UNCW in the News

UNCW in the News

May 4 - 8

What's Written on Your Face
New Yorker
Earlier this week, Microsoft unveiled a little experiment: a site that can guess the ageand gender of faces in a photograph. But Jay Olshansky, a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, worked with Karl Ricanek, the director of the Face Aging Group at UNCW, to build Face My Age. It does not try to guess at age and gender, like Microsoft's experiment, but rather asks its users to supply that information and to upload photographs of their make-up-free, unsmiling faces.
Additional coverage: Christian Science Monitor

There She Blows? Underwater Volcano May Be Erupting Off Oregon
NBC News
An underwater volcano off the coast of Oregon has risen from its slumber and may be spewing out lava about a mile beneath the sea. Geologists Bill Chadwick, of Oregon State University, and Scott Nooner, of the University of North Carolina Wilmington, successfully forecasted the eruption in a blog post in September 2014.
Additional coverage includes: NY Daily News, Christian Science Monitor, Latinos Post, KOIN-TV, CBS San Francisco, Portland Sun Times, US Finance, The Weather Network and International Business Times

Volcano On Sea Floor Watched Closely By NC Researcher

The Axial Volcano is the most active submarine volcano off the Northwest Coast and for the first time sea instruments gave a heads up the volcano was about to erupt. Scott Nooner is an assistant professor at UNCW and has been studying this volcano for 15 years.

UNC-Wilmington in the tank for sustainability
Food Management
As examples of high-profile sustainability projects go, a new initiative at UNCW is hard to beat. Rather than telling students about food grown locally, the university is growing it so locally that it's hard to miss.

Edgerton's novel "Raney" finds its way to stage at TheatreNOW
Star News
TheatreNOW's artistic director Zach Hanner wanted to do a North Carolina writers' series. "Clyde Edgerton immediately came to mind," Hanner said, speaking of the Wilmington-based writer who's also a professor of creative writing at UNCW. Friday's opening night and the May 15 performance will feature a special pre-show with Edgerton telling stories about "Raney" and music.

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Lumina News

A low hum of chatter fills the community center at Hillcrest Housing Development as tutors and children sit in pairs, reading or studying. This scene occurs two afternoons per week during UNCW's fall and spring semesters. The program started in 2008 as an educational component to UNCW's partnership with the Wilmington Housing Authority.

Cucalorus seeks to pair filmmakers, entrepreneurs for 10×10 challenge
Star News
The Cucalorus Film Festival is all about bringing new ideas to the fore, and one idea that seems to have caught on is 10×10. 10×10 is a partnership between Cucalorus, UNCW's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and tekMountain, which is dedicated to growing the technology culture in Wilmington.

Veterans organization takes VA concerns to Washington

Veterans told WWAY concerns over water contaminants at the Wilmington VA Clinic are the latest in a list of complaints against the organization. So what are some of the health risks of the reported water issues? UNCW Assistant Professor Dr. Susanne Brander said exposure to metals like iron, copper, and lead could have negative health effects.

State rep and UNCW chancellor at odds over cancelled meeting (updated with statement)
A member of the General Assembly is at odds with UNCW over a cancellation of a meeting about a suspended fraternity. Interim Chancellor William Sederburg contended the meeting request and UNCW released a statement Friday: "When so many other campus priorities demand and deserve attention, the university prefers to move forward and not rehash a singular issue from nearly 3 years ago."
*Full statement available online

Share the Table
Star News
When William Holmes moved to Pender County, he expected oceanfront property and sunshine. What he didn't expect was poverty. The UNCW professor is called "Toby" by clients and fellow volunteers. He helps clients load groceries into their cars and gives them big hugs when they leave the ministry's pantry. That pantry, a Sunday night Free Community Meal, and the Meals Until No Child Hungers (MUNCH) program are all part of Share the Table.

Questions linger in departure of UNCW's LGBT coordinator

Star News
In the two weeks since Amy Schlag resigned as coordinator of the University of North Carolina Wilmington's LGBTQIA Resource Center, questions about her departure have swirled around campus. A statement released by a representative for Schlag and the university states she left UNCW for personal reasons.

UNCW grad to tackle big research in tiny marine organisms
Port City Daily
A lifelong lover of the ocean, Alexa Sterling, 22, who graduates during UNCW's commencement Saturday, has spent her college days engrossed in micro zooplankton. So much so, that she's headed to the University of Rhode Island this summer to begin a Ph.D. program in the field.

Local hero returns home, steps up to the plate
Shelby Star
Malia Swift grew up in Gaston County. Then she headed off to UNCW to finish her bachelor's degree. After she marched across the platform with her degree firmly in hand, she surveyed her limitless options and decided to return to Gaston. What an exceptional treat when our best and brightest choose to come home and give back to the community where their journeys started.

Go "Bach To The Future" with the Wilmington Choral Society
Lumina News
The Wilmington Choral Society will hold its spring concert, "Bach To The Future," at 4 p.m., May 17 at the UNCW's Kenan Auditorium.

UNCW students rally against police brutality and racism
Nearly two dozen students rallied Monday night against police brutality and racism happening in communities across the country. Using chalk, students applied messages against racism along Chancellor's Walk on UNC Wilmington's campus hoping to inspire a conversation among the student body.

Chalk messages erased, some students upset
A UNCW student said on Monday she noticed several messages written in chalk about the Black Lives Matter campaign. About a half an hour said she saw a UNCW truck pressure-washing washing away the messages. A UNCW spokeswoman said the school is looking into it to the matter.

