UNCG Campus Weekly

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David F. Ayers

Photo of David F. Ayers.David F. Ayers (Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations) was named a technical advisor for administration and planning with the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. More about the AASHE may be found at http://www.aashe.org.

Kim Cuny

Photo of Kim Cuny.Kim Cuny (Communication Studies / UNCG Speaking Center) has recently had two manuscripts published in volume one of Communication Center Journal, a new peer reviewed academic publication.  The first article explores the over ten year history of our speaking center utilizing art as adjunct in helping students manage their public speaking anxiety.  The second is a co-authored article featuring communication centers assessment best practices. The full journal is available online at http://commcenters.org/content/05-journal/communication-center-journal-vol-1.pdf Cuny is a Communication Studies faculty member and director of the UNCG Speaking Center.

Chris Seitz

Dr. Chris Seitz, a 2013 graduate who was a doctoral student in UNCG’s Department of Public Health Education, has been offered a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program grant to Ireland in Healt Education and Public Health. Dr. Seitz’s proposed work, titled “Measuring the transformative impact of in-person and web-based photovoice exhibits on attendees and on a third-level institution’s smoking policy,” will be conducted over ten months during the 2016-17 academic year in collaboration with students, staff and faculty at University College Cork (UCC) in Cork, Ireland.  The Photovoice effort in Ireland plans to utilize the PhotovoiceKit.org web-based resource developed with funding from the NIH by Dr. Robert Strack and Dr. David Wyrick of UNCG’s Department of Public Health Education.

Brett Ingram

Photo of Brett Ingram.Brett Ingram’s “Monster Road,” a feature length documentary film about the life and work of Seattle animator Bruce Bickford, will screen in February at Georama 2016, an international anime festival in Tokyo. He is associate professor in the Department of Media Studies.

Since its initial release in 2004, “Monster Road” has won 16 awards, screening at more than 120 film festivals in fifteen countries, and airing five times on Sundance Channel. “Monster Road” will be distributed in Japan by New Deer, a company founded by animation historian and curator Nobuaki Doi.

Frank Woods

Photo of Frank Woods.Frank Woods (African American and African Diaspora Studies) had two pieces of his artwork accepted for a juried exhibition featuring the work of African American artists from North Carolina at the Delta Arts Center in Winston-Salem. The exhibition will occur February 2 through April 30.

His work,  “The Annunciation,” and “Salome with the Head of John the Baptist,” are inspired by Henry O. Tanner, the subject of his current research project.

Carla Fullwood

Photo of Carla Fullwood.Carla Fullwood is a new assistant director for intercultural engagement in the UNCG Office of Intercultural Engagement. She has over twelve years of experience in higher education including positions in housing and residence life, campus programming and multicultural affairs. She has a bachelor of arts degree in communication and media from the State University of New York at New Paltz and a master of arts degree in student affairs administration in higher education from Ball State University. She will be responsible for the Kaleidoscopes peer education program, the Tunnel of Oppression experiential program, a new sustained dialogue program, and other social justice education initiatives.

Dr. Gideon Wasserberg

Photo of Dr. Gideon Wasserberg.Dr. Gideon Wasserberg (Biology) received new funding from the National Institutes of Health for the project “Oviposition attractants for surveillance and control of sand flies, vectors of Leishmania.”

Dr. Julie Mendez

Photo of Dr. Julie Mendez.Recent research by Dr. Julie Mendez (Psychology) and her colleagues was featured on the Science Daily site last week. The study documented strong play skills in Latino children that are relevant to positive learning experiences in and outside of the classroom.

