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New chair, endowed professorship appointments
Pioneering neuroscientist Pierre Morell dies at 61
Robertson grants are announced
Houpt replacement sought
Staff Promotions/Reclassifications
Star Heels
Decorations and Distinctions

New chair, endowed professorship appointments

Mary Sheriff

* Title: Daniel W. Patterson Distinguished Term Professor, appointed to chair, Department of Art; affiliated faculty, Women's Studies.

* Appointment effective: July 1 for a five-year term.

* Education: Ph.D. University of Delaware; BA, Bucknell University.

* At Carolina since: 1983.

* Classes taught at the graduate level: Seminars in Eighteenth and Nineteenth-Century Visual Culture; M.A. Thesis Seminar; Gender and Visual Culture.

* Classes taught at the undergraduate level: First-Year Seminars; Representing Paris; Travels in Eighteenth-Century Art.

* Research focus: Eighteenth-century French art; women and the visual arts; art and travel.

* Major publications: "J.H. Fragonard: Art and Eroticism" (U. Chicago Press, 1990); "The Exceptional Woman, Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun and the Cultural Politics of Art" (U. of Chicago Press, 1996); "Moved by Love: Inspired Artists and Deviant Women in Eighteenth-Century France" (U. of Chicago Press, 2003). Co-editor of the journal "Eighteenth-Century Studies."

* Major honors: Ida Beam Visiting Professorship, University of Iowa; Peter Burrows Visiting Professorship, University of Sydney; Invited International Scholar, University of Aarhus, Denmark.


* Title: Jim and Isabel Harrell Sr. Distinguished Professor of Family Dentistry; director, Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program, Department of Diagnostic Sciences and General Dentistry, School of Dentistry.

* Appointment effective: July 1.

* Education: DDS Carolina, BA East Carolina University.

* At Carolina since: 1979.

* Classes taught at the graduate level: postdoctoral residency program in general dentistry and advanced dental procedures on the graduate level in class and clinic.

* Research focus: outcomes of clinical treatment.

* Clinical interest: fixed restorative dentistry (crowns and bridges).

* Major honors: past recipient of the Richard Hunt Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence, the highest teaching award given at the School of Dentistry.

* Little known fact: "I dance competitively and have achieved professional status on the Shag Dance Competition circuit. In 2002 I was inducted into the "National Living Legends of Dance".

* About the endowment: The Jim and Isabel Harrell Sr. Distinguished Professorship in Family Dentistry was established by the Harrells in 1998. Harrell's love of dentistry began with his father, a dentist in their hometown of Elkin for 60 years. Harrell and his wife have been committed to Carolina since the dental school opened in 1950. He has served as president of the University's General Alumni Association and director of the Educational Foundation. He headed the dental school's steering committee during Carolina's Bicentennial Campaign. Isabel Harrell has worked in her husband's practice since they were married. She was his "chairside assistant" for 23 years and then moved to the front office where she handles business affairs.


* Title: Dr. Donald Henson and Mrs. Alexandra Henson Distinguished Professor of Pediatric Dentistry; chair, pediatric dentistry.

* Appointment effective: July 1.

* Education: DDS, University of Texas; M.Sc.D., Boston University.

* At Carolina since: 1989.

* Classes taught at the graduate level: maternal and child health seminars (pediatric dentistry).

* Classes at the undergraduate level: several in the pre-doctoral dental school curriculum.

* Research focus: access to dental health care for underserved populations.

* Clinical interest: medically compromised patients with dental needs.

* Major publications: contributed to six textbooks and published more than 80 articles in the scientific dental literature.

* Major honors: recipient of the Surgeon General's Exemplary Service Medal (USPHS), past-president of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

* Little known facts: "I have a private pilot's license, am a stamp collector and was an Eagle Scout."

* About the endowment: The Dr. Donald Henson and Mrs. Alexandra Henson Distinguished Professorship in Pediatric Dentistry was established in the School of Dentistry in 1999 by the Hensons of Chapel Hill. Donald Henson is a Carolina alumnus who earned his DDS from the University of Pennsylvania. He is now a senior partner and owner in Affordable Dentures and Affordable Care Inc. Sandra Henson is active in her community, church, and with the North Carolina Symphony. The Hensons and Affordable Care are generous supporters of the William Demeritt Fund in the School of Dentistry and the Educational Foundation.

