STUDENT STORIES

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.

Student-Led Mosquito Project Collaborates on Public Health Research

As temperatures spike each spring, mosquitos start to swarm. They bring with them an increased risk of mosquito-borne diseases and a need to understand how to guard against these pesky – and at times dangerous – insects. Researchers at UNC Charlotte and the Mecklenburg County Health Department are collaborating on a study to determine which factors in the environment lead to hotspots of mosquito activity, in a project led by doctoral student Ari Whiteman.

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

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

Talk Features Muslim Cool: Race, Religion & Hip Hop in the U.S.

Scholar-artist-activist Su'ad Abdul Khabeer will present "Muslim Cool: Race, Religion and Hip Hop in the United States" in a free public talk on Monday, April 24 from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. in Cone 113. Pizza will be provided. Khabeer, a Purdue University professor, uses anthropology and preference to explore the intersections of race and popular culture.

RESEARCH

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.

Study: Drug Use Motivates Women Burglars; Money Motivates Men

Drug use is the main motivation for women who burglarize, while money ranks as the top motivation for male burglars, new UNC Charlotte research has found. The study, published in the January 2017 Journal of Drug Issues, was led by Criminal Justice and Criminology Professor Joseph B. Kuhns and is one of the few that interprets data from both male and female burglars.

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

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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