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bullet Carolina First
bullet Director tapped for FPG Child Development Institute
bullet University named one of America’s ‘New Ivies’
bullet Employee Forum: OS1 Evaluation Committee presents progress report
bullet Szary selected as director of Wilson Library
bullet Diabetes researcher Mohlke named Pew Scholar
bullet UNC housekeeping honored with two national awards
bullet Libraries now sending e-mail notices
bullet Computer loan program extended to grade 65
bullet Art consultant donates photos to library
bullet Faculty Fellows named for the fall semester

bullet School of Dentistry honored with NC-HCAP 2006 Leadership Award
bullet OBSERVE gives high school students an opportunity for research
bullet Office of Faculty Governance hires Whisnant
bullet What ITS About: Testing your e-mail IQ: keeping computers safe
bullet @ Your Library: Library can help students get beyond Google

bullet UNC laboratory team running for a cure for cancer

bullet New ITS software manages assets in classrooms

Carolina First

Gift of the Month: July

Gift: $350,000

Donor:Ellison Family Foundation

Purpose: Carolina Performing Arts Series

The Ellison Family Foundation of Greensboro has given $350,000 to the Carolina Performing Arts Society Endowment Fund. The foundation’s gift will go toward a campaign to endow the Carolina Performing Arts Series in Memorial Hall. The Ellison family has many Carolina alumni and includes John, a member of the University Board of Trustees, and Jane, who serves on the Carolina Performing Arts National Advisory Board.

Goal: $2 billion

Raised: (as of July 31) 91 percent/$1.81 billion

Amount of campaign complete: 83 percent

Amount raised in April: $4.92 million

Campaign runs through: Dec. 31, 2007

More information: carolinafirst.unc.edu.

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Director tapped for FPG Child Development Institute

Samuel L. Odom, the Edward and Mary Lou Otting Professor and coordinator of the special education program at Indiana University, has been named director of the Frank Porter Graham (FPG) Child Development Institute at the University. Odom will also serve as a professor in the School of Education.

Odom
Odom

His appointment was effective Aug. 1.

Odom returns to UNC where he was the William C. Friday Distinguished Professor of Child Development and Family Studies from 1996 to 1998 and led the effort to establish a Ph.D. program in early childhood, literacy and families. Since 1999, he has coordinated Indiana University’s special education program.

His research has focused on the needs of people with developmental disabilities, and he is highly regarded nationally for his work with preschool children, peer social relationships, autism spectrum disorder and school readiness.

“Dr. Odom is a leading figure in child development,” said Tony Waldrop, vice chancellor for research and economic development. “He was an exceptional leader for Indiana, and he becomes a key contributor to our efforts at Carolina to be the nation’s leading public research university.”

Founded in 1966, FPG is one of the nation’s oldest and largest multidisciplinary institutes for the study of young children and their families.

The institute’s mission is to cultivate and share knowledge to enhance child development and family well being.

Odom, a Nashville, Tenn., native, earned three degrees from the University of Tennessee before receiving his doctorate in special education from the University of Washington in 1982. In addition to UNC and Indiana, he has served on the faculty at Vanderbilt University.

At FPG, Odom succeeds Don Bailey, who had led the institute since 1992. Bailey, now a distinguished fellow at RTI International, retains an appointment as senior fellow emeritus at FPG and adjunct research professor in the School of Education. He will continue his research on newborn screening for developmental disabilities and help to strengthen relationships between FPG and RTI International.

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University named one of America’s ‘New Ivies’

Kaplan and Newsweek announced this week that it has named the University to its elite “New Ivies” list, published in the 2007 Kaplan/Newsweek “How to Get into College Guide.”

Combining the leadership of nearly 70 years of college admissions expertise with the journalistic experience of the magazine, the 2007 Kaplan/Newsweek “How to Get into College Guide” — on sale Aug. 21 — provides an in-depth guide to navigating the increasingly complex college admissions arena.

For today’s college bound student, an already-daunting admissions landscape has only intensified in scope, with record-breaking application numbers (an estimated 2 million) and unprecedented competition to get into the top schools. Today’s teens face not only the traditional challenges of financial aid confusion, early application jargon, and high-stakes admissions tests — but also new issues such as the growing gap year phenomenon, the advent of social-networking websites and controversy over SAT mis-scoring.

This year’s Kaplan/Newsweek guide addresses these issues and introduces for the first time the “New Ivies:” colleges whose first-rate academic programs, combined with a population boom in top students, have fueled their rise in stature and favor among the nation’s top students, administrators and faculty — edging them to a status rivaling the Ivy League.

Carolina was one of 25 schools selected as a “New Ivy,” based on admissions statistics as well as interviews with administrators, students, faculty and alumni.

