UNCG Campus Weekly

Campus Weekly is published each Wednesday when classes are in session. In the summer, it is published biweekly.

Dr. Victoria Coyle

photo of CoyleDr. Victoria Coyle (SERVE Center) received continuation of funding from Temple University for the project “SEADAP Evaluation/Planarians and the Pharmacology of addition: an in vivo model for K-12 education.”

The award from Temple is for the continued evaluation of a National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Drug Abuse sponsored program titled, “Science Education Against Drug Abuse Partnership” (SEADAP). The program is starting its fourth year and has been designed to use live flatworms (planarians) to develop and deliver an inquiry-based grade 4 – 12 program to teach the science of drug addiction, and the pharmacology of natural and drug rewards. The program is being provided to teachers in the northeast (Pennsylvania, Virginia, and New York, through Temple University) and in Eastern North Carolina (through Eastern Carolina University). The program provides professional development, including hands-on experiences with the planaria and lesson plans to the teachers who then incorporate the lessons into their curriculum. The flatworms and materials are all provided to the teachers through the project. The teachers come from diverse content areas, including math, science, physical education, and health.

Dr. Jacqueline Debrew

photo of DeBrewDr. Jacqueline Debrew (School of Nursing) received new funding from North Carolina Area Health Education Center (NC AHEC) Program for the project “Proposal for RN to BSN Outreach Programs: 2017-2018.”  

The project will support five cohort programs for Registered Nurses seeking Bachelor of Science degrees. The five established cohorts are located on the North Carolina campuses of Davidson County Community College in Thomasville, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College on the NC Research Campus in Kannapolis, Gaston College in Dallas, Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem, and Piedmont Community College in Roxboro.

Chris Gregory

photo of GregoryChris Gregory (Assistant Director, Residence Life) co-authored a chapter in the recently published book “Leadership, Equity and Social Justice in American Higher Education.” The chapter, titled “The Unintended Consequences of New Residence Hall Construction,” looked at national building trends and the implications for equity and success.

Dr. Anne Hershey

photo of HersheyDr. Anne Hershey (Biology) received new funding from NC State University’s North Carolina Sea Grant for the project “Distribution and Concentrations of Antibiotics in Rural Wells and Streams.”  

Funding for this project will be used in the sampling of rural wells and streams to measure concentrations of antibiotics in order to assess the potential for land use to influence environmental exposure to antibiotics.

Dr. Chris Payne

photo of PayneDr. Chris Payne (The Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships), received new funding from Guilford Child Development for the project “Partnerships to Enhance Early Care and Education.”  

UNCG’s Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships will serve as the Research/Implementation/Professional Development partner to Guilford Child Development (GCD) for its second EHS-CC Partnership grant to increase staff knowledge and skills, which support high-quality comprehensive child development services. Using an implementation model, the project will provide training, technical assistance, mentoring and quality improvement for EHS staff and home child care providers delivering expanded services in Guilford County.

GCD, in partnership with UNCG, will increase access to high-quality early childhood care through a two-pronged approach: (A) Direct provision of high-quality early childhood services through additional Early Head Start classrooms in Greensboro; and (B) Comprehensive training to increase the knowledge and skills of child care staff and heighten the quality of care in homes and classrooms. This two-pronged approach will help to meet the immediate need for high-quality child care while also building a broad base of early childhood professionals to continue to meet community needs.

Provision of high quality, comprehensive child care services in this area will provide families with a path to a better future for their children. By building on the strengths of existing community agencies and partners, and developing a strong cadre of early childhood professionals, we can make permanent gains in the availability of high-quality services and opportunities for children in poverty and their families.

Dr. Diane Ryndak

photo of RyndakDr. Diane Ryndak (Specialized Education Services) received new funding from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) for the project “Project LEAPS: Leadership in Extensive and Pervasive Support Needs.”  

