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North Carolina NOW Broadcast Schedule
(Subject to Change)
Monday, April 13th
- 2015 O. Max Gardner Award/Dr. Pinku Mukherjee--Erica Starke-Knight introduces us to Dr. Pinku Mukherjee, an Irwin Belk Endowed Professor for Cancer Research at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. One of the 2015 recipients of the UNC Board of Governors O. Max Gardner Award, Dr. Mukherjee is recognized for her research that could result in the creation of a blood test for breast and other cancers as well as her efforts towards developing a diagnostic test for pancreatic cancer. The Oliver Max Gardner Award, named after North Carolina's 57th governor, was established in his will to recognize University of North Carolina system faculty who have "made the greatest contributions to the welfare of the human race." It is considered the University of North Carolina's highest faculty honor. (Mecklenburg and Orange Counties)
- Newsmaker: Susan White/Executive Director, North Carolina Sea Grant--Ms. White stops by to bring us a preview of the North Carolina Coastal Conference taking place on April 14th. The conference will provide discussions and perspectives from a mix of leading university researchers, government officials from the federal, state and local levels and leaders of nonprofits and industry. Sponsored by the University of North Carolina System and hosted by North Carolina Sea Grant, the event will include panels and discussions at North Carolina State University's McKimmon Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A reception that evening at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences Nature Research Center will include demonstrations of new tools and technology for those who work and live at the coast.
- Newsmaker: Emery Ortiz, MLIS/Library Director, Cabarrus County Public Library--Ms. Ortiz will be joining us to talk about the engineering feats of the Middle Ages that will take place at a "Catapult Physics" event at the Concord library on Tuesday, April 14th. As part of the North Carolina Science Festival, the event will involve medieval exploration of physics and visitors will have the opportunity to assemble an army of miniature catapults.
Tuesday, April 14th
- 2015 O. Max Gardner Award/Dr. Behnam Pourdeyhimi--Jeff Smith presents Dr. Behnam Pourdeyhimi, an Associate Dean for Industry Research and Extension, William A. Klopman Distinguished Professor and Executive Director of The Nonwovens Institute based at North Carolina State University's College of Textiles. Dr. Pourdeyhimi is also a 2015 recipient of the UNC Board of Governors O. Max Gardner Award for his work in nonwoven materials, creating products used in items such as HVAC systems, auto air filters, and water filters. Considered the University of North Carolina's highest faculty honor, The Oliver Max Gardner Award, named after North Carolina's 57th governor, pays tribute to faculty members who have "made the greatest contributions to the welfare of the human race." (Wake and Orange Counties)
- Fetal Surgery--Kelley McHenry introduces us to Matthew and Alice Lammi, a Fuquay Varina couple, who experienced quite a challenge during the pregnancy of their sixth child, who was diagnosed with spina bifida, a congenital birth defect. The family opted for fetal surgery, which involves operating on the unborn child in the womb. The procedure was performed at UNC Health Care and Kelley explains the challenges for both mother and child. PBS has presented a three part mini-series called “TWICE BORN: Stories From the Special Delivery Unit” that takes an inside look a the The Special Delivery Unit at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia where rare surgeries are done on babies inside their mothers' wombs. The final segment of the program airs Tuesday, April 14th at 8 p.m. on UNC-TV. (Wake and Orange Counties)
- North Carolina Bookwatch Excerpt: Kim Church/Author, "Byrd"--North Carolina Bookwatch Host D.G. Martin talks with attorney and author Kim Church about her debut novel, "Byrd." The story involves Addie Lockwood a bookstore clerk from a small North Carolina town and Roland Rhodes, a blues guitar player whose relationship leaves Addie pregnant. She gives birth to a son--Byrd--and places him for adoption without telling Roland, not fully realizing how the secret will shape their lives. Ms. Church's entire interview will air Friday, April 17th at 9 p.m. on UNC-MX; Sunday, April 19th at noon and Thursday, April 23rd at 5 p.m. on UNC-TV.
Wednesday, April 15th
- North Carolina Science NOW: The Real Dirt About Clay--Frank Graff continues his explorations as part of the North Carolina Science NOW series by molding a story behind one of the state’s most important materials, clay. Since the earliest times, humans have had a close association with clay: in building, in pottery, even in medicine. It’s an important part of North Carolina history. Frank visits with master potter Ben Owen III in Seagrove to learn which ingredients create great clay. (Randolph Co.)
