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Water Safety Expert Works to Reduce Drowning

The risk of drowning remains a serious issue for children, but a UNC Charlotte water safety expert is taking part in a national effort to help alleviate that danger. To mark the 100th anniversary of its swimming safety efforts, the American Red Cross has launched a program to cut drowning in half in 50 U.S. cities.

Roy Fielding, exercise science program coordinator and director of aquatics, is helping lead the effort in the Queen City. A 40-year Red Cross veteran, Fielding said parents need to understand the importance of water safety. "It’s huge. According to the CDC, in children ages one through five, drowning is the leading cause of accidental death," stated Fielding.

A recent survey commissioned by the Red Cross showed many Americans overestimate their ability in the water — while 80 percent said they could swim, fewer than 60 percent possessed the basic skills that could save their life. Click here to read more about this initiative.

Top Research Symposium Posters Recognized

Three undergraduate students were honored for outstanding posters at the fourth annual Summer Research Symposium as part of the Charlotte Research Scholars program. More than 100 students competed in the competition presenting on a broad range of topics of scholarly inquiry.

This year’s Best Poster winners were: Alexis Friesz for "Hunger and Food Insecurity among College Students: Understanding the Problem and Identifying Solutions" in the category social sciences, humanities, education, business and arts (Kim Buch, mentor); Kenneth Panora for "Effective Treatment of Malignant Ovarian Cancer Cells by Means of Nanoparticle Coated Aptamers" in the natural sciences and public health category (Christine Richardson, mentor); and Eli Bostian for "Electrical Properties of Simple Devices Glued with D-Sorbitol Doped PEDOT:PSS" in the engineering, nanomaterials and computing category.

"Undergraduate research through the Charlotte Research Scholars program enhances the student learning experience and expands the intellectual vitality of the University. Undergraduate researchers tackle important, real-world questions ranging from how to improve K-12 education to improving disease prevention and from enhancing the livability of urban communities to understanding and protecting the environment," explained Tom Reynolds, Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School.