Janet Allard

Photo of Janet AllardJanet Allard (UNCG Theatre) wrote the play “Vrooommm! A NASComedy,” which will be produced by Triad Stage in Winston-Salem Jan. 27-Feb. 7. It is set in the world of NASCAR. Her play was conceived and developed with Michael Bigelow Dixon. At UNCG, Allard is assistant professor of theatre – playwriting. Her work has been seen at The Guthrie Lab, The Kennedy Center, Mixed Blood, Playwrights Horizons, Yale Rep, The Yale Cabaret, Theater Row, Ars Nova, The Women’s Project and Productions, Perseverance Theatre, The House of Candles, Access Theater in New York City, and internationally in Ireland, England, Greece and New Zealand, her website states. She has been a Macdowell Colony Fellow and a Fulbright Fellow and has taught at University of Miami, Bennington College, SMU, The New School, University of Minnesota and Victoria University, New Zealand. She was a co-artistic director of Workhaus Collective in Minneapolis and the Yale Cabaret. She attended the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU as a bookwriter/lyricist, and has an M.F.A in Playwriting from the Yale School of Drama.

Dr. Omar Ali

Photo of Dr. Omar AliDr. Omar Ali (Lloyd International Honors College) has been selected as a Notable Latino of the Triad by The Latino Community Coalition of Guilford. The coalition is a program of the Center for New North Carolinians that strives to strengthen the Latino community in Guilford County by promoting advocacy and education through a collaborative and empowered network.


Dr. Charles Prysby (Political Science) and Dr. Omar Ali (LIHC) were part of a “Religion and Politics” panel discussion on “WXII 12 News Chronicle with Cameron Kent” last Thursday. Part of the discussion may be viewed at http://www.wxii12.com/news/web-extra-religion-and-politics-panel/37458328.

Preston Lane

Photo of Preston LanePreston Lane’s play “Common Enemy” was selected by the Triangle publication “Independent Weekly” as one of the top productions of the year. It was the only theater production on IndyWeek’s list that was not in the Triangle. Lane is a founder of Triad Stage and an adjunct faculty member who teaches in UNCG Theatre’s directing program, which is led by John Gulley. Lane wrote and directed “Common Enemy,” which featured many UNCG student actors. The production was a summer collaboration with UNCG Theatre. An additional piece of news: Lane and UNCG alumna Laurelyn Dossett will premier an original production – their sixth together – in February, titled “Radiunt Abundunt.” He is writing the play, and she is writing the music.

Post updated Jan. 21, 2016.

Erin Ellis

Photo of Erin EllisErin Ellis (Communication Studies / UNCG Speaking Center) was awarded the 2015 Von Till Newcomer Award from the Communication Centers Section of the National Communication Association (NCA). This award honors one Communication Center professional, with no more than five years’ experience, each year. Ellis was honored for her excellent work and dedication both on campus and nationally. She is a Communication Studies faculty member and assistant director of the UNCG Speaking Center.

Dr. Roy Schwartzman

011316CampusPeople_SchwartzmanDr. Roy Schwartzman (Communication Studies) received a grant from the Alfred & Anita Schnog Family Foundation to fund his ongoing work in Holocaust education and genocide prevention. One component of that work, the North Carolina Holocaust Education, Research, & Outreach (NC HERO) project, can be accessed here: http://library.uncg.edu/dp/holocaust/

Dr. Nicholas Oberlies

Photo of Dr. Nicholas OberliesDr. Nicholas Oberlies (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received a continuation of funding from the University of Washington for the project “Mechanisms of Silymarin Hepatoprotection.” This project is supported by funds from the National Institutes of Health.

Chancellor Franklin Gilliam Jr.

Photo of Chancellor Franklin Gilliam Jr.Chancellor Franklin Gilliam Jr. will be the guest speaker at the 29th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast, hosted by the City of Greensboro’s Human Relations Commission, on Jan. 18.

Dean Timothy Johnston

Photo of Dean Timothy Johnston.Dean Timothy Johnston completed his term as president of the Council of Colleges of Arts & Sciences (CCAS) at the 50th Anniversary Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, November 4-7, handing over the gavel to incoming President Elizabeth Say, Dean of the College of Humanities at California State University at Northridge. David Manderscheid, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at the Ohio State University, took office as President-Elect. Johnston’s presidential address, titled “Reimagining the Liberal Arts for our Second Half-Century,” was well received by an audience of approximately 650 and is available online on the CCAS web site.

