Numerous schools, programs ranked at top of latest list
Suttenfield to Wake Forest; Perry to be interim
2006 University Campaign under way for employees
Employee forum: Forum resolutions address compensation, scheduling
School of Public Health selected for engagement
APPLES Service-Learning Program celebrates 15 years of
UNC alumnus Kats highlights campus Earth Day events
UNC, OWASA to partner in building water reuse system
UNC junior wins Truman Scholarship
ArtiFACTS: Florida cypress section adorns Coker Hall entrance
SECC Beach Blast
@ your library: Research consultations save time, get results
Sheps Center study examines effects of rural hospital
Carolina Family Scholarship receives additional funding
Gift to School of Medicine creates opportunity for
Study finds physical activities may protect teens against
Learn IT @ unc.edu: Effective communication tips, multimedia help
Rams Head is served more national awards
Numerous schools, programs
ranked at top of latest list
The University appears on multiple lists of newly ranked
schools, programs and specialty areas produced by U.S. News and World Report
magazine for its 2007 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.” Following
is a summary of newly ranked UNC schools and programs, as well as specialty
areas listed in the magazine’s top 10:
SCHOOL OF INFORMATION AND LIBRARY SCIENCE
Tied for 1st (among programs with
accredited master’s degrees)
Health librarianship, 2nd
Digital librarianship, 4th
Law librarianship, tied for 5th
Archives and preservation, 7th
Information systems, 7th
Services for children and youth, 8th
SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
Primary care, 2nd
Research, tied for 20th
Family medicine, 2nd
Rural medicine, tied for 4th
Women’s health, 9th
KENAN-FLAGLER BUSINESS SCHOOL
20th (for master of business
administration degree programs)
SCHOOL OF LAW
Tied for 27th
Listed among the top law schools for racial and ethnic
SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
Tied for 29th
SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH
health, tied for 7th
(Note: U.S. News listed this category under engineering
schools, but UNC has
no engineering school.)
COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
SCIENCES PH.D. PROGRAMS
Tied for 24th
Tied for 14th
Inorganic, tied for 9th
Tied for 22nd
Tied for 29th
New rankings appeared in the April 10 issue of U.S. News and
World Report magazine, which hit newsstands April 3 along with the “America’s
Best Graduate Schools” guidebook.
U.S. News first ranked graduate programs in 1987 and has
done so annually since 1990. Business, education, engineering, law and medicine
are ranked annually. Those rankings are based on expert opinion about program
quality and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s
faculty, research and students, according to magazine officials.
Other disciplines and specialties in the sciences, social
sciences and humanities are ranked periodically. Those rankings are based on
the ratings of academic experts.
Suttenfield to Wake Forest; Perry to be interim
Chancellor James Moeser recently announced David Perry,
executive associate dean in the School of Medicine, as interim vice chancellor
for finance and administration.
Perry will serve until a successor is found for Nancy
Suttenfield, who will become senior vice president and chief financial officer
at Wake Forest University, effective Aug. 1. She will have responsibility for
Wake Forest’s financial affairs and resource management.
“David has long served as the principal business officer and
administrator in the medical school and has routinely represented the dean in
operational and administrative matters involving the school, the UNC Health
Care System and other health affairs and university units,” Moeser wrote in an
e-mail to campus leaders.
“In 2004, David was among the winners of the C. Knox Massey
Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor given to University employees.”
Moeser said the University has been moving quickly to ensure
a smooth transition and will launch an aggressive national search for a
successor. Bill Roper, vice chancellor for medical affairs, dean of the School
of Medicine and chief executive officer of the UNC Health Care System, will
chair the search committee.
Moeser noted Suttenfield’s work in serving Carolina since
arriving more than five years ago.
“She has accomplished virtually all of the key objectives we
had set together, and our University is stronger in the finance and
administration units thanks to her leadership.”
Notable among her achievements is the exemplary way in which
Suttenfield has led an excellent team of colleagues in managing the progress of
the University’s Higher Education Bond Referendum program, Moeser said.
“Ninety percent of the $510 million worth of construction
and renovation projects in the bond program have been completed or are under
contract,” he said. “That represents about a third of the University’s total
capital construction program. The University’s track record throughout this
major growth cycle has been among the best of any campus in America. That is a great
tribute to Nancy and her staff.”
2006 University Campaign under way for employees
The annual University Campaign is built on
the generosity of Carolina employees. The 2006 campaign is already under way, offering every
permanent faculty and staff member the opportunity to donate to Carolina. The
donations can take many forms.
Here’s a look at a few of the Carolina employees who give to
the University Campaign:
What he supports: Chancellor’s Unrest-
Why he supports this area: I want to give the chancellor the
flexibility he needs to meet the University’s most important priorities.
Why he believes employees should give to the University: I
think it’s good to give something back. The University has been good to me.
It’s provided me a job and benefits. I don’t mind giving back a little.
Director of Community Relations and Carolina alumna
What she supports: Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black
Culture and History; School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Why she supports these areas: I give to the areas that left
me with the most memories of my time here at Carolina. Even as a student I knew
that the relationships I built at the J-School were for a lifetime.
The name behind the Stone Center takes me back to those days
in the early 1980s in a Greenlaw classroom. I can still see a royal-looking
Sonja Stone sporting one of her head wraps or an Afro. Dr. Stone took us much
deeper into Afro-American history than I had ever experienced. Every class was an
Why she believes employees should give to the University: As
employees, we’re already a part of helping this great University become even
greater. Our contributions help in that process.
