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Conference Explores Latin America and the African Diaspora

The Africana Studies Department, the Department of History and the Latin American Studies program will co-host the international conference "Locating and Connecting Latin America and the African Diaspora" on Thursday and Friday, April 30 - May 1. The conference is free and open to the public; all activities will take place in the UNC Charlotte Student Union

Conferees will explore comparative approaches that place North America and Africa in conversation with the Caribbean and Latin America on some of the pertinent transnational issues dealing with globalization and geographies of inequality; race and racism; community formation and citizenship; migration and cross-border movements; and the construction and performance of identity, arts and culture.

Researchers Shed Light on Common Childhood Disease

A new study by UNC Charlotte scholars is shedding light on the connection between diet and a common childhood disease.

Using national health data, the researchers determined children who ate certain types of food or dealt with food insecurity may be more likely to contract the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). EBV is a common virus that often causes no symptoms on its own; it’s better known as a cause of infectious mononucleosis and having a connection to some cancers.

Ahmed Arif, an associate professor in the College of Health and Human Services Department of Public Health Sciences, co-authored the new study, which considered EBV infection among U.S. children ages 6 to 15 using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Click here to learn more about the study.