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Historian To Sign Copies of New Book Documenting Life of Civil War Officer

In the new book Dear Delia: The Civil War Letters of Captain Henry F. Young, Seventh Wisconsin Infantry, UNC Charlotte historian John David Smith and coauthor Micheal J. Larson have provided a deeper look at Young’s letters through their detailed research and annotations. On Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 3 p.m., Smith will sign copies of the acclaimed book at Barnes and Noble Charlotte bookstore in the Popp Martin Student Union.

HONORS & AWARDS

CLAS Dean Elected Chair of North Carolina Humanities Council Board of Trustees

Nancy A. Gutierrez, dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at UNC Charlotte, has been elected chair of the North Carolina Humanities Council Board of Trustees for 2019-2020. The Board of Trustees seeks to make the humanities accessible statewide.

Ogundiran Named Chancellor's Professor For Outstanding Interdisciplinary Scholarship

Akinwumi Ogundiran, a transdisciplinary scholar and professor in the Departments of Africana Studies, Anthropology and History, is now designated as a Chancellor’s Professor at UNC Charlotte. This campus honor recognizes his outstanding scholarly achievement and demonstrated excellence in interdisciplinary research, teaching and service.

Janaka Lewis Receives Bonnie E. Cone Early Career Professorship for Teaching

Janaka Lewis, associate professor of English, received the 2019 Bonnie E. Cone Early Career Professorship for Teaching in recognition of her strong commitment to teaching.

ALUMNI & FRIENDS

Fulbright Gives Alumnus Opportunity to Grow Community

Harry Gilliard will take with him a foundational belief in the positive potential of diversity, as he heads to Brazil in 2020 through a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship. Gilliard completed his bachelor’s degree in meteorology in 2011 at UNC Charlotte.

STUDENT STORIES

UNC Charlotte Students Named Millennium Fellows; University Among 6% Chosen For Prestigious Global Program

For the first time, UNC Charlotte this fall will be a campus hub for the highly prestigious Millennium Fellowship program, with 20 undergraduates from across the university chosen as Millennium Fellows to implement their LIFE Skills Initiative. The university is one of just 69 – or 6% – named this year from over 1,200 applicant campuses from 135 nations and is the only one selected in North Carolina.

Fulbright Scholar Builds Cultural Bridges Through Love of Language

Growing up in the tiny mountain town of Hayesville, N.C., the community library became Misty Morin’s refuge, and books became her window to the wider world. In September, Morin will travel to Spain, where she will share her love of language through a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship, teaching English to students in La Rioja in the city of Logroño.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Botanical Gardens' Historical Trail To Interpret Cultures

An outdoor, living exhibit is on its way to the UNC Charlotte campus to tell the story of North Carolina through plants and crops crucial to the state’s development. A team composed of the university’s Center for the Study of the New South, Botanical Gardens, and Urban Institute received a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council for the project, "Walking Through Carolina: An Outdoor Living Exhibit."

COLLEGE VIDEOS

Through #NinerNationGives, College Gains Support For Students

The Power of YOU Makes This The Norm! Join us for 49 hours of inspiring global thinking. With your help, we can continue provide transformational opportunities for our students and, in turn, enhance our local, regional, national and global communities.

CLAS Faculty Stand Out, With Top Teaching Awards Through The Decades

The Bank of America Award for Teaching Excellence was first presented in 1968 to recognize outstanding faculty members at UNC Charlotte. Through the years, dozens of College of Liberal Arts & Sciences faculty have received the top award, reflecting their commitment to stellar teaching.

RESEARCH

Researchers Propose Important Link Between Microbial Infections and Cancers

In a review article appearing in the November 18, 2019 issue of Trends in Molecular Medicine, University of North Carolina at Charlotte cancer biologists Pinku Mukherjee and Mukulika Bose discuss a mechanism that, they suggest, may implicate bacterial infections in a wide variety of cancers. This is a cause that science has yet to fully understand.

Historian’s Book Chosen for New Publishing Imprint Featuring Leading National Authors

A book by UNC Charlotte history professor Karen L. Cox about Confederate monuments is one of the first four books under contract in the newly created Marcie Cohen Ferris and William R. Ferris Imprint for high-profile, general-interest books about the American South. Authors chosen are considered among the nation's leading authors.

Food Research Engages Faculty, Students, Community

Being an informed citizen in a democracy necessitates understanding the people who make, and will be affected by, community decisions. The Civic Eats project seeks to help create a better informed Charlotte citizenry through a focus on the connective potential of foodways – or why we eat, what we eat, and what it means.

TEACHING & ADVISING

Webb Receives Teaching Award; Other College Faculty Named As Finalists

Two of the three finalists for each of the University's two teaching excellence awards are faculty in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. They are Oscar Lansen, Jordan Poler, Terry Shirley Jr., and Jennifer Webb.

CLAS Teaching Excellence Honorees Use Interactive Methods to Engage Students

In recognition of their exceptional and innovative teaching, Jennifer Munroe, Sarah Pollock and Lane Rhodes have received the College's Excellence in Teaching Awards for the 2018-2019 academic year.

GLOBAL REACH

Heart and Home: Writer Challenges, Inspires With His Words

In his 2017 memoir At Home, Away From Home, UNC Charlotte’s Tanure Ojaide speaks of the indelible impressions from his early years in Nigeria. In his words, “One does not forget what one yearns for at heart.” At age 70, many of his poems, short stories, critical essays, and books serve as activist works calling out for justice and fairness for the people and the ecosystem of the Niger Delta.

IN MEMORIAM

Community Mourns Passing of Dr. Susan Cernyak-Spatz, Holocaust Survivor and Pioneer of Holocaust Studies

Longtime UNC Charlotte professor Dr. Susan Cernyak-Spatz passed away on Nov. 17, 2019. Born in Vienna, Austria, Spatz survived the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, as well as the death march, during the Holocaust. She taught German language and literature in the Department of Languages and Culture Studies, and was instrumental in the creation of Holocaust studies at UNC Charlotte.