December

Dr. Timothy Weiner receives the 2008 H. Fleming Fuller Award
Dr. Timothy Weiner, a physician at UNC Hospitals, is this year’s recipient of the H. Fleming Fuller Award. Weiner is also a professor in the departments of medicine and pediatrics at the UNC School of Medicine and a professor of epidemiology in the UNC School of Public Health.
NIH Notice
Enhancing Peer Review: The NIH Announces Enhanced Review Criteria for Evaluation of Research Applications Received for Potential FY2010 Funding
Financial Status of State Health Plan
A message from Jack Walker, executive administrator of the State Health Plan (SHP)
Update: SECC Campaign ends Dec. 18
Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far and please do not miss the opportunity to participate in the SECC this year. Every donation helps.
Call for nominations: 2009 Distinguished Faculty Award
The purpose of the award is to recognize excellence in teaching, contributions to medicine in the state, leadership in continuing education of practicing physicians, and accomplishments in improving communications between faculty, alumni and people of the state.
Extended Special Call: Cancer Health Disparities Pilot Grants
The Carolina Community Network to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CCN)encourages new investigators to apply for small-scale pilot research grants to address breast, prostate or colorectal cancer health disparities. The deadline for submission is February 6, 2009.
Call for nominations: Carolina Center for Public Service Awards
The Carolina Center for Public Service (CCPS) announces its call for nominations for three awards: the Ned Brooks Award for Public Service, the Robert E. Bryan Public Service Award, and the Office of the Provost Engaged Scholarship Award.
Men’s basketball Dec. 13 at 6 p.m.
On home basketball game days, please be prepared and allow extra time when traveling to/from UNC Hospitals. Also, be careful as you walk around campus, as traffic will be heavy prior to game times.
Kids Cards on Sale
UNC Tar Heels head football coach Butch Davis unveiled the new 2008 Kids Cards designs at the N.C. Children's Promise radiothon/telethon on November 20.
Apply for Excellence Fund Seed Grants
Awards are granted in varying amounts up to $7,000 on a one-time basis; applicants must apply annually.
Apply for Medical Alumni Endowment Fund Grants
The Medical Alumni Office will be offering grants to current full-time faculty of the School of Medicine and current residents/fellows of UNC Hospitals.
Mentoring program with the Office of Medical Student Research
We would like to ask current mentors if they wish to continue serving as mentors for this program, and those who do not mentor if you would like to begin doing so.
2009 Faculty Mentoring Award
Nominations due Jan. 28, 2009. Each winner will receive $5,000.
Season's Greetings
A message from Mr. Gary Park, Dr. Etta Pisano, and Dr. Marschall Runge.
Jacobson, Magnuson, and Bollen elected as fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
The association elects fellows to recognize their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.
Shared survival mechanism explains why 'good' nerve cells last and 'bad' cancer cells flourish
Cancer cells and nervous system neurons may not look or act alike, but both use strikingly similar ways to survive, according to new research from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine.
UNC grants license to start-up medical imaging company
UNC-Chapel Hill has granted NextRay Inc. an exclusive license to develop and commercialize defraction enhanced imaging (DEI) technology, which creates X-ray images through the defraction instead of the absorption of X-ray beams.
First comprehensive report on state's multiple tobacco programs shows major successes
North Carolina is making huge strides in tobacco use prevention and cessation, according to the first comprehensive evaluation of the state’s multiple tobacco programs, recently released by UNC-Chapel Hill researchers.
Chapel Hill Transit to make route and schedule changes Jan. 12
To improve service and efficiency throughout the transit system, Chapel Hill Transit will be implementing route and schedule changes on Monday, Jan. 12.
UNC set to take charge of U.S. energy department’s Collaborative Cross research project
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in January begins moving its unique colony of 8,000 mice known as the Collaborative Cross to UNC-Chapel Hill.
Lewis, Malone, and Pignone receive Shared Decision-Making in Primary Care grant
The grant is from the Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making (FIMDM), a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of patient centered care.
The eGrinch is out to Steal your Holidays!
Tips from UNC Hospitals' Information Services Division (ISD) for the holiday season.
Funding Announcement: Center for AIDS Research
The Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) has several internal developmental grants available to HIV and related investigators.
Weight Watchers at the N.C. Women's Hospital
"Weight Watchers at Work" at the N.C. Women's Hospital is starting up again!
Corner Cafe closed Dec. 25 - Jan. 4
During this time, please visit the Terrace Cafe in the Children's Hospital, which is open 24 hours a day.
