Vol. 35, No. 18
October 27, 2010 Carolina Faculty and Staff News
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Chemistry department faculty
members Nancy Allbritton, left, and
David Lawrence, shown in a Chap-
man Hall lab, are examining ways
to diagnose and treat cancer more
briNgiN g quickly and effectively.
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Creating new opportunities for collaborations
W ithout it, two of the chemistry department’s bright new
stars might still be in California and the Bronx. Without it,
an interdisciplinary team studying fluid dynamics would
be stuck trying to predict the behavior of oceans using a fish tank. With-
out it, researchers in an undersized laser lab might still be bumping into
research funding and new, exciting collaborations.
Nancy Allbritton, Debreczeny Distinguished Professor and chair of
the UNC/N.C. State University Joint Department of Biomedical Engi-
neering, probably wouldn’t be here if she hadn’t been able to see the
complex taking shape while she was being recruited to Carolina.
each other and weaving their way around buckets on the floor every “I took one of the last tours of old Venable,” said Allbritton, shaking
time it rained. her head at the memory. But the chemistry department recruiters also
What a difference the Carolina Physical Science Complex makes. made sure she saw Chapman, which had just opened and where her
aNthoNy With this month’s dedication of Venable Hall and Murray Hall, the new brightly lit, roomy office and labs are located. At the University of
preserVes Carolina Physical Science Complex is only about two-thirds complete
12 ‘North but has already proved itself a valuable investment for recruitment, See CoLLABorAtioNS page 7
Build a Block seeks to build up people by tearing down walls
What do you get if you add 10 new houses for Work on five houses began in September, and not being met, and also to create a way to do
10 deserving families? families should be able to move in early next year. something about it.
The answer – the way student organiz- Work on the other five houses will begin, and be Jones became aware of the issue in 2009 when
ers of UNC Build a Block have it figured – is completed, during the spring semester. she saw that 14 of the 18 families selected to
one Carolina. Patti Thorp, the wife of Chancellor Holden receive Habitat homes were headed by a Univer-
On Oct. 10, UNC Build a Block officially Thorp, said she gladly agreed to support the idea sity or UNC Health Care employee, Thorp said.
kicked off a project to complete 10 houses for when student Megan Jones, who graduated in “We are an outward-looking University with a
University families in the Phoenix Place subdivi- May, approached her last December. vision of doing more to make the world a better
sion in Chapel Hill. It is partnering with Habitat Part of Jones’ vision was to recognize that there
for Humanity of Orange County. were Carolina employees with needs that were See BuiLD A BLoCk page 6
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University, town and businesses plan
ON the web
for safe Halloween on Franklin Street
‘It’S a lOCal’ Homegrown Halloween returns to Franklin As in past years, the plan this year is to restrict
For those who’ve never experienced halloween on Frank- Street Sunday night, and that brings careful plan- traffic access to downtown Chapel Hill through
lin Street, youtube.com videos help fill the gap, such as ning on the part of the University, Town of Cha- lane and street closures starting at 9 p.m. Park-
this one showing students boarding a bus dressed for pel Hill and downtown businesses to be ready to ing essentially will be unavailable downtown.
the evening’s festivities. Safe Ride buses will operate on safely accommodate the throngs of party-goers. There will be no special event park-and-ride bus
Sunday for students from 11 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Town Manager Roger Stancil initiated Home- shuttles, although Safe Ride buses will operate
grown Halloween in 2008 as a way to return the for Carolina students. Chapel Hill Transit will
Halloween celebration to its roots as a small-town discontinue the NU Route at 9:02 p.m. at the
INteRNS gaIN INteRNatIONal community gathering and to reduce the size of PR Lot and EZ Riders services will end at 9 p.m.
expeRIeNCe IN ChINa the crowds, which were becoming unmanageable. To limit alcohol sales downtown, restaurants
Senior Miranda garrison, among others, talks about
At a joint news conference on Oct. 18, Dean and bars will close to new patrons at 1 a.m., and
her experience last summer as part of a group of 13
Blackburn, assistant dean of students, said, “One downtown convenience stores that sell alcohol
students from the Minor in entrepreneurship who
traveled to beijing to work at a start-up organization
way that we are partnering in this effort is our will either close or stop selling alcohol at 1 a.m.
in one of the world’s fastest growing economies. Carolina Cares Program, a group of volunteer Police will begin to open Franklin Street to
students trained to serve as safety spotters for traffic at 11:30 p.m. with the expectation that it
the evening. The volunteers will be partnering will be fully opened by midnight.
lIbRaRIeS IN the dIgItal age with student affairs professionals and canvass- For information, see townofchapelhill.org/
Chris batt, former chief executive of the Museums, ing the campus community offering support and halloween. For Carolina-specific information,
libraries and archives Council in london, gave the 2010 assistance for students in need and alerting pub- see www.dps.unc.edu and click on Breaking
henderson lecture Oct. 5 at the School of Information lic safety to suspicious behaviors or other mat- News. For questions about Chapel Hill Tran-
and library Science. batt presented his thoughts about ters that may warrant their attention. sit, call 969-4900 or e-mail chtransit@townof
the future of libraries in the digital age. “We want to make sure that this annual event chapelhill.org.
remains a safe and fun celebration for our stu- To watch the news conference, see http://bit.
dents and for our community members.” ly/9NeEFd.
morrison residence Hall reduces energy use,
wins EPA’s first National Building Competition
Patty Courtright (962-7124)
firstname.lastname@example.org The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced yesterday
that Morrison Residence Hall won the first-ever EPA National Building
Gary C. Moss (962-7125) Competition. The competition, launched April 27, challenged teams
email@example.com from 14 buildings across the country to measure their energy use and
ASSoCiAtE EDitor reduce consumption with help from EPA’s ENERGY STAR program.
Susan Phillips (843-9846) The Carolina team, the Watt-Busters, reduced energy use at Morri-
firstname.lastname@example.org son by 36 percent in just one year, saved more than $250,000 on energy
PHotogrAPHEr bills and reduced greenhouse gas emissions equal to the electricity use
Dan Sears (962-8592) of nearly 90 homes for a year.
DESigN AND LAyout UNC reduced energy use through a combination of energy efficiency
UNC Design Services strategies, including improved operations and maintenance as well as
outreach to Morrison residents.
CoNtriButorS A computer touch-screen monitor in the lobby helped residents and
the Carolina energy team keep track of energy consumption. Competi-
tions between residence hall floors to see who could save the most energy
210 Pittsboro St., Chapel Hill, NC 27599
encouraged students to turn off lights and computers, and friendly
fAX 962-2279 | CB 6205 | email@example.com reminders were posted in elevators, bathrooms and common areas. “EPA is pleased to recognize Morrison Residence Hall at the Univer-
CHANgE of ADDrESS
Improvements to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, sity of North Carolina as the winner of the National Building Competi-
make changes at: directory.unc.edu optimizing the solar heating water system and improving lighting helped tion,” said Maura Beard, communications director for the commercial
rEAD tHE gAzEttE oNLiNE At
to increase the building’s energy efficiency and maximize savings. buildings branch of EPA’s ENERGY STAR program. “The achieve-
gazette.unc.edu Winning the competition was an honor, said Chris Martin, director ments of UNC are a great example of how energy efficiency is good
The University Gazette is a University
of energy management. “The University is committed to energy effi- business and helps Americans fight climate change while saving money
publication. Its mission is to build a sense ciency, and we received strong support from EPA’s ENERGY STAR on their energy bills.”
of campus community by communicating
program throughout the competition,” he said. Representatives from EPA were scheduled to present the award to
information relevant and vital to faculty and
staff and to advance the University’s overall “We have expanded our energy efficiency initiatives to the whole the University at a ceremony at Morrison Residence Hall on Tuesday
goals and messages. The editor reserves campus and are excited to deliver even greater results as a community of morning, after the Gazette went to press. For information about that
the right to decide what information will
be published in the Gazette and to edit students, staff and faculty.” event, refer to www.unc.edu.
submissions for consistency with Gazette In the past year alone, UNC reduced its greenhouse gas emissions Other competitors were also scheduled to send representatives to the
style, tone and content.
by 20 percent, and the UNC Energy Conservation Measure project, ceremony, including Sears and JC Penney, which came in second and
including the Morrison initiative, saved nearly $4 million in utility costs. third place, respectively, and N.C. State University, which came in eighth.
october 27, 2010 3
Faculty/Staff and Student Central ConnectCarolina, for class roster infor-
mation and communicating with stu-
through the “centrals.” Official and unof-
ficial transcripts will remain available from
dents. They will post final grades in Peo- the Office of the University Registrar.
functions merge into ConnectCarolina pleSoft. Also this fall, the functions for “It has been a challenge for all of us to
graduate admissions and advising staff work out of two systems since July of last
went live. year, and the entire campus has responded
As of Nov. 1, the familiar Faculty/ located on the “centrals.” Since the “centrals” pull data from the old incredibly well,” said Chris Derickson, assis-
Staff Central and Student Central will The transition to ConnectCarolina has Student Information System (SIS), the data tant provost and University registrar.
be decommissioned. taken place in stages. The portal, undergrad- do not include anything after the second “In many ways, this marks the beginning
Most of the functions from the “cen- uate admissions, online campus directory summer session 2010. Data beginning in fall of the last step in the transition to Con-
trals” are being moved – or have already and behind-the-scenes components of the 2010 must come from ConnectCarolina. nectCarolina. All of these functions will
been moved – to ConnectCarolina, the student records systems went live in Con- A guide for finding items previously avail- be fully available in December through
University’s massive endeavor to replace nectCarolina first. able in the “centrals” is available at http:// the Self Service Centers, and my office will
its aging administrative systems. And in In the spring, student services systems for bit.ly/9hNAxy. do everything we can to assist faculty, staff
November, the servers on which Faculty/ fall course registration and processing finan- A few functions will not be available in and students.”
