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Public Health Expert Richard Jackson to Speak

Urban sprawl, a lack of green spaces and roads unsafe for pedestrians are among the common aspects of the "built environment" harmful to public health, according to national expert Richard Jackson.

A leading voice in the movement to shape "built environment" with an emphasis on public health, Jackson will present "We Are What We Build – Building for Health" at 7:00 PM, Wednesday, April 8, at UNC Charlotte Center City. The talk is for the annual Blue Cross Blue Shield Dialogue for a Healthier Charlotte and is organized by the College of Health and Human Services and BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina.

The April 8 talk "We Are What We Build – Building for Health" is free and open to the public; however RSVPs are requested. This event also coincides with National Public Health Week, which is April 6 - 12.

Graduate School Creates New Fellowships for Veterans

The UNC Charlotte Graduate School has added a new fellowship to attract military veterans to enroll in one of its extensive list of master’s and doctoral degree programs. Beginning with the fall 2015 semester, the Graduate School is offering two graduate fellowships designated exclusively for veteran students. Each two-year assistantship is valued at $36,000 to $45,000 and includes full tuition, health insurance and an assistantship stipend.

Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School Tom Reynolds, a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War, stated he hopes this incentive will lead to additional programs of support for veteran graduate students. "UNC Charlotte already has a tremendous support structure for veteran students, but I’d like to see us doing even more," Reynolds said. "When veterans seek graduate education, I’m going to do everything I can to make UNC Charlotte their destination of choice, and I’ll encourage the deans of our other seven outstanding colleges to find more ways to attract the best of this population of gifted young men and women. I’ll also seek external partners to support additional incentive programs."

The application deadline for the fall 2015 is April 15. Click through for more information and to apply.