Welcome to SYC, a UNC Charlotte newsletter designed to make it easy for you to stay connected with Charlotte’s urban research university. Top stories, strategic priorities, current media exposure and social media connections will all be a part of SYC. We hope consolidating our news this way will “unclutter” your inbox and make it easy to Stake Your Claim.
UNC Charlotte’s EPIC and Waverley Labs Partner on Cybersecurity
Researchers from EPIC’s Duke Energy Smart Grid Laboratory working with Waverley Labs conducted a systematic analysis of risks and threats to power transmission systems to identify critical points of failure.
The collaboration has resulted in an innovative risk management solution focused on relationships between cyber attacks and the electrical and physical infrastructures associated with the power grid.
MetLife Foundation Contributes $100,000 to Start Women in Business Leadership Program
The MetLife Foundation and The University of North Carolina at Charlotte announced a partnership to establish a "Women in Business" leadership program in the University’s Belk College of Business.
"The Belk College of Business is grateful to receive this generous support from MetLife Foundation and has been pleased to have MetLife as a new partner in the Charlotte region," said Steven H. Ott, dean of the college. "This gift will provide more opportunities to female students in the College of Business, and it reinforces our connection with a major employer in the area."
2015 UNC Charlotte Legislative Agenda
The N.C. General Assembly convened in January for the two-year legislative session. UNC Charlotte has an aggressive legislative agenda that reflects the challenges of the campus’ fast rate of growth, the demand for classes in STEM majors and expanding efficiencies that encourage management flexibility. Learn more about these priorities below.
2015 Legislative Priorities
49ers in Public Office
UNC Charlotte commends our alumni serving in public office. Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest (’93, ’94) became the first alum elected to statewide office in 2012. The influence of UNC Charlotte alumni takes a big step forward this session as 49ers are in important leadership positions and head important legislative committees.
Join us in congratulating the following alumni currently serving in office.
University Secures Clean Fuel Advanced Technology Grants
UNC Charlotte is committed to becoming a regional model of sustainable stewardship, and toward that goal, the University recently earned two Clean Fuel Advanced Technology Project grants totaling $64,000.
The first grant of $12,000 enabled the University to purchase a vehicle battery monitoring system that checks, measures and calculates certain battery parameters to determine the health of the battery. When a problem is detected, it is kept in system memory for later retrieval and reported wirelessly to a connected PC. Motor fleet technicians can proactively analyze and determine if any battery maintenance is needed. The system was purchased from VEBAR, a locally-owned electric fleet battery monitoring company.
According to Chris Facente, automotive supervisor for the Facilities Management Department, the typical cost to replace an electric vehicle battery ranges from $220 to $250. Each vehicle requires eight batteries, which translates into a savings of $1,760 to $2,000 if issues are identified before a vehicle’s battery warranty expires.
UNC Charlotte Health Care Study Deemed Nation’s Most Influential
"Por Nuestros Ojos: Understanding Social Determinants of Health through the Eyes of Youth," co-authored by a number of UNC Charlotte researchers, was named the most influential research piece related to health care disparities for 2014, according to the Culture of Health Reader Poll by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, considered the largest philanthropy efforts devoted to public health.
Chancellor to Receive Award for Diversity Efforts
Chancellor Philip L. Dubois is the 2014-15 recipient of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District III Inclusion and Diversity Leadership Award, which recognizes an individual for his/her efforts to foster inclusion and diversity within the higher education profession, on his/her campus or in the greater community.
University Receives Prestigious Designation from Carnegie Foundation
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has reaffirmed UNC Charlotte’s community engagement classification, which the University earned originally in 2008.
Events, February 2015
- Feb. 7, 2015: 49er Gold Rush 5K Run / Walk
- Feb. 11, 2015: MACC Information Session
- Feb. 10, 2015: Personally Speaking with Author John David Smith
- Feb. 12-14, 2015: Valentine's Orchid Sale
- Feb. 18, 2015: MBA Information Session (online)
- Feb. 18-22, 2015: The Purple Flower and Other Plays
- Feb. 21, 2015: Alumni Basketball Night
- Feb. 24, 2015: Veterans Health Conference
- Feb. 27, 2015: Health Disparities Distinguished Lecture
- Athletic Events
In the News, February 2015
THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER
- Mapping the spread of flu - Prof. Dan Janies is working on ways to using computing to map the spread of the flu.
- Niner Student Pantry - UNC Charlotte and Food Lion partner on tackling food insecurity.
- I.T. keeps changing - Yi Deng, dean of the College of Computing and Informatics, is the co-author of an op-ed about the changing definition and nature of information technology.
- Solutions for training, keeping teachers - Ellen McIntyre, dean of the College of Education, shared her thoughts at a summit considering issues related to teacher pay and training. This was also reported by WUNC TV.
- Flowers help woman cope with loss - An alumna faced cancer and a layoff by putting her creativity and business know-how into an entrepreneurial venture, which has proven successful.
- Alumna inspires 49ers for Life - An alumna and current UNC Charlotte employee is living proof that blood donations can save a life.
- Experts consider political shifts - Prof. Eric Heberlig and government liaison Betty Doster comment on shifts in N.C. legislative clout.
- UNC Charlotte prepares for weekend of dance - UNC Charlotte dance faculty members will be cutting the rug with dance world luminaries on Friday. Guest performers from the Charlotte Ballet and the renowned Martha Graham and Jose Limón dance companies will elevate the UNC Charlotte dance department's annual faculty concert to new heights.
NEW YORK MAGAZINE
- How not to be late - Prof. Steven Rogelberg comments on a self-help guide for NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio.
THE WASHINGTON POST
- Site of Jesus' trial located? - Faculty member and archaeologist Shimon Gibson comments on archaeological discovery.
NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO
- Love-hate feelings about meetings - Prof. Stephen Rogelberg was interviewed on NPR's Morning Edition about the culture of meetings.
WFAE CHARLOTTE TALKS
- What's next in immigration reform? - Prof. Greg Weeks discusses implications of executive action on immigration reform.
- Flu, genomics, and emerging disease - Prof. Dan Janies, Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor of Bioinformatics and Genomics, discusses genomics that affect the flu on a global scale.
CHARLOTTE BUSINESS JOURNAL
- Student start-up gets CLT Joules help - A desalination company growing out of a senior engineering design program has been selected by local business accelerator.
THE STATE (Columbia, S.C.)
- Alum architect thrives in Africa - Antonio Nevada Martinez took his UNC Charlotte architecture training to West Africa to build hospitals and health centers.
TWC NEWS 14
- Mayoral primary likely most expensive - At least one expert - Prof. Eric Heberlig - says the race for Charlotte mayor could be the most expensive ever, and that's just for the Democratic primary.
- Partnership creates food pantry - UNC Charlotte and Food Lion partner on tackling food insecurity.