Saturdays are super this spring at UNC Asheville! Academically gifted, creative, and/or highly motivated students in grades 3-8 have the opportunity to explore foreign language, model rocketry, magic, and much more at UNC Asheville’s spring semester Super Saturday program, beginning March 5. More than 12,000 children from across Western North Carolina have explored their special interests through hands-on learning on the UNC Asheville campus as part of Super Saturdays.
As people across the Southeast hunkered down for massive snowfalls this month, UNC Asheville Atmospheric Sciences professor Doug Miller and his students headed out into the storm. The group worked around the clock launching weather balloons to collect important atmospheric data that will help scientists better understand winter weather. In the process, they were able to provide information to the National Weather Service to ensure accurate forecasts.
The University of North Carolina at Asheville and the USDA Forest Service are joining forces to boost awareness and understanding of threats to forest health. The joint venture, announced recently by UNC Asheville Chancellor Anne Ponder, will team the University's advanced computer modeling and imaging capabilities with Forest Service research expertise to develop Web-based resources that make threats to forest health readily visible and comprehensible.
In the wake of the area's first taste of winter, UNC Asheville offers the 2011 Western North Carolina Weather Calendar, complete with daily average high and low temperatures, phases of the moon and daily sunrise and sunset times.
On November 19 and 20, UNC Asheville will host a conference of poets and mathematicians celebrating "Oulipo," a literary movement founded in France 50 years ago this month. "Oulipo is mathematics and poetry in their most intimate interaction," says Patrick Bahls, associate professor mathematics at UNC Asheville one of the conference organizers. The term Oulipo is also used to describe forms of constrained and experimental poetry often involving the use of mathematics.
Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, will discuss global environmental challenges at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, at UNC Asheville's Humanities Lecture Hall. Joining Brune will be Tom Peterson, from the NOAA's National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, who will give an introductory talk on climate change.
Distinguished Chemist George H. Atkinson, founder of the Institute on Science for Global Policy, will be the featured speaker at UNC Asheville's 13th annual S. Dexter Squibb Lecture Series Thursday and Friday, Sept. 16-17.
The University of North Carolina at Asheville announced today a $25,000 grant from Progress Energy to support the university’s joint engineering programs with N.C. State. The grant will be used to purchase lab equipment needed for engineering courses and undergraduate research.
This special four-course concentration is designed to bridge the gap between climate scientists and government, business and community organizations whose decisions and work may be impacted by climate change.