Research

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences embraces research as a major activity at all levels, including undergraduate research experiences, graduate work, and faculty scholarship.    In keeping with this focus, the college's research activities are diverse, connected to the world and its concerns, and contribute significantly to UNC Charlotte’s role as North Carolina’s urban research university.

Research News

Paper Trails: Author Traces Family’s Journey Through Time

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The soldier’s face has faded in the World War II photograph, falling victim to the ravages of time. Yet, even as the picture has turned cloudy, the image of her father has grown sharper in Barbara Presnell’s mind. Presnell, an award-winning documentary poet and essayist, has captured the story of her father William G. Presnell in her Blue Star collection, published earlier this year by Press 53 in Winston-Salem.
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Building Resiliency: Research Looks At How Communities Manage Conflict

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The days and weeks following the September 20, 2016 police shooting of African-American Charlottean Keith Lamont Scott saw peaceful protests on campus and research- and scholarship-driven responses by faculty, alumni and students at UNC Charlotte. Among those responses, UNC Charlotte researchers Cherie Maestas and Sara Levens are exploring how the emotions of members of the community translated to action following news of the shooting.
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Documentary Showcases N.C. Organization’s Enlarged Scope of Care

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The sounds that fill hospital rooms can take on a discordant tone, as life-sustaining equipment beeps, hisses and blares. Chapel Hill non-profit DooR to DooR breaks through the noise, bringing to health care settings the sounds of a different healing sort, as documented in the new film “The Acoustics of Care.”
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Social Good: Students Create Tool to Address Economic Mobility

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When streetlights burn out in the Enderly Park neighborhood, the darkness closes in, causing residents to worry about safety. UNC Charlotte geography undergraduate students Jamal Covington and Devin Martin have created a way for residents to use mobile devices to easily report issues such as burned-out lights.
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Climate Research Fuels Insights Into Human-Fire Dynamic

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They are born all over the planet, some 3.5 million of them a year, beginning life as tiny flickers in the grass. They grow fast; feeding on forests, devouring ground, turning landscapes into ash. As these fires burn, atmospheric scientist Brian Magi is watching, researching the connections between fire, land, atmosphere and climate – and the role humans play in that mix.
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