Public service awards reward outreach
prevention, environmental protection and oral history research
are a few of the outreach efforts led by University faculty,
staff, students and organizations in the past year.
The Carolina Center for Public Service
(CPS) is recognizing those and other initiatives through its
annual awards for exemplary service benefiting North Carolina.
Eight individuals and organizations will be recognized at the
center's awards program April 8.
More than 50 individuals and University
departments and units were nominated for the awards, and a selection
committee of students, faculty, staff and community representatives
selected the eight recipients.
"The array of efforts represented
in the pool of nominations and resulting winners is strong evidence
of the breadth and geographic reach of Carolina's response to
addressing pressing community issues facing North Carolinians,"
said Lynn Blanchard, center director.
"As always, the selection committee
was faced with a stellar group of nominations. Those selected
demonstrate that even in a time of limited resources and increasing
demands, there are folks in the University community who exemplify
Carolina's tradition of service and engagement."
Michael Stegman, MacRae professor of public
policy and business and chairman of the Department of Public
Policy in the College of Arts & Sciences, is receiving the
second annual Ned Brooks Award for Public Service. Named for
Ned Brooks, a faculty member and administrator since 1972, the
award recognizes a faculty or staff member who has built a sustained
record of service to the community through individual efforts
and the involvement and guidance of others.
Stegman created, and now directs, the
Center for Community Capitalism, based in the Kenan-Flagler
Business School's Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise.
This center engages in multi-disciplinary research and outreach
focused on applying private-sector knowledge to revitalizing
Stegman, who joined the faculty in 1966,
also leads a major initiative to improve Carolina's outreach
to low-income employees and to provide free tax services on
federal tax benefits.
"Throughout his career, Mike Stegman
has risen to the challenge of making his teaching and research
relevant to solving the problems of real people," Blanchard
said. "In addition, he has served as mentor and champion for
untold young faculty members and graduate students -- he personifies
what we mean by servant leadership."
The CPS is also presenting three Office
of the Provost Public Service Awards, honoring University units,
departments or student organizations for service to North Carolina.
This year's recipients are the N.C. Institute for Public Health,
based in the School of Public Health; the Carolina Environmental
Program; and the Student Health Action Coalition (SHAC), involving
students in the schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy,
public health and social work.
The N.C. Institute for Public Health is
honored for its Management Academy for Public Health, a partnership
between the School of Public Health and Kenan-Flagler Business
School. Faculty from both schools have worked together to develop
customized courses for public health managers to improve the
effectiveness of public health organizations.
The Carolina Environmental Program is
selected for One North Carolina Naturally, a statewide program
seeking cooperation among conservation, agricultural and development
interests in an effort to conserve targeted bodies of land and
water in the state.
SHAC is recognized for its Hurdle Mills
Food Clinic, an effort developed in collaboration with community
members to address diabetes prevention in a rural community.
The Robert E. Bryan Public Service Award
-- recognizing individual students, faculty and staff for exemplary
public service efforts -- is going to students Megan Davy and
David Edwards and staff members Katrina Coble and Elizabeth
Davy, a senior in the College of Arts
& Sciences' Department of Public Policy, is the founder
of Project OpenHand in Chapel Hill. This project links members
of the campus community with Alamance and Chatham county residents
who are living with HIV and AIDS. Preparing and delivering seven
home-cooked meals a week, Project OpenHand is designed to meet
the nutritional needs of these residents.
Edwards, a graduate student in the School
of Public Health's Department of Epidemiology, is honored for
his work with mothers and children at the Carolina Children's
Clinic in Raleigh's Salvation Army Shelter. Edwards has brought
together pre-medical and nursing students and other prospective
future health-care professionals from throughout the Triangle
to provide health-education services to mothers and children.
Coble, administrative manager in the College
of Arts & Sciences' Department of Computer Science, is the
chair of the University-wide Blood Drive, the nation's second-largest
blood drive. She manages the blood drive's kickoff and recruiter
training; this year, she led one of the University's most successful
drives with 1,031 units of blood collected.
