Here is a sampling of links and notes about Carolina people and programs cited recently in the media:
Truvada drug trials signal 'turning point' in AIDS epidemic
... Overall, though, the results bolster the notion of giving anti-AIDS drugs to healthy but high-risk people before they're exposed to HIV, says Myron Cohen, a professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and co-author of an accompanying editorial. The strategy, known as PREP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, is one of several powerful new tools in preventing HIV infection, he says.
At Checkpoint Charlie, a battle over visions
The Washington Post
... “It’s a scandal to have hot dog stands and people in fake uniforms,” said Konrad Jarausch, a history professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who was born in Germany and is leading the effort to build a museum at Checkpoint Charlie. “What the city needs is a museum on the same level of some of the museums that deal with the Third Reich.”
Studies Show Value of AIDS Drugs as Prevention
..."Although no evidence of increased risky sexual behavior or decreased condom usage was reported in these studies, we must ensure that pre-exposure prophylaxis does not indirectly encourage such behavior," wrote Dr. Myron Cohen of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Dr. Lindsey Baden of Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston.
Breastfeeding Linked To Thinness, A New British Study Finds
The Huffington Post
... "In the short term, it's very clear that it takes calories to make milk," said Dr. Alison Stuebe, an assistant professor of maternal and child health at the University of North Carolina who has researched the link between breastfeeding and weight loss.
State and Local Coverage
Diagnosing rare lung disorder is key to treatment
WRAL -TV (CBS/Raleigh)
Although as many as 25,000 people in the United States live every day with primary ciliary dyskinesia, a chronic lung problem, only as estimated 10 percent are properly diagnosed. ... That distress, which can include chronic ear aches, nasal congestion and coughing for most patients, isn't often treatable with antibiotics. Dr. Margaret Leigh, a pediatric pulmonologist at UNC, said PCD is different because cilia, the microscopic hair-like structures that line the airways, become impaired, leading to chronic infections.
Willie French Lowery's music had an impact on the Lumbee community
The Fayetteville Observer
...As a professor of American Indian studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Malinda Lowery got to experience first hand the effect he could have on others. "Whether it was Willie coming to my classes to talk about his own history or provide an oral history of the Lumbee people throughout his own experience, or talk about activism or to play his music, which told so many stories of Lumbee culture, it had an incredible impact," Malinda said. "It was my students' most enjoyable part of the class."
UNC AD Bubba Cunningham working to restore faith in Tar Heels’ athletic department
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
Before North Carolina Athletics Director Bubba Cunningham appeared Wednesday at the Durham Sports Club’s meeting at Croasdaile Country Club, two men stood outside the banquet hall, talking about how much they had been looking forward to hearing Cunningham speak.
UNC downplayed tutor's actions to NCAA
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
UNC-Chapel Hill athletic officials downplayed the impact of a tutor’s help on a football player’s paper while trying to get him reinstated by the NCAA, according to documents released late Wednesday.
Related Links: http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/07/11/2192903/on-the-other-unc-scandal-the-ncaa.html
Issues and Trends
Give colleges more credit (Opinion-Editorial)
The Los Angeles Times
Higher education as we know it is about to come to an end. After all, there are no jobs for college graduates, certainly not for liberal arts students. Moreover, even were such students employable, they come out of school so burdened with debt that they will never dig their way out.
ASU summit focuses on energy savings on N.C. campuses
The 17 campuses of the University of North Carolina system spend about $226 million a year on energy, or about $1,000 per student, to do things like turn on the lights or heat and cool buildings. Reducing that cost and helping the environment were among the goals of a three-day energy summit held this week at Appalachian State University.
Local Lawmakers: UNC Suffers If Budget Trends Continue
WCHL 1360-AM (Chapel Hill)
The North Carolina General Assembly adjourned for the year last week after an eventful short session highlighted by another tough budget fight—a fight that local legislators say leaves UNC’s funding in dire straits. "The trends for UNC are not good," said outgoing State Representative Joe Hackney of Chapel Hill at the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce’s annual legislative breakfast on Tuesday. "They were actually not good before (2011) because of the recession, but this two-year (period) made it a lot, lot worse."