Pioneering neuroscientist Pierre Morell dies at 61

Pierre Morell, a pioneering neuroscientist and professor of biochemistry and biophysics at the University, died July 15. He was 61 years old.

Morell graduated from Columbia University in 1963 where he was a competitive swimmer. He earned a Ph.D. from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1968 and became an assistant professor in biochemistry there, following a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan.

A faculty member at Carolina since 1973, Morell helped guide development of the neuroscience community. He followed Edward Perl as director of the Curriculum in Neurobiology -- the second oldest neuroscience graduate training program in the country -- and remained director for 10 years, presiding over an unprecedented growth in neuroscience graduate training, while helping to establish the University as a leader in this effort.

During those 10 years, Morell recruited, trained and mentored not only graduate students, but also faculty, post-doctoral fellows and staff with a keen eye toward their personal and professional growth.

During a career spanning 35 years, Morell is credited with helping revolutionize the scientific understanding of myelin -- the cellular support that makes communication between neurons possible. He was among the first to recognize the necessity of understanding myelin as the sum of its biochemical, genetic and molecular properties.

"Pierre moved his field forward, enthusiastically and tirelessly. His efforts provided new insights into our understanding of demyelinating diseases such as multiple sclerosis and the hazards of a wide array of toxic substances for the integrity of the nervous system," said Anthony-Samuel LaMantia, Neuroscience Center colleague and associate professor of cell and molecular physiology.

A master swimmer, Morell was adjunct professor in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at Carolina, where he developed the scuba diving program and taught numerous students.

Morell is survived by his wife, Bonnie, of Chapel Hill; parents, Anatol Morell and Helena Morell of Stony Brook, N.Y.; a son David of Portland, Ore.; a daughter Sharon and a granddaughter Katherine of Greensboro.

Remembrances can be made to the "Pierre Morell Fund" at The Medical Foundation of North Carolina Inc., 880 Airport Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514.

Robertson grants are announced

The Robertson Scholars Program has awarded nearly $50,000 from the Robertson Collaboration Fund, which supports projects that have the potential to initiate or enhance collaboration between Carolina and Duke University.

The 2003-04 grants went to:

* Christopher Putney, associate professor of Slavic languages and literature (Carolina), and Carol Flath, associate professor of the practice of Slavics (Duke), for "Russian Literature and Art in North Carolina: The Chekhov Centennial and Beyond."

* Rachel Thompson, undergraduate student (Carolina), and Yvonne Cao, undergraduate student (Duke), for "Duke-UNC Language House Alliance."

* Patricia Pukkila, director of undergraduate research (Carolina), and Emily Heikamp, undergraduate student (Duke), for "Triangle Undergraduate Research Symposium."

* Lynn Blanchard, director of Carolina Center for Public Service (Carolina), and Andrea Caldwell, assistant dean of students (Duke), for "Students Reaching Toward Change: Public Service and Leadership."

* Meg Pomerantz, director of physical education activities program (Carolina), and Laura Svetky, director of clinical research at the Sarah W. Stedman Nutrition and Metabolism Center (Duke), for "Cycle DASH to the Coast."

* Helen Tibbo, associate professor of information and library sciences (Carolina), and Tim Pyatt, university archivist (Duke), for "Managing the Digital University Desktop: Early Project Results."

* Jason Langberg, Campus Y outreach coordinator (Carolina), and Heidi Schumacher, co-director of the Community Service Center (Duke), for "Leadership in Service Conference (LSC)."

* Jenny Huq, director of APPLES Service Learning Program (Carolina), and Betsy Alden, service-learning coordinator for the Kenan Institute for Ethics (Duke), for "Reflection and Service-Learning Course."

* Patricia Thompson, art librarian (Carolina), and Lee Sorensen, art librarian (Duke), for "Carolina-Duke Art Resources (CDAR) Phase 2."

* Geoffrey Sayre-McCord, chair of the Department of Philosophy (Carolina), and Alexander Rosenberg, professor of philosophy (Duke), for "UNC-Duke Collaborate Philosophy Workshop."

