In today’s Bulldog update of technology news: UNC names former Secretary of Education to head university system; UNC School of Medicine researcher get Biomedical Scholars Award; Raleigh wage inequality third in the nation. Charlotte landed at number 2. Atlanta is at Number 10.

Spellings to head NC University System

Former U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings has been selected to head the University of North Carolina system. Spellings is currently president of the George W. Bush Presidential Center and was previously president and CEO of Margaret Spellings and Co., a DC consulting firm. She has served as a senior advisor to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and was president of its foundation.

She replaces Tom Ross, head of the system since 2011, on March 1, 2016. She’ll get a five-year, $775,000 a year contract with benefits.

We’ll be curious to see how the UNC system reacts to her appointment, considering the politically conservative nature of her previous positions.

UNC School of Medicine names researchers Biomedical Scholars

The UNC School of Medicine has named three young researchers as recipients of the inaugural Yang Family Biomedical Scholars Award: Jonathan Berg, MD, PhD, associate professor of genetics and medicine; Maureen Su, MD, associate professor of pediatrics, and microbiology and immunology; and Yisong Wan, PhD, associate professor of microbiology and immunology. All three recipients are also members of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Su is a member of the Thurston Arthritis Research Center and the Inflammatory Disease Institute.

Raleigh Wage disparity third nationally

Raleigh landed on a list that’s not as great as all those best place to live, work, build a company type of awards it receives annually. It’s third nationally among the nation’s top 52 Metro areas, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data as crunched by Headlight Data. Charlotte was second.

Overall for the US,, it reports, high wage earners enjoyed a 3.1 percent increase in their real median wage, after accounting for inflation. Low wage earners witnessed a 3.8 percdent fall in their wage. Across the 52 largest U.S. metros (with 1+ million population), the highest wage growth inequality over the 2005-2014 period was in San Jose (a 14 percentage point difference in growth rates), followed by Charlotte (13 percentage pts.) and Raleigh (12 percentage pts.).

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