named science adviser
McMahan, research professor with the Department of Physics
and Astronomy, has been named science adviser for the N.C.
Department of Commerce, Commerce Secretary Jim Fain announced.
are pleased to have Bob join the Department of Commerce,"
said Fain. "He brings extensive academic and business experience
to our efforts to build an economy driven by innovation. His
knowledge and insight will serve us well as we recruit science-driven,
sustainable industries and jobs to North Carolina."
As science adviser, McMahan will oversee the department's
support staff for the N.C. Board of Science and Technology.
McMahan will advise the governor and the secretary of commerce
on science and technology trends, opportunities and policy
matters. As part of his responsibilities McMahan will be asked
to advise the various divisions of commerce on science, technology
and entrepreneurship-related matters in an effort to support
existing businesses and to identify companies to recruit to
McMahan's strong background in both scientific research and
entrepreneurial development makes him ideally qualified to
direct the Board of Science and Technology as North Carolina
moves into a knowledge-based economy," said Margaret Dardess,
McMahan has been a research professor with the Department
of Physics and Astronomy since 1989. He worked with Gretagmacbeth
LLC as an executive vice president of engineering and research
and development. He also founded McMahan Research Laboratories,
which was sold to a Swiss-based public corporation, and he
was a senior technology strategist for In-Q-Tel, the private
venture capital arm of the CIA.
McMahan is the author of 36 publications and holds five U.S.
or international patents. He is a member of a number of academic
societies including Sigma Xi and the American Physical Society.
am pleased to be able to contribute to the further development
and growth of a sustainable, knowledge-based technology economy
in North Carolina," said McMahan. "Science and technology
are the cornerstones of our future."
A native of Florida, McMahan received his B.S. from Duke University
and his Ph.D. from Dartmouth University.
gets new responsibility
A. Coclanis, Albert R. Newsome professor and chair of the history
department, has been named to the new post of associate provost
for international affairs at Carolina.
Coclanis will provide leadership for the University's international
endeavors, serving as an ambassador, as a spokesperson as an
advocate for international interests, and as a facilitator of
international activities, said Robert Shelton, executive vice
chancellor and provost. Shelton made the appointment and announced
it on Sept. 24 at the Board of Trustees University Affairs Committee.
Coclanis begins work in the new post
Dec. 1. Establishment of the associate provost's office is being
made possible by an anonymous $1 million private gift to the
Carolina First Campaign.
The associate provost will have a primary leadership role in
the articulation and continued development of the University's
global mission. Functions of this new office include coordinating
efforts with deans and senior administrators to create a long-term
vision and plan to make the University a leading international
institution as well as generating campus-wide grant proposals
to fund international research, teaching and service.
In addition, the associate provost's duties include facilitating
communication among schools, the College of Arts & Sciences
and centers and institutes, as well as coordinating international
activities on campus; providing resources for international
activities, including seed money for international initiatives,
competitive research grants for research abroad for faculty
and students, and competitive grants for inviting visiting professors
and scholars from abroad; and working to enhance the recognition
of international activities on campus.
Coclanis is a well-known scholar whose research interests have
focused on the global arena for several years. He has published
widely on globalization and has conducted research on four continents.
He spent a Fulbright year in Southeast Asia and has collaborated
with senior scholars in Germany, Singapore, China and Saudi
As chair of the history department, Coclanis demonstrated excellent
administration and leadership skills, helping to guide one of
Carolina's premier departments, Shelton said. Most recently,
he directed Carolina's inaugural Asian Immersion Program.
am delighted that Peter has agreed to serve in this capacity,"
Shelton said. "He is one of Carolina's most renowned faculty
members, known for his extraordinary analytical and communication
skills. His administrative experience represents an added resource
he brings to this position."
Added Coclanis, "We must maximize the potential of the exceptional
array of resources we have in order to make Carolina a truly
international institution. I look forward to helping us meet
that challenge, working with my great colleagues on campus and
with a variety of individuals around the world."
Crunkleton named institute's executive director
A. Crunkleton has been appointed executive director of the Institute
for the Arts and Humanities. She brings a broad range of experience
in academia, government and administration to the position.
Among her achievements, she has been dean of faculty at two
liberal arts colleges -- Bates and Pitzer -- and raised more
than $11 million in grants, gifts and awards. She saw faculty
diversity increase from .5 percent of people of color to 13
percent while at Bates College. At Pitzer College, she organized
the media faculty to plan a consortial media studies program
for the Claremont Colleges and secured funding for a new major
In addition, she was selected as a fellow of the W.K. Kellogg
Foundation National Leadership Program, where she traveled the
globe studying the impact of HIV/AIDS. She also was a program
officer at the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Crunkleton, who began working at the institute on Aug. 12, received
her B.A. in religion from Duke University, and her M.A. and
Ph.D. degrees in philosophy and religion from Vanderbilt University.
endowed professorship appointments
Title: Roy O. Rodwell Distinguished Professor, Kenan-Flagler
Business School, Marketing.
Appointment effective: July 1.
