News & Announcements Anthropology
Diane K. Brockman was invited to present “The aging sifaka: a case study from the Primate Life History Database” at the Symposium: A Look at the Lemur Longevity: Evolution and Senescence in a Unique Primate, which was sponsored by the Department of Anthropology at Yale University. She presented “Conservation of endangered Vietnamese primates: assessment of Agent Orange exposure in douc langurs, Pygathrix” at the Vietnamese Academy of Science and Technology, Institute of Tropical Biology in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Brandie N. Macdonald won a 10-week internship for the summer of 2011 at the National Museum of the American Indian, one of the museums of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. Macdonald is a major in Anthropology with a concentration in Applied Anthropology.
Center for Global Public Relations
The Center for Global Public Relations held its first annual Global Research Conference, “Exploring Global Issues and Relationships,” Friday, April 15. This multidisciplinary conference was designed to encourage discourse across disciplines about global issues and their resolutions. The conference included guest speakers from several professional and academic arenas, roundtable discussions and featured keynote speaker Dr. Jay DeFrank, Vice President of Communications for Pratt & Whitney.
The department held is first annual Communication Studies Celebration Week, April 11-15, 2011. “Communication Matters” was the overarching theme, and the week represented how the department realized this moniker in a variety of ways. The week featured a public lecture by Patrice Buzzanell, Professor of Communication at Purdue University, speaking about
“Designing Career: Intersections of Communications, Engineering, Community and Imagination.” It also featured Pulitzer- Prize-Winning photographer Matthew Lewis.
Ming Jiang will participate in an International Faculty Development Seminar and Economic Development and Urban Transformation in Shanghai organized by the Council on International Educational Exchange this June. She also gave a talk on China’s information politics and its rhetoric of “Internet sovereignty” at Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at John Hopkins University in Washington D.C. in October 2010.
Deborah S. Bosley was one of 60 invited participants in a day-long symposium in December, sponsored by the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Washington, D.C., where Elizabeth Warren was the luncheon speaker. The title of the symposium was “Communication with Consumers: Mortgage Disclosures,” and the day was spent discussing how to create mortgage disclosures that the public could understand.
Tina Botts will be joining the Philosophy department this Fall, 2011. She obtained her PhD at the University of Memphis after acquiring a JD at Rutgers University School of Law in New Jersey. Her research within the realms of law and diversity, and her commitment to philosophical pluralism provide a unique and substantial contribution to our emphasis on ‘applied’ philosophy.
Marvin Croy and Mirsad Hadzikadic have been awarded a $152,589 National Endowment of the Humanities grant for their project, titled “Computer Simulations in the Humanities.” The project is a multi- disciplinary endeavor that will culminate in a two-week research conference held at UNC Charlotte this June 2011.
Robin James presented at Coastal Carolina University as part of their Nancy Smith Distinguished Visitor Series. The presentation titled “Feminism Calling? Beyonce’s and Lady Gaga’s Posthuman Politics” argued that the performers use Afrofuturist and Goth Posthumanist Feminisms to critique both heteropatriarchy and some assumptions within mainstream feminism. As part of a series, Professor James also taught a senior-level course on Judith Halberstam’s “Anti-Social Turn in Queer Studies,” in which Halberstam’s use of punk music was investigated.
In the past year the UNC Charlotte Model United Nations team has won 33 awards, competing in regional and international conferences with thousands of other delegates. In the fall of 2010 at the Southern Regional MUN Conference held in Atlanta, the 47-member team won a record- breaking four delegation awards, as well as eight outstanding delegate awards for individuals. The students who participated were welcomed to the Southeast Regional Model Arab League where our delegates won one delegation award and twelve individual awards. Also in the spring, another UNCC MUN team traveled to Singapore to compete in the Harvard World Model United Nations Conference where they received eight diplomacy awards, placing UNCC as one of the top five universities at the conference.
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