The Doctoral Program in Special Education at UNCG has a history of (a) graduating scholars who procure and maintain employment in teacher preparation programs nationally, and (b) conducting OSEP projects to prepare high-quality leaders. LEAPS builds on this history by collaborating with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, low-performing schools in North Carolina, self-advocates and parents of students with disabilities, and national experts to prepare leaders in research and the preparation of teachers to meet the needs of high-need students with disabilities who are far below grade level; at risk of not graduating with a regular high school diploma on time; or not on track to being college- or career-ready by graduation.

Specifically, LEAPS will focus on competencies for conducting research and preparing teachers to work with students historically labeled as having significant intellectual disabilities, autism, severe, or multiple disabilities, areas in which there has been a chronic critical shortage of qualified teachers nationally and in North Carolina.

LEAPS will extend UNCG’s existing doctoral program’s competencies for research, preservice teacher preparation, and service, and add competencies for evidence-based practices (EBP) to meet the needs of high-needs students with EPSN in low-performing schools. Scholars will learn competencies in inclusive practices, secondary and post-secondary education and transition, EBP and individualized supports (including assistive technology), advocacy, and academic and behavioral Multi-Tiered Systems of Support. This will be accomplished using technology during courses, when teaching, and in collaboration with schools, national experts, and other scholars nationally within the context of the existing doctoral program, additional one-hour seminars related to students with EPSN, authentic experiences with low-performing schools, and the use of resources and expertise of National Technical Assistance Projects. The intent is to improve outcomes for these students and their schools.

Dr. Stephen Sills

photo of SillisDr. Stephen Sills (Center for Housing and Community Studies) received new funding from the Greensboro Housing Coalition for the project “Evaluation of the Collaborative Cottage Grove BUILD 2.0 Health Challenge Project.”  

This project is supported by funds from the BUILD Health Challenge. UNCG’s Center for Housing and Community Studies will serve as the evaluator for the Greensboro Housing Coalition and the Collaborative Cottage Grove for their BUILD Health Challenge grant. The project will employ a contextually responsive, collaborative model of participatory research. The evaluators will work with the BUILD team and partners to ensure that evaluation is institutionalized throughout by developing data tracking and feedback mechanisms for accurate reporting. The evaluation design is responsive to the evolving project and that it provides data intended to: support program improvement, demonstrate initial outcomes, and reveal institutional changes resulting from the program.

The evaluation will be quasi-experimental, mixed-method, and include GIS mapping. Impact will be evaluated using multiple data sources. Residents will be asked at three separate time points to provide assessments of: (1) community activities (gardens, health fairs, trainings) (2) physical improvements that promote activity (bike lanes, parks, sidewalks), and (3) self-reported health status and nutrition. Residents will also provide assessment of their health at the time of their participation and 90 days following. This will provide a means to identify the “contribution” that participation in a particular activity had on perceptions of health and engagement in behaviors associated with positive health. Attendance counts at health fairs and other events will help to determine overall community engagement. Observational counts of bike riding, walking, playground use, other activities use will be made.

The project focuses on measuring impact at the (1) individual, (2) health issue, and (3) community level. At the individual level the focus will be on changes in perceptions of health promotion and reported levels of engagement. At the health issue level, the focus will be on improvements on health issues and their consequences (reduction in emergency department visits, living in homes without asthma triggers, healthy eating, reduction of diabetes symptoms, more physical active). At the community level, the impact on community dynamics (collaborations and communication, support for promoting healthy environment), community economics, improvement to housing, and development of public areas will be examined. To determine the relative impact of BUILD, residents of a nearby community with comparable socio-demographics will be surveyed at the same times. The communities will be compared on health indicators relating to diabetes, asthma, and general health.

Dr. Terri Shelton

photo of SheltonDr. Terri Shelton (Office of Research and Engagement) received over $420,000 of funding from Sandhills Center Local Management Entity for her project “Speciality Courts Staff Support.” The project is supported by funds from Guilford County.