* Karolyn Tyson, professor of sociology (Carolina), and S. Philip Morgan, chair of the Department of Sociology (Duke), for "Duke/UNC Robertson Sociology Seminar Series."

* Kim Abels, director of the Writing Center (Carolina), and Vicki Russell, senior lecturing fellow of the First Year Writing Program (Duke), for "UNC-CH's Writing Center/Duke University's Writing Studio Workshop Series."

* Chanequa Walker-Barnes, assistant professor of psychology (Carolina), and Stephanie Coard, director of the Cultural Strategies for the Parenting Project (Duke), for "Effective Mental Health Treatment and Service Delivery Models with African Americans."

* Diane Kjervik, director of the Carolina Women's Center (Carolina), and Donna Lisker, director of the Duke Women's Center (Duke), for "Building Effective Women Leaders through Positive Mentorships."

* Suzanne Kirby, assistant professor of medicine (Carolina), and Haifan Lin, associate professor of cell biology (Duke), for "Stem Cell Biology: Current Status and Potential for Collaborations."

* Yaakov Ariel, associate professor of religious studies (Carolina), and Malachi Hacohen, associate professor of history and political science (Duke), for "Duke-UNC Judaic Studies Seminar -- Stage II: Conferences on Jewish-Christian Relations."

* Richard Luby, associate professor of music (Carolina), and Kathy Silbiger, director of the Institute of the Arts (Duke), for "Application for Collaborative Opportunities with Visiting Intl. Musicians/Duke Institute of the Arts and UNC-CH Department of Music's Newman Artists Series."

* Kathy Martyn, associate campus minister of the Newman Catholic Parish (Carolina), and Jessica Chitester, business manager of the Newman Catholic Student Center (Duke), for "Catholicism and the Common Weal -- A Joint Conference on the Necessity and Bounds of Civic Duty in the Life of a Catholic in the United States."

* Thomas Tweed, associate professor of religious studies (Carolina), and Richard Jaffe, assistant professor of religion (Duke), for "Transnational Buddhisms in Asia: A UNC- CH-Duke Collaborative Course."

* Clayton Koelb, chair of the German Department (Carolina), and Ann Rasmussen, acting chair of the German Department (Duke), for "Beginnings and Endings of Modernity in German-Speaking Lands."

* Barbra Rothschild, professor of social medicine (Carolina), and Jeremy Sugarman, director of the Center for Medical Ethics and Humanities (Duke), "Enhancing the UNC-Duke Bioethics Research Group."

* Jeff Whetstone, lecturer in photography (Carolina), and Wendy Ewald, director of literacy through photography at the Center for Documentary Studies (Duke), for "The Documentary Imagination."

Several Carolina students also joined Duke colleagues to earn grants. They were undergraduate students Patrick Elliot and Thomas Filopoulos, as well as Marcie Fisher, a graduate student in the School of Social Work.

The Robertson Scholars Program is a merit-based scholarship program administered by Carolina and Duke. The goals of the program are to foster collaboration between the two universities and to recruit top students to both schools.

For more information about the Robertson Scholars Program, including future announcement of the spring 2004 grant cycle, refer to the web site at

Houpt replacement sought

The UNC Health Care System Board of Directors has formed a search committee to select a new chief executive officer, who also will serve as Carolina's vice chancellor for medical affairs and dean of the School of Medicine.

Members of the search committee are:

* Peter Barnes, senior vice president and director of Human Resources at UNC Hospitals;

* Nancy Chescheir, professor in the the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and program scientist at the National Institute of Child Health and Development and National Institutes of Health;

* M. Andrew Greganti, professor of medicine and vice chair of the Department of Medicine;

* Patrick Hines, a fourth-year medical school student;

* James Hyler Jr., vice chair, chief operating officer and board member of First Citizens BancShares Inc. and First Citizens Bank;

* James E.S. Hynes, chair of Hynes Inc., a former member of the University Board of Trustees;

* David Lee, professor and chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics and professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology;

* Terry Magnuson, Sarah Graham Kenan professor and chair of the Department of Genetics and director of the Carolina Center for Genome Sciences;

* Karol Mason, a member of the University Board of Trustees and a partner in the law firm of Alston & Bird;

* Etta Pisano, professor of radiology and adjunct professor of biomedical engineering;

* N.C. Sen. Tony Rand, a Democrat who represents the 24th District;

* Charles Sanders (chair), former chair and CEO of Glaxo Inc. and former member of the University Board of Trustees; and

* John Stamm, professor and dean of the School of Dentistry.