The guide also contains admissions information in such articles as “Test Wars: SAT vs. ACT,” which explores the pros and cons of standardized tests and questions whether in light of the mistakes in scoring the SAT last year the ACT may take the lead; and “How I’ll Read Your Essay” in which the admissions dean from Pomona College explains what he’s looking for when he reads an admissions essay; “Cash or Check,” which helps students and parents understand what options they have to pay for college and what considerations should be taken both while applying and after you are accepted; and “Put your Best Face Forward” discusses the potential dangers of posting indiscreet material on popular social-networking sites.

The 264-page guide will be available in bookstores on Aug. 21 and can also be ordered on Kaplan’s website (www.kaptest.com/store/).

Established in 1938, Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions (www.kaptest.com) is the world leader in test preparation and has served millions of students over the past 68 years.

Founded in 1933, Newsweek provides comprehensive coverage of national and international affairs, business, society, science and technology, and arts and entertainment.

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Employee Forum News

OS1 Evaluation Committee presents progress report

Ronald Howell and Elizabeth Crowley reviewed a progress report of the OS1 Evaluation Committee that showed housekeepers on the pilot team overwhelmingly favored the new work model over the old zone cleaning system.

At the same time, though, housekeepers cited problems that should be addressed, particularly the need for better supervision and more training.

Howell, an industrial hygienist for the University, is the chair of the evaluation committee, while Crowley is the Employee Forum representative on the panel.

The committee’s charge was to evaluate the OS1 cleaning process as practiced in Carroll Hall during a 90-day trial period, then compare the process to a representative sample of zone cleaning processes currently in use. After completing its study, the committee will recommend which of the two processes best serves the campus community — in terms of efficiency, safety and results.

Under the old zone system, housekeepers are assigned to clean a specific building, from emptying the garbage to cleaning restrooms to vacuuming and dusting.

Under the OS1 system, housekeepers work as teams, with each housekeeper performing one particular task, such as emptying the garbage, in a number of buildings. After a predetermined number of days, housekeepers rotate assignments.

Housekeepers on the pilot team said the OS1 system is more efficient and that they liked the structure of the new process, including the job cards. They also said the new process gave them a feel of accomplishment and job satisfaction.

The housekeepers on the pilot team cited concerns as well, including some issues with backpack vacuums.

Howell said the problem can be addressed by doing a better job finding backpack vacuums to fit specific body types.

Housekeepers also stressed the importance of teambuilding, with crew leaders working with crewmembers to tailor a process for a particular building or situation.

Housekeepers interviewed in the zone process, on the other hand, cited a host of worries, ranging from concerns about losing their job to not being able to stay in a building to which they had grown attached.

Some members of the Employee Forum questioned the accuracy of the report, with one member saying housekeepers he had talked to generally do not favor the change.

Crowley, however, said members of the committee spoke with housekeepers in the middle of their shifts.

Once they understood that they could remain anonymous and speak confidentially, the housekeepers opened up and shared what they liked and didn’t like about the new system, Crowley said.

Crowley said she went on the committee as a skeptic of the proposed change in the work design but became a convert after learning more about the process and getting feedback from housekeepers involved in the pilot project.

As to the charge that the committee was not representative of the concerns of housekeepers, she said, “This is not a blue ribbon commission. This is a blue-collar commission.”

Other members of the committee, in addition to Howell and Crowley, are Ellen Peirce, the Faculty Council representative; Tim Stallman, the Student Government representative; Noreen Montgomery, the Human Resources representative; Oscar Manual, with the Housekeeping Department; and Mike Berry, a non-voting member serving as a technical consultant.

The committee will review a technical report from Berry as well as reports from additional housekeeper interviews before completing a draft report will its recommendations.

Help sought for textbook expenses
The forum voted to recommend that Chancellor James Moeser earmark up to $2,500 from the Staff Development Fund each year to support a Textbook Assistance Program.

The program, which would be administered by the Office of Human Resources, would reimburse University employees for required textbooks purchased in connection with courses for which reimbursement is available under existing educational assistance programs.

The Educational Assistance Fund is for job-related training and courses. The Staff Development Fund was created in 1994 to supplement the Educational Assistance Fund and can be used for non-work-related courses.

Representatives elected for UNC System Staff Assembly
Forum members elected Chuck Brink and David Brannigan to the newly formed UNC System Staff Assembly, with Brink serving a two-year term and Brannigan a one-year term.

Former forum chair Tommy Griffin was elected to serve as an alternate. Ernie Patterson, in his capacity as current forum chair, will fill the three-year term to the assembly.

The charter for the Staff Assembly calls for it to serve in parallel function with the University Faculty Assembly and the Association of Student Governments to address concerns and interests for respective campuses and for the system as a whole.

The goal for the assembly is to improve communications, understanding and morale throughout the system, and to increase
efficiency and productivity in campus operations.

