Exhibit documents North Carolina through
the lens of photojournalist Don Sturkey
‘Death of Innocents’ chosen for summer reading 2007
Faculty research spawns spin-off company success
Toxicology ranks first in productivity
Winter make a brief appearance
Question & Answer: APPLES extends its reach into Mexico
What ITS About: GRADS supports course planning efforts
@ your library: Online tutorials prepare students for study abroad
Exhibit documents North Carolina through
the lens of photojournalist Don Sturkey
A young, unrecognized Elvis Presley being turned away from
the Charlotte Coliseum. The ladies auxiliary of the Ku Klux Klan in hoods and
robes. Children living in poverty, the public moments of government officials,
the grief of ordinary citizens who have lost their jobs, their homes, their
As a photojournalist in North Carolina from 1952 to 1989,
Don Sturkey was witness to history writ large and small. Beginning Feb. 15, 39
of Sturkey’s photos will be on exhibit in the North Carolina Collection on the
main floor of Wilson Library, with an additional 14 images in the entrance area
of Davis Library.
“Carolina Faces: An Exhibit of Photographs by Don Sturkey”
will run through May 31. The exhibits are free and open to the public. Sturkey
will give a free public lecture in conjunction with the exhibit on March 22 at
5:45 p.m. in Wilson Library. A reception will precede the program at 5 p.m. For
exhibit and event information, contact Linda Jacobson in the North Carolina
Collection (962-1172 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Sturkey, a Georgia native and long-time North Carolinian,
discovered his calling while serving in the Navy during the Korean War. His
photojournalism career in North Carolina began with the Shelby Daily Star and
the High Point Enterprise. In 1955, he joined the staff of the Charlotte
Observer and was promoted to chief photographer in 1963, a position he held
until his retirement in 1989. Sturkey won the National Press Photographers
Association’s Newspaper Photographer of the Year award in 1961 and was Southern
Photographer of the Year in 1962 and 1963. He was inducted into the North
Carolina Journalism Hall of Fame in 1991.
In 2005, Sturkey donated his archive of 104,000 photographic
negatives to UNC’s North Carolina Collection where they are preserved and
available for consultation and use. Sturkey himself selected the images to be
displayed, and they reflect his wide range of interests as well as defining
moments in the history of North Carolina, said Bob Anthony, curator of the
North Carolina Collection.
“Sturkey prided himself on capturing the emotion of the
moment,” said Anthony. “Looking at these photos is like being allowed a glimpse
of the subject’s most inner self.”
Left, Maude J.
Baker of Denver, N.C., at the end of the Sunday service at the Rock Spring
Methodist Camp Meeting in Lincoln County, N.C., September 1962. Right, a boy looks through
an old trunk in the attic of Magnolia Grove, an 1820 Catawba River Valley
plantation near Iron Station, N.C., May 1967. At this time, renters were living in the once-elegant home.
‘Death of Innocents’ chosen for summer reading 2007
Members of the University’s 2007 Summer Reading Program Book
Selection Committee have named “The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account
of Wrongful Executions,” by Sister Helen Prejean, as their choice for incoming
undergraduates to read and discuss.
As part of its summer reading program, UNC asks new students
to read a book over the summer and participate in small group discussions led
by trained faculty and staff. The non-credit assignment is voluntary. Next
fall’s discussions will be Aug. 20; fall semester classes begin Aug. 21.
“The Death of Innocents,” published in 2005, is Prejean’s
nonfiction account of her relationships with two death-row convicts, their
families and individuals on either side of the death-penalty debate during the
time leading to the convicts’ executions. Prejean maintains that both were
wrongfully given the death penalty.
Prejean details the trial and execution, in 1999, of Dobie
Gillis Williams, a black man from Louisiana with an IQ of 65, who was accused
of rape and murder. She recounts the story of Joseph Roger O’Dell, executed in
1997 after a Virginia murder conviction, which she says might have been
overturned by forensic evidence the state destroyed after the execution.
A Roman Catholic nun and anti death-penalty activist,
Prejean has delivered hundreds of lectures nationwide. Her 1993 book, “Dead Man
Walking,” about a presumably guilty death-row convict, was adapted to a film
nominated for four Academy Awards in 1996.
“This was the committee’s clear choice,” said Douglas Kelly,
chair of the nine-member selection committee and professor of statistics and
operations research. “Members praised it as a narrative that, while compelling
and moving, is told calmly and with tolerance for all sides of the contentious
issue of the death penalty in the United States.”
