Dr. Amanda Tanner (Public Health Education) has received continued funding from Wake Forest University Health Sciences for the project “Tailored use of social media to improve engagement and retention in care and health outcomes for MSM with HIV.” The project focuses on HIV infection in homosexual men who are racial or ethnic minorities. “The aim is to implement, evaluate and disseminate the findings from a tailored intervention designed to increase HIV testing and improve retention in care and health outcomes among underserved, underinsured and hard-to-reach young MSM with HIV,” the abstract states.
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Dr. Holly Sienkiewicz (Center for New North Carolinians) received new funding from The Cone Health Foundation for the “Immigrant Health ACCESS Project.” The abstract notes that typically, immigrants are uninsured and face multiple barriers to access appropriate and available health care. Immigrants often end up at the Hospital Emergency Departments for non-emergency health issues, and many who have real emergencies go without care. The project’s objective is to assist immigrants in gaining access to health care services and navigating the health systems by providing interpreters and community health workers.
Dr. Julie Edmunds (SERVE Center) received new funding from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for the project “Early College High School – Efficacy Goal 3 Retrospective.” This project is supported by funds from the U.S. Department of Education.
Dr. Arthur Murphy (Anthropology) has received continued funding from the NCDHHS Division of Social Services for the project “Recipe for Success in North Carolina.” This project is also supported by funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Recipe for Success in collaboration with public and private entities in North Carolina provides direct and indirect nutrition and obesity prevention education to individuals and households who are either SNAP recipients or SNAP eligible. There are three primary target audiences: 1) Individuals over the age of 18 from a variety of socio-economic groups who participate in programs hosted by mental health associations, veteran’s associations, faith-based organizations, etc., 2) Children under age 18 who attend Title 1 schools and their associated after school and summer recreational programs, and 3) households with children under the age of 18 through 8 direct mail lessons in cooperation with county DHHS offices.
Dr. Kenneth Gruber (Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships) has received new funding from NC A&T State University for his project titled “Research and Technical Assistance.”
Dr. Wendy McColskey (SERVE Center) has received new funding from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) for the project “2016-2017 NCDPI After-School School Quality Improvement Grant: Evaluation Support.”
Dr. Holly Sienkiewicz (Center for New North Carolinians) has received additional funding from the North Carolina Council for Women for the project “Addressing Family Violence in Multi-ethnic Refugee Communities.”
Dr. Jeremy Bray (Economics) received continued funding from the Research Triangle Institute (RTI International) for the project “Screening, Briefing, Intervention, Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Evaluation – RFTOP 270-14-0448. ” This project is also supported by funds from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Dr. Mitchell Croatt (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received additional funding from Temple University for the project “Molecular Characterization of GPR35 and GPR55, Putative Cannabinoid Receptors.” The goal of the project is to understand the functional features of the candidate cannabinoid receptor GPR55 and the recently de-orphanized GPR35 that may define mechanisms of drug-receptor interactions relevant to physiological and pathophysiological function including drug abuse.
Dr. Patricia Reggio (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received additional funding from Temple University for the project “Molecular Characterization of GPR35 and GPR55, Putative Cannabinoid Receptors.” This project is also supported by funds from the National Institutes of Health. The goal of the proposed project is to understand the functional features of the candidate cannabinoid receptor GPR55 and the recently de-orphanized GPR35 that may define mechanisms of drug-receptor interactions relevant to physiological and pathophysiological function including drug abuse.
Dr. Devdass Sunnassee (Educational Research Methodology) received new funding from the from the Board of Paralegal Certification of the NC State Bar for “NC Bar Contract for Paralegal Exams (2016-2017).” Also, Sunnassee received funding from the Board of Legal Specialization of the NC State Bar for an additional project.
Dr. Holt Wilson (Teacher Education and Higher Education) received new funding from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) for “Design and research related to implementation of revised high school math standards.” UNCG will develop and complete a research study on the process and intermediate outcomes of implementation of three high school math courses, now named NC Math 1, NC Math 2 and NC Math 3 to provide the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Mathematics Section with a detailed analysis of the review, revision and implementation process.
Dr. Roy Schwartzman (Communication Studies) appeared on several segments of Time Warner Cable TV’s “Capital Tonight” program to offer expert commentary and analysis on the first presidential debate, on Sept. 26.
Nor Othman (ELC, School of Education) was asked to serve on the Greensboro Historical Museum’s Advisory Committee for their upcoming Smithsonian Institute Travel Exhibit “I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story.” This six-month long exhibit that highlights the challenges and accomplishments of the many Asian communities here in Greensboro, as well as creating awareness about culture tolerance, started last Saturday. As part of the exhibit, she was interviewed by the museum about her experiences in America. In addition, some artifacts she is lending to the museum will be part of the exhibit’s display showcase.
Dr. George Hancock (SERVE Center) received additional funding from the U.S. Department of Education for the National Center on Homeless Education. With over 40 years of experience in homeless education among its staff members, NCHE has concentrated its efforts since 1998 to be the primary national repository of expertise in homeless education and to operate a highly responsive and efficient technical assistance center customized to the unique needs of its stakeholders, the abstract notes. NCHE has honed its expertise not only as a technical assistance center, but as a technical assistance center specifically for building the capacity of educators and service providers who work to improve the education of homeless children and youth.
Hancock is UNCG’s National Center for Homeless Education.
Dr. Kelly Wester (Counseling and Educational Development) has received continued funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for the project “Enhancing evidence-based clinical internships for 75 master’s-level counselors working with at-risk youth.”
Dr. Shan Suthaharan (Computer Science) has published a textbook, “Machine Learning Models and Algorithms for Big Data Classification,” which has been downloaded more than 22,000 and received a STAR rating by ACM, the major computing professional society. The book presents machine learning models and algorithms to address big data classification problems. It teaches readers about the field of big data and machine learning, and the book is well suited for both undergraduate and graduate students, in addition to new researchers and developers. The book can be accessed at: http://www.springer.com/us/book/9781489976406. Suthaharan serves as the Director of Undergraduate Studies in UNCG’s Department of Computer Science, and he has authored or co-authored more than 75 computer science research essays published in international journals. He also invented a key management and encryption technology, patented in Australia, Japan and Singapore.
Dr. Terri Shelton (Office of Research and Economic Development) received funding from NC DHHS Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse for the project “NC Preventing Underage Drinking Initiative.” The abstract states that, despite reductions, underage use of alcohol is still prevalent in North Carolina. Based on the most recent Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System Survey (2015), 29.2 percent of middle and high school students drank alcohol in the past 30 days and 13.9 percent of high school students binge drank in the past 30 days. This contract will support the North Carolina Preventing Underage Drinking Initiative (NC-PUDI) in developing innovative strategies to prevent underage alcohol consumption and the resulting social, health and economic consequences. This continuing effort is designed to further support and develop environmental management strategies that prevent underage drinking, and to create a sustainable movement to stop practices that make underage drinking both easy and acceptable. Long-term outcomes include reductions in youth alcohol consumption, which will be tracked using the North Carolina YRBS and local data.
Shelton serves as UNCG’s vice chancellor of Research and Economic Development.
Dr. Yashomati Patel (Biology) received funding from the National Institute of Health (NIH) for the project “Mechanism of Myosin Action in Glucose Uptake.” Patel is associate professor and director of Undergraduate Studies of Biology. Her research concerns mechanisms regulating glucose homeostasis in relation to type 2 diabetes and breast cancer progression.
Dr. Wendy McColskey (SERVE Center) received funding from Forsyth Technical Community College for the project “Improving Student Achievement through Faculty Development (Title III) Evaluation.” McColskey’s career with the SERVE Center has spanned more than twenty years, and during that time she has been responsible for many publications on classroom assessment and student-motivation and has directed the Regional Educational Laboratory-Southeast, operated by the SERVE Center. Her work informs critical educational decisions made throughout the Southeast.
Dr. Melissa Floyd-Pickard (Social Work) received continued funding from the Center for Mental Health Services (SAMHSA) for the project “JMSW Behavioral Health Workforce Education Training Grant.” The Joint Master of Social Work Program (JMSW), offered by UNCG and NC A&T, educates future social work clinicians who are committed to social justice, diversity and inclusion. The program will provide stipend support to MSW students for experiential training, and will recruit incoming students intending to serve at-risk children, adolescents, and transitional-age youth. The program evaluation findings will be disseminated to appropriate audience through traditional methods, such as reports, articles, and presentations and non-traditional methods, such as a creative drama production.
Dr. William Gerace and his colleagues in the Physics Education Research Group in the Department of Physics and Astronomy received new funding from the National Science Foundation for the project “Self-efficacy Intervention to Improve STEM Performance.” This award funds a research project to design, develop, test, and document a practical self-efficacy intervention to improve students’ self-efficacy and academic performance in STEM courses. Research shows that student self-efficacy, or a student’s belief about their ability to be successful in a specific domain, is strongly related to academic success. The SIISP project, Self-efficacy Intervention to Improve STEM Performance, will seek to improve students’ sense of STEM self-efficacy by creating an intervention which focuses on internal attributions and growth mindset. With research locations at UNCG and NC A&T State University, this three-year research project will design and test an intervention with the goal of providing a practical tool for STEM faculty to use to positively effect student self-efficacy and academic performance.
The principal investigators are:
- Dr. William Gerace (PI), Helena Gabriel Houston Distinguished Professor for Science Education, Department of Physics and Astronomy
- Dr. Ian Beatty(Co-PI), associate professor, Physics Education Research, Department of Physics and Astronomy
- Dr. Michael Kane (Co-PI), professor, Department of Psychology
- Dr. Stephanie Carrino (Co-PI), research associate, Physics Education Research Group, Department of Physics and Astronomy
Dr. Asa Eger (History) received new funding from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) for a book project. He will be co-writer of a book on the history of Antioch. He will write the second half of the book, covering the 5th century to the 15th century.
