tion washed into the river by heavy rains.. .. "The dead fish showed sores typically caused by pfiesteria, but state officials will have to await test results. ..." There's good evidence from the Insti- tute of Marine Sciences monitors, and those of other researchers, Paerl said, that he fish died in an atmosphere oflow oxygen brought on by the "salt wedge" effect he had explained. "There was a chain ofevents that led to low oxygen, and this stressed the fish," he said. "It's important to note that when you see fish with sores on them, the stressor [which made them vulnerable to toxic organisms] could have happened some time before. It's not always clear what produces the sores." What is clear is that we're in this for the long haul. People are drawn to the water, but they don't seem to love it enough to leave it alone. "We have some of the best minds working on the problem now," Paerl
And Moreau, "Ifyou're dealing with
the Chesapeake Bay you may be able
to point to some other state [as a
culprit]. With the Neuse it's all within
our state- it's all our problem. It's
going to be a long-term problem. The
problem is going to be there for the
next generation and the generation
after that. It's a great illustration of the
business ofliving within the limits of
DAVID BROWN ' 75 is associate editor oj the
said. "The public is much more aware of
the problem of nitrogen. There's certainly
a greater investment of funds from federal
and state agencies into more intensive
research. Scientists are learning to make
their results more meaningful, more
interpretable, to management."
Said Roper, "The state is now taking
Roper Envisions an Institute of Public Health
Carolina got a man who has moved fast and touched down in a lot of places when it brought Bill Roper in as dean of the School of Public Health last
year. He may need to stay a while in Chapel Hill if he's to see through the plans
he already has for the school.
Roper-who turned 50 this summer and had been special assistant to Ronald
Reagan for health policy, deputy assistant to George Bush for domestic poliCY,
and director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by the time he
was 42-would like to see the University apply the success story of the Institute
of Government to public health in North Carolina. The disparity in the quality of
health care across the state's population, and the burden of illness on the poor,
is "clearly the number one issue" for the school, he says.
Roper would like UNC to have a public health clearinghouse similar to the Institute
of Government, which became a model for the nation. The institute serves as a
Wide-ranging consultant to local govern-
ments and to the Legislature on policy
issues and is known for providing small
towns and counties with some of the big-
city resources they otherwise couldn't
afford. Why not bring the state of the art
in health care to the most remote areas of
the state in the same way, Roper believes.
"We want to provide consultation, edu-
_ cation and investigation for public health
Bill Roper ( looking over the Albemarle Sound)
headed a state task force that could have
recommended shutting down the Neuse for
fishing, swimming and boating. He says he
wouldn't hesitate to swim in it.
issues around the state," he said, "connect-
ing this school more tangibly to people in
North Carolina. I want to see it branch out
beyond the typical government agencies,
into other community-based groups."
The school has applied for grant money
to seed what could be called the N.C.
Institute for Public Health.
Roper inherited a school in good shape-
its graduate program tied for second
nationally with Harvard in the most
recent U.S. News and World Report ranking. But it is essentially at the limit of its
laboratory space. The school got permission this year to begin planning and rais-
ing an estimated $24 million for a 90,000-square-foot building, which is expected
to go up just south of Rosenau Hall on Columbia Street.
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