Of the five books that made it to the final round of the
committee’s selection process, only “The Death of Innocents” was in the top
three on every member’s list. Other finalists were “Honky” by Dalton Conley,
“The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals” by Michael Pollan,
“The Wal-Mart Effect” by Charles Fishman and “With These Hands: The Hidden
World of Migrant Farmworkers Today” by Daniel Rothenberg.
Chancellor James Moeser likes what he sees in the proposed
budget that UNC System President Erskine Bowles has prepared. He likes it so
much that, when reviewing it with the University Board of Trustees last month,
he said, “In previous years we would all have cheered and declared victory. ...
This is the most impressive approach that has ever been presented to the
General Assembly by the system “
Still, Moeser said, much work remains to be done to see
The proposed budget has the right priorities, Moeser said,
and for the most part, the appropriate numbers plugged in next to them.
Need-based aid is the top priority in Bowles’ budget — an
area that Carolina has attended to on its own with programs such as the
Carolina Covenant and the longstanding policy of reserving 35 percent of
revenues from campus-based tuition increases for need-based aid.
The next priority is faculty pay that, under Moeser’s
leadership, has been the number one priority at Carolina.
Bowles is seeking $43.8 million in recurring funding for
faculty salary increases in 2007-08, followed by a request for another $43.8
million in additional funds for 2008-09.
If those requests are funded, Carolina would receive $20.7
million over the next two years. The increases, across the UNC system, are
intended to push faculty pay at each campus to the 80th percentile of its
Additionally, Bowles has asked for $70.9 million in
recurring funding for 2007-08, following by an additional $72 million in
2008-09, for merit-based increases for faculty. Those figures represent a 4
percent increase in each year of the biennium.
Moeser said the Board of Governors’ calculation used a
different set of peer institutions than those that were applied here. Peers
were chosen based on each school, each discipline and each department rather by
That different methodology in selecting peers is reflected a
greater gap of $40 million that would be needed to get University faculty
members up to the 80th percentile with their respective peer counterparts.
Moeser said he was not about to quibble over this
difference, however, because Bowles’ proposal was so aggressive. “This moves
the ball down the field,” Moeser said. “It is more than a first down. It would
be a huge advance.”
The budget priorities after faculty pay, in order of
priority, are research, engagement and capital needs. The proposal includes $15
million in each year of the biennium to establish a competitiveness fund to
support investments in key emerging industries in the state. One impetus is to
encourage UNC campuses to collaborate in research.
Bowles has asked for $76 million to fund projects here
growing out of a chancellor’s task force on engagement with the state,
including $35 million over two years to address health workforce shortages and
$21.7 million to produce more math and science teachers and improve
low-performing schools. Nearly $20 million would be devoted to economic
transformation through programs to support communities and high-growth
In addition, Bowles is seeking $20.2 million in recurring
funds and another $15.8 million in one-time allocations for the North Carolina
Research Campus in Kannapolis, where Carolina will have a major presence
through its top-ranked nutrition program.
The budget proposal also calls for $5 million in 2007-08 and
an additional $5 million in 2008-09 for the Renaissance Computing Institute
(RENCI), which collaborates with other campuses to support research efforts
Additional support for top faculty is being sought by
raising the state’s matching fund for distinguished professors from $8 million
to $10 million in 2007-08. That is significant, Moeser said, because of the
University’s fundraising success. Matching state money has already allowed the
Carolina First campaign to create 193 new endowed professorships — seven shy of
its total goal of 200.
Finally, Bowles is also seeking $5.1 million in 2007-08 and
$5.1 million in additional funds for 2008-09 for graduate student recruitment
and retention — money that would add 215 new remissions at Carolina.
With regard to capital projects, the budget proposal seeks
$119.6 million for a 210,000-square foot Genomic Sciences Building; $96 million
for a 216,000 square-foot Oral Sciences Building for the School of Dentistry;
and $12.24 million for first phase planning for Carolina North.
Nobody believes that everything that has been asked for will
get funded, Moeser said. “Our mandate is to get funded what matters most to
us,” he said. “If we don’t succeed, we are going to have to reopen the whole
question of the 6.5 percent cap for undergraduate resident tuition. Given the
leadership of the president and the support in Raleigh right now, we will have
a shot at this, but it will take a maximum effort.”
Faculty research spawns spin-off company success
The University’s Office of Technology Development has helped
launch 38 spin-off companies, including 31 since 2000.
