’s Center for Infectious Diseases, concludes that the risk of contracting HIV extends to immediate friend circles, and not just sexual partners. He reasons that people in the same social circle often behave in similar risk-taking patterns and sleep with the same people — giving the term mutual friends a whole new meaning.
Most Parents of Overweight Kids Don’t Hear It from the Doctor
...“Parents might be more motivated to follow healthy eating and activity advice if they knew their children were overweight, but very few parents of overweight children say they have ever heard that from their doctor,” says Eliana M. Perrin, lead author of the study and an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) School of Medicine, in a statement.
Bart Ehrman’s new portrayal of Jesus is surprisingly sympathetic
The Washington Post
For years, nonbelievers rejoiced at the publication of a new book by New Testament scholar Bart Ehrman, relishing the professor’s pugnacious attacks on the cherished beliefs of evangelical Christians. But in his latest offering, the University of North Carolina historian and author of such provocative titles as “Misquoting Jesus,” ‘’Forged,” and “Jesus Interrupted,” targets the very crowd that formed the bulk of his audience.
Spelling still counts, but not as much as that (Blog)
The Baltimore Sun (Maryland)
The journalism school at the University of North Carolina has dropped the spelling portion from its spelling-and-grammar test, replacing it with a word-usage section, and the howls are rising the journalism-isn't-what-it used-to-be crowd.
UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School Turns to Ping Identity to
Solve Identity Management Complexity
The Sun Herald (Biloxi, Miss.)
Ping Identity®, The Cloud Identity Security Leader™, today announced that the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School has selected PingFederate to ease the management of identities across applications. By providing secure, seamless single sign-on (SSO) access to its hosted solutions, UNC Kenan-Flagler can offer its students a smooth user experience as its adopts new technologies and expands its infrastructure.
State and Local Coverage
Healthy and healthier (Editorial)
The Herald-Sun (Durham)
Compared to the health care available to the rest of North Carolina, Durham and Orange counties occupy a position of elite privilege. ...Everyone who has quit smoking, waved off that second drink, checked in for that mammogram, or gone for a run, take a moment for self-congratulations, and to appreciate the various political and community forces that created a nexus of high-quality health care at Duke, UNC and the VA Medical Center.
French choreographer brings Grimms' 'Snow White' to life
The Herald-Sun (Durham)
When French choreographer Angelin Preljocaj decided to do a ballet about Snow White, he did not look to Walt Disney for inspiration. ...Audiences here will see the two-hour performance of Preljocaj’s “Snow White” on Wednesday and Thursday at UNC’s Memorial Auditorium.
It’s your water they’re talking about (Column)
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
When it comes to your diet, what’s more basic and important than clean water? It’s the one ingredient every one of us consumes and couldn’t live without. That’s why you should take threats to the water supply so seriously. (Suzanne Havala Hobbs is a registered dietitian and a clinical associate professor in the department of health policy and administration in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill.)
UNC-Owned Vehicle Disappears, Reappears Damaged
WCHL 1360-AM (Chapel Hill)
UNC Police are requesting public assistance as they investigate the larceny of a university-owned vehicle. "Our officers were contacted by Town of Chapel Hill Police with regard to a vehicle that was found between Cameron Avenue and McCauley Street, down a deserted area," says UNC Public Safety Spokesperson Randy Young.
Issues and Trends
UNC system president defends proposed personnel change
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
UNC system President Tom Ross is defending a proposal to remove university workers from the State Personnel Act. In an interview, the president of the 17-campus university system, said having one personnel system for workers both exempt from and currently subject to the State Personnel Act would benefit everyone.
Chinese program will pay off after hard winter (Opinion-Editorial Column)
The Chapel Hill News
The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School Board is considering eliminating the district’s Chinese Language Dual Immersion program as a cost-saving measure. We are writing from Xi’an, China, where our three children – all students in CHCCS’s dual immersion program – are attending Chinese public school where they learn, speak, read, and write in Chinese alongside their Chinese classmates. (Joseph Kennedy and Maria Savasta-Kennedy are the parents of three children in CHCCS’s Chinese Dual Language Immersion program and are UNC Law School faculty who are currently serving as Fulbright Lecturers in Xi’an, China.)
After Title Run, the Starting 5 Rush for the Exit
The New York Times
...Calipari has been able to determine how his players can do the minimum amount of work so Kentucky’s Academic Progress Rate, the metric used by N.C.A.A. to measure how well universities are educating their athletes, is not adversely affected. “I think he represents the refinement of the system, that’s what he does,” William C. Friday, the former president of the University of North Carolina, said of Calipari. “If we’re going to be perfectly open and honest about it, we know what we’re doing is acting as a farm club for the commercial advancement of the N.C.A.A.”