September

Formal Notice: Campus Precautions for Tropical Storm Hanna
While forecasters are predicting now that Tropical Storm Hanna's impact in our area may be limited to rain and wind tomorrow night or early Saturday, the University is taking precautions to keep the campus community safe. Please take the potential for threatening weather seriously.
UNC Lineberger, patients, families and volunteers 'Stand up to Cancer'
Watch "Stand Up to Cancer," a one-hour telethon on Friday, Sept. 5, from 8 - 9 p.m. on ABC, CBS and NBC. To view the many ways our Oncology care providers, professional staff, patients, families and volunteers stand up to cancer, visit www.uncstandsup2cancer.org/.
The Hamner Institutes and UNC-Chapel Hill Announce New Research Partnership in Drug Safety Sciences
The Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill announced they are establishing a joint Center for Drug Safety Sciences that will be led by Dr. Paul Watkins, one of the world’s leading experts in drug-induced liver injury.
Reminder: Department of Public Safety now issuing smoking citations
After increasingly receiving reports of smokers who refuse to move the required 100 feet away from University facilities, the UNC Department of Public Safety (DPS) is now issuing citations to violators. Anyone who smokes within any smoke-free area on campus, including our employees, patients and visitors, is at risk to receive a citation. Each citation will result in a $25 fine and $121 in court costs.
Farmers' Market continues through Sept. 17
Every Wednesday in the Children's Hospital lobby
The September 2008 issue of HSL e-news is now available
Available online at http://www.hsl.unc.edu/News/enews_Sep08.cfm
2008 Aging Exchange - Poster abstracts due Friday, Sept. 19
UNC-Chapel Hill graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, clinical scholars, and faculty with an interest in aging are invited to submit posters for presentation at this campus-wide event.
Privacy & security reminder
As students return and the athletic activities increase, this is a good time to remind everyone that the privacy of all of our patients is extremely important.
Mind-Body Skills Group Program for Healthcare Professionals
A self care and self awareness program for stress management
FreedomPay 20% discount available in Corner Café
Did you know that customers in the Terrace, Corner and Neurosciences Cafés who use FreedomPay to purchase their meals receive a 20 percent discount off the cost of their food?
Call for Abstracts - 10th Annual Women's Health Research Conference
Abstracts accepted until: 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 26
Call for nominations - Fuller Award
The H. Fleming Fuller Award is intended as a permanent memorial to Kinston, N.C., physician H. Fleming Fuller, a founding member of the Board of Directors of the N.C. Memorial Hospital. Nominations must be received by 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 26.
Dr. Roper testifies at Senate Hearing on "Improving Health Care Quality: An Integral Step Toward Health Reform"
Senate Finance Committee held hearings on September 9
Investment in imaging to accelerate UNC researchers’ understanding of disease
Initial site preparation is under way for the seven-story, 343,000-square-foot Imaging Research Center, which will house the Biomedical Research Imaging Center (BRIC), research labs and a consortium and facility designed to support and advance the rapidly developing science of biomedical imaging.
Alert Carolina Siren Test - Tuesday, Sept.16
Yhe University will conduct a TEST of the emergency sirens and text messages on Tuesday, Sept. 16, between 12:15 p.m. and 12:45 p.m. No action is needed during the test.
Important Update to UNC Plans for Complying with Medicaid Regulations regarding Tamper-Proofing Prescriptions
The plan has changed -- blue paper will no longer be necessary
Free prostate examinations offered Sept. 17-18 at UNC Hospitals' Urology Clinic
UNC Health Care urologists will offer free prostate examinations to members of the public from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 17 and 18.
The Lenti-shRNA Core Facility is now open for business at 5020 Thurston Bowles.
The sh-RNA Core Facility is premised on Open Biosystems TRC1 shRNA libraries
Healthy Minds Across America
A national day of free public forums on the progress and promise of mental health research on Sunday, September 14
Endeavors magazine
The fall 2008 issue of Endeavors magazine features new stories about research and creative activity at Carolina
Teal Toes - helping raise awareness of Ovarian Cancer
Teal Toes is sponsored by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Alamance and Chatham Transit interest survey
This survey was developed due to recent interest expressed by both UNC and Town of Chapel Hill employees commuting from Alamance or Chatham County. Click 'Read More' for the link to the survey.