Education: S.B., MIT; Ph.D., M.S., Wharton School, University
At Carolina since: 1992.
Classes taught: New product development.
Research focus: New product design and development, marketing
analysis and strategy, technological change. One current research
project deals with an archival study of Thomas Edison's phonograph
to better understand the creation and development of new markets.
Also working with Carolina's knowledgeFoundry to develop an
interactive, multimedia CD-ROM, "From Concept to New Product"
for use in my classes.
Major publications: More than 40 articles in marketing and business/management
About the endowment: The Roy O. Rodwell Distinguished Professorship
in Business and Entrepreneurship was established in the Kenan-Flagler
Business School in 1997 by Rodwell, a Durham venture capitalist
and real estate developer who received his M.B.A. from the University.
Title: Kenan Professor, Department of Cell and Developmental
Biology, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Appointment effective: July 1.
Education: B.A., Ph.D., Cambridge University, England.
At Carolina since: 1981.
Classes taught at the graduate level: medical cell biology,
Research focus: cell adhesion and cell migration, signaling
in response to cell adhesion, Rho family GTPases, actin cytoskeleton,
inflammation, tumor cell invasion.
Major publications: Published in journals such as "Nature,"
"Cell" and the "Journal of Cell Biology" since 1975.
Major honors: 2003 Hyman Battle Excellence in Teaching Award
in the Basic Sciences, 1988 Hettleman Prize for Artistic or
Scholarly Achievement, 1999 Distinguished Teaching Award for
Post-Baccalaureate Instruction, 2002 Freshman Basic Science
Little-known fact: "Prior to starting graduate school in 1971,
I joined an archeology expedition in Leso-tho, spending two
months living in and excavating a cave that had a history of
human occupation going back approximately 35,000 years. My postdoctoral
research adviser was Jim Watson, famous for elucidating the
structure of DNA."
About the endowment: Created in 1917 through the bequest of
Mary Lily Kenan Flagler Bingham, the Kenan Professorships were
among the University's earliest endowments. She created these
professorships in honor of her father and uncle, Thomas S. Kenan
and James Graham Kenan. Her bequest was one of the largest gifts
made to a state university at the time.
Title: Nina and John Sessions Distinguished Professor and Chief,
Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Departments of
Medicine and Epidemiology.
Appointment effective: July 1.
Education: B.S., Union College; M.D., Yale University School
of Medicine; M.P.H., Carolina.
At Carolina since: 1981.
Research focus: Cancer epidemiology and prevention, chronic
disease epidemiology, clinical epidemiology.
Clinical interest: Digestive diseases.
Major publications: 150 publications in peer-reviewed journals,
104 published abstracts, 24 book chapters.
About the endowment: The Nina C. and John T. Sessions Distinguished
Professorship in Digestive Diseases and Nutrition was established
in 1993 by friends and colleagues to honor John T. Sessions,
the medical school professor who created the Division of Digestive
Diseases and Nutrition, and his wife, Nina. It was the first
endowed professorship in the division.
Title: William R. Kenan Jr. Professor, Department of Environmental
Science and Engineering.
Appointment effective: July 1.
Education: B.S., M.S., University of Michigan; Ph.D., University
of California at Davis.
At Carolina since: 2001.
Classes taught: Limnology, limnology laboratory, physiology
and ecology of aquatic plants, aquatic ecosystem ecology, ecology
of wetlands, freshwater ecosystems, chemistry of humic substances.
Research focus: physiology and ecology of algae and higher aquatic
plants, biogeochemical cycling in fresh waters, functional roles
of organic compounds and detritus in aquatic ecosystems.
Major publications: Author or co-author of 18 books, author
or co-author of more than 420 articles in scientific journals
Major honors: Elected member of the American Academy of Arts
and Sciences, elected member of the Royal Danish Academy of
Sciences, elected member of the Water Academy, first Erlander
Professor of Sweden.
About the endowment: The William R. Kenan Jr. Professorships
were established in 1965 with a bequest from Kenan. A Carolina
alumnus, he became an internationally known chemical and engineering
adviser. He directed his brother-in-law Henry Flagler's Florida
enterprises and was a trustee of the immense funds created by
his will. In 1959, the General Assembly of North Carolina elected
him an honorary lifetime member of the University's Board of
A late professor
of journalism and mass communication, Bittner had a book --
"Look Homeward And Forward: Thomas Wolfe, An American Voice
Across Modern And Contemporary Culture" -- dedicated to him.
The University of Rome published the book, based on the International
Conference held in Rome in October 2001. The inscription reads:
"To John Bittner, whose timely encouragement was the start and
became the star of this Conference." In addition to Bittner's
essay, the collection includes essays by English Professor Joseph
M. Flora and Carolina alumnus Terry Roberts.
Following Bittner's death, a fellowship was established for
a graduate student in English or Communication Studies pursuing
work on writers whose careers and interests bridge literature
of economics, Conway was an invited presenter at the 69th Annual
Southern Governors Association meeting in Charleston, W.Va.,
on Sept. 22. The title of his presentation was "Ten Lessons
from Study of the North Carolina Textiles Industry."