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New Cohort Joins Charlotte Teachers Institute

The Charlotte Teachers Institute (CTI) has welcomed its new cohort of 104 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) teachers into its innovative, interdisciplinary seminars for 2015.

"This year’s CTI Fellows represent the wide range of teachers in CMS, from new to veteran, kindergarten to 12th grade and physics to interior design," said CTI Director Scott Gartlan. "We continue to create significant growth opportunities for teacher leaders looking to deepen their knowledge base and impact the lives of their students."

CTI’s eight concurrent seminars began with an orientation at Discovery Place in April and will run through November. CTI seminars are led by faculty experts in the arts and sciences, including four from Davidson College and four from UNC Charlotte. Seminars meet on those campuses and also at the Discovery Place Education Studio.

Photovoltaic Technology Research Laboratory Opens

With the purpose of teaching the science and engineering of solar energy and partnering with industry to research methods for producing more-efficient and lower-cost solar cells, the Lee College of Engineering has opened the new Photovoltaic Technology Research Laboratory. Located in the Energy Production and Infrastructure Building, the photovoltaic lab is under the direction of Dr. Aba Ebong, professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

The production laboratory equipment includes a RTP2 rapid thermal belt furnace, an in-line diffusion furnace and a screen printing system. The production lab can fabricate solar cells using the exact same methods as industry. A computational modeling and solar cell testing laboratory is also part of the new photovoltaic facility. On the educational side, the facility provides students the chance to see how solar cells are produced from start to finish.