May 7, 2008 edition

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Tar Heel Bus Tour

A crash course might be a poor choice of words to describe a classroom on wheels.

But that is exactly what the Tar Heel Bus Tour has been during the past decade for hundreds of newly arrived faculty members and administrators, and what it will be again when the tour his the road May 12–16 for the 11th class of passengers.

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To lead requires being out front. But being a leading public university, Andy Johns has learned, means something slightly different.

For Carolina, being out front creates an opportunity to show others a better way. And it is out of that tradition that the idea of sharing the University-grown RAMSeS (Research Administration Management System and e-Submission) emerged.

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In a classroom in Wilson Library, Robert Cox pauses to update his class about the sudden disintegration of a massive Antarctic ice shelf.

Raising his eyebrows, he gestures animatedly in front of satellite images depicting a slab of ice the size of Connecticut crumbling into the ocean.

With passion in his voice, he adopts a preacher- like rhythm that suggests that some of his words are italicized: “The physics of it are so uncertain and unstudied that we cannot model how quickly this will break down.” He is referring to scientists’ projections about how global warming will affect the rest of the ice.

Cox has good reason to be passionate about the collapse of Antarctic ice. In addition to teaching a course about global warming in the communication studies department, he is president of the board of directors of the Sierra Club.

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* *Mangum wins Mary Turner Lane Award
* *Earp honored with Thomas Jefferson Award
* *Pérez elected American Academy of Arts and Sciences fellow
* *McDiarmid appointed School of Education dean
* *Lawrence Band to lead Institute for the Environment
* *Patterson appointed chair of ERP Student Stakeholder Committee
* *Matson appointed dean of the Graduate School
* *Cefalo, longtime director of graduate medical education, dies
* *Ovitt, government data librarian, dies at 51
* *Decorations & Distinctions

Mangum wins Mary Turner Lane Award

Elmira Mangum, center, receives the 2008 Mary Turner Lane Award April 30 as Lane, right, and Verita Murrill from Training & Development look on.

Elmira Mangum, senior associate provost for finance and academic personnel, has won the 2008 Mary Turner Lane Award. Established in 1986, the award recognizes people who make outstanding contributions to the lives of women students, faculty, staff and administrators at Carolina.

The University’s Association for Women Faculty and Professionals presented the award to Mangum April 30 at the group’s annual banquet.

Mangum received multiple nominations that recounted how she goes above and beyond her work responsibilities to mentor women in their professional development.

During her career at UNC, Mangum has taught classes at the School of Government and has mentored women students. She has served as a mentor and coach to women faculty and staff in the BRIDGES Program. Her community involvement includes serving as president of the Orange County Rape Crisis Center and working with the Bethune Annual Recognition Luncheon honoring women for their community service.

In her role at the University, Mangum provides administrative leadership to the finance, human resources, institutional research, facilities and strategic planning efforts throughout the Office of the Provost. She is responsible for drafting, developing and communicating guidelines, policies, procedures and processes that facilitate resource management.

Mangum also serves on many management and policy groups, including the University Budget Committee, Tuition and Fees Task Force and the Information Technology Strategic Planning Committee. She also manages the annual and biennial budget processes for the University.

She is renowned among her colleagues for her knowledge of issues and trends in higher education, and for her mastery in cutting through complicated and sometimes thorny financial issues. One example is her detailed work to develop various charts and formulas to prepare members of the Chancellor’s Task Force on Tuition and Fees with the background they need to develop recommendations for campus-based tuition increases.

“Elmira has a knack for presenting information in such a way that goes deeper than the numbers on the page,” said Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Bernadette Gray-Little. “I think that’s because her grasp of our campus culture is equal to her understanding of our finances and budget. By understanding both, she enables us to keep our budget in sync with who we are and what we as an institution value.”

The award, established in 1986, is named after Mary Turner Lane, founding director of the Curriculum in Women’s Studies and the first recipient of the award.

“This kind of recognition is richly deserved and long overdue,” Gray-Little said.

A native of North Carolina, Mangum previously held administrative and management posts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the State University of New York at Buffalo. Immediately prior to her arrival at Carolina, she was vice provost at the University at Buffalo and on the faculty of the graduate school of education.

She received her Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo and graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with two master’s degrees, one in public policy and public administration and another in urban and regional planning. She received her bachelor’s degree in geography from N.C.  Central University (NCCU). While enrolled at NCCU she worked in Washington, D.C., as the first African-American to serve as a Congressional intern from the state of North Carolina.

