skip to main content

Return to Gazette front page About the Gazette Publication Schedule Links News Releases Browse the Gazette
More Stories News Briefs Faculty/Staff News Photos Complete Contents
Gazette front page more stories news briefs faculty/staff news photos complete contents

October 8, 2003

top stories

Benefits are slowly worn away by tight budget years

State budget cuts have immediate consequences. Positions are cut. People lose their jobs. Programs vanish. Building repairs get left undone.

But tight state budgets also can create a slow, steady, erosive effect on salary and benefits, as a recent report compiled by Human Resources revealed. ...

Volunteers head to sister school to help in clean-up

Uprooted trees strewn across campus. Wind-tossed trash snared in drainage grates.
Darkened classrooms lined along lightless hallways.

Carolina after Isabel? No, after Fran, in 1996.

And that's why a group of 22 Carolina groundskeepers and electricians from Facilities headed east to lend a hand to a sister school in the wake of the latest hurricane to sweep the state. ...

'My optimism is grounded in your dedication'

Chancellor James Moeser delivered his 2003 State of the University Address on Oct. 1 in Hill Hall Auditorium. This is his prepared text. ...

(919) 962-7124
FAX (919) 962-2279

The Gazette staff solicits ideas for interesting feature stories. Do you have one to share?

McMahan named science adviser
Coclanis gets new responsibility
Martha Crunkleton named institute's executive director
New endowed professorship appointments

Decorations & Distinctions

McMahan named science adviser

Robert 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.

"We 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 the state.

"Bob 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, board chair.

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.

"I 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.

Coclanis gets new responsibility

Peter 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 Arabia.

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.

"I 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."

Martha Crunkleton named institute's executive director

Martha 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 neuroscience.

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.

New 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 of Pennsylvania.
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 journals.
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, "Super Cell."
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 Teaching Award.
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 and books.
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 Trustees.

Decorations & Distinctions

John Bittner (posthumous)
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 and journalism.

Patrick Conway
Professor 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."


back to top of page


Gazette front page more stories news briefs faculty/staff news photos complete contents Gazette front page more stories news briefs faculty/staff news photos complete contents