Here is a sampling of links and notes about Carolina people and programs cited recently in the media:
Out of sight but not out of mind in the virtual world
Financial Times (United Kingdom)
...The Kenan-Flagler school of the University of North Carolina, has developed its online MBA@UNC, which it believes meets the highest standards of intellectual rigour and challenge. The course is neither cheaper, nor less selective in its admissions criteria than its residential sister.
Who are you calling a bitch?
The Ottawa Citizen (Canada)
...(Sherryl) Kleinman, a professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, says women cannot reclaim a term that was never theirs. "The idea of reclaiming implies that women owned this term, it was then co-opted by men, and now women want it back," says Kleinman, who was the lead author on a paper called Reclaiming Critical Analysis: the Social Harms of 'Bitch' in the journal Sociological Analysis.
North Carolina town plans to ticket drivers for any cellphone use
...“It’s impossible to call this issue,” said Shea Denning, associate professor of public law and government at UNC-Chapel Hill. “There are really strong legal arguments pointing both ways in favor or pre-emption and in favor of the town’s authority to have acted.” Denning also says that elected officials have to also consider the delicate balance between regulatory authority and people’s individual freedoms.
NE turns to more traditional child welfare system
The Associated Press
...Mark Testa, a child welfare expert who helped enact a privatized child welfare system in Illinois, said the state has been successful in part because it sought and received a federal waiver that allowed more freedom in using federal money. The waiver allowed, for example, Illinois to spend the money on drug recovery programs, parental counseling and other in-home services that the federal government would not normally cover, said Testa, now a professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
Opening Up a Path to Four-Year Degrees
The New York Times
...Increasingly, the students here are making that jump. Dawn-Stacy Joyner, a former hospital cook, will also attend the University of Pennsylvania. Nine women graduating this spring have been accepted to Bryn Mawr. Larry Thi, who hopes to become a teacher, transferred to the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Roger Ailes attests to Fox News’s factual perfection (Blog)
The Washington Post
Fox News chief Roger Ailes last night gave a talk at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. One of the things he said was this: “[In] 15 years we have never taken a story down because it was wrong. You can’t say that about CNN, CBS or the New York Times.” That account comes from the Twitter feed of journalist Gabriel Sherman.
Youth baseball deaths very rare, studies show
The Chicago Sun-Times
Deaths in youth baseball are rare, but so are studies on the matter. One study found 13 boys between ages 5 and 12 died playing Little League baseball between 1987 and 1996. The study, co-authored by Frederick Mueller, an emeritus professor of exercise and sports science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, recorded a yearly average of 29,038 injuries among the 1.7 million participants he studied. That comes to an injury rate of 1.69 per 1,000 participants.
State and Local Coverage
Alum donates art, research money to UNC-CH
A graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine has made a $10 million pledge to UNC-Chapel Hill that includes a collection of nearly 50 works of art for the Ackland Art Museum and an endowment dedicated to heart disease research, officials said Thursday.
Five with Triangle ties named Guggenheim Fellows
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
Five local scholars and artists were named Guggenheim Fellows this week: three professors from Duke University, one professor from UNC-Chapel Hill and a poet from Raleigh. ...Lisa A. Lindsay, a history professor at UNC-Chapel Hill, will use her fellowship to work on a project linking African and United States history through the journey of an African-American man who left South Carolina in 1850 to trace his roots back to West Africa.
Accomplished UNC Professor Inducted Into Journalism Hall Of Fame
WCHL 1360-AM (Chapel Hill)
On Saturday, seven individuals were inducted into the UNC’s North Carolina Journalism Hall of Fame, including a distinguished professor at the university. Donald Shaw has served the journalism school since 1966. He says he attributes his induction to the students he’s taught during that time.
UNC to honor retired copy editor
The Winston-Salem Journal
Never mind that in 1965, Karen Parker was the first black woman to get an undergraduate degree from UNC Chapel Hill. Parker hardly thought about it when she was there. ...And set aside for a moment that one of her college journals — a candid diary of the challenges, disappointments and excitement she experienced as a civil-rights protester — is archived in the Southern Historical Collection at UNC's Wilson Library.
UNC study: Football-related catastrophic brain injuries on the rise
Catastrophic brain injuries associated with full-contact football appear to be rising, especially among high school students, according to a new report. The increase is alarming and indicates more coaches and athletic trainers should change how they teach the fundamental skills of the game, according to researchers based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Thorp Applauds New Housekeeping Director
WCHL 1360-AM (Chapel Hill)
UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp is expressing his support for newly-appointed UNC Director of Housekeeping Darius Dixon, who will be taking over a program that's seen its share of chaos over the past year. “I think you see a kind of evolution in the things we’ve done here,” he says. “We’ve gotten a lot of information about housekeeping, we’ve made a lot of changes, and we’re very excited about the new director.”
UNC studying use of new tornado warnings (Video)
Researchers at UNC are looking into how emergency management and broadcasters are using a new type of warning system that the National Weather Service is testing.
AG’s office requests info on D.R. Horton disclosures
The Herald-Sun (Durham)
Victor B. Flatt, an environmental law professor and the director of the Center for Law, Environment, Adaptation and Resources at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, said in an email that most homeowners in North Carolina would be “very surprised” to get a home that had its underlying mineral interest split from the surface interest. Flatt said North Carolina has not really dealt with the issue before, so he said there isn’t a “good amount of law developed on this issue.”
UNC workshop to focus on black family histories
The Associated Press
Researching and preserving the histories of black families will be the focus of a workshop at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. ...The workshop will focus on methods for genealogical research, preservation of black family collections and use of primary sources in library collections.
Roger Ailes at UNC (Blog)
The News & Record (Greensboro)
The Fox News Channel Roger Ailes' appearance last week at UNC-Chapel Hill's School of Journalism and Mass Communication has created some ripples — only beginning with his reference to a CNN journalist as "that girl named after a prison."
Issues and Trends
UNC board adopts worker guidelines
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
The UNC system Board of Governors approved guidelines Friday it says will protect university workers if they are shifted into a new university personnel system this year. Amid protesters’ interruptions, the board passed “guiding principles” that bill sponsor Sen. Richard Stevens, a Wake County Republican, says would be inserted into any legislation that might be approved. UNC President Tom Ross and the board have said the guidelines would allow employees to help build a new system that ultimately would serve them better than the State Personnel Act, under which the estimated 22,000 affected workers now fall.