Staff Central and Student Central reside will cial aid applications came on board, and this ConnectCarolina on Nov. 1 when the “cen- Questions about the decommissioning
be turned off. summer Student Financials (the Cashier’s trals” are decommissioned, but should be of the “centrals” can be sent to connectcaro-
People should log in at the MyUNC por- Office) went live. available in December. These include aca- firstname.lastname@example.org. Technical issues
tal (my.unc.edu) to access ConnectCaro- This fall, faculty members began using demic eligibility, historical grades and the should be directed to 962-HELP or help.
lina and to find information formerly PeopleSoft, the software that underpins unofficial transcripts previously available unc.edu.
SCHooL of mEDiCiNE
‘kick up your Heels’ under Carolina Blue skies
The School of Medicine will expand to two regional campuses in Ashe-
ville and Charlotte, enabling the school to increase its class size from
160 students to 170 in 2011 and to 180 in 2012 by sending some third- and
fourth-year medical students to Asheville and Charlotte to complete their
The expansion is expected to help combat the anticipated shortage of
physicians in the coming years by increasing the University’s capacity to
train more physicians, with a focus on training for practice in underserved
areas. The need is most urgent in these areas.
According to the American Association of Medical Colleges, the number
of providers is expected to decline by approximately 30 percent in the next
decade. Yet, as the population grows and ages, there will be more people
who need care for longer periods of time.
“We hope the exposure opportunities provided by our partners’ net-
works throughout the Carolinas will inspire more graduates to pursue
career opportunities in under-served communities,” said Bill Roper, dean
of the medical school and CEO of UNC Health Care.
The Asheville Regional Campus, now in its second year, will operate in
collaboration with Mission Health System and the Mountain Area Health
Education Center. Mission will also commit $7 million to establish a dedi-
cated center for all medical education activities on the hospital campus.
Currently 10 medical students are enrolled at the Asheville campus,
which uses an innovative patient-centered curriculum now being repli-
cated across the state.
The Charlotte Regional Campus will operate in collaboration with Caroli-
nas HealthCare System and UNC-Charlotte. The campus will be located at
Carolinas Medical Center, which has provided clinical education for third-
and fourth-year UNC medical students for more than 40 years.
Currently, 22 medical students are enrolled at the Charlotte campus.
Carolinas HealthCare will spend $4 million to renovate facilities for the
EmPLoyEE APPrECiAtioN DAy was celebrated in the Pit oct. 22, and employees took advantage medical students.
of perfect weather to enjoy al fresco food, games, karaoke, a DJ and department fair. Held for the The expansion plan was originally developed in 2007 and included a full
first time, a talent show drew in a wide variety of acts, from a band to storyteller to ming Jing wu, expansion of the school to 230 students, but the plan was put on hold for
above, senior laboratory technician in the School of Nursing, who performed a tribal belly dance.
two years because of economic hardship. Full expansion to 230 students
would require additional capital and operational investments from the state.
4 u niversity gazett e
outreach effort brings russian language to N.C. middle schools
Sixth-graders throughout North Carolina study Russia as Karla Nagy, CSEEES department
part of the world history curriculum, but few have any first- manager, culled through the list of
hand knowledge of the Russian culture or language. North Carolina schools that World
Slavic languages such as Russian aren’t common in the far View provided and secured the materi-
reaches of the state, so there are very few opportunities to pick als to be included in the mailing.
up the sounds and syntax of the language. And Russian, with its When the books arrived, they were
Cyrillic alphabet, has a reputation for being difficult to learn. stored on the Bull’s Head loading dock,
That’s why, when the opportunity presented itself this sum- and bookshop staff members added the
mer to give middle-school students across the state a way to lis- CSEEES bookplate, a letter to the school
ten to the Russian language, Jacqueline Olich, associate direc- principals and a Slavic Collection book-
tor of the Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Stud- mark before mailing the books statewide.
ies (CSEEES), capitalized on it. While the shipment was on the load-
The most recent edition of “Usborne’s First Thousand ing dock, the project’s unofficial mid-
Words in Russian” included an Internet pronunciation guide to dle school focus group – consisting
enable readers to hear the words. With funding from the U.S. of Olich’s son, Jackson Kennedy, and
Department of Education, and in partnership with the Bull’s Olivia Jenkins, the daughter of CSEEES
Head Bookshop, Duke University’s CSEEES and World View, director Robert Jenkins – inspected it
an international program for educators based at Carolina, and gave it the green light.
Olich spearheaded the UNC center’s effort to send copies of “This was a unique opportunity
the book to all public and federally funded middle schools in to have an immediate and long-term
North Carolina – 698 schools in all. impact on a grand scale,” Olich said. “I Bull’s Head Bookshop manager Erica Eisdorfer, left, and Jacqueline olich, associate
“The old version of the book – my personal copy – lay on believe that people should engage with director of the Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies, review the latest
edition of “usborne’s first thousand words in russian” at the Bull’s Head.
my FedEx Global Education Center office bookshelf,” Olich a variety of perspectives, ideas and lan-
said. “When I saw that there was a zippy purple, Internet-linked guages – the earlier in life, the better – Natalie Gilliam, media coordinator at East Forsyth Mid-
updated version, I was excited. We had some outreach funding, and I am very grateful to everyone involved for their enthusiasm dle School, said foreign language books, particularly those
and I thought this would be a way to have Russian represented and generosity of time.” in the Usborne thousand-word format, were very popular at
in every North Carolina county.” From start to finish, the project took about two months and her school.
The effort was a true collaboration. cost around $14,000, she said, and the U.S. Department of “I am confident that students at EFMS will adore this book
Erica Eisdorfer, manager of the Bull’s Head, negotiated a Education plans to use it as a model of best practices for inter- and check it out many times!” she said. “I agree with you in
significant discount with the book’s publisher on the center’s national education activities. hopes that it will inspire students to further their bounds out-
behalf, shaving one-third off the list price. Around the state, feedback has been positive. side of our state and our country.”
T he General Alumni Association has honored
young leaders of a pioneering online TV
show distributor and the agency that polices
doping by Olympic athletes.
“The New Establishment.”
Tygart oversees the nonprofit organization in Colo-
rado Springs, Colo., that investigates Olympic athletes
suspected of using performance-enhancing drugs. The
Kilar and Tygart Jason Kilar, left, CEO of Hulu.com, and Travis
Tygart, right, CEO of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency,
agency also reaches out to young athletes and elite
amateurs to educate them on making healthy, ethical
received the association’s 2010 Distinguished Young choices and funds research related to deterring drug use
Alumni Awards earlier this month in honor of their in sports.
achievements. Also a 1993 graduate, Tygart earned a philosophy
alumni association After graduating from Carolina in 1993 with a
double major in business administration and journal-
degree at Carolina, then a law degree in 1999 at South-
ern Methodist University. He became outside counsel
ism and mass communication, Kilar began his career to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency when it was formed in
with the Walt Disney Co., where he worked for Disney 2000, shortly after the Sydney Olympics. He became
Design & Development. its director of legal affairs in 2002 and CEO in 2007.
He earned a master’s in business administration Tygart has testified before Congress several times
from Harvard Business School, then spent nearly a about issues related to illegal use of performance-
decade at Amazon.com, serving in a variety of key lead- enhancing drugs and the pressures on those who want
ership roles. As vice president and general manager of to compete fairly without jeopardizing their health or
Amazon’s North American media businesses, he over- compromising their integrity.
saw its books, music, video and DVD categories. He His testimony before the Senate Foreign Rela-
later became senior vice president for Amazon’s world- tions Committee in 2008 helped achieve Senate rati-
CAroLiNA ALumNi rEviEw
wide application software. fication of the UNESCO anti-doping convention, an
Kilar helped lead the creation of Hulu in 2007. The international treaty.