Resolution on collective bargaining
The forum passed a first reading of a resolution asking the chancellor to convey his support of the forum’s resolution calling for the repeal of North Carolina general statute 95-98 that makes it illegal for state, county and city governments to enter into contracts with trade unions or labor organizations that represent public employees. Forum members who spoke in favor of the proposal said the resolution should not be construed as an attempt to unionize.

The resolution cited a host of issues in support of repealing the law, from the cumulative effects of inadequate pay raises over the past six years to the fact that North Carolina is only one of two states that prohibit public employees from collective bargaining.

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Szary selected as director of Wilson Library

The University Library has appointed Richard Szary director of the Louis Round Wilson Library and associate university librarian for special collections.


Szary

His appointment is effective Sept. 1.

In this newly created position, Szary will provide leadership for Wilson Library, which consists of the Manuscripts Department (comprising the Southern Historical Collection, Southern Folklife Collection, and University Archives), the North Carolina Collection (including the North Carolina Collection Gallery and Photographic Archives) and the Rare Book Collection.

One of Szary’s chief responsibilities will be to merge these individual collections into an integrated special collections library that serves the needs of scholars and students today and into the future, said Sarah C. Michalak, university librarian and associate provost for University Libraries.

“This is a critical and exciting moment for the Wilson Library and for special collections at Carolina,” said Michalak. “Rich Szary brings a deep understanding of special collections and keen insight into their value and potential. His leadership will help advance the reputation of the Wilson Library as one of the premiere special collections libraries in the country.”

Szary will administer the University Library’s expanding digital collections department including its award-winning Documenting the American South digital library (docsouth.unc.edu) and the new Carolina Digital Library.

Szary said that he sees the combined focus of the position as a way to “further special collections’ missions of documenting our society and culture and of bringing them alive for teaching, research and personal enrichment. The Wilson Library’s strong collections and record of service offer many opportunities to serve this mission and to expand it through the technological capabilities of the Carolina Digital Library.

“I look forward to joining the staff of the library in making the special collections of the Wilson Library an even more valuable and accessible resource for the University, the state and the wider scholarly community,” he said.

Szary comes to UNC from the Yale University Library, where he served since 1991 as director of manuscripts and archives and university archivist, and, prior to that, as the assistant head of manuscripts and archives.

Szary has written and published extensively, especially in archival description. He holds a B.A. in History from DePaul University in Chicago and an M.A. in Asian Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Diabetes researcher Mohlke named Pew Scholar

Karen Mohlke, assistant professor of genetics at the University, is one of 15 scientists selected nationwide recently as a 2006 Pew Scholar in Biomedical Sciences.


Recent Pew Scholar Karen Mohlke researches type 2 diabetes at UNC.

Mohlke will receive $240,000 over four years to support her research in type 2 diabetes genetics at the Carolina Center for Genome Sciences (CCGS). Her long-term goals are to identify genes that influence type 2 diabetes susceptibility and to understand their effects on biological processes.

Type 2 diabetes (formerly non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus or NIDDM) is a complex metabolic disorder with a strong genetic component.

“A significant challenge in studying genetic susceptibility to any complex trait is validating potential genes,” she said. “We recognize potential susceptibility genes in humans using large sample sets and high-throughput technologies.”

Type 2 diabetes is a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Identification and characterization of genes affecting susceptibility to the disease would substantially impact public health by providing biological and clinical data about development of this trait.

Validated genes would provide insight into the molecular pathways and processes affecting type 2 diabetes susceptibility and lead to new studies of genetic interactions with environmental factors.

Mohlke received her Ph.D. in human genetics at the University of Michigan in 1996. She worked six years with the Finland-United States Investigation of NIDDM Genetics (FUSION) study, which aims to identify genes that influence susceptibility to type 2 diabetes and related traits.

Mohlke is UNC’s third consecutive Pew Scholar:  Franck Polleux (Neuroscience Center and department of pharmacology) was named a 2005 Pew Scholar, and Brian Strahl (biochemistry and biophysics) is a 2004 Pew Scholar. Other Pew Scholar alumni on campus include John Sondek (pharmacology), Robert Goldstein (biology), Patrick Brennwald (cell and developmental biology), Yue Xiong (biochemistry and biophysics) and Terry Magnuson (genetics chair and CCGS director).

Since 1985, the Pew Scholars program has provided support to investigators in the early stages of their careers who show “outstanding promise in the basic and clinical sciences.”

The program is funded through a grant to the University of California at San Francisco by The Pew Charitable Trusts.

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UNC housekeeping honored with two national awards

The University was honored with two national awards for its pilot program of Operating System 1 (OS1), a housekeeping approach to cleaning facilities, at the annual OS1 Users Group Symposium on July 26. The awards recognize the hard work and professionalism demonstrated by the University’s housekeeping staff over the past year, and honor housekeeping management’s excellence in implementing and managing OS1 in two buildings on campus.


