Measles déjà vu

In his Sunday, Feb. 7, New York Times column, “The Dangers of Vaccine Denial,” Nicholas Kristof, one of my favorite columnists, said this: In a few backward parts of the world, extremists resist universal childhood vaccinations. The Taliban in tribal areas of Pakistan. Boko Haram militants in Northern Nigeria. Oh,… Read More

Jack Boger on recent events at UNC

For my blog post this week, I draw readers’ attention to a brilliantly written, heartfelt and, I believe, accurate statement about recent events in this state, written by Jack Boger, dean of the UNC School of Law, and published Feb. 18 on the school’s web site. Dean Boger is a… Read More

Dean Smith passes

A remarkable legacy It is not just about the basketball triumphs—although having coached some of the greatest teams in basketball is an amazing feat. I’ll leave that aspect for others to eulogize. It’s the man Dean Smith whom I admired. Few of us here today lived in the Chapel Hill… Read More

At Gillings, teaching counts

Honoring and celebrating our teachers Earlier in the week, Anna Maria Siega-Riz, PhD, professor of epidemiology and nutrition, and our associate dean for academic affairs, Greg Bocchino, EdD, director of student services, and I held one of our regular Chat with the Deans in the School’s Armfield Atrium. We had… Read More

Diversity doesn’t mean we’re all the same

Our differences make us stronger Last weekend, my husband, Bernard, and I heard Rev. Thom Belote, of the Community Church of Chapel Hill Unitarian Universalist, talk about the spiritual and practical significance of a passage from the New Testament, Galatians 3:28. The gist is this: There is neither Jew nor… Read More