UNCW in the News

UNCW in the News

July 7 - 11

Can your face reveal how long you'll live? New technology may provide the answer.
Washington Post
A group of scientists is working on a system that would analyze an individual's insurance prospects based on how his or her face has aged. Jay Olshansky, a biodemographer at the University of Illinois at Chicago came up with the idea and contacted Karl Ricanek, a professor of computer science at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. The database they are developing, called Face My Age, is expected to deliver increasingly more accurate assessments and predictions as more people participate.
Other coverage: Chicago Tribune, AARP and Concord Monitor

Hurricane Arthur's Threat to the July 4 Economy
A major storm is threatening the East Coast on the biggest holiday weekend of the summer, and evacuations have already sent hundreds of thousands of people scurrying away from the coast. "The timing's bad, that's undeniable," said William Hall, an economics professor at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. The storm "will have an impact, but won't be anywhere near a 100-year impact."

Racism 'less identifiable' 50 years after Civil Rights Act
Star News
Today's generation of teens and young adults has grown up in integrated schools without the distraction of protests and riots. Todd McFadden is director of the Upperman African American Cultural Center at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. "What's considered racism has become less identifiable to this generation. When the Civil Rights battle was at full swing ... the injustice of it all was fairly obvious," McFadden said.

'Color Purple' author addresses educators on censorship, teaching literature
Port City Daily
Alice Walker told an audience of educators at the Wilmington Convention Center Wednesday that she maintains an unyielding belief in the ability of readers to realize the purpose and place of language, of stories not easily told, of situations unsettling, of the ultimate message. Moderator Victor Malo-Juvera, an English professor at UNC Wilmington, fielded questions from the audience, many of which focused on the push in Brunswick County to remove "The Color Purple" from school bookshelves.

Up a local creek without a paddle
Star News
OnEarth magazine - a print quarterly with a daily online edition - published an article by Wilmington-based nature writer David Gessner. Gessner, a professor of creative writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (and founder of its journal Ecotone), interviewed two other UNCW faculty members in his survey: Professor Larry B. Cahoon and Research Professor Michael A. Mallin, both in the department of biology and marine biology.

Bronze Seahawk Stolen from UNCW
Time Warner Cable News
The UNCW Police Department is trying to track down who stole the bronze Seahawk statue that sits at the entrance of the Warwick Center on the main campus.
*Interview ran in all major media markets statewide: Charlotte, Raleigh, Triad, Sandhills and Coastal
Also covered by: Star News, Port City Daily, WECT and WWAY

University projects lend a hand to nonprofits' efforts
Star News
In addition to their normal school activities, this semester a number of students at the University of North Carolina Wilmington have been busy working on projects for local nonprofit organizations. As part of the Nonprofit Leadership Experience course, students have completed projects benefiting nonprofits in our region.

80s icon Molly Ringwald to perform jazz concert at UNCW
Port City Daily
Long before she joined the Brat Pack, Molly Ringwald got her start singing on stage with her father's jazz outfit. This fall, she'll bring her vocal stylings to the Kenan Auditorium stage on the campus of UNC Wilmington. "An Evening with Molly Ringwald" kicks off UNCW's 2014-15 performing arts season.

Watershed restoration plan reaches out to community
Lumina News
The Cape Fear River Watch hosted a free seminar to educate the public about the Bradley and Hewlett's Creek Watershed Restoration Plan. Though a slow process, the restoration plan has recently gained a small victory with the construction of a rain garden. The project was a combined effort by the University of North Carolina Wilmington, the City of Wilmington and Heal Our Waterways, a program that works to implement the watershed restoration plan.

Editorial - Bird-brained thieves steal seahawk statue, the symbol of UNCW pride
Star News
For the second time, vandals who probably thought it was funny have plucked a bronze likeness of UNCW's mascot from its perch, leaving only the talons behind. It isn't funny. It's a crime. It's disrespectful. It is mean. Bring it back.