Information Technology Director and founder of the Carolina
Family Scholarship program
What he supports: Carolina Family Scholarship program, which
gives need-based scholarships to the children of UNC faculty and staff to
attend any of the 16 campuses or the state’s community colleges.
Why he supports this area: We provided four scholarships
last year and hope this year to increase that number through support from
faculty and staff. We all work for an educational institution, so what better
program to support than one that helps the children of our colleagues go to
college? And since they can attend any UNC campus/community college, it’s
another example of Carolina helping support education throughout the state.
Why he believes employees should give to the University: If
you believe in Carolina’s mission and purpose, then one of the ways you can
help Carolina is by providing support to those campus programs you feel are
Kenan Professor of Chemistry,
What he supports: The Carolina Physical Science Complex,
which provides new spaces for chemistry and the other physical sciences.
Why he supports this area: The success of Carolina depends
on our ability to provide resources that faculty need to be creative and
productive. For the sciences, the
physical facilities are one of the most important resources that we need to
Why he believes employees should give to the University: Participation of faculty in the campaign is a way to show our support for the
fund-raising priorities that we have helped establish.
Every permanent faculty and staff member who works 20 hours
or more should have received a direct mail piece about the 2006 University
Campaign that included a gift slip.
For more information about the University Campaign, call
Beth Braxton at 962-4388 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Forum resolutions address compensation, scheduling
Employee Forum delegates continued a focus on pay and
benefits issues during the April meeting.
The forum approved a resolution that would ask the state for
across-the-board raises for all employees.
Resolution 06-01 noted that benefits are “no longer
attractive or sufficiently competitive to recruit and retain quality” state
“As state employees, we have endured over six years with
little or no increase in salaries,” said Alan Moran, who leads the forum’s
compensation and wages committee. “The bottom line is this: The state needs to
set the standard and give its employees regular increases in take-home pay.”
To improve the situation, the forum resolution urged the
governor and legislature to increase salaries at the state level by $3,500 or
5 percent, whichever is greater, to help bring the employees of this University
and of this state into line with the cost of living. These raises would begin
at the start of the fiscal year 2006-07.
The forum urged Chancellor James Moeser and the
administration to publicly support the concepts of the resolution. The
chancellor has previously said that faculty and staff salaries and benefits
were among the University’s top legislative priorities.
Chair Ernie Patterson noted that the Office of State
Personnel recently sent an e-mail stating that the maximum for all salary
grades of SPA employees was raised by 5 percent. While the maximum has been
increased, departments are implementing it in different ways, he said.
While the new levels became effective
April 1, departments must be able to identify the funding source to implement
Flexible scheduling and
The forum noted that the Chancellor’s Task Force for a
Better Workplace emphasized flexible scheduling as a way to enhance the job
situation of University employees. In 2004, the task force said flexible scheduling allows departments to
offer employees a choice in their daily work schedule as long as departmental
operating needs can be met.
Forum resolution 06-02 stated that Chancellor James Moeser,
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Robert Shelton, and Vice Chancellor for
Finance and Administration Nancy Suttenfield have all supported flexible work
schedules wherever possible.
While the administration has backed these efforts, the
rising cost of commuting and the hesitancy of some managers to allow flexible
schedules were a few employee complaints the forum addressed.
As passed, the resolution called on the chancellor and the
Office of Human Resources to inform the forum of the telecommuting policy
development, increase the awareness among managers and employees of the need
for flex time work options, improve understanding among managers and employees
on how to use flex time options effectively, provide training on this issue for
supervisors and managers, and provide information sessions for employees.
Schwab visits forum
Board of Trustees Chair Nelson Schwab attended the meeting,
addressed members and fielded questions. Patterson recognized the efforts of
Schwab and the board and pledged to continue working together to enhance the
“There are issues out there that are large related to
benefits and compensation,” Schwab said. “These are troublesome to all of us.
Being a part of the state system makes them more complicated to solve those
Talking about them is a first step toward a solution, he
“Your efforts are not taken for granted or underestimated,”
he said. “I want you to know that we all appreciate it.”
Career banding update
Vicki Bradley, a senior director with Human Resources, gave
a presentation on the Office of State Personnel’s (OSP) new career banding
system. The OSP has set a target date of
Jan. 1, 2008, for all employees to be career banded, she said.
Career banding is a compensation plan designed to place
employees into banded classes where career paths are identified and career
development is the emphasis. The system will reduce the number of classes in
the state system based on the nature of the work, similar jobs in the market,
the training and experience needed and the competencies needed on the job.
The goals of the system are to retain and develop a
qualified, motivated and diverse workforce; to base employee pay on level of
contribution and labor market information; to simplify the administrative
process; to delegate compensation decisions to managers and to held them
accountable; and to encourage employees to develop skills necessary for the
organization to succeed.
In the old system, time and position determined an
“The career banding system is also job based, but there are
also the factors that the person brings to their job through their demonstrated
competencies,” Bradley said. “You can get rewarded based on the competencies
There are 10 job families in the system, and UNC has already
moved employees in two of these — Information Technology and Law Enforcement
and Public Safety — to career banding as pilots. Carolina was one of the pilot
agencies for the state, Bradley noted.
School of Public Health selected for engagement
The School of Public Health is one of 12 U.S. schools and
graduate programs of public health recently selected to participate in the
Engaged Institutions Initiative funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
The initiative seeks to support and promote the sustained
efforts of institutions of higher education working in partnership with
communities to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities.
