UNCW in the News

UNCW in the News

July 21 - 25

Rip current research hopes to provide answers about a coastal killer
Charlotte Observer
The rip current research team includes Rob Brander from Australia, Spencer Rogers from North Carolina Sea Grant and Cobi Christiansen from UNC Wilmington.
Additional coverage: Lumina News, WECT and Time Warner Cable News

South By Southwest director will speak in Wilmington
Port City Daily
When the UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) turns a year old this September, a power player will be there to celebrate. Hugh Forrest, director of the renowned South By Southwest Interactive Festival held annually in Austin, Texas, is booked as the keynote speaker for the CIE's inaugural Coastal Connect Entrepreneur and Capital Conference set for Sept. 4 in Wilmington.
Other coverage: WRAL TechWire

MARBIONC Forges Public-private Partnership
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
The University of North Carolina Wilmington has formed a public-private partnership with Ocis Biotechnology, a tenant at its MARBIONC facility.
Additional coverage: Star News

New Partnership with UNCW Puts School's Research in $80 Billion Industry
Time Warner Cable News
A new partnership could put UNC Wilmington's research into an $80 billion industry. The university recently signed an agreement with a biotechnology company to develop and market a tissue regeneration product.
*This interview ran in all major media markets statewide: Charlotte, Raleigh, Triad, Sandhills and Coastal

Molly Ringwald, John Lithgow among artists to appear at UNCW for upcoming
Star News
It's still mid-July, but it's already time to start looking ahead at the area's fall arts programming. To wit, a couple of pretty exciting announcements have come out of the University of North Carolina Wilmington in recent days.

Recent Report: US Public Universities Facing Financial, Other Pressures
Time Warner Cable News
A recent Moody's Report gives a bleak outlook for state schools. However, UNCW's recently-appointed vice chancellor for business affairs say they are taking careful steps to keep the university on the right track.

Obesity more likely for those with less education, income
Star News
North Carolina's obesity rate climbed from 13 percent in 1990 to a peak of 30 percent in 2010. Statistics show that those with less education and lower incomes are more likely to be obese. Why are those who are poorer and less educated more susceptible to obesity? There are several explanations, said Justine Reel, an associate dean at the University of North Carolina Wilmington College of Health and Human Services.

My Chance to Interview SXSW Interactive's Hugh Forrest
SXSW Interactive leader Hugh Forrest to headline the first Coastal Connect Entrepreneur and Capital Conference, hosted by the UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship on September 4.

Researchers take time to monitor rip currents
Researchers who are part of the Sea Grant program housed at UNCW will be deploying Sea Drifters to collect data monitoring the velocity and path of a rip current. According to researcher Spencer Rogers, rip currents are a serious beach hazard.

Startup Experience Lands HUGO Co-founder In Larger Startup Pond
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Alex Vidor's start-up has perhaps not taken him in the direction he planned, but it definitely launched him on an entrepreneurial path. Vidor's startup, renamed HUGO, has been a tenant at University of North Carolina Wilmington's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) since before the center officially opened last September.

UNCW student lands a role in Wilmington TV show
Stephanie Gray never thought she would be acting in a television show this year. The UNCW biology major and New Hanover County intern wasn't even sure if she would be chosen as an extra when she auditioned for the new television show, Realm. Gray said she could hardly believe it when the casting director asked her to play one of the show's main characters.

Wrightsville Beach Inshore Fishing Challenge reels in crowd
The tournament kicked off early Saturday morning with a total of 70 boats. Max Gaspeny, editor of the Fisherman's Post, said, "If you weigh in a flounder or red drum that makes the leader board, we'll pay you and extra 20 bucks, so we try to encourage people to keep them alive. The flounders go to UNCW for future aquaculture research and we the drum go. We encourage that to conserve resources."

Cultural Shifts
As the interim associate provost, Edelmira Segovia oversees UNCW's diversity centers, which include Centro Hispano, the Women's Studies and Resource Center, the Upperman African American Cultural Center and the LGBTQIA Resource Office.

