AUTHOR

Lynn Roberson

New Writing, Rhetoric and Digital Studies Department Prepares Students For Changing Nature of Writing In Complex World

UNC Charlotte has created a new Writing, Rhetoric and Digital Studies Department, the first academic department of its kind in the Carolinas. As part of the new department, a proposed Bachelor of Arts degree is designed to address the changing nature of writing.

New Research Could Help Address Threats To Reefs

Corals depend on their symbiotic relationships with the algae that they host. New insights into this important process, in a study by UNC Charlotte's Tingting Xiang and colleagues, could offer clues to helping reefs survive.

Anthropology Researcher Addresses Hunger Issues

When the Jamil Niner Student Pantry opened on campus in 2014, professor Nicole Peterson decided to focus a research project on campus, working to determine the depths of the food insecurity problem on the UNC Charlotte campus.

Students Prepare For Teaching Using Virtual Reality, In Cross-College Work

Education students at UNC Charlotte are now using virtual reality (VR) to prepare for real life classrooms, in a program that looks to reshape the way future teacher candidates learn about how students and teachers interact. Meghan Barnes, an English education professor from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and Hilary Dack from the Cato College of Education developed the program, which allows students to interact with videotaped K-12 classes through VR headsets.

Life Changes Spur 1,000th 49er Finish Graduate To Complete Geology Degree

Jon Venable will cross the stage during Fall 2019 Commencement to accept a bachelor’s degree in geology. This milestone was 20 years in the making, as he left UNC Charlotte in August 1998 just four credit hours shy of finishing. Now, two decades later, he will be the 1,000th former student to return to UNC Charlotte through the 49er Finish Program.

Student Bonner Leader Honored For Community Service

UNC Charlotte junior Rebecca De Luna has been recognized for outstanding leadership and service by North Carolina Campus Compact, a statewide network of colleges and universities that are committed to community engagement. She is a psychology major in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

Student Receives Civic Trailblazer Award For Community Work

Senior Neariah Mandisa-Drummond is the 2019 recipient of the John H. Barnhill Civic Trailblazer Award. While at UNC Charlotte, Mandisa-Drummond - a Communication Studies and Spanish major in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - has developed a passion for serving people as a member of the institution’s inaugural class of Bonner Leaders.

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.

Professor Receives Prize For “Best Book In Modern French History”

A book by UNC Charlotte History Professor Christine Haynes has been chosen the best book in modern French history (post 1815) over the previous two years, receiving the inaugural Weber Book Prize from the UCLA Department of History.

MPA Alumna Transforms Lives Through The Arts

Stephanie Stenglein did not know what a 501c3 was when she started the Master of Public Administration program at UNC Charlotte. Today, she is transforming lives in her role as vice president of institutional advancement for Arts+, and colleagues have yet again honored her for her work.

Africana Studies Professor Wins Award For First Book

A book by UNC Charlotte Africana Studies associate professor Oscar de la Torre, The People of the River: Identity and Environment in Black Amazonia, 1835-1945, has received the inaugural Outstanding First Book Award from the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora.

Biology Doctoral Student Grows Impact Through Research

As biology doctoral student Farida Yasmin advances her research into the wild soybean and its potential to address worldwide food scarcity, she continues to grow her impact and her knowledge. Most recently, she has received new funding for her work, was named one of 16 young plant scientists worldwide to attend elite training, and was a co-author on an academic paper.

Archaeologists Discover Infants Wearing Skull Helmets, In Unique Ancient Burial Practice

Two infants unearthed in ancient burial mounds in Salango, Ecuador were buried wearing helmets crafted from the skulls of other children, in what researchers believe was a unique practice perhaps intended to protect the infants’ souls during their journey to the afterlife. The research team – composed of UNC Charlotte’s Juengst and Abigail Bythell and Richard Lunniss and Juan José Ortiz Aguilu of Universidad Técnica de Manabí in Ecuador – published their findings in November in the journal Latin American Antiquity.

Study Shows Unemployment Encourages Men to Try Traditionally Female-Dominated Work

Unemployment significantly increases the odds of men entering jobs traditionally performed by women. Notably, some men find real job advantages as a result, a study published in the journal "Social Science Research" by Jill Yavorsky of UNC Charlotte and Janette Dill of the University of Minnesota finds.

CLAS Doctoral Students Take Top Spots in 3MT Contest

Three College of Liberal Arts & Sciences graduate students earned the first, second and third-place places at UNC Charlotte's Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition.