University Relations

June 12 - June 16

New Harvard graduate tells dad: 'Now, I want to play Ultimate Frisbee’
Washington Post
When UNCW professor David Gessner graduated from Harvard in 1983, he could have joined his former classmates on Wall Street or signed up for medical school. Instead, he dedicated his life to Ultimate Frisbee, “a game that was considered by most, if they considered it at all, to be on par with Hula-Hoops,” he writes in “Ultimate Glory,” his lively, honest coming-of-age story.

This Is Nutty: 2 Flying Squirrel Species Are Really 3
Yahoo! News
A new species of flying squirrel, the Humboldt's flying squirrel has been hiding in plain sight along the Pacific Coast. The new species, named after the naturalist Alexander von Humboldt, lives in a well-studied habitat and still evaded notice. "I was very surprised," said study leader Brian Arbogast, a biologist at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
*This story ran in several major scientific news outlets.

GenX: What Happens Next?
UNCW professor Larry Cahoon says unregulated chemicals, like GenX, are considered safe until proven otherwise.
Additional coverage: WECT

Questions linger about GenX
Tuesday afternoon, an EPA spokeswoman said via email the agency is still working to gather information and determine its next steps. The unanswered questions are what continue to worry many scientists, such as the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Larry Cahoon.

Communique: Panel Discussion with Artists & Scientists Focuses on Environmental Stewardship
A panel discussion, “Perspectives on Overpopulation, Loss of Biodiversity and Stewardship,” will take place on Wednesday, June 14 at Union Station. Alina Szmant, coral reef ecologist and former professor of marine biology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, is among the panelists. 
Additional coverage: StarNews

How state budget proposals treat college campuses
Carolina Public Press
Gabriel Lugo, a University of North Carolina Wilmington professor and chair of the UNC system's Faculty Assembly, said campuses will have a hard time finding places to make reductions. Campuses had to contend with much larger management flexibility cuts in years past, which have led to more crowded classrooms and a greater dependence on adjunct faculty as retiring or departing tenured faculty are slow to be replaced, he said.

UNCW professor says he isn't drinking local tap water
Larry Cahoon, a professor of marine biology at UNCW, joined WECT for a Facebook Live conversation on Wednesday to discuss GenX. 
Additional coverage: WWAYWHQR

The Message in the Stock Market for the Economic Future
Greater Wilmington Business Journal (*sponsored content provided by Robert T. Burrus, Jr., Dean of the Cameron School of Business)
Cetin Ciner, professor of finance at the Cameron School of Business, offers insights into the predictive power of the stock market for economic growth.

Baynard named executive director of Community Wellness Coalition
State Port Pilot
Elisabeth Baynard has been named executive director of the Brunswick County Community Wellness Coalition. She has taught courses in community health education and public health studies at UNCW since 2002.

McGrath working out details on Tar Heel series
C.B. McGrath is still adjusting to his new role as head coach of UNCW’s men’s basketball. His April hire date hasn’t allowed him much time to find opponents, but he is trying to schedule the national champions.

Brown looks for restart in Wilmington
Recent UNCW baseball signee Kep Brown is in town early to play for the Wilmington Sharks.

UNCW Baseball ties program record with six MLB draftees
Six current UNCW Seahawks and an incoming freshman were selected on the final day of the Major League Baseball Draft.
Additional coverage: StarNews