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.

Documentary Showcases N.C. Organization's Enlarged Scope of Care

The sounds that fill hospital rooms can take on a discordant tone, as life-sustaining equipment beeps, hisses and blares. Chapel Hill non-profit DooR to DooR breaks through the noise, bringing to health care settings the sounds of a different healing sort, as documented in the new film “The Acoustics of Care.”

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

Stedman Receives Prestigious NEH Fellowship for Book Project

Allison Stedman, associate professor of French at UNC Charlotte, has received a prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship to complete a book project with relevance for understanding mind-body connections, the history of medicine, miracles, mysticism, holism, and metaphysical theology. The year-long fellowship will support the outcome of in-depth research to be conducted at the Arsenal Library and the French National Library in Paris, France for a book she is writing.

Language Resource Center Leader Wins "Lifetime Achievement Award"

For his leadership in foreign language education throughout North Carolina and nationally, UNC Charlotte’s Bobby Hobgood has received a "lifetime achievement award" as the recipient of a Foreign Language Association of North Carolina Honorary Life Member Award.

College Dean Named Trustee of North Carolina Humanities Council

Nancy Gutierrez, dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at UNC Charlotte, has been named a trustee of the North Carolina Humanities Council for a three-year term. The organization provides ways for North Carolinians to engage with one another through the humanities. All the programs support lifetime learning in North Carolina through the humanities, especially literature, history, art, music and philosophy.

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.

SPOTLIGHT EVENTS

University to Celebrate Opening of New Confucius Institute

UNC Charlotte, with officials and educators from Shanxi University in China, will celebrate the opening of a Confucius Institute on Wednesday, March 29.

UNC Charlotte International Film Festival Brings Global Cinema to Charlotte

The community can access free, quality international cinema during the annual UNC Charlotte International Film Festival, for three weeks from March 15 to April 7, 2017 during screenings at the main campus and at UNC Charlotte Center City. The festival features 23 films, 30 screenings and special events including screenings with several film directors.

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

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

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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