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April 23, 2003


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Dean Risa Palm appointed to post at LSU
Miller tapped for teaching excellence award
Bell Award rings for Friday, 'Chapel Hill's First Lady'
Carolina Center for Public Service announces award winners on April 17
Chemist finds formula for national award
Lensing to lead Office of Distinguished Scholarships
Binotti made dean for first year programs
Hewitt closes book on career
Star Heels
Decorations & Distinctions
Campus Awards

 

Dean Risa Palm appointed
to post at LSU

Risa Palm, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, will become the next executive vice chancellor and provost at Louisiana State University, effective July 1.

"In Risa Palm, LSU will be adding a highly experienced administrator with superb leadership skills to its administrative team," said Chancellor James Moeser. "On her watch, the College of Arts & Sciences has taken several major steps forward in improving the breadth, scope and quality of undergraduate education that we offer our students at Carolina.

"The entire University has benefited from those impressive results as well as from the college's role in supporting campuswide initiatives in fields like genomics. We wish Risa well in her new career pursuits."

Before coming to Carolina in 1997, Palm served as dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and professor of geography at the University of Oregon. Prior to that, she held several administrative positions at the University of Colorado at Boulder, including associate vice chancellor for research and dean of the Graduate School, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs, and associate dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. She also spent five years on the faculty of the geography department at the University of California, Berkeley.

Robert Shelton, executive vice chancellor and provost, called Palm's new post at LSU an "exciting career move."

"LSU will be gaining an excellent leader and administrator who is a passionate advocate on behalf of her faculty, staff and students," Shelton said in an April 16 memo announcing the news to Chancellor's Cabinet and Deans' Council. "She has been a champion for the unique blend of excellence in undergraduate education and world-class research that sets the college apart from its peers. She also established a strong organization in the college that enabled departments and centers to concentrate on their scholarship and flourish."

In a note to faculty and staff in the College of Arts & Sciences, Palm called her tenure at Carolina "the highlight of my career, thanks to the excellence and dedication of our faculty and staff in the College, as well as the support of the University administration and outstanding colleagues like you across the Carolina campus."

"It has been a distinct privilege to work with all of you to help fulfill the educational mission of this extraordinary University," she said. "I have learned a great deal from my time at Carolina and I will bring many fond memories with me to Baton Rouge."

Shelton said he plans to appoint a search committee in the near future to begin identifying a new dean.


Miller tapped for
teaching excellence award

Judy Miller, associate professor of nursing, has been selected for a UNC Board of Governors University-wide Award for Teaching Excellence.

Established by the Board of Governors in April 1994 to underscore the importance of teaching and to reward good teaching across the UNC system, the awards are given annually to a tenured faculty member from each UNC campus.

During a recognition luncheon to be held in conjunction with the board's May meeting, Miller will receive a commemorative bronze medallion and a $7,500 cash prize. The awards will be presented by UNC President Molly Corbett Broad and Board of Governors Chairman J. Bradley Wilson.

Miller, who has been a member of Carolina's faculty since 1991, earned her B.S.N. degree at Adelphi University, her M.S.N. degree at Duke University and her Ph.D. at Oregon Health & Science University.

She spearheaded the development of Carolina's successful Second Degree B.S.N. Option, a program that enables students who already have baccalaureate degrees in other disciplines to obtain nursing degrees in just 14 months.

Linda Cronenwett, dean of the School of Nursing, said of Miller: "Truly, I have not known other faculty to have such a comprehensive knowledge of how to lead others to learn. Dr. Miller devoted herself to being sure that we could produce excellent new nurses in the school's accelerated undergraduate nursing program, leading the adaptation of our 24-month curriculum to a 14-month program in ways that suited the second-degree students' adult learning styles and needs. One hundred percent of the pilot class graduated last August, and I have never experienced the gratitude and admiration that those first students felt for Dr. Miller. She is a role model of integrity, professionalism, and high standards."

Previously at Carolina, Miller has been recognized with the Undergraduate Nursing Faculty Award, the Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, induction into the Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars, and the Outstanding Faculty Award.

The 16 recipients, representing an array of academic disciplines, were nominated by special committees on their home campuses and selected by the Board of Governors Committee on Teaching Awards, chaired by Ray S. Farris of Charlotte.

