UNCG Campus Weekly

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David Roderick

Photo of David RoderickDavid Roderick (English) was honored in a small reception last Tuesday. His book of poems “The Americans” was named the Julie Suk Poetry Award winner for best book of poetry from an Independent Press in 2014. Richard Krawiec, publisher at Jacar Press, presented Roderick with the award. He was effusive about the winning book of poetry. “No syllable was out of place,” Krawiec said. His technique was flawless. “He has a book that loves suburbia, without ignoring its flaws.”

Roderick wrote the poems while a professor here at UNCG – this is his eighth year here. He and his family live in Sunset Hills. “Greensboro inspired the poems in the book,” he said, speaking of the pace and atmosphere of this city.

Dr. Francine Blanchet-Sadri

Photo of Dr. Francine Blanchet-SadriDr. Francine Blanchet-Sadri (Computer Science) received new funding from the National Security Agency for the project “Repetitions in Strings.” The problem of computing repetitions in sequences or strings of characters from a finite alphabet has important applications in numerous areas of computer science, notably in text compression, pattern matching, and computational biology, the abstract notes. The stimulus for recent works is the study of biological sequences such as DNA and protein that play a central role in molecular biology,

Several students will benefit from this award. They will become involved in different aspects of this project through course projects, directed study and special topics courses, and, more directly, research assistantships.

Dr. Dianne Welsh

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Dr. Dianne Welsh (Bryan School) has been named the Senior Editor for the Journal of Small Business Strategy effective immediately. Dianne delivered the keynote address at the WU (Vienna School of Economics and Business) Annual Awards Presentation Ceremony this month. She also delivered a keynote address on women entrepreneurs at the Fulbright sponsored lecture at NIU, Galway, Ireland. A Fulbright-related video is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tVDx8QKapI&feature=youtu.be.

Dr. Omar Ali

Photo of Dr. Omar AliDr. Omar Ali (African American and African Diaspora Studies) will be a speaker at TEDxGreensboro 2015 on May 7 at Triad Stage in downtown Greensboro.Exploring the theme “Spark!” TEDxGreensboro will feature nine scientists, entrepreneurs, educators and activists, with each talk illuminating a spark. Ali’s talk is titled “What’s in a Name?: Islam, History, and Identity.” He is a Lead Scholar for the Islamic Studies Research Network at UNCG.

Dr. Susanne Gomoluch

Dr. Susanne GomoluchDr. Susanne Gomoluch (Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures) was nominated the Faculty Representative (Ortslektorin) for the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). She joins the ranks of only three other DAAD faculty representatives in North America. Her work will focus on promoting a modern and accurateimage of Germany and maintaining a vivid exchange between Germany and the United States.

Dr. Gomoluch will receive funds to develop workshops and courses for faculty and students alike, participate in academic exchanges in Germany, and set up collaborations between UNCG and other participating German Departments on both sides of the Atlantic. Through annual course material donations, Dr. Gomoluch is also in charge of establishing a collection of reference books, peer-reviewed journals, DVDs, and fictional as well as non-fictional literature.

In return, Dr. Gomoluch will regularly contribute to DAAD publications and newsletters showcasing the academic and cultural exchange between Germany and the USA.

She is Visiting Assistant Professor in German at UNCG.

Dr. Debra Wallace

Photo of Dr. Debra WallaceDr. Debra Wallace (Community Practice / School of Nursing) received a continuation of funding of more than a million dollars from the National Institutes of Health for the project “TRIAD-2 Center for Health Disparities Research.” She is a professor as well as Senior Associate Dean for Research & Innovation.


Undergraduate researcher Rolando Sanchez and his research mentor Dr. Roy Schwartzman (Communication Studies) have won the Joyce Ferguson Award for the top paper at the 2015 National Association of Communication Centers (NACC) conference held in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Their paper, titled “Communication Centers as Sites for Identity (Re)Negotiation,” was developed in Fall 2014 while Sanchez worked as a Managing Consultant at UNCG’s University Speaking Center. In his role there, Sanchez was responsible for daily operations and supporting the new consultants in their transition into the Speaking Center organization. He graduated in December 2014 with a major in Communication Studies and a minor in Psychology. Sanchez is now Group Project Coordinator at El Futuro mental health clinic in Durham. Schwartzman is Professor and Lloyd international Honors College Fellow in the UNCG Department of Communication Studies. This is the third time Schwartzman has been honored with the Ferguson Award from NACC, twice with undergraduate co-authors.

Additionally, their paper will be published in an upcoming issue of College Student Journal.


Dr. Karen Laparo

Photo of Dr. Karen LaparoDr. Karen Laparo (Human Development and Family Studies) receiving funding from the NCDHHS Division of Child Development for the “The Measurement Development Project.”

