Interstates nearing completion: State engineers say they will finish widening Interstate 85 through Cabarrus County in April. The last leg of I-485 and the I-85/I-485 interchange should open in December. The state’s first “turbine” interchange is being built at a $50 million savings compared to traditional designs, according to University City Partners. A computer-generated simulation on YouTube lets viewers “fly” over the spiraling 19-bridge interchange or ride with traffic down one of its through lanes.
Science movies: The free, public UNC Charlotte Science Film Series continues with a screening at 3 p.m. March 30 of “The Invisible Man,” in the university’s Center City Building auditorium. Greg Gbur, associate professor of physics and optical science, will lead the discussion afterward. The series, part of UNCC’s participation in the N.C. Science Festival, is designed to appreciate, criticize and examine the role movies play in communicating science to the public. http://ncsciencefestval.uncc.edu; 704-687-5743. Future films in the series:
• “Jurassic Park,” 3 p.m. April 6, Room G256, Energy Production and Infrastructure Center on campus. Panel discussion afterward featuring
, associate professor of bioinformatics and genomics, andSusan Peters
, both assistant professors of biology.
• “Chasing Ice,” 7 p.m. April 9, EPIC Room G256. Panel discussion afterward featuringMatthew Eastin
, associate professor of atmospheric science;Martha Epps
, associate professor of geography and earth sciences; and John Wendel of WCNC-TV.
Startup business competition: The 13th annual Charlotte Venture Challenge early-stage startup business competition May 1 will move the top 40 teams into the full-day finals to connect them with investors and large potential corporate customers. The competition has attracted 101 startup applicants from the Carolinas, Tennessee, Virginia, Georgia and Washington, D.C. Organizers define eligible early-stage startups as having less than $350,000 investment, not including sweat equity; and less than $350,000 cumulative revenue, excluding research grants. The competition is divided into six categories: New Energy and High Tech; IT and Informatics; Health IT & Biotechnology; Consumer Products and Services; Graduate Student Ventures; and Undergraduate Student Ventures. Those interested in attending the May 1 competition should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blood drive: UNCC will host a blood drive for the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas noon-4 p.m. April 1 in the Woodward Building on campus, 9201 University City Blvd. Donors must weight at least 120 pounds. Each donor will get a free T-shirt. More public drives can be found at www.cbcc.us. For an appointment at any location call 704-972-4700 or go to www.carolinadonor.org.
Attic sale: The Historic Bain Restoration Committee will hold a spring attic sale on 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 5 in the Kerr Building of Philadelphia Presbyterian Church, 11501 Bain School Road. Organizers are accepting donations to sell at the event. Proceeds from the sale will be used to restore the Historic Bain Academy. Details: 704-545-4928, or visit www.bainacademycenter.com.