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Earp honored with Thomas Jefferson Award


Cancer researcher Shelton Earp is honored by his peers with the Thomas Jefferson Award. Among his accomplishments, Earp helped generate statewide support for the University Cancer Research Fund.

The peers of esteemed scientist and cancer researcher H. Shelton Earp honored him with the prestigious 2008 Thomas Jefferson Award. Chancellor James Moeser presented the award at the April 25 Faculty Council meeting.

Earp is professor of pharmacology and medicine, Lineberger Professor of Cancer Research and director of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The annual award was created in 1961 by the Robert Earl McConnell Foundation to recognize a Carolina faculty member who, through personal influence and performance of duty in teaching, writing and scholarship, has best exemplified the ideals and objectives of Thomas Jefferson. UNC faculty members nominate candidates for the honor, which carries a cash prize; a faculty committee chooses the recipient.

Barbara K. Rimer, dean of the School of Public Health and Alumni Distinguished Professor, wrote the citation honoring Earp. “A man of Jeffersonian breadth and depth, Dr. Earp is an exemplary scientist and humanitarian, educator and healer, mentor and leader, citizen and colleague… true blue Tar Heel,” she said.

“Dr. Earp has strengthened this university not only through his own accomplishments, but by nurturing a culture of collaboration. Because of Dr. Earp’s efforts, there is better treatment today for patients in North Carolina, and there will be much better prevention and treatment tomorrow.”

A faculty member since 1977, Earp earned his medical degree from Carolina in 1970 and has devoted more than three decades to researching the behavior of cancer cells and the signals that regulate cell growth and differentiation. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University in 1966.

“I still have a real thirst for trying to understand some of the molecular details of this disease we’re trying to fight,” Earp said. “It’s not just a medical disease. It’s not just cancer. It’s a paradigm for how health affects the way we behave, the way we spend our federal money, the way we go out and try to change community behavior. All of those things are threads that come together.”

Nominators characterized Earp as an exemplary scientist, caring clinician and benevolent administrator.

He was instrumental in generating statewide support for the University Cancer Research Fund, which will provide $50 million a year toward the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

“He mobilized citizens, scientists, clinicians, patients and legislators, and with them as partners, secured a dramatic commitment by the legislature to create the University Cancer Research Fund,” the citation said.

“The success of this effort is testimony to Dr. Earp’s ability to galvanize support around common goals for uncommon ends, the prevention, early detection, treatment and eradication of cancer. Dr. Earp embodies Jefferson’s optimistic belief that knowledge can be turned to positive benefit for all people.”

Colleagues have called Earp a genuine, generous person who always puts Carolina first.

“In a world that too often rewards selfishness, Shelley bucks the trend, said Dean Holden Thorp. He is, observed Dean Bill Roper, our priceless gem,” the citation said. “Dr. Michael O’Malley (Lineberger Center associate director) said about Dr. Earp: Hidden by his many achievements but fundamental to them are his emotional intelligence, sense of commitment and a physician’s purpose to make the world a better place.”

When he accepted the award, Earp said his blood ran Carolina blue.

“I love this place and my love is shared by people across this state and it is shared by a legislature that does not run against the flagship university, it runs for it and towards it. The University Cancer Research Fund is the latest in a long line, and hopefully not the last of things, that the legislature is counting on us to do.”

The author of 125 peer-reviewed publications, Earp is board-certified in internal medicine and endocrinology. He is the past president of the Association of American Cancer Institutes and has served on its board of directors since 2001. He is also a member of the American Association for Cancer Research, the Association of American Physicians and the American societies of clinical oncology, hematology, cell biology, microbiology and clinical investigation.

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Pérez elected American Academy of Arts and Sciences fellow


Louis Pérez Jr., J. Carlyle Sitterson Professor of History, is the latest Carolina faculty member to be elected a fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

His research interests center on the 19th- and 20th-century Caribbean, with emphasis on the Spanish-speaking Caribbean. His current research explores the sources of Cuban nationality and identity. Pérez is the author of “To Die in Cuba: Suicide and Society,” a social and cultural history of suicide in Cuba. He teaches courses on the history of Latin America, Mexico, the Caribbean and Cuba. He also directs the Institute for the Study of the Americas.

Pérez is among 191 fellows and 22 foreign honorary members to be inducted into the academy at a ceremony on Oct. 11 at the academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, Mass. The new members are leaders in their fields and include Nobel laureates and recipients of Pulitzer Prizes, Academy Awards and Grammy Awards and Kennedy Center honors.