From left, Gwen Alston, Mike Berry and Joseph Ellison at the annual OS1 Users Group Symposium awards dinner.

OS1 is a comprehensive cleaning system that approaches cleaning through state-of-the-art technology, teamwork, ergonomic equipment and more efficient cleaning supplies. This cleaning process is intended to provide a safer, healthier and more efficient working environment that benefits housekeepers and building occupants alike.

“OS1 has made a profound difference in every aspect of my job,” according to housekeeper Damon Cole. “I know exactly what I need to do to get the job done, environmentally it’s cleaner and healthier, and our customers definitely see the difference in the building.”

The University took home honors for the Best Rookie Program, which is awarded to the program in its pilot year that acheives the highest level of excellence. Nominees are selected based on criteria including organizational cooperation and enthusiasm, training, challenges met and other significant progress. The University also won for Best Communications Program, which is awarded to the organization that provides the best overall communication program to stakeholders about the benefits and challenges of the OS1 program.

In addition, the University received special recognition for the Green Certified Cleaning Program, which recognizes commitment to minimizing environmental harm and achieving high levels of sustainability in green practices.

Nominees are selected annually by the OS1 Power Users Group, a non-profit organization composed of experienced OS1 users who are dedicated to improving the cleaning profession through better business practices and benchmarking with peers.

This year’s winners were announced at the annual OS1 Users Group Symposium Awards dinner held in Midway, Utah. Attending and accepting on behalf of the University were Housekeeping zone manager Joseph Ellison and crew leader Gwen Alston.

“I loved every moment of it,” Alston stated. “As a housekeeper, it was very exciting and an honor to go to Utah and get those awards for the University.”

“There was such steep competition this year — the best of the best — so to hear UNC Chapel Hill announced as winner was just awesome,” said Ellison.

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Libraries now sending e-mail notices

The University Libraries now send overdue and other notices by e-mail to all UNC students, faculty, staff and hospital staff. 

The e-mail notifications replace surface mail communications from the libraries.

Library e-mail notices include courtesy notices; overdue, recall, pick-up, fine and lost notices; and preferred search results.

It is possible to opt out of e-mail notification and revert to surface mail by going to www.lib.unc.edu.

Once on the site:

bullet Select and log into My Library;

bullet Select the Manage E-mail option;  and

bullet Select the Postal Mail option;

Library users who opt out of e-mail notification will still receive courtesy notices by e-mail as a reminder three days before items are due.

For more information, contact:

bullet Davis Library Circulation, 962-6201 or daviscirc@listserv.unc.edu;

bullet Health Sciences Library, 962-0800 or www.hsl.unc.edu/asklib; or

bullet Law Library, 962-1191 or lawcirc@listserv.unc.edu.

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Computer loan program extended to grade 65

The Computer Loan Program, recommended by the Chancellor’s Task Force for a Better Workplace, began with 12 laptops.

Today, there are 30 laptop computers available for employees, thanks to donations from the Friday Center and other sources. Computers are stored and serviced through the ATN help desk in the undergraduate library.

Under a new policy, State Personnel Act permanent employees at or below pay grade 65 can apply for a computer through the Employee Forum. This is a change from the previous minimum of grade 61. Eligible employees can borrow a laptop to use for six months. The period can be extended if machines are available.

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Art consultant donates photos to library

Works by internationally known North Carolina photographers now are on display in the Robert B. House Undergraduate Library.

In 1989, photographer Margaret Sartor captured the poignant portrait of a daughter who is literally growing too large for her childhood possessions in “Katherine in the Playhouse Built by her Father,” Monroe, La.

Ann Stewart, a Chapel Hill art consultant who represents the artists, donated the photos recently to the UNC Library. She is the granddaughter of House, chancellor of the University from 1945 to 1957, for whom the library is named.

“I’m thrilled that this wonderful art will have a permanent home in the House library,” Stewart said.

Ten large-format black and white prints by two of the photographers — Bill Bamberger and Margaret Sartor — recently were hung in the Christopher B. Smith Instructional Lab on the library’s main floor, room 124. Next month, a 40-by-50-inch color mural by Alex Harris will join them. The photos depict scenes of the American South from the early 1980s through 2002.

The photographers are well-established artists and authors, Stewart said. Their works are in the permanent collections of major museums including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh.

Since the Undergraduate Library was renovated in 2002, placing quality artwork there has been a priority of the UNC Library’s public art committee, said Kate Barnhart, committee chair, also an assistant in the library of the and of Information and Library Science.

All three artists have UNC connections. Bamberger attended the University on a Morehead Scholarship, graduating in 1979. Sartor graduated in 1981. Harris has taught American studies courses. Stewart’s ties to UNC go beyond her kinship with House. She was a student in Carolina’s religious studies department in the 1970s and has served on the advisory board of the UNC Institute for the Arts and Humanities.