Winners must have taught at their present institutions at least seven years. No one may receive the award more than once.


Bell Award rings for Friday,
'Chapel Hill's First Lady'

Ida Howell Friday, a woman who embodies the grace and charm of the Old South but who also has been described as a brilliant organizer and champion of women and women's causes, is the recipient of this year's Cornelia Phillips Spencer Bell Award.

Chancellor James Moeser made the presentation to Friday April 17 in a ceremony at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center.

The Bell award, now in its 10th year, recognizes a woman who has made outstanding contributions to the University. It is named for Cornelia Phillips Spencer, who campaigned to re-open the University after the Civil War.

Friday's name is well known even by newcomers to the University. William Friday, her husband of more than 50 years, is president emeritus of the University of North Carolina and University distinguished professor. And the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education that bears both their names is a tribute to their enduring influence and devotion to the state and to Carolina.

Many leaders in the University and Chapel Hill community enthusiastically nominated Friday for the Bell award.

She was cited as a longtime champion of the School of Public Health and as a strong advocate in the state for public health and education issues. In that capacity she impressed colleagues with her "rare blend of insightful acumen and gracious warmth" and her "unshakable integrity."

The mother of three professional, successful daughters, Friday was lauded for her support of Chapel Hill's Women's Center, "its success for which she is almost entirely responsible." She was described as "Chapel Hill's First Lady," who through the years graciously entertained a stream of distinguished guests for the University, the town and the state.

Said one nominator of Friday's devotion to her projects: "What's so inspiring about all this work is the motivation. It is pure, never seeking glory. Not even expecting to be thanked. ... Ida's reward when she completes a project is seeing that things are a bit better than when she started."

One nominator wrote of Friday's skills: "Ida Friday is a principled, skilled and energetic leader; she is a careful and broadminded thinker."

A native of Lumberton, Friday received her bachelor's degree in home economics from Meredith College and her master's of public health from Carolina. She worked for what was then Carolina Power and Light Co. as a home economist from 1948-52 and was an instructor and workshop director for the School of Public Health during that same time.

Among numerous civic groups with which she has worked, Friday has served as president of the Chapel Hill Preservation Society and on the boards of the North Carolina Symphony Society, the YM-YWCA of Chapel Hill, Community Church and the Newcomers Club.

Her commitment to the University's mission and to its community are evident in many of the honors she has received, including the North Carolina Distinguished Service Award for Women, the North Carolina Public Service Award, and with her husband, the University's Distinguished Service Medal, the North Caroliniana Society Award and 1981 North Carolina Citizen of the Year.

Cornelia Phillips Spencer, who inspired the Bell award, is best known for spearheading the effort to reopen the University following Reconstruction. On March 20, 1875, after hearing that her persistence had paid off and that the University would reopen, she climbed to the top of South Building and rang its bell to herald the good news. That bit of lore led to the naming of the award in her name, with the addition of "Bell."

Spencer wrote for local magazines and newspapers and through her writing waged an active campaign for education. She also played a significant role in the founding of what is now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

The University recognized her contributions by awarding her an honorary doctor of laws degree in 1895, the first one given to a woman. The first women's residence hall, Spencer Hall, is named in her honor.

Diane Kjervik, director of the Carolina Women's Center, chaired the Bell Award Selection Committee.


Carolina Center for Public Service announces award winners on April 17

Special to the "Gazette"
By Molly Cottrell, School of Journalism
and Mass Communcation

The Carolina Center for Public Service announced the 2003 award winners of three public service awards and honored the recipients at a ceremony and luncheon on April 17.

Adam Goldstein, associate professor in Carolina's Department of Family Medicine, was chosen to receive the first annual Ned Brooks Award for Public Service issued by the center.


More public service award winners

Also April 17, the Carolina Center for Public Service announced the recipients of:

The Office of the Provost Public Service Award, which went to the Department of Biology's Traveling Science and Technology Laboratory Program, DESTINY; the Carolina Environmental Program for its Field Site Network; Mobile SHAC for the Hubbard Project; and the Episcopal Campus Ministry for its Ashe County Project.

The Robert E. Bryan Public Service Award, which went to student winners Kathleen Wirth and Karine Dube and faculty/staff winners Catherine Ingram Fogel, professor in the School of Nursing, and Pamela York Frasier, research assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine.