- North Carolina Folklife Institute 40th Anniversary--Clay Johnson takes a look at the North Carolina Folklife Institute as the organization recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. The Folklife Institute's mission is to preserve and promote the diverse traditions that are part of our state's cultural identity including art, music, cuisine and customs. (Robeson Co.)
- Kelly Witter/Environmental Engineer and Greg Eades/Electrical Engineer, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency--Ms. Witter and Mr. Eades will join us to talk about the Environmental Protection Agency’s cutting-edge environmental research as part of the North Carolina Science Festival. They will be hosting an event at their Research Triangle Park location on Tuesday, April 21st and will offer several 10-minute “lightning talks” on innovative EPA science, an informal lunch presentation detailing sustainability efforts and a behind-the-scenes tour. Space limited to 30 and the registration deadline is April 15. Attendees must be 18 or older with a government issued ID.
Thursday, April 16th
- North Carolina Arboretum Series/Tourism--Scott Campbell and Chris Cassels continue their series on the North Carolina Arboretum as the picturesque public garden blooms into spring--and tourism season. They will give us a behind the scenes look at preparation for the season as well as the economic impact tourism has on the Arboretum. (Buncombe Co.)
- Newsmaker: Andrew Rogers/Executive Director, RiverRun Film Festival--Mr. Rogers stops by to share details of the upcoming 17th Annual RiverRun International Film Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, considered one of the premier film festivals in the southeastern United States. Founded in 1998, RiverRun was inspired by the French Broad River near Brevard, North Carolina, where the festival was originally held. Each year since its inception, RiverRun has grown substantially. For the 2013 Festival, more than 18,000 tickets were issued to the 140+ films from 35 countries that were shown. Increasingly, RiverRun has been able to present high-profile, critically-acclaimed films to its audiences.
- David Holley Ph.D./Director of Opera, UNC Greensboro and Artistic Director, Greensboro Opera--Dr. Holley brings us a preview of UNC-Greensboro's upcoming North Carolina Science Festival Event, "Galileo Galilei," a Philip Glass opera. Drawing from letters of Galileo and his family and various other documents, this opera retrospectively journeys through Galileo's life. Opening with him as an old, blind man after the trial and Inquisition for his heresy, it explores his religiosity as well as his break from the church and expands into the greater oscillating relationship of science to both religion and art. It ends with Galileo as an infant--watching an opera composed by his father. The performance opens Thursday, April 16th and runs through Sunday, April 19th.
Friday, April 17th
- The Hackathon--David Hains meets a group of computer programmers, coders and developers who gathered recently in Charlotte an overnight event where they worked together in small groups to compete in the creation of a new computer program. "The Hackathon" is a combination social event and competition that brings recognition to a thriving startup scene in Charlotte and a talented but largely unrecognized work force. The competition ends when the groups make presentations and a winner is selected. (Mecklenburg Co.)
- Carowinds Coaster--Katherine Johnson cruises to Carowinds amusement park to face Fury 325, a new 325-foot-tall, 6,602-foot-long giga coaster that reaches speeds of 95 miles per hour, making it the tallest and fastest giga coaster in the world. A new 8.2 acre main entrance plaza is also open in association with the new coaster. Another addition at Carowinds is Sling Shot, a new ride that will catapult riders nearly 300-feet in the air at speeds up to 60 miles per hour. (Mecklenburg Co., NC and York Co., SC)
- Newsmaker: Catherine "Cat" Warren Ph.D./Associate Professor, Department of English, North Carolina State University and Author, "What the Dog Knows"--New York Times Best Selling Author Cat Warren will joins us to talk about her upcoming "science of the sniff" event at FlyLeaf Bookstore on Saturday, April 18th. As part of the North Carolina Science Festival, the NC State professor will read excerpts from her new book "What the Dog Knows," a deeply reported journey into scent, death, forensics and the amazing things dogs can do with their noses: sniffing out graves, truffles, bedbugs--maybe even cancer. It is also a story of how one woman transformed her troubled dog into a loving companion and an asset to society, all while stumbling on the beauty of life in their searches of death.