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May. 13, 2013 @ 04:58 PM

Anthropologist awarded Guggenheim Fellowship
CHAPEL HILL – Anthropologist Patricia McAnany at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to support her research.
McAnany is the Kenan Eminent Professor of Anthropology in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences.
The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, based in New York City, appoints fellows based on prior achievement and exceptional promise in research and artistic creation.
McAnany’s proposed book project is “Heritage without Irony: Transcultural Dialogue at a Busy Intersection.” As an archaeologist, she has conducted field research and cultural heritage programs throughout the Maya region, and she co-founded the UNC program, “InHerit: Indigenous Heritage Passed to Present.”
The foundation awarded 175 fellowships to a diverse group of scholars, artists and scientists across 56 disciplines and from 85 academic institutions. The candidates were chosen from among a group of almost 3,000 applicants. Many Nobel, Pulitzer and other prize winners are fellowship alumni.

Three honored with advancement of women awards
CHAPEL HILL – Three people at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill received University Awards for the Advancement of Women in honor of their dedication to the empowerment of women. The awards, created in 2006, go to one faculty member, one staff member and one student, graduate student or postdoctoral scholar.
This year’s honorees are:
-- Camille McGirt of Durham, a senior majoring in health policy and management in the Gillings School of Global Public Health;
-- Kelli Raker of Durham, rape prevention coordinator at Campus Health Services; and
-- Jenny Ting, William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, co-director of the Inflammatory Diseases Institute and program leader for the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.
McGirt, a Bryan Social Innovation Fellow with Carolina’s APPLES Service Learning Program, established Healthy Girls Save the World, a program designed to fight obesity and promote healthy lifestyles for girls ages 8 to 15 in the Chapel Hill area. The program organizes free events focusing on nutrition, physical activity and positive relationships, and it gives participants a chance to interact with college athletes.
Raker has made a significant impact through her work with One Act, a four-hour training program led by peer educators for students who want to help prevent interpersonal violence. One Act is a student-led collaboration with Campus Health Services’ Student Wellness that works toward a safer campus environment.
Ting has trained more than 85 graduate students, postdoctoral scholars and clinician scientists, many of whom have become career scientists. An internationally recognized leader in her field, Ting has been called the medical school’s “go-to” person in providing career advice for women and is recognized as a quiet but effective force in the school’s retention of talented women faculty.
Awards given to nine who contribute to diversity on campus and beyond
CHAPEL HILL – Nine people or groups at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill received 2013 University Diversity Awards. The awards, sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, recognize significant contributions to the enhancement, support and furtherance of diversity on the Carolina campus and in the community.
This year’s winners are:
-- Lisa Freeman, assistant director in the department of housing and residential education, who co-founded the department’s multicultural competence committee and created the multicultural adviser program;
-- Paul Cuadros, assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, who is on the advisory board and the operational board for the Scholar’s Latino Initiative, a three-year program for students from under-resourced N.C. high schools that helps them develop an enthusiasm for higher education and prepare for college success;
-- Katie Savage, a junior psychology major, who received the undergraduate student award for her work in founding Advocates for Carolina, an organization for students with disabilities;
-- Arianna Timko, a graduate student in rehabilitation counseling and psychology, who was honored for her work in developing the “Beyond Bullying: How Bystanders Can Prevent Identity-Based and Sexual Harassment” training;
-- The Black Student Caucus, which represents students of color in the School of Social Work and hosted school events to promote education about racial and social injustices;
-- The Carolina College Advising Corps, which received the departmental award for its efforts to provide trained, enthusiastic advisers to low-income, first-generation and under-represented students at partner high schools across North Carolina;
-- Bryan McKinley Jones Brayboy, a 1990 Carolina alumnus and member of the Lumbee tribe, whose research as the Borderlands Professor of Indigenous Education and Justice in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University focuses on the experiences of indigenous students, staff and faculty;
-- The community organization Blue Ribbon Youth Leadership Institute, which conducts programs to eliminate racial achievement gaps in Chapel Hill area high schools; and
-- Community member and UNC alumna Florence Simán, who directed a lay health adviser program at El Pueblo Inc., where she is now the director of health programs.

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