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Charleston’s top creatives are invited to present at Pecha Kucha and on June 27, 2012, College of Charleston alumni were among the presenters. Cyrus Buffum ’06, Andrew Walker ’08, and Erin Perkins ’08 M.P.A. talked about Charleston as a creative hub in front of the sold-out audience.

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College of Charleston professors have to be on the leading edge of research and discovery, which is why many are delving into archaeoinformatics. In May, a blog (http://blogs.cofc.edu/thearchaeoinformant), dedicated to archaeoinformatics at the College of Charleston was launched. The blog details the research and activities at the College relating to the computational, analytical side of archaeological research. 

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Is childhood really that different in another culture? College of Charleston students and professor Christine Finnan will spend the month of July in India to explore this topic as part of an upper-level anthropology course. As both a teacher education and anthropology professor, Finnan brings students a unique perspective in this course.

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Research indicates African-American health, quality, and longevity of life are on the decline. High rates of diabetes, hypertension, cancer, and other obesity-related illnesses are disproportionately impacting the lives of African Americans of all ages and class strata.

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From June 26 to July 2, 2012, the Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) will hold its annual Convention and International Competition at the College of Charleston Department of Music, hosted by Grammy-nominated professor Marc Regnier. The convention will take place at the Marion and Wayland H. Cato Jr. Center for the Arts on the College of Charleston campus (161 Calhoun St.).

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College of Charleston marine biology master’s candidate Vanessa Bezy has received a National Geographic Society Young Explorers grant to study sea turtle embryos in Costa Rica from July through October 2012. She will spend time at a mass nesting beach where hundreds of thousands of sea turtles will nest over a period of up to seven days, resulting in many broken eggs. Bezy will research the impact  microbial growth has on the sea turtle embryo development and hatching success.

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Seven College of Charleston MBA students have earned the National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators “Certified Global Business Professional” designation.

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The Global Business Resource Center in the School of Business at the College of Charleston was recently selected as a preferred export promotion partner for the U.S. Commercial Service, a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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This summer, computer science professor Bill Manaris, music professor Yiorgos Vassilandonakis and students are building on the Laptop Orchestra that performed in 2010. Watch a video of the Laptop Orchestra.

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Graduate students in the historic preservation program will spend much of the month of June documenting Molana Abbey in County Cork, Ireland. Working with archaeologists from University College, Cork in Ireland and Mercer University in the U.S., the team of historic preservation students will produce architectural documentation drawings and a conditions assessment report that will support stabilization and repairs to be carried out by the Irish Ancient Monuments Commission. Starting June 16, 2012, students will spend two weeks completing a map of the site as well as plans and elevation drawings of the ruin in an effort to figure out how the abbey changed over the course of its one thousand year history.

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