Dr. Marianne LeGreco

Photo of Dr. Marianne LeGrecoThe mobile market/urban farm partnership that Dr. Marianne LeGreco (Communication Studies) and many of her students work with was just funded by the USDA for almost $100,000. The Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services received a $99,987 National Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grant. The Mobile Oasis Farmers Market project is a collaboration between Guilford County’s Division of Public Health, Vision Tree CDC, East Market Street Development Corporation, the City of Greensboro’s Parks and Recreation Department, Guilford County Cooperative Extension and the UNCG Department of Communication Studies.

Dr. Dan Yasaki

Photo of Dr. Dan YasakiDr. Dan Yasaki (Mathematics and Statistics) received additional funding from the National Science Foundation for the “UNCG Summer School in Computational Number Theory.”

Dr. Xia Zhao

Photo of Dr. Xia ZhaoDr. Xia Zhao (Bryan School) has been recognized as the Dean and Tracy Priddy Dean’s Notable Scholar for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years. The Dean’s Notable Scholar Award is a competitive one and is aimed at high research potential tenured/tenure-track faculty who are in the middle stages of their respective careers and who have already distinguished themselves based on their research. The support provided by the program offers tangible recognition to awardees and encouragement to others. An important strategic objective of the program is to help retain top assistant and associate professors and reward them for work well done. The award carries the title, Dean and Tracy Priddy Dean’s Notable Scholar (in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Dean Priddy) and a monetary sum of $5,000 per year for each year covered by the award.

Dr. Karla Lewis

Photo of Dr. Karla LewisDr. Karla Lewis (SERVE) received new funding from Communities in Schools for the project “Level II Service Strategies.”

Michael Frierson

Photo of Michael FriersonMichael Frierson (Media Studies) attended the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its 20th annual Conference of the Parties (COP 20) in December in Lima, Peru. Frierson shot and edited short videos with Justin Catanoso, director of Wake Forest’s journalism program, who is a freelance journalist covering environmental and climate change issues. One of these is posted on the Woods Hole YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/WoodsHoleResearchCtr

Dr. Jeanne Irwin-Olson

Photo of Dr. Jeanne Irwin-OlsonDr. Jeanne Irwin-Olson (Student Health/Counseling Services) received new funding from the NCDHHS DPH North Carolina Injury and Violence Prevention Branch for “North Carolina Rape Prevention and Education Program Primary Prevention Community Grants.”

Evelyn Miller

Photo of Evelyn MillerEvelyn Miller (Environmental Health & Safety Department) received the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) certification issued by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. The CSP is the highest designation in the safety industry and signifies that she has mastered the core knowledge required for professional safety practice.

Miller, who is also an MBA graduate student ’16, was awarded a 2014-15 MBA Professional Development grant. The grant was used to take the board exam, where she earned her designation.

Stuart Dischell

Photo of Stuart DischellStuart Dischell (MFA Writing Program) gave a keynote poetry reading at the National Conference of Graduate Students of Creative Writing held at the University of West Georgia in late March.

Also, the Swiss literary foundation Ledig-Rowohlt has selected him for a month-long residency at le Maison des Ecrivains (the Writers’ House) at the Chateau de Lavigny in Lavigny, Switzerland, where he will also give a public reading to their international community of writers and publishers.

Dr. Joanne Murphy

Photo of Dr. Joanne MurphyDr. Joanne Murphy (Classical Studies) received new funding from the Institute for Aegean Prehistory for the project “Kea Archaeological Research Survey: Testing the Value of Survey Data.” The study of the ancient remains on the surface of the ground, as opposed to excavation, has dominated the methodological debate in Greek archaeology, the abstract explains. “The proposed project will make a significant contribution to this debate by testing the longevity of survey results using the Greek island of Kea as a case study. Kea (or Keos) was surveyed in 1983-84 by an international team of archaeologists. During the twenty-five years since the survey was conducted much of the activity on the island has changed; more houses are being built along the coast and less farming is being carried out in the fields. These changes in activity alter access to and visibility of archaeological sites. The vicissitudes of activity in the landscape raise the question of the accuracy and longevity of conclusions drawn from survey. This project aims to question the long-term validity of survey data by resurveying Kea using the same methodologies as the original surveyors and an alternative set of methodologies to see if we can still reach the same conclusions twenty-five years later. This will be the first project of its type in Greece and has the potential to assess and refine our appreciation of the value of survey as a reliable archaeological research method.”

