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Monday, April 14, 2013

  • 2014 UNC Board of Governors University Award:  Leo Jenkins--Heather Burgiss profiles the 2014 recipients of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors University Award. Former East Carolina President Emeritus Leo Jenkins is posthumously conferred with the honor, which is the highest the board of governors bestows for outstanding contributions to higher education.  Dr. Jenkins served 31 collective years on the Greenville, North Carolina campus, 18 of those years as both President and Chancellor.  His accomplishments included obtaining university status for the school, the founding of a nursing program, schools of business, music, art, arts and sciences, education, a graduate school and the Brody School of Medicine. (Pitt, Orange and Wake Counties)
  • InfoSense--Kelley McHenry takes a look at how research within the University of North Carolina is creating concepts that in turn develop businesses that provide essential services and best practices as well as generate revenue.  Kelley visits Charlotte where engineers at UNC-Charlotte have designed a sound sensing system that can detect potential blockages in sewer pipes, giving utility crews an idea where to clean out city sewer pipes.  (Mecklenburg Co.)
  • Newsmaker:  Tom Eamon, Ph.D./Author, "The Making of a Southern Democracy:  North Carolina Politics from Kerr Scott to Pat McCrory"--North Carolina Bookwatch Host D.G. Martin has a conversation with East Carolina University Political Science Professor and author Tom Eamon about his new book, "The Making of a Southern Democracy."  Dr. Eamon traces Tar Heel politics from the 1940's to 2013, which includes the periods involving racial tensions to student demonstrations to fierce rivalries in higher education education--and how these conflicts helped shape North Carolina's revolution and evolution as a major player in 21st Century American politics.

Tuesday, April 15, 2013

  • 2014 UNC Board of Governors University Award:  Thomas Kenan III--Heather Burgiss presents Thomas Keenan III, the 2014 recipient of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors University Award.  Mr. Kenan continues the philanthropic legacy of his family which stretches over 200 years.  A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, his focus is finding ways to make a difference through financial support for the University of North Carolina and beyond.  The University Award is the highest honor the board of governors bestows for outstanding contributions to higher education.  (Orange and Wake Counties)
  • Wake Forest Baptist Cancer Center Expansion--Jeff Smith visits the newly expanded Wake Forest Baptist Health Comprehensive Cancer Center--the first center of its kind in the Triad.  In 2013, The Comprehensive Cancer Center was ranked as the number one cancer hospital in the state and number 12 in the country by U.S. News and World Report.  (Forsyth Co.)
  • Newsmaker:  Sarah Dessen/Author, "The Moon and More"--North Carolina Bookwatch Host D.G. Martin speaks with author Sarah Dessen about her latest novel, "The Moon and More."  The setting is in the fictional coastal town of Colby where the main character, Emaline is spending the summer in her home town before heading to college.  She has great aspirations in which an ambitious outsider and her mostly absentee father are encouraging her to leave Colby to realize her potential.  Emaline is also conflicted because she also loves her deep roots of her mother, stepfather and sisters in Colby--and searches to find a balance between the two.

Wednesday, April 16, 2013

  • North Carolina Science NOW Series:  Making Peace with Bugs--Frank Graff With Earth Day coming up, we look at the partnership the Center for Human-Earth Restoration has with the YMCA of Wake County,  in which students who have never been exposed to the natural world are introduced to the natural sciences. (Wake Co.)
  • 2014 O. Max Gardner Award:  Dr. Jagdish "Jay" Narayan--Jeff Smith introduces us to the 2014 O. Max Gardner Award recipient Dr. Jagdish "Jay" Narayan.  Dr. Narayan's work on the nano level has led to advancements in LED sensors, fuel additives, computer sensors and more.  His research also involves removing defects from materials on the nano level to make them stronger and more efficient. The Oliver Max Gardner Award, named after North Carolina's 57th governor, was established in his will to recognize University of North Carolina system faculty who have "made the greatest contributions to the welfare of the human race." It is considered the University of North Carolina's highest faculty honor.  (Wake and Orange Counties/Oak Ridge, TN)
  • Newsmakers:  Michelle Harrell/Coordinator of Teen and College Programs, North Carolina Museum of Art, Belle Williams/Student, NCMA Teen Arts Council and Jennifer Fulton/Student, NCMA Teen Arts Council--Ms. Harrell, Ms. Williams and Ms. Fulton will talk about the upcoming ArtScene, an annual event for teens across North Carolina taking place April 26, 2014 at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Inspired by the Museum’s spring exhibition Estampas de la raza/Prints for the People: The Romo Collection, the event features art-making workshops, several live music and dance performances, teen art exhibitions, and food. ArtScene is organized by the NCMA Teen Arts Council, a group of 23 teens from area North Carolina high schools.

