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Monday, January 26th
- Brain Initiative--Kelley McHenry takes a look at research being done at the UNC Neuroscience Center in Chapel Hill that involves a very in-depth view of the brain like never before. It is part of the Brain Initiative launched by President Obama in 2013. The process involves the use of a high powered photon microscope--also developed at the UNC Neuroscience Center-- that can view an area 50 times larger than existing microscopes. Researchers are now able to look at a single brain neuron as well as a single dendrite which extends from the neuron. The goal is to better understand what leads to diseases such as Alzheimer's or autism. (Orange Co.)
- UNC School of the Arts Cirkus Theatre Project: Gateway 1--North Carolina NOW continues its presentation of the UNC School of the Arts Cirkus Theatre Project - wherein student teams are tasked with creating an original story for the stage. The students are helped in the process by guidance from faculty in a series of review panels known as "gateways." In this segment, we catch up with the teams as they go through their first gateway. (Forsyth Co.)
- Newsmaker: David Zimmerman/President, Southern Shows Inc.--Mr. Zimmerman will join us to talk about the upcoming Southern Farm Show. Over 400 exhibiting companies make the Southern Farm Show the largest agricultural exposition in the Carolinas and Virginia. A tradition at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds each February, the show hosts key industry events, and is known as the region’s annual meeting place for farmers and agricultural leaders. Free admission and free parking make the show a can’t-miss for farmers, as well as allied professionals including landscapers and excavation contractors. The 2015 show will take place February 4th-6th.
Tuesday, January 27th
- Hidden Grave Sites/Developers--Jeff Smith looks at what is being done in situations where developers are discovering forgotten and abandoned grave sites while transforming farm land and wooded lots into businesses and neighborhoods. The sites must either be worked around or moved and Jeff shows us the process of how the grave sites are located--and possibly relocated. (Wake Co.)
- Newsmaker: Zack Moore M.D., M.P.H./Medical Epidemiologist and Pediatrician, North Carolina Department of Public Health--Dr. Moore will discuss the recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report on flu deaths in North Carolina and offer helpful tips and cautionary measures. According to state health officials, the death toll from the flu in North Carolina has surpassed the total for all of 2013-14 with word of 15 more deaths last week. The Department of Health and Human Services reports 114 people have died from the flu this season, which dates to Oct. 4, 2014. Last season, 107 people died from flu-related illness. Of the 114 deaths this season, 91 have involved people age 65 and older. The latest report is less than half the 34 deaths reported the week before. Last week, state health officials announced that flu activity had peaked at the end of December but that more flu-related deaths were expected.
- UNC School of the Arts Cirkus Theatre Project: Gateway 2--This portion of the UNC School of the Arts Cirkus Theatre Project finds the students preparing for their second "gateway" review. The teams have had a few weeks to work on their theater productions and are about to go before their faculty panel - and a special guest. (Forsyth Co.)
- Minda Brooks/Program Director, Wildacres Leadership Initiative and Alyson Grine/Defender Educator, UNC School of Government and William Friday Fellow--Ms. Brooks will join us to talk about the 20-year anniversary of the William C. Friday Fellowship through the Wildacres Leadership program. Ms. Grine, appointed by the UNC Board of Trustees as the Albert and Gladys Hall Coates Term Distinguished Lecturer for Teaching Excellence, is a 2013 fellow and will join us to talk about her work and her experience in the leadership program. At an elevation of 3,300 feet, Wildacres is situated on 1,600 acrea atop Pompey's Knob, a mountain near the Blue Ridge Parkway in Little Switzerland, North Carolina. To celebrate Wildacres 50th Anniversary, the Wildacres Leadership Initiative was established in 1995. Its mission is to broaden the scope of Wildacre's influence on North Carolina and its citizens for the next 50 years and beyond. The founders and staff of the initiative created the William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations to prepare emerging leaders for the challenges of the 21st Century. With the humanities as its focus, the Fellowship provides a forum for Fellows of differing ideologies, vocations and ethnic backgrounds to work together.
Wednesday, January 28th
- North Carolina Science NOW: Body in Motion--Frank Graff continues his North Carolina Science NOW series by examining one of the most popular resolutions--losing weight and getting exercise--and why folks fall short of that resolution. Unfortunately, weight issues are moving to the younger generation as a recent report from the National Youth Fitness Survey shows only one in four teens get the recommended one hour of moderate to vigorous exercise everyday. Frank travels to Appalachian State University's Human Performance Lab in Boone to check out new research that should spur all of us on to get moving. (Watauga Co.)