Pérez joins a distinguished list of new fellows that includes U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, computer company founder Michael Dell, two-time cabinet secretary and former White House Chief of Staff James A. Baker III, Academy Award-winning filmmakers Ethan and Joel Coen and blues guitarist B.B. King.

The University now has 35 faculty members in the academy (see News Briefs). An independent policy research center, the academy was founded in 1780 to undertake studies of complex and emerging problems.

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McDiarmid appointed School of Education dean


G. Williamson (Bill) McDiarmid has been appointed dean of the School of Education and Alumni Distinguished Professor of Education effective Jan. 1, 2009. He comes to Carolina from the University of Washington-Seattle, where he has been Boeing Professor of Teacher Education since 2001.

McDiarmid is a senior fellow with the Washington Center for Teaching and Learning and Teachers for a New Era, a national initiative designed to enhance K-12 teaching. With funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Teachers for a New Era works to renew pre-service teacher preparation, create residencies for education graduates and track their classroom performance.

He also helped create the Teaching/Learning Partnership program, working in conjunction with the University of Washington’s College of Arts and Sciences, the Seattle Public Schools and the Seattle Education Association. The program prepares people in mid-career transition to teach math and science in Seattle’s high-need middle schools.

“Dr. McDiarmid’s credentials in teacher education and learning are impressive,” said Bernadette Gray-Little, executive vice chancellor and provost.

Carolina’s School of Education includes 56 full-time and 30 part-time faculty members, 193 undergraduate students, 543 graduate students and 150 licensure students.

A Carolina alumnus and native of Raeford, McDiarmid previously served on the faculties of the University of Alaska-Anchorage, the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and Michigan State University. In Anchorage, he was director of the Institute of Social and Economic Research and professor of educational policy, where his research focused on Alaska Native educational issues.

In 2007, he was a visiting professor at Hebei Normal University in Shijiazhuang, China. His honors include being named a National Academy of Education Spencer Fellow and receiving the Outstanding Contribution to Interpretative Research Award from the American Educational Research Association. McDiarmid is the author of three books, many book chapters and numerous journal articles and research monographs.

He received a bachelor of arts degree with highest honors in American studies from Carolina in 1969 and earned his doctor of education degree in administration, planning and social policy from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education in 1984.

“I would like to thank the search committee, led by Dean Jean Folkerts of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, for their work,” Gray-Little said in announcing McDiarmid’s appointment. “I also want to express my deep appreciation to Dr. Jill Fitzgerald, professor of literacy, who will continue to lead the School of Education until Dr. McDiarmid arrives.”

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Lawrence Band to lead Institute for the Environment


Lawrence Band, Voit Gilmore Distinguished Professor of Geography, has been named director of the Institute for the Environment.

He succeeds Doug Crawford-Brown, who led the institute until earlier this year and has left to become a senior sustainability adviser to the firm of Pell Frischmann in the United Kingdom.

Band, who came to Carolina in 1998, served as chair of the geography department from 2002 to 2007.

His research focuses on the hydrological and ecological structure, function and dynamics of watersheds, a key area for North Carolina and the nation in view of recent droughts and storms.

“Professor Band’s deep knowledge of the mission and goals of the institute and his impressive record of scholarship and administrative leadership have prepared him well to direct this critically important campuswide center,” said Bernadette Gray-Little, executive vice chancellor and provost.

“I look forward to the contributions that Professor Band and the Institute will make to increasing our understanding of the pressing environmental problems that we face, and developing solutions to them.”

Band received his bachelor’s degree at the State University of New York at Buffalo, and master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of California, Los Angeles. Before coming to Carolina, he served on the faculties of San Francisco State University, Hunter College and the University of Toronto.

The institute was founded in 2006 as an expansion of the Carolina Environmental Program.

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Patterson appointed chair of ERP Student Stakeholder Committee


Roger Patterson, associate vice chancellor for finance, has been appointed chair of the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Student Stakeholder Committee. He replaces Executive Associate Provost Steve Allred, who will leave the University at the end of June to become provost at the University of Richmond.

The ERP is the University-wide effort to streamline and integrate the computing systems that manage student information, human resources, payroll and finance. As committee chair, Patterson will work closely with the ERP team and engage with campus units to facilitate the ERP implementation.

“I’m pleased to have the opportunity to guide the collaborative efforts for such a critical system,” Patterson said. “It is my hope that I can continue to build on the project’s progress and Steve’s leadership. I’m looking forward to working with the project team and affected schools and units to solve any challenges that lie ahead.”