Los Angeles-based website – a joint venture of News Tygart returns to the University at least once a year
Corp., NBC Universal, the Walt Disney Co. and Provi- to speak to journalism, law and philosophy students
dence Equity Partners – offers thousands of TV shows about ethics.
and movies for free. Since 1989, the General Alumni Association’s Dis-
Fortune and Rolling Stone magazines have included tinguished Young Alumni Awards have recognized
Kilar on their “40 Under 40” lists of top young busi- alumni aged 40 or younger whose accomplishments
ness and media leaders. In its October issue, Vanity have brought credit to the University. Refer to alumni.
Fair placed him among the top 100 of what it calls unc.edu/awards for additional information.
october 27, 2010 5
Terri Houston, director of recruitment and multicul-
Seitz, from ECU,
tural programs within the Office of Diversity and Multi-
cultural Affairs, will become interim chief diversity officer named associate vice
and interim executive director of the Office of Diversity
and Multicultural Affairs on Jan. 1.
She will lead the University’s diversity initiatives while a
chancellor for finance
national search is conducted to replace Archie Ervin, asso-
Kevin Seitz has been named the Uni-
ciate provost for diversity and multicultural affairs since
HouStoN SELECtED versity’s new associate vice chancellor for
2005. Ervin will become the first vice president for insti-
finance, effective Dec. 1. Seitz currently
tute diversity at Georgia Tech at the beginning of the year.
AS iNtErim to LEAD “We are fortunate that Terri will step in to lead our
serves as vice chancellor for administration
and finance at East Carolina University.
ongoing efforts to encourage diversity and inclusiv-
DivErSity iNitiAtivES ity across campus,” said Bruce Carney, executive vice
“Kevin brings to this position key
leadership experience in implementing
chancellor and provost, in announcing Houston’s
e-procurement and other Oracle business
applications,” said Dick Mann, vice chan-
“A familiar face at Carolina since 1999, she works tire- SEitz
cellor for finance and administration, in
lessly to ensure that the University is a place where diver-
announcing the appointment. “He has expertise with managing
sity is not only accepted, but embraced, and we are fortu-
the university’s capital project program, the debt service program
nate to have someone with her commitment and experi-
and developing a transparent budget process. He knows the situ-
ence leading our diversity initiatives,” he said.
ation the state universities are facing with budget reductions and
Houston, a veteran of higher education, has been rec-
will join the University at a critical time.”
ognized for the personal focus and attention she affords
Seitz, a veteran of higher education, replaces Roger Patterson,
HouStoN people, whether she is speaking to a packed auditorium or
who this fall became vice president for business and finance at
meeting individually with a student.
Washington State University. Before his appointment at ECU,
She earned a 2008 C. Knox Massey Award in honor of
Seitz worked in various positions at the State University of New
her service to the University. “There is not one person,
York at Buffalo since 1974 and rose to the position of vice presi-
especially minority students having any connection to the
dent for university services before moving to North Carolina.
Office of Minority affairs these past nine years, who has
He holds a bachelor’s degree in business and a master’s degree
not been touched by Ms. Houston’s impeccable charac- in business administration from the State University of New York.
ter, loving heart and dynamic spirit,” said one person in “I am confident Kevin will continue the strong leadership and
nominating Houston for the award. service expected from the Finance Division,” Mann said. “I am
excited to welcome him to Chapel Hill.”
shrikaNt i. baNgdiwala, research professor of bio- Environmental Health Sciences’ Falk Award Oct. 4 in Research Research in Recorded Country Music. Neal is associate profes-
statistics, was invited to give a state-of-the-art plenary lecture Triangle Park. He presented the Hans L. Falk Memorial Lec- sor of music and adjunct associate professor of American studies.
at the Safety 2010 World Conference that took place in Sep- ture, “Nutrigenomics, Estrogen and Environmental Chemicals
tember in London. Bangdiwala’s lecture was titled “Measures, Influence the Dietary Requirement for Choline.” The third class of the Faculty Engaged Scholars Program
Designs and Statistical Methodology for Evaluation of Injury began work on its projects at the beginning of the semester. An
Prevention in Communities.” howard aldrich, Kenan Professor of Sociology, par- initiative of the Carolina Center for Public Service, participants
ticipated in an Oct. 4 White House Women’s Entrepreneurship are awarded a financial stipend for participation and to develop
beN maJor, assistant professor of cell and developmental Conference in Washington, D.C. The White House Council on their scholarly projects.
biology, was awarded one of 33 National Institutes of Health Women and Girls sponsored the meeting, which, Aldrich said, The eight scholars selected are: harriet able, associ-
Director’s New Innovator Awards, one of the NIH’s most presti- “was called to provide feedback on a number of Obama admin- ate professor of education; betsy crais, professor in Allied
gious grants. Major was honored for his achievement at a Sept. 30 istration initiatives in support of women entrepreneurs.” Health Sciences; patricia garrett-peters, research
meeting in Washington, D.C. assistant professor of psychology; richard goldberg,
The national Association for Recorded Sound Collections research associate professor of biomedical engineering;
stepheN piZer, Kenan Professor of Computer Science, has awarded certificates of merit to works by two scholars at maliNda mayNor lowery, assistant professor of his-
has been named a fellow of the Medical Image Computing and the University. tory; ashley lucas, assistant professor of dramatic art;
Computer-Assisted Intervention Society, the premier organiza- “Give My Poor Heart Ease,” the book, CD and DVD by wil- laurie maffly-kip, professor and chair of religious studies;
tion in the field of medical image computing. liam ferris, was honored in the category Best Research in and della pollock, professor of communication studies.
Recorded Blues, Rhythm & Blues or Soul Music. Ferris is the Joel
steVeN Zeisel, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Nutri- Williamson Eminent Professor of History. aNNe duNlap, nurse clinician in obstetrics and gynecol-
tion and director of the University’s Nutrition Research “The Songs of Jimmie Rodgers: A Legacy in Country Music,” ogy, received the Alumna of the Year Award Oct. 15 from the
Institute in Kannapolis, received the National Institute of by JocelyN Neal, received a certificate in the category Best Carolina School of Nursing Alumni Association.
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of the students has been remarkable.
BuiLD A BLoCk from page 1 On Oct. 15, an information video for Build
a Block aired during the Late Night with Roy
place,” Thorp said. “But as my husband has basketball kickoff. Vance’s sister, Katherine,
said, we can’t solve the world’s greatest prob- a senior majoring in journalism, created the
lems while ignoring the problems in our video (see vimeo.com/15864100).
own backyard.” On Oct. 18, UNC Habitat held the second
annual “Rock the House” concert in Memorial Jonathan reckford, CEo of the na-
ShaRed OblIgatIONS Hall to raise funds and awareness. And UNC tional Habitat for Humanity and a Caro-
Another part of Jones’ vision, Thorp said, was Habitat has staffed a concession booth during lina alumnus, recites a franciscan bene-
diction at the kickoff that asks, “… may
to tear down the invisible walls on campus that home football games, raising about $7,000 per god bless you with enough foolishness
often have kept faculty, students and staff apart. game to contribute to the cause. to believe that you can make a differ-
ence in this world, so that you can do
“Megan wanted us to see that we are all part “There is no model for them to follow, but what others claim cannot be done.”
of the same University family and all of us their enthusiasm has been infectious,” Bourner
have an obligation to each other,” Thorp said. said. “They are in the process of creating some- Patti thorp, at right, speaks at the
official kickoff of uNC Build a Block,
“What I love about this project is how it invites thing that I believe could turn into a national which was held oct. 10 in the Phoe-
people to work side by side with people they model for other universities to follow.” nix Place subdivision. Beside her are,
at left, Jackie overton, chair of the
have never met before, for the same purpose.” In years past, UNC Habitat has built one Employee forum and Angel Napit,
Jones’ original vision is now being carried house per semester, which required students co-chair of uNC Habitat for Humanity.
forward by a team of students, including Leah to raise the $35,000 needed for sponsorship
Vance and Lauren Blanchet, who serve as the plus recruiting the volunteers.
student co-directors for Build a Block. But recruiting enough volunteers to build five
Vance, a friend and sorority sister of Jones, houses per semester called for reaching out to
said when she saw Jones’ e-mail asking stu- everyone on campus, the students leading Build
dents to carry this idea forward, she felt com- a Block understood. At the same time, they
pelled to respond. needed to identify 10 “champions” – Univer-
Blanchet, now a junior, has been an active sity groups or organizations that would donate
member of UNC Habitat for Humanity and the $35,000 needed for each house. (See
has first-hand knowledge of the process – box at lower left).
from fundraising to wielding a hammer or UNC Habitat committed $70,000 to cham-
a paintbrush. pion two houses, with $10,000 coming from
“I know that this is being called a student- the proceeds of Tar Heel Treasure, the Univer-
led initiative, and we are proud that so many sity’s spring fundraiser that sells items the stu-
students have stepped forward to help put dents would otherwise throw away at the end
everything in motion,” Blanchet said. “But of the semester.
what this is really about is campus unity.” The UNC Greek community also commit-
a SeaSON FOR ChaMpIONS ted $70,000 to champion two houses.
