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Dameron reads at Ackland,

hosts workshop

Poet DéLana R. A. Dameron, winner of the 2008 South Carolina Poetry Book Prize and author of “How God Ends Us,” will read from her work at the Ackland Art Museum on

April 29 in response to the current Ackland exhibition, “Jacob Lawrence and the Legend of John Brown.” The event will be held at 6 p.m. Then, on May 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Dameron will take part in a poetry writing workshop investigating methods of writing in response to art.

Both events are free, but reservations are required for the writing workshop. Contact Kyle Fitch (

Sit on the porch, listen to music

The Carolina Inn’s Fridays on the Front Porch series will begin April 30 with music by the bluegrass band Big Fat Gap. The celebration will take place every Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. through Oct. 15 and will feature live music on the inn’s shady front porch and lawn. There is no cover charge to attend.

‘Attributes of a Good Scientific Founder’ discussion on april 29

A Carolina Innovations Seminar will be held April 29 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in 014 Sitterson Hall with a panel discussion based on the topic, “What Are the Attributes of a Good Scientific Founder?” Members of the panel will be Bennett Love, Synereca Pharmaceuticals; Robert Lindberg, North Carolina Biotechnology Center; and William Wofford, Hutchison Law Group.

Applications open for family
scholarships for unc campuses

The deadline is May 15 to apply for fall scholarships through the Family Scholarship Fund. To apply, refer to

The need-based scholarship fund was created by Carolina employees to provide financial support to the children of full-time employees to attend school at any of the UNC system campuses as well as any of the state’s accredited community and technical colleges.

For information on making a donation to the fund and helping the children of Carolina employees go to college, refer to For more information on the scholarships, see

Volunteers sought to lead Summer Reading Program discussions

Faculty and staff are invited to apply by April 30 to be discussion leaders for the Carolina Summer Reading Program; sessions will be held Aug. 23 from 1 to 3 p.m.

This year’s book is “Picking Cotton,” the true story of an unlikely friendship between a woman and the innocent man she sent to prison, written by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton.

To learn more about the program and to sign up online, refer to

Research + Design

The Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering, co-located at Carolina and N.C. State, is hosting its Fourth Annual Research + Design Symposium May 4 at the N.C. Biotechnology Center. The event will include poster and oral presentations from graduate and senior design students.

Farmers market opens at hospital

A small farmers market will offer seasonal produce in the lobby of the N.C. Children’s Hospital on Wednesdays beginning May 5, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market will offer seasonal produce – including strawberries – and locally produced bread, scones, jam and honey. It will run from May through October.

May 1 NAMI walk supports mental health services

The UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health, a program in the Department of Psychiatry, will take part in this year’s National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Walk in Raleigh on May 1. The 2.3-mile walk will begin with a check-in on the campus of Dorothea Dix State Hospital at

9 a.m.; the walk begins at 10 a.m.

To participate in the walk or to support the cause with a donation, refer to

NC TraCS plans workshop, webinars

n The NC TraCS Institute Research Recruitment Office will host a workshop, “The Do’s and Don’ts of Research Subject Recruitment and Retention,” on April 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. in Room 219 of the Brinkhous-Bullit Building. To learn more, see

n A series of commercialization webinars offered by NC TraCS Institute’s NC BioStart will provide information to overcome barriers to commercialization for aspiring entrepreneurs. The next two will be “Patient Strategies” on
April 29, to be facilitated by Ken Sibley, and “Been There, Done That: Lessons Learned by Faculty Entrepreneurs,” to be led by Chancellor Holden Thorp on May 20.

For more information about the webinars and to register, refer to

‘The Concept of Race in Science’

The Institute of African-American Research will hold its 15th anniversary event on May 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Trillium Dining Room of the Friday Center. Troy Duster, professor of sociology at New York University and Chancellor’s Professor at the University of California-Berkeley, will be the keynote speaker. The title of his talk will be “Buried Alive: The Concept of Race in Science.” For information about tickets ($30 per person or $50 per couple), call 962-6810.

