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CTI to Share Ideas for Teaching about Energy

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) teachers will share bright, new ideas for teaching and learning about energy at a Charlotte Teachers Institute (CTI) event from 5:30 - 8:00 PM., Tuesday, Sept. 30, at the EnergyExplorium at McGuire Nuclear Station in Huntersville.

This free, public event, a "Teachers as Scholars" program, features CMS teachers who collaborated on the topic "The Nature of Energy: How We Use and Store It to Power Our Everyday Lives." It will highlight innovative curriculum they developed during a long-term CTI seminar, led by Susan Trammell, professor of physics and optical science at UNC Charlotte.

Sponsored by Piedmont Natural Gas and Duke Energy, the program will start with a reception and viewing of the EnergyExplorium’s exhibits from 5:30 - 6:30 PM, followed by presentations and a panel discussion with Trammell and CTI Fellows until 8:00 PM. Space is limited, so registration is recommended.

Art Professor's Work Celebrates McColl Anniversary

The McColl Center for Art + Innovation will celebrate its 15th anniversary with the presentation of "Arctic Utopia," a major exhibition of mixed media sculptures, videos and site-specific installations by Marek Ranis, UNC Charlotte assistant professor of art and 1999 McColl Center alumnus.

The exhibit opens with a reception from 6:00 - 9:00 PM, Friday, Sept. 19, and it will be displayed through Saturday, Nov. 22.

In his work, Ranis investigates how climate change influences humanity, addressing the complex social and political consequences of this dynamic transformation. "The phenomenon of global climate change fascinates me," said the art professor. "Because of its acuteness and enormity of scale, we seem not to comprehend it and refuse to acknowledge it."