Gerard on "Bookwatch"
Star News
D.G. Martin, the host of "North Carolina Bookwatch," has been on a Southeastern kick lately. This week's guest was Wilmington author Peggy Payne. On Sunday, July 13, Martin will be talking with author Philip Gerard. A professor of creative writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (and former department chair), Gerard is the author of novels including "Cape Fear Rising," "Secret Soldiers," "Creative Non-Fiction," "The Patron Saint of Dreams" and many other books.

Hoops (W): Hawks pick up 2015 commitment
Star News
The UNCW women's basketball team picked up a 2015 commitment from Emily Thomas, a 5-6 guard from Pickerington North High School in Ohio. Thomas comes from the same high school as former basketball and softball player Brittany Gamby.

UNCW hoops coach adds transfers to roster
Port City Daily
UNCW Basketball Coach Kevin Keatts has announced the addition of three transfers-Charlotte's Marcus Bryan and Denzel Ingram and Barton College's Chris Flemmings-to the Seahawks' roster.

Hoops (M): Marcus Bryan sees friendly faces with the Seahawks
Star News
Marcus Bryan made a trip to Wilmington over Memorial Day weekend. The purpose of that visit had little to do with basketball, but within two weeks, Bryan was signed, sealed and delivered as a Seahawk.

Golf association honors UNCW student-athletes for classwork
Port City Daily
UNCW seniors Laverry Kumar and Jeanne Metivier have been recognized by Women's Golf Coaches Association as All-American Scholars for 2013-14. Kumar and Metivier were included in the list of 664 women's collegiate golfers at the Division I, II and III levels recognized with the prestigious honor.

Baseball: Steven Linkous, Gavin Stupienski earn Coastal Plain League all-star bids
Star News
UNCW's Steven Linkous and Gavin Stupienski have been named Coastal Plain League all-stars. Both of the Seahawks will start the game on July 14 at Big Rock Stadium in Morehead City.

Golden learning what it takes
Star News
Casey Golden started the last 53 games of his freshman baseball season at UNCW, seizing his chance to be a top-of-the-lineup sparkplug. By the end, the center fielder felt the full effects of that newfound workload. An invitation to work out with USA Baseball's collegiate national team offered a needed pick-me-up headed into this summer.

Putting the 'NC' in 'UNCW' basketball
Star News
Keatts will need to tap his extensive recruiting connections across the region to craft a roster capable of reversing the team's recent struggles. With the first live recruiting period of the summer set to begin Wednesday, UNCW has taken an aggressive approach to the process. The new staff already has more than 20 offers out to prospects in the 2015 and 2016 graduating classes, according to reports.

Hoops (M): UNCW staff gears up for July recruiting period
Star News
July, with three different evaluation periods, marks a crucial month on the recruiting front for everybody in college basketball. UNCW coaches will use that time to take a hard look at high school players but also make a first impression as a staff out at various AAU events across the region.

Local Golf Notes - Patriots rule at Coastal Plains Junior Amateur
Star News
The 100th Carolinas Amateur starts Thursday at Greenville (S.C.) Country Club's Chanticleer Course, a return to the event's first site. Those in the field with local ties are former Topsail High School golfer David Kostyal; former UNCW player Ryan Nagy; incoming UNCW players Patrick Cover and Thomas Eldridge; and former Cape Fear Community College player Stephen Brame.

UNCW Signs Scalf To Three-Year Deal
Veteran coach Mark Scalf, UNCW's all-time winningest baseball coach and the Colonial Athletic Association's career leader in conference victories, has signed a new three-year contract that will keep him at the helm of the school's successful program.
Also covered by: WWAY and Star News

Q&A: Keatts having a good time as head coach
The Courier-Journal
Former University of Louisville assistant basketball coach Kevin Keatts was in a familiar position on Thursday - out on the road recruiting - but he was doing it in new team colors. The University of North Carolinn Wilmington hired Keatts as its head coach in March, tasking him with rebuilding a program that went 9-23 last season.