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Five Honored with Belk College Alumni Awards

As part of UNC Charlotte’s Homecoming celebrations, the Belk College of Business honored five alumni and friends for their accomplishments, service and dedication to the college during its first Alumni Awards presentation, Thursday, Oct. 13.

"The Belk College is proud to honor five superior individuals this year during UNC Charlotte Homecoming. The award winners support the Belk College as volunteers, advocates and donors, while serving as leaders in the business community. All of our awardees have achieved so much, both personally and professionally in their lives. They are recognized leaders among our strong and growing Belk College network of more than 28,000 alumni in Charlotte and throughout the world," said Belk College of Business Dean Steven Ott.

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Researcher Uncovers Clues that Cause DNA Damage

Frogs and their tiny eggs are helping a UNC Charlotte researcher unlock the mysteries of genomic instability, with implications for cancer and neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease.

Biological sciences assistant professor Shan Yan researches DNA damage that human cells sustain from thousands of internal and environmental assaults each day. Researchers know that the body’s cells have a complex set of processes that constantly assess the damage and make repairs to fragile genetic material. “The main question we try to answer is how genomic integrity is maintained,” Yan says. “All living organisms have a genome, which must maintain its integrity in response to damaging agents, such as oxidative stress or chemotherapy drugs. The process is not well studied and there are many unanswered questions, which is why we are interested.”

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