"A selection committee comprised of students, faculty, staff, and community representatives considered over 50 nominations for this year's public service awards," said Lynn Blanchard, director of the Carolina Center for Public Service. "The nomination pool and resulting winners exemplify the true engagement of this campus with communities throughout the state of North Carolina.

"The culture of service is alive and thriving at Carolina, and the Carolina Center for Public Service stands ready to promote and support the efforts of students, faculty and staff like those honored here as they work to make a difference."

 

The award honors the contributions of Ned Brooks, who has served the University since 1972. The award recognizes a Carolina faculty or staff member who has built a sustained record of service to the community through their own efforts and through their involvement and guidance of others.

"Adam Goldstein is a perfect choice for this prestigious honor," said Lynn Blanchard, director of the Carolina Center for Public Service. "Through his work with SHAC, the Eugene Mayer Society and `Insight Out', he models the kind of service Ned Brooks is famous for -- he brings enthusiasm and unwavering commitment to promoting how this University can respond to community issues, and instills this in the students he comes in contact with."

Goldstein joined the Department of Family Medicine as a fellow in 1993 and became the faculty adviser to the Student Health Action Committee (SHAC). SHAC, the oldest student- run health clinic in the nation, operates a weekly clinic for underserved patients in the community. For 10 years Goldstein has given the organization needed faculty leadership stability. During his tenure, SHAC has expanded its services and developed into an interdisciplinary Health Affairs student organization.

As faculty adviser to the medical school's Eugene S. Mayer Community Service Honor Society, Goldstein has championed the inclusion of community-based physicians in recognition of their service as valuable role models for students as well as students who are inducted for their service while in medical school. This year alone, 44 North Carolina physicians and 38 medical students were inducted into the society.

Since 1996, Goldstein has been faculty adviser for the student journal "Insight Out," a publication in which Carolina Health Affairs students reflect on their service experiences through articles, photography and poetry.

Not only do Goldstein's efforts reach out to the local community, but his vision of service stretches across the state as well. In 1995 Goldstein, a dedicated supporter of anti-smoking campaigns, created an outreach program to support and aid those who have been significantly affected by tobacco. The program, Survivors and Victims of Tobacco Empowerment (SAVE) obtained private funding and has served as a model for other national programs.

VIRTUAL RECIPIENT Adam Goldstein, shown on the video monitors, is taping his acceptance speech of the Ned Brooks Award because he was unable to attend the presentation luncheon on April 17. Andy Brawn, ATN multimedia consultant, checks the taping.


Chemist finds formula for
national award

Professor of chemistry Maurice S. Brookhart was honored March 25 by the world's largest scientific society for developing novel approaches to making new types of polymers, or plastics. He received the 2003 Award in Polymer Chemistry from the American Chemical Society at its national meeting in New Orleans.

The plastics of everyday life -- polystyrene cups, polypropylene sport clothing, polyethylene bottles -- begin as a collection of small, identical units of a molecule. Then hundreds of those units, or monomers, are strung together into polymers "like pearls on a necklace," as Brookhart explained. How that happens is where he comes in.

"One way I like to describe what I do is to study how a single metal atom such as nickel or palladium can stitch together molecules in various ways to form chains," Brookhart said.

Without metal atoms, polymers would not form. The trick is to control the metal atoms' chemical environment, and thus their reactivity, to tailor-make the properties of the polymer, he said.

For example, Brookhart's research team has made new polymers by constructing metal catalysts -- chemistry's construction workers -- that insert monomers in the middle of chains rather than at the end: "Instead of a linear chain, we can get a branched one," he said. The difference in properties can be remarkable: the stiff, linear polypropylene of milk jugs versus the pliable, branched polypropylene of garbage bags, for instance.

His particular achievement is discovering ways to use unconventional metals that string monomers together in different ways. "This gives us a broader range of polymers," he said, adding that several have been licensed by the chemical company DuPont for possible commercialization.

Brookhart described himself growing up as "a chemistry-set kid" who liked to build rockets. "Those were the days when you could go down to the drug store and buy everything you need to make rocket fuel," he remembered.

Brookhart received his undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University in 1964 and his doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1968. He is a member of the ACS divisions of organic, inorganic and polymer chemistry.

