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John Turner, former UNC dean and social work trailblazer, passes away

TurnerJohn B. Turner, Ph.D., whose career in social work spanned more than 40 years and whose efforts and leadership helped earn national recognition for the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, died on Jan. 30. He was 86.

Turner, a writer, scholar and teacher who devoted his life to community organization, social activism and social work education, had been recovering from a fall last year.


Parish honored for developmental disabilities research

ParishSusan Parish, Ph.D., assistant professor at the UNC School of Social Work, was given the 2009 Deborah K. Padgett Early Career Award by the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR). The award recognizes Parish’s notable influence and innovative work in the area of promoting evidence-based practice within the field of developmental disabilities and her noteworthy contributions to advance the social work profession.


Fraser named editor-in-chief of new social work research journal

FraserUNC School of Social Work’s Mark Fraser was appointed editor-in-chief of a newly created electronic journal published by the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR).

Fraser, the School’s John A. Tate Distinguished Professor, will provide editorial direction for the Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research (JSSWR), an open-access publication that will give researchers the opportunity to publicly publish their work and retain control over the material. 


UNC study: access to children’s health insurance program vital to disabled children

The federal expansion of a children's health insurance program should help improve disabled children’s access to services, but more needs to be done at the state level to meet their needs, according to a new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


UNC’s CareerStart program raises test scores, narrows the achievement gap among middle school students

When Dennis Orthner, professor at the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, helped launch CareerStart four years ago, he had one primary goal in mind: to keep more students in school. Orthner saw the intervention program, which helps students connect what they are learning in school to future career opportunities, as a way to reach those most at-risk of failing.