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With the sun peeking out from behind UNC Charlotte Center City as the backdrop, University leaders were joined by local, state and federal officials at a ceremony at the Ninth Street Station in uptown Charlotte on Tuesday, Oct. 16, to witness the signing of an agreement to build a light-rail extension from the inner city to the UNC Charlotte campus.

UNC Charlotte’s Center for the Study of the New South on will host “Without Sanctuary: A Conference on Lynching and the American South” Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 11-13. This event is in conjunction with the Levine Museum of the New South and its exhibit of photographs, postcards and narrative that explores one of the most horrific chapters of history.

UNC Charlotte will host more than 200 scholars from around the world at the first International Pragmatics Conference of the Americas and the fifth International Conference on Intercultural Pragmatics.
Pragmatics, generally speaking, is the investigation of human language and communication. This joint conference is promoting theoretical and applied research in pragmatics, and will bring together scholars who are interested in different subfields of pragmatics. These include the philosophical, linguistic, cognitive, social, intercultural and interlanguage subfields.

UNC Charlotte has been awarded a $698,123 Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program grant from the National Science Foundation to enhance the content expertise of 12 secondary education majors dedicated to pursuing careers as chemistry and physics teachers. 

What it means to be a woman of color is the focus of a conversation series that begins at 12:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12, in the Student Union.  Faculty, staff and community members are invited to attend and share their experiences and insights. 
Organizers for this informal conversation series anticipate it will build toward a larger roundtable and keynote presentation in the spring.

The Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC) and Siemens have awarded the fall 2012 Siemens Energy Scholarships to three undergraduates and one graduate student in the William States Lee College of Engineering.
The prestigious $15,000 undergraduate scholarships were presented to electrical engineering major Walter Bomela and mechanical engineering majors Brendon Almond and Stephen  O’Brien. The $30,000 graduate scholarship went to Jason Anderson, a doctoral student in electrical engineering.

James Tabor, chair of the Department of Religious Studies, is a well-recognized blogger by peers in the field. His TaborBlog was highlighted as the second most popular blog by the Biblioblog Top 50, a website that publicizes, ranks, and archives the top biblical studies blogs each month. Rankings are based on website analytics as well as votes by Biblioblog users.

Zhiwei Li, a doctoral student in software and information systems in the College of Computing and Informatics, will defend the dissertation “Reasoning about Recognizability in Security Protocols” at 10 a.m., Sept. 20, in Woodward Hall, Room 338. Weichao Wang is the dissertation advisor.

The Graduate School is accepting nominations for its annual Master’s Thesis Awards, which are presented based on the clarity of style and presentation, scholarship, research methodology and contributions to the field or discipline. 

Each year, the competition rotates between disciplines. This year, two awards will be presented – one in the category of math, physical sciences and engineering and the other in the category of humanities and fine arts.