One reason for the rise of start-up companies is the faculty
members’ increasingly entrepreneurial spirit. But the starting point is the
high quality research faculty members continue to produce, said Associate Vice
Chancellor for Economic Development Mark Crowell.
Crowell detailed the office’s progress at the Jan.25 meeting
of the University Board of Trustees.
Otto Zhou, professor of physics and materials sciences, is
developing a new method of medical X-ray imaging based on pulsed nanofibers.
Zhou’s invention led to a start-up company, Xinkek Inc.
Crowell cited Chancellor James Moeser’s goal to increase the
level of research at Carolina to $1 billion by 2015 — a goal that builds upon
the University’s already strong position in attracting both talent and funding.
UNC ranks 20th in federal support from the National Science
Foundation and 15th in the amount of funding it receives from the National
Institute of Health.
Crowell said his office brokers relationships between
faculty members and investors. His office has had success in that role, Crowell
added, because of partnerships his office has forged with the College of Arts
and Sciences, Kenan-Flagler Business’s School and the School of Law.
Basic research leads to technology transfer, which in turn
produces jobs and economic growth through the state. Consumers benefit from
products based on new knowledge.
Asklepios, for instance, is a company that holds the promise
of offering a novel method of delivering gene therapy for Duchenne’s Muscular
Dystrophy, an inherited disease that usually affects only males. A Phase I
trial has been funded by the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Leading the
research effort is Richard Jude Samulski, professor of pharmacology and
director of the Gene Therapy Center.
Immtech, in partnership with the
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and using University compounds used as
anti-fungal and antibacterial applications in the developed world, is
conducting a Phase III trial in Africa to fight sleeping sickness and
leishmaniasis. Leading the
research effort is Richard Tidwell, professor of pathology and lab medicine in
the School of Pharmacy.
Liquidia, a company that uses nanoparticle technology for
targeted drug therapy, was a key factor in the University winning a nanocancer
grant. Leading this research effort is Joe DeSimone, the William R. Kenan Jr.
Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Carolina and
Qualyst Inc. offers technology useful in streamlining drug
discovery and development that has been licensed to many major pharmaceutical
companies. Leading its development was Dhiren Thakker, associate dean of the
School of Pharmacy.
Inspire Pharmaceuticals, one of North Carolina’s leading
biotechnology companies, is the first University company and the only one to
have an initial public offering to outside investors. In the early 1990s,
Richard Boucher and his colleagues at the University’s Cystic Fibrosis Research
Center discovered the potential of the molecule uridine triphosphate (UTP) to
act like a natural hormone in cystic fibrosis cells, which cannot produce the
moisture required to line a person’s airways with mucus.
Crowell said these companies represent a rich pipeline of
research and innovation that generates 120 invention reports each year. The
returns on that innovation can be measured a myriad number of ways, from
national prestige to faculty satisfaction to student interest. One measurement
that has becoming increasingly important and relevant — both to the University
and the state — is the connection between Carolina’s research and North
Carolina’s economic development efforts, Crowell said.
The impact and results of those efforts have been felt
throughout the state, from the small microscopy business in downtown Carrboro
to the web-based Spanish curriculum being offered for health workers. Such
efforts helped the University to be ranked 25th in the world in the Milken
Technology Transfer and Commercialization Index. Crowell said that the 24
universities ahead of Carolina had started technology transfer programs before
Crowell said the challenges and opportunities for the Office
of Technology Development can be found in Carolina North because it can provide
the space for growing industry partnerships, start-up company incubation and
translational research. To help make that happen, Crowell said, a proposed
Business Innovation Center would add up to a 70,000 square-foot incubator with
offices, labs, management and seed capital to help launch companies with high
Carolina is one of the few public universities without a
research park or incubator. Their presence at Carolina North, Crowell said,
would help to take the University to the next level of technology transfer.
Toxicology ranks first in productivity
Carolina’s Curriculum in Toxicology was ranked first under
the 2005 Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index.
The annual index offers a new standard for measuring
doctoral programs that ranks departments according to their scholarly input.
Its use was the subject of a Jan. 12 story in The Chronicle for Higher
The toxicology ranking was part of a table that listed the
top departments in 104 fields. The 2005 index also compiled overall
institutional rankings on 166 large research universities as well as 61 smaller
Carolina, with its 56 Ph.D. programs, ranked 25th among the
large research universities.
The index is partly funded by the State University of New
York at Stony Brook and produced by Academic Analytics, a for-profit company.
