Here is a sampling of links and notes about Carolina people and programs cited recently in the media:
Syria killings despite ceasefire deadline
"World Have Your Say" BBC
…Zeynep Tufecki, an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina says "There doesn't seem to be a lot of confidence in the entente. I was looking at my social media stream in the morning and my day started with 'Annan's plan goes into effect, 23 dead already,' so there wasn't a lot of vote of confidence in that. On the other hand, there seems to be a recognition that there don't seem to be any good alternatives. It's really a difficult situation, I think, for everybody who's concerned and we're seeing that kind of heated discussion across social media platforms across countries."
Note: This interview was conducted live from the Carolina News Studio.
The Obama Reelection Playbook: Lessons From Harold Washington
"It's A Free Country" WNYC-FM (New York)
...“Chicago is not necessarily a microcosm of the United States of America, and we’re dealing with candidates who don’t necessarily appeal to the same sort of constituencies,” said Kareem Crayton, a professor of law and political scientist at the University of North Carolina who studies race and voting. “Even though the country as a whole is becoming more non-white, there are still significant numbers of white voters in states that really matter.”
State and Local Coverage
UNC health changes narrowly OK'd by House panel
The Associated Press
A divided legislative committee recommended Tuesday placing more oversight and restrictions on the University of North Carolina Health Care System after legislators and a privately-held rival hospital questioned a series of expansions by the state-owned hospital chain. ...The chief of staff to UNC Health Care System chief executive Dr. Bill Roper said after the meeting the system would vigorously fight the bill, which he said would "gut our system." Kevin FitzGerald said the flexibility the UNC Health Care System received in 1998 from the Legislature to expand and be more fiscally nimble would be gone if the bill became law.
FOX News CEO to give Park Lecture
The Herald-Sun (Durham)
Roger Ailes, chairman and chief executive officer of FOX News, will speak April 12 at UNC. Ailes will give the Roy H. Park Distinguished Lecture at 5:30 p.m. in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication's Carroll Hall auditorium. Admission is free, but seating is limited, and tickets are required. Free tickets are available at the Carolina Union box office.
UNC startups showcase April 18
The Chapel Hill News
Fourteen startup companies based on innovations at UNC will present at the annual Emerging Company Showcase on April 18. The lineup includes eight new scientific firms poised to market discoveries including devices for communication in the hospital, compounds for treating neuropathic pain and a variety of tools for areas such as supporting basic and neuroscience research, diagnosing and treating cancer, managing side effects of dialysis for end-stage kidney disease patients, training cardiothoracic surgeons and supporting clinical decisions.
Photojournalism students showcase their work
The Chapel Hill Herald
As part of their major, many photojournalism students at UNC Chapel Hill spend a good portion of their time immersed in the community around them, capturing moments in residents’ lives on film. But on April 13, the roles of observer and observed will be reversed temporarily as the best of the UNC-CH photojournalism program is put on display at Focal Point Gallery, 1215 East Franklin St.
‘Beijing Impressions’ melds personal, political
The Chapel Hill News
“This show is about Beijing but not about Beijing,” said Barbara Tyroler while discussing her upcoming art exhibit. “Beijing Impressions, Portraits of a Shifting Landscape” opens April 18 at the FedEx Global Education Center at 301 Pittsboro St. on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus.
Quinoa: Old grain is getting new interest (Column)
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
Going global includes your diet. If you eat, it’s hard to miss a South American staple showing up on salad bars and in bags on the grocery store shelves all across the U.S. It’s quinoa, and it’s a new old grain. (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.)
Sex Reported On Campus!
WCHL 1360-AM (Chapel Hill)
The Daily Tar Heel made a splash yesterday when it reported on a “subculture of illicit sexual activity” at Davis Library, but UNC officials say the story’s not nearly as big as it’s rumored to be. ...In an email, the spokesperson said: “Our public safety officers regularly patrol the library and have seen no evidence of this activity occurring, and our Library staff have gotten no complaints of that nature.”
Issues and Trends
UNC Employees May See Change
WUNC-FM (Chapel Hill)
About 22,000 employees who work on the UNC system’s 17 campuses are classified in one of two categories. EPA employees are exempt from the state personnel act, SPA employees are not. The UNC Board of Governors wants to streamline, and create one category. They say it will allow more local control and create a system that rewards the best employees and allows universities more flexibility in recruitment.
Hotel and student apartments proposed for Chapel Hill
The Chapel Hill News
A hotel and more student housing could be coming to Chapel Hill. ...The 16- acre site is currently zoned for single-family housing and would require a rezoning. It also has building restrictions because of its proximity to Horace Williams Airport that the developers says can be removed once the university closes the airport for construction of the Carolina North satellite campus.