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Mills appointed federal affairs director

The University’s Office of Federal Affairs has a new director. Beau Mills, who assumed the post on Feb. 28, will represent Carolina in Washington and serve as the primary point of contact for all federal issues affecting the University.

Mills came to Carolina after serving since 2009 as District Director under U.S. Rep. David Price. In that position, he managed the offices within North Carolina’s Fourth District and worked with a variety of business and government leaders, interest groups and constituents throughout the district on Price’s behalf.

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Carolina’s Pavelsky Receives Early Career Award

Obama PECASEPresident Obama named UNC-Chapel Hill Geological Sciences Assistant Professor Dr. Tamlin Pavelsky as a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).  The PECASE awards represent the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on scientists and engineers beginning their research careers.  Pavelsky was recognized for exceptional research and leadership advancing satellite remote sensing of river discharge, including enabling the broader community to develop and improve algorithms for NASA’s Surface Water Ocean Topography (SWOT) Satellite Mission.  Pavelsky is among 102 researchers who will receive the awards.

Image credit: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

UNC Researcher Lends Voice to Sequestration Impact before Congress

jian-liuIn November, UNC-Chapel Hill Eshelman School of Pharmacy Professor Jian Liu, participated in a congressional briefing, “Faces of Austerity: How Budget Cuts Have Made Us Sicker, Poorer, and Less Secure.”  The briefing, sponsored by NDD United – a collection of more than 3,200 national, state, and local organizations working to protect and promote nondefense discretionary programs – brought together panelists from the education, science, natural resources, and job training sectors to show the current impact of sequestration and ongoing budget cuts across the country, and the potential for more harsh effects if Congress fails to act.  Liu’s remarks focused on how the sequester forced him to slow the pace of his groundbreaking research leading to the development of a synthetic form of Heparin – a key anticoagulant used in surgery.  Liu also described how uncertain funding led him to cancel plans to increase the number of researchers in his laboratory.  While in Washington, Liu also met with staff in the NC Senate offices.

The NDD report is available online:  http://publichealthfunding.org/NDD_report/NDD-report-digital.pdf.

Obama Awards Medal of Freedom to Coach Dean Smith

Dean SmithPresident Obama paid tribute Wednesday to legendary Tar Heel basketball coach Dean Smith, awarding him with a Presidential Medal of Freedom.  The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the nation’s highest civilian honor.  According to the White House, this award is presented to those who have “made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”

Smith is one of 16 individuals named by President Obama in a group that includes President Bill Clinton, Chicago Cub Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, Senators Daniel Inouye and Richard Lugar, entertainers Loretta Lynn and Oprah Winfrey and astronaut Sally Ride.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Executive Order signed by President John F. Kennedy establishing the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

UNC’s Rhinehardt Supports Servicemembers and Veterans before Congress

XF1A7218The House Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training, chaired by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), held a hearing to examine how higher education institutions are supporting servicemembers and veterans who are working to earn a postsecondary degree or obtain valuable job training skills. As more troops return home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, higher education institutions now face the largest influx of veteran students since World War II – a trend that is expected to continue. Read More...

Contact Office of Federal Affairs

CB 7006 · 300 Bynum Hall · UNC-Chapel Hill · Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7006
Ph: (919) 843-0050