Thursday, April 17, 2013

  • Legislative Committee:  Dr. Mike Walden/Energy Exploration--Kelly McCullen stops by the The Joint Legislative Commission on Energy Policy where North Carolina State Economist Mike Walden outlines the possibilities and downside to energy exploration in the state.  Dr. Walden, says billions of dollars and thousands of jobs are possible, depending on how much oil and gas is found. He also found a lot of variation on the potential for offshore energy in North Carolina based on the uncertainty of oil and gas prices and the uncertainty of how much could be recovered.  State regulators are actively writing rules for on-shore, natural gas exploration.  Any off-shore drilling would require federal approval, which has not happened.  (Wake Co.)
  • Biltmore/Downton Abbey Comparison--Heather Burgiss travels to the Biltmore Estate to show the uncanny comparisons of what went on in the Asheville mansion to the activities portrayed in the very popular PBS program Downton Abbey. The lives of the Vanderbilt family at the Biltmore and scenes involving the Crawley family across the pond in England in the early 1900's regarding food, clothing, servants and setting are quite similar. (Buncombe Co.) 
  • Newsmaker:  Robert Inman/Author, "The Governor's Lady"--North Carolina Bookwatch Host D.G. Martin talks with author Robert Inman about his latest novel, "The Governor's Lady." The story centers around Cooper Lanier, a daughter and wife of governors who decides to run for the executive position at the end of her husband's term.  After winning the election, she faces challenges from the former administration as well as her husband, who tries to govern behind the scenes through her while pursuing aspirations of becoming president.  Mr. Inman's complete interview can be seen Friday, April 18th at 9 p.m. on UNC-MX; Sunday, April 20th at noon and Thursday, April 24th at 5 p.m. on UNC-TV.

    Friday, April 18, 2013


            Producer Katy Loebrich presents unique places in the Tar Heel State where North Carolinians and            visitors alike can enjoy the great outdoors. The program is hosted by Heather Burgiss

    • Umstead Park--In a story narrated by Shannon Vickery, Producer Jon Takahashi takes us to the William B. Umstead State Park in Raleigh that serves as a unique getaway to enjoy the peace of nature within a busy city. (Wake Co.)
    • Point Lookout Trail--Rick Sullivan takes us on a bicycle trek of Point Lookout Trail at Old Fort near Asheville, that consists of a smooth road and spectacular scenery. (McDowell Co.)
    • Navitat Canopy Adventures--Rick Sullivan gives us a unique bird's eye view of the Blue Ridge Mountains courtesy of Navitat Canopy Adventures in Barnardsville, just outside of Asheville. (Buncombe Co.)
    • OBX Kite Boarding--David Huppert cruises to Cape Hatteras to check out the sport of Kite Boarding. The Outer Banks--specifically Cape Hatteras is considered one of the best kite boarding locations in the world because of the cape's layout and the prevailing southwesterly wind. (Dare Co.) 
    • Oak City Cycling Project--Peter Bell introduces us to the Oak City Cycling Project, a Raleigh cycling shop that not only restores old bicycles but promotes increased bicycle ridership and safety on the roads. (Wake Co.)