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Clyde Edgerton, Painter? A Noted North Carolina Novelist Gets Visual with Photographer John Rosenthal 

--The Independent Weekly

Clyde Edgerton, UNCW professor of creative writing and author of ten novels, including several New York Times Notable Books, is also a painter. Edgerton shows paintings based on photographs by John Rosenthal and others in a new exhibit set to run through October 9 at FRANK Gallery. 

CULTURALLY ENRICHING: Ballet Folklorico ‘Quetzalli’ de Veracruz brings colorful dose of Hispanic culture to the stage

  • Check Out the Latest Edition of Inside CAS 
    • The CAS Newsletter, Inside CAS, is the product of an ongoing applied learning initiative with the Department of Communication Studies advanced public relations students and faculty.
  • U.S. News’ Best College ratings give high marks to NC schools
    • The News & Observer
      As many high school seniors begin the journey of finding the right college, they often turn to a list that set off rankings fever 32 years ago – U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges. Here’s how N.C. schools fared: Best regional universities (South) UNC Wilmington (16th)
  • NC Sea Grant to Host Shellfish Workshop
    • Coastal Review Online
  • North Carolina Sea Grant will offer a free shellfish aquaculture workshop with the North Carolina Shellfish Growers Association, the UNC Wilmington Center for Marine Science and Carteret County Community College.
  • 2016 UNCW Research Magazine 
    • Check out the latest edition of the UNCW Research Magazine! Many works by CAS faculty and staff are highlighted.
  • CoastLine: NC Voters and Partisan Politics
    • WHQR
      • Aaron King, assistant professor of political science at UNCW, weighs in on the culture war in the United States.
  • Video: Rare beaked whale washes ashore in Nags Head|
  • The Outer Banks Voice
    • Scientists from UNC Wilmington and other agencies descended on the area near mile post 18 in South Nags Head on Friday to conduct a necropsy of a Cuvier’s beaked whale that washed up Thursday night by the Outer Banks Pier.
    • Additional coverage: Virginian-Pilot 
  • UNCW Recognizes Award-Winning Faculty
  • Eleven UNCW faculty members were recognized for excellence in teaching, service and scholarship during the fall faculty meeting Sept. 6.
  • “Since coming to UNCW over a year ago, I have witnessed the excellence of our faculty,” said UNCW Provost Marilyn Sheerer. “In so many different ways, they go far beyond the call of duty in supporting our students and challenging them to expand their horizons. Honoring such faculty with special awards is one small way that we have to praise their work. I am so pleased to be part of the annual recognition ceremony.”
  • Psychology professor Carrie Clements is the recipient of the Board of Trustees Teaching Excellence Award, one of the most prestigious recognitions conferred at UNCW. The award underscores the importance of teaching, emphasizing the recipient’s efforts to encourage, recognize and support excellence in teaching across the university. Clements also received the Distinguished Teaching Professorship Award at the fall meeting.
A Comedian and an Academic Walk Into a Podcast …
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Shane Mauss, a stand-up comic who likes picking professors’ brains, has become an unlikely but engaging science educator. Mauss has even started doing live shows of this podcast. He’s literally bringing scholars into the stand-up world. And as Kate B. Nooner, a psychology professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, who was a guest on his first live show, says, "That’s a public service."
  • SCHOOL OF (PUNK) ROCK: UNCW's theatre dept. debuts 'Punk Rock’ this week
    • encore
      • UNCW’s theatre department’s debut of “Punk Rock” opens their new season Thursday on the Mainstage Theatre of the Cultural Arts Building.
  • Chautauqua magazine launch party scheduled Sunday
    • StarNews
      • Chautauqua, a literary magazine based at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, will have a launch party for its 13th issue from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Bottega, 122 Princess St.
  • Communique: T h e M i n i m a l i s t s | Music By Glass, Reich, & Riley At Beckwith Recital Hall
    • WHQR
    • Friday night is UNCW's Alumni & Faculty Showcase: The Minimalists at Beckwith Recital Hall. Rob Nathanson (guitar), Justin Hoke (guitar), Danijela Žeželj-Gualdi (violin), Michael D'Angelo (percussion) and several other performers will present music by Philip Glass, Terry Riley and Steve Reich. Rob Nathanson talks about the performance and explains the importance of minimalism in the development of contemporary music.