Dr. Tanya Coakley (Social Work) received new funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the project “Father intervention to prevent at-risk sexual behaviors in African-American boys.” African-American males between the ages of 13 and 29 are disproportionately affected by unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STD). Little research has been conducted specifically on African-American fathers and their sons. Moreover, the abstract states, there is a lack of research to examine whether and how African-American fathers overcome barriers, such as their lack of knowledge and attitudes regarding talking with their sons about sexual health. The contribution of this research project is expected to be the development and testing of an innovative father-son intervention to prevent at-risk sexual behaviors in African-American males.
Dr. James Fisher (Theatre) received an accolade. His “The Historical Dictionary of American Theater: Beginnings” (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015) has been selected by the Library Journal as a Best Reference Book of 2015.
Dr. William Mills-Koonce (Human Development and Family Studies) received a continuation of funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the project “Integrating Demography and Biosocial Stress Models of LGBTI Family Formation.” Although there is very high interest in the demography and welfare of families headed by lesbian and gay (LG) parents, there is currently very limited longitudinal research on LG families or the transition to LG parenthood, the abstract notes. “The current research will use both secondary data analyses of longitudinal national datasets such as the U.S. Census and American Community Survey to examine within-state changes in rates of LG family structures over the past 10 years and how these changes correlate with state-level sociopolitical climates and public policies pertinent to LG family formation. This will be followed by a pilot study that will explicitly examine how sociopolitical and ecological factors are associated with decisions regarding family formation and LG family functioning as mediated by individual mental health, relationship stability and stress load.”
Dr. Allan Goldfarb (Kinesiology) received new funding from mediUSA for the project “Influence of cycling insert on power, efficiency, oxygen consumption, and performance.” Cycling efficiency is important aspect for performance. A key factor that can improve biomechanical efficiency and possibly prevent injury is the position of the foot within the cycling shoe and the transfer of forces to the pedals, the abstract states. This study will evaluate energetic and biomechanical measures as they relate to cycling performance and the effect of custom cycling orthotics (CCO’s) on the outcome variables.
Dr. Thomas Matyók (Peace and Conflict Studies) recently presented on “Religious Issues in Civil-Military Interaction” at the U.S. Army Chaplain School’s Train-the-Trainer Religious Advisement Course at Fort Jackson, SC. The focus of the course was on religious advisement at the strategic level. Participants focused on development of programmatic and innovative methodologies of interpretive religious analysis by religious professionals to enhance military staff competencies and advice to commanders.
Dr. Holly Sienkiewicz (Center for New North Carolinians) received new funding from the North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service for AmeriCorps ACCESS Project. The purpose of this project is to help immigrants gain access to human services, build bridges with mainstream society, and assist immigrants with acculturation leading to self-sufficiency.
Dr. Jacqueline Debrew (School of Nursing) received new funding from the North Carolina Area Health Education Center for expansion of RN to BSN outreach programs to rural areas of North Carolina in 2016-2017.
Dr. Cherry Callahan (Student Affairs) received new funding from the UNC General Administration for ythe project “Collegiate Recovery Community.” This project is supported by funds from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS). The abstract notes that the Spartan Recovery Program is a program of Student Health Services located in the Counseling Center that is available, free of charge, to UNCG students in all phases of recovery from addictions to alcohol and/or other drugs.
Dr. Tracy Bartlett (School of Nursing) received new funding from the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare for the “The Jonas Scholar Program.” Funds will be awarded by AACN on behalf of the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare to universities over a two-year grant period. The Jonas Center has chosen the UNCG to participate in the Jonas Scholar Program with grants to support one PhD Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar and one PhD Jonas Veterans Healthcare Scholar with scholarships.
UNCG Budget 101
Thursday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m., Bryan 113
UNCG Opera Theatre: Speed Dating
Thursday, Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m. Recital Hall, Music Building
University Symphony Orchestra
Friday, Oct. 28 7:30 p.m., UNCG Auditorium
Men’s Soccer vs. VMI
Saturday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m., UNCG Soccer Stadium
“The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band
Saturday, Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m., UNCG Auditorium
Halloween Organ “Spooktacular”
Monday, Oct. 31 7:30, Organ Hall, Music Building
Film: ‘Eva Hesse,’ with filmmaker Q & A
Thursday, Nov. 3, 6:30 p.m. Weatherspoon Art Museum
Spartan Showcase open house for high school juniors/seniors Spartan Showcase open house for high school juniors/seniors Spartan Showcase open house for high school juniors/seniors Spartan Showcase open house for high school juniors/seniors Spartan Showcase open house for high school juniors/seniors Spartan Showcase open house for high school juniors/seniors
Saturday, Nov. 5
- University of Maine sets off firestorm with graduate center and mergers
- Federal regulators: university subsidies for grad student health insurance can remain
- At Alabama and Greenville, a backlash to anthem protests by black students
- William G. Bowen, former president of Princeton and Mellon Foundation, dies
- Doubts About Data: 2016 Survey of Faculty Attitudes on Technology