“Eliminating health disparities among North Carolinians and
those beyond our state is one of the most important priorities of our school,”
said Barbara K. Rimer, dean of the School of Public Health. “We have a long
tradition of working in partnership with communities to improve the health of
underserved populations and to increase the number of well-trained public
health professionals from under-represented groups. Being part of the Engaged
Institutions Initiative will allow us to expand our efforts.”
The school’s involvement with the Engaged Institutions
Initiative is an ideological fit with UNC’s continued commitment to serving
North Carolina communities, said Lynn W. Blanchard, director of the Carolina
Center for Public Service.
“The School of Public Health is an integral part of our
campus tradition and culture of serving the state, as well as a model of how a
research institution can partner with communities to address priority issues,”
Blanchard said. “This opportunity comes at a time when Carolina is putting
increased attention to the concept of engaged scholarship and service — that
is, applying our intellectual and academic resources to meet community need. We
are all excited about how the effort will complement and catalyze other efforts
across the campus, including the Chancellor’s Task Force on Engagement.”
The School of Public Health was chosen from among 26 schools
and graduate programs that applied. Schools were selected based on their track
record of engagement with communities and concrete efforts to eliminate racial
and ethnic health disparities.
The school’s work in eliminating health disparities has
included activities such as the Annual Minority Health Conference led by the
school’s Minority Student Caucus, the development of a health disparities
curriculum, the Summer Public Health Research Institute and Videoconference on
Minority Health sponsored by the school’s Minority Health Project and the
Kellogg Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Health Program.
APPLES Service-Learning Program celebrates
15 years of
The APPLES Service-Learning Program will celebrate its 15th
anniversary April 18 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Frank Porter
Graham Student Union.
Since 1990, APPLES has grown steadily with increasing
support from the University and community.
Five years ago, APPLES veterans gathered in Chapel Hill for
the 10th anniversary.
“We have so much to celebrate, having grown from offering
six service-learning courses in 1990 to 34 this spring semester alone,” APPLES
Director Jenny Huq said. “This celebration honors all the people who have
supported and advocated for APPLES throughout the years. Our success is due to
the vision and passion of our founders and student leaders, the mentoring of
our community partners and the commitment of our faculty members”
APPLES began on campus in the spring of 1991 with the
successful implementation of six service-learning courses. During the 2003-04
academic year 36 faculty members from 16 different departments taught
service-learning courses through APPLES, allowing 759 students to serve 133
organizations through coursework. APPLES extends its service-learning
philosophy into the state and the region with its student-led alternative fall
and spring breaks.
APPLES also runs a service-learning initiative program and
an international service-learning program, supports community-based research
and special projects, and awards service-learning grants to both faculty and
students who pledge to support spread it mission.
The anniversary celebration will consist of presentations
from 4 to 5:30 p.m., followed by a panel of alumni student leaders, an awards
and recognition ceremony and a special dessert reception in honor of alumni.
The student presentations will highlight the growth and
development of APPLES each year since its birth through an interactive
historical timeline, as well as through a special multimedia presentation of
APPLES throughout the years, Huq said.
At 6 p.m., APPLES awards will be presented to those who have
made special contributions to the organization and its mission. Mary Morrison,
former APPLES director, will receive the Annual Service-Learning Award in honor
of Ned Brooks; Deborah Bender, a clinical professor in Health Policy and
Administration, will receive the Annual Faculty Excellence Award; and the Blue
Ribbon Mentor-Advocate Program will be honored with the Annual Community
For information, visit the APPLES 15th anniversary
celebration web site at www.unc.edu/apples/about/fruits/15thAnni.html, or
contact Jenny Huq at email@example.com.
Ueltschi grant recipients announced
The APPLES Service-Learning Program has awarded Ueltschi
Service-Learning Grants to five UNC professors for the development of
innovative service-learning courses for undergraduate students.
Grant recipients receive $8,000 to support expenses such as
course development, books, materials and stipends. Recipients must teach the
course at least three times within five years, starting in the 2006-07 academic
The following professors were chosen for this honor, listed
with the course they will teach:
Della Pollock, Department of Communication Studies,
“Performance and Oral History;”
Elizabeth Dougall, School of Journalism and Mass
Communication, “Crisis Communication Management;”
Jordynn Jack, Melissa Birkhofer, Heath Slodge, Department
of English, “English Composition and Rhetoric;”
Tara Muller and Niklaus Steiner, International Studies,
“International Education in K-12 Classrooms;” and
Timothy Marr, Department of American Studies, “Tobacco and
Jim and Jean Ueltschi, both UNC-CH alumni, fund the grants
in collaboration with the Office of the Provost. The Ueltschis have decided to
give back to their alma mater through the contribution of grants to professors
in support of innovative service-learning course development.
UNC alumnus Kats highlights campus Earth Day events
Greg Kats, leading expert on green buildings and clean
technology financing, will give the Earth Day speech on campus at 5:30 p.m.
The speech, “Climate Change, Energy Policy and National
Competitiveness . . . Where are We Going?,” is part of UNC’s 2006 Earth Day
celebration. The location will be the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black
Culture and History Theatre. An informal reception will follow in the Hitchcock
The event is free and open to the public. Those wishing to
attend can make a reservation by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling
Kats is a principal of Capital E, a premier provider of
strategic consulting, technology assessment and deployment, and advisory
services to firms and investors in the clean energy industry. He chairs the technical advisory
committee on energy issues for the U.S. Green Building Council. His studies on
the business case for green building are transforming the design and
construction industries around the world.
