Mar 27 2015

UNC Strategic Sustainability Plan Town Hall Sessions

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To maintain its role as a national and international leader in sustainability, UNC-Chapel Hill is developing a Strategic Sustainability Plan to build upon the University’s many successful initiatives to date. The goal is to create a cohesive vision for embedding sustainability into the full range of campus activities, including teaching, research, operations and engagement.

The campus community is invited to participate in Town Hall meetings to provide input on current sustainability initiatives and aspirations for the future. Mark your calendar for an opportunity to participate:

  • Tuesday, March 31: Campus Sustainability Town Hall, 12:30-2:00pm @ Toy Lounge, Dey Hall
  • Tuesday, March 31: Student Sustainability Town Hall, 6:00-7:30pm @ Student Union, Room 3411
  • Wednesday, April 1: Staff Town Hall, 9:30-11:00am @ Toy Lounge, Dey Hall
  • Wednesday, April 1: Faculty Town Hall, 12:30-2:00pm @ Toy Lounge, Dey Hall
  • Tuesday, April 21: Thematic Town Halls, 12:30-2:00pm and 3:30-5:00pm @ Student Union, Room 3206 (themes TBD based on input received at initial Town Halls)
  • Wednesday, April 22: Earth Day Town Hall for all members of Campus Community, 11:30am-1:00pm @ Student Union, Aquarium Lounge
  • Wednesday, April 22: Thematic Town Hall, 2:30-4:00pm @ Student Union, Room 3206

Volunteer opportunities are available for students. Two to three students are needed to:

  • Participate with consultant team conducting on-campus “intercept interviews.”
  • Shadow consultant team during initial “intercept interviews” gathering student opinion on sustainability at UNC, and be trained to conduct additional interviews independently.

Interested students should contact Amelia Aboff at amelia.aboff@burohappold.com or via text at 917-696-8677. Additional opportunities for involvement will be available in the coming months – for more information as these come up, please contact Cindy Shea at the UNC Sustainability Office at cpshea@email.unc.edu.

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Mar 27 2015

ConvergeNC Southern Music Festival rain location and time change

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Due to inclement weather, the ConvergeNC Southern Music Festival is moving indoors to Nightlight Club located at 405 1/2 West Rosemary Street in Chapel Hill. Doors will open at 8:00 PM and all artists who were scheduled to perform during the festival and afterparty, including The Dead Tongues, The Suffers, Goldyard, and Baby Baby, will be playing.

The event is still free to attend but since Nightlight is a private club, a $2 membership fee will need to be paid if you are not already a member. For other updates, check back with the ConvergeNC Twitter (@ConvergeNCFest) and Facebook accounts (https://www.facebook.com/Convergencfest?fref=ts).

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Mar 25 2015

2015 Water Microbiology Conference Call for Late-Breaking Abstracts

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The Water Institute at UNC is announcing a call for late-breaking abstracts for poster presentations. The abstracts must align with the conference themes and, if accepted, will be offered a poster presentation at the Conference. Abstract submissions are accepted today through April 13. Abstracts should be submitted here: http://waterinstitute.unc.edu/watermicro/call-papers/.

The Early Bird registration discount expires April 1! Register now to secure the best rate: http://waterinstitute.unc.edu/watermicro/registration/.

Dr. Ronald Atlas, Dr. Gary A. Toranzos, and Dr. Marylynn V. Yates will deliver keynote addresses: http://waterinstitute.unc.edu/watermicro/speakers/. The side event schedule is also available now.

For more information, please visit the Water Microbiology Conference 2015 website at http://www.waterinstitute.unc.edu/watermicro or contact The Water Institute at UNC at watermicro@unc.edu.

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Mar 23 2015

Sign up to volunteer at 2015 ConvergeNC Southern Music Festival

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Want to help out with an emerging music festival? ConvergeNC Southern Music Festival is looking for volunteers this Friday March 27th at 140 West Franklin Plaza in Chapel Hill. With 1- to 2-hour shifts beginning at 4:00 pm, the commitment is minimal, and you’ll be doing easy work like directing people to recycling cans and helping musicians carry their gear.

ConvergeNC is a free, totally volunteer-run festival entering its third year in 2015. The bands this year include Triangle supergroup The Dead Tongues and Gulf Coast soul band The Suffers. In addition to great music, we’ll have Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, pour-over coffees from Vinyl Perk, and lots of other fun stuff. More info about the fest here: http://convergencfest.com/.

