UNCW in the News

UNCW in the News

August 4 - 8

Picturing A Person's Lifespan
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
If you knew when you were going to die, would it help you decide whether to sock more into your IRA or buy that new boat? A person's face gives away those life expectancy clues, said Karl Ricanek, a professor at University of North Carolina Wilmington and director of the ISIS Institute-Face Aging Group lab at the school.

Program Uses Selfies to Determine Life Expectancy
NBC Philadelphia
New facial recognition technology called Face My Age uses a selfie, along with a few personal details, to determine how long a person is expected to live and how old they look. The program was developed by S. Jay Olshansky, a biodemographer from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Dr. Karl Ricanek Jr. from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Burrus: Cameron's Long-Term Goals Unchanged
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Ask Rob Burrus almost any question about his new role at the Cameron School of Business, and his response focuses on others: faculty members, students, members of the Cameron Executive Network. The economics professor, tapped to serve as interim dean of the University of North Carolina Wilmington's business school, maintains that an important part of his mission is to maintain a legacy of servant leadership.

Shark Bites: It's a Case of Mistaken Identity
A great white shark named Katharine has been visiting the Wilmington region for the past week. WHQR dives into the behaviors and risks of sharks in the area. The chance of a shark biting a human is one in twelve million, and only two percent of those bites are fatal. This is according to Dr. Lankford, an Associate Professor of Biology and Marine Biology at UNCW. He prefers the term "shark bite" to "shark attack," as most sharks retreat after mistaking a human for prey.

Molly Ringwald leads UNCW season
Star News
Many know actress Molly Ringwald from her 80s movie work but she began on the television show The Facts of Life in which her character sang. She'll help kick off the season at UNCW with a performance of jazz music from her new album Except Sometimes.

County could reap more value from CB Inlet 0
Lumina News
The Carolina Beach Inlet Association unveiled the results of an economic analysis of the inlet during an Aug. 5 presentation. Dr. Chris Dumas, economics professor at University of North Carolina Wilmington, presented the analysis. Dumas worked with Dr. John Whitehead, economics professor at Appalachian State University, to update an earlier study by interpreting existing data using input-output analysis to track money as it moved through the local economy.

Toxic Blue-Green Algae Found in Cape Fear River
Time Warner Cable News
A toxic algae that shut down a public water system in Toledo, Ohio, has surfaced in the Cape Fear River near the drinking water supply for two coastal counties. UNC Wilmington researcher Erin Udvare took samples near Bladen County's Lock and Dam One Wednesday.

EUE/Screen Gems Studios Tour Guides profile: Bruno Rose
Star News
This summer, fans of the local film industry can dip a toe into the world of film and television production by taking the EUE/Screen Gems Studios tour. Heading up the tours is a group of guides that have quickly become the curators of the studio's colorful history. Meet guide Bruno Rose, a film studies and theatre double major and French minor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Area law agencies to receive special training for bicycle and pedestrian safety laws
Law enforcement agencies in New Hanover County will receive special training to help enforce bicycle and pedestrian safety laws as part of the NC DOT's "Watch for Me NC" campaign. Representatives from New Hanover County, the City of Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, UNCW, CFCC, and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol will attend the training seminar.

Editorial - Lifetime Achievement honorees deserve their status
Star News
This year's StarNews Media Lifetime Achievement honorees included two women who usually succeed in what they set out to accomplish. Mary Murchison Gornto comes from an old and respected Wilmington family. But what she has accomplished over three-and-a-half decades was her own doing. Gornto was scooped up by UNCW, where she was put in charge of university fundraising activities.

UNCW economic barometer shows retail sales bouncing back
Star News
Retail sales returned to pre-recession levels in the second quarter, according to a quarterly economic barometer from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. On a 12-month moving basis, retail sales are running at the same annual rate they were before 2008, said William "Woody" Hall, senior economist at UNCW and author of the local report.

Editorial - Opera Wilmington adds missing piece to performing arts scene
Star News
Wilmington, long known for its thriving arts community, added another dimension to its offerings recently with the debut of Opera Wilmington. Three sold-out performances suggest that Opera Wilmington is filling a gap in the musical and dramatic offerings. Spearheaded by Nancy King, associate professor/coordinator of vocal studies at UNCW, and opera lovers Wendy and Jerry Fingerhut, the company held its first performance at the Mainstage of UNCW's Cultural Arts Building.

Wilmington's First Maker Space On The Way
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
The growing maker movement has spawned centers where inventors and tinkerers can turn their concepts into prototypes. Wilmington will soon join those other cities with a maker space of its own from Andrew Williams and Brian Escarsega of Elite Innovations LLC. Elite Innovations has found an important resource in UNC Wilmington's CIE.