Kats holds an MBA from Stanford, a MPA from Princeton, and
earned his bachelors degree in English from UNC, where he was a Morehead
Earth Day events continue on April 21 with informational
displays by about 20 UNC-affiliated environmental organizations on Polk Place
from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. That evening, bands will perform in a concert on Polk
Place in honor of Earth Day.
Master plan remastered for 2006
UNC, OWASA to partner in building water reuse system
The Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA) recently
approved a contract with the University for the financing, construction,
operation and maintenance of a water reuse system.
Reuse refers to the use of highly treated wastewater for
non-drinking purposes such as operation of cooling towers, irrigation and
“This is a great project for all of the community,” Mac
Clarke, chair of the OWASA board of directors, said. “Reuse will not only meet
a water resource need of the University, but it will bring supply and financial
advantages to the overall community for the long term.”
Associate Vice Chancellor for Campus Services Carolyn
Elfland said the University is looking “forward to continuing our work with
OWASA to make the reuse system a reality. This is a very significant step
forward for Chapel Hill, Carrboro and the University.”
Like other forms of drinking water conservation, water reuse
Reduce the demand for drinking water;
Reduce the community’s risk during severe droughts and
other water supply emergencies;
Extend the sufficiency of OWASA’s high quality, locally
protected drinking water supply sources (the Cane Creek Reservoir and
University Lake); and
Help defer or eliminate the need to develop or expand
costly drinking water supply and treatment facilities, thereby providing
long-term savings for the community.
The reuse system will initially carry highly treated water
from OWASA’s Mason Farm Wastewater Treatment Plant in the southeast part of
Chapel Hill to the southern campus area near Manning Drive and Skipper Bowles
The University has been installing reclaimed water pipeline
on its property along with its other utility infrastructure projects in
anticipation of the approval of this contract, and a reclaimed water storage
tank was included in the concept plan the University submitted to the Town of
Chapel Hill earlier this month.
This submission was part of the University’s proposed
modification to its development plan with the town.
The overall amount of water use by OWASA customers will drop
when the reuse system comes on line. That will affect OWASA’s drinking water
revenues and rates somewhat, but the long-term effect will be savings to
customers through reduced or deferred needs for water system capacity
The University plans initially to use reclaimed water
instead of OWASA drinking water in cooling towers at its chiller plants by
2008. The initial water savings from reuse will be about 530,000 gallons per
day or 6 percent of the community’s total drinking water demand. The long-term
reduction in the community’s total water demand resulting from reuse on the
main campus is projected to be about 13 percent.
OWASA will own the reuse system and will have the sole
authority to set the rates and fees for water reuse service. The rates and fees
will reflect the actual cost to operate, maintain and manage the water reuse
The estimated cost for design and construction of the first
phase of the reuse system from the Mason Farm Wastewater Treatment Plant to the
southern part of the University campus is about $11 million. The University
will finance all of these costs, except for
$2.5 million to be covered with approved state and federal grants. Future
phases could extend the system to the northern part of the campus at an
estimated additional cost of about $3 to $4 million. The University would also
pay for future phases on campus.
The University will pay for the costs to operate, maintain,
extend, enlarge and manage the reuse system that will serve campus. The reuse
system can be extended in the future to serve additional customers, who would
pay for all costs of reuse service to them.
OWASA and UNC did a special study in 2004 to confirm that
the quality and disinfection of treated wastewater will meet state standards
for allowable reuse purposes and will provide a high level of protection of
public health. This microbiological analysis was done by a member of the
University’s environmental sciences and engineering faculty who is a nationally
recognized expert. The microbiological study concluded that with the planned
treatment system, pathogens will be reduced.
Wastewater is disinfected with ultraviolet light as part of
the treatment process, and chlorine will also be added to reuse water before it
goes into the reuse system to maintain disinfection during use.
The contract commits the University to using reclaimed water
instead of drinking water in certain cooling tower operations.
A summary of the proposed contract is available in the water
reuse section of the OWASA web site, www.owasa.org.
UNC junior wins Truman Scholarship
E. Mary Williams, a junior at the University, has won the
distinguished Truman Scholarship, worth $30,000 for graduate studies.
A political science and religious studies major from
Washington, D.C., Williams was one of 75 recipients selected by the Harry
Truman Scholarship Foundation. Nationwide, 311 colleges and universities had
nominated 598 applicants.
Chancellor James Moeser, right, surprises Mary Williams with
the news she had won a Truman Scholarship.
Williams brings Carolina’s number of Truman Scholars to 29
since the first awards in 1977. In the last four years, five UNC students have
won the Truman.
Williams is the second Robertson Scholar in a row from
Carolina to win the Truman, after Lauren McAlee of Crofton, Md., last year. The
scholars are outstanding students who receive full, four-year merit awards to
study at both UNC and Duke University, with half of them based at each campus.
Williams plans to earn master’s and doctoral degrees in
education, then work toward equal access to quality education in American
“Our country pays virtually no attention to the achievement
gap,” she said. “This is something that my generation has the power to change.”
The daughter of Emily and John Williams of Washington, D.C.,
Williams graduated cum laude in 2003 from the National Cathedral School in
Washington. She will be inducted into Phi Beta Kappa at Carolina on April 10.
Congress created the Truman Scholarship Foundation in 1975
as the official federal memorial to the nation’s 33rd president. Truman
recipients must be U.S. citizens, have outstanding leadership potential and
communication skills and be committed to careers in public service, government,
education or the non-profit sector. Their grade-point-averages must be 3.6 or
The foundation chooses recipients who are seen as future
change agents, with the desire, intellect and leadership potential to improve
how government agencies or non-profit organizations serve the public.
