Study of creeks: The UNC Charlotte Urban Institute’s online publication, PlanCharlotte.org, has won a $12,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to help support a project on Charlotte’s creeks, according to a news release from the institute. The grant will pay a researcher in local history to examine the role the creeks have played in Charlotte’s growth and development, including the city’s cultural and social history, with a special focus on neighborhoods in west and northwest Charlotte. The project, “City of Creeks,” is envisioned as a way to combine history, environmental science and community engagement, all focused on the city’s distinctive landscape of creeks and ridges. It will feature online publication as well as exhibits in venues around the city, including at UNC Charlotte Center City. Learn more at http://bit.ly/1duEycr.
Concussion discussion: “Hard Hits: Concussions and the Modern Athlete,” a panel discussion, will be 6 p.m. Nov. 5 at UNC Charlotte Center City. Four UNCC faculty and staff members will consider emerging research on sports-related concussions in the latest in the series “Sports in the New South: Culture, Color and Cash.” The panelists are Robert Jones, medical director of the UNCC Student Health Center; Tricia Turner, athletic training program coordinator, Department of Kinesiology; Eric Wikstrom, co-director of the Biodynamics Research Lab in the College of Health and Human Services; and Bret Wood, Department of Kinesiology. The event is free and open to the public; email reservation requests to email@example.com.