- Excerpt: UNC Board of Governors Education Summit--North Carolina NOW presents an excerpt from a special meeting of the UNC Board of Governors Education Summit held on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at SAS Institute in Cary, North Carolina. Topic discussions include Educator Quality and Quantity in North Carolina, New Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Standards and Quality Teachers and School Leaders. (Wake Co.)
- UNC School of the Arts Cirkus Theatre Project: Gateway 4--In this piece, participants at the UNC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem are being followed as they come closer to completing the Cirkus Theatre Project. The students have worked on their original stories throughout the school year and now, in their final "gateway" review, they'll find out which teams will go on to bring their productions to the stage. (Forsyth Co.)
- Newsmaker: Anita Brown-Graham/Director, Institute for Emerging Issues--Ms. Brown-Graham has been Director of the Institute for Emerging Issues, headquartered at North Carolina State University since 2007. She stops by to talk about the history of the Institute, a think-and-do tank focused on tackling big issues that affect North Carolina’s future growth and prosperity. The Institute was created from the Emerging Issues Forum, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. The topic for the 2015 Emerging Issues Forum is "Innovation Reconstructed." It will take place February 9th and 10th at the Raleigh Civic Center.
Thursday, January 29th
- North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service Series: New Marketing--Donna Campbell continues her series of reports as the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service celebrates a century of assisting agriculture in the Tar Heel State. This time, Donna examines how Cooperative Extension is helping farmers with new marketing techniques. She introduces us to Richard Holcomb and Jamie Dement who grew up in farm families in eastern North Carolina but never thought they would farm. Now they own Coon Rock farm in northern Orange County that supplies produce for their restaurant in Durham, Piedmont. And the duo has launched a popular statewide home delivery service for organic, local food called Bella Bean. (Durham and Orange Counties)
- The Fitness Files #1--Derek Long begins a new continuing series called "The Fitness Files," a multimedia project designed to improve public health in North Carolina. "The Fitness Files" will provide information, tools, inspiration, and opportunity for people and families to find their level of fitness and maintain it. In Derek's first installment for North Carolina NOW, he highlights a Kinston family participating in North Carolina's "Eat Smart, Move More" program. (Lenoir Co.)
- Miracle on the Hudson Anniversary--David Hains visits the Carolinas Aviation Museum in Charlotte for an event celebrating one of the most remarkable events in recent history, the "Miracle on the Hudson." On permanent display there is the Airbus A-320, the plane that was en route to Charlotte when it landed in the Hudson River in 2009. David brings us a behind the scenes tour of the plane and talks to a survivor of Flight 1549. (Mecklenburg Co.)
- UNC School of the Arts Cirkus Theatre Project: Summer Program--There has been a change in season as students continue the UNC School of the Arts Cirkus Theatre Project in Winston-Salem. The three student teams chosen to produce their stories are hard at work. In an intensive 4-week summer process, they rehearse performers, build sets, sew costumes, and prepare their productions for performance in front of a live audience. (Forsyth Co.)
Friday, January 30th
- Da Brothaz--Carol Jackson shares the story of Joshua Weaver and True Settles, two young and gifted hip-hop dancers who have taken their skills from practicing in the basement to raising it to a much higher level--literally. The duo are using their talents to perform praise dancing at church services. (Orange and Durham Counties)
- UNC School of the Arts: Cirkus Theatre Project: Vegas--North Carolina NOW presents the conclusion of the UNC School of the Arts Cirkus Theatre Project series. After a full year of developing their original stories, producing them for the stage, and getting to perform them before a live audience, the students now have a chance to see how the inspiration for the project does it--with a behind-the-scenes visit to Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas. (Forsyth Co. and Clark Co., NV)
- Newsmaker: Marcie Ferris/Author, "The Edible South: The Power of Food and the Making of an American Region"--North Carolina Bookwatch Host D.G. Martin has a conversation with UNC-Chapel Hill Associate Professor of American Studies Marcie Ferris about her latest book,“The Edible South: The Power of Food and the Making of an American Region.” The book studies the relationship between food and the culture of the South over many centuries, explaining why Southerners eat the way they do and why specific foods have been proclaimed as deeply Southern. Ms. Ferris' entire interview can be seen on Friday, January 30th at 9 p.m. on UNC-MX, Sunday February 1st at noon and Thursday February 5th at 5 p.m. on UNC-TV.