After college, Williams will apply to Teach for America,
with which she hopes to work at the same time that she pursues her master’s
degree in education for elementary and secondary teaching.
Florida cypress section adorns Coker Hall entrance
This section of a Florida cypress in Coker Hall came from a
that was approximately 950 years old.
Editor’s note: ArtiFACTS is a showcase of interesting art
objects found across the University campus. In future issues, Historic
Collection Curator Anne Douglas will highlight some of these little-known
More than 40 years ago, poet Shel Silverstein published a
small book called “The Giving Tree.” The poignant story follows the lifelong
relationship between a boy and an apple tree and ends with the tree, now a
stump, providing a resting place for the boy, now an old man. “And the tree was happy,” Silverstein
In 1929, with the assistance of David G. Coit (the
brother-in-law of Robert E. Coker, professor of zoology from 1922 to 1947), the
Cummer Cypress Company of Jacksonville, Fla., gave the Biology Department a
1-foot tall section of a swamp cypress tree. Also called a bald cypress, this variety of tree is native
to the southeastern United States.
Swamp cypress trees have needle-like leaves; they grow
quickly and can reach heights of 100 to 120 feet. The University’s section, cut
from a log that weighed four tons, came from a venerable tree that was
approximately 950 years old at the time it was felled.
The section measures 78 inches across and fills much of the
lobby of Coker Hall, where it is used as seating. It’s nice to imagine, as
students relax on the cypress between classes, that this tree is happy, too.
ArtiFACTS provided by:
Anne M. Douglas
Historic Collection Curator
SECC Beach Blast
Frank Brantley, clinical associate professor of dentistry,
center, observes Lydia Lewis, left, giving shag dancing instructions on March
30 during the State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC) beach party at Sitterson
Hall. Lewis is senior operations manager for Medical Education, and she and
Brantley are members of the Eno Beach Shag Club that put on the demonstration.
Volunteers and contributors were celebrating the end of the successful
campaign, that in partnership with UNC Health Care and UNC General
Administration raised $1.22 million — exceeding the $1.121 million that was
raised in 2004.
Research consultations save time, get results
‘If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be
called research, would it?’
– Albert Einstein
Carolina’s libraries offer a wealth of resources, if you
know what you’re looking for. But, then, it wouldn’t be research, would it?
Even the most experienced scholar may have difficulty tracking down an obscure
citation or getting started in an unfamiliar subject area.
SETTING UP A RESEARCH CONSULTATION
Request a research consultation by using the web form at:
Just tell us a little bit about your research and either
select a library subject specialist from a list or let us direct you to the
best person to help you. Consultations are also available for managing your
RefWorks and EndNote libraries. Once you’ve submitted the form, the librarian
will contact you to schedule a consultation.
If you’re not sure whether a consultation is right for you
or you’d like more information, ask us a question through any of our
ASK-A-LIBRARIAN services or contact Lisa Norberg at email@example.com or 843-2310.
For the graduate student and undergraduate, mastering the
core tools of disciplinary research can be daunting.
Students, faculty, post-docs and visiting researchers are
encouraged to take advantage of the library’s research consultation services.
These customized sessions provide an opportunity to delve as deeply into a
topic as you want or need with a specialist librarian.
“The researcher is the one with scholarly expertise in a
topic,” said Tommy Nixon, humanities reference librarian in Davis Library. “But
the librarian brings deep bibliographic knowledge and experience with similar
Many consultations involve tracking down difficult
references or sources. Nixon recalls a graduate student who sought a book
published in Naples during the 17th century. The student had found a single
reference to the volume and had already performed a number of sophisticated
catalog searches to locate it.
Nixon eventually used a shared catalog of university
libraries in the United Kingdom to locate a later edition in Glasgow. During
his research, Nixon uncovered a variant of the author’s name that finally led
to the volume in question held at the Biblioteca Nazionale di Napoli.
Researchers also benefit from a librarian’s up-to-date
knowledge of changing databases. “Even accomplished researchers get stuck,”
Zari Kamarei, librarian for the Brauer Math-Physics Library, said. “They might
be used to using a certain database and not know about something else that just
came out. We can also help them refine a search to take advantage of the
special features in each database.”
Consulting with a librarian can save time and avert
frustration in the early phases of research. A graduate student might know the
basic sources in his or her discipline, but, Nixon said, “Unless they are aware
of the enormously varied specialized resources we have, they’re going to waste
a lot of time.”
As an example, he points out a four-volume print
encyclopedia of the Victorian era.
“It’s not one of your basic sources, but if you’re studying
British literature, history, government, you’re likely to find something of
Learning about new sources is especially important for
cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary research. A medical specialist
studying problems associated with inactivity in humans, such as osteoporosis or
muscle atrophy, might be interested in the physiology of hibernating animals,
which are not prone to these illnesses.
“We’re well positioned to introduce that researcher to
resources outside the medical field,” said David Romito, assistant biology
librarian. “For example, he or she might know how to search ‘Medline’ but might
not know about ‘Zoological Record,’ which indexes research on wild animal
Scholars who want to make use of new technologies also value
consultations with librarians. Vin Steponaitis, a professor in the anthropology
department, makes extensive use of geographic information systems as part of
“I’ve had great help from library staff,” he said. The
advice of the GIS librarian in Davis Library “has saved me hours of work in
finding resources and figuring out how to use software.”
