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Architecture Faculty Explore 'Diversity and Design'

"Diversity and Design: Understanding Hidden Consequences," being released this month by Routledge Press, features work by two professors in the UNC Charlotte School of Architecture. Edited by Assistant Professor Charles Davis II, with Beth Tauke and Korydon Smith, it includes chapters by Davis and by Associate Professor Peter Wong.

In 15 case studies, Diversity and Design investigates how gender, race, class, age, ethnicity, disability and other factors influence design decisions in all platforms, from product and graphic design to architecture and urban design, and how those decisions affect diverse members of society. According to the editors’ Introduction, "Diversity and Design" presents four purposes: revealing unintended consequences, pluralizing voices and canons, empowering underserved groups and promoting identity development.

The book is available Wednesday, Oct. 21, in hardback and paperback versions.

Annual Faculty and Mentoring Competitions Underway

The Graduate School is pleased to announce the 2016 competitions for the First Citizens Bank Scholars Medal and the Harshini V. de Silva Graduate Mentor Award are now underway.

The First Citizens Bank Scholars Medal recognizes outstanding scholarship, creativity and/or research among senior full-time faculty members. Each year the University, with support from First Citizens Bank, present this award in order to recognize and foster the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and creative endeavors. Nominations focus on the excellence and importance of sustained contributions in research and creative activities, including work done over a substantial period of time at UNC Charlotte.

The Harshini V. de Silva Graduate Mentor Award was established in memory of Dr. Harshini de Silva, an associate professor of Biology, who was noted for her deep dedication to the academic and professional development of graduate students. Each year, the Chancellor’s Office and the Graduate School present this award to a full-time member of the graduate faculty who evinces the qualities of outstanding graduate mentoring. For additional information and submission details, visit the Graduate School website.