Published: Apr 23, 2008 09:34 AM
Modified: Apr 23, 2008 09:34 AM
The girls in Junior Girl Scout Troop 420 in Carrboro and their leaders prepare to present donations to Project Homestart on Homestead Road in Chapel Hill. For their two-year Bronze Award Project, the girls assessed the needs of the women's shelter and collected donations of diapers and baby formula. The girls sewed 35 individual "TLC" bags, filled them with toiletries and worked with UNC's Kappa Delta sorority to purchase and decorate 15 bulletin boards for the rooms at the shelter. The Bronze Award is the highest award attainable for Junior Girl Scouts. Kimberly Griffith is the troop leader and Bronze Award coordinator. Co-leaders are Holly Gunning and Aleta English. Service Project coordinator is Lorraine Alexander.
- The following students from Carrboro have been named to the chancellor's list for the fall semester at Appalachian State University: Dayton Spencer Cole and Kelsey Mckinley Williams. To qualify for the list, a full-time student must attain a grade-point average of 3.85.
- Paul Lachiewicz, a professor of orthopedics in the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine, was the invited international speaker at the inaugural meeting of the New Zealand Hip Society in Wellington, N.Z. April 4-5. He delivered four lectures on topics related to total hip replacement surgery.
- Christopher Thomas Belhorn of Chapel Hill has received the Robert B. House Distinguished Service Medal from UNC. The award is presented to the undergraduate who best exemplifies the spirit of unselfish commitment through service to the university and the community.
- The following students from Orange County have been inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest college honorary society: William Arthur Bernholz, a December 2007 graduate in political science, son of Roger and Farley Bernholz of Chapel Hill; Kristin Economo, a senior international studies major, daughter of Helena and Tom O'Connor of Carrboro and George Economo of Raleigh; Kelly Suzanne Field, a senior political science major, daughter of Fredrick and Sue Field of Chapel Hill; Mallory B. Konell, a senior psychology major, daughter of Alan Konell and Barbara Conger of Chapel Hill; Sean Reed Love, a senior political science major, son of Martin Love of Chapel Hill and Susan Siravo of Cranston, R.I.; Cayley Elizabeth Pater, a junior linguistics major, daughter of Daniel and Barbara Pater of Chapel Hill; Karl Abraham Shieh, a junior biochemistry and biology major, son of Ting-Wei and Yu-Ming Shieh of Chapel Hill; Lucas Samuel Stephens, a senior classical archaeology major, son of George and Nancy Stephens of Chapel Hill; Jacob Wang, a junior economics major, son of Chyoan and Christine Wang of Chapel Hill; Laura Kathleen Williamson, a senior international studies and English major, daughter of David and Sandy Williamson of Hillsborough; Hannah Hang Yin, a junior biology and linguistics major, daughter of Ming Yin and Fengling Li of Chapel Hill; Yan Yan, a junior chemistry major, son of Lubin Yan and Yang Li of Chapel Hill.
Phi Beta Kappa membership is open to undergraduates in UNC's College of Arts and Sciences and professional degree programs who have completed 75 hours of course work and have a grade-point average of 3.85 (on a 4-point scale) or better. Also eligible is any student who has competed 105 hours of course work and has a 3.75 grade-point average.
- Alan Toda-Ambaras of Chapel Hill has received the Thomas S. Kenan III Award from the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle. He is a cellist. The award comes with $1,000.
- The following students from Carrboro have been named to the dean's list for the fall semester at Appalachian State University: Mackenzie Ann Brough, Elizabeth Anne Norkus, William James Stanford and Carlin Traugott-Campbell. To qualify for the list, a full-time student must attain a grade-point average of 3.45.
- Anoop Manoj Desai has received the Peter C. Baxter Memorial Prize in American Studies from UNC. The prize is presented to the undergraduate who best exemplifies Baxter's intellectual excellence, personal warmth and creativity.
- Steve Rogers, an assistant professor in biology in the UNC College of Arts and Sciences, and Zefeng Wang, an assistant professor in the pharmacology department in the UNC School of Medicine, have received Beckman Young Investigator Awards from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation. To be considered for the award, researchers' projects must show promise for contributing to significant advances, and represent innovative departures in research rather than extensions or expansions of existing programs. Proposed research that cuts across traditional boundaries of scientific disciplines is encouraged.
Rogers' lab focuses on how cells divide, crawl and regulate their shapes. The Beckman Award will allow Rogers and colleagues to develop tools to identify all of the molecules involved in cellular contraction -- a process required to produce the forces that shape embryonic tissues during early development and for tissue remodeling during wound healing.
Wang is looking at cell splicing -- the process in which different parts of a gene are rearranged in different ways to generate different versions of themselves -- to determine how splicing is regulated in cells, with the aim of designing novel therapeutics to treat splicing-related human diseases.
Both Rogers and Wang will receive $300,000 over three years to support their projects.
- Leah Rae Maloney has received the James M. Johnston Distinguished Senior Award in Nursing from UNC. The award is presented to a senior in the Johnston Nursing Awards Program for outstanding academic achievement and leadership contributions in the School of Nursing and the Johnston program.
- The following students from Hillsborough have been named to the chancellor's list for the fall semester at Appalachian State University: Justin Fabian Boisvert, Aislinn H. Haskell and Jesse Martin Whitaker. To qualify for the list, a full-time student must attain a grade-point average of 3.85.
- Elaine Shao has won the Bobbie Fletcher Memorial Scholarship to attend Wake Forest University in the fall. She is the daughter of Peimin Shao and Fanghua Yuan of Chapel Hill and attends East Chapel Hill High School. The four-year scholarship is awarded based upon ability and leadership to a female from North Carolina possessing the qualities of thoughtfulness and determination. The scholarship provides an annual stipend to cover the cost of tuition, room, board, personal expenses plus grant opportunities for summer research, travel opportunities and international study.
- The Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill celebrated its 20th anniversary on April 15 and honored eight Chapel Hill residents who have served as volunteers at the house since it opened its doors. Ellen Clark, Deb Gerhardt, Ed Gerhardt, Marilyn Jetter, Jackie Martinez, Nidia Scharlock, Pat Stoy and Jean Waterbury were honored, along with other House volunteers, at a luncheon at the Carolina Club on April 12. Volunteers assist with admissions, answer the phone, clean, cook and offer their support to families staying at the house.
- The following students from Hillsborough have been named to the dean's list for the fall semester at Appalachian State University: John Marshall Brown, Joy Evan Crumpler, Jacob Alexander Florence, Audrey Bancroft Green, Melissa Susan Hecht, Ashley Nichole Hilton, Meredith W. Hunter, Joel Hemingway Inman, Kaye Logan Lynch-Sparks, Joshua Tyler Roche, Katelyn Elizabeth Slaughter and Candace Michelle Watson. To qualify for the list, a full-time student must attain a grade-point average of 3.45.
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