Chad Carwein

Photo of Chad CarweinChad Carwein (Sustainability Office) is one of 12 individuals in the United States selected by Cultural Vistas to participate in the Youth Southeast Asian Leadership Initiative as a leader mentor at the Earth Workshop in Cambodia this month. He will collaborate to provide guidance to a multinational group of six YSEALI Generation EARTH participants in preparing an action plan to address an environmental issue. He will also lead one session at the workshop. “I am participating in this workshop because I want to share my success stories and lessons learned as far and wide as possible in order to change behavior and foster a global culture of sustainability,” he says. He will leave for Cambodia on April 19, and return to Greensboro on April 28. Carwein is Sustainability Education & Outreach Specialist at UNCG.

Dr. Greg Grieve

Photo of Dr. Greg GrieveDr. Greg Grieve (Religious Studies) has helped found the International Academy for the Study of Gaming and Religion (IASGAR). Only two founders are from the United States. Based at the University of Helsinki, Finland, IASGAR advances scholarly research on the interrelation of video gaming and religion. Just as films helped to illuminate and expose the religiosity of the twentieth century, video games now depict the religiosity of the twenty-first century. ASGAR aims to establish and maintain a multidisciplinary network for the discussion of theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of religion and video gaming. IASGAR will collect, systematize and develop various recent multidisciplinary approaches to research and teaching.

Hear Grieve speak Monday, April 13, 3 p.m. in the Hodges Reading Room in Jackson Library. His talk, “Playing with Religion and Digital Games in the Library” will draw from both his teaching and research. For the past two years, Grieve has worked closely with the Libraries’ Digital Media Commons and Undergraduate Studies’ Digital ACT Studio to develop space and resources for his courses on Digital Religion and Religion on Digital Games.

His recent books include “Buddhism, the Internet and Digital Media: The Pixel in the Lotus” and “Playing with Religion in Video Games.”

Dr. Julie Edmunds

Photo of Dr. Julie EdmundsDr. Julie Edmunds (SERVE) received a large grant from the North Carolina New Schools Project for the project “INVESTING IN INNOVATION I3 SCALE-UP.”

Dr. Laurie Gold

Photo of Dr. Laurie GoldDr. Laurie Gold (Kinesiology) received a continuation of funding from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for the project “Pathways from Childhood Self-Regulation to Cardiovascular Risk in Adolescence.”

Cardiovascular risk factors (CVR)—including obesity, elevated lipids, altered glucose metabolism, hypertension, and elevated low-grade inflammation—are detectable and already common during adolescence. However, the developmental origins of adolescent CVR are poorly understood, the abstract explains. Research on adults suggests that CVR is concentrated among those who had poor self-regulation in childhood, including difficulties in regulating their behaviors. The funding will expand and enhance an ongoing longitudinal study. Results will provide a foundation for informing the early prevention of CVR, and for building a larger program of research on early self-regulation and its implications for disease risk during the early life course.

Dr. Mark Elliott

Photo of Dr. Mark ElliottDr. Mark Elliott (History) will be part of a panel discussion on “The Many Meanings of the Emancipation Proclamation” April 16 at 7 p.m. at the Greensboro Historical Museum Auditorium. He will speak about “Emancipation and American Nationalism,” its impact on American ideals and how British emancipation influenced American abolitionists and added pressure for America to end slavery. Make a free reservation by calling 373-2982.

Terry Kennedy

Photo of Terry KennedyTerry Kennedy (MFA Writing Program) received the 2015 USC Union Upcountry Literary Festival Tandy R. Willis Award for Most Promising Writer, last week. More information is at http://uniondailytimes.com/article/20150324/news/303249988/%26template=CIVartemail

Dr. Thomas Matyok

Photo of Dr. Thomas MatyokDr. Thomas Matyok (Peace and Conflict Studies) was recently appointed a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the United States Army War College (USAWC) at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. The USAWC educates and develops military and civilian leaders for service at the strategic level while advancing knowledge in the global application of landpower.

Dr. Tsz-Ki Tsui

Photo of Dr. Tsz-Ki TsuiDr. Tsz-Ki Tsui (Biology) received supplemental funding from the National Science Foundation for the project “Collaborative Proposal: “SG” Identifying Sources and Degradation Mechanisms of Methylmercury in Temperate Forest Ecosystems.”

Dr. Nadja Cech

Photo of Dr. Nadja CechDr. Nadja Cech (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received additional funding from the National Institutes of Health for the project “Strategies to Investigate Synergy in Botanical Medicines.” Her team’s goal is to apply an innovative two pronged approach to study synergy in goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis). “Goldenseal is among the top 20 best selling herbal supplements in the US, and shows promise of effectiveness against multidrug resistant Staphyolcoccus aureus (MRSA), which now kills more US citizens each year than does AIDS,” the abstract states. “As an outcome of our experiments, we expect to provide a comprehensive list of the array of compounds that are responsible for the antimicrobial activity of goldenseal, including details about their mechanism of action. Our long term goal is to support clinical trials of goldenseal and to enable effective quality control of commercially available goldenseal preparations. In addition, we seek more broadly to demonstrate new methods by which the multiple constituents responsible for the activity of botanical dietary supplements can be identified.”

