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Energy
9:18 am
Mon August 26, 2013

UNC Charlotte Students Complete Solar House

The UNC Charlotte Solar Decathlon 2013 team celebrated the completion of its competition house, 'UrbanEden,' on August 23 with a tour of the house for visitors.
Tasnim Shamma

UNC Charlotte students completed its house, UrbanEden, on Friday, August 23 for the US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 competition from October 3 to 13. 

Education
2:42 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

UNC Charlotte Students Make Progress On Solar House

A view of the solar house at UNC Charlotte.
Tasnim Shamma

UNC Charlotte's Solar Decathlon Team says it's about half-way through completing the construction of its solar house. They were recently nominated from teams all over the world to compete in a U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition.  

The UNC Charlotte team is calling their $300,000 solar house, UrbanEden. It's been four months in the making and you can see the walls now and imagine what it will look like when it's finished.   

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Local News
11:36 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Report Gives Teacher Training Programs Low Marks

A new rating of programs which train teachers is creating a stir.  The review by the National Council on Teacher Quality finds most college and university education departments have become what it calls “an industry of mediocrity.”  U.S. News and World Report published the ratings this week.   They’re generating a lot of criticism and not just from schools which scored poorly. 

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Local News
12:31 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

UNC Charlotte Aims For Zero Waste At Football Stadium

Take a second to remember the last time you left a stadium after a football game.  You probably noticed a lot trash - cups, plastic bottles, and other garbage scattered about the stands and walkways.

But a group at UNC Charlotte is hoping to avoid that for the school's brand new football stadium with a “Zero Waste” initiative.  The school had a beta run a couple of weeks ago during the team’s spring practice game, which was attended by more than 13,000 people.

Kate Popejoy is an education professor at UNC Charlotte and the faculty advisor for the student group behind the initiative. She stopped by ours studios to discuss the initiative with WFAE’s Marshall Terry.

WFAE's Marshall Terry interviews UNC Charlotte's Kate Popejoy about "Zero Waste" initiative.

Local News
4:35 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Areva To Add 130 Jobs, Make Charlotte Its North American HQ

Governor Pat McCrory, Areva CEO Michael Rencheck and Mecklenburg County Commission Chairwoman Pat Cotham celebrate Areva's decision to make Charlotte its North American Headquarters.
Credit Julie Rose

Nuclear company Areva is moving its North American headquarters to the University area in Charlotte, where it already has more than 500 employees. The company plans to add another 130 jobs – mostly in engineering.

Areva CEO Michael Rencheck says Charlotte won out over Bethesda, Maryland and Lynchburg, Virginia.

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Solar Energy
2:29 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Solar-Powered House Under Construction At UNC Charlotte

Jacob Wittmer shows off the solar house to Paul Camuti, senior vice president of innovation and chief technology officer at Ingersoll Rand.
Tasnim Shamma

For almost a year, students at UNC Charlotte have been hard at work designing a solar house that is both affordable and energy-efficient. That hard work has paid off. Their design qualified for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon's biannual competition.  

For the next eight months, UNC Charlotte engineering and architecture students will be busy building the house. UNC Charlotte is one of only 20 teams to qualify for the competition.   

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Research
4:23 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

UNC Charlotte And Levine Team Up For Pancreatic Cancer Research

Bob Wilhelm is vice chancellor for research and economic development at UNC Charlotte.
Credit Courtesy of UNC Charlotte

The Levine Cancer Institute and UNC Charlotte are teaming up for a new project they hope will make a difference in the world of cancer research. It's called the Charlotte Pancreatic Cancer Project.

UNC Charlotte and the Levine Cancer Institute will be making $400,000 in grants available to scientists and doctors at both institutions. 

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Local News
11:02 am
Thu November 29, 2012

UNC Charlotte Student Government Discusses Gender-Neutral Housing

UNC Charlotte student Anthony Dondero in front of the student union.
Credit Duncan McFadyen

UNC Charlotte’s Student Government Association is meeting November 29 to discuss gender-neutral housing. The proposal would ask school administrators to allow students to choose roommates of the opposite sex. The student group Campus Allies has been working for more than a year to get gender neutral housing at UNCC. Anthony Dondero is a transgendered member of the group. He chose to live off campus.

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Local News
9:50 am
Fri October 26, 2012

'EPIC' Program At UNCC Fueling Energy Industry

Governor Bev Perdue tours the new EPIC Building at UNC Charlotte on Thursday with EPIC director Johan Enslin (far left) and Shaw Group Senior Vice President Jeffrey Merrifield (center)
Credit Julie Rose

The new $77 million engineering and energy building on UNC Charlotte’s campus hasn’t even had a formal grand opening ceremony, and already it’s fueling the local energy work force. 

Johan Enslin underscored that point as  he gave Governor Bev Perdue of the Energy Production and Infrastructure Center – or “EPIC” - which he directs.  It's a four-story collection of laboratories bathed in natural light on the edge of UNC Charlotte’s campus.

One of the labs features a replica of the nerve center at Duke Energy.

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Charlotte Observer
10:10 am
Fri October 19, 2012

E.K. Fretwell, Who Put UNCC On The Map, Dies

E.K. Fretwell
Charlotte Observer

E.K. Fretwell arrived at UNC Charlotte in 1979 with a national reputation as an educator. In his 10 years as chancellor, he conferred that national reputation on the one-time commuter college in the rolling countryside northeast of the city.

Fretwell died Thursday afternoon at The Cypress. He was 88.

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