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UNC-system happenings, September 27, 2013

CORRECTION — Due to a reporting error, a previous version of this article misstated Juan March’s title. He is the chief of the division of emergency medical services at ECU. The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for the error.

Invisibility physics at UNC-Charlotte

Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak might not remain a fictional item for long. Greg Gbur, an associate professor in the Department of Physics and Optical Science at UNC-Charlotte, said invisibility might just be possible.

“There have been a lot of people who have made very primitive cloak designs. When the (research) papers came out in 2006, it made it seem like a cloak was years and years down the road if ever,” Gbur said. “I would suspect that we will start seeing a practical application of these ideas soon — it will take awhile to get perfect cloaking.”

While no natural substance has the ability to let visible light pass directly through it, scientists are working on creating metamaterials, whose atomic structure can be manipulated to allow light to pass through.

Gbur said scientists are currently trying to theoretically prove through mathematics that invisibility is possible.

“It turns out that once you can prove that you can make an invisible object, you can make perfect 3D illusions,” Gbur said. “I could make an object that’s shaped like an apple but looks like an orange.”

East Carolina University dispatches emergency professors

East Carolina University emergency medical professors have teamed up with Pitt County to help respond to the numerous emergency calls.

“What this did was help us to put the medical directors in the field and help them work more closely with the paramedics,” said Dr. Theodore Delbridge, chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at ECU. “In some ways…having a physician there can help navigate (ethical issues).”

Pitt County provided the professors with a Dodge Durango for professors to use to get to the scene. The city of Greenville pays for the upkeep of the vehicle, and the university keeps it full of supplies.

“The newest guidelines for cardiac arrest require that patients receive care on the scene and not be immediately transported to the hospital,” said Juan March, chief of the division of emergency medical services at ECU. “As the on-scene EMS physician, I help provide comfort to the family and can better explain to the family that by delaying transporting to the hospital, (we) are maximizing the chance of survival.”

Emergency Medical Services physicians have also used their expertise to communicate with hospitals about the patient’s condition so the hospital is better prepared for the arrival of a critically ill patient, March said.

So far, ECU’s emergency medical professors have responded to around 80 calls since the inauguration of the program in January of this year.

“There are times when we need a higher level of care from a physician,” said Greenville Interim Fire Chief Eric Griffin. “It takes off from the time it takes for a citizen to get emergency medical care. It helps bridge the gap between the field and hospitals.”

Winston Salem State creates its first Science Immersion Program

Winston Salem State University greets a group of freshmen participating in its first-ever Provost Scholars Science Immersion Program, which will support the recruitment and retention of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) students.

“Any student that pursues or has interest (in science, math or engineering) was a part of our target audience,” said Tennille Presley, one of the directors for the program and assistant professor of physics at WSSU. “So one thing is that we have incorporated activities that develop study skills and professional development such as seminars.”

Students underwent an application process, and seven students were selected to participate. The program began in the second summer session of 2013, and will continue throughout their freshman and sophomore years.

Fayetteville State’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers received $1.3 million

Fayetteville State University’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers received $1.3 million from a state grant to provide academic tutoring opportunities for students in grades 8 through 12 in Title I schools. The program will launch at three community centers around Fayetteville in November.

“The potential for our program is very positive because we have already distributed applications even though we haven’t launched,” said Teresa Thompson-Pinckney, director of the Office of College Access Programs at FSU. “I’ve had parents and students asking about it.”

These community learning centers provide free tutoring sessions in core subjects, furnish skills development for people in the workforce, help eighth graders transition to high school and give college access support. The program caters to seven Title I schools in Fayetteville.

“It’s more than a tutoring and homework center,” Thompson-Pinckney said. “I think that this is a program for our students to be productive adults and lifelong learners.”

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