We rely on volunteers to make this thing happen, so please pitch in if you care about good music happening in Chapel Hill—for free! You can sign up right here (http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e49a4ad29a46-volunteers) for a 1- to 2-hour shift of your choice. Tell your friends and make a group outing of it! Regardless, we hope to see you at the festival this Friday at 140 West Franklin. If you have questions, you can reach us at convergeNCfest@gmail.com or visit http://convergencfest.com/ for more information.

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Mar 20 2015

What’s the Big Idea? Spring 2015 Food for Thought

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The UNC Friday Center presents four lectures on food history, culture, sustainability, and regulation as part of the next What’s the Big Idea? series titled Food for Thought. The talks run from April 9-30, from 7:00-8:30 PM at the Friday Center. Each session is $10 or attend the entire series for $30. For more information: http://fridaycenter.unc.edu/pdep/wbi/.

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Mar 20 2015

Global Research Institute Issues Call for Research Clusters for Food Theme, 2015-2016

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The Global Research Institute at UNC is seeking proposals from UNC-Chapel Hill-based research groups working on topics related to food for its two-year research theme, Feeding a Hungry World: Food Security in the 21st Century. Research award support is being provided by the Office of the Provost and the Chancellor’s Global Education Fund.

Members of funded clusters will interact with individual researchers working out of the GRI and be invited to all GRI seminars, talks and public events. Funded clusters will be awarded $5,000 to $10,000 and will also gain access to GRI facilities (offices and seminar space). Funds are intended to support ongoing research and to stimulate or catalyze work on external grants.

The application deadline is April 15, 2015. Proposals should be submitted electronically to Terry Tamari, coordinator for the Global Research Institute, ttamari@unc.edu.

For more information: .http://global.unc.edu/news/global-research-institute-issues-call-for-research-clusters-for-food-theme-2015-2016/

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Mar 20 2015

Report reveals alarming lack of water, sanitation and hygiene in health care facilities; outlines way forward

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New research published by Ryan Cronk and Dr. Jamie Bartram of the Water Institute at UNC, in conjunction with the World Health Organization and UNICEF, calls for immediate action to improve water, sanitation and hygiene in health-care facilities in low- and middle-income countries.

The report, Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene in Health Care Facilities: status in low- and middle-income countries and way forward, is the first comprehensive, multi-country analysis on water, sanitation and hygiene services in health-care facilities. The report calls for action at global, national and facility levels to push toward 100 percent coverage of these services in health-care facilities through new policies, collaboration, monitoring and training.

For more information: http://sph.unc.edu/sph-news/report-reveals-alarming-lack-of-water-sanitation-and-hygiene-in-health-care-facilities-outlines-way-forward/.

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Mar 20 2015

Building a better reef takes a team

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A research spotlight on Justin Ridge, a doctoral student in UNC’s Institute of Marine Sciences, who received a 2014 N.C. Coastal Reserve Fellowship from North Carolina Sea Grant and North Carolina Coastal Reserve to study oyster reefs near salt marshes. His research focuses primarily on optimizing oyster reef restoration in intertidal areas of North Carolina’s sounds. For more information: http://ncseagrant.ncsu.edu/coastwatch/previous-issues/2015-2/winter-2015/building-a-better-reef-takes-a-team/.

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Mar 20 2015

2015 Graduate Education Advancement Board Impact Award winners focused on water

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The UNC Graduate School’s annual Graduate Education Advancement Board Impact Awards recognize graduate students for contributions they are making to our state. This year, the work of three recipients dealt directly with water issues:

Kellen Lauer (Marine Sciences) – Storms and Water Quality for Beachgoers

Kyle Messier (Environmental Sciences and Engineering) – Nitrate Contamination of Groundwater

Ethan Theuerkauf (Marine Sciences) – Sea Anomalies and Beach Erosion

For more information: .http://gradschool.unc.edu/news/2015/impact/awards.html

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Mar 20 2015

Global Research Institute Spring 2015 Water Speaker Series lecture by David Biggs

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David Biggs, an Associate Professor of History at the University of California at Riverside, will present a lecture titled Life in the Post-Mekong: Contested Histories and Techno-Futures on Tuesday April 14, 2015, at 5:30 PM in FedEx Global Education Center Room 1005 as part of the Global Research Institute’s Spring 2015 Water Speaker Series. For more information: http://gri.unc.edu/events/life-in-the-post-mekong-contested-histories-and-techno-futures/.

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