Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Carolina in the News

Check out the recent media mention of sustainability-related programs, practices, and people at UNC:

Get your nutrients from real food (Column)
The News and Observer (Raleigh)
The supplement scam continues to unfold. For anyone who has missed the news over the past few weeks, continuing scrutiny of the science adds more evidence that, with few exceptions, nutritional supplements provide no health benefits to healthy adults, and they may even cause harm. For most people, this probably ranks up there as the biggest nutrition surprise of the decade. (Suzanne Havala Hobbs is a registered dietitian and a clinical associate professor in the department of health policy and administration in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill.)

Speakers heap scorn on Duke Energy
The Charlotte Observer
..."Duke Energy has shown itself unworthy of belief," said Gene Nichol, director of the Center on Poverty, Work & Opportunity at UNC Chapel Hill's law school. "Any rate increase it now offers should be rejected out of hand." Nichol recited the state's economic turmoil: 1.6 million residents in poverty, including one out of four children; 20 percent underemployed; median income dropping 12 percent in 2010; and 900,000 additions to the state food stamp program since 2008.

Angry customers protest Duke Energy price hike
WRAL-TV (CBS/Raleigh)
...Gene Nichol, a professor at the University of North Carolina law school's Center on Poverty , Work and Opportunity, said Duke's changing numbers hurt the company's case. "They have an obligation to prove that these rate increases are absolutely necessary in the public interest," he said. "I don't think they're able to prove anything if they keep gyrating all across the stage."

Kenan-Biddle Partnership announces 2012 Duke-UNC grants
WCHL 1360-AM (Chapel Hill)
A highly successful partnership between UNC and Duke University has entered its second year with another round of grants for collaborative student projects. The Kenan-Biddle Partnership has awarded $5000 each to ten different projects, on topics ranging from LGBT issues to nutrition education to classical music.
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Couple donates garden spot to city
The News and Observer (Raleigh)
A home known for its collection of camellias, exotic plants and native woodlands will become a public garden and environmental center - fulfilling the vision of a family that has lived there since 1951. For decades, William and Mary Coker Joslin have opened their garden for public tours a few times each year. A new arrangement lets the home become "a permanent place of serenity and beauty," 87-year-old Mary Coker Joslin told guests Monday. ...The Joslins led the restoration of the Coker Arboretum at UNC-Chapel Hill.
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