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Kissau Named Foreign Language Teacher of the Year

Scott Kissau, an associate professor of foreign language education in the Department of Middle, Secondary, and K-12 Education, was named Foreign Language Teacher of the Year in higher education by the Foreign Language Association of North Carolina.

"Dr. Kissau distinguished himself from the other candidates by immersing himself in the education of languages and cultures and by demonstrating his in-depth involvement with growing and supporting world language teachers," said Foreign Language Association of North Carolina (FLANC) Awards Chair Delynda Ramirez-Carter.

College of Education Associate Dean Melba Spooner stated, "I have observed him teach, and from that first-hand experience, I confirm what students constantly say: that he is passionate, organized and well-planned. He asks great questions and challenges his colleagues and students to do the same."

Campus Hosts One of Nation's Largest Health Studies

The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), one of the largest and longest-running surveys of America’s health and nutritional status, established an outpost on UNC Charlotte’s campus this summer. NHANES field teams conducted more than 300 in-home interviews across the area, and about the same number visited the mobile examination center on campus for a comprehensive physical exam.

College of Health and Human Services Dean Nancy Fey-Yensan worked with numerous UNC Charlotte divisions to secure the space and resources for the NHANES mobile center. She said the data the survey collects are "like gold" to CHHS researchers.

"NHANES has been and continues to be absolutely essential in yielding scientifically derived, foundational data that is used to identify the health care needs of a rapidly changing population in the U.S. It is the most comprehensive, valid and reliable health data set in America," said Fey-Yensan. "The data set is accessible to our researchers who can look at it and examine current population health trends and ask, and importantly, answer, the most salient health questions for the populations we serve."