The ACS Award in Polymer Chemistry is sponsored by ExxonMobil Chemical Co.


Lensing to lead Office of
Distinguished Scholarships

George Lensing, the Bowman and Gordon Gray professor of English, has been appointed director of the Office of Distinguished Scholarships, effective July 1. He succeeds Robert Greenberg, associate professor of Slavic linguistics, who is serving the current three-year term in the post.

Lensing will be responsible for recruiting and developing student applications for prestigious national scholarships, including the Rhodes, Truman and Churchill awards. As acting director of the office last fall, he worked with numerous outstanding scholarship candidates. Seven Carolina students have won distinguished scholarships this year, including Rhodes, Truman, Churchill, Luce and Goldwater awards.

Lensing has advised honors students in the English department for more than 30 years. He also has served on the central selection committee for the Morehead and Robertson scholarships, the University's top merit awards. Carolina partners with Duke University in the Robertson program.

"George Lensing has a long and outstanding record of teaching, advising and mentoring undergraduates," said Risa Palm, outgoing dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, where the office is based. "By his example, he has shown students how to serve and lead. He will continue to be instrumental in recognizing the potential of bright students who may be able to reach new heights through distinguished scholarships."

Since 1974, Lensing has been a member of the Committee on the Chancellor's Awards Ceremony for recognizing outstanding undergraduates in academics, leadership and service. He also has been assistant dean of honors, secretary of the faculty and chair of the division of humanities. Since 1979 he has been a faculty sponsor of the Order of the Golden Fleece, a campus honorary society.

Lensing has received two University honors for undergraduate teaching excellence: the Tanner Award (1984) and the Sanders Award (2001). He also teaches graduate students how to instruct undergraduates. He has written three books on American poetry, including, most recently, "Wallace Stevens and the Seasons."


Binotti made dean for
first year programs

Lucia Binotti, an associate professor and director of undergraduate studies in the Romance languages department, will serve as associate dean of first-year seminars and academic experiences beginning July 1. She succeeds history professor Sarah Shields, who is serving the current three-year term in the post.

Risa Palm, outgoing dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, appointed Binotti, calling her "a dedicated teacher, scholar and administrator (with) the ideal combination of knowledge, experience and leadership ability to build on the success of this vital program."

Binotti also will develop new initiatives in other areas of the first-year experience, collaborating with administrators of other programs that are designed to enhance the intellectual climate of the University. Those include the offices of undergraduate research and undergraduate admissions, the James M. Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence and orientation programs.

Last fall "U.S. News & World Report" ranked Carolina's first-year programs fourth among public universities nationwide and 10th among all universities, tied with Harvard. The Carolina program allows incoming students to study complex issues with senior faculty in classes of no more than 20 students each.

The program began in 1998 in response to the report of the Chancellor's Task Force on Intellectual Climate. It has grown from offering 65 seminars the first year to more than 100 last year, reaching 1,800 students or about half of the incoming class.

Seminars have been taught by faculty in the arts, humanities, social sciences, natural and applied sciences, business, journalism and medicine.

At Carolina since 1990, Binotti has taught two service learning courses and organized studies abroad. Recently she was elected to the Educational Policy Committee. She is writing a multimedia textbook on the history of the Spanish language.


Hewitt closes book on career

Joe Hewitt, associate provost for libraries and University librarian, has announced that he plans to retire June 30, 2004.

Hewitt took over as associate University librarian in 1975, when the library collection stood at 2.1 million volumes. Since then, it has grown to more than 5.3 million volumes, and more than 60 percent of the works in the library's 200-year-old collections have been added during Hewitt's tenure.

Among his career highlights, Hewitt has overseen renovations to the House Undergraduate Library, as well as the large-scale expansion of the library's electronic information resources. He also helped spearhead the revival of the North Carolina Literary Festival.


