Here is a sampling of links and notes about Carolina people and programs cited recently in the media:
Schools Brace for Decision on Affirmative Action
The New York Times
... “An outcome a lot of us in higher education are contemplating is that they could affirm Grutter, at least in name, but impose a stricter definition of what it allows,” said John C. Boger, dean of the law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an author of a brief that school submitted to the court in support of the University of Texas. “Then the question becomes, do they make the test for race-conscious action so tough that no one could ever pass it?”
U.S. Supreme Court Takes Up Affirmative Action in College Admissions
WCBS-TV/New York City
The Supreme Court tackled the controversial issue just nine years ago, but since then, the make-up of the court has become more conservative. "The end of affirmative action is a political goal that people have had for quite some time and that's what's at stake in this case," said Michael Gerhardt, a professor in the UNC School of Law.
Note: This interview was recorded in the Carolina News Studio and was aired on CBS affiliate stations nationwide.
And the best university in the world is...
...Now university rankings should always be taken with a grain of salt for anything other than establishing broad trends. For example, I don’t know any University of Virginia graduate who thinks that UVA (#118) ranks behind the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (#42), let alone nearly every school in the Big Ten (which oddly enough has a dozen members).
Diet drink consumption increasing
..."We know that Americans, mainly white Americans, are increasing significantly the consumption of low-calorie diet beverages," says Barry Popkin, a nutrition professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and one of the nation's top experts on beverage consumption. Research suggests that an increased intake of these diet beverages in replacement of sugary beverages reduces weight, he says.
Genetics Research May Slow Without Privacy Protections, Federal Panel Warns
The Chronicle of Higher Education
...With current technologies, only a very small percentage of people can benefit from the knowledge gained by identifying their genetic makeup, said James P. Evans, a professor of genetics and medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who also serves as editor-in-chief of Genetics in Medicine. In general, the commission needed to "highlight both the potentials and the concerns, and I think they've done that," Dr. Evans said.
Online alcohol sales fueling underage drinking
The Chicago Tribune
...According to this study, done in 2011 at the University of North Carolina, there are more than 5,000 Internet alcohol vendors, yet there's little regulatory attention paid to this $2.4 billion per year industry. Underage buyers searching for a place to purchase alcohol can now look beyond the corner liquor store or grocery.
North Carolina reputation suffers with NCAA violations
Over more than two years since the University of North Carolina has been dealing with investigations into the school's first major NCAA infractions case since 1961, several people up to the chancellor have resigned or lost their jobs and unwanted media attention has focused on what role athletics should play on a big-time college campus.
Female Hormones: A Dangerous Myth Persists
...But in 2001, researchers at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill looked at some 20,000 math scores of children ages four to 18 and found no gender differences of any magnitude. Not even in areas that are supposedly male domains — such as reasoning skills and geometry.
State and Local Coverage
UNC Files Sup Ct Brief Opposing "Race-Neutral" Admissions
WCHL-FM (Chapel Hill)
Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that could reshape the admissions process at UNC—not to mention hundreds of other public universities. ...But public universities around the country—including UNC—have filed amicus briefs (or “friend of the court” briefs) in support of the Texas policy.
Habitat for Humanity CEO speaks at UNC-Chapel Hill
The Associated Press
The chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity International will talk about how to find your passion during a speech at his alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. CEO Jonathan Reckford is speaking at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History. He graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1984 with a degree in political science.
UNC program helps women cope with breast cancer diagnosis
A breast cancer diagnosis is devastating to women of any age, but when it happens before the age of 40 – the age doctors normally begin screening women regularly – there are often special considerations. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s comprehensive cancer support program is just one way younger women cope with an early diagnosis and all the challenges that come with it.
Duke professor, researcher wins historic Nobel Prize
The Herald-Sun (Durham)
...Henrik Dohlman, now a professor of biochemistry and biophysics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said he was a member of the team that worked toward the identification of the gene that Kobilka led and that was under Lefkowitz’s direction. Dohlman said the work had competition from some of the leading laboratories around the world. “It was a mad dash to the finish line,” he said.
Panel investigating UNC academics to meet Thursday
A panel investigating possible academic fraud at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Thursday will meet Thursday and could hear from former North Carolina Gov. Jim Martin about his independent investigation into the university's African and Afro-American studies department. Appointed by Tom Ross, the academic review panel will make a full report of its findings to the North Carolina Board of Governors. Martin and a firm hired by the university and appointed by Chancellor Holden Thorp will report its findings to the academic review panel.
Shaping UNC’s renewal (Opinion-Editorial Column)
The Charlotte Observer
This Friday is University Day, which by tradition is observed as the birthday of the University of North Carolina. It commemorates the laying of the cornerstone of Old East, the nation’s oldest state university building, in 1793.
Issues and Trends
UNC board looks at new pathways to diplomas
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
North Carolina’s public university leaders are looking at different ways of delivering education to pump up productivity at a time of constrained resources. On Wednesday, the UNC Board of Governors got a rundown of what other states are doing from a higher education strategy consultant who offered ideas from Arizona, Texas, New York, Georgia and other places.
Lessons - Is state's problem too much education? (Editorial)
The Fayetteville Observer
The UNC Advisory Committee on Strategic Directions is in a three-way tug of war as it works up a new five-year plan for North Carolina's 17-campus university system. A student coalition wants the advisory panel remade in order to correct a perceived bias toward business and against students and faculty.