School of Medicine to establish
neurosurgery department

The School of Medicine will establish a new Department of Neurosurgery, effective July 1. It will be chaired by Matthew G. Ewend, distinguished professor of surgery who currently serves as chief of the Division of Neurosurgery.

Neurosurgery has been a division of the Department of Surgery since its creation in 1952. However, recent growth in neurosurgery at UNC has lead to a wider role in the health-care system, and administrators felt those responsibilities would be best served by making neurosurgery a department.

The creation of the neurosurgery department is closely timed to the opening of the UNC Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit, slated to open in mid May, and the completion of the UNC Imaging and Spine Center Building.

Conference on early childhood
inclusion begins May 17

Two of the nation’s well-known education and inclusion scholars, Barbara Bowman and Ann Turnbull, will headline the annual National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute, a conference sponsored by the FPG Child Development Institute

May 17–19. The Inclusion Institute will bring together the many sectors that serve young children – especially children with disabilities – to learn and problem solve. Bowman and Turnbull will both provide keynote addresses and share their experience and insights in a panel discussion.

Nominations open for aging

research awards

Nominations are due by May 14 for the Institute on Aging’s Gordon H. DeFriese Career Development in Aging Research Awards. One $5,000 award will be available for a junior faculty/staff member and two $2,500 awards will available for doctoral students. The awards are in the form of accounts established in the recipients’ home departments to support their research activities. For complete information, see

Health insurance required for
students in 2010-11

Carolina, as well as the other UNC system schools, will require students to have health insurance beginning this fall. Eligible students will be required to show evidence of an existing health insurance policy or they will be automatically enrolled – and billed – for the UNC system student health insurance plan.

To learn more about waiving the insurance or enrolling in the UNC system plan, see or e-mail questions to

U.S. News
grad school rankings

The University appeared on more than 15 lists of schools, programs and specialty areas ranked by U.S. News and World Report magazine for its 2011 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.”

Among the ratings, the School of Medicine repeated its second overall ranking for primary care. U.S. News first ranked graduate programs in 1987 and has done so annually since 1990. To see a summary of the new rankings, as well as specialty areas listed in the top 10, refer to


Earth Week 2010

From left, Lauren Russell, Jessica Fifield and Philip Emanuel pose with a brightly flowered rain barrel, one of several painted as a project by their Communications Studies 312 class to promote water conservation during April 22 Earth Week events on Polk Place.

The class partnered with YIKES! – You(th) Involved in Keeping the Earth Sustainable – all semester and were at the fair to share their work and recruit other students to get involved.

Refer to their Web site to learn more about Recyclique, the YIKES! “upcycling” project:

May 15 sustainable ‘trash to cash’ venture

benefits campus and seeks volunteers

More than eight tons of abandoned furniture and almost four tons of discarded shoes and clothing were part of the bounty salvaged last spring after students moved out of residence halls. The mountain of goods was diverted and sold before it could be dumped at the Orange County landfill.

Tar Heel Treasure, the University-sponsored community yard sale, raised $10,000 in its first year. The program plans to do it again on May 15, but even bigger and better this year.

To accomplish this, Tar Heel Treasure has secured a larger venue: the Smith Center.

This year there will be more collections bins on hand: 16 room-sized PODS bins, donated by Carolina Portable Storage, to be placed in campus residential communities.

Tar Heel Treasure is still enlisting an army of 600 volunteers to work at collecting, setting up and/or selling. To date, more than 375 volunteers have signed on to the project. To volunteer for Tar Heel Treasure, faculty, staff and students can sign up for a shift at tarheel

Net proceeds from this year’s sale will benefit Build a Block, the campus partnership with Habitat for Humanity that aims to build 10 homes for UNC and hospital employees in Phoenix Place, an affordable green-certified subdivision under construction in

Chapel Hill.

And of course, buyers are needed for what promises to be the biggest yard sale of the year. The sale will be held May 15 from 7:30 a.m. to noon at the Smith Center.

Among the things to look for are carpets, microwaves, bookshelves, lamps, clothes, shoes, housewares, TVs, electronics, printers, mirrors, books, toys and games. Anything left over will be donated to
local charities.

For more information, see
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