Friday, January 23, 2009

Former 49ers track star receives honor

Former all-America track and field triple jumper Sharonda Johnson is one of three UNC Charlotte doctoral students nominated to attend the 59th Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting to be held in Lindau, Germany, this summer.
During her college career with the 49ers, Johnson was named the 2005 Arthur Ashe Jr. National Sports Scholar of the Year and last April was awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation Fellowship for graduate study and research.
About 500 young researchers from around the world meet and engage in discussions with more than 20 Nobel Laureates during the week-long meeting in Lindau. More than 20,000 young researchers apply to attend with only 50 to 60 graduate students chosen from the United States. This year’s meeting is dedicated to chemistry.

--The Charlotte 49ers women’s basketball team (12-6, 3-1) puts its three-game winning streak on the line when it hosts Atlantic 10 foe Dayton (13-6, 2-1) at 2 p.m. Saturday at Halton Arena. Prior to the game the 49ers will have a presentation honoring senior center Danielle Burgin for scoring her 1,000th career point.
Admission to the game is $5 for adults. While all youth (17-and-under) and 49ers students with a valid student ID are admitted free.