UNCW to apologize to students upset about chalk messages washed away
[The university] said the chalk messages were washed away as part of [an "overeager"] campus-wide clean-up ahead of this weekend's commencement ceremonies. The university will apologize to the students by scheduling a meeting with them and UNCW leadership to explain what happened.

Portion of Cross-City Trail near UNCW reopens after fire
Star News
A portion of the Gary Shell Cross-City Trail was briefly closed Sunday afternoon following a small woods fire that broke out behind UNCW. The fire is was quickly contained but continued to smolder, according to Battalion Chief Chris Nelson. Additional coverage WECT

Four new members highlight 10th induction class into Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame
Port City Daily
The 10th induction class to the Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame (GWSHOF) was officially enshrined into local sports history on Sunday as four new members joined a packed crowd for the annual ceremony at UNCW's Burney Center.
Additional coverage: Star News

Former UNCW reliever retires after arm injury
Star News
Justin Livengood, 25, needed a few days to wrestle with one of the most difficult decisions of his life. The former UNCW right-hander announced his retirement Wednesday, ending his professional baseball career rather than confront elbow surgery and a year-long recovery.

UNCW baseball signee has a career night, but will E.J. Jenkins end up being a Seahawk?

Senior outfielder E.J. Jenkins signed with UNCW several months ago, but there's an outstanding chance he'll never see Brooks Field. Some baseball experts predict Jenkins will either be a late first round pick or perhaps a second round pick in next month's MLB Draft.

Seahawks rally to top Hens
Star News
UNCW assistant Randy Hood told Andy Austin to prepare to face Delaware's Luke Alicknavitch as soon as the side-winding reliever started warming up in Friday's eighth inning. By the time the matchup came an inning later, the junior reserve had carefully watched Alicknavitch from the dugout long enough to feel comfortable.

McDowell leads UNCW over Delaware with career performance
Star News
The only drama left late Saturday afternoon at Brooks Field was whether Kennard McDowell would get another at-bat. The UNCW shortstop didn't get a chance for his sixth hit and a share of the school record, but his career performance highlighted an emphatic 15-3 win over Delaware.

Austin single gives Diamond Hawks walk of win

UNCW has had some great rallies this season to win, but hadn't had a bottom of the ninth win until Andy Austin's pinch hit single with two out in the ninth lifted the Seahawks to a 4-3 win over Delaware on Friday at Brooks Field. 

Additional coverage: Port City Daily

Diamond Hawks sweep away Delaware 12-2
Zach Shields had three hits, including a home run, and the Seahawk pitching staff held Delaware in check on five hits as UNCW completed a sweep of the Blue Hens with a 12-2 win on Sunday at Brooks Field. The win was UNCW's fourth straight and improved their record to 33-12 overall and 15-3 in the Colonial Athletic Association.
Additional coverage: Port City Daily and Star News

UNCW Roundup - Elon rallies for softball victory
Star News
Elon scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to earn a 5-3 softball victory over UNCW on Friday at Hunt Softball Park. Cameron Walton finished second in the men's long jump to lead all UNCW finishers during the opening day of the CAA track & field championships. The women sit in fourth place with 25 points.

West Deptford diver Zoe Shannon chooses Division 1 North Carolina-Wilmington over Florida Gulf Coast
West Deptford senior Zoe Shannon officially signed a national letter of intent last week to compete for the University of North Carolina Wilmington, a Division 1 program. She picked the Seahawks over Florida Gulf Coast.

Topsail pitcher Clark Cota to shut it down; Tony Hudson steps down at Pender and a slew of local Monday sports action
UNCW junior outfielder Zach Shields was named Colonial Athletic Association Player-of-the-Week after helping the Seahawks to an impressive 4-1 record last week, including a sweep of a red-hot Delaware squad over the weekend.

UNCW's Shields named CAA baseball Player of the Week
UNCW junior outfielder Zach Shields was named Colonial Athletic Association Player-of-the-Week after helping the Seahawks to an impressive 4-1 record last week, including a sweep of a red-hot Delaware squad over the weekend.

UNCW baseball team making strong case for NCAA bid
Star News
The UNCW baseball team began crafting its NCAA resume with an unremarkable win over Richmond on a chilly mid-February afternoon at Brooks Field. Nearly three months later, the Seahawks - boosted by a 15-3 Colonial Athletic Association record and eight top-100 RPI wins - have made a strong case to return to a regional.

Your Turn: Final push to save UNCW track

It's no secret I'm against UNCW delivering an ultimatum to students on the track team, thus keeping them and their parents in limbo. But rather than stand on the sideline, I have decided to join in the effort to help raise the $250,000 they need by May 30. At last count, they were at $177,000. They've done a phenomenal job so far.

Tennis strengthens bond of UNCW's Hublitz brothers
Port City Daily
Zach and Josh Hublitz have relied on each over the years and used the game of tennis to help guide their path to UNCW, where the two siblings spent this season on the men's team.

Top 2 teams in the CAA will face off this weekend if the weather cooperates in Charleston
The College of Charleston, the first place team in the CAA, will host second place UNCW in a key three game series if the weather cooperates this weekend.

UNCW batting higher this season
Star News
By almost any metric, UNCW has been much improved at the plate this season. It's hitting .309 entering a crucial weekend series at Colonial Athletic Association-leading College of Charleston. That's good for 10th in the country and 48 points higher than 2014.

Diamond Hawks back on track heading into key weekend at College of Charleston
Port City Daily
The Seahawks continued to keep close tabs on conference-leading College of Charleston over the week with a three-game sweep over Delaware. UNCW is in position for an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament as they concluded the week ranked 30th in Warren Nolan's RPI rankings.