CCAS’s 50th anniversary meeting included plenary address​es by Shirley Malcolm, head of Human Resources and Education Programs at AAAS, and David Skorton, secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. Skorton was also presented with CCAS’s Arts & Sciences Advocacy Award. A gala reception was held at the National Press Club, with 15 former CCAS presidents in attendance.

Dr. Brian L. McGowan

Photo of Dr. Brian L. McGowan .Dr. Brian L. McGowan (TEHE) co-edited the book “Black Men in the Academy: Narratives of Resiliency, Achievement and Success.” Anchored in an anti-deficit approach, this book delineates stories of achievement, resiliency, and success for Black men in various aspects of the academy, such as Ph.D. students, professors, and mid to senior level administrators. Critical to this book are stories of how the contributors have overcome personal and educational challenges in their lives as well as emphases on the factors that have helped them succeed.

Edited by McGowan, R. T. Palmer, J. L. Wood and  D. F. Hibbler, it is published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Dr. Qibin Zhang

Photo of Dr. Qibin Zhang.Dr. Qibin Zhang (Translational Biomedical Research) received funding from the Benaroya Research Institute for the project “Identification of Protein Markers for Diabetic Complication.”

Dr. Jeremy Bray

Photo of Dr. Jeremy Bray.Dr. Jeremy Bray (Economics) received a Year Two award from RTI International for the project “Screening, Briefing, Intervention, Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Evaluation.” This project is supported by funds from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Dr. John Willse

Photo of Dr. John Willse.Dr. John Willse (Educational Research Methodology) received funding from US Lacrosse for “US Lacrosse Evaluation, OAERS Contract (2015).” OAERS will provide consultation to U.S. Lacrosse in developing an assessment used to measure key outcomes associated with the Level-1 Coaching Certification Program for Men’s Lacrosse.

Shawn O’Neil

Photo of Shawn O’Neil.Shawn O’Neil (Student Success Center) was recently appointed the College Reading and Learning Association’s Associate Coordinator for the International Tutor Training Program Certification (ITTPC) board, responsible for reviewing and certifying effective and data-driven tutor training programs in the US and abroad. O’Neil has been involved in the ITTPC for three years and was awarded the “master-level reviewer” classification in 2013. Prior to his appointment to this role, Shawn also co-authored the CRLA Tutor Training Program Reviewer’s Handbook. With over 1,200 certified programs, including UNCG’s Student Success Center, the CRLA’s Tutor Training certification process ensures consistent and effective use of ‘best practices’ with regard to hiring, training and evaluating peer and professional tutors, thus improving tutoring services for students.

O’Neil serves as the Assistant Director for Academic Skills with the Tutoring and Academic Skills Program (TASP).

Christine Fischer

Photo of Christine Fischer.Christine Fischer has been appointed the head of the Technical Services Department at University Libraries, effective January 1, 2016. She was previously head of Acquisitions. After the retirement of Mary Jane Conger as head of Cataloging, the two departments were merged, and Fischer has been appointed to head the new Technical Services Department.

See more at http://uncgfol.blogspot.com/2015/12/christine-fischer-appointed-head-of.html

Amy Harris Houk

Photo of Amy Harris Houk.Amy Harris Houk has been appointed assistant head of the Research, Outreach and Instruction Department at the University Libraries at UNCG, effective January 4, 2016. She replaces Nancy Ryckman, who is retiring. Before joining the Libraries full-time in 2006, she worked as a Reference Intern for two semesters. Amy received her B.A. in Elementary Education and American Studies from UNC Chapel Hill. She also worked as host of a radio show and as an elementary school teacher. She received her MLIS from UNCG.