Millwood, an administrative assistant
for the Center for the Study of the American South, supports
grassroots oral history research under way across North Carolina.
A frequent workshop leader, Millwood also trains graduate students
to deliver oral history short courses. They, in turn, fan out
statewide to work with local historical societies, community
groups, museum staffs and others seeking to create a connection
to the past through oral history.
The CPS, created in 1997, leads Carolina's
engagement efforts and service to North Carolina and beyond
by linking the expertise and energy of faculty, staff and students
to the needs of the people.
New search begins for head
James Moeser has announced that a new committee will be appointed
to conduct a national search for a vice chancellor for information
"Carolina remains an attractive
position for a leading professional in this field," Moeser said
in a March 1 memo to University trustees. "However, competition
within the private sector has proven to be intense to date.
"I remain confident we will find
the right person with the right blend of experience and credentials
to lead our information technology efforts in the future."
Moeser said the new search will start
"as soon as possible."
Steve Jarrell has been serving as interim
vice chancellor for information technology. The post has not
been filled permanently since the summer of 2002, when Marian
Moore left Carolina to become vice president for information
technology at Boston College.
Henry A. Foscue Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Cardiology;
director Carolina Cardiovascular Biology Center.
effective: Aug. 1, 2003.
BA, Vanderbilt University; MD, Emory University.
Carolina since: 2000.
taught at the graduate level: Principles of Pharmacology and
Toxology, Mechanisms of Disease.
focus: Molecular biology of cardiovascular disease.
interest: Cardiovascular genetics.
publications: Editor, "Principles of Molecular Medicine;" more
than 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals.
artistic achievements: "Programming my iPod."
honors: 2002 Hettleman Prize; 2003 Established Investigator
Award, American Heart Association; 2003 Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Clinical Scientist Award in Translational Research.
known fact: "My wife, Kristine Patterson, is also on the faculty
in the Division of Infectious Diseases."
the endowment: The Henry A. Foscue Distinguished Professorship
in Cardiology was established in the University's School of
Medicine in 1970 by Henry Armfield Foscue, a former chair of
the Board of Trustees. A prominent figure in the N.C. furniture
industry, Foscue also was founder and president of the Furniture
Foundation Inc. and president and chair of the board of the
Southern Furniture Market Center in High Point, the largest
furniture market in the world.
BARBARA K. RIMER
Alumni Distinguished Professor, Health Behavior and Education,
School of Public Health.
effective: July 1, 2003.
BA, MPH, University of Michigan; DrPH, Johns Hopkins University.
Carolina since: 1992.
focus: Informed decision making, long term maintenance of behavior
changes, interventions to increase adherence to cancer screening
and use of new technologies for behavior change.
publications: "Promoting Informed Decision Making About Cancer
Screening: What Can Communities and Healthcare Systems Accomplish?
Conceptual Background and a Systematic Review, "American Journal
of Preventive Medicine" (with co-authors); three chapters (with
co-editors) of "Health Behavior and Health Education Theory,
Research, and Practice;" and "Another Round in the Mammography
Controversy," "Journal of Women's Health" (with co-authors).
honors: 2000 Secretary's Award for Distinguished Service, National
the endowment: The Alumni Distinguished Professorships were
made possible by unrestricted gifts from the University's alumni.
in 1961, the Alumni Distinguished Professorships are designed
to supplement the salaries of professors whose outstanding teaching
and research activities ameliorate the quality and the stature
of the University. They are available for appointment in any
academic area or discipline of the University.
Cary C. Boshamer Professor and chair, Department of Epidemiology.
effective: July 1, 2003.
