Submitted by NC Harm Reducti... on Thu, 09/12/2013 - 12:44pm
Interview with Dr. Nabarun Dasgupta, Scientist at Epidemico and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
By Tessie Castillo
If you work on overdose prevention in North Carolina, chances are you’ve heard the name Nabarun Dasgupta. From helping to found one of those most successful overdose prevention programs in the nation to delving into research on black market prices for prescription drugs, Nab has his fingers in all pieces of the pie. But he’s more than just a scientist or epidemiologist. Dasgupta may enjoy combing through matrices of poisoning data, but he also uses his findings to launch programs and interventions so that statistics are not just numbers on a spreadsheet, but life-saving tools to prevent overdose.
TC: Describe your work in overdose prevention in North Carolina over the years.
Submitted by Mojo Mom on Wed, 02/27/2013 - 12:31pm
I hope that members of the BlueNC community can help explain what is going on with the Honor Court at UNC as they bring up Landen Gambill for possible punishment for speaking up about her own experiences, after she took her sexual assault charges through Honor Court proceedings.
I wrote this up in full, "UNC Chapel Hill must support those who report sexual assault," on DoingRightByOurKids.com but I am flummoxed by the administration's insistence that the student-run Honor Court is capable of straightening this all out. "Undergraduate Attorney General"--give me a break! It is time for the professional adult leadership to take a stand here. They have already taken sexual assault out of the Honor Court's jurisdiction but now they need to do more.
CHAPEL HILL, NC - Deputy Assistant Governor Pat McCrory today doubled-down in attacking the University of North Carolina system, declaring his intention to eliminate all collegiate sports on every UNC campus effective in 2014.
"State funded universities should be educating students to get good-paying jobs," McCrory said to a standing-room-only crowd of in the Dean Smith Center.
"Look at this wasteful building," he said, pointing to the Carolina blue jerseys hanging from the rafters. "Two or three players at most will get jobs playing basketball after they graduate. That's a crazy use of tax dollars."
"And what about all the other sports here in Chapel Hill? Cross country? Are you shining me? Who gets a job as a runner these days? And what about wrestling? All those guys smelling each others' armpits? Seriously? That's not a job for a state university, that's a job for Tom Fetzer."
In a follow up question, McCrory was asked about funding for the school of education in the wake of draconian budget cuts coming to public schools. "Great point," McCrory said. "Do we really need to keep turning out teachers when we're closing schools right and left? The school of education? I don't think so. I'm going to shut that freaking place down."
Submitted by southernstudies on Mon, 09/24/2012 - 4:09pm
Last week Art Pope was appointed by the UNC Board of Governors, the body that oversees NC's public university system, to the UNC Advisory Committee on Strategic Directions, which decides spending and academic priorities for the UNC system for the next 5 years. Joining Pope on this committee are a number of conservative political leaders, many of whom are strong allies of the Pope empire.
Big money influence has been disastrous in our political process, and now it is infiltrating higher education here in North Carolina. Stand up against the Pope network of hard-line conservative organizations and politicians who aim to move the state backwards. This Thursday (Sept. 27) at 11am, join NC State students and supporters of higher education by picketing Art Pope's speaking event at the Doubletree Hotel (1707 Hillsborough Street,Raleigh)
Art Pope's track record and intent is clear- he wants to cut budgets, raise tuition, and attack programs like Women's studies and African-American studies. Pope's past donations to higher education show that he is interested only in his own agenda, and not promoting a diverse educational system. For more information on Art Pope, see this flyer by Democracy NC.
RSVP to the event on Facebook and spread the word: Art Pope, hands off our higher education!
Dick Baddour will step down as athletic director at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill this summer. The announcement came a day after the school fired football coach Butch Davis amid an NCAA investigation into the program. "It was pretty evident to me as the decision unfolded that that's in the best interest of the football program," Baddour said at a news conference. "That's a realization that if you're in this business, your head football coach needs to know who the athletic director is going to be.” Baddour's contract is up in June 2012.
If Rush Limbaugh had used the word "nigger" on the air to demean black people the way he used "slut" to demean women who have sex, the University and the Tarheel Sports Network would have already severed their contracts with Rush Radio.
The University has full discretion to choose whatever relationships it wants when it comes to sports broadcasting. This buck cannot be passed.
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