Mar 02 2015

Engineers Without Borders at UNC 6K Run/Walk for Water on March 21

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The Daniel A. Okun Chapter of Engineers Without Borders at UNC will host it’s annual 6K Run/Walk for Water on Saturday March 21 at the Carolina North Forest at 9:30 AM. Advance registration is $20 and race day registration costs $25, which includes a t-shirt, a raffle ticket, pre-race yoga session, post-run snacks, and the joy of donating to a worthwhile cause. All proceeds from the run benefit the UNC Engineers Without Borders local and international projects. For more information: https://uncewb.wordpress.com/annual-fundraisers/annual-6k-run/.

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Feb 24 2015

State of the Plate Conference: Food and the Local/Global Nexus on March 27-28

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The State of the Plate Conference: Food and the Local-Global Nexus, scheduled for March 27-28, will bring together students, faculty, independent scholars, entrepreneurs, local organizations, and community members to share current research, initiatives, and insights that explore the history, aesthetics, and contemporary politics of food from our local worlds in North Carolina to the global U.S. South.

Throughout this interdisciplinary gathering, the implications and connections between the changing food worlds of the U.S. South and the inter-connected global environment we share will be considered. Most events will be held at the FedEx Global Education Center at UNC-Chapel Hill.

For more information: http://bit.ly/1LABwSZ.

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Feb 24 2015

Cancellation of Global Research Institute Water Speaker Series lecture

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Due to inclement weather concerns, the Global Research Institute has cancelled this evening’s Water Speaker Series lecture by Dr. Sterling Evans that was scheduled to begin at 5:30 PM.

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Feb 24 2015

Food to replace water as next two-year, campus-wide theme

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The Gillings School of Global Public Health will be a major player in the University’s next campus-wide theme focused on food issues. For more information: http://sph.unc.edu/sph-news/food-to-replace-water-as-next-two-year-campus-wide-theme/.

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Feb 24 2015

UNICEF at Carolina Water Walk on March 28

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On Saturday March 28, UNICEF at Carolina presents it’s second Water Walk scheduled to begin at 10:00 AM  at the Campus Y Building. UNICEF at Carolina participates in UNICEF’s TAP Project, a national campaign to help give children in impoverished nations access to clean water.  As a part of our celebration of World Water Week in March and in conjunction with the University’s theme “Water In Our World”, the walk is a simulation of how far people have to travel in developing countries in order to access clean water. There will be race bags with t-shirts, a speaker, and food provided. For more information: http://waterwalkforunicef.eventzilla.net/web/event?eventid=2139076510.

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Feb 23 2015

PlayMakers Repertory Company presentation of An Enemy of the People

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An Enemy of the People, a play by Henrik Ibsen and adapted by Arthur Miller, will be presented by PlayMakers Repertory Company from February 25 through March 15 at the Paul Green Theatre in the UNC Center for Dramatic Art. In this story, a man discovers an environmental threat to his community, in this case, contamination of a local water source, and he is forced to stand alone, courageously exposing corruption and lies threatening to destroy the town he loves. Curtain times are 7:30 PM on Tuesdays-Sundays and 2:00 PM for Saturday-Sunday matinees with tickets starting at $15. For more information: http://bit.ly/1LwRoWr.

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Feb 20 2015

ESE’s Coronell and Noble receive $1.68M in UNC system grants related to water

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The University of North Carolina General Administration has awarded six three-year grants totaling nearly $9 million to support game-changing faculty research in areas of strategic importance to the state and two from UNC relate directly to the issue of water.

Orlando Coronell, PhD, Assistant Professor of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, is co-principal investigator of a team awarded $997,996 to study “Salinity Gradient Energy – An Inexhaustible Clean Energy Resource for North Carolina.

Rachel T. Noble, PhD, joint Professor of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the Gillings School, at the UNC Institute for the Environment at UNC-Chapel Hill and of Marine Sciences at the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences in Morehead City, N.C., was selected for a $684,805 grant for “Revolutionizing and Commercializing Rapid Molecular Diagnostics for Viral and Bacterial Pathogen Quantification in marine Waters and Seafood.

For more information: http://sph.unc.edu/sph-news/eses-coronell-and-noble-receive-1-68m-in-unc-system-grants-related-to-water/.

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Feb 19 2015

WaSH in Health Care Facilities: Urgent Needs and Action

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The Water Institute at UNC is partnering with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to host an international meeting, “Water, sanitation and hygiene in health care facilities- urgent needs and action.” Participants in the two-day meeting will address the latest global situation on WaSH in health care facilities and discuss key actions to strengthen policies, monitoring, implementation, and advocacy. Participants will also revise and finalize an action plan and develop a position statement detailing how WHO, Member States, and other stakeholders can work collaboratively to improve WaSH in health care facilities. A link to proceedings from the meeting will be shared at a later date at waterinstitute.unc.edu.

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Feb 19 2015

Third ConvergeNC Southern Music Festival: A Celebration of Water + Music in the South

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The third annual ConvergeNC Southern Music Festival will take place on March 27th, 2015, at the 140 West Franklin Street Plaza. The Dead Tongues (Ryan Gustafson, Josh Moore, Thomas Costello, Thomas Simpson, Mark Simonsen, Jeff Crawford, James Wallace, Emily Frantz, and Andrew Marlin) and The Suffers will headline.

The Dead Tongues represent a veritable supergroup of North Carolina Triangle musicians—a tribute to this region’s thriving music scene and particularly to the inspired songwriting of Ryan Gustafson. The Suffers, a second powerhouse ensemble, are a gulf coast soul band out of Houston, Texas.

This year, ConvergeNC is excited to join forces with UNC’s campus-wide theme “Water In Our World” and Chapel Hill’s Parks and Recreation Department, moving to the heart of Chapel Hill for a free, public celebration our community’s natural and creative resources. As part of “Water in our World”, this year’s festival explores the influence of water in the South and its expression through music. ConvergeNC is just one part of World Water Week, which includes many events across the UNC-CH campus and a partnership with the Global American South Conference. As themes of food and water intermingle during the week’s events, ConvergeNC will join both conversations and examine their place in Southern music.

ConvergeNC, founded in 2013, seeks to enrich the cultural identity of our area and investigate the concept of “Southernness”. Their goal is to create a festival that reflects the inimitable spirit of our place and time. Please join us March 27th at 6:00 pm for food, festivity, and some of the area’s best music. The concert will be free and open to all ages. Food trucks, vendors, and street performers will also join the festivities.

ConvergeNC is sponsored by Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation and is a part of the UNC campus-wide theme Water In Our World. More info about Water In Our World at http://watertheme.unc.edu/.

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Feb 16 2015

Will the Environment Survive a Renewed Middle East Peace Process? A Blueprint for Progress

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UNC Hillel presents Dr. Alon Tal, UNC alumnus, founder of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies and Professor, Department of Desert Ecology, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, on Sunday February 22 at 12:00 PM in Gardner Hall Room 105.

Because of its modest size, Israel’s environmental problems are largely transboundary. Without cooperation with its neighbors, progress in areas from stream restoration to species repatriation will be modest at best. This lecture reviews over twenty years of “below the radar” environmental cooperation in the region and considers the present peace process and how it might be leveraged to ensure an ecological dividend for the region.

Co-sponsored by UNC Global, the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, A Drink for Tomorrow and UNC Student Government.​​​

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