Researchers investigate public transit and COVID-19, professor designs side of U.S. Air Force medal, and COVID-19 vaccine form reminder

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Open or shut?

Q&A: Niner Transit, Bioinformatics and coronavirus presence and transmission: In March 2020, as the coronavirus pandemic was emerging, a team of researchers from UNC Charlotte’s Department of Bioinformatics and Genomics — curious about how SARS-CoV-2 RNA spreads, went to work collecting samples from Niner Transit, the campus bus system. Lauren Roppolo Brazell, a doctoral candidate in bioinformatics, talks about what they discovered — and what they hope yet to learn.




COVID-19 Information

  • Already have your shot? Let us know. If you have already received the COVID-19 vaccine, let the University know through the COVID-19 vaccine reporting form. Those who receive the vaccination and submit the reporting form with the appropriate documentation will be exempt from completing the daily Niner Health Check and the requirement to participate in random mitigation testing.


  • During the past year, UNC Charlotte has researched and assessed perceptions of the University’s brand from current and prospective students as well as parents, faculty, staff, alumni and other key stakeholders. As we seek to raise the institutional profile, it is vital to develop a strong, cohesive and differentiated brand. Learn more about the brand research and development process.
  • If you are considering retirement this year, register to attend "Ready, Set, Go!" on Thursday, Aug. 5, to learn about retirement benefits and next steps. More information on the retirement planning process can be found on the Human Resources website. Register for the training on the Learning and Development Portal.
  • An update to Research Administration Policy 50.5 governing how tuition and other forms of compensation for graduate assistants (GAs) are charged to sponsored awards goes into effect on July 15. Review the updated policy, memo and FAQs outlining the criteria for allowable costs for tuition and other forms of compensations for GAs.
  • Join Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) on Wednesday, July 21, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. for the next virtual QPR mental health and suicide prevention training. QPR stands for question, persuade and refer — the three simple steps anyone can learn to help prevent suicide. People trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade and refer someone to help. To register, visit the Learning and Organizational Development Portal and log in using your NinerNet credentials. The session is listed under “All Staff and Faculty.” If you need assistance, reach out to Sarah Besse.



  • Dining Services is now hiring! They employ more than 200 students every year for positions like cashiers, baristas and servers. Perks include a free meal for each shift worked, flexible scheduling and hours and competitive campus pay.



  • U.S. Mint Air Force Medal features professor’s design: Associate Professor of Art Jamie Franki has designed the reverse side of the new U.S. Air Force silver medal.



Associate professor of Theatre Carlos Cruz's Nouveau Sud Circus project is the subject of a feature story for Charlotte Is Creative.

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History professor Karen Cox appeared in the POV episode The Neutral Ground which documents New Orleans’ fight over monuments and America’s troubled romance with the Lost Cause. The episode is available online until Monday, Aug. 2.

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