December 12, 2007 edition


University officials will make a presentation to the Chapel Hill Town Council on Jan. 23 of the concept plan for a privately owned innovation center at Carolina North as a first step in seeking a special-use permit.

Carolina’s Innovation Center would be built, owned and managed by Alexandria Real Estate Equities of Pasadena, Calif., which specializes in this type of business and research development accelerator. The University would provide the site for the 85,000-square-foot center and would own the building after Alexandria’s 40-year leasing rights were up.

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The University Board of Trustees on Nov. 15 approved Chancellor James Moeser’s recommendations for campus-based tuition increases for the 2008-09 academic year. But trustees had questions about the largest increases before approving them.

If approved by the UNC Board of Governors and later by the General Assembly next year, tuition will increase by $1,250 for nonresident undergraduates, $800 for nonresident graduate students and $400 for resident graduate students.

Fees for both undergraduate and graduate students will increase by 3.5 percent, which breaks down to an additional $57.19 for all undergraduates and $56.89 for all graduate students.

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Soprano Jessye Norman, one of America’s most celebrated performing artists, will give the University’s spring commencement address. Chancellor James Moeser will preside at the ceremony, set for May 11, 2008, at 9:30 a.m. in Kenan Stadium.

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People from virtually every background came to a series of forums this past year to share their current frustrations and their hopes and fears about the future.

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At a Nov. 14 dinner, the Board of Trustees recently presented four alumni with the William Richardson Davie Award, the board’s highest honor.

The trustees presented the awards to N.C. Rep. Joe Hackney of Chapel Hill; Mike Overlock of Greenwich, Conn.; Ken Thompson of Charlotte; and Patricia Timmons-Goodson of Fayetteville.

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* *Carolina faculty rank high in national productivity index
* *Leuchtenburg, Stafford receive highest N.C. civilian award
* *Decorations & Distinctions
* *2007 UMDP graduates

Carolina faculty rank high in national productivity index

Carolina faculty members are productive.

That assertion is supported by the third annual Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index — a ranking of graduate programs at research universities based on an analysis by Academic Analytics, owned in part by the State University of New York at Stony Brook. The findings were reported in the Nov. 16 online edition of the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Factors considered in the index include the number of professors in a given program, the number of books and journal articles they have written, the number of times other scholars have cited them and the awards, honors and grant dollars they have received. Each university’s results are compared with the numbers for departments at other research institutions.

The faculty’s scholarly productivity in each program is expressed as a z-score, a statistical measure (in standard deviation units) that reveals how far and in what direction a value is from the mean. The z-score allows the performance of programs to be compared across disciplines.

Results for Carolina were:

1st — Urban and regional planning, philosophy and Slavic languages and literatures;

2nd — Toxicology and natural resources and conservation;

3rd — Sociology, materials science and engineering, and linguistics;

4th — Business administration, nutrition sciences, general education, and Germanic languages and literatures;

* 5th — Biomedical sciences;

* 6th — Genetics, general music, geography and biostatistics;

* 7th — Political science and pharmacology;

* 9th — Biochemistry, biophysics, and oral biology and craniofacial science; and

* 10th — Nursing, speech and hearing sciences, and ecology.

Leuchtenburg, Stafford receive highest N.C. civilian award


Two Carolina faculty members received this year’s prestigious North Carolina Award, the state’s highest civilian honor.

William Leuchtenburg, William Rand Kenan Jr. professor emeritus of history, was honored for literature, and Darrel Stafford, professor of biology, was honored for science. Gov. Mike Easley presented the awards at a Nov. 27 ceremony.

Leuchtenburg, considered the nation’s leading authority on Franklin Delano Roosevelt, is known for the beauty and clarity of his writing. A Carolina faculty member for 10 years, he is the author of more than a dozen books on 20th-century American history and is a past president of the Organization of American Historians and the Society of American Historians.


He was cited “for his lifelong dedication to the historical profession and the public realm and his manifest respect for readers and the written word.”

Stafford, a molecular biologist whose major research interest is the study of protein-protein interactions, has been at the forefront of research into blood coagulation. A Carolina faculty member since 1965, he is the author of 138 publications, including a 1976 paper on DNA purification that has been cited in scientific literature more than 2,600 times.

He was honored “for his world-class advances in understanding the essential details of how coagulation works and how it can be regulated.”

The awards, created by the N.C. General Assembly, have been presented annually since 1964.

Decorations & Distinctions


Arturo Escobar
Kenan Distinguished Professor of anthropology, Escobar has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to research and lecture at the National University of San Martin in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The Fulbright Program, America’s flagship international educational exchange activity, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.

Nigel Mackman
John C. Parker Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology/Oncology, Mackman was honored with an Investigator Recognition Award at the Biennial Congress of the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis that was held in Geneva, Switzerland this year.

