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Big Data Research Partnership Funded

UNC Charlotte has received a $2.1 million grant from the UNC General Administration to support research in data science and business analytics (Big Data). The funding, to be distributed across three years, is part of a continuing $3 million appropriation from the General Assembly in 2014 to support areas of "game-changing research" identified in the Board of Governor's strategic plan for the University system.

Mirsad Hadzikadic, director of the University’s Complex Systems Institute and professor of software and information systems in the College of Computing and Informatics, is the lead investigator for the project "North Carolina Data Science and Analytics Initiative." In conjunction with N.C. State University and UNC-Chapel Hill’s Renaissance Computing Institute, Hadzikadic and fellow investigators will develop strategic research hubs of excellence that will position North Carolina as the national leader in fundamental and applied research in data science.

UNC General Administration awarded six three-year grants totaling nearly $9 million to faculty research in areas of strategic importance to the state. Each of the funded projects involves faculty partners from two or more UNC campuses. More information on the series of grants is online.

'Umbra' on Display in Student Union Art Gallery

The Student Union Art Gallery will display "Umbra," an on-site installation by Meredith Connelly through Sunday, March 8. A free reception with the artist will be at 4:30 PM, Thursday, Feb. 19; it will feature a performance by opera singer Kelly Hutchinson.

"Umbra" explores the pairing of light and sculpture with sound sensitivity. Though each sculpture is created specifically for the site, "Umbra" is a continuing series. The exhibit was first displayed at the Cornelius Arts Center last summer.

According to Connelly, "the word umbra is Latin for shadow and is used to describe a specific part of a shadow. The title of this piece is based on the idea of designing an illuminated form that pulls the viewer into the shadows of the work, through placement of negative space and the use of internal lighting in the sculpture."