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Faculty Fellows named for the fall semester

John McGowan, director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities, recently announced the fall semester 2006 Faculty Fellows and their research topics.

bullet Mark Driscoll, assistant professor, Department of Asian Studies: Absolute Erotic, Absolute Grotesque:  Re-situating the Erotic-Grotesque-Nonsense Literature in Japan’s Imperial Modernity.

bullet Pam Durban, professor, Department of English: A Southern Story.

bullet Michael Green, professor, American Studies: Power and Kinship:  Greek Political Culture in the 18th Century.

bullet Ken Hillis, associate professor, Department of Communication Studies: Rituals of Transmission.

bullet Joseph Jordan, associate professor, African/Afro-American Studies; Director, Stone Center: Praxis and the Oppressed:  African/African American Studies and Black Popular Struggle.

bullet James Ketch, professor, Department of Music: Making Musical Connections:  Pathways to Jazz Artistry.

bullet Chris Nelson, assistant professor, Department of Anthropology: In the Darkness of the Lived Moment:  Culture, Memory and Everyday Life in Postwar Okinawa.

bullet Don Reid, professor, Department of History: Daniel Guerin:  Bourgeois on the Borders of French Political Culture, 1904 - 1988.

bullet Lars Schoultz, professor, Department of Political Science: Black, White and Now Brown:  Understanding Hispanic Immigration to North Carolina.

bullet Bland Simpson, associate professor, Creative Writing/English: Forms of Narrative:  A Continuing Exploration of the Nonfiction Novel; Research and Initial Writing of Faulkner in the French Quarter and Moses Grandy/Matthew Gooding.

bullet Karolyn Tyson, assistant professor, Department of Sociology: Telling Stories:  Race, Education, Culture, and the Construction of Social Theories.

During the semester fellowship period Faculty Fellows are able to work without interruption on a specific project.

Applications for the institute’s Faculty Fellowship Program for fall 2007 and spring 2008 are now available at the Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Hyde Hall. 

The deadlines are Sept. 22 (IAH Fellowships) and Oct. 25 (Chapman Family Faculty Fellowships). 

For information, call Martha Marks (843-2651).

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School of Dentistry honored with NC-HCAP 2006 Leadership Award

The North Carolina Health Careers Access Program (NC-HCAP) presented its 2006 NC-HCAP Leadership Award to the School of Dentistry, recognizing the school’s efforts to recruit, admit, retain and graduate underrepresented minority students. Dean John N. Williams accepted the award on behalf of the school.

John Williams, right, dental school dean, accepts the leadership award from NC-HCAP director Carolyn Mayo.

The award presentation took place last month at the closing ceremony NC-HCAP’s Science Enrichment Preparation Program. Other school officials in attendance at the presentation were Tom Luten, director of student services and clinical assistant professor of dental ecology; Jennifer Webster-Cyriaque, associate professor of dental ecology; and Sylvia Frazier-Bowers, assistant professor of orthodontics.

The School of Dentistry leads the nation’s majority dental schools in the enrollment of underrepresented dental students. Minority students make up 20 percent of the school’s student body, and 2006 school statistics show 65 African American, Latino and American Indian dental students enrolled.

Carolyn M. Mayo, executive director of NC-HCAP, said the program was pleased to publicly recognize the School of Dentistry’s effective strategies in increasing underrepresented minorities in general dentistry and graduate dental specialty areas.

“There appears to be a steady march toward minority population parity on the part of the dental school,” she said. “They have been equally assertive in reviewing
and modifying the dental school’s curriculum to incorporate concepts of cultural awareness, sensitivity and application of same into the daily clinical education and training of their students.”

The North Carolina Health Careers NC-HCAP also extended special recognition to the following School of Dentistry faculty and staff members for their “tireless personal and financial support” of the SEP Program, mainly through the school’s Robert Wood Johnson Dental Pipeline Project:

Dean John N. Williams and John Stamm, former dean of the school and now professor of dental ecology, “for being visionary leaders in promoting a school climate of educational excellence and inclusiveness for all of the people of North Carolina;” Tom Luten, “for his outstanding student recruitment and retention efforts;” Ron Strauss, principal investigator, and Janet Southerland, co-principal investigator, of the Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Dental Pipeline Project, “who continue to provide exceptional leadership and guidance to the RWJ initiative;” and faculty and staff affiliated with the RWJ grant team.

NC-HCAP, based at Carolina, is an inter-institutional program of the UNC system designed to improve the overall health of North Carolinians by increasing the number of underrepresented minority students who successfully pursue health careers.

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OBSERVE gives high school students an opportunity for research

This fall, students and teachers in 26 North Carolina high schools will explore distant galaxies via high-powered telescopes that top the tallest mountains in the Andes.

