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UNC Presidential Search Session Set for June 1

UNC Charlotte will host a regional input session on Monday, June 1, to enable the campus community and the public to provide feedback into the search process for the next UNC system president.

The UNC Board of Governors has started a search for UNC President Tom Ross’ successor; Ross will step down in January 2016.

The June 1 regional session will be at 7:00 PM. in the Harris Alumni Center at Johnson Glen; UNC Charlotte will broadcast a live stream of the event, too, on Inside UNC Charlotte. Three other regional sessions are scheduled for UNC Asheville, East Carolina University and N.C. Central University.

Professor Examines Use of Video Games in Class

At one time, news coverage centered on worries about video games’ negative influence on kids — but these days, they are making headlines because of the ways they are being used to help students learn. An avalanche of research supporting video games’ ability to encourage academic development has driven momentum on this issue.

Michael Thomas, UNC Charlotte educational leadership professor, studies the evolving relationship between education and games. He said the work of fellow researcher Constance Steinkuehler, associate professor of digital media, University of Wisconsin-Madison, sheds light on how video games help kids develop scientific habits of mind.

"Experts do not simply do something expertly. They share information with other experts. They trade ideas and strategies. They create tools to benefit the community of experts. They debate. They even fight. They collectively struggle to refine their skills and knowledge related to their expertise. This is true of gamers and it is true of scientists," Thomas explained.