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University Gazette


Public service awards reward outreach

Diabetes 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 distressed communities.

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 Millwood.

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.

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New search begins for head of IT

Chancellor James Moeser has announced that a new committee will be appointed to conduct a national search for a vice chancellor for information technology.

"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.

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Endowed Professorships

CAM PATTERSON

Title: Henry A. Foscue Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Cardiology; director Carolina Cardiovascular Biology Center.

Appointment effective: Aug. 1, 2003.

Education: BA, Vanderbilt University; MD, Emory University.

At Carolina since: 2000.

Classes taught at the graduate level: Principles of Pharmacology and Toxology, Mechanisms of Disease.

Research focus: Molecular biology of cardiovascular disease.

Clinical interest: Cardiovascular genetics.

Major publications: Editor, "Principles of Molecular Medicine;" more than 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Major artistic achievements: "Programming my iPod."

Major honors: 2002 Hettleman Prize; 2003 Established Investigator Award, American Heart Association; 2003 Burroughs Wellcome Fund Clinical Scientist Award in Translational Research.

Little known fact: "My wife, Kristine Patterson, is also on the faculty in the Division of Infectious Diseases."

About 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

Title: Alumni Distinguished Professor, Health Behavior and Education, School of Public Health.

Appointment effective: July 1, 2003.

Education: BA, MPH, University of Michigan; DrPH, Johns Hopkins University.

At Carolina since: 1992.

Research 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.

Major 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).

Major honors: 2000 Secretary's Award for Distinguished Service, National Cancer Institute.

About the endowment: The Alumni Distinguished Professorships were made possible by unrestricted gifts from the University's alumni.

Established 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.

DAVID SAVITZ

Title: Cary C. Boshamer Professor and chair, Department of Epidemiology.

Appointment effective: July 1, 2003.

Education: BA, Brandeise University; MS, Ohio State University; PhD, University of Pittsburgh.

At Carolina since: 1985

Classes taught at the graduate level: Epidemiologic Research Methods.

Research focus: Reproductive, environmental and cancer epidemiology.

Major 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.

Major honors: 1999, elected to American Epidemiological Society; 2003, Slone Memorial Lecturer, Slone Epidemiology Center, Boston University.

Little known fact: "Avid, albeit slow, runner."

About 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.

SEAN WASHBURN

Title: Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor and chair, Applied and Materials Sciences and Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Appointment effective: July 1, 2003.

Education: BSc, Stetson University; PhD, Duke University.

At Carolina since: 1991.

Classes 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.

Research focus: Nanometer scale electrical and mechanical properties.

Major 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."

Major honors: Fellow, American Physical Society.

Little known fact: "I once picked up a rattlesnake, but my mother yelled at me and made me put it back down."

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Marilyn Yarbrough dies March 10

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 prized friends."

"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 Law Journal."

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.

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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.