The search committee will select two finalists and make its recommendation to Chancellor James Moeser, the UNC Health Care Board and the UNC Board of Governors. If approved, the names of the two finalists will be presented to UNC system President Molly Broad, who will select one of the two.

That person will succeed Jeffrey L. Houpt, who announced in May that he was stepping down. Houpt was the first CEO of UNC Health Care and was appointed to the position when the UNC Health Care System was created in 1998. He was named medical school dean and vice chancellor for medical affairs in June 1997.

Staff promotions/Reclassifications

Information provided by Human Resources with employees' permission.

Richard Addy, Applications Analyst Programmer, FPG Child Dev Center

Alesia Aileo, Social Research Associate I, Center for Digestive Disease & Nutrition

Lisa Dorfman-Barry, Administrative Assistant I, Kenan-Flagler Business School

John Foust, Processing Unit Supervisor V, Photo Copy Support Service

Brigitt Heier, Social Research Assistant I, Epidemiology

Jonathan Hicks, Office Assistant IV, Microbiology & Immunology

Gloria Howell, Volunteer Services Director I, ETV-Development

Melisa Lipscomb, Personnel Technician III, Admin Information Services

Cynthia Meacham, Administrative Assistant III, Medicine

James Ormond, Personnel Assistant V, Human Resources

Naser Rezk, Research Analyst I, Pathology & Lab Medicine

Carolyn Stubbs, Accountant I, Office of Sponsored Research

Rachel Taylor, Accounting Clerk IV, Student Accounts & UNC Receivables

Carolyn Winn, Student Services Manager I, Health Policy Administration

Beverly Wyrick, Accounting Specialist I, Financial Planning & Budgets

Star Heels

The following employees have received recognition as Star Heels through the end of June (continued from July 16 "Gazette"):

Inst. of Marine Sciences
Stacy Davis
Wayne Fluellen
Pam Wyrick

Inst. of Outdoor Drama
Emilie Cunningham

Institutional Research
Kay Stewart-Newman

Kenan-Flagler Business School
Barbara Ann Aversano
Catherine Gihlstorf
Lingmei Howell
Donnese Laster
Dain Mickalites
Edna Reynolds
Beverly Hester Stephens
Kimberly Vaughn

Rebecca Walters

Latin American Studies
Robert Anderson
Sharon Mujica

Maternal & Child Health
Linda Southern

Medical Illustrations
Gwen McIntyre

Med. School Admin.
Doni Durham
Georgia Njagu
Carol Worrell
Shiqing Zhu

NC Botanical Garden
Janie Bryan
Stephen Keith
George Peoples
Daniel Stern

Amber Fewell

NC Health Careers Access Program
Timothy Frusciente

Tena Davis

Doris Eason
Wendy Robertson
Chrisite Vanderford

News Services
Cathleen Keyser

Office of Human Resources
Monta King

Off. of Sponsored Research
Ginger Smith

Elizabeth Soileau
Grace Synn
Teresa Wilson

Kathy Harris

Betty White

Regina Ford
Linda Hunter
Charlotte Moore
Evie Odom
Sherry Settle
Jeanie Stroud
JoAnn Sturdivant
Dail White

Physics & Astronomy
Sean Washburn

Patricia Jacques

Juanita Jones-Alston
Evelyn Atkins
Ron Farrow
Dorothy Faulkner
Tiffany Harris
Sarah Knell
Hadley Kifner
Janice Linn
Ingrid Rojas-Eloi
Ellen Rothman

Public Health
Lynn McPherson
Sara Massie

Annette Raines
Sherry Rhodes
Robert Weaver
John Wishart

Public Policy
Mort Webster

Becky Garland
Deborah Jackson
Gary Long
Ann Sherman
Lyanne Spangler
Kathleen Wilber

Robertson Scholars Program
Laurie Holst

School of Government
Veronica Bellamy
Brian Newport
Robby Poore
Steve Rogers
Kerstin Steinbach
Ernie Thompson