The index rates faculty members’ scholarly output at nearly 7,300 doctoral
programs throughout the country. In doing so, it examines the number of book
and journal articles published by each program’s faculty as well as journal
citations, awards, honors and grants received, the Chronicle reported.
UNC’s toxicology curriculum is an interdisciplinary program
that is administratively based in the School of Medicine.
Winter make a brief appearance
Weather forecasters correctly predicted snow early Feb. 1
that sent grounds crews to make building steps safe(above) and students to McCorkle
Place (below) to take advantage of the rare opportunity to make a snowman. The snow
later shifted to rain, avoiding a long predicted frozen mix. Employees are
reminded of the University’s adverse weather policy, which details related
operating and work schedule issues. For more, refer to hr.unc.edu/hottopics/adverseweather.
APPLES extends its reach into Mexico
Editor's note: APPLES (Assisting People in Planning Learning Experiences in
Service) is the student-led program at the University that engages students,
faculty and community agencies in service-learning partnerships. Its goal is to
foster socially aware and civically involved students through participation in
an enriched curriculum and hands-on experiences that address the needs of North
Carolina communities. Recently, APPLES Director Jenny Huq sat down with Deborah
Bender, a professor in the Department of Health Policy and Administration in
the School of Public Health and APPLES’ Faculty Fellow for Global
Service-Learning, to discuss the Global Service-Learning Program that they
started in Mexico in 2003, as well as its recent expansion.
Gazette: Dr. Bender, can you talk a bit how your work led
you to this new mentoring program?
Professor Deborah Bender (left) make a point while
discussing a new international initiative that has become part of the APPLES
program, directed by Jenny Huq (right).
Bender: I have worked with APPLES for the past six years. I
served as a member of the APPLES Advisory Board. I began to wonder why APPLES didn’t do any
international service-learning projects. Although I didn’t want to diminish
APPLES’ longstanding commitment to serving the people of North Carolina, I
thought that the growing immigrant populations in the state provided multiple
possibilities. Jenny and I talked
about the possibility, and in 2003, we partnered with the International
Partnership for Service Learning and sent the first group of UNC students to
Mexico to improve their Spanish language skills and do service learning. This
past year, Jenny graciously created a more formal position — the Global
Service-Learning Faculty Fellow, in response to the program’s rapid growth and
Gazette: The idea behind this service program is to tap into
the insights these students return home with after studying abroad, with the
understanding that their international experiences better equip them to work
with people from other countries who have come here to live and work. Is that
Huq: That’s exactly right. Students returning from our
abroad experiences engage in local service-learning with newly arrived immigrants.
Dr. Bender’s involvement in this program began as an extension of her board
role, but she quickly became deeply integrated into its development and
evolution. In 2002, she approached me with the idea of global service-learning,
encouraging us to really think about its value. Simultaneously, students
returning from their traditional study abroad experiences began to inquire
about opportunities to serve and study abroad. They were encountering students
from other universities taking advantage of service-learning opportunities that
at the time were not approved UNC programs.
Bender: When I approached Jenny about the possibility of
developing global service-learning experiences, one of my concerns was that we
not let an international program overwhelm the domestic service-learning
program. International travel is always romantic — you can get on an airplane
and go some place different and, wow, everybody wants to hear about it. That
doesn’t meet our goal of serving the population of North Carolina, which is
part of the core mission of the University and APPLES.
Gazette: How did you overcome that concern?
Deborah Bender has connected her research interest in access
to health care with the University’s innovative service-learning program.
Bender: We decided to develop global service-learning
opportunities in countries where people were leaving to come to North
Carolina. Mexico was an obvious
first choice since 63 percent of the Spanish-speaking immigrants in North Carolina come from Mexico. The
U.S. Census reports that from 1990 to 2000 the Hispanic population in the state
increased by 394 percent. The change is huge because the infrastructure wasn’t there to respond. So it was this surge in the
Latino and Spanish-speaking population that helped us to focus on what we
wanted in a global-
local service learning initiative.
Huq: We noticed an increase in the number of Spanish major
and pre-med students who were seeking out opportunities to serve in communities
abroad in an effort to inform their work with local immigrants. The
experiences, the development of language skills and the opportunity to work
with immigrant cultures are extremely valuable for students’ professional
Gazette: How does APPLES identify those students who may be
interested in participating?