Moore Accepted into Academy for Innovative Higher Education Leadership
Kemille Moore, UNCW Associate Dean for Student Policy and Curriculum Coordination, has been accepted for admission into the Academy for Innovative Higher Education Leadership. 

Survey results show support for affordable housing in Wilmington and New Hanover County
Port City Daily
The joint city of Wilmington and New Hanover County committee on workforce and affordable housing will be holding its first meeting Tuesday at the New Hanover County Executive Development Center. One item the committee may use to help guide it is a community survey, which was conducted a few months ago by University of North Carolina Wilmington professors Kristen DeVall and Christina Lanier.

UNCW Psychology Department, Professor Carol Pilgrim to Be Honored for Contributions in the Field of Behavior Analysis
UNCW’s Department of Psychology and professor Carol Pilgrim will receive prestigious awards for their work from the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis (SABA). The department has been named the 2017 recipient of the Award for Enduring Contributions to Behavioral Analysis, and Pilgrim will receive the 2017 Award for Distinguished Service to Behavior Analysis.

Center for Marine Science in the News: Troy Alphin interviewed about his North Carolina Shellfish Siting Tool
While many restaurants in the Cape Fear region offer shellfish on the menu, most of it isn't coming from local waters. “North Carolina consumes a lot more shellfish than it produces,” said Troy Alphin, a researcher at the UNCW Center for Marine Science.

AGAINST THE GRAIN: Ann Conner’s latest woodcuts and drawings hang as part of New Elements’ latest exhibit
Since childhood, Ann Conner—Professor Emerita in the Department of Art and Art History at UNCW—has been drawn to the pen and paper. When looking at her current work hanging in New Elements Gallery, as part of the collection “Vibrant Lives,” the same curvaceous shapes finely crisscross into a pattern of tightly wound lines across spacious wooden blocks in the Post Oak series. 

Scientists, Fishermen Tackle Problem of Whales Entangled in Ropes
Biologists with Duke University and UNC Wilmington spot a 4-year-old male right whale entangled in heavy fishing rope while conducting research for the U.S. Navy 40 miles east of Jacksonville, Florida. 

Discover New Shark Secrets at the Tennessee Aquarium's Sharkfest on Aug. 5
The Chattanoogan
OCEARCH, a global leader in shark research, launched an expedition in June to tag up to 30 mature female Sand Tigers with a goal of learning more about their breeding and pupping habits. Using an OCEARCH vessel, scientists from Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Florida Aquarium, North Carolina Aquariums, SeaWorld, Southeast Zoo Alliance for Reproductive Conservation, and the University of North Carolina Wilmington, spent nearly 10 days tagging sharks off the coast of North Carolina.

Opera Wilmington delivers solid performance of Mozart's 'Cosi Fan Tutte'
This solid, light-spirited performance at the University of North Carolina Wilmington's Main Stage Theatre (in the Cultural Arts Building) should satisfy opera buffs while providing an enjoyable introduction to those who've never seen an opera before.

Project making waves for a cleaner future
People with the Plastic Ocean Projectwork to clean up the world’s oceans. The project stationed at UNCW uses a machine that ingests the plastic, and 80 percent of plastics put through the machine are turned into oil. 

Best-selling author, alumnus Jason Mott returns to UNCW as writer-in-residence
Best-selling author Jason Mott is returning to UNCW, his alma mater, as the new writer-in-residence in the creative writing department.

Marine Sleuth
Wilma Magazine
Jennifer McCall is finding success with her Wilmington-based business SeaTox Research Inc., which she started with her fellow biologist and husband in 2013. McCall’s company is located within the UNCW Marine Biotechnology in North Carolina (MARBIONC) facility. She also teaches at UNCW. 