Star Heels

The following employees have received recognition as Star Heels through the end of April:

Alumni Records
Tracy Chrismon

Biology
Denise Burgner
Paula Lloyd
Brian Nalley

Biostatistics
Vera Bennett
Ricky Christian
Xiang-Fang Li
Michele Ozgen
Sherry Roberts
Kelly Tobin

Cell and Molecular Physiology
Christine Silva
Adriana Tavernise

Center for Alcohol Studies
Catherine Coleman
Sharon Owens

Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Nancy Aycock
Cheryl Dickerson
Carol Johnson

Cogeneration Facility
Robert Whalin

Computer Science
Donna Boggs
Karen Thigpen
John Thomas

Energy Services
Travis Baston

Epidemiology
Carolyn Cooke
Linda Kalka-Juhl
Joanna Smith
Carmen Woody

Facilities Services
Cindy Shea

Health Sciences Library
Kevin Lanning
Susan Linn
Wallace McLendon
Pamelia Roberts

Honors/Johnston Center
Joan Gattus

Housekeeping Services
Christopher O. Moore

N.C. Institute for Public Health
Helena Machaj

School of Nursing
Julie Barroso
Dianne Blake
Sharon Braxton
Beverly Johnson
Diane Kjervik
Richard Redman
Marcia VanRiper
Annie Taft
Brad Volk
Marty Wamp
Holli Wilson

UCIS
Narvis Green

University Registrar
Ricky Moore

Editor's Note: The Star Heels Award Program is sponsored by TIAA-CREF. Winners each receive a $20 gift certificate. For more information on the Star Heels program, contact Employee Services at 962-1483.


Decorations & Distinctions

Ehringhaus Residence Hall staff
The Ehringhaus staff won the national Community of the Month award from the National Association of College and University Residence Halls. The award recognizes the efforts of a housing staff to knit together its residents, help meet residents' needs and make a residence hall a home away from home.

David Godschalk
Professor of city and regional planning, Godschalk will chair a planning committee to establish the North Carolina Institute of Disaster Studies. The institute will coordinate disaster mitigation research, training and public service.

Frederick Kilgour
Distinguished research professor in the School of Information and Library Science, Kilgour was recently presented with the first Ohio Board of Regents' George V. Voinovich Award for Information Innovation. The Voinovich Award recognizes an individual who develops and/or champions solutions to the problem of connecting people and information both effectively and efficiently.

Joanne Gard Marshall
Dean of the School of Information and Library Science, Marshall has been named president-elect of the Medical Library Association for 2003-04. Marshall served on the Association's board of directors from 1994-1997 and was named an MLA fellow in 2002.

Anthony Oberschall and James Peacock
Professor emeritus of sociology, Oberschall was named a New Century scholar and chosen to study strife in Northern Ireland. The awards were funded by the Fulbright Scholar program. Professor of anthropology and director of the Center for International Studies, Peacock also was named a New Century scholar and chosen to study the vision and practice of seven Rotary Peace Centers worldwide.

Dave Shaw
Deputy editor of "Southern Cultures" based at the Center for the Study of the American South, Shaw recently won the 2003 Katherine Anne Porter Prize from the University of North Texas Press. The award, named after the late Texas short story writer, is given to a collection of short stories or a novella that is 100 to 200 pages. Winners of each year's prize receive $1,000 and have their manuscripts published by the UNT Press.

Lea C. Watson
Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the Department of Psychiatry, Watson was recently honored by the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry with its 2003 Member-in-Training Award. The award recognizes the best, unpublished original research primarily performed by a new researcher in geriatric psychiatry.

North Carolina Botanical Garden
Alan Weakley, curator of the herbarium, recently accepted The Invasive Weeds Awareness Coalition Award on behalf of the North Carolina Botanical Garden at a dinner in the Smithsonian Institution "Castle" in Washington, D.C. The award, presented as a part of the fourth annual National Invasive Weeds Awareness Week, recognizes "exceptional educational efforts and initiative in the battle against invasive plants in the United States."

Yi Zhang
Assistant professor of biochemistry and biophysics, Zhan has been awarded the American Association of Cancer Research's 2003 Gertrude B. Elion Cancer Research Award, given to the most meritorious laboratory, clinical and transnational young research scientist nation-wide.

Catherine Zimmer
Statistical analyst at the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science and adjunct associate professor in the Department of Sociology, Zimmer recently was voted president-elect of the North Carolina Sociological Association at its annual meeting in February.


Campus Awards

Deb Aikat, Jun Nakamura, Pamela Conover

Aikat, associate professor of journalism and mass communications, Nakamura, research assistant professor of environmental sciences and engineering, and Conover, professor of political science, have all been named winners of the Edward Kidder Graham Awards.


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