Other champions that each have committed
Susan Bourner, Orange County Habitat’s
$35,000 to sponsor a house are Kenan-Flagler in a project that will benefit University staff,” “One of the mottos of Habitat is that it is
liaison to the project, said the resourcefulness
Business School, UNC Overton said. ‘a hand up, not a hand out,’” Blanchet said.
Health Care, UNC Ath- “I think it is important, particularly during “These are all hardworking people who work
letics and The Rams tough times when many people are hurting, for for us every day. This is a chance for the rest
habItat FOR huMaNIty OF ORaNge COuNty has
Club, the Carolina staff, faculty and students to come together to of us to devote one day from our lives to give
always been about bringing people and resources together
Library Community do something good for other people. Build a back to them.”
to help families build and own quality affordable homes,
(the School of Informa- Block is the perfect opportunity to do that on The Campus Y and other University organi-
said Susan levy, executive director.
the build a block initiative is possible because of the con-
tion and Library Science a grand scale.” zations have been enlisted to figure out how to
tributions of people and organizations from outside the uni- and University Librar- Already, Overton has joined forces with begin a broader conversation on campus about
versity community in partnership with the campus fundrais- ies), and the Employee Faculty Chair McKay Coble and Student social injustice, Vance said.
ing efforts, she said. Forum partnering with Body President Hogan Medlin to spearhead a That conversation may have already started
the cost to fully fund a habitat house in phoenix place the Board of Trustees. Nov. 6 workday that they are calling “Building at the Oct. 10 kickoff, Blanchet said, when Jon-
is about $155,000, levy said. this figure includes habitat’s Thorp said Trustee Blitz for Build a Block.” athan Reckford, CEO of the national Habitat
costs for materials, labor, volunteer supervision and over- Chair Robert Winston The final champion, which Thorp for Humanity and a Carolina alumnus, read
head, as well as the cost of the lot. the complete construc- jumped at the chance announced last week, is “Friends of Erskine this Franciscan benediction:
tion costs for each house run from $75,000 to $80,000,
to join with the forum Bowles,” a group of people who want to honor “May God bless you with discomfort at easy
depending on the number of bedrooms.
when she suggested the Bowles’ legacy as president of the UNC system answers, half truths and superficial relationships,
Other contributors working to make the build a block
idea several weeks ago, and believe that sponsoring a Build a Block so that you may live deep within your heart. May
homes possible are the Chapel hill town Council and the
Orange County board of Commissioners, who have pro-
and he is contacting house to benefit a worthy University employee God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression
vided funds to pay for 70 percent of the land and infrastruc- other trustees to raise is a fitting way to do that. Bowles is leaving the and exploitation of people, so that you may work
ture costs for phoenix place. the money needed. post at the end of the year. for justice, freedom and peace. May God bless you
to supplement other contributions, habitat raises money Jackie Overton, chair with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain,
from individual donors, foundations and corporations, and of the Employee Forum, ‘dISCOMFORt at rejection, starvation and war, so that you may
from habitat homeowners themselves. said she is excited about eaSy aNSweRS’ reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn
In addition to the “sweat equity” they pay by helping to the partnership. “We Vance and Blanchet said they would be dis- their pain in to joy. And may God bless you with
build their homes, each family pays a mortgage, with no are very grateful to Patti appointed if Build a Block is viewed strictly enough foolishness to believe that you can make a
interest. this year, habitat homeowners will contribute close and Holden and the in a utilitarian way. Yes, it is about building difference in this world, so that you can do what
to $400,000 through their mortgage payments to help build
University trustees for homes for people who need them, they said, others claim cannot be done.”
other habitat homes.
putting the Employee but it should be about raising social conscious- To donate or serve as a volunteer for Build a
Forum front and center ness as well. Block, refer to www.uncbuildablock.org.
october 27, 2010 7
CoLLABorAtioNS from page 1
California, Irvine, her labs were spread across four buildings.
“Without the new complex, I would not have been hired
here,” she said. “Having nice space is a huge lure.”
Her colleague David Lawrence agreed. Lawrence, Fred
Eshelman Distinguished Professor, came to UNC from the
Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, where
his shared lab space constantly risked being cited for fire
Both pointed out how rare it is to have such strong science
departments grouped together in a collaborative atmosphere.
“You have really strong colleagues around you to call when you
run into a problem,” Lawrence said. Even the interior architec-
ture of the new buildings, with wide window-lined corridors,
MakINg waveS the 13,000-gallon wave tank in the basement of Chapman Hall opens up research possibilities for
encourages collaborations, the scientists said. diverse departments on campus, as evidenced by the specialties of, from left, master’s student Sungduk yu, marine sci-
Equally unusual is the proximity to related resources. “There ences; master’s student Jeffrey olander, physics; and keith mertens, post-doctoral researcher in mathematics.
are so few places that, in addition to a world-class chemistry
department, have a world-class school of medicine, school of
pharmacy and cancer center within a 10-minute walking dis- full-scale wave tank, he realized. Having a wave tank in the basement is fun. “It’s much more
tance,” Lawrence said. The rest of Chapman was already under construction, so stimulating,” McLaughlin said, adding that it attracts a broader
Although Allbritton and Lawrence knew of each other’s work the unfinished space was “entombed” for a year before it could range of students. “We’ve even got an MFA student in art get-
before they met, it wasn’t until they both came to Chapel Hill be finished. ting involved in the lab.”
that they realized how much their work had in common. “They The new lab is a dream come true for Roberto Camassa,
Kenan Professor of Mathematics and director of the Carolina eNeRgy FRONtIeRS
could have gotten me much cheaper if I knew he was coming,”
Allbritton quipped. Center for Interdisciplinary Applied Mathematics, and Rich But perhaps the most dramatic change in collaboration oppor-
Both Allbritton and Lawrence are looking at ways to diag- McLaughlin, professor in the mathematics department. tunities can be seen in the Energy Frontiers Research Center.
nose and treat cancer more quickly and effectively. Their first With a 13,000-gallon capacity, the new wave tank is divided When Tom Meyer, the center’s director and Arey Distin-
collaboration, funded by the University Cancer Research Fund, into different modules so separate experiments can be con- guished Professor of Chemistry, arrived from Los Alamos
was the invention of a tool to do a blood test for leukemia that ducted at the same time. The “deep” module on one end is National Laboratory to set up a new lab here in 2005, he was
could also determine which combination of drugs would work three meters high, nine meters long and 75 centimeters wide. given space in the deteriorating structure of old Venable.
for that particular patient. The “wide” module is one meter high, nine meters long and “Venable was a nightmare,” said Kyle Brennaman, Meyer’s
The pair now have two National Institutes of Health grants, three meters wide. The two are joined by two center modules, first post-doc and now the director of the center’s laser facility
totaling nearly $5 million over five years, to apply the same strat- each nine meters long and 75 centimeters wide. in Caudill. “The electricity was unstable. When it rained, you
egy to prostate cancer (Lawrence) and breast cancer (Allbritton). All sides of the tank, even the bottom, are made of glass for had to put out buckets. And the day after I moved out, there
“We are very interested in the same problem, but coming at it ultimate visibility. When the gate holding back the water is was a sign on my door that said, ‘Toxic levels of mercury have
from different directions,” Lawrence said. released, a powerful wave rushes through the narrow modules been found.’”
and crashes against the back wall, sloshing onto the floor. Meyer’s center moved into Caudill in 2007, and most of the
FluIdS lab SCaleS up Even working in fish tanks, the fluid dynamics team received group has now relocated to the new Venable and Murray halls.