As part of the process initiated by the Guilford County Board of Commissioners in 2010, UNCG’s Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships (CYFCP) was selected to provide one qualified FTE Juvenile Court Case Coordinator. The funding provided to the Specialty Courts has increased since 2010 and UNCG CYFCP presently provides two qualified FTE Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Case Coordinators, two qualified FTE Drug Treatment Court Case Coordinators, two qualified FTE Mental Health Court Case Coordinators and one qualified FTE Specialty Court Manager.

Shelton is Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement and the Carol Jenkins Mattocks Distinguished Professor.

Dr. Amy Vetter

photo of VetterDr. Amy Vetter (Teacher Education and Higher Education) received new funding from the Research Foundation of the City University of New York on Behalf of Hunter College for her project “Using discourse analysis to facilitate critical conversations in the English classroom.” This project is supported by funds from The Spencer Foundation. The purpose of the research is to investigate how a professional development opportunity for English teachers to study their classroom discourse impacts their facilitation of critical conversations about literature with students.

Vetter holds a Bachelor of English from Southwestern University, a Master of Arts in Curriculum & Instruction and a PhD in Language and Literacy from the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Jean Kang

photo of KangDr. Jean Kang (Specialized Education Services) received over $249,000 in funding from the United States Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs for her project “Preparing Post-Baccalaureate Early Interventionists/Early Childhood Educators for Working with ALL Children.”

A critical concern in early childhood special education is the shortage of highly qualified professionals with the knowledge and skills to teach high-needs children from birth to five years old who have disabilities. Specifically, there is a need for professionals who can collaborate with others to meet the needs of all young children, including those with disabilities, who experience poverty, who are from minority racial or ethnic groups, who are English learners or who may be immigrants.

Building on prior success at UNCG, this project will focus on preparing future early interventionists and early childhood educators to implement high-quality programming for young children with disabilities. The primary goal is to increase the number of highly qualified personnel to work with other professionals and families to implement responsive, evidence-based practices in their work with young children in high need community-based programs and schools, including children from traditionally underrepresented groups.

Kang holds a Bachelor of Science in Special Education from Ewha Womens University in South Korea, a Master of Science in Special Education from the University of Kansas and a PhD in Unified Early Childhood Education from the University of Kansas.

Dr. John Willse

photo of WillseDr. John Willse (Educational Research Methodology) received new funding from the American Board of Pediatrics for his project “Experiential Measurement Training with American Board of Pediatrics.”

The assistantship is an appointment at the American Board of Pediatrics’ office in Chapel Hill. The primary role of the graduate assistant will be to assist psychometric staff with both operational psychometric work such as standard setting, statistical analysis, technical report writing, practice analysis) and applied research projects, such as conducting literature reviews, designing research studies, analyzing data, and preparing manuscripts and presentations.

Willse holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Virginia, a Master of Arts in general psychology and a Doctor of Psychology in assessment and measurement from James Madison University.

Dr. Julie Edmunds

photo of EdmundsDr. Julie Edmunds (SERVE Center) received a continuation of funding from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for the project “Early College HIgh School – Efficacy Goal 3 Retrospective.” This is the final year of a three-year consultation. Doug Lauen, Associate Professor of Public Policy at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is doing a quasi-experimental replication of the original lottery-based experimental study on early colleges, looking at the impact of 75 early colleges in North Carolina. Edmunds is helping with the research design and analyses.

Edmunds is program director for Secondary School Reform at SERVE Center at UNCG and conducts research on issues primarily related to high school reform. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Yale University, a Master of Education from UNCG, and a PhD in Education from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Nadja Cech

photo of 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.”

The central challenge that impedes research on botanical dietary supplements is how to address their complexity and variability. Practitioners of herbal medicine argue that this complexity results in beneficial synergistic interactions. However, the specific constituents responsible for synergistic activity, and the mechanisms by which these constituents interact, are rarely known.