School of Info. & Library Science
Beth Boyette
Marcia Tauber
Susan Thomas
Lucia Zonn

School of Nursing
Jean Goeppinger
Karl Gustafson
Kathy Hamil
Sherry Handfinger
Karen Hearne
Joni James
Gail Plaisance

Barbara Black
Sue Dodson
Anita Farrell
Carter Murdoch
Pam Stokes
Vickie Wilson
Evelyn Winston

Student Acct.s & Univ. Receivables
Gwen Norwood

Student Affairs
Pamela Locklear

Student Health Service
Mary Susan McBane

Study Abroad
Danielle Mitchell

Joan Berry
Catherine Davis

Tech. Development
Ann Byassee

University Career Services
Scott Dwyer

University Counsel
Sandra Caulberg

University Relations
Ilana Nunn

Urban Studies
Linda Comer
Rebecca Elmore

Robert Pitts
Nandini Sen

The following are some of the employees who have received recognition as Star Heels in July (to be continued).

Arts & Sciences Foundation
Julie Stevens

Asian Studies
Patricia Maroney

Nealy Hall
Diane Strong

Shelia King

Cell & Molecular Physiology
Helen Davis

Ctr. for Env. Medicine
Lealer Haith

Nancy Ray

City & Regional Planning
Shannon Brownfield
Udo Reisinger
Carolyn Turner
Sandy Wilcox

Kim Miles

College of Arts and Sciences
Elizabeth Reid

Communication Studies
Denise Currin

Controller's Office
Nancy Britt

Ruth Lewter

Dramatic Art
Phyllis Ryan

Facilities Services
Debbie Anderson
Juanelle Bartlett
Barry Bradley
Marcia Bright
Sharon Daniels
Jim Edwards
Jean Feiler
Mitchell Fields
Jill Hartman
Curtis Helfrich
William Howard
Carla Mann
Curtisteen McCrimmon
Midge Methany

Mike Miskow
Kirk Montgomery
Christine Morrison
Michael Penny
Amy Preble
Anthony Sharp
Gary Spaugh
Kathy Strickland
Robert Sutton
Terry Trent
Robert Warren
Sarah (Donna) White

Family Medicine
Linda Allred

Financial Planning & Budgets
Amy Zachary

Germanic Languages
Valerie Bernhardt

Health Policy & Admin.
Carrie Johnston

Lab Animal Medicine
Pamela Revels

Lineberger Cancer Center
Vanessa Brock
Kelly Kavit

Materials Management & Distribution
Jeremy Boomhower
Kim Mitchell
Quint Sturdivant
Erik Sugg

Maternal & Child Health
Sue Albert

Cheryl Long

Microbiology & Immunology
Dixie Flannery
Katherine Midkiff
Sharon Rone
Atul Shah
Dorothy Sims

Sharon Braxton
Ella Parrish

Office of Tech. Dev.
Andy Johns

Johnny Albright

Cheryl Goodrich

Physics & Astronomy
Barbara Szilvay

Romance Languages
Mary Jones

Social Medicine
Lisa Perry

Student Health Service
Shanna Fleenor

University Advancement
Carol Payne

Urban Studies
Holly McPherson

University Registrar
Phyllis Rone-Burrell

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, call Employee Services at 962-1483.

Decorations & Distinctions

Raymond E. DuBose

Director of energy services, DuBose received the "Person of the Year" award from the International District Energy Association at its recent conference in Philadelphia. DuBose has been an association member for 19 years and served as chair from 2000 to 2002.

Jacquelyn Dowd Hall

Julia Cherry Spruill professor of history and founding director of the Southern Oral History Program, Hall will be a scholar in residence at Harvard University during the coming academic year as a fellow of Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She is among 56 scholars, writers and artists chosen for the prestigious fellowship based on the quality and potential long-term impact of their proposed research projects.

Vincas P. Steponaitis

Professor of anthropology and director of the Research Laboratories of Archaeology, Steponaitis has been elected chair of the board of The Archaeological Conservancy, a national nonprofit organization with 22,000 members. The conservancy is dedicated to acquiring and preserving archaeological sites in the United States.

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