For the fluid dynamics team, the complex provides the space national attention for its work, especially during the BP oil spill The center boasts its own corner suite, with office, lab
to scale up their fish tank experiments and to be taken more in the Gulf of Mexico, when the scientists were among the first and conference room space. There, chemists, physicists and
seriously when they submit grant proposals. to point out how the plumes of oil being released were dispers- researchers from other disciplines combine their skills to create
“We work on problems where fluid dynamics, physics and ing beneath the surface instead of shooting to the top. synthetic materials.
biology come together,” said Brian White, assistant professor Now that they can claim access to the only large-scale, mod- Brennaman’s responsibility is to shine pulsed laser light on
of marine sciences. “The fluids lab has helped us to get the col- ular wave tank in the area, they have pressed that advantage in the material to see how it responds, both to the light’s intensity
laboration up and running and helps with grant proposals when multiple new grant proposals. and to different colors in the light spectrum. “With blue light, a
we can say we have the resources to do the work.” They have been rewarded so far with several grants from the lot of good things happen, but with red light, not a lot of good
The new fluids lab came about through serendipity and National Science Foundation, including a five-year renewal of things happen,” he said.
quick-thinking academic leadership, the team said. a $1.7 million training grant from its Training Research Group, He gets kidded about his job as sun simulator in a window-
When breaking the ground for Chapman Hall, the contractor a new Rapid Response Research grant to study the oil spill fur- less lab filled with lasers. But he loves the reliability and power
strayed a little outside the building’s intended footprint. The ther, and a grant worth more than $900,000 from its Collabo- of the electricity in Caudill, the chilled water system that keeps
extra excavated space was about to be filled in when the archi- ration in Mathematical Geosciences to study the carbon cycle the lasers cool and the protection of his lasers when it rains.
tects and contractors pointed out that the space could be useful and the settling of organic matter in the ocean. Brennaman is also a lot easier to find in Caudill than in the
in the future. The next big step for the wave tank will be the introduction labyrinth that was old Venable.
Cisco Werner, chair of the marine sciences department at of saltwater, to aid stratification and oceanic studies. Another “Now guys in physics can just walk down the hall and show
the time, spotted the space during a tour of the site. The long, grant, this one from the U.S. Office of Naval Research, will be me their microscope slides,” he said. “It’s a no-brainer. Why
narrow underground space was the perfect size and shape for a used to develop ways to recycle saltwater used in the tank. wouldn’t you want to come to talk with us?”
Information security awareness is a year- for the entire campus, said Larry Conrad, training and invested in additional informa-
iNformAtioN round responsibility, especially with the num- vice chancellor for information technology tion security tools. This summer, the Uni-
ber of ways information can be transmitted. and chief information officer. versity implemented eight new information
SECurity Whether using desktops, laptops, PDAs, Information Technology Services (ITS) security policies.
smartphones or countless other devices, people estimates about 30,000 attempts to hack into “This is a community challenge and we have
iS yEAr-rouND should do everything possible to protect the University systems every day. To minimize the to address it collectively and motivate everyone
rESPoNSiBiLity security of that information technology. University’s risk of exposure, ITS enhanced to work together,” Conrad said.
Information security is a shared responsibility its security awareness program and security To learn more, refer to http://bit.ly/9LooSi.
8 u niversity gazett e
latIN aMeRICaN FIlM FeStIval Kasson, Adam Persky and Michael Waltman. and his work. The free public program, sponsored in part by the
Every fall since 1986, the Latin American Film Festival has “Finding a Mentor and Getting the Most out of the Men- UNC Friends of the Library, will begin at 3 p.m. For informa-
welcomed filmmakers and film lovers from around the region toring Relationship” is meant for early-career faculty and will tion, contact Liza Terll (email@example.com or 962-4207).
to North Carolina for three weeks of films, panel discussions, be held Nov. 12 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Pleasants Fam-
seminars and cultural events that take place in Chapel Hill, ily Assembly Room at Wilson Library. Panelists will be Jane paSSpORt dRIve Set FOR NOv. 17, 18
Carrboro, Durham, Raleigh and Greensboro. All festival activi- Brown, Kelly Scolaro and Douglas Shackelford. Officials from the U.S. Department of State will be on hand
ties are free and open to the public. The final workshop, “Designing and Implementing Early to accept passport applications Nov. 17 and Nov. 18 from
Events at Carolina will be held in the Mandela Auditorium of Career Faculty Mentoring Programs,” will be held Nov. 19 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Room 4003 of the FedEx Global Educa-
the FedEx Global Education Center. The first event, on Nov. 7, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Stone Center’s Hitchcock tion Center. Passport photos will be taken at the event or can
will be the Raúl Ferrera Balanquet Series that begins at 7 p.m. Room. This session is meant for chairs, deans and other aca- be taken ahead of time at the UNC One Card Office. global.
The festival is organized and sponsored by the Consortium demic leaders. Panelists who will discuss features of their unc.edu/passportdrive
in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at UNC and Duke. mentoring programs will be Cynthia Bulik, Mark Fraser,
latinfilmfestivalnc.com Cecil Wooten and Ruth Walden. gRIFFey teaCheS MaSteR vOCal ClaSS
To register for any of these CFE events, refer to cfe.unc. Grammy Award-winning tenor Anthony Dean Griffey will
CeNteR FOR FaCulty exCelleNCe eveNtS edu/events.html. present a master vocal class Nov. 15 at 4 p.m. in Person Recital
n The Center for Faculty Excellence will host two concurrent Hall. Griffey, a High Point native who has performed in operas
sessions on Oct. 28 for faculty members in their first five vISualIzINg huMaN RIghtS and concerts around the world, is artist-in-residence in the
years at Carolina. The third Visualizing Human Rights forum will be held music department this year. The class is free and open to the
Pre-tenure faculty members are encouraged to attend Nov. 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the FedEx Global Education public. music.unc.edu
“The Tenure and Promotion Process at Carolina” from 4 to Center. The forum will bring together painters, photographers,
5 p.m. in the Anne Queen Faculty Lounge of the Campus Y. writers, poets, filmmakers and printmakers to put a human face leCtuReS, SeMINaRS, dISCuSSIONS
Participants will learn how the promotion and tenure system on human rights in an effort to reach beyond traditional aca- n Oct. 28 – Chancellor Holden Thorp will share his ideas for
at UNC works, with talks from Ron Strauss, Margaret Leigh demic approaches. inspiring innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit in a talk,
and Melanie Joyner. The day will start with an interview of John Conroy – best “Beyond the Sciences: Why the World’s Problems Need the
“What Fixed-Term Faculty Should Know about the known for his books “Unspeakable Acts, Ordinary People: The Whole University,” that will be held in 111 Carroll Hall at
Review and Evaluation Process” will address evaluation, Dynamics of Torture” and “Belfast Diary: War as a Way of Life” 7:30 p.m. A reception will follow in the Hall of Fame Room.
renewal and promotion processes for fixed-term faculty. This – by Dick Gordon, host of WUNC-TV’s “The Story.” n Nov. 3 – A panel discussion with historians will commem-
session will be from 4 to 5 p.m. in Room 307 of South Build- As the kickoff for the forum, on Nov. 5 at 7 p.m., the Visual- orate the 100th birthday of Pauli Murray, an activist, poet,
ing. Panelists will be Anna Scheyett, Jean DeSaix, Beverly izing Human Rights movie night will present “The Yes Men Fix lawyer, feminist, teacher and Episcopal priest. A reception
Taylor and Warren Newton. the World” in the FedEx Global Education Center’s Mandela will be held at 5:15 p.m. in Wilson Library; the program will
n The center will host three workshops during November as a Auditorium. vhr3.web.unc.edu begin at 6 p.m. library.unc.edu
part of the Mentoring Series for UNC faculty. n Nov. 4 – The Office of Technology Development’s Caro-
The first workshop, “How to be an Effective Mentor” tIM MClauRIN tO be ReMeMbeRed NOv. 7 lina Innovations Seminar, “Carolina Seeds of Innovation,”
and intended for associate and full professors, will be held Author and alumnus Tim McLaurin will be remembered will be held at 5:30 p.m. in 014 Sitterson Hall. http://bit.ly/
Nov. 5 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Freedom Forum Con- with a symposium, film screening and music on Nov. 7 at The d31mFv
ference Center in Carroll Hall. A panel of experienced fac- Barn at Fearrington Village in Pittsboro. n Nov. 5 – Walter Dellinger of O’Malveny & Myers in Wash-
ulty mentors will share their lessons learned as mentors and Writers Clyde Edgerton, Lee Smith, Hal Crowther and Jill ington, D.C., will provide his insights on the complex rela-
respond to questions from the audience. Panelists will be Joy McCorkle will be among those who will speak about McLaurin tionship between public administrators and those who pro-
vide legal advice to them. Dellinger has served in the White
House as an adviser on constitutional issues and acting solici-
tor general for the U.S. Supreme Court. The talk will begin at
9 a.m. at the Knapp-Sanders Building.
n Nov. 5 – Alumnus Frank Bruni, former restaurant critic for
The New York Times, will give a talk titled “An Extraordi-
nary Journalistic Adventure” at 4 p.m. in Carroll Hall.
n Nov. 6 – The Program in the Humanities and Human Val-
ues will present “Nature from Four Perspectives: Philoso-
phy, Biology, Literature and Art” with four panelists who will
explore the many ways nature is defined, interacted with and
depicted. The program will be held from 9:15 a.m. to 5:30
p.m. in the Center for School Leadership Development. An
optional lunch is available. Registration is required, with fee.