The goal of this project 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 United States, and shows promise of effectiveness against multidrug resistant Staphyolcoccus aureus. As an outcome of the experiments, the expectation is 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. The long-term goal is to support clinical trials of goldenseal and to enable effective quality control of commercially available goldenseal preparations. In addition, the project seeks more broadly to demonstrate new methods by which the multiple constituents responsible for the activity of botanical dietary supplements can be identified. These methods are expected to prove useful to other investigators who must account for the synergistic interactions that play a role in the activity of many complementary and alternative medicines.

Cech received her PhD in Analytical Chemistry from the University of New Mexico. She supervises a group of 12 undergraduates, graduate students, and post-doctoral research associates. Cech has been recognized for both her teaching and her research.

Dr. Dianne H.B. Welsh

photo of WelshDr. Dianne H.B. Welsh (Bryan School) received the Best Paper Award with her co-authors at the Global Innovation & Knowledge Academy (GIKA) conference in Portugal in June. Approximately 500 attended the conference. This paper will be published in the Journal of Business Research. The paper is titled “Determinants of women entrepreneurs’ firm performance in a challenging environment: evidence from Egypt.” Welsh is Hayes Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurship Program director.

Dr. Arthur Anastopoulos

photo of AnastopoulosDr. Arthur Anastopoulos received a continuation of funding from the DOED Institute of Education Sciences for his project “Improving the Educational and Social Emotional Functioning of College Students with ADHD.”

The number of young adults with ADHD pursuing college degrees has risen dramatically in the past 30 years, with current prevalence rates ranging between 5 and 8 percent. College students with ADHD are significantly more likely than their peers to have low and failing grades, to be placed on academic probation, and ultimately, to drop out of college.

Currently, colleges and universities primarily provide students with ADHD with accommodations, such as extended time on tests. Unfortunately, these services do not address the core difficulties shown to lead to impairment in college students with ADHD. A multi-site team set out to address this gap by working with stakeholders to develop an intervention for college students with ADHD – Accessing Campus Connections and Empowering Student Success (ACCESS) – that specifically targets the executive functioning and psychological functioning factors that impact educational functioning. To date, a detailed treatment manual has been developed and revised through an iterative process and a large open trial of ACCESS was recently completed.

The primary goal of this Goal 3 study is to conduct a multi-site randomized controlled trial to evaluate the efficacy of the ACCESS intervention as compared to a delayed treatment control group and to assess moderators and mediators of intervention response.

Anastopoulos completed a bachelor’s degree in Child Study from Tufts University, a master’s in general-experimental psychology from Wake Forest University and a PhD in clinical psychology from Purdue University. He is director of the AD/HD Clinic at UNCG.

Dr. Zhanxiang Zhou

photo of ZhouDr. Zhanxiang Zhou (Health & Human Sciences – Nutrition) received continuation of funding from the National Institutes of Health for the project “Lipotoxicity in Alcoholic Liver Disease.”

Alcoholic liver disease (ALD) is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States. Alcoholic steatosis is the earliest pathological change in the progression of ALD. Deposition of excessive lipids in the hepatocyte generates lipotoxicity, which mediates alcohol-induced liver injury. Zhou and his team found that hepatic free fatty acid (FFA) levels are increased along with triglyceride accumulation in a mouse model of ALD. Cell culture study further demonstrated that FFA-induced cell injury is significantly exaggerated by inhibition of triglyceride synthesis. Findings suggest that FFA rather than triglyceride generates lipotoxicity.

The NIH-funded project aims to gain experimental evidence to support an emerging concept that FFA lipotoxicity is a causal factor in the pathogenesis of ALD. The hypothesis will be tested by carrying out four specific aims: Aim 1 is to dissect the role of FFA from triglyceride in the pathogenesis of ALD; Aim 2 is to investigate the molecular mechanisms by which alcohol increases adipose FA release and hepatic FA influx; Aim 3 is to investigate the molecular mechanisms by which alcohol impairs hepatic FFA clearance; and Aim 4 is to determine if AhR activation mediates FFA lipotoxicity.