For many faculty members and students, the value of research
consultations doesn’t end once a source has been found, a question answered, or
a search completed. Librarians familiar with the interests of individual scholars
often send them word about an item of interest as it comes in, or will keep a
difficult query in mind in case something turns up.
Jim Fraser, senior research associate at the Center for
Urban and Regional Studies, noted another advantage.
“Librarian consultation services add a crucial dimension not
only to my own work, but also to my academic instruction of students in urban
geography. These services touch many people at the University and are one of
the elements that make UNC an excellent institution of higher learning.”
@yourlibrary highlights library services, collections, events and news of
special interest to faculty and staff. Questions about this feature and
requests for future topics may be sent to Judy Panitch (firstname.lastname@example.org),
director of library communications. The web site for the UNC libraries is
Sheps Center study examines effects of rural hospital
A study conducted at the University has concluded that
closing the only hospital in a rural community has a negative impact on the
local economy: In the three-year period after a lone hospital closed,
researchers found the communities’ local per capita income levels fell 4
The study, titled “The Effect of Rural Hospital Closures on
Community Economic Health,” tracked the economic well-being of 140 counties
nationwide that experienced a hospital closure between 1992 and 1998.
Researchers found that, in general, a county that lost a hospital experienced a
decrease of approximately 1 percent in per capita income in the county for the
first three years following the closure. If there were other hospitals in the
county, the income of the community returned to pre-closure levels within three
However, if the closed hospital was the only one in the
county, then per capita income fell by 4 percent (or roughly $703) and did not return
to pre-closure levels.
“Our findings suggest that in certain situations, it may be
in a community’s long-term interest to directly support a hospital in order to
ensure its long-term survival,” said Mark Holmes, a senior research fellow for
health economics at UNC’s Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research
and co-author of the report.
The research, believed to be the first study to separate the
economic contribution of the hospital as a major employer from the importance a
hospital brings to the economic development possibilities of a community, was
funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy and appears in the April
issue of the Health Services Research journal.
“A county losing its only hospital experiences a larger
decline in its average income. This suggests that private business values the
existence of a local hospital,” said Holmes. “Anecdotally, we hear from local
economic developers that recruiting is more difficult without a hospital to
serve the community.”
In addition to the decrease in average income, the
unemployment rate rose by 1.6 percentage points in communities that lost the
only hospital. Again, this effect was not manifested in communities with other
sources of hospital care.
The community population did not change appreciably for
either type of closure, suggesting that there was no exodus from counties
losing their hospitals.
Other authors on the study were Rebecca T. Slifkin, program
director with the Program on Health Economics and Finance; Stephanie Poley,
research assistant; and Randy K. Randolph, applications analyst programmer, all
of the Sheps Center.
The Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research seeks
to improve the health of individuals, families and populations by understanding
the problems, issues and alternatives in the design and delivery of health-care
This is accomplished through an interdisciplinary program of
research, consultation, technical assistance and training that focuses on
timely and policy-relevant questions concerning the accessibility, adequacy,
organization, cost and effectiveness of health-care services and the
dissemination of this information to policy-makers and the public.
Carolina Family Scholarship receives additional funding
The Carolina Family Scholarship program, which gives
need-based scholarships to the children of University faculty and staff to
attend any UNC system school, will soon selects its second group of scholars.
This year’s group will include at least four additional
scholars because of increased private support to the Carolina Family
Scholarship Fund. Last year, the fund provided four scholarships, which went to
the children of a campus security guard, a construction estimator, a social
research assistant and a dental assistant. They are now attending N.C. Central
University, Carolina, UNC-Greensboro and UNC-Charlotte, respectively.
The scholarship fund started out with a $200,000 endowment
and $4,000 in employee gifts. This year employee contributions have grown to
$14,500, and Chancellor James Moeser has designated that an additional $32,000
in private support go to the fund. This support comes from an unrestricted
estate gift that is a part of the Chancellor’s Unrestricted Fund.
“I’m delighted that the chancellor has chosen to provide
this additional support,” said Bruce Egan, associate director of the ITS
Response Center, who established the Carolina Family Scholarship program. “It’s
a great feeling to tell a child of a Carolina employee that Carolina employees
are going to help them get a college education.”
Donations of any size to the scholarship fund are
appreciated. For more information, visit www.unc.edu/familyfund.
Gift to School of Medicine creates opportunity
A gift pledged by Hugh A. “Chip” McAllister Jr., and his
wife, Angela, will give a major boost to cardiovascular disease research at the
School of Medicine.
The McAllisters’ gift will establish the Hugh A. McAllister
Jr., M.D. ‘66 Endowment for Cardiovascular Biology. The endowment will support
the medical school’s Carolina Cardiovascular Biology Center.
“We hope to turn this into one of the nation’s leading
centers for cardiovascular research,” said McAllister, a retired Houston
physician who earned his UNC
medical degree in 1966. “We want to get young scientists, the best in the
country, to come here.”
Cam Patterson, chief of the Division of Cardiology at UNC
and director of the Carolina Cardiovascular Biology Center, called the
McAllisters’ gift life altering.
“The gift is really key to our center’s ability to
accomplish our major goal, which is to understand cardiovascular disease and to
place UNC at the international forefront in cardiovascular research,” Patterson
said. “Generous gifts like the one from the McAllisters are crucial to our having
the resources and flexibility to do the kind of research that will change our
understanding of cardiovascular disease over the next decade.
Chip McAllister is a visionary scientist himself, and we are
fortunate and honored to be able to follow in footsteps of giants like him.”