Huq: Some may have already participated in one of our
courses, internships or fellowships, but the majority of them hear about global
service-learning from the Study Abroad Advisers.
Gazette: Jenny, tell us about your first project.
Huq: The program is at the Universidad Autónoma de
Guadalajara, or UAG as it is called. It’s the first private university founded
in Mexico and they have a sizeable language school where they teach students
from all over the world all year long. That’s set up at about eight different
levels of language learning. They have other students, including our own, who
are offered service-learning experiences. These students go to grammar and
conversation classes for three or four hours in the morning and then in the
afternoon they go to their service-learning sites.
Gazette: What kind of servince learning projects are
Huq: The majority of service-learning placements for our
students in Mexico focus around working with youth in a variety of ways. The
children they work with tend to be elementary to middle-school age. Some are
boys in residential home facilities where they are away from their parents
doing the week, returning home on weekends. Some live in orphanages. When
placing our students, we identify a variety of opportunities to meet the varied
interests of the students. We encourage them to consider up front the connection
between the work that they will do in Mexico and the work they will do once
Gazette: What insights do you think most of them bring back?
Bender: I think the range of experiences they have teach
them very valuable life skills. For instance, spending time side by side with a
child really makes a tremendous difference in a child’s life. These experiences
facilitate relationship-building which is a critical skill when working in and
Gazette: I understand many of the students when they come
back to campus participate in a seminar to share their experiences with other
Huq: The reflection seminar is designed to create a space
for students to continue to engage in their abroad experience from a local
standpoint. The course provides students personal debriefing opportunities to
help them reflect on their experiences as well as move forward with their
lives. They also learn a lot of new information about how they can apply their
abroad experiences to working with local immigrant communities.
Bender: All the students who come back from the projects are
placed in a local service setting during the semester following their trip.
They are also taking the one credit hour seminar that focuses on various
aspects of migration transition, including health, education and social
justice. Nationally, there are strong opinions on both sides of the fence about
undocumented immigration, but at the individual or family level, the issues are
much clearer. Families want a
better life for their children.
Gazette: Do any of your students work with Latino
populations in any of the local schools?
Bender: We’ve worked at Chapel Hill High, East Chapel Hill
High and with the students at Carrboro Elementary. What is most powerful to our
students is to discover the migration paths of these students — how much their
hopes and dreams parallel those of the families they met in Mexico. The
families coming here now come for economic reasons, by and large. Many of the
women I’ve interviewed talk about
their hopes and dreams for their families. What many of them miss the most
about Mexico, no matter how you ask the question, is family.
Gazette: So much of what your students learn is that there
is a new pattern of immigration that represents a twist to the American Dream.
Bender: What Jenny and I are working on is to create
learning and living situations where students’ academic knowledge can connect
to the local community. I want them to see the patterns of migration where
sending remittances back home keep them connected to their families in Mexico.
Many families in fact, are sending money home to Mexico to buy a piece of land
and build a home.
Gazette: How do the experiences these students gain from
this program help them to figure out what they want to do with their lives? Are
their experiences laying a foundation for future careers?
Bender: It helps students to think about their professional
careers and where they want to go and how they would like to integrate this
global experience into their future plans. As a professor of public health, for
instance, my interest is health care access for immigrant populations. For an
immigrant without health insurance, prescription medicines are quite expensive
through the formal health-care system. If a physician understands that from a Latino’s perspective, he or she
is going to be much more careful to ask questions about what other medicines
they might be taking. Have you asked anyone to bring medicines for you across
the border? Are you taking any
herbal medicines? A doctor should know answers to these questions before prescribing any other medications to
prevent possible adverse drug interactions.
Gazette: Are there other countries where this program will
Huq: We now offer global service-learning programs in
Central America, Southern Africa and Vietnam.
Gazette: Both of you have been involved in putting together
a delegation of University faculty to represent Carolina at the International
Service-Learning Institute at Elon University later this month. What is the
significance of that conference in terms of pushing your service-learning model
to the next phase?
Huq: The conference will allow institutional teams to come
together and talk about opportunities for undergraduate students to connect their
academic coursework to serving within global communities. We are interested in
providing more access for students interested in this global-local approach, so
we’ve begun dialogue with many constituents across the campus engaging in this
type of work. Deborah and I know that on this campus there are a lot of things
going on. The UNC delegation is comprised of 15 representatives from various
disciplines and administrative roles across the campus. The conference will
provide momentum for our initial conversations around increasing
collaborative efforts and sharing resources to create more opportunities for
GRADS supports course planning efforts
Beginning this month, UNC advisers can spend less time doing
paperwork and more time advising students with ITS’ new Graduation Requirements
Advising System (GRADS). GRADS helps students plan which courses to take in
order to meet their graduation requirements. Students will be able to use the
system to aid their spring advisement sessions to plan what classes they will
take this summer and fall.