Committee members are:

* *DeAhn Baucom, director of student accounts and University receivables; 

* *Stephen Farmer, assistant provost and director of undergraduate admissions;

* *Phillip Asbury, deputy director of scholarships and student aid;

* *Bobbi Owen, professor of dramatic art and senior associate dean for undergraduate education; and

* *Alice Poehls, assistant provost and University registrar.

For more information about ERP, contact Debra Beller at 843-0477 or

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Matson appointed dean of the Graduate School


Steven W. Matson, professor and chair of the Department of Biology, will become dean of the Graduate School effective July 1.

A member of the faculty since 1983, Matson is widely respected for his teaching, mentoring and research in the field of genetics and molecular biology, said Bernadette Gray-Little, executive vice chancellor and provost, when she announced the appointment.

Matson will oversee the approximately 8,000 graduate students in Carolina’s 66 doctoral and 100 masters programs.

“Dr. Matson is an innovative and collaborative administrator whose background and extensive experience working with graduate students and postdoctoral fellows make him especially well suited to further the University’s efforts to attract the best students to the Graduate School and ensure that they receive a quality education,” Gray-Little said.

On the national level, Matson is a recipient of the American Cancer Society Faculty Research Award and has served as a reviewer for the Journal of Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and the Journal of Biological Chemistry, where he served as an editorial board member from 2000 to 2005.

At UNC, he has taught courses on Current Topics in Biology, Advanced Molecular Biology, Advanced Cell Biology and honors sections of Genetics and Molecular Biology.

A 2004 recipient of the University’s Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and a 2005 Institute of Arts and Humanities Leadership Fellow, Matson is also a member of the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee, Bank of America Distinguished Professorship review panel and Honors Program Faculty Advisory Board.

He is a past member and chair of the Pre-health Professions Advising Task Force and has served on various University administrative review committees through the years.

Matson’s research focuses on DNA repair, conjugative DNA transfer and enzymatic mechanisms and biological roles of DNA helicases. His laboratory’s long-term goal is to understand the molecular role of several helicases in the bacterium E. coli and the budding yeast S. cerevisiae.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Colgate University. His master’s and doctoral degrees are from the University of Rochester, both in biochemistry.

He succeeds Linda Dykstra, William Rand Kenan Jr. Professor of Pharmacology and Psychology, who will return to full-time research and graduate student training.

“The University community is extremely grateful to Dr. Dykstra for her commitment and long-term leadership of the Graduate School,” Gray-Little said.

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Cefalo, longtime director of graduate medical education, dies

Robert C. Cefalo, professor emeritus of obstetrics and gynecology in the School of Medicine and director of the medical residency and fellowship programs at UNC Hospitals for 25 years, died April 22 at age 74.

“Bob Cefalo was part of the fabric of UNC School of Medicine,” said Daniel Clarke-Pearson, chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

“He had a passion for medical student, resident and fellowship training. During his nearly three decades of leadership at UNC, he improved the care of mothers and their infants throughout our region; not only by his compassionate obstetrical care, but by his positive influence on all of us who had the privilege to learn from him.”

During Cefalo’s tenure as director of graduate medical education, UNC earned national recognition for the development of “best practices” in residency and fellowship programs.

He joined the faculty in 1979, headed the physician training programs from 1981 to 2006 and served as assistant dean for graduate medical education.

He also served as director of maternal fetal-medicine from 1979 to 1997, as interim chair of obstetrics and gynecology in 1981–83 and 2004–06 and as interim director of maternal- fetal medicine in 2005–06. In 2007, he received the Courage to Lead Award from the American Council on Graduate Medical Education.

Cefalo served terms as president and chair of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and as president of the North Carolina Obstetrical and Gynecological Society. He was also honored by the North Carolina Governor’s Commission on Reduction of Infant Mortality.

Contributions may be sent to the Cefalo/Bowes Distinguished Professorship Endowed Chair, The Medical Foundation of North Carolina, 880 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Chapel Hill 27514; Holy Cross Catholic Church 2438 S. Alston Avenue, Durham 27713; or the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, CB# 7295.

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Ovitt, government data librarian, dies at 51


James Harvard Ovitt, government data librarian, died suddenly of a heart attack on April 20. He was 51.

Ovitt became government data librarian in 2005 after serving as a reference librarian and a student assistant at Davis Library. He received a master’s degree in library science from Carolina’s School of Information and Library Science in 2003 and a bachelor’s degree in history from Cornell University in 1980.

Before entering the field of library science, Ovitt spent nearly 20 years in the media industry in New York as a producer and director of documentary and industrial films.

He was a member of the American Library Association (ALA) and of ALA’s Association of College and Research Libraries and Government Documents Roundtable. He was also a member of the North Carolina Library Association and of the association’s Government Resources Section.