Mason Farm Road closed near ACC starting at 6 p.m. on Dec. 19
Mason Farm Road will be closed to traffic after 6 p.m. Dec. 19 through the night of Dec. 21. Normal access to the Ambulatory Care Center will be blocked.
Men’s basketball resumes Dec. 28 at 7:45 p.m.
On UNC home basketball game days, please be prepared and allow extra time when traveling to/from UNC Hospitals.
Call for Nominations: 2009 Nursing Staff Recognition Week
Five awards will be given including Nurse of the Year, Nurse Manager of the Year, Nursing Faculty of the Year, Friend of Nursing, and Collegial Colleague.
SOM Faculty: 4th Year Medical Student Integration Selective
The goal of this new selective is to emphasize basic science in the senior year of medical school.
Extended Special Call: Cancer Health Disparities Pilot Grants
The Carolina Community Network to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CCN)encourages new investigators to apply for small-scale pilot research grants to address breast, prostate or colorectal cancer health disparities. The deadline for submission is February 6, 2009.
Call for Nominations: 2009 Faculty Mentoring Award
Nominations due Jan. 28. Each winner will receive $5,000.
Dec. 19 will be the last issue of Vitals Signs for 2008
We will resume distribution on Jan. 9, 2009.
Leone Wins Statewide HIV Award
Associate Professor of Medicine Peter Leone, MD, is the recipient of the 2008 Marty Prairie Award.
Buse receives American Diabetes Association’s distinguished service award
UNC's John B. Buse, M.D., Ph.D., recently received the Banting Medal for Service from the American Diabetes Association after completing a term as the ADA’s president for medicine and science.
Moll honored by National Alliance for Thrombosis and Thrombophilia
Stephan Moll, M.D., associate professor of hematology/oncology, received the first Medical and Scientific Leadership Award given by the National Alliance for Thrombosis and Thrombophilia (NATT).
New Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guideline
Drs. William A. Rutala and David J. Weber authored a new evidenced-based guideline entitled “Guideline for Disinfection and Sterilization in Healthcare Facilities, 2008” that will be used worldwide as guidance on key issues on reprocessing medical and surgical instruments.
Bullard, Meltzer-Brody on WUNC's "The State of Things"
Discussion focuses on motherhood, mental health, and UNC's new six-bed unit for postpartum depression. The unit is the first of its kind in the country.
State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC) ends next Thursday, Dec. 18
There is still time to make a 2008 tax-deductible donation or pledge a monthly amount for 2009 through payroll deduction.
N.C. Health Plan generic prescription clarification
BCBSNC recently announced plans to waive copayments for all generic medications, beginning Jan. 1. However, State Health Plan members receive their pharmacy benefits through MEDCO, not BCBSNC.
New evidence-based acupuncture clinic
The Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation announces a new evidence-based acupuncture clinic serving patients with conditions including acute and chronic pain, anxiety, irritable bowel syndrome, sprains and other conditions which may be treated after consultation.
Hospitals Police ask assistance in keeping entrances secure
Hospitals Police are asking for your assistance in keeping the N.C. Memorial and Women's Lobby doors secured at night and on the weekends when these entrances are closed.
Bariatric surgery listening sessions second Tuesday of each month
Join the Bariatric Surgery Team from UNC's Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery on the second Tuesday of each month from 6 - 7 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott in Chapel Hill for a Listening Session on bariatric surgery.
Holiday issue of UNC Health Scene now available
UNC Health Scene is a bimonthly newsletter from UNC Health Care offering informative health articles featuring our experts and their advice, plus the latest UNC Health Care news.
December Alternative Transportation updates
Chapel Hill Transit will run a "reduced service" schedule from Dec. 13 - Jan. 11 (with a modified Sunday Service on Jan. 11). Reduced service used to be quite different from normal operations. These days, there are just a few adjustments.
Men’s basketball Dec. 13 at 6 p.m.
On home basketball game days, please be prepared and allow extra time when traveling to/from UNC Hospitals. Also, be careful as you walk around campus, as traffic will be heavy prior to game times.
Call for Nominations: UNC Employee Forum Community Award
The Three-Legged Stool Award is the Employee Forum's highest honor. Nominations due Dec. 9.
Championship football games this Saturday at Kenan Stadium
Three high school state championship football games are scheduled for Kenan Stadium this Saturday, Dec. 13, beginning at 11 a.m.
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