Dr. Peter Villella

Dr. Peter Villella (History) received new funding from the University of Iowa for the project “History of the Chichimec Nation: Translation of Fernando de Alva Ixtlilxochitl’s Seventeenth-Century History of Mexico.”

Canziani/Welsh/Hsieh/Tullar/ Memili/Zhou

The Small Business Institute Distinguished Teaching Paper Award  for “What Pedagogical Methods Impact Students’ Entrepreneurial Propensity?” with Bonnie Canziani, Dianne Welsh, Yuchin Hsieh and William Tullar was awarded February 14 at the SBI Conference in St. Petersburg Florida.

The Distinguished Empirical Paper Award for “The Impact of Family and Personal Dynamics on Chinese Women Entrepreneurs’ Firm Performance: An Empirical Analysis” with Dianne Welsh, Esra Memili, Eugene Kaciak (Brock University and Kozminski University)  and Quihan Zhou (former student, UNCG) was also awarded the same day at the awards luncheon.

Drs. Dianne Welsh, Bonnie Canziani, Yuchin Hsieh, William Tullar and Esra Memili are all faculty in the Bryan School of Business at UNCG. Quihan Zhou is a graduate of the Bryan School.

Additionally, a review of “Creative Cross-Disciplinary Entrepreneurship: A Practical

Guide to a Cross-Campus Program” (Palgrave MacMillan, Dec. 2014) by Welsh, Hayes Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship and Founding Director, Entrepreneurship Programs, appeared in the March/April 2015 edition of BizEd magazine, the magazine of the American Association of Collegiate Schools of Business International. The Bryan School is accredited by the AACSB for both the business and accounting programs. The magazine is read by deans worldwide.

Also, Welsh has a new article in the European Journal of International Management’s special issue on Internationalization of Social Entrepreneurship titled “Validation of a Measure of Social Entrepreneurship” with co-authors S.M. Carraher and A. Svilokos.

Dr. James Ryan

Photo of Dr. James RyanDr. James Ryan (Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering) received funding from the UNC System for the JSNN project “Application for UNC Challenge Grant for the N.C. Science Festival to support JSNN’s Gateway to Science event.” It will be part of the statewide N.C. Science Festival. The JSNN event will be Thursday April 16, 2015 from 9 a.m.. to 5 p.m. Ryan is dean of the joint school.

Dr. Qibin Zhang

Photo of Dr. Qibin ZhangDr. Qibin Zhang (Center for Translational Biomedical Research) received additional funding from the National Institutes of Health for the project “An Ultrasensitive Mass Spectrometry Platform for Comprehensive Analysis of Lipids.”

Justin Shreve

Photo of Justin ShreveJustin Shreve (Housing & Residence Life) was the recent recipient of the Exemplary Social Justice Contribution award during the ACPA 2015 Conference in Tampa, FL. This award honors someone who has demonstrated leadership and activism in the area of social justice on campus; and has role-modeled the qualities of a positive change agent in their community. He is assistant coordinator for Residence Life in MOSAIC.

He joined the UNCG Housing and Residence Life staff in August, 2013, from his previous position as a Hall Director and Advisor for Pride organization at Guilford College. He studied at Guilford College for his undergraduate degree where he completed his B.A. in Biology with concentrations in Psychology, Dance, Chemistry and Integrated Science. He is working on his Master’s of Education in Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education here at UNCG.

Dr. Erin Reifsteck

Photo of Dr. Erin ReifsteckDr. Erin Reifsteck (UNCG Institute to Promote Athlete Health & Wellness) received new funding from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for the project “Moving On: A Physical Activity Transition Program for Student-Athletes.”

Dr. Martin Andersen

Photo of Dr. Martin AndersenDr. Martin Andersen (Economics) received new funding from the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Foundation to study the design and generosity of prescription drug coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Dr. Donna Duffy

Photo of Dr. Donna DuffyDr. Donna Duffy (Kinesiology) received new funding from the Women’s Football Foundation for the project “UNCG CWHW PAGWPSA Research Partnership with the Women’s Football Foundation Investigating the Different Aspects of Women’s Tackle Football Participation and Competition.” Through an established partnership, the Women’s Football Foundation (WFF) and UNCG’s Program for the Advancement of Girls and Women in Sport and Physical Activity (PAGWSPA) will undertake a research and scholarship agenda to inform and improve the competitive football playing experience of each woman involved with the Independent Women’s Football League.

Dr. Carol Seaman

Photo of Dr. Carol SeamanDr. Carol Seaman (Mathematics and Statistics) received a challenge grant from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for UNCG’s NC Science Festival event “Science, Science Everywhere.” The event at UNCG will be held April 25.