STUDENT STORIES

Social Good: Students Create Tool to Address Economic Mobility

When streetlights burn out in the Enderly Park neighborhood, the darkness closes in, causing residents to worry about safety. UNC Charlotte geography undergraduate students Jamal Covington and Devin Martin have created a way for residents to use mobile devices to easily report issues such as burned-out lights.

Application Opens for Charlotte Research Scholars Experience

Up to 60 UNC Charlotte rising seniors will gain research experience through the Charlotte Research Scholars 10-week summer research initiative. The deadline for rising seniors from all academic disciplines to apply is Friday, Feb. 24. Through CRS, high-achieving scholars receive one-on-one, faculty-guided research training and participate in professional development sessions.

Graduate Students Win UNC Charlotte Three-Minute Thesis Contest

Squeezing years of work and thousands of words into a three-minute talk, graduate students Shayan Nazari and Danny Yonto earned first and second place in UNC Charlotte’s inaugural Three-Minute Thesis competition.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

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.

MPA Public Management Academy Certificate Focuses on Public Sector Managers

Public sector managers face specific challenges that differ from those of people working in the for-profit arena. To address these challenges, UNC Charlotte’s Master of Public Administration Program and the University’s Continuing Education Office are launching the MPA Public Management Academy Professional Development Certificate program in spring 2017.

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

Researcher Receives Award for International Public Policy Work

For his international work in advancing public sector performance, UNC Charlotte researcher James Douglas has received the Senator Peter B. Boorsma Award from The Southeastern Conference for Public Administration. “Receiving the award affirms in my mind that the work I have been doing abroad is meaningful and is hopefully making a difference in the world,” he said.

Ojaide Receives Nigeria's Top Academic Honor

UNC Charlotte scholar Tanure Ojaide has been named this year’s recipient of the Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM), in the Humanities category. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari presided over the investiture ceremony on December 1 in Abuja, the country’s capital. Established in 1979, the Nigerian National Order of Merit is the highest academic honor in Africa’s most populous country.

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

Geology Students to Step Outside Classroom, Back in Time

Students in UNC Charlotte geologist William Garcia’s classes can imagine they have stepped back in time to the Mesozoic era, as they follow an interactive path of dinosaur footprints newly installed on the university campus. His students and others on campus are now able to step outside the customary lecture-based classroom setting and participate in a hands-on, kinesthetic learning experience.

Writing Course Redesign Shifts Students' Writing Understanding

Writing is foundational to the overall success of all UNC Charlotte students. When faculty in the University Writing Program started discussing changes to the first-year writing curriculum, the focus was on discovery of the best way to provide knowledge and support.

SPOTLIGHT EVENTS

College Faculty Lead Timely Discussions In Great Decisions Lecture Series

An uncertain future for the EU after Brexit, competing territorial claims in the South China Sea, the continued effort for nuclear non-proliferation and other foreign policy considerations are part of the political backdrop of the nation. The Great Decisions lecture series can provide background information, current data and policy options for these crucial issues.

Personally Speaking Looks at Two Sides of Wartime Recycling

Be part of a community conversation about the historical pluses and minuses of recycling at Personally Speaking with Peter Thorsheim on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at UNC Charlotte Center City.

RESEARCH

Study Characterizes Key Molecular Tool in DNA Repair Enzymes

New research by UNC Charlotte scholar Shan Yan and colleagues has revealed the function of a widely shared enzyme component, the Zf-GRF domain, as a critical molecular tool necessary for manipulating DNA during repair processes.

From Planets to Microspheres: New Optical Devices Target Real-World Problems

When Vasily Astratov explains complex principles of physics, specifically in the world of optics, he turns to St Paul’s Cathedral in London and its Whispering Gallery. Whisper on one side of the iconic dome, and someone standing a hundred feet away on the other side can hear the whispered words. The same principle is at work in optics, which has helped shape the groundbreaking work in Astratov's lab in the Department of Physics and Optical Science at UNC Charlotte.

GLOBAL REACH

Crossing Boundaries: Scholar Finds Connections Between Religions, Beliefs

The ancient texts that tell their secrets to UNC Charlotte researcher John C. Reeves inhabit the twilight realms of cosmic arcana, apocalyptic fervor, and religious dualism of Late Antiquity and the Medieval Era. “It’s really the thrill of solving mysteries that keeps me going,” says Reeves, UNC Charlotte Blumenthal Professor of Judaic Studies and Professor of Religious Studies.

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

UNC Charlotte Honors Renowned Scholar Loy H. Witherspoon Upon His Death

Loy H. Witherspoon, professor emeritus of philosophy and religious studies at UNC Charlotte and a longtime confidant to University founder Bonnie Cone, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 15, in Charlotte. The founding chair of the Department of Religious Studies, Witherspoon retired in 1994 after 30 years of distinguished service at the University. “Loy Witherspoon embodied the values and aspirations of UNC Charlotte,” said Nancy Gutierrez, dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

College Joins UNC Charlotte Data Science Initiative

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences is now part of the UNC Charlotte Data Science Initiative, joining the College of Computing and Informatics, Belk College of Business, and the College of Health and Human Services as part of this strategic partnership. Jean-Claude Thill, Knight Foundation Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Director of Project Mosaic, has agreed to serve as the DSI Director for the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

TALKS

Sullivan Presents Jerry Jackson Lecture in the Humanities at WCU

Shannon Sullivan, Chair of Philosophy and Professor of Philosophy and Health Psychology at UNC Charlotte, presented the Jerry Jackson Lecture in the Humanities at Western Carolina University on November 3, 2016. Sullivan spoke on "Good White People," the subject of her acclaimed book of the same name.
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