Last regular Farmer's Market next Wednesday, Sept. 17
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Children's Hospital lobby
Brushes with Life Art Exhibit and Screening
Next week, the FedEx Global Education Center is hosting a documentary and art exhibit made by a former UNC patient about the "Brushes with Life" art program in the UNC Department of Psychiatry.
Call for Nominations - Nursing Recognition Awards
The awards, valued at $1,000 each, may be used over a three-year period to cover expenses associated with professional development. Nominations must be submitted by October 3.
Participate in a virtual walk across the U.S.
To benefit the North Carolina Children's Hospital and Together for Kids
Emergency Preparedness Fair Sept. 23-25 to prepare people for wide range of hazards
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23, Wednesday, Sept. 24, and Thursday, Sept. 25
UNC researcher receives EUREKA award from NIH
September 16, 2008 — Brian D. Strahl, Ph.D., associate professor of biochemistry and biophysics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, is one of 38 scientists nationally to receive the first grants in a new federal program called EUREKA (Exceptional, Unconventional Research Enabling Knowledge Acceleration).
UNC scientists turn human skin cells into insulin-producing cells
September 17, 2008 — Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine have transformed cells from human skin into cells that produce insulin, the hormone used to treat diabetes.
UNC study: no need to repeat colonoscopy until 5 years after first screening
September 17, 2008 — Among people who have had an initial colonoscopy that found no polyps, a possible sign of cancer, the risk of developing colorectal cancer within five years is extremely low, a new study has found.
International Mailing or Transport of Research
If your work involves international mailing or transport of research materials, equipment or scientific samples, you must comply with federal shipping and export regulations.
UNC home football season continues at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 20 - GO HEELS
Just prior to kickoff of the UNC vs. Virginia Tech Football game (approx 3:35 p.m.) on Saturday, Sept. 20 there will be a flyover of Kenan Stadium by a US Marine Harrier Jet. In preparation for the flyover on Saturday, the jet will perform practice runs on Friday, Sept. 19 sometime between 3 pm and 6 pm depending on weather conditions. Please plan appropriately as you travel to/from UNC Hospitals, as traffic will be heavy several hours before game time.
“Weight Watchers at Work” at N.C. Women's Hospital is starting up again!
New 12-Week Series begins Oct. 1
Pedestrian Safety Tips for Tar Heels on the Move!
With shorter daylight hours as fall and winter approach, campus users -- including pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists -- need to take extra precautions in the campus environment. The University would like to encourage its students, faculty, staff and visitors to stay safe when commuting on campus.
Topal Appointed Assistant Dean for Core Technologies
Dr. Michael Topal, Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, appointed Assistant Dean for Core Technologies.
Ting appointed founding Director of the Center for Translational Immunology
Jenny Pan-Yun Ting, PhD, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, has been appointed as the founding Director of the Center for Translational Immunology, effective September 1, 2008.
UNC researchers to take part in multi-center, $8.9 million study of childhood hearing loss
September 24, 2008 — University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers will play a key role in a five-year, $8.9 million study aimed at understanding the impact hearing loss can have on children’s ability to communicate, succeed in school, and have good social and psychological development.
Physicians: Now is the time to recognize your outstanding clinician colleagues!
UNC Health Care is sponsoring a Quality Expo on October 24.
New UNC gastrointestinal cancer clinical trials funded
September 24, 2008 — The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center has received a two-year, $125,000 grant to support clinical trials in gastrointestinal (GI) cancers.
UNC radiation oncologist receives national honor
September 23, 2008 — Joel E. Tepper, M.D., professor of radiation oncology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, is being honored by the American Society of Therapeutic Radiology (ASTRO) as one of two recipients of the organization’s Gold Medal Award.