Here is a sampling of links and notes about Carolina people and programs cited recently in the media:
Syracuse, Vassar Among Colleges Said to Join Cost Pledge
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Syracuse University are among schools promising to give incoming students more information on costs and financial aid, according to an Obama administration official. Ten schools and university systems representing 5 percent of all enrolled U.S. college students will participate in the financial aid pledge, said the administration official, who described the agreement on condition of anonymity ahead of an announcement scheduled for today.
White House Release: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/06/05/vice-president-biden-secretary-duncan-cfpb-director-cordray-and-college-
Related Links: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/05/education/deal-reached-on-student-loans.html?_r=1&hpw
High-deductible insurance plans become more common
The Washington Post
...“There’s no question that high deductibles are spreading,” said Jonathan Oberlander, a health policy professor at the University of North Carolina. “That’s a pretty significant trend, and I don’t expect it’s going to slow up anytime soon. Employers like it because they’re providing less coverage. If they can relabel it as consumer-driven then it even sounds good.”
Replace soda, juice to cut diabetes risk
The Chicago Tribune
..."It is essentially not that water helps, except with hydration, but that the others hurt," said Barry Popkin, a professor at the University of North Carolina School of Public Health who was not involved in the study.
How a mosquito survives a raindrop hit
A raindrop hitting a mosquito in flight is like a midair collision between a human and a bus. Except that the mosquito survives. ... Such studies help reveal how animals evolved to take advantage of flight, says biologist Tyson Hedrick of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Mosquito tricks may also inspire engineers designing swarms of tiny flying robots, or interest physicists and mathematicians studying complex fluid dynamics at this scale.
Big Sports Programs Step Up Hiring to Help Marginal Students
The Chronicle of Higher Education
...There are approximately 150 learning specialists in the FBS, according to the survey of academic advisers, which was done last month by Bradley R.H. Bethel, a reading and writing specialist in the athletic department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. And while there are still far more academic advisers (roughly 740 at FBS programs), jobs for learning specialists are growing much faster, he found.
Water Institute advisory panel chosen
The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.)
The Water Institute of the Gulf announced Monday its nine-member science and engineering advisory council, which will help shape the focus of the institute’s work. ... Rick Luettich, distinguished professor and director of the University of North Carolina’s Institute of Marine Sciences and Center for the Study of Natural Hazards and Disasters. He specializes in modeling coastal systems.
State and Local Coverage
UNC adds land to botanical gardens
Triangle Business Journal
UNC-Chapel Hill is allocating 107.6 acres land to be added to the existing 367-acre North Carolina Botanical Garden as part of the Mason Farm Biological Reserve. Chancellor Holden Thorp announced that the land will be administered by the N.C. Botanical Garden. It is south of he garden and adjoins the west side of the reserve. Undeveloped, the land includes streams, woods and hills.
UNC Release: http://uncnews.unc.edu/content/view/5361/107/
Some insight into saving for college
Triangle Business Journal
It’s no secret that saving for college is a smart idea financially. A little math from Mark Kantrowitz, a financial aid expert, shows why. Saving $200 per month at 6.8 percent interest for 10 years will accumulate $34,433. With current tuition and fees for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill at $7,008 annually, the savings would be enough to cover four years.
Slashing anti-tobacco programs will cost money, lives (Guest Column)
The Herald Sun (Durham)
The North Carolina legislature is poised to dramatically reduce and probably eventually eliminate the state’s nationally recognized tobacco use prevention and cessation program. Over the last nine years, this program, currently funded with $17 million annually from the state tobacco settlement funds, has achieved dramatic results. ... Adam Goldstein, MD, MPH, is director of the University of North Carolina Tobacco Prevention and Evaluation Program.
Booze flows via the Web (Editorial)
The Salisbury Post
The World Wide Web has spawned something of a World Wide Winery — and that’s bad news for those trying to curtail underage drinking. A new study from researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill underscores just how easily underage buyers can imbibe via online vendors. In the UNC study, eight volunteers between 18 and 20 years old attempted to buy alcohol from 100 popular online alcohol vendors.
UNC Release: http://uncnews.unc.edu/content/view/5294/71/
UNC Health Care CEO says he doesn’t expect opposition to new Wake psychiatric hospital
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
UNC Health Care CEO Bill Roper said Monday he doesn’t expect the leadership of Holly Hill, the private psychiatric hospital in Wake County, to object to UNC’s recent proposal to build its own psychiatric facility in the county. “Our people have talked to the leadership at Holly Hill and those conversations have been cordial,” he said. “They have a different part of this system that they serve but we want to work closely together.”
HIV/AIDS Conference In Raleigh
...But Hazirjian says UNC research shows – early treatment of H-I-V dramatically reduces new infections. She says one main goal of the HIV-AIDS Advocacy Conference is to push lawmakers for continued funding for prevention efforts – especially in rural areas
Scooter Death Brings Questions About Safety
WCTI-TV (ABC/New Bern)
...Crosby said scooter riders should be required to have a license. Additionally, he says they should not be able to ride on highways where the speed is double the scooter's legal limit. According to the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center, there were 671 total reported scooter crashes on state-maintained roads in 2010 in North Carolina.
Issues and Trends
More Readers for the Senior Thesis
Inside Higher Ed
Frantic seniors are known to spend days camped out in a library composing their theses. When they finish, that capstone document often ends up buried on a musty shelf in that same building. Unsatisfied with having months of hard work and dozens of pages of scholarship sitting unread in a library stack or an adviser’s desk drawer, several students are taking advantage of a Huffington Post project that allows them to publish a summary of their research (800-1,000 words) on the online news site.
UNC-Chapel Hill hosts 2012 Hiring our Heroes job fair
News 14 Carolina
Unemployed veterans are getting a little help finding jobs. UNC Chapel Hill will be hosting this year's Hiring our Heroes job fair Friday. The event will be held at the Conference Center from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Active duty military, veterans, guard and reserve members and their spouses are eligible for this year's event.