See adventuresinideas.unc.edu or call 962-1544.
n Nov. 6 – Frank Bruni will give a talk at the Sixth Annual
far left, detail of photograph by Ber- UNC Conference on Eating Disorders, to be held at noon at
nard faucon, who lectures at Hyde Hall
Nov. 15. Left, Joseph flora gives the E.m. the Friday Center. He will discuss some of the themes from
Adams Lecture Nov. 14 at the tate-turner- his book, “Born Round.”
kuralt Building. Above, the Latin American n Nov. 8 – Biographer Howard Covington, author of the
film festival comes to Carolina Nov. 7.
newly released “The Good Government Man: Albert Coates
and the Early Years of the Institute of Government,” will talk
october 27, 2010 9
Left, “to kill a mockingbird” screens
at the varsity oct. 28. Below, a record
sale will be held Nov. 6 at wilson Li-
brary. right, “fences”runs through
Nov. 14 at the Center for Dramatic Art.
about the professor of law who founded the Institute of Gov-
ernment – now the School of Government. A reception will
begin at 5 p.m. in the atrium of the Knapp-Sanders Building;
the program will follow at 5:45 p.m. in the Wicker Class-
room. The event is sponsored by the North Carolina Col-
lection and the School of Government. For information, call
Liza Terll (962-4207).
n Nov. 8 – Averil Cameron, a historian of Late Antiquity and
the Byzantine Empire, will speak at 5:30 p.m. in a free talk
in the Mandela Auditorium of the FedEx Global Education
Center. Cameron will discuss “Empire, Empires and the End
of Antiquity” as the John W. Pope Lecture in Renewing the
n Nov. 9 – In a talk titled “In the Long Shadow of the Civil
War,” Victoria Bynum, professor emerita of history at Texas
State University, will speak at 4 p.m. about three regions of 4:15 p.m. in the Center for School Leadership Development are available during the Varsity’s normal hours.
the South where physical conflict and intense political debate with optional lunch. Registration is required, with fee. See n Oct. 30 – As part of the Roman Polanski Screening Series,
continued well into Reconstruction and beyond. Bynum’s adventuresinideas.unc.edu or call 962-1544. “Rosemary’s Baby” will be shown at the Varsity Theater at
Hutchins Lecture, sponsored by the Center for the Study of 9 p.m. with an introduction and Q&A by Shayne Legassie.
‘RebOuNdS aNd RhINeStONeS’ gala n Nov. 3 – In conjunction with the James Philips lecture on
the American South, will be held at the Hill Alumni Center.
Friends and supporters of women’s basketball forward Jes- Nov. 4, “The Marquise of O…” will be shown in 116 Mur-
n Nov. 10 – Clara Sue Kidwell, director of the American
sica Breland, who was diagnosed with cancer 18 months ago, phey Hall at 7 p.m. The next day, Philips, with the Univer-
Indian Center, will moderate a panel discussion at Wilson
will gather Nov. 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the Carolina Club to kick off a sity of New South Wales, will speak on “Eric Rohmer’s Die
Library about the current lives and culture of American
fundraising effort in her honor. Marquise von O…, or Marriage Under Ambiguous Circum-
Indians in North Carolina, which will kick off the exhibit
Women’s Basketball Coach Sylvia Hatchell will host the stances.” Philips’ talk will be held in Hyde Hall at 5 p.m. For
“Unearthing Native History: The UNC Catawba Archaeo-
gala “Rebounds and Rhinestones” dinner to benefit the Jes- information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
logical Project.” The talk will begin at 5:45 p.m. in the Pleas-
sica Breland Comeback Kids Fund to support cancer research n Nov. 5 – Polanski’s “The Pianist” will be shown at the
ants Family Assembly Room, preceded by a reception at
and treatment at UNC’s pediatric oncology program. Keynote Varsity Theater at 9 p.m. with introduction and Q&A by
5 p.m. For information, call Liza Terll (962-4207).
speaker will be ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America” anchor Richard Cante.
n Nov. 14 – Joseph Flora, professor emeritus of English and
Robin Roberts. Chapel Hill native Mike Cross will provide the
comparative literature, will give the E.M. Adams Lecture in
dinner’s entertainment with fiddling and storytelling. ‘NIght COuRt’S’ MaC IN ‘FeNCeS’
the Humanities and Human Values on the subject “Teacher!
unclineberger.org/comeback Charlie Robinson, an actor best known for his role as Mac on
Teacher! Professing the Humanities in a Postmodern
the TV series “Night Court,” will be the character Troy Maxson
World.” It will be held at 4 p.m. at the Tate-Turner-Kuralt ReCORd Sale NOv. 6 in PlayMakers Repertory Company’s production of “Fences,”
Building, followed by a reception and dinner at the Carolina A record sale to benefit the Southern Folklife Collection in playing through Nov. 14. www.playmakersrep.org
Inn in Flora’s honor. For information, call Caroline Dyar the Wilson Special Collections Library will be held Nov. 6 at
(962-1544), the Humanities Program (962-1544) or visit Wilson Library from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Items consist of LPs, 45 talkINg MuSIC FeStIval
http://bit.ly/aPL7Zu. E-mail email@example.com to register and 78 rpm records of bluegrass, blues and rock recordings. A new series of lecture-recitals will take place Nov. 15–17
for the dinner. Call Liza Terll (9620-4207) or see library.unc.edu. with Stefan Litwin, George Kennedy Distinguished Professor
n Nov. 15 – Visionary French photographer Bernard Faucon of Music, and guest artists. The first event, a pre-concert talk
will discuss “The Most Beautiful Day of My Youth” in the peRFORMaNCe tO INteRpRet lIveS OF with the artists, will begin Nov. 15 at 7 p.m., followed by a con-
University Room of Hyde Hall. Faucon has not presented wOMeN OF COlOR cert, “Talking Music I: Concert I: Karlheinz Stockhausen Man-
any new work since he stopped taking pictures in 1995. “The Ladies Ring Shout,” a new work from a trio of perform- tra for Two Pianos and Electronics.” All performances will be
n Nov. 16 – Sybil Kein, professor emerita at the University of ing artists by the same name, will be presented Oct. 29-30 as a held in Hill Hall Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.
Michigan-Flint, will give a Hutchins lecture titled “Louisiana part of the 2010-11 Process Series. It will be held at 8 p.m. in Concert II will be held Nov. 16, titled “The Bells. Music by
Creole Culture and its Significance in the 21st Century” at Gerrard Hall. Nono, Gielen and Litwin. Stefan Litwin, Detlef Heusinger and
4 p.m. in the Royall Room of the Hill Alumni Center. http:// Felicia Holman, Abra Meredity Johnson and Meida Teresa the Experimentalstudio SWR Freiburg, Germany.”
bit.ly/a8uOgf McNeal combine spoken word, movement and an original Concert III, on Nov. 17, also will begin with a pre-concert
n Nov. 17 – John Ratey, associate clinical professor of psychi- soundtrack to meditate on aspects of the lives of women of
atry at Harvard Medical School and co-author of “Drive to color today.
Distraction,” will present the Burnett Seminar for Academic For more information, contact Joseph Megel (843-7067 or See NEwS iN BriEf page 11
Achievement at 1:30 p.m. at the Hill Alumni Center. Ratey firstname.lastname@example.org).
will discuss how aerobic exercise enhances brain functioning
in a way that is especially helpful to students with learning SCReeNINgS
and attention disabilities. alumni.unc.edu/academicsuccess n Oct. 28 – The film version of Harper Lee’s book “To Kill a NewS IN bRIeF SubMISSIONS
n Nov. 20 – The Program in the Humanities and Human Val- Mockingbird” will be shown at the Varsity Theater at 5 p.m. Next issue includes events from Nov. 18 to dec. 15.
ues will present a seminar on “The Past and Future of Ameri- followed by a discussion by writers Lee Smith, Jill McCorkle, deadline for submissions is 5 p.m., Mon., Nov. 8.
can Capitalism” that features two historians of business Randall Kenan, Minrose Gwin and Jaki Shelton Green, e-mail email@example.com. the gazette events page
and an economist to provide a historical and contemporary with Gene Nichol serving as moderator. A reception at the includes only items of general interest geared toward
context for capitalism and offer their prognosis for its con- Ackland Art Museum will follow at 8 p.m. Admission to the a broad audience. For complete listings of events, see
tinued success. The program will be held from 9:15 a.m. to movie will be free with a UNC One Card. Advance tickets the Carolina events Calendars at events.unc.edu.
