Dec 17 2014

Water Institute at UNC Human Rights Research

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In recognition of international Human Rights Day on December 10, The Water Institute at UNC has compiled some of its recent publications related to the human right to water and sanitation, which in the past year has explored dignity, public policy, indicators, and implementation. For more information: https://waterinstitute.unc.edu/files/2014/12/WI_HumanRightsWork.pdf.

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Dec 17 2014

ENEC 698 – Big course with a little name

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ENEC 698 is one of several capstone courses offered to undergraduate students at the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences (IMS) and UNC Coastal Studies Institute (CSI) field sites in Morehead City and Wanchese, NC. These courses provide an immersive experience in field and laboratory research in which they design, conduct, and present an original research project targeted toward a significant coastal issue. This fall, IMS and CSI developed collaborative capstones that brought together students from the natural and social sciences to address an issue facing coastal North Carolina fisheres — eastern oysters. For more information: http://cee.unc.edu/news/enec-698-2013-big-course-with-a-little-name.

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Dec 17 2014

Coastal SEES Collaborative Research

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Todd BenDor, Associate Professor in the UNC Department of City & Regional Planning, is part of a research team comprised of individuals from UNC, North Carolina State, Duke, and ECU that is studying the impact of climate change on water systems in the Southeastern United States. For more information: http://planning.unc.edu/sees.

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Dec 17 2014

What’s hiding in our coastal waters?

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Marine science researchers at UNC have found that estuaries generate natural defenses against the effects of global warming—until a hurricane hits. For more information: http://endeavors.unc.edu/what_s_hiding_in_our_coastal_waters.

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Dec 17 2014

UNC Coastal Centers Under the Microscope

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The N.C. General Assembly-led review of UNC system centers and institutes has placed several of the state’s coastal marine science centers under the microscope. For more information: http://nccoast.org/m/article.aspx?k=bd45ce4c-59bc-4213-a4a0-69b8a172be9a.

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Dec 01 2014

Artist’s exhibit underscores danger of plastics pollution

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From December 1-4, the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences will host a traveling art exhibit titled ““What Goes Around, Comes Around” by Wilmington, NC, artist Bonnie Monteleone featuring works created from collected and donated plastic debris from the oceans to showcase the problems and dangers plastic pollution creates. For more information: http://www.carolinacoastonline.com/news_times/article_e748610c-7809-11e4-8d6c-6b996ac54534.html?mode=jqm.

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Dec 01 2014

Mapped Data Offers Insights about Water Quality and Birth Defects

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Rebecca Fry, professor of Environmental Sciences and Engineering in the Gillings School of Global Public Health, and a team of UNC researchers compiled data that reveals some disturbing connections between birth defects and well water in some parts of the state. For more information: http://www.northcarolinahealthnews.org/2014/11/24/mapped-data-offers-insights-about-water-quality-and-birth-defects/.

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Dec 01 2014

17th Annual Water Resources Research Institute Conference – Call for Abstracts

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Abstracts and submissions on work related to water topics including water utility management, state law & policy, surface water protection, watershed management, and more are now being accepted for the Water Resources Research Institute’s 17th Annual Conference scheduled for March 18-19, 2015 in Raleigh, North Carolina.  The deadline is January 8, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.

Student submissions are highly encouraged as student presenters attend the conference free of charge and student posters are automatically entered into the student poster competition. Note: poster presentations are open to everyone; only the competition is limited to students.See the abstract submission form online (go.ncsu.edu/wrriac_abstracts) for a more complete list of topics.

The conference is again held in conjunction with the North Carolina Water Resources Association’s Annual Symposium, “Resiliency in Water Resources: What Does it Mean to You?”, which will convene decision makers, resource managers, and technical professionals across several disciplines and geographies to discuss what it means to them, and what their communities are doing to advance resilience in the face of climate change and its range of consequences.

Conference registration will officially open in early winter. For more information: go.ncsu.edu/wrriac.

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Dec 01 2014

Water-related student works in progress by DRAM FYS 88: Ecology and Performance

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DRAM FYS 88: Ecology and Performance invites you to student works in progress on the theme of Water in support of UNC’s pan-campus initiative “Water in Our World

DATE: Tuesday, 2nd December

TIME: 2:15 p.m. (to 3:00 p.m.)

LOCATION: CDA, Room 101

 

We Had It Coming

Our play is a satirical commentary on the overall ignorance of Americans regarding water conservation. It highlights the relationship between time, social class, and the hypocritical nature of most people living in the United States today. What seems like exaggeration is often times the unspoken truth in this play. We want people to think about the future instead of the present.

Featuring: Hadley Ashford, Em Barnard, Jacob Bell, Ashlyn Calvert, Alexander Peeples, and Laney Sears

 

A Dolphin’s Tale

This performance revolves around Finn the dolphin and his impossible love with Aquafina to show how plastics negatively impact our underwater friends.

Featuring: Paris Evans, Nick Hackley, Wai-Sum Leung, Chandler Musson, Daniel Pureco, and Selena Zhang

 

All Aboard the Environmental Train

Everyone has a choice. Four different individuals are forced to make decisions on how they will use water in their everyday lives as they travel across the country in a train. In this musical production, we explore the duality behind our nation’s top water concerns and discover the passion, indifference, and ignorance that exist in the United States.

Featuring: Stan Arnaud, Olivia Bane, Luke Gaines, Kim Ngo, Parth Patel, and Joshua Price

 

Performance-as-research projects facilitated by Karen O’Brien and Schuyler Mastain.

Seating will begin at 2:10 p.m. with a start time of 2:15 p.m.

 

To RSVP or for more information contact: Karen O’Brien at obrien@unc.edu.

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Nov 21 2014

Corals may benefit from moderately acidic seas

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A new study compiled by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Northeastern University reveal that moderate increases in ocean acidification and warming surprisingly appears to benefit corals, while extreme changes harm them. This research was recently published in this month’s issue of the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. For more information: http://uncnews.unc.edu/2014/11/14/corals-may-benefit-moderately-acidic-seas/.

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