Zhou received a bachelor’s from Hebei Agricultural University in China and a master’s from Beijing Agricultural University before completing his PhD at the University of Ehime in Japan. He is co-director of the Center for Translational Biomedical Research.

Dr. Holly Sienkiewicz

photo of SienkiewiczDr. Holly Sienkiewicz (Center for New North Carolinians) received a continuation of funding from the United Way of Greater Greensboro for her project “Newcomers CLASS (Culture, Language and Adult Self Sufficiency).”   

For newly arrived refugees into Greensboro, language, transportation, isolation, lack of cultural brokers, and misunderstanding/lack of knowledge of American education and cultural activities present an ongoing concern. The objective of this project is to help newly arrived immigrants manage their transition and begin the process of cultural integration by learning English, providing job readiness skills for adults, and acting as a cultural broker.

Seinkiewicz is director of research at the Center for New North Carolinians and teaches adjunct courses in the Department of Public Health Education at UNCG.

Dr. Christina O’Connor

photo of OconnorDr. Christina O’Connor (School of Education, Teacher’s Academy) received $1,208,717 in continued funding from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Innovation and Improvement for the project “Transforming Teaching through Technology (TTtT).”  

Transforming Teaching through Technology, a Teacher Quality Partnership project of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in partnership with Guilford County Schools and Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, will develop an innovative and replicable model for the integration of technology in the teacher education curriculum.

In order to better prepare current and future teachers to thoughtfully integrate existing and emerging technology for P-12 student learning, the project will:

  • Move beyond enhancement (substitution and augmenting) to promote transformational use of instructional technology in teaching and learning
  • Transform approaches to P-12 learning such that instructional technology is an integral part of learning
  • Alter the way we engage and motivate students in learning
  • Create space where teacher candidates can be engaged in instructional technology-enriched teacher education programming
  • Cultivate meaningful collaboration between university and schools to promote new mindsets to integrate instructional technology for learning

It is expected that this project will result in increased engagement of public school students in innovation, creativity, problem-solving and entrepreneurship through the development of collaborative project-based learning environments utilizing emerging technology and 21st Century skills.

O’Connor completed a master of education in literacy education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a master of school administration and PhD in Educational Studies with a concentration in Teacher Education at UNCG.

Dr. Joan Titus

photo of TitusDr. Joan Titus (Musicology) received new funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities for her project “Dmitry Shostakovich and Music for Stalinist Cinema, 1936-1953.”

Despite Dmitry Shostakovich’s celebrated reputation as a concert and stage composer, his film music only recently has garnered attention from audiences and scholars, the abstract notes. A history of his scoring for Soviet cinema, and generally of Russian film music, has yet to be substantively written. This research project will fill this gap. This project will be used to write a book, titled “Dmitry Shostakovich and Music for Stalinist Cinema”, which traces his development as one of the Soviet Union’s preeminent film composers from 1936 until Josef Stalin’s death in 1953. This book provides an examination of his scoring practices, his unique relationship with directors and with the film industry, and his engagement with cultural politics and audiences. It is based on archival materials, provides detailed musical and cinematic analysis, and provides a review of contemporaneous reception. This NEH Fellowship will be used to complete this manuscript and to create a video companion website.

George Hancock

photo of HancockGeorge Hancock (SERVE Center) received funding of more than $570,000 from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) for the North Carolina Homeless Education Program/NC Foster Care Education Program.

Janet Hendley

photo of HendleyJanet Hendley is the new president of Greensboro Opera. She retired earlier this year from the position of C.A.M.A.R.E. (Communications, Advancement, Marketing, Alumni Relations, Events) Assistant in the UNCG School of Nursing. Greensboro Opera has had an official collaboration with the UNCG School of Music since 2012, with UNCG’s David Holley serving as artistic director of Greensboro Opera. Hendley joined the Board of Trustees of Greensboro Opera in 2008 and, apart from one year on the Advisory Board, she has served on the main board ever since. She has also held other roles with Greensboro Opera. A lifelong lover of opera, Hendley enjoys Greensboro Opera’s enrichment of the local community through outreach programs such as “Opera at the Carolina” at the Carolina Theatre, for Guilford County fifth graders.