Their new experience in college-level astronomy research will be made possible by Project OBSERVE — Observation-Based Student Experience in Research Via Exploration — led by the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center.

Each year, more than 130,000 visitors participate in educational programming at the center, a leader in astronomy education since 1949.

The project will allows science classes to use the Internet to direct the telescopes remotely from towns across North Carolina. The students will share their observations with classmates, peers in other participating schools and the public through web-based presentations.

It’s rare for high school students to have such an experience, teachers said.

“The great thing about this is that it is not a simulation,” said Larry Cole of Alleghany High in Sparta. “This is the real deal. This is what astronomers really do.”

This summer, Morehead Center staff members showed teachers how to direct these new learning experiences. The teachers learned to use telescopes to capture images from space and to analyze them using special software.

They also learned to access Skynet, a web-based program that controls six robotic telescopes at Cerro Tololo, Chile. This array of telescopes, called PROMPT (Panchromatic Robotic Optical Monitoring and Polarimetry Telescopes), is administered by UNC.

The teachers and their students will use Skynet to submit celestial coordinates for the astronomical objects they want to observe. PROMPT will follow those coordinates and provide observational data that the class can download.

“Hands-on astronomy is difficult to do in a high school classroom,” said Jesse Richuso, who coordinates the project for the Morehead Center. “OBSERVE provides teachers with an exciting tool to teach observational, hands-on astronomy in the classroom or computer lab.”

The project is funded by $50,000 from IDEAS (Initiative to Develop Education through Astronomy and Space Science), a grant program for outreach projects that team educators with scientists. IDEAS is administered by the Space Telescope Science Institute on behalf of NASA.

UNC’s physics and astronomy department, the Pisgah Institute and former UNC faculty member Jonathan Keohane are partners with the Morehead Center in Project OBSERVE. It is one of several center outreach programs that link communities with UNC research activities.

It will continue throughout the 2006-07 school year with regional meetings for the teachers.

“The kids are going to love this,” said teacher Rachel Owens of Nash Central High in Rocky Mount.

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Office of Faculty Governance hires Whisnant

The Office of Faculty Governance selected Anne Mitchell Whisnant to fill the new position of director of research, communications and programs. Her appointment was effective July 1.

Whisnant
Whisnant

Whisnant manages the Faculty Governance Office’s Internet, electronic and print communications and develops new programs to help the office better serve faculty.

She provides historical and qualitative research support for the elected Faculty Council and the numerous elected and appointed faculty committees, which have in recent years undertaken a number of complex and comprehensive surveys and studies.

Whisnant works closely with Faculty Chair Joe Templeton and Secretary of the Faculty Joe Ferrell. Her hiring represents a significant expansion of the office’s capabilities, and she welcomes faculty members to send her ideas and suggestions for ways in which the office might help them.

“We were extremely fortunate to attract a person of Anne’s talent and background to this new position, and we are looking forward to a giant step forward in our ability to serve the faculty with her assistance,” Ferrell said.

Whisnant, who received a Ph.D. in history from UNC in 1997, comes to Carolina from Duke University, where she managed programs and communications for the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute.

While working in university administration, Whisnant has continued her historical research and writing. Her book, “Super-Scenic Motorway: A Blue Ridge Parkway History,” will be published by the UNC Press in September. Written for both popular and scholarly audiences, the book reflects the first thorough analysis of the extensive documentary record of this pre-eminent New Deal project.

The book reveals that creation of the parkway was far more contentious than people realize. It also brings to light many new details about Parkway controversies, including the long conflict between the Park Service and Grandfather Mountain developer Hugh Morton over the Parkway route.

Whisnant also does historical research for the National Park Service and other clients through Primary Source History Services, a consulting firm she runs with her husband, retired UNC English professor David E. Whisnant.

Whisnant can be reached at the Office of Faculty Governance on the second floor of Carr Building at 962-1671 or by email at anne_whisnant@unc.edu.

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What ITS About

Testing your e-mail IQ: keeping computers safe

E-mail is a wonderful tool, especially if it is used correctly. If not, it can be spam and scam packed.  Always remember, says Chris Colomb of ITS Messaging Systems, that e-mail is a postcard, not a private letter and it should be treated as such.

If you think you are pretty savvy when it comes to e-mail, take this quiz and check your e-mail IQ.  What you know might save your computer.

Have questions about technology or Information Technology Services?

Send your question to Beth Millbank, public relations manager, at its_communications@unc.edu,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.

True or false
1. Common viruses must have an executable or a zip attachment. False, most common viruses are executable or zip attachments, but not all.

2. ITS strains out 115,000 virus varieties everyday. True. It’s still possible, however, for a virus to slip through.

3. You would know if a virus compromised your machine and it was sending out spam globally. False. Most people have no idea that their computer is compromised.