The Carolina Cardiovascular Biology Center aims to advance
the care of patients with diseases of the heart, blood and circulation by
encouraging basic, preclinical and applied research to unravel the causes of
cardiovascular disease and to provide new tools for diagnosis and treatment to
promote well being.
Specifically, the McAllisters’ gift will allow the center
to: recruit the most promising young investigators to come to UNC to carry out
research, enable high-impact research that is not typically funded by the
National Institutes of Health and allow researchers to communicate the
importance of their work to the community.
“Cardiovascular disease is the most common cause of death in
our society,” Patterson said. “Half of all Americans will die of cardiovascular
disease, unless we do something about it.”
The spectrum of cardiovascular diseases is enormous —
ranging from strictly genetic diseases such as sickle cell anemia and
coagulation disorders to common diseases such as hypertension and
atherosclerosis, the most common cause of heart attacks. This second group has
environmental and poorly understood genetic components, which Patterson and his
team will seek to unravel.
Although the McAllisters live in Houston, McAllister’s roots
at the School of Medicine run deep. His father, Hugh A. McAllister Sr., earned
his certificate of medicine at UNC in 1935. McAllister Sr. practiced obstetrics
and gynecology in his hometown of Lumberton for four decades before his death
The younger McAllister began his medical career in the armed
forces. In 1971, he was named chair of the department of cardiovascular
pathology at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, and he remained in that
position until his retirement from the Medical Corps in 1984 at the rank of
After his first “retirement,” McAllister embarked upon a
second career as founding chairman of the Texas Heart Institute’s department of
McAllister has been an active alumnus of the School of
Medicine, serving on the UNC Medical Alumni Council. In 1999, he created an
endowed distinguished professorship in obstetrics and gynecology at UNC in
honor of his father.
Study finds physical activities may protect teens against
New research out of the University finds that physically
active adolescents are not only improving their health — they also are
decreasing the chance that they will get into trouble.
Among teens who fare well are skateboarders, particularly
regarding their self-esteem and despite a lack of wide public support for this
The study found that teens who participate in a wide variety
of physical activities, particularly with their parents, are at decreased risk
for drinking, drugs, violence, smoking, sex and delinquency, compared to teens
who watch a lot of TV.
“Adolescents who spend a lot of time watching TV or playing
computer video games tend to be at higher risk for engaging in all of these
risky behaviors,” said study co-author Penny Gordon-Larsen, assistant professor
of nutrition, a department housed jointly in UNC’s schools of public health and
medicine, and a fellow at the Carolina Population Center.
“Anything we can do to get kids to be physically active will
help them in terms of their physical health, but this research suggests that
engaging in a variety of activities may also have social, emotional and
cognitive benefits, including reduced likelihood of engaging in risky behaviors
such as drinking, drugs, violence, smoking, sex and delinquency,” Gordon-Larsen
The study is published in the April issue of the journal
Pediatrics. The first author is Melissa C. Nelson, who received her doctoral
degree from UNC and now is assistant professor of epidemiology and community
health at the University of Minnesota.
The study compared seven distinct clusters of adolescents,
defined according to the types of physical or sedentary activities they
participated in frequently. These clusters were identified in 2005 by Nelson
and Gordon-Larsen, and UNC professors of nutrition Linda Adair and Barry
“Our previous research revealed physical activity and
sedentary behavior patterns that vary among teens, and these activity patterns
go beyond highly active and not active,” Nelson said.
Examples of clusters include:
Adolescents who frequently played sports with their
parents, who also spent a lot of time playing sports overall;
Skaters/gamers, who did a lot of skating, skateboarding,
bicycling and playing video games;
High TV/video viewers, who made their own decisions about
TV viewing and did a lot of it;
Teens who often use neighborhood recreation centers; and
Adolescents who often participated in school activities,
including sports, clubs and physical education.
The current study also asked questions about self-esteem,
finding that risk of low self-esteem was lowest for the cluster of adolescents
engaging in sports with their parents.
The remaining clusters were groups of adolescents who often
used community recreation centers, as well as the group who participated
frequently in school activities. Both also tended to have high self-esteem,
compared to adolescents who watched a lot of TV.
The risk was similarly low for the skaters/gamers.
Skateboarding may get a bad rap, since schools don’t generally sponsor it, many
public places ban it and not a lot of adults participate in it. “But we found
that adolescents who skateboard actually fared well in terms of self-esteem and
were less likely to engage in risky behaviors compared to teens who watch a lot
of TV,” Gordon-Larsen said.
“I think that parents should find ways to participate in
sports and physical activities with their children,” Gordon-Larsen said. “So,
instead of having family TV time, build in time that the family is together and
“It’s also extremely important for communities and schools
to provide safe and affordable recreation facilities and opportunities for
physical activity,” she added.
At this point, Nelson said, researchers still trying to
understand all of the benefits of being active.
“This research leads us to believe that those benefits
extend well beyond physical fitness. It could be that active teens are being
exposed to more opportunities for team-building, engaging in more social
interactions with others, or seeing the benefits of hard work and practice.”
“We also suspect that all teens might not benefit similarly
from the same kind of activity — it’s not a one-size-fits-all kind of thing.
Helping to provide kids with the opportunity to get involved in any number of
physical activities, instead of staying at home and watching TV, may provide a
kind of resilience against engaging in these other risky behaviors.”