See more at http://uncgfol.blogspot.com/2015/12/amy-harris-houk-appointed-assistant.html

Dr. Martin Andersen

Photo of Dr. Martin Andersen.Dr. Martin Andersen (Economics) received a continuation of funding from Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Foundation (PhRMA) for the planning of a project. This project seeks to understand how the design of prescription drug benefits affects utilization of prescription drugs, health, and other health care utilization, Andersen says. “At first glance these questions seem like they should have an obvious answer – “If I have to pay more for drugs, I will use fewer drugs. However, that answer is silent about health benefits and so-called “offset” effects, in which other spending may fall because of higher prescription drug spending. It is also an incomplete answer because there are other factors that affect the design of drug benefits including prior authorization policies in which the insurer must approve a use of a drug before the prescription may be filled. It is really these prior authorization requirements that are the focus of the project since we do not understand how insurers use prior authorization. For example, prior authorization may be a substitute for cost-sharing so that the drug costs the patient less out-of-pocket, but they are less likely to be allowed to get the drug. An alternative explanation, though, is that prior authorization allows the insurer to make an assessment of the potential benefits of a drug and approve its use if the potential benefits are large enough. In that case, there will be differences in the outcomes from treatment for users of a drug depending on how the drug benefit is structured.”

A second aspect of this project is to examine how these policies affect choice of insurance plans.

Dr. Revell Carr

Photo of Dr. Revell Carr.Dr. Revell Carr (Music) was awarded the Alan P. Merriam Prize at the annual Society for Ethnomusicology Conference for his 2014 book “Hawaiian Music in Motion: Mariners, Missionaries, and Minstrels.”

The Merriam prize is the most prestigious prize in the society and is awarded for “the most distinguished, published, English-language monograph, in the field of ethnomusicology.” At the awards ceremony former society president Harris Berger said the following:

“The book is a sophisticated social history of Hawaiian music and globalization, as told through carefully researched, evocatively drawn, and richly interpreted discussions of Hawaiian performance, both at home and abroad. An extraordinarily diverse set of sources, topics, genres, and settings are discussed in the book. From the early colonial encounters of the late eighteenth century, to interactions between Hawaiian, American, European, and African sailors in the whaling industry, to the performances of Hawaiians in North American, and struggles among American missionaries, American sailors, and native Hawaiians that played out in theatre and song, Carr reveals the complex ways in which situated actors with contrasting identities struggle for meaning in a world shot through with power relations. … (T)he book presents a cast of characters that are remarkably three-dimensional. Hawaiian Music in Motion is a powerful and important contribution to the field of ethnomusicology and one richly deserving the Alan Merriam Prize. Congratulations.”

Dr. Nicholas Oberlies

Photo of Dr. Nicholas OberliesDr. Nicholas Oberlies (Chemistry and Biochemistry) is UNCG’s inaugural member of the All-Southern Conference Faculty Team. Representatives from all 10 member schools were recognized by the league. All the recipients shared some common characteristics – demonstrated service to the institution, proven record of high scholastic achievement among students, recognition for a research project or written academic piece; and contributions to campus life and the local community. Each member of the All-SoCon Faculty Team will be presented a plaque and honored at a home basketball game at his or her institution.

Formerly of the Research Triangle Institute, Oberlies was mentored by the co-discoverers of the cancer-fighting drugs taxol and camptothecin. After rising through the ranks of RTI and eventually directing the National Products Laboratory, Oberlies moved his group to UNCG, where he leads a multidisciplinary effort to characterize and develop new chemical entities from natural sources. His lab has worked to profile fungi for leads, particularly those that can be used to fight cancer.

David A. Cook

This month, W. W. Norton & Company will publish the fifth edition of David A. Cook’s “A HISTORY OF NARRATIVE FILM” (1981; 1990; 1996; 2005; 2015). In promotional copy, Norton notes it is a trusted reference, a popular teaching text, and a well-written history. “‘A HISTORY OF NARRATIVE FILM’ is one of the most respected and widely read texts in film studies. This streamlined Fifth Edition provides a brand new chapter on twenty-first century film, refreshed coverage of contemporary digital production, distribution, and consumption of film, and a richly redesigned art program, making the text more useful to instructors and more appealing to students than ever before.”

David A. Cook is a professor in the Department of Media Studies. He is the author of “LOST ILLUSIONS: AMERICAN CINEMA IN THE SHADOW OF WATERGATE AND VIETNAM, 1970-1979” (University of California Press, 2002).