4. There are an estimated 30 million compromised machines. False. There are an estimated 50 to 100 million compromised machines. 

5. Most spam originates from China. False. China is second only to the United States and closing rapidly.

6. Without spam blocking, there would not be a messaging system. True. The amount of traffic created by spam would make the messaging system untenable. 

7. It is easier to send than to receive e-mail. True. It’s as easy to send 1 million e-mails as it is to send one. Because of spam blocking, two e-mails are rejected for every e-mail accepted.

8. To block spam, UNC’s dynamic block list is updated twice a day. False. It is updated every 15 minutes with several hundred entries per update. We have gone from 7,800 entries in May 2003 to more than 3 million entries today.

9. Two hundred known spam operations are responsible for 90 percent of spam. True. This figure is according to ROKSO, Registry of Known Spam Operations.

10. Once I install my antivirus software, I never have to update it again. False. Keep it up to date. Viruses are constantly evolving and new threats constantly emerging Make sure your defenses are updated, too.

11. Be suspicious of attachments from people you don’t know, but feel free to download any attachments you receive from friends. False. Your friend could have a virus and not be aware of it. Be suspicious of every attachment.

12. If I receive spam, I should bounce it to spam@unc.edu. True. If you’re spammed and you bounce it, we can do something about it.

If you have a question about e-mail, please call the ITS Help Desk at 962-HELP (962-4357).

E-mail policies and procedures
With the advent of a new academic year fast upon us, it is a good time to have a quick review of Carolina’s policies and procedures for the ubiquitous e-mail.

UNC allows faculty and staff the use of University electronic mail services for incidental personal purposes as long as it does not interfere with the user’s employment or other obligations to the University. There are, however, restrictions.

Any type of mass mailing resulting in network spamming or chain letters is strictly forbidden as are any commercial for-profit activities and unsolicited advertising.

One of the major issues regarding e-mail is privacy. The University encourages the use of electronic mail and respects the privacy of users. It does not inspect or monitor electronic mail routinely and is not responsible for its content. However, there are a number of instances, for example troubleshooting, security, investigations or emergencies, which allow for e-mails to be read. 

What happens when a University employee leaves employment or when a student graduates or otherwise withdraws from the University? A system administrator, with the approval of the unit head to which the employee was assigned or in which the student was enrolled, may remove the files from the University systems to conserve space or for other business purposes. An employee’s e-mail may also be kept, however, and accessed by the unit as necessary for University business. A student’s e-mail is deleted  — unless required for University business.

To learn more about the Policy on the Privacy of Electronic Information, please visit www.unc.edu/campus/policies/elec_info.html.

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At Your Library

Library can help students get beyond Google

Seventy-two percent of college students said that an Internet search engine is their first choice for finding information, according to a 2005 survey by the OCLC Online Computer Library Center.

Perhaps you’ve encountered some of these students. Their research seems to start -- and end -- with Google. They may be unable to differentiate a scholarly source from a popular publication, or to evaluate the sites that they do encounter on the web.

“The information landscape is richer than ever, but students often gravitate to a very small corner of it, “ said Lisa Norberg, coordinator of Instructional Services for the University Library.

The library offers a number of options that can help you help your students discover and master the world beyond Google.

In-person instruction sessions
At any time during the semester, you may request that a subject specialist librarian meet with your class for a face-to-face, hands-on instruction session. Sessions can provide a broad overview of library research, the online catalog or general databases. Or the librarian can tailor instruction to a particular assignment; to specialized sources, such as the Web of Science; or to a specific type of information, such as U.S. Census data.

“We work with classes at all levels, from basic English composition to graduate seminars,” said Norberg. Some faculty members bring a class for several sessions — perhaps one overview — and then structured research time with a librarian providing guidance and assistance.”

Davis Library, the Undergraduate Library and the Health Sciences Library feature fully equipped labs for hands-on sessions, or a librarian can come to your classroom. And, of course, you may always request a guided tour of any UNC library for your class.

Information ethics and critical thinking
Some library instruction sessions address what Norberg calls “information ethics”-when and how to cite sources, and how to avoid plagiarism. Librarians can also cover the use of RefWorks and EndNote software to help students manage citations, and can customize their demonstration around any topic or subject area.

Other sessions help students evaluate sources, whether traditional library resources or websites that the student may encounter.

Faculty members can even consult with a librarian in order to craft assignments that use library resources to help develop critical thinking and evaluation skills.

Online instruction
Finally, the libraries provide a growing suite of self-paced tutorials covering basic library and disciplinary research and more advanced topics such as “Manuscripts Research” and “Researching Congressional Legislation.” Tutorials from the Health Sciences Library explore topics including “Evidence-Based Medicine” and “Finding Health-Related Statistics.”

The tutorials (online at www.lib.unc.edu/instruct/tutorials.html) can be used alone or in preparation for a subsequent in-person instruction session. A number of the tutorials conclude with quizzes that students can print out and present as proof of completion.

Scheduling library instruction
Demand for instruction sessions and tours is especially high at the beginning of the semester. The library encourages you to schedule sessions as soon as you know your preferred dates. Use the forms at www.lib.unc.edu/instruct/scheduling.html to submit your request online, or contact: Lisa Norberg, University Library (lnorberg@email.unc.edu or 843-2310); Julia Shaw-Kokot, Health Sciences Library (966-0952 or jsk@med.unc.edu); or Scott Childs, Law Library (962-1605 or schilds@email.unc.edu).

@your library 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 (panitch@email.unc.edu), director of library communications. The website for the UNC-Chapel Hill Libraries is www.lib.unc.edu.

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UNC laboratory team running for a cure for cancer

They spend their days immersed in the underlying causes of head and neck cancer, studying tumor viruses and performing research that may one day lead to cures.

But in recent weeks, three members of Jennifer Webster-Cyriaque’s laboratory group at the School of Dentistry have committed themselves to an additional path to a cancer cure: Each is preparing for an endurance event as a member of the Triangle area’s Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’sTeam in Training.

The national organization’s Team in Training is recognized as the world’s largest endurance sports training program. Since 1988, according to the organization’s website, 295,000 volunteer participants have helped raise more than $660 million toward a cure for blood cancers and toward helping patients and
their families.

The Webster-Cyriaque laboratory team members are: Jennifer Webster-Cyriaque, associate professor of dental ecology in the School of Dentistry and of microbiology in the School of Medicine; Terry Morris, research associate professor in the School of Medicine; and Elizabeth “Liz” Andrews, an oral and maxillofacial pathology graduate student in the School of Dentistry.

Both Webster-Cyriaque and Morris are also members of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Andrews plans to run the 26.2-mile Nike Women’s Marathon, to be held Oct. 22 in San Francisco. Webster-Cyriaque and Morris plan to run the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon (13.1 miles) Sept. 3 in Virginia Beach, Va.

“Not only do we make this contribution to fighting cancer with what we do every day, but here’s our opportunity to take our commitment out to the streets,” said Webster-Cyriaque.

For information on the Team in Training, visit www.teamintraining.org/hm_tnt. For information on how to help the Webster-Cyriaque laboratory team members, e-mail Liz Andrews at andrewse@dentistry.unc.edu.

Cutline: From left, Terry Morris, Jennifer Webster-Cyriaque and Elizabeth “Liz” Andrews are part of the Team in Training.

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New ITS software manages assets in classrooms

Have you ever wished you could get an e-mail telling you that you needed to change a light bulb or that you had left your lights on? ITS’ Classroom Hotline upgraded their services this summer with an asset management program — and it performs very similar tasks.

A software program, asset management allows staff to monitor equipment in all ITS’ technology-enabled classrooms, alerting staff almost instantly to equipment failures or malfunctions.

Every 20 seconds, the asset management program contacts Classroom Hotline staff with updated data about classroom equipment. Information includes whether the equipment is in use, whether it is in working order and whether any devices have been disconnected. If it detects equipment disconnection, it immediately sends emergency notices to the ITS Control Center and Classroom Hotline and triggers security measures. The system even tracks projector lamp hours so that staff know when a bulb is wearing out.

“If anything goes wrong, from a burned-out light bulb to theft of a video projector, we know immediately,” said Jeremiah Joyner, manager of the Classroom Hotline. “In addition to immediately dispatching techs to resolve these issues, we record them in an effort to predict future equipment failures.”

In addition to reports on equipment usage, failure and security, the asset management system also helps Hotline staff track who uses smart classrooms, how often they use them and which rooms they need. This information allows them to better predict user needs and classroom maintenance. It also helps the Registrar’s Office with classroom assignments each semester. The office can assign instructors classrooms with the resources they need.

Classroom Hotline also conducts extensive preventive maintenance and performance tracking to predict issues that might arise.

“We record all the service requests that users submit, and all the maintenance tasks we perform,” Joyner said. “This helps us identify problematic rooms, and why they need more service than others.”

Sometimes, equipment is replaced because it has become obsolete. This “lifecycle” process is handled every year, primarily in the slower summer months. Hotline staff keep records of all equipment history — installation, cost and maintenance.

Every multimedia classroom supported by the Classroom Hotline contains a red phone for emergency tech support. If equipment fails, faculty can expect an immediate response through instructions over the phone, remote desktop controls or in-person ITS staff support.

Training documents specific to each classroom are available online at hotline.unc.edu. Instructors can also schedule a Classroom Demo with Hotline staff. To schedule a demo, visit hotline.unc.edu, e-mail hotline@unc.edu or call 962-6702.


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