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Faculty and Friends Concert Series Begins Aug. 29

The Department of Music's 2016-17 Faculty and Friends Concert Series opens on Monday, Aug. 29, with a tribute to the great jazz saxophonist Charlie “Bird” Parker.

Performed by the Faculty Jazz Quintet on "Bird's" birthday, the program showcases some of bebop’s best-known tunes, including "Parker’s Mood," "Shaw Nuff" and "Relaxin’ at Camarillo," as well as jazz standards that Parker’s brilliance made his own – "Cherokee," "Donna Lee" and "Embraceable You."

The Faculty Jazz Quintet features Will Campbell on saxophone, Mike Hackett on trumpet, Noel Freidline on piano, Ron Brendle on bass and Rick Dior on drums. The concert will be at 7:30 PM in the Rowe Arts Building, Recital Hall. Tickets are $10; $8 for UNC Charlotte faculty, staff, alumni and all students.

Brain-on-chip Research Mimics Brain Function

With hundreds of billions of neurons and thousands of trillions of synaptic connections between them, the human brain is considered the most complex system on earth. This complexity makes studying the brain an almost overwhelming challenge with nearly infinite research options.

To systematize research components into elements that can be understood on their own or in conjunction with one another, Hansang Cho, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, and his research team have developed innovative brain-on-chip devices and monitoring nanotechnologies. Brain-on-chip essentially means micro-scaled platforms that mimic brain functions and allow for unobstructed observations on small, controllable devices. As a mechanical engineer, Cho has expertise in building such devices that has led to in-depth research and achieved high-impact international publication about three types of brain chips covering most of brain activities.

Cho’s research group is part of the Center for Biomedical Engineering and Science at UNC Charlotte. His work is currently funded by the Cure Alzheimer Fund and the Charlotte Research Institute. The research team includes five undergraduate students, one graduate student, two post-doctoral fellows and one visiting professor.