Campus briefs, July 15

Jul. 14, 2014 @ 10:21 AM

UNC Water Institute co-hosts competition

CHAPEL HILL-- The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is working with sponsor Takata Corp. to host a competition to identify breakthrough technologies for safe water.

The institute is accepting applications for the Future Technologies for Water Competition through July 31.

Applications will be accepted in the following three categories: Shortening the water cycle by looking at grey water and/or wastewater reuse, rapid testing of water samples with an emphasis on in situ and online testing, and protecting vulnerable and sensitive populations.

To apply, go to the website A panel of judges will choose three finalists on Sept. 9.

The finalists will attend and present their concepts to a panel of judges during the 2014 Water and Health Conference: Where Science Meets Policy. First and second place prices will be announced at the conference, which will take place Oct. 13-17 at The William and Ida Friday Conference Center in Chapel Hill.

There will be a first-place prize of $15,000 and a second-place prize of $5,000.

New members join UNC Board of Visitors

CHAPEL HILL -- The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Board of Trustees has appointed 40 alumni and friends to serve on the UNC Board of Visitors. The new members are part of an approximately 175-member board that actively assists the Board of Trustees and chancellor in a range of activities advancing the UNC.

 Members also serve as ambassadors, informing their communities about issues important to Carolina, and, in turn, keeping the UNC administration informed about what they hear about Carolina in their communities.

Each year, as members rotate off, the Board of Trustees elects a class of new members. Richard W. Margerison of Dallas was selected to chair the Board of Visitors and N. Thompson Long of Fox Point, Wis., will serve as vice chair.

New members from Durham were F. Vincent Allison III and William Stanley Mills. Leon Herndon Jr. of Hillsborough was announced as a new member from Orange County. They will begin their four-year terms July 1.