STUDENT STORIES

Scholar To Conduct Humanities Research With Rare Ertegun Scholarship

With her selection as UNC Charlotte’s first-ever Ertegun Graduate Scholar, UNC Charlotte’s Eileen Jakeway is headed to England’s University of Oxford, for what she anticipates will be one of the most intellectually rich and invigorating experiences of her life. Each year, only about 20 full-time graduate students in the Humanities are chosen from throughout the world to receive the scholarships.

Outstanding CLAS Undergraduates Earn Goldwater Scholarships

Undergraduate students Mary (Tess) Overton and Nemah-Allah Saleh have received Goldwater Scholarships, as only the second and third students at the University ever to receive this award. The scholarship is the premier undergraduate award of its type in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Swiped Topiary Inspires Botanical Gardens Staff, Engages Community

When a treasured topiary tree was scooped from the soil and stolen from the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens the first weekend of April, hundreds of people turned to social media to spread the word. Upon the plant’s return one day after the community learned it was missing, the outpouring continued.

New Confucius Institute to Expand Educational, Cultural Offerings

A Confucius Institute will open at UNC Charlotte in summer 2017 to broaden the University’s outreach and support for language instruction and cultural opportunities in the Charlotte community. UNC Charlotte will establish the Confucius Institute within the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences in the Department of Languages and Culture Studies.

ALUMNI & FRIENDS

Meteorology Alumni Keep People Informed On Hurricane Matthew

As Hurricane Matthew pummels Florida and threatens Georgia and the Carolinas, UNC Charlotte meteorology alumni are tracking and reporting on the hurricane in this first week of October. These alumni are drawing upon their professional experience and also what they learned in classes and internships at UNC Charlotte.

HONORS & AWARDS

Heather Smith, Called Amazing Mentor, Earns de Silva Honor

Heather Smith, professor of geography and earth sciences and director of the doctorate in Geography and Urban Regional Analysis, is the 2017 recipient of the Harshini V. de Silva Graduate Mentor Award. She was honored at a ceremony on Thursday, March 30, at the Harris Alumni Center at Johnson Glen.

UNC Charlotte Historian Wins International Book Prizes for Innovative Research

UNC Charlotte history professor Mark Wilson has won two top international prizes from the Business History Conference for his book, Destructive Creation: American Business and the Winning of World War II, including the Hagley Prize for the best book in business history in the previous year. Wilson also was co-recipient of the Gomory Prize, in the first time a scholar has won the organization’s two major book awards.

COLLEGE VIDEOS

The Live Wire Features UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens

On this episode of The Live Wire, UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens Director Jeff Gillman shares insights into all that the Botanical Gardens has to offer and what's ahead for this community treasure.

TEACHING & ADVISING

Exceptional Faculty Receive College 2017 Teaching Excellence Awards

In recognition of their exceptional teaching, Ashley Bryan, Nishi Bryska and Ian Marriott have received the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences’ Excellence in Teaching Awards for 2017. Dean Nancy A. Gutierrez and the awards committee chairs commended the honorees and award finalists for their innovation, creativity and focus on engaging students in scholarship and research.

UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens Cultivate Creative Class Setting

The hushed tones of UNC Charlotte students add another note to the song in the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens, as faculty turn to the Gardens to study subjects ranging from graphic design to ecological interactions. They and their students embrace nature and gain inspiration from the natural world.

SPOTLIGHT EVENTS

Discover the Stories Behind the Books Through 2017-2018 “Personally Speaking” Published Author Series

Join us for the 8th annual Personally Speaking Authors Series for often unexpected, always fascinating journeys that range will range from the role of food in shaping our culture to the role of slaves in the abolition movement and from the influence of Thomas Wolfe to defining genocide today.

RESEARCH

UNC Charlotte Receives Water Resources Grant to Establish Watershed Observatory

UNC Charlotte has received a $76,521 grant to establish a watershed observatory that will document the impact of land use and invasive plant species on Catawba Watershed water quality and quantity, to guide the development of best conservation practices for uplands here and elsewhere. Dr. Martha Cary Eppes and Dr. David Vinson of the Department of Geography & Earth Sciences will oversee the watershed work, in partnership with North Carolina Plant Conservation Program and the Catawba Lands Conservancy.

UNC Charlotte Study Of Online Activism Data Wins A Top Prize

UNC Charlotte researchers have examined over one million tweets sent during the protests of the police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte in September 2016. This research holds implications for understanding the role of cluster tweets and other public relations strategies in relation to online activism.

GLOBAL REACH

Faculty Member to Research Eco-Feminism With Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship

With his Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship, Africana Studies faculty member Honoré Missihoun will research and teach texts from Francophone countries in Africa, as he explores how the exploitation of women, land and natural resources relates to patriarchal and male-dominated societies. Missihoun will conduct research at the University of Jos, Nigeria, focused on eco-feminism and eco-criticism in the environmental literature of Francophone Africa and the African Diaspora.

The Grove: Sacred Grove Reveals New View of Africa’s Past

Surrounded by the sprawl of a modern city, the dense forest grove of Osun-Osogbo in southwestern Nigeria has long stood as a silent sentry guarding the mysteries of the ancient past. Those secrets are now revealed by UNC Charlotte researcher Akin Ogundiran, whose work has upended long-held views of how West Africa became a global economic player.

INK

Scholar's Book Analyzes Freedom, Citizenship In Study of Black Militia

History professor Gregory Mixon's new book analyzes one state’s process of freedom, citizenship and the incorporation of African Americans within the political and economic structure of the United States after the Civil War. "Show Thyself a Man: Georgia State Troops, Colored, 1865-1905" explores how both independent militias and state-sponsored militias defined freedom and citizenship for African Americans.

COLLEGE PUBLICATIONS

College Publishes Fall-Winter 2016 Exchange Magazine

This Fall-Winter 2016 issue of the College’s Exchange magazine showcases the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences' commitment to the values of community, of diversity and inclusion, and of ethical behavior. Stories in this issue demonstrate the pervasive engagement of the college and the community in trying to address issues of social justice and societal needs.

Spring 2016 Exchange Magazine

This Spring 2016 issue of the College's Exchange magazine makes visible the scholarly accomplishments of CLAS students and faculty. This work is not an end in itself, as College Dean Nancy Gutierrez says, but a pathway to creating a better future.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Hollywood Writer, Producer Serves as Africana Studies Artist-in-Residence

Hollywood writer and producer Calvin Brown Jr. is serving as the 2017 Africana Studies Artist-in-Residence from March 13-March 23, 2017. Brown, a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill graduate and native Charlottean, Brown will guest lecture in classes, meet with students in a brown bag question-and-answer session, and work with select students to produce a short film on the history of the Africana Studies Department.

TALKS

Researcher Delivers Keynote Talk on China Role in Cybersecurity

UNC Charlotte researcher Cheryl L. Brown delivered a keynote talk at the Duke-UNC China Leadership Summit on April 9, titled "China's Evolving Role in Cybersecurity and Hyperconnectedness in the Internet of Things." Other keynote speakers included Joseph Nye of Harvard University and Thomas Christensen of Princeton University.
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