In acknowledgment of his prolific and high quality research record, UNC Charlotte faculty member Xingjian Liu has received the 2014 Emerging Scholar Award from the Regional Development and Planning Specialty Group (RDPSG) of the Association of American Geographers.
The RDPSG Scholar Award is presented to early-to-mid career scholars who show potential for distinguished scholarship in development, planning and / or policy issues though applied or theoretical research in these areas, and / or impacted the field through mentorship / teaching.
Liu is an assistant professor of urban economic geography in the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences. He is also a Research Fellow within the Globalization and World Cities (GaWC) research network, and helps run The Beijing City Lab (BCL) – a virtual research network dedicated to studying China’s capital Beijing.
The Charlotte Venture Challenge (CVC) will showcase 39 finalists selected from more than 100 startup competitors located throughout the Southeast and introduce these emerging companies to investors, corporate executives, and the business community, Thursday, May 1.
The 2014 Challenge has the largest number of entries than any other year and is poised to draw the most corporate community engagement to date. The competition winners will be decided by an investor vs. corporate customer showdown. Competition categories include consumer products and services, life sciences and biotechnology, IT & informatics, new energy and high tech, undergraduate student ventures and graduate student ventures teams. Finalists will present their businesses and answer questions from panels of investors and corporate executives and a winner will be chosen by each panel.