“Previously, advisers spent a lot of time filling in a
worksheet by hand with all the classes a student had taken and how they met
requirements,” said Joe Bray, applications development project supervisor.
“This system gives advisers more time to actually advise, because GRADS fills
in the worksheet for them and updates automatically when the student registers
for a course and again when the course is completed.”
“The quality of the advising process should be improved,”
said Donna Redmon, associate registrar. “When you take the mundane requirements
tracking out of meetings, then you can discuss career objectives, programs of
study and satisfaction of the students’ selection of their primary program or
major. You’ve moved advising to another level. Your meetings become less
quantitative and more qualitative.”
The system is part of a larger yearlong project to renumber
courses and revise the undergraduate curriculum.
“Because of the work that has been put into the development
and analysis of this system, I believe it is far superior to any degree audit
system that I’ve seen,” said Redmon. “This system is tailored to UNC’s very
distinct academic programs. And that doesn’t exist on a lot of campuses
elsewhere. That’s what makes GRADS so effective.”
GRADS can be accessed using Student Central and
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Games for learning:
The conversation continues
Interested in using games for learning in your curriculum?
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online forum set up as a Google Group. To join a conversation about educational
games on campus, contact LearnIT@unc.edu or point your web browser to
googlegroups.com and search for Games4Learning.
“Edu-gaming” was featured on the front page of the December
2006 issue of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). The article
described an October 2005 summit on educational games sponsored by the
Federation of American Scientists, the Entertainment Software Association and
the National Science Foundation that focused on the aspects of learning that
could be supported by video games; research needed to guide effective use of
games; market barriers; and changes in the educational system that might be
needed to incorporate games for learning. View the NSTA article at www.nsta.org
by searching for “edu-gaming” and materials from the educational games summit
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Online tutorials prepare students for study abroad
Picture this: Your starry-eyed student has just been
accepted to study abroad for a semester in Paris, France. Baguettes! Berets!
Head-butting soccer players!
But how well prepared is your student to live and study there?
Even years of classroom exposure to the language or discussions about culture
and history may not be the key to navigating everyday student life.
Enter the University Library’s online Study Abroad Research
Tutorials. Created in fall 2006, the tutorials are web-based, self-paced
learning modules designed to teach students how to research their destination
before going, as well as how to conduct research while they’re studying abroad.
Lisa Norberg, director of public services for the library,
said the tutorials serve three purposes. They provide general information about
the country, advice on how to conduct research while there and instructions for
connecting back to UNC library services and resources while abroad.
“We’d like students to use them as part of their preparation
for their study abroad experience to help familiarize themselves with the
country and the information resources that are available to them,” Norberg
The tutorials were created in response to the University’s
Academic Plan and the recommendation to expand study abroad opportunities for
both undergraduate and graduate students. “As more and more students go abroad
during their course of study,” said Norberg, “the library’s tutorials can help
them make the most of these opportunities.”
Students can currently access tutorials on France, India,
Italy, Russia, South Africa, Spain and the United Kingdom. Tutorials about
studying in Argentina, China, the Czech Republic and Germany are also in the
works. Each tutorial was written in consultation with natives from the country
and offers a multi-faceted approach to becoming familiar with a study abroad
Take, for example, France. In the “Getting to Know ...”
section, students can find information about the country in links to the CIA
World Factbook, The Library of Congress Portals to the World and the BBC News
Portal. There are also listings for books in the library’s holdings about the
country and its culture, as well as French and international newspapers. Travel
guides, travel websites, maps and French films round out the mini-tour.
The “Conducting Research in ...” section introduces students
to the French library system. In “Accessing UNC’s Resources Abroad,” students
will find links back to the University Libraries’ homepage, connecting them to
a wide array of online resources and a qualified staff of librarians.
Though the tutorials are relatively new, Norberg said, she
hoped they will be helpful to students.
students to know that even though they are abroad, the UNC libraries are still
accessible and available to provide research assistance and support,” she said.
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 (email@example.com), director of library
communications. The website for the UNC Libraries is www.lib.unc.edu. This
month’s column was written by Margaret Hair.