Dr. Andrea Hunter

Dr. Andrea Hunter, director of the School of Health and Human Sciences Office of Diversity and Inclusion (HHSODI), and the HHSODI committee have been awarded the Cultural Pluralism Award by the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP). The HHSODI works to demonstrate the value added by supporting inclusive culture and practices through open dialogue, education and training, and professional development. The work that she and the HHSODI committee have done since the creation of HHS has greatly contributed to HHS’s success as a school as it works toward inclusive excellence. Hunter is an associate professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. She is known nationally for her work on inclusive excellence and cultural pluralism. She co-edited the June 2015 volume of the Journal of Social Issues with Dr. Abby Stewart titled “Psychology, History, and Social Justice: The Social Past in the Personal Present.” Details can be found here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/josi.2015.71.issue-2/issuetoc

Dr. Celia R. Hooper

Photo of Dr. Celia R. HooperDr. Celia R. Hooper, dean of Health and Human Sciences, was recently awarded the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP) Member of the Year. She has been an active member of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions, the national deans associations, for the past eight years. She has been on the executive board for three years as secretary of the association. She has helped the ASAHP team in representing the over 200 health careers for national advocacy efforts and partnerships with corporate partners. She will be representing ASAHP at the European health deans conference in Derby, England, in April, 2016.

Dr. David Wyrick

Photo of Dr. David WyrickDr. David Wyrick (Public Health Education) received new funding from Pennsylvania State University for the project “The Intersection of Alcohol and Sex: Engineering an online STI Prevention Program.” This project is supported by funds from the NIH National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. The rate of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) on college campuses is alarming. The project’s work will result in a new, more potent behavioral intervention that will reduce the incidence of STIs among college students in the US, and will lay the groundwork for a new generation of highly effective STI prevention interventions aimed at other subpopulations at risk.

Dr. Marianne LeGreco

Photo of Dr. Marianne LeGrecoDr. Marianne LeGreco (Communication Studies) was named by 1808 Magazine as one of “10 women who make a difference.” Luck Davidson from Triad Local First and Dr. Chris Poulos nominated her for the recognition.

She helps promote the city’s relatively new Mobile Oasis Food Market, which brings fresh produce to areas of the city known as “food deserts.” Residents there do not have ready access to grocery stores. Dr. Chris Poulos, the magazine notes, credits LeGreco with galvanizing the community to solve this problem of “food deserts” in Greensboro.

LeGreco and her UNCG students run the market’s incentive program, which encourages people to shop there regularly through discounts and other giveaways, the magazine explains. More information is at http://www.greensboro.com/1808greensboro/people/ten-women-who-make-a-difference/article_892f96bd-c559-58dc-b003-4ef285f234da.html.

Louise F. Raleigh

Photo of Louise F. RaleighLouise F. Raleigh (Communication Sciences and Disorders / HHS) was awarded the Fellowship of the Association 2015, from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The status of Fellow is retained for life and is one of the highest honors this professional organization can bestow. It recognizes professional or scientific achievement and is given to a member who has shown outstanding contribution to the professions-contributions that are significant and would be so regarded within and beyond one’s community or state. Raleigh is the Speech and Hearing Center director at UNCG.

Lane Ridenhour

Photo of Lane RidenhourLane Ridenhour (ITS) received the Robyn Render Endeavor Award from the MCNC, which operates the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN). A 1977 graduate of UNCG, he is program coordinator and video manager of UNCG’s TeleLearning and Teleconference Center. This award honors a devoted North Carolina leader who understands how technology could grow educational opportunity for all citizens. A picture and more information is at www.mcnc.org/news/mcnc-helps-create-the-future-in-north-carolina.

Dr. Belinda Hardin

Photo of Dr. Belinda HardinDr. Belinda Hardin (Specialized Education Services) received a continuation of funding from the NCDHHS Division of Child Development for the project “Online Master’s Degree Emphasis in Early Childhood Leadership and Program Administration.” The new emphasis in early childhood leadership and program administration, which was initiated through a planned Race to the Top project, led to a dramatic increase in student applications at UNCG, the abstract states. The funding helps accommodate these new students through December 2015.