Oregon Health Officials Lose Federal Grant To Monitor Toxic Algae Blooms In State’s Waterways
International Business Times
… According to the Associated Press, when the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention grant to monitor algae blooms in Oregon was in place, health officials posted between 10 and 20 toxic warning signs across the state every year. But with the $150,000 grant no longer available …, health officials will no longer be able to monitor water samples and educate the public … . "This gives us even more reason to tighten the knobs on nutrient inputs into these bloom-sensitive waters," Hans Paerl, a professor of marine and environmental sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, told the AP.
En bref : les floraisons algales sont de plus en plus toxiques
Futura-Sciences (website; French—features work of UNC’s Hans Paerl re: toxic algae blooms)
…Dans la revue Science, les chercheurs Hans W. Paerl et Timothy Otten rapportent que ces bactéries prennent l’avantage sur les autres dans des milieux comme le lac Érié aux États-Unis par exemple. Elles deviennent dominantes et les impacts pour l’Homme sont à prendre au sérieux. Ces bactéries produisent des microcystines, toxines hautement nocives.
With ‘Alpha House,’ Amazon Makes Bid for Living Room Screens and Beyond
The New York Times
Not long ago, I was on the set of a show about politics, Washington and a senator gone rogue. … I was in Queens watching a comedy called “Alpha House,” written by Garry Trudeau, the creator of the comic “Doonesbury,” that pivots around the substantial acting and physical presence of John Goodman. … Mr. Goodman’s character, Gil John Biggs, is a revered former basketball coach of the University of North Carolina Tar Heels and now a Republican senator from that state who is confronting a Tea Party challenge from Digger Mancusi, the current Duke coach.
State & Local Coverage
RTI, UNC join forces to change cancer care protocol
The Triangle Business Journal
Researchers at RTI International and the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center will team up to work to develop valid and reliable measures of patient-centered communication in cancer care delivery settings.
UNC-CH makes hire to oversee sexual misconduct cases
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
As federal investigations continue into UNC-Chapel Hill’s handling of sexual assault cases, the university has hired a government attorney to oversee compliance with federal anti-discrimination law. Howard Kallem … starts the job at UNC-CH Jan. 2 as Title IX compliance coordinator.
Rise in death rates among 10- to 14-year-olds raises concerns
The Journal (Winston-Salem)
A researcher at the UNC Chapel Hill told task force members recently that suicide among the young results from cumulative factors, include a history of traumatic events in one's life, substance abuse, economic hardships and isolation.
Local seniors finding ways to 'age in place'
The News (Chapel Hill)
A room full of seniors met last month at the UNC Wellness Center to discuss finding support in each other and “aging in place.”
Party promoter linked to UNC's Hairston considering plea deal on drug charges
Haydn "Fats" Thomas, the Durham party promoter linked to rental cars driven by University of North Carolina guard P.J. Hairston, was considering a plea deal Tuesday on drug and weapons charges. Thomas' attorney said he is not sure if his client will accept the deal.
Issues & Trends
Despite NC State efforts, Leak continues contact with Pack players
Eric Leak’s 31-yard touchdown catch in 1998 to help the North Carolina State University football team defeat a heavily favored Florida State team is what many Wolfpack fans remember about the former wide receiver. Now, the university does not permit Leak to even set foot on campus.
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