October 3, 2007 edition


The University Board of Trustees on Sept. 26 unanimously approved the plan for Carolina North to develop 250 acres of the nearly 1,000-acre site during the next half-century.

The trustees’ action clears the way for the plan to be reviewed and approved by the Chapel Hill Town Council.

The plan anticipates that 2.5 million square feet of building space will be completed over the first 15 years along the eastern boundary of the property bordering Martin Luther King Boulevard. The first of those projects will be a new 85,000-square-foot Innovation Center for which the University has already requested a special-use permit to begin construction.

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When visiting San Francisco, most tourists flock to see the Golden Gate Bridge, the internationally recognized symbol of the city, considered the engineering marvel of its age when the bridge opened in 1937.

Seventy years later, the San Francisco marvel that has caught the eye of Carolina’s Mark Crowell lies on the edge of the city in Mission Bay. Crowell is associate vice chancellor for economic development and technology transfer.

Once an industrial wasteland, Mission Bay is now home to a satellite campus for the University of California at San Francisco and, next to it, the burgeoning life science complex that is being developed by Alexandria Real Estate Equities of Pasadena, Calif.

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A philosopher who has interests in metaphysics and the mathematics of logic, a geneticist who is working to develop cancer therapies, a computer scientist who specializes in bioinformatics and data mining, and a historian who studies the African-American experience in the American South have received the 2007 Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prizes for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement by Young Faculty.

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Seven Carolina employees were recognized for their outstanding contributions Sept. 24 at a luncheon at the Carolina Inn. Five people received the Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence and two received the Excellence in Management Awards.

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Campus-based tuition over the past decade has played a pivotal role in generating revenue to bolster faculty pay to keep Carolina competitive.

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bullet Aging expert Soltys dies at 72

Aging expert Soltys dies at 72

Florence Gray Soltys, a beloved teacher known across North Carolina and the nation as a fearless and tireless advocate for the aged, died Sept. 27. She was 72.


An associate clinical professor in both the School of Medicine and the School of Social Work, Soltys was also an adjunct associate professor in the School of Nursing. She lectured in the areas of occupational and physical therapy in the School of Medicine.

Soltys was the coordinator of the School of Medicine’s Hubbard Program, an interdisciplinary home health program training students in medicine, allied health, nursing, pharmacy, social work and dentistry. Each week Soltys took students on visits to elders in the community. Social work students also accompanied Soltys every week when she worked in the Geriatric Evaluation Clinic at the UNC Ambulatory Care Center.

In 2001, she received the University’s Distinguished Teaching Award for Post-Baccalaureate Instruction, and in 2006, she received the Ned Brooks Award for Public Service.

Soltys retired from the School of Social Work in May after more than 21 years of service. She died of a heart attack nine days after she was hospitalized for injuries she suffered in an automobile accident.

“Florence was a remarkable teacher and was dedicated to her students and the field of social work services to aging populations and their families,” said Jack Richman, School of Social Work dean. “I know first hand how much her inspired teaching meant to her students and also how much her leadership meant to the community.”

A native of Tennessee, Soltys earned an undergraduate degree in nutrition and institutional management from the University of Tennessee, then did post-graduate work at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Her academic career was interrupted for a time by her marriage to John Soltys, a retired University physician, and the births of their daughters, Rebecca and Jacqueline.

An editorial in the Oct. 1 News and Observer referred to the passion, selflessness and courage that she brought to her advocacy for the elderly. “She was simply a presence in North Carolina who cannot be replaced.”

A private funeral service was held Sept. 30. Memorial contributions may be made to the School of Social Work for the Florence Soltys Scholarship fund. (This scholarship was established upon her retirement in June). Contributions should be sent to the attention of Kristen Huffman, School of Social Work, CB#3550, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3550. Donors should indicate Florence Soltys Scholarship Fund in the memo area of the check.


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