CAM exhibit combines visual and writing works 
Wilma Magazine
The Cameron Art Museum is currently presenting a visual art/writing exhibit entitled She tells a story, and those asked to be a part of it in the Wilmington community jumped at the chance. Amrita Das, associate professor of Spanish at University of North Carolina Wilmington, felt personally challenged by the opportunity and knew it was one she had to accept.

Dr. Jessica Weinkle: Science panels must stick to facts, not advocacy
Op-Ed by Jessica Weinkle, assistant professor in the UNCW Department of Public and International Affairs.

UNCW Chemists Work with Pharmaceutical Company to Help Develope Potential Medicines
Greater Wilmington Business Journal (*sponsored content)
University researchers are finding new ways to collaborate with the pharmaceutical industry through a program meant to rapidly advance biomedical science. UNC Wilmington is now part of Eli Lilly’s unique Open Innovation Drug Discovery (OIDD) program, which streamlines the process of identifying potentially useful new substances.

NATURALLY INSPIRED: Katie Martin prepares for the closing reception of her ‘Life Alive’ exhibit at Flytrap
Katie Martin only started seeing her art as a serious career throughout the past two years. She originally pursued a degree from UNCW in marine biology, but connected with acrylic painting during her college years, so she switched her major to studio art.

CoastLine: Ocean plastic is beyond garbage patches and part of human food chain
UNCW’s Bonnie Monteleone discusses where plastics are showing up and what some local people are doing to change not only the way we think about plastics – but how – and how much – we use them.

The Mineral City/Becoming Clyde
Celebrated author and UNCW professor Clyde Edgerton talks "Becoming Clyde" and what shapes him as an artist, father, educator and musician, as well as the inspirations behind his fiction unique to North Carolina

Wilmington writer seeks help for refugees in Greece
Dana Sachs is organizing a local fundraiser to aid refugees in Greece. Sachs earned an MFA in creative writing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and is the author of two novels and a memoir, as well as "The Life We Were Given," an account of child refugees from the fall of South Vietnam.

Olivia Causby, College of Arts & Sciences staff member, receives Global Travel Grant from the Office of International Programs-Click HERE for more info
Olivia Causby, administrative assistant in the World Languages and Cultures department, expanded her professional career into Greece this spring as a participant in the International Conference on Communication and Management (ICCM). This conference unites 23 countries to share innovative research and theories in intercultural communication, performance management, human resources and cross-cultural marketing. Sixty professionals presented papers and facilitated discussions on these topics. The resources and connections made through the trip will advance Causby’s ability to provide opportunities to students and better market her department

Assistant Professor of Geology to win National Science Foundation Geography and Spatial Science (GGS) $325,000 Grant - Click HERE for more info

Researchers, state look to rebuild oyster numbers
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
UNCW researchers are among several entities focused on rebuilding a healthy oyster population along the North Carolina coast. 

May-lee Chai to explain 'China A to Z' at Prologue book club
Writer and UNCW assistant professor May-lee Chai will field questions at Prologue, the book club co-sponsored by the StarNews and public radio station WHQR
(Creative Writing Department)

2016 CEA Winner In Emerging Company: Lapetus Solutions
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Founded just a year ago, Lapetus Solutions – named for Lapetus, the Greek god of mortality – was the outgrowth of Lapetus Software, created in 2014. That company resulted from the collaboration of Karl Ricanek, a computer science professor who has worked in facial recognition software at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and S. Jay Olshansky, an expert in biodemography.
(Computer Science Department)

Plastic soup
Resource Magazine
Evidence is mounting that chemicals can transfer from plastic to animals rather than passing through them and back out to the ocean. Cover artist Bonnie Monteleone explains some research she’s involved with at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. “Anything that winds up in the air is going to wind up potentially in the water, and through runoff, it ends up in our oceans, so that’s one way that fertilizers that we spray on crops wind up there.”
(Chemistry and Biochemistry)