Thursday, June 28, 2012

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

49ers Football Stadium Taking Shape

The football stadium that surrounds McColl-Richardson Field at UNC Charlotte is taking shape. The stadium, constructed with more than 15,000 permanent seats, will be augmented with thousands more temporary seats by the time the Charlotte 49ers take the field Aug.31 2013 for their first intercollegiate game, against the Campbell University Camels. The additional seats are required as part of the 49ers' transition from the Atlantic 10 conference to Conference USA. The stadium design includes plans for it to be expanded -- eventually -- to 40,000 permanent seats. If you haven't been to campus lately, come see the transformation. Go Niners!

Charlotte Media Tour Energy "Capitol" Building

WSOC coverage of EPIC tour

Johan Enslin, director of EPIC, is interviewed by members of the media during a tour of the facility conducted Tuesday.

By Jared Moon

As Charlotte becomes the nation's new energy capital, then the EPIC building at UNC Charlotte may well be the capital's capitol.

Charlotte-area print and television outlets – Charlotte Business Journal, Charlotte Observer, News14Carolina, WSOC-TV and student media -  received an overview of EPIC presented by Enslin and Jennifer Evans, project manager for the facility.

Initial move-in of the building is under way. During the tour, participants were shown a number of EPIC’s highlights:

·          - The main atrium, which opens up to aesthetically pleasing rotunda.

·         - The Duke Energy Smart Grid Laboratory, which houses equipment designed to test and run a wide range of model validation and real-time simulations.

·         - The high bay area and control room.  The building’s crown jewel, it is one of the five largest high bays in the country and will serve as a site for large-scale structural design and testing

      - The environmental lab suite that will provide students the opportunity to conduct hands-on research
       - The basement floor, which contains two of the building’s large lecture halls with a combined capacity to conduct classes for more than 500 students and space where the University’s Solar Decathlon house will be built.

      The LEED Gold certified building, EPIC contains a high-tech cooling system, a rain collection system and precise window locations and treatments that are among the energy-reducing technologies embodied within the $76 million facility.
      EPIC will open this fall and will house the civil and environmental engineering and electrical and computer engineering departments of the William States Lee College of Engineering.

      The Office of Public Relations in the Advancement Division partnered with Lee College of Engineering and EPIC officials to organize and conduct the media tour.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Germ Research Leads to Health Discovery

The Associated Press and publications worldwide are reporting today on a major health breakthrough resulting from the research of  UNC Charlotte professor Anthony Fodor (pictured below) and his colleagues. According to an AP story, "For the first time, scientists have mapped the more than 10,000 species of bacteria, fungi and other microbes that normally live in or on healthy human bodies.They live on your skin, up your nose and in your gut – and collected together, these microbes could weigh a few pounds.

Don’t say “eeew” just yet. Many of these organisms work to keep humans healthy, and results reported Wednesday from the government’s Human Microbiome Project define what’s normal in this mysterious netherworld.

One surprise: It turns out that nearly everybody harbors low levels of some harmful types of bacteria, pathogens that are known for causing specific infections. But when a person is healthy – like the 242 U.S. adults who volunteered to be tested for the project – those bugs quietly coexist with benign or helpful microbes, perhaps kept in check by them."

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Germs reshape view on health | & The Charlotte Observer Newspaper

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Professor Stakes His Claim to Ethics in Academic Publishing

UNC Charlotte Professor Steven Rogelberg, a professor of management and psychology and director of the organizational science and research unit is one of the two leaders in a nationwide pitch for academic journal editors to adopt a voluntary code of ethics.  According to the attached article in Inside Higher Education, “Rogelberg said that he has thought for years about the need to promote better ethical standards. But he said that an article in the journal in Science in February about coercive citations convinced him that there was an immediate need. Coercive citations are those that editors seek to add to authors' pieces not because they are needed, but to make various journals appear more influential. Many people use various measures of journal influence that are based on counting how many times journals' articles are cited -- so extra citations yield a more influential journal.
“Rogelberg said that he has seen this with some of his own submissions elsewhere, and that the phenomenon is real -- and irresponsible. He said that he believes editors who take a public pledge not to engage in that practice and other questionable practices will be more likely to edit with ethics.

“Further, he said editors signing the pledge can offer support to academics who come to them with cases of less scrupulous editors. And there is a public shame factor too: The ethics code has a portion of its website where people can report violations.

Journal editors promote pledge on ethics | Inside Higher Ed

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Eretz Magazine Cover Story: Archaeological Storm

The recent discovery by Prof. James Tabor, Simcha Jacobovici and their team in Israel, along with their book The Jesus Discovery and the film "The Resurrection Tomb/The Jesus Discovery" are the basis for the cover story in Israel's international magazine.
Eretz Magazine Cover Story: Archaeological Storm

Monday, June 4, 2012

Model U.N. Team Brings Students Together

UNC Charlotte's Model United Nations provides students the opportunity to research and debate global issues. Students gain valuable skills and a global perspective that will carry over into their careers.The team has traveled the country, winning awards and gaining experience.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Student DJ and Biz Major Aims to be Record Mogul

Freshman Daniel Hamilton, from South Africa,  is a business major and artist. He has a passion for being a DJ with a goal of owning a record label. Communications Studies students produced this segment for Inside UNC Charlotte, which airs June 3 at 5:30 p.m. on WTVI.