The award recognizes members whose accomplishments are internationally regarded as exemplary models of excellence in research and teaching.

Kia Caldwell
Ming Lin
Jeanne Moskal

Caldwell, assistant professor of African and African-American studies; Lin, professor of computer science; and Moskal, professor of English and comparative literature, have been chosen as Carolina Women’s Center faculty scholars for the spring and fall 2008 semesters and spring 2009 semester.

Caldwell will examine governmental and public health initiatives addressing HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment for African-descendant women in Brazil and the United States.

Lin will work on a project that responds to the disproportionately small presence of women in computing.

A literary history of women missionaries is Moskal’s project. She will analyze the writings of 40 Protestant women missionaries from 1792 to the present using the conceptual framework of transatlantic and diasporic theories.

Each scholar will make a presentation about her research during the semester in which she receives funding. Funding was awarded by the Carolina Women’s Center Faculty Scholars program.

Susan J. Henning
Research professor in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and the Department of Cell and Molecular Physiology, Henning has been selected by the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition to receive its 2007 Distinguished Service Award.

Henning is the first non-physician to receive the award and is also a new member of the School of Medicine faculty.

She was cited for her work at Baylor University in developing a research fellowship training program in pediatric gastroenterology that has served as a model for others around the country.


Jodi Magness
Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism in the religious studies department, Magness has won the Archaeological Institute of America’s Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award.

The institute presents the award annually to an individual who has demonstrated excellence in the teaching of archaeology and has developed innovative teaching methods or interdisciplinary curricula.

Alan Jones
George and Alice Welsh Distinguished Professor in the departments of biology and pharmacology and the program in genetics and molecular biology, Jones has been elected to a three-year term on the executive committee of the American Society of Plant Biologists.

The society is a nonprofit science society of 5,000 members from the United States and about 60 other nations that publishes the two most frequently cited plate science journals, The Plant Cell and Plant Physiology.

Valarie Zeithaml
David S. Van Pelt Family Distinguished Professor of Marketing in the Kenan- Flagler Business School, Zeithaml has won the 2008 Paul D. Converse Award from the American Marketing Association, which is granted every four years to a person or persons for outstanding contributions to marketing scholarship.

She was recognized for her work on service quality for articles in the Journal of Marketing and the Journal of Retailing.

The awards will be presented in April 2008 during a symposium at the College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

2007 UMDP graduates

Graduates of the University Management Development Program (UMDP) gather for a group photo Dec. 5 during a reception at the Friday Center. UMDP is a 10-month professional development program specially designed for University managers and supervisors. Participants from the University and N.C. Central University are selected annually, through application, to attend the program.

Refer to the Human Resources Web site for more information about UMDP (


Pictured, left to right, are: Row one: Jocelyn Foy, NCCU Enrollment Services/Division of Student Affairs; Victoria Morgan, Cell & Molecular Physiology in the School of Medicine;
Row two: Randal V. Childs, NCCU Institutional Advancement; Shawn Caldwell, Facilities Services/Housekeeping; Tommy Gunter, Auxiliary Services; Vicki Behrens, UNC Writing Center; Row three: Jeremiah Joyner, ITS Classroom Hotline; James Lindsey, Medical Sciences Teaching Laboratories and Jerome "Spike" Williams, PE Workcenter, Facilities Services.


Pictured, left to right, are: Row one: Tiffany Allen, University Library; Connie Blumenthal, Sheps Center for Health Services Research; Carolyn Cates Newman, Applied and Materials Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences; Row two: Elizabeth Gunn, FPG Child Development Institute; Jim McAdam, Energy Services; Lisa Katz, News Services/University Advancement; Chris Williams, ITS; Stephen Campbell, Biostatistics/CSCC, School of Public Health; Row three: Mike Carroll, Kenan-Flagler Business School; Greg Marrow, NCCU Information Technology Services; Robert L. Chapman Jr., NCCU School of Business.


Pictured, left to right, are: Row one: Jessica Russell, MAC Program, Kenan-Flagler Business School; Christina Artis, ITS; Shannon Eubanks, Political Science in the College of Arts & Sciences; Row two: Chuck Crews, ITS Infrastructure & Operations/ITS Control Center; Rachel Morris, Office of Undergraduate Education, College of Arts and Sciences; Priscilla Godwin-Hanson, NCCU Purchasing Department; and Ingrid Wicker-McCree, NCCU Athletics and Physical Education, Recreation & Dance; Row three: Robert L. Chapman Jr., NCCU School of Business; Derek Hoar, HR Services, Office of Human Resources; and Peter Smith, Kenan-Flagler Business School.
Not pictured: Adam Beck, Office of Human Resources; Holly Harmes, ITS-EA; and J'Ingrid Mathis, Injury Prevention Research Center.

Click here for a link to the full-size photo of the UMDP graduates.

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