Holiday waste collection change: The city of Charlotte Solid Waste Services will not collect garbage, recyclables, yard waste and bulky waste on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 20. Collection services will operate on a one-day delay for the entire week; Friday customers will receive service on Saturday, Jan. 25.
Greenway meeting: The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Greenway Advisory Council will host a community meeting to inform residents about Phase 1 of the Long Creek Greenway, being developed in the Northlake area of north Mecklenburg County. It will start at 6 p.m. Jan. 13 in Classroom 100 of Park Church, 6029 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte. Phase 1 of the greenway will extend about a mile from I-77 to Target along Dixon Branch. Phase 2, extending farther west to Primm Road, is expected to receive funding in 2018. Once complete, the greenway will provide an east-west corridor across Mecklenburg County. For details on greenways: http://charmeck.org/mecklenburg/county/ParkandRec/Greenways/Pages/default.aspx.
Blood drive: BECO South, at Innovation Park, 8335 IBM Drive, Charlotte, will host a blood drive 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Jan. 16 for the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas. Donors must weigh at least 120 pounds. Find more public drives at www.cbcc.us. Call 704-972-4700 or go to www.carolinadonor.org to make an appointment at any location.
Tech research: Microsoft researchers have designed a smart bra that can detect stress, according to a UNC Charlotte news release that refers to an online BBC news article. Erin Carroll, who received her doctorate in computing and information systems at UNCC last spring, was the lead researcher on the project during a research internship at Microsoft in summer 2012. She also completed a bachelor’s degree in psychology at UNCC in 2008. Carroll and other researchers published the paper “Food and Mood: Just-in-Time Support for Emotional Eating,” which, according to the BBC story, said a bra “was ideal because it allowed us to collect EKG (electrocardiogram data) near the heart.” According to the paper’s abstract, the researchers were focused on building a persuasive system for behavior modification around emotional eating.
Former senator to speak: Tickets go on sale Feb. 1 for the 2014 summit of the Women + Girls Research Alliance (formerly the Charlotte Mecklenburg Women’s Summit), scheduled for April 11. Former U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, will be the keynote speaker. Snowe served three terms in the Senate 1995-2013 and in the House 1979-1995. She was the fourth woman in American history elected to both houses of Congress, and the first woman to serve in both houses of a state legislature and Congress. The summit is titled “Convergence: Mapping Success, Well-being and Empowerment.” For more information visit http://womengirlsalliance.uncc.edu/.