10 u niversity gaze t t e
NatIONal bReaSt CaNCeR awaReNeSS MONth
Following cancer treatment, hard work remains for Denzler
It appeared as an odd red rash on her breast, but she knew looking, Denzler called her friend Nancy, a breast cancer survi- through the lymphatic system. (This spreading process, Denzler
enough about mastitis to know it wasn’t an infection. So Brenda vor, to ask her opinion. said, is what made the red area appear, one of the major warning
Denzler dismissed it as a bug bite. “It sounds like IBC – inflammatory breast cancer,” Nancy signs of IBC.)
After two weeks, when the rash became redder and angrier said without hesitation. “You need to get on the Internet, and After her incision healed, she drove to the N.C. Cancer Hos-
on Monday, you need to get to the doctor.” pital every day for six weeks to receive high-dose radiation
Ten days and three doctors later, Denzler intended to kill any remaining cancer cells. The treatments
got the official diagnosis from the N.C. Can- were brutal physically and psychologically, but they gave her
cer Hospital that it was indeed IBC, a rare something: the chance to live.
and aggressive form of breast cancer.
That was on June 30, 2009, which also COuNtINg heR bleSSINgS
happened to be her last day as a member and This October, during National Breast Cancer Awareness
officer of the Employee Forum, a campus Month, Denzler returned to the Employee Forum to share
organization she had come to love. her story – and to use it to emphasize the importance of early
“It was a bad day,” Denzler said. detection.
As bad as her ordeal was, Denzler said, she considers herself
StuCk betweeN lucky.
hOpe aNd deSpaIR Lucky because, thanks to her friend’s warning, the doctors
caught IBC at Stage IIIB, the earliest this virulent form of can-
Within a month, she was taking high, fre-
cer can be caught – and just before Stage IV, when the cancer
quent doses of powerful drugs that kill both
is considered too advanced to be curable.
cancerous and healthy cells. She lost her hair,
Lucky because she has very good health insurance. And lucky
battled nausea and had the nerve endings in
because she lives and works in the front yard of a comprehen-
her hands and feet set on fire by the chemo.
sive cancer center that provided excellent treatment.
She struggled against mounting fatigue,
As she spoke to the Employee Forum, Denzler appeared to
and twice wound up in the hospital when
be a pillar of strength, but she said there have been many days
her white blood cell count plunged danger-
when she has been anything but that.
“When I spoke to the forum, I tried to keep my message as
After four months, Denzler underwent a
modified radical mastectomy and lost all of
the underarm lymph nodes since IBC spreads See DENzLEr page 11
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versity that affects the employee’s position (dismissal, sus- n Office or department location to which the employee is cur- Administrative Office Building, Suite 1100 (the main entrance
pension, demotion), whether the disciplinary action was a rently assigned (this includes contact information for the of the Office of Human Resources. Employees also may call
dismissal and a copy of the final decision. employee at the University). Benefits Services at 962-3071 for assistance.
The following personnel information was already listed in These changes to state employee public information became One important update about the Health Care Flexible
the State Personnel Act and, in addition to the changes listed effective Oct. 1. The full legislation is available online at http:// Spending Accounts (FSA) that employees should consider
above, continues to be available to the public upon request: bit.ly/cpUULL. when participating and making choices for 2011 concerns over-
n Name; You can find the updated public personnel information pol- the-counter (OTC) drugs.
n Age (not date of birth); icy, which covers SPA, EPA non-faculty and faculty employees,
n Date of original employment or appointment to state service; on the Office of Human Resources website in the Employee See HumAN rESourCES page 11
october 27, 2010 11
expenses in 2011. People must pay for these items out of pocket
DENzLEr from page 10 HumAN rESourCES from page 10 and submit a claim for reimbursement, along with documenta-
tion from the physician.
In accordance with federal regulation, OTC drugs will not be Refer to http://bit.ly/bMgsO6 for a brief overview of what’s
upbeat, positive and informative as possible,” Den-
eligible for FSA reimbursement in 2011, unless prescribed by covered by FSA for the upcoming plan year. Also, re-enrollment
zler said. “But the reality of being a cancer patient is
a doctor. is required every year for the Health Care and Dependent Day
more daunting than that. There are many days when
that reality has left me feeling depressed, anxious The NCFlex Convenience Card cannot be used for OTC Care flexible spending accounts.
She rails against cancer’s injustice and the seeming
randomness of who lives and who dies.
Denzler’s friend Nancy, who she calls “the first per-
son who saved my life,” was diagnosed with recurrent gOveRNOR’S CONFeReNCe ON
breast cancer in May and is now battling Stage IV. And agINg addReSSeS State pOlICy
in September, a friend Denzler met during her radia- uNC President Emeritus william friday and gov. Bev-
erly Perdue share a greeting during the governor’s
tion treatments was rushed to the intensive care unit Conference on Aging, held oct. 13 –15 in Durham. Per-
because she couldn’t breathe. She died on Oct. 11. due and friday spoke at the opening session. friday
She was 33. was introduced by Barbara Entwisle, interim vice chan-
cellor for research and economic development.
Getting to know such women, Denzler said, has more than 650 service providers, seniors, advocates
helped her understand that she isn’t traveling the road and other experts in the field of aging attended the
alone. But there is an emotional cost that inevitably meetings, sponsored by the uNC institute on Aging
and the N.C. Division of Aging and Adult Services.
results from such closeness, especially when some of william Lamb, associate director for public service of
those friends become ill again or die unexpectedly. the institute, was the program chair. the primary goal
of the conference was to develop recommendations to
FIghtINg the OddS guide future state policy to strengthen North Carolina’s
response for its aging population.
Twenty years ago, women diagnosed with IBC had to watch a video of friday’s and Perdue’s addresses,
up to a 5 percent chance of living for five years. Today, see http://bit.ly/b7gzt0.
there is a 50 percent chance of living five years, and a
25 percent chance of surviving for 10 years. A rare few
have even survived disease free for nearly 20 years.
Denzler is determined to beat the odds by
doing everything she can to tweak them in
also be available until Dec. 21. For more information, refer to
her favor. NEwS iN BriEf from page 9 http://bit.ly/afy6HV.
For the past five months, she has participated three
times a week in “Get Real and Heel,” a UNC-based COMMuNICatION StudIeS pReSeNtS
talk with the artists at 7 p.m. It is titled “Music by Bach, Debussy,
after-care exercise and biofeedback program for breast ‘veRtIgO’
Ravel, Messiaen and Zimmerman.” music.unc.edu
cancer patients. The Department of Communication Studies will stage the film
She has also dropped 65 pounds by consulting with CaMpuS ReCReatION SpeCIal eveNtS masterpiece “Vertigo” in performances at Swain Hall’s Studio 6
a nutritionist to change the way she eats and devise a n Campus Recreation will sponsor the Halloween Hash Run on Nov. 12–21. Show times will be 6 p.m. on Nov. 18, 8 p.m. on
personal supplement regimen, all designed to help her Oct. 31 at 1 p.m. The mystery fun run will be 3–5 miles, start- Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets ($10 for
body heal from the cancer treatments and fight off any ing in front of the Student Recreation Center. No registration the public) can be purchased at the door or by calling 962-2311.
remaining cancer cells. is required for the free event. Prizes will be given, including
Denzler uses a single line in her private e-mail sig- best costume. firstname.lastname@example.org walk-IN Flu ShOt ClINICS added
nature from “The Bald-Headed Blues,” sung by Saffire n The next Kids ROCK! Activity will be jumping rope, to be Walk-in seasonal flu clinics have been added Nov. 2–4,
– the Uppity Blues Women – that says it all: “I didn’t held Nov. 6 at 10 a.m. Lucy Shimmelfing and the nation- Nov. 9–11 and Nov. 16–18 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pit
battle cancer; cancer battled me.” ally ranked SkipSensations Jump Rope Team will teach and entrance of Lenoir Hall. No appointment is necessary. These
But for Denzler, surviving cancer has become more entertain children and their parents with their tricks. To regis- clinics are for faculty, staff and students only. Family members,
than a battle. It’s a different way of being, a way of ter, e-mail Aaron Stern (email@example.com). retirees, volunteers and others who do not qualify as employees
rediscovering the little things in life that she was too or students can find a local flu clinic by going to www.flu.gov.
busy to notice before. Like watching her dogs running ChOpIN-SChuMaNN FeStIval NOv. 4 –7 There is no charge for employees with insurance through
through the woods. Or enjoying the dark beauty of a UNC and Duke will sponsor the Chopin and Schumann the State Health Plan or for students who are insured through
rainy day. Festival this fall, a series of performances Nov. 4–7 at UNC BCBS or Pearce and Pearce. People should bring their health
At the top of her list of things to look forward to is and Duke. The opening concert will be Nov. 4 when the cham- plan cards and their UNC One Cards to the clinic.
her first grandchild, due in March. ber music of Schumann will be presented in Memorial Hall at Employees who are not State Health Plan members can
Life can be good, she has learned, even after it has 7:30 p.m. A single ticket – $10 for faculty, staff and students – receive a flu shot by paying $30. They will receive a form to file
turned hard. provides admission to the entire festival. http://bit.ly/cpo5eX with their health insurer, who should be contacted about pos-
In her talk to the forum, Denzler said she was sible reimbursement.
forever grateful that so many people at UNC have e-pROCuReMeNt veNdOR CatalOg The seasonal flu vaccine protects against three influenza
reached out to help her by donating shared leave. pIlOt StaRtS OCt. 25 viruses that are expected to be most common during the
Denzler, who has worked at the University for nine The new PeopleSoft eProcurement (ePro) system is being upcoming season: 2009 H1N1 and two other influenza viruses.
years, now works at The Medical Foundation of rolled out in two phases: Vendor Catalog Orders and Small Antibodies that provide protection against influenza viral
North Carolina Inc. Order Process. infections develop about two weeks after vaccination.