Funding for the research came from the National Institute of
Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health and
from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Effective communication tips, multimedia help
There is a new document available to help remind you of some
ways to make e-mail a more effective communication vehicle for you and your
colleagues. Read “Ten Ways to Keep Your eSanity with eMail” by pointing your
web browser to help.unc.edu/?id=5661.
Teaching with technology listserver
If you’re interested in using technology in your teaching,
be sure to subscribe to email@example.com. The list is used to discuss
issues, announce conferences and other meetings, ask questions, and identify
articles and books that might be of interest. We believe the list has a very
high signal-to-noise ration. To subscribe, point your web browser to listserv.unc.edu,
“Search for Lists” (right-hand side), and enter “learn” in the search box. Then
follow the instructions for subscribing.
CBT featured courses
Are you interested in learning to use Photoshop? Consider
taking one or more of the 58 courses offered through the computer-based
training (CBT) license. Titles include Exploring Photoshop, Automating Tasks,
Designing Web Page Layouts, Preparing Images for the Web, Using Advanced Image
Enhancement Techniques and many more. If you haven’t subscribed to the CBT
service yet, point your web browser to LearnIT.unc.edu and select CBT from the
right-hand side. Follow the instructions and within three business days, you
can start taking Photoshop (and any of the other 500-plus courses) online.
Make the most of your multimedia classroom experience
Are you teaching in one of the multimedia classrooms on
campus? If you want to learn more about operating the equipment in the room,
you can schedule an orientation demonstration with the ITS Classroom Hotline
staff. Point your web browser to hotline.unc.edu and select the option to
“Schedule Classroom Demo” on the right side. The sessions take about 30
minutes. You can bring your classroom materials with you to be sure you know
how the room will work for your needs. For more information about the
multimedia classrooms, visit the web site at hotline.unc.edu, call 962-6702, or
send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Create shorter web addresses
You know that you can create an e-mail alias for yourself
(see the LearnIT column in the February 22 Gazette), but did you know you can
also create aliases for web addresses (URLs)? If your department, school or
other work unit has a web address that is www.unc.edu/depts/deptname, you can
ask to have an alias created that will be easier to remember, shorter to type
and may reflect an image you want to convey for your web site.
For example, if you work in a department that is called We
Create Widgets Here, your default URL might be www.unc.edu/depts/wcwh. You
might prefer www.unc.edu/widgets because nobody remembers your acronym and
widgets are the most important aspect of your department. You could then use
the shorter version in publicity materials.
To create a shorter version of your work unit’s URL, call
962-HELP or point your web browser to help.unc.edu and select the option to
“Submit/update a request for help.” Be sure to include both the new and old
Conference sharing from LearnIT in April
Have you ever wondered what your colleagues learned when
they attended a conference? LearnIT offers opportunities for finding out
through our Conference Sharing series. In April, Jason Morningstar and Cindy
Stone will each host a presentation and discussion about conferences they
recently attended. On April 20, Cindy will describe the Training 2006
conference including her experience with obtaining a training manager
certificate offered at the conference.
On April 27, Jason Morningstar will share highlights from
CSUN, an accessibility and assistive technology conference. Register for these
sessions on the LearnIT workshop registration site: help.unc.edu/tracs.
Have you recently attended a conference you’d like to share
with the campus community? We’d be happy to arrange a similar session for you.
Contact LearnIT@unc.edu or call Elizabeth A. (Libby) Evans (843-0132).
We would be especially pleased to host people who have
attended academic conferences with content related to teaching with technology.
For example, did you attend the workshop on interactive teaching for economic
faculty and graduate students at the annual meeting of the Allied Social
Science Associations? Did you attend the recent meeting of the Association of
American Geographers and go to any of the sessions on best teaching practices?
Did those sessions include discussions about audience response systems?
Simulations? Good and bad uses of PowerPoint in the classroom?
Please help us bring these discussions to our campus by
offering to present and discuss what you saw and heard in a 45 - 60 minute
conference sharing session.
Have questions about
technology or Information Technology Services?
Send your question to Loretta Bohn, communications editor,
at email@example.com, or Elizabeth Evans, manager for training and
education, at LearnIT@unc.edu. You can always visit the ITS web site
(its.unc.edu), the Help site (help.unc.edu) or the Help Desk at 962-HELP if you
have a pressing need.
Rams Head is served more national awards
Since basketball season is over, call it a hat trick. That’s
one way of capturing the run of honors that the University’s Ram’s Head Center
has netted this spring.
The latest two awards were announced earlier this month by
the National Association of College and University Services (NACUFS) and
Foodservice and Supplies (FES) magazine.
The Ram’s Head Center will be featured in FES magazine’s May
issue as its “Facility Design Project of the Year.”
NACUFS named the Ram’s Head Center as one of five winners in
its fifth annual “Best in the Business Campus C-Store Contest.” The Ram’s Head
Market won in the category of “Product Mix” and will be featured along with
other recipients in a presentation at the “Neighborhood Marketing: The Campus
C-Store” workshop that will be held in Toronto in July.
In March, the center was featured as one of Food Management
magazine’s Best Concept Awards for 2006.
The nearly $80 million structure opened in spring of 2005
along Kenan Stadium. It features a 700-space garage with a grassy plaza for a
roof. The plaza features wide, brick-lined walkways.
On one side of the plaza is a dining hall and a sports café
called The End Zone. On the other side of the plaza is a two-story recreation
On one corner of the ground floor of the garage is a grocery
The development of the dining hall and grocery store stems
from a master plan for food service developed in the mid-1990s.
At the same time, the dining hall was conceived as part of
the 2001 campus master plan that sought to increase student accommodations on