Here is a sampling of links and notes about Carolina people and programs cited recently in the media:
Euro Zone Assessing Possible Greek Exit
Voice of America
...French President Francois Hollande has proposed using euro bonds as a way of averting the crisis, something Germany fiercely opposes. Klaus Larres, professor of international relations at the University of North Carolina, told VOA that bonds would mean sharing the debt among EU members and that Germany as the richest country in the bloc would bear the majority of the burden.
Fruit juice targeted in war on obesity
The Chicago Tribune
...In response, University of North Carolina global nutrition professor Barry Popkin cited six other studies that show correlations between increased fruit juice consumption and increased risk of obesity and diabetes. "There are no studies that show the opposite — that drinking a glass or two of fruit juice each day will have positive long-term health benefits on weight or diabetes," added Popkin, author of "The World Is Fat: The Fads, Trends, Policies, and Products That Are Fattening the Human Race."
Parents hire own researchers to tackle rare, fatal disease
The Chicago Tribune
...Steven Gray at the University of North Carolina is working on gene therapy to introduce a correct copy of the gene into patients, and Jean-Pierre Julien, of Quebec, is developing mouse models of GAN. All three presented information at the Chicago conference, and all have received financial support from GAN parents.
State and Local Coverage
For-Profit Colleges & the Future of Higher Education
"The State of Things" WUNC-FM
The changing needs of today's workforce are transforming our system of higher education. For-profit colleges are an integral part of that change, but controversy plagues them, including worries over low graduation rates and the high volume of federal loans for its students. How is higher education going to continue to transform in the future, and what role will for-profit colleges play? Host Frank Stasio poses those questions and others to ...and James Morrison, professor emeritus of Educational Leadership at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
New Housekeeping Director Settles Into UNC Routine
WCHL 1360-AM (Chapel Hill)
As new UNC Housekeeping Director Darius Dixon begins his time at the university, UNC Employee Forum Chair Jackie Overton says he recently attended a university delegate meeting—with one specific goal in mind. "Delegates were most impressed with his longterm goal of making UNC Housekeeping one of the top 10 in the nation," she says. "Just like our athletic programs and other programs and other programs. We will work with him to help make that happen."
Good prognosis (Editorial)
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
Unseemly, some called it, as two great medical institutions scrapped for months and months over doctors, turf, money and mission. Costly was another word that came into it, as WakeMed and UNC Health Care kept lobbyists and public relations people well-employed, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars making their case to legislators and the public. But for the citizens of Wake County and North Carolina (both institutions have long reaches through the state) the entire episode, now settled by General Assembly leaders with what appears to be a suitable compromise, was unsettling.
Issues and Trends
Partnership to Bring Ultrahigh-Speed Internet to Six Communities
The New York Times
A start-up company plans to announce Wednesday that it has raised $200 million to deliver ultrahigh-speed Internet service in six communities surrounding research universities around the country. The company, Gigabit Squared, will work with Gig.U, an alliance of public and private universities that want to build islands of superfast networks to foster economic development and to promote services like education, health care and scientific research in the communities.