'Barometer' Points To Clearer Skies Ahead
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Clearing and partly sunny, with a chance of occasional showers: that's the rough translation, in weather terms, of the Economic Barometer that University of North Carolina Wilmington economists have prepared for the third quarter of 2014.

Barnegat Bay alum warns of plastics pollution of seas
When Lauren Mae Henry does beach sweeps in her native Seaside Park, she's seen exactly the same volume of plastic trash wash up on a four-block stretch just 24 hours after she's cleaned it. Now Henry's learned how the threat is global. This summer Henry, a senior and marine biology major at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, is on an East Coast speaking tour to warn audiences of the threat.

Four students awarded Kitty Powell scholarships
Rocky Mount Telegram
The Board of Directors of the Kitty Powell Scholarship Fund recently presented $3,000 in scholarships to members of the bowling community. Scholarship recipient Khalideo Jackson-Davis plans to attend UNCW to major in business management. Catherine C. Murray Ziencik, a second recipient, is planning to attend UNCW to earn a doctorate in education.

St. James volunteers work to help restore oyster population
Star News
Volunteers from the Boy Scouts, St. James Plantation, Waccamaw Boys and Girls Home and UNCW staff members planted 1,000 special grasses along the Intracoastal Waterway. According to Troy Alphin, UNCW research associate, the project's primary goal is to stop erosion and reclaim lost shoreline.

Wave Transit celebrates 10th anniversary with free fares, reception
Port City Daily
Sharon Boyd, associate vice chancellor for business services for UNCW, noted the benefits of Wave and the Seahawk Shuttle on the campus by reducing traffic congestion and the need for additional parking lots.

Wilmington Opera debuts 'Merry Widow'
Star News
Homemade opera comes to the Port City this weekend when Opera Wilmington presents its debut production of Franz Lehar's "The Merry Widow" on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the Cultural Arts Building at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Wilmington startups looking for a few good 'angels'
Port City Daily
With Wilmington's startup scene going into overdrive per last year's opening of the UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and more recently the tekMountain business incubator near Mayfaire, deal-seeking "angels" are beginning to gather.

The Scene: Yoga, live music to come together during Soulshine Fest
Port City Daily
Sarah Richter, a 2010 graduate of UNCW's art history program, will lead a discussion on the expansive influence of Islamic art and architecture.

News & Notes - Woman's Club turns 50; astronomy adventures ...
Star News
The Wilmington Woman's Club celebrates its 50th anniversary in September. The club funds grants and scholarships. Four scholarships, totaling $6,500, are awarded yearly at Cape Fear Community College and UNCW through the schools' financial aid offices.

UNCW track & field earns honors
Star News
NCAA qualifiers Dylan Skinner and Cody Love from the UNCW men's track & field team received All-Academic individual honors, and the women's team was honored as a group for the sixth year in a row by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

School's out for Keatts, Seahawks
Star News
UNCW has made the most of its NCAA-allotted eight hours per week on the court this summer. Players and the new staff used the past eight weeks to get through the get-to-know-you phase and closer to a new sense of routine.

Hoops (M): Addison Spruill talks summer practice
Star News
Addison Spruill entered last summer eager to get started with his new UNCW teammates. The Pender High School grad ended up watching most of the action on crutches with a broken foot. He talks about summer practice and the changes in the program.

Adams advances at North & South Women's Amateur
Former UNCW women's golfer Lori Beth Adams posted a pair of match-play victories to advance to the semifinals of the 112th North & South Women's Amateur on Friday at the Pinehurst Resort.

Hoops (M): Brett Blizzard on UNCW's future
Star News
In case you missed it, Brett Blizzard hit the front page of Friday's print edition. Long-term, Blizzard, now 34, wants to stay in his adopted hometown, and he'd like to work at his alma mater. He said he reached out to UNCW athletic director Jimmy Bass during the search process and then met with new coach Kevin Keatts about a position on his staff.

Sharks hope late call for help will extend season
Star News
With only 10 regular season games remaining and their backs against the wall for a postseason spot in the Petitt Cup, a pair of new players have joined the Sharks in the past week to provide a spark at the plate - Joe Bertone (UNCW) and Tyler Best (Gardner-Webb).