She also said it had been a privilege to serve with The ePro vendor catalog pilot began Oct. 25, when 32 par-
forum members to try to make Carolina a better place ticipants began making purchases from seven vendor catalogs, FOR the ReCORd
to work. including new catalogs Grainger and MSC Industrial Supply. The Oct. 14 On the Web column on page 2 that referred to
“If I die tomorrow, or if live to be 90, my service on Hands-on training sessions and computer-based training for “The Boy Who Loved Tornadoes” – the book written by Randi
the forum will have been one of the highlights of my remaining campus units will start Nov. 8; training opportunities Davenport, executive director of the Johnston Center – incor-
life,” Denzler said. “You all have wonderful jobs here also include user guides and auditorium-style demonstrations. rectly described Davenport’s son. The write-up should have said
on the forum. Make the most of it.” To allow time for training, the current eCommerce site will he has a neuro-biological illness.
12 u niversity gaze t t e
Bob Anthony’s charge
is to preserve the
‘conscience of the state’
B ob Anthony began patrolling the stacks of North Caro-
lina Collection in January 1979 when he was pursuing
his master’s degree in library science here. After receiv-
ing his degree in 1982, he kept working at the collection as a
librarian I for another three years.
University’s Carnegie Library, which is now Hill Hall. A year
later, Louis Round Wilson, who served as University Librarian
from 1901 to 1932, gave an impassioned speech to convince
the Board of Trustees to spend $20,000 to acquire the Stephen
Beauregard Weeks Collection, which at the time was the largest
“conscience of the state.”
It includes the Durant family Bible, published in 1599, the
book that has been in North Carolina longer than any other,
and a book of poetry by George Moses Horton, a slave who
once sold his poems (for 25 cents) to lovesick college students.
There was something about the idea of the collection and its accumulation of “North Caroliniana” in private hands. The largest body of manuscripts is the Thomas Wolfe Col-
vastness that fascinated him, and after a one-year hiatus, it drew With that purchase, the North Carolina Collection doubled lection, which includes the scolding note that Margaret Rob-
him back. He returned as the collection development librarian in size. erts, Wolfe’s third-grade teacher, wrote to him: “Your work
in December 1986, a position he held until his appointment as since Christmas has not been satisfactory. …”
curator in 1994. The Wolfe manuscripts are an exception, since nearly all
If Swain was the spiritual father of the collection, its most
Even after 30 years, Anthony still peruses the stacks in wide- other manuscripts held by the University Libraries, including
enduring fixture was Mary Lindsay Thornton, who became the
eyed wonder and takes delight in stumbling upon something North Carolina-related ones, are housed in the Southern His-
collection’s first curator in 1917. She would serve for 41 years,
old about North Carolina that is new to him – and he still torical Collection, which was established in 1930.
scouring the state for new materials and then returning to cata-
pinches himself to be so lucky. He grew up in a rural stretch of What began in 1844 with 32 publications is now the reposi-
eastern North Carolina where – for a boy who loved to read tory for more than 282,000 books and pamphlets, 6,000 maps,
Her successor, William Powell, history professor emeritus,
– seeing a bookmobile rolling down the road every couple of and 1.3 millions photographs. Anthony said the collection is
credits Thornton for being ahead of her time in collecting items
weeks was cause for pure joy. believed to be the largest of its kind in the country.
for, about and by black North Carolinians.
Today, every morning that Anthony goes to work he is He said that approximately 10 percent of the collection cov-
In 1919, the last year of his life, the 89-year-old Battle
reminded that he is in a special place, and holds a sacred trust, ers University history, including archival copies of all graduate
climbed the steps to the collection to tell Thornton he was leav-
as he walks down the hall and passes the framed portraits of the theses and dissertations and undergraduate honors essays dat-
ing his books and materials to the collection.
three other people who have served as curator. ing back to 1894.
Perhaps the person most responsible for making sure the col-
He is equally proud of the fact that “lowbrow” materials have
huMble begINNINgS lection did not remain a minor University department was John
found refuge in the collection as well. The guiding principle is to
After Louis Round Wilson became University Librarian in Sprunt Hill, an 1889 graduate of Carolina who began endowing
find and preserve everything ever written about North Carolina,
1901, he forged the collection into existence when he orga- the North Carolina Collection in 1905 when he was elected to
or by a North Carolinian – not to pass judgment on its worth.
nized all North Carolina materials into a special department, the Board of Trustees.
Perhaps the best example of that is The Buccaneer magazine,
Anthony said. It was his funds that paid Thornton’s salary as curator in 1917.
a short-lived and controversial parody published during the
In 1935, Hill gave the University the Carolina Inn, with the stip-
But the collection’s roots run even deeper, to 1844, when Great Depression.
ulation that earnings from it be used to support the collection.
David Lowry Swain established the Historical Society of the “They did one issue with jokes and drawings that were con-
In 1952, when the collection moved to more accessible quar-
University of North Carolina with the stated purpose of collect- sidered a little too risqué,” Anthony said. “The magazine had to
ters within the newly expanded Wilson Library, Hill selected and
ing “copies of every book, pamphlet and newspaper in this state produce a substitute issue, and the library was forced to turn in
paid for the Chippendale reproduction furnishings in the North
since the introduction of the printing press among us.” the old issue to be destroyed.”
Carolina Collection Reading Room that remain in use today.
Swain served as governor of North Carolina from 1832 to Not long after Anthony became curator, an elderly man
Also installed that year and made part of the collection were
1835 and president of UNC from 1835 to 1867. But it was in came to his office and identified himself as someone who had
the Sir Walter Raleigh Rooms, with paneling and furnishings
1831, while traveling the state as a judge on the North Caro- worked for The Buccaneer. The man told Anthony he had been
from 16th-century England, and the Early Carolina Rooms, with
lina Supreme Court, that Swain concluded the state was in “an forced to accompany a University official to the county landfill
paneling and furnishings from 18th-century Pasquotank County.
intellectual stupor” about itself and conceived the idea of put- where the magazines were to be buried – and forgotten. But
Two new rooms later were added to create the gallery. One
ting together a collection of materials. when the official wasn’t looking, the man pushed some of the
was a replica of the octagonal antebellum Hayes Library at Eden-
That first year, Swain acquired 32 publications and 11 manu- magazines off to the side to save.
ton, which houses more than 1,800 books from the library of
scripts. But when he died in 1868, his collection and the society’s He told Anthony, “I will give you one of those issues if you
James Catheart Johnston and his forebears. The other features
future remained in question, and it was not until two years later agree never to tell my name.”
the story of Hill and his many contributions to the University.
that a group of men, joined by Cornelia Phillips Spencer, sought The man has long since died, but Anthony said he will take
to obtain the society’s resources and give them to the University. ‘the CONSCIeNCe OF the State’ the man’s identity to his own grave. A deal is a deal, and a man’s
Part of Swain’s original collection, however, was never recov- After Powell left in 1973 to join the University’s history word, especially in Anthony’s line of work, is always his most
ered and the mission of collecting North Carolina materials department, H.G. Jones, the state archivist of North Carolina prized possession.
did not resume until the N.C. Historical Society was founded from 1956 to 1974, became curator and served for 19 years. And one of Anthony’s most prized acquisitions for the col-
in 1875, with strong backing from University President Kemp Through each change of leadership, continuity of purpose lection remains that purloined copy of The Buccaneer, which
Plummer Battle. remained the core of the collection’s strength, Anthony said. will forever grace its shelves.
By 1917, the collection of “North Caroliniana” was big That purpose, he said, has been to remain true to Swain’s 19th- To learn more about the collection, refer to www.lib.unc.
enough to be organized as a separate department in the century charge to create a collection that could serve as the edu/ncc.