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Atkins Library Acquires Motorsports Photo Collection

UNC Charlotte’s J. Murrey Atkins Library has acquired the "Bryant McMurray Motorsports Photograph Collection," which documents the world of stock car racing through images captured over six decades by the award-winning motorsports photographer.

To support UNC Charlotte’s programs in American studies, motorsports engineering and sports management, Atkins Library has developed a collection of books, magazines, oral history interviews, photographs and other materials to preserve the history and legacy of automobile racing in the region. The collection should capture the attention of fans, as well as researchers and students studying motorsports, Southern culture, pop culture, engineering and more.

"McMurray's photographs will serve as the flagship collection in a digital photo archive we are preparing to launch of images related to and about motorsports," said Meredith Evans, associate University librarian for special collections at Atkins Library. "Digitizing these photographs and providing access to supporting manuscript and oral history collections will make this the premiere motorsports collection in the Southeast."

Math Finance Program Receives National Ranking

UNC Charlotte’s Master of Science in Mathematical Finance program recently was ranked No. 25 in the country by Financial Engineer.

This is the first national ranking for the Mathematical Finance program, which currently enrolls more than 100 students. The 2015 rankings are calculated based on a series of factors, including average GRE scores, starting salaries and bonuses, undergraduate GPA, acceptance rates and the number of employed graduates.

"Recognition of our Mathematical Finance program as one of the top programs in the nation demonstrates the success and competitiveness of a program we have built in partnership with the region’s leading corporations and as an interdisciplinary collaboration at UNC Charlotte," said Steve Ott, dean of the Belk College of Business. "We are very proud of our students and graduates, many of whom are successful contributors in leading financial corporations nationwide."