Brunswick names new elections director
Star News
Sara Knotts has been named director of the Brunswick County Board of Elections, according to a news release issued Monday by the county. Knotts, a UNCW graduate, has been married for three years with two step-children, and is expecting her first child in December.

The Buzz Word
Tim Bass, coordinator of UNCW's Bachelor of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing, hopes to get to work on time now that he has to spend less time fussing with his hair.

Live telethon to kick off 2015 New Hanover Co. Relay for Life season
The New Hanover County 2015 Relay for Life season is kicking off with a bang. The American Cancer Society is teaming up with Stand Up To Cancer, also known as SU2C, to raise money for cancer research. On September 5, 2014, a viewing party of the SU2C live telethon will happen at UNCW's Trask Coliseum. This is the first year an event like this will be held in Wilmington, NC, part of a nationwide campaign to gather supports of cancer research.

Owners reveal secrets of retail longevity
Lumina News
For more than 20 years, Chuck Bourgeois of Sweetwater Surf Shop and Estelle Baker of The Fisherman's Wife have built retail mainstays by selling to the Wrightsville clientele. Bourgeois said hitting that fine line of quality and value is especially important for surf shop clientele, with many of Sweetwater's customers coming from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

News & Notes - Sleepover at aquarium; United Way board members
Star News
United Way of the Cape Fear Area recently welcomed seven business and community leaders as new board leaders. The following individuals have been re-elected for a three-year term: Tom Barth - UNCW; Joanna Henderson - Live Oak Bank; and Brad Erbes - GE.

News & Notes - Donation to battleship; school supply drive; benefit gala; scholarships awarded, youth science camp
Star News
State Employees' Credit Union members, via the SECU Foundation, recently presented a $10,000, four-year scholarship to Hoggard graduate Jacob R for study at UNCW.

UNCW debuts revamped athletic website
Star News
UNCW's athletic website - www.UNCWSports.com - has a new look. The changes, most significantly, are part of the Colonial Athletic Association's mission to bring more live streaming events to the web.

UNCW begins renovation work on softball facility
Star News
An excavator chomped at the Boseman Field outfield on a morning last week. With each scoop, the home of UNCW softball looked more like an archeological dig site. The scene illustrated the sort of progress that university officials believe is necessary to keep its aging facilities from falling further into disrepair.

Softball: Kama Tucker, Scot Schlein join staff
Star News
Kama Tucker and Scot Schlein have joined the UNCW softball team as assistants, the university announced Friday.

Tennis (M): Alex Wetherell named assistant coach
Star News
The UNCW men's tennis team has named Alex Wetherell as assistant coach. The former Seahawk replaces Taylor Vaughn, who recently left for a similar position at Ole Miss.

Young Bucs visit beach, basketball camp in North Carolina
The Record Delta
Players, coaches and family members from the Young Bucs Association combined top-notch basketball instruction with some fun in the sun last June, traveling to the Kevin Keatts Seahawk Basketball Camp at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Personal workout - volleyball
Star News
Jeff Smith has devised a workout for aspiring volleyball players. Smith, the owner of TOPS Athletics in Ogden, has been hired to develop a strength training program for the University of North Carolina Wilmington volleyball team. This routine, demonstrated by former UNCW heptathlete and TOPS trainer Jessie Van Hulst, focuses primarily on the glutes, quads and core - the muscles that can increase your vertical jump.

Davenport to swing a racquet during Landfall tennis exhibition
Lumina News
The 2014 Legends of Tennis event, hosted and managed by the Landfall Foundation for the first time this year, will feature headlining tennis star Lindsey Davenport. Davenport will match up against returning players Rennae Stubs, Jimmy Arias and Luke Jensen. The University of North Carolina Wilmington tennis team is one recipient of funds

Ingram's long wait will last another season
Star News
UNCW's most experienced point guard didn't spend much time at Trask Coliseum this summer. Denzel Ingram finalized his transfer paperwork too late to get enrolled in classes for the second summer session. The former UNC-Charlotte guard, instead, stayed in his native Chapel Hill. While the other Seahawks got more comfortable on and off the basketball court with new coach Kevin Keatts, Ingram mostly stuck to solo workouts at his local YMCA.

Lori Beth Adams aims for more after college golf days
The Times-News
Adams, 22, just completed her last season of golf at UNC Wilmington, and will graduate from there in December. After that, she turns pro in the sport she has been playing since she was 7.

Local standouts making strides in professional baseball
Port City Daily
As the baseball season heads through the dog days of summer, there are a handful of ballplayers with local ties that have made the next step and are contributing at the pro level. It starts in the big leagues with Miami Marlins starter Chris Hatcher. The former UNCW Seahawk returned to Major League Baseball earlier this year. UNCW also has nine other former players in professional baseball.