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Fall Plant Sale Scheduled for Oct. 14-15

Autumn is a great time to plant in anticipation of spring blossoms, and the annual UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens Fall Plant Sale will feature a wide selection of shrubs, perennials, wildflowers, ferns, cool weather annuals and native plants.

The sale is scheduled for 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 14-15, at the McMillan Greenhouse. Staff members will be on hand to answer questions. Sale proceeds support operations of the gardens and greenhouse.

Members of the campus community and stewards of the Botanical Gardens can attend a preview sale from noon to 3 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 13.

University Wins NSF Grant for Big Data Research

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $4 million grant to UNC Charlotte researchers to develop a multidisciplinary research program called Virtual Information Fabric Infrastructure (VIFI) that will create new ways to manage, use and share Big Data and analytic results.

Ashit Talukder, director of the Charlotte Data Visualization Center and the Bank of America Endowed Chair in Information Technology in the College of Computing and Informatics, is the principal investigator for the grant. The award was made under the NSF-CISE/ACI-Data Infrastructure Building Blocks (DIBBS) solicitation.

"Under this large-scale research program, a novel Virtual Information Fabric Infrastructure (VIFI) will be created, allowing scientists to search, access, manipulate and evaluate fragmented, distributed data in the information 'fabric' (the infrastructure to facilitate data sharing) without directly accessing or moving large amounts of data," said Talukder.