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Belltower Briefs 26th Annual Emerging Issues Forum The University’s Institute for Emerging Issues will sponsor the 26th Annual Emerging Issues Forum, An Idea Exchange for Healthcare, on Feb. 7 at 8 a.m. North Carolinians will have a unique opportunity to join leading thinkers, as well as our state’s best practitioners and decision makers for a summit on healthcare innovations at the Raleigh Convention Center. Confirmed speakers at this year’s Forum include: Sanjay Gupta, neurosurgeon and chief medical correspondent, CNN; Andrew Witty, CEO, GlaxoSmithKline; Indra Nooyi, chairman and CEO of PepsiCo and Financial Times’ #1 Woman in World Business; Clay Christensen, author of The Innovator’s Prescription and professor at Harvard Business School; Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, practicing physician and CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; James Gavin, chairman, Partnership for a Healthier America; and Rye Barcott, UNC-Chapel Hill graduate, former U.S. Marine and founder of Carolina for Kibera. Source: NCSU Campus Calendar
LED Lighting made more efficient Researchers in the Colleges of Engineering have developed a new technique that reduces defects in the gallium nitride (GaN) films used to create LEDs, making them more efficient. LED lighting relies on GaN thin films to create the diode structure that produces light. The new technique reduces the number of defects in those films by two to three orders of magnitude. The researchers started with a GaN film that was two microns, or two millionths of a meter, thick and embedded half of that thickness with large voids – empty spaces that were one to two microns long and 0.25 microns in diameter. The researchers found that defects in the film were drawn to the voids and became trapped – leaving the portions of the film above the voids with far fewer defects. Defects are slight dislocations in the crystalline structure of the GaN films. These dislocations run through the material until they reach the surface. By placing voids in the film, the researchers effectively placed a “surface” in the middle of the material, preventing the defects from traveling through the rest of the film. The voids make an impressive difference.
Selena Sullivan Holds up her award winning “Guardian of Generations” quilt Saturday at the African American Cultural Celebration in the History Museum. The African American Quilt Circle comes not to sell the handmade quilts forged over generations, but rather to educate the crowds of the importance of crafting to capture a heritage. “We come every year to help preserve the heritage of African American quilting.”
Museum transforms into time capsule The North Carolina Museum of History hosted the tenth annual African American Cultural Celebration Sunday. Brooke Wallig Deputy News Editor
In three generations political power has shifted multiple times over; pop culture has been
transformed by MTV and Michael Jackson, and cataclysmic events like Chernobyl and Challenger explosions have rocked the world, leaving it forever changed. But for the Barrow family, neither time nor experience has altered their passion for fusing their memories and emotions into their wooden carvings, a tradition forged nearly five generations ago. At a small table in a secluded cor-
ner of the North Carolina Museum of History, members of three generations of the Barrow family sat displaying the varnished wooden canes during the tenth annual African American Cultural Celebration created by the eldest member of the group, Frank Barrow Sr. Delicately shaving a wooden flower out of a small reed, Barrow said his craftsmanship originated with his grandfather, but he is largely self-
taught. “I’ve been doing this since I was about ten years old,” Barrow said. “My father and his father taught me how to weave oak baskets, but other than that I’m self-taught. I make my own knives, gather my own wood, and create most of my own designs. Now I’ve got about 50 of these canes, among other things.”
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Bike loan program to help international students
Source: NCDU News Services
International Students can now receive bikes on loan for transportation.
Gov. Perdue Protects 50,000 Small Businesses In the interest of economic development, commerce and protecting the state’s small business community, Governor Perdue allowed N.C. small businesses to be excluded from permitting requirements for greenhouse gas emissions. In a statement the Governor said, “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and they are fighting to stay alive during this economic downturn. I simply cannot stand by and watch these businesses get hit with ridiculous costs for no good reason.”’ Source: Office of Gov. Perdue Press Release
White House Internship Program for Fall 2011 The White House Internship Program for fall 2011 opens today at www.whitehouse. gov/about/internships./. The program’s mission is to increase accessibility to future leaders and to assist those interested in public service for future leadership opportunities. The spring interns were recently announced with only one coming from North Carolina, Eric Mills from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Some of the offices available for interns include the Office of the First Lady, the Office of the Chief of Staff, the Office of Health Reform, the Office of Legislative Affairs, the Office of White House Counsel, the Office of Energy and Climate Change, the National Economic Council, and the Office of the Vice President.
Brandy Still, Security supervisor of Safety Escort, picks up Antonia Caldwell, freshman in First Year College, in front of the First Year College building Sunday.
Students express mixed opinions about escorts The more than 20 year old program serves as a proactive program to ensure and promote safe campus transit. Lana Layton Staff Writer
Source: White House Media Affairs
The Campus Safety Escort program is available for all students to utilize in moving various campus locations and campuses. Campus Police Patrol Division Commander Jon Barnwell expressed the neces-
sity and usefulness of the program. “It is a very legitimate and useful program that is utilized by our student population, and we encourage them to continue to utilize it,” Barnwell said. Barnwell also talked of the program’s inception, which occurred over 20 years ago. “The campus safety escort service has been in place for over 20 years and it’s a partnership between University Housing and the Campus Police Department. University Housing
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According to Blanchard, this is a new project CCF has started and is being implemented on a small scale. “We have around 3000 international students on campus. Thus the need is very big. We currently have 12 bikes Sagar Sane and we are looking for volunteers who Staff Writer wish to donate their bikes for this Campus Christian Fellowship cause. Before lending the bikes, we organization has started a bike service the bikes and give it to students loan program tailored specially for in good condition. We are also workinternational students on campus. ing with the office of international serJoe Blanchard, campus minister vices to get this process streamlined of Campus Christian Fellowship, from next semester,” Blanchard said. He wants students with older or unsaid this program will enable international students to get bikes used bikes to contribute to the cause. “I appeal to the students who want for transportation on campus at to donate their bikes to come out in a low cost. “We loan bikes to international numbers so that more international students on campus so that they students can benefit from this initiative. Those who can ride it along want to donate the for a semester bikes can send me and return back an email. We are also at the end of selooking for somemester. They can one who can assist also keep it lonus with bike repair ger if they want,” as we have a strict Blanchard said. policy of servicing Caleb Johnson, the bike before we junior in chemislend it to anyone,” try is also an active member of Joe Blanchard, campus minister Blanchard said. CCF is also tryCCF. He said this of Campus Christian Fellowship ing to get registered is a good initiawith the transportation department tive taken by CCF. “We are offering this only to to make the process speed up for the international students. When the next semester, according to Blanchard. Blanchard said, “those who want to international students arrive on campus, they have a lot to worry apply for this bike loan program can about and the bikes are expensive fill out a form on http://ccf-ncsu.org. to buy, especially if they are here We serve the requests on a first come only for a semester or so. We pro- first serve basis. Our aim is to make vide bike loan opportunity where this facility available to as many inthe students can get the bikes just ternational students as we can. But, as paying $20 deposit which they will this is the first semester this program get back once they return the bikes at the end of the semester,” Johnson said. Bike continued page 3
“We have around 3000 international students on campus. Thus the need is very big.”
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