A college fund for Ovitt’s daughter has been established. Checks may be made payable to Ovitt College Fund, State Employees Credit Union, P.O. Box 878, Carrboro, 27510 or brought to the SECU office, 100 Highway 54 West, in Carrboro.

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Decorations & Distinctions

Steve Rogers
Zefeng Wang

Rogers, assistant professor of biology, and Wang, assistant professor of pharmacology, have been honored with Beckman Young Investigator Awards for their work in chemical and life sciences research. They are among 16 recipients of this year’s Beckman Young Investigator Awards, which support the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of academic careers in the chemical and life sciences.

Both will receive $300,000 over three years in support of their projects.

Philip Stadter

Professor emeritus of classics, Stadter was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Università cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy, on April 8.

Formerly the Eugene H. Falk Professor in the Humanities, Stadter was awarded the honorary doctorate in philology, literature and civilization of the ancient world. He was recognized by faculty at the university for his work studying the Italian renaissance, the ancient Greek historians and the Greek biographer Plutarch.

After the degree was awarded, Stadter gave a lecture on “Libraries and Persons in the Christian Reception of Antiquity.”

Joel Schwartz

Professor emeritus of political science and adjunct professor of public policy, Schwartz was the recipient of the Faculty Excellence Award April 17 during the APPLES Service-Learning Showcase Celebration: Fruits of our Labor.

Carol Tresolini, associate provost for academic initiatives, presented the awards.

Ueltschi Service-Learning Course Development Grants

The APPLES Service-Learning Program has announced recipients of the 2008 Ueltschi Service-Learning Course Development Grants. Six recipients were selected to develop five innovative service-learning courses for undergraduate students by integrating community service into the traditional academic setting.

Each course addresses unique local and state community needs while providing substantial learning opportunities for students. Course topics range from grassroots community development to reporting for new media, demonstrating a broad application of service-learning across the disciplines.

Grant recipients will receive $8,000 to support expenses such as course development, books, materials and stipends.  Recipients must teach the course at least three times within five years, starting in the 2008–09 academic year.

Grant recipients are: Elizabeth Bruno, lecturer in Romance languages; Billie Murray and Natalie Fixmer, graduate students in communication studies; Karla Slocum, associate professor of anthropology; Sandy Smith-Nonini, adjunct assistant professor of anthropology; and Ryan Thornburg, assistant professor of journalism and mass communication.

2008 IT Awards

The 16th Annual UNC Information Technology Awards ceremony was held April 22 at the Carolina Club. Each year the awards recognize the work and dedication of the campus staff involved in information technology (IT).

Individual winners were: Erin Adair, Christina Artis, Alex Azad, Roger Carden, Eric Chapman, Manuel Garcia, Caitlyn Hill, Carrie Holbert, Shumin Li Kevin Masters, David Perrin, Bonnie Smyre, Jeff Vandrimmelen, Scott Wilber, Gary Wilhelm and Diana Woodhouse.

Team winners were: Chris Williams, Jeremy Buenviaje and Paul Kamen (ResNET); Richard Hill and Tony DeLuca (ITS Internal Support); Leslie Kreizman, Penny Ward, Baskin Cooper and Curtis Webster (IT South Building).

URC Spring Awards

The University Research Council (URC) administers a small grant program for faculty and professional librarians at UNC. There are two types of grants, research and publication, reviewed twice a year. The maximum total award is $5,000. The council encourages the use of URC grants as a stepping stone to extramural support.

For the spring term, there were 88 applications and 33 award recipients. Recipients are listed at the following Web site:

For more information about research and economic development small grant and internal funding programs, see

MD-MPH program

The MD-MPH joint degree program between the schools of medicine and public health was featured in an article in the April issue of Academic Medicine, “The MD-MPH Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.” It was written by Russell Harris, Linda Kinsinger, Sue Tolleson-Rinehart, Anthony Viera and Georgette Dent.

The article describes the collaboration between the schools that led to the 1997 development of the Health Care and Prevention MPH concentration.

The  concentration is designed to meet the unique needs of medical students, residents, fellows and others with clinical science backgrounds who seek to integrate training in population sciences with their medical training.

North Carolina Botanical Garden

The American Public Gardens Association (APGA) has chosen the Web site of the North Carolina Botanical Garden (, to receive first place honor in the mid-size public garden category for the 2008 Dorothy E. Hansell Publication Award.

The award recognizes excellence in publications related to public gardens. The award will be presented at the APGA’s annual conference in June in Pasadena, Calif.


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