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Rock Receives Teaching Excellence Award

Reading and elementary education professor Tracy Rock is a recipient of the 2015 UNC Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award.

This annual honor recognizes one professor at each of North Carolina’s public institutions. The 17 recipients were nominated by individual campus committees and selected by the Board of Governors’ Committee on Personnel and Tenure. Each award winner will receive a commemorative bronze medallion and a $12,500 cash prize; the honor will be presented formally during the spring graduation ceremony on each campus.

"Encouraging and supporting their development as effective practitioners has the potential to have far-reaching impact for years to come," Rock said. "The full realization of the responsibility and important purpose of teacher education makes what I do not only special but also very fulfilling."

Public Health Expert Richard Jackson to Speak

Urban sprawl, a lack of green spaces and roads unsafe for pedestrians are among the common aspects of the "built environment" harmful to public health, according to national expert Richard Jackson.

A leading voice in the movement to shape "built environment" with an emphasis on public health, Jackson will present "We Are What We Build – Building for Health" at 7:00 PM, Wednesday, April 8, at UNC Charlotte Center City. The talk is for the annual Blue Cross Blue Shield Dialogue for a Healthier Charlotte and is organized by the College of Health and Human Services and BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina.

The April 8 talk "We Are What We Build – Building for Health" is free and open to the public; however RSVPs are requested. This event also coincides with National Public Health Week, which is April 6 - 12.