BA, Brandeise University; MS, Ohio State University; PhD, University
Carolina since: 1985
taught at the graduate level: Epidemiologic Research Methods.
focus: Reproductive, environmental and cancer epidemiology.
publications: Recent book, "Interpreting Epidemiologic Evidence;"
"Epidemiologic Measures of the Course and Outcome of Pregnancy,"
"Epidemiologic Reviews," 2002, 24:91-101; "Indicators of Cocaine
Exposure and Preterm Birth," "American Journal of Obstetrics
and Gynecology," 2002, 187: 1660-6.
honors: 1999, elected to American Epidemiological Society; 2003,
Slone Memorial Lecturer, Slone Epidemiology Center, Boston University.
known fact: "Avid, albeit slow, runner."
the endowment: The Cary C. Boshamer Professorships were established
in 1969 by Cary Carlisle Boshamer, a member of the Class of
1917. Boshamer was the owner and operator of a number of textile
mills. He also raised cattle and bred race horses. He served
as a trustee of the UNC system from 1969 to 1972.
Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor and chair, Applied
and Materials Sciences and Department of Physics and Astronomy.
effective: July 1, 2003.
BSc, Stetson University; PhD, Duke University.
Carolina since: 1991.
taught at the undergraduate level: Mechanics I, Basic Mechanics,
Introductory Solid State Physics, Electronics I, Physics of
Solid State Electronic Devices, Applied Sciences Seminar, Thermodynamics
and Kinetics Applied to Solids.
focus: Nanometer scale electrical and mechanical properties.
publications: "Aharonov-Bohm effect in normal metal: quantum
coherence and transport," "Advances in Physics;" "Nanometre-scale
rolling and sliding of carbon nanotubes," "Nature;" "Tunable
resistance of a carbon nanotube-graphite interface," "Science;"
"Nanomanipulation: Buckling, Transport and Rolling at the Nanotube,"
"Handbook of Nanoscience, Engineering and Technology."
honors: Fellow, American Physical Society.
known fact: "I once picked up a rattlesnake, but my mother yelled
at me and made me put it back down."
Marilyn Yarbrough dies March
Marilyn Yarbrough, a professor of
law at Carolina since 1993 and associate provost here from 1994
to 1996, died March 10. She was 58.
Gene Nichol, law school dean, called Yarbrough
one of the school's "most treasured faculty members" and said
the University had "lost one of its greatest leaders and most
"Yarbrough gave much of her professional
life to us, and we have all benefited greatly from her efforts,
her humor, her insight and her care," Nichol said. "Our entire
community has been devastated by her loss. We have lost a close,
close friend, far too soon."
Yarbrough came to Carolina from the University
of Tennessee, where she was dean of the law school. She had
previously had a distinguished career at the University of Kansas
serving as a professor and as associate vice chancellor for
research and graduate studies. Yarbrough also held distinguished
visiting positions at Carolina, Duke University, University
of South Carolina and West Virginia University.
She earned a bachelor's degree in English
from Virginia State University and a law degree from the University
of California at Los Angeles.
Yarbrough was a path breaker in the legal
academy. She was president of the Law School Admissions Council
from 1986 to 1988. She undertook powerful leadership roles in
the American Bar Association's important section on legal education.
She served on the NCAA's Committee on Infractions, the Pulitzer
Prize Board, board of editors of the "ABA Journal" and the board
of directors of Kenyon College. Yarbrough was a nationally recognized
scholar in race and gender discrimination, sports law and professional
responsibility. She was formerly editor-in-chief of the "Black
A memorial service for Yarbrough was held
March 14. Cards and notes to the family can be sent to William
Yarbrough, 711 Southpoint Crossing Drive, Durham, NC 27713.
Memorial service set for Kirkpatrick
on March 30
A memorial celebration of Robert
G. Kirkpatrick Jr. life will be held on March 30 at 5:30 p.m.
in the Morehead Lounge at the James M. Johnston Center for Undergraduate
Excellence in Graham Memorial Hall. The event is open to the
public. The distinguished associate professor of English and
Honors adviser died in February from complications of surgery.
For more information, see www.johnstoncenter.unc.edu/memoriam.htm.