Dr. Liuyi Hao

photo of HaoDr. Liuyi Hao, a postdoctoral researcher at UNCG’s Center for Translational Biomedical Research, has received a 2017 Postdoctoral Fellowship Award from the American Liver Foundation. The fellowship is highly competitive, with no more than 10 awarded each year, and represents a significant achievement for Hao and UNCG.

The award will support Hao’s research on activating transcription factor 4, a gene transcription regulator hypothesized to play a central role in the development of alcoholic liver disease, or ALD. Approximately 20,000 people in the U.S. die each year due to ALD, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Hao, who completed his PhD at Harbin Medical University and joined the Center for Translational Biomedical Research in July 2016, hopes his research will improve understanding of the biological underpinnings of the disease, and, ultimately, lead to improved treatment options.

The UNCG Center for Translational Biomedical Research is located at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis. The campus houses a number of corporations, healthcare organizations, and universities that work together in a public-private partnership to better understand human health, nutrition, and agriculture. The CTBR focuses on the molecular mechanisms of disease pathogenesis and progression, biomarkers for diagnosis, and discovering novel interventions for the prevention and treatment of disease.

Dr. James Boles

photo of BolesDr. James Boles (Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality & Tourism) received new funding from the North Carolina Small Business and Technology Development Center for the project “New SBA Federal Funding for the CY 2017 Program Year.” This project is supported by funds from the U.S. Small Business Administration. The grant will be used to support travel to conferences related to entrepreneurship.

Boles completed a master’s in Educational Administration and a master’s in Business Administration at the University of West Florida. He has a PhD in Business Administration from Louisiana State University. He is department head of the Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality, and Tourism Department and director of the North Carolina Sales Institute in the Bryan School of Business and Economics.

Perry Flynn

photo of FlynnPerry Flynn (Communication Sciences and Disorders) received funding from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for the project “Exceptional Children State Speech-Language Consultant (2017-2018).” Funding will allow for the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders to provide a range of professional services for the Exceptional Children Division of the State Department of Public Instruction July 1, 207 – June 30, 2018. Services include providing assistance in the areas of speech-language pathology to the State Department of Public Instruction, local education agencies and Charter schools.

Flynn completed a bachelor’s in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a master’s in Education in Speech-Language Pathology from UNCG. He is an AP Professor and the Consultant to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in the area of Speech Language Pathology.

Dr. Justin Harmon

photo of harmonDr. Justin Harmon (Health & Human Sciences – Community and Therapeutic Recreation) received new funding from Girls on the Run International for the project “Girls on the Run.” Girls on the Run was established in 1996 in Charlotte with 13 participants. In 2000, Girls on the Run International, a 501(c)3 organization, was formed. GOTR certified coaches teach life skills to girls through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games.

The project is a partnership with GOTR Triad. Funding will be used to create an assistantship for a graduate student to help the organization with program management. The student will work with GOTR Triad to recruit, coordinate, and manage volunteer coaches, facilitate trainings, plan and implement special events (including the annual 5K and coaches’ meetings), and develop marketing campaigns that represent GOTR Triad in the broader community.

Harmon completed a bachelor’s degree in Leisure Studies from the University of Illinois, a master’s in Sport Management from Northern Illinois University and a PhD from Texas A&M University in Recreation, Parks, & Tourism Sciences. Harmon has worked extensively in the parks, forestry and recreation fields, and has a diverse background in practice that includes land and wildlife management, environmental and primary education, event planning, and community relations and outreach.

Dr. Dianne Welsh

photo of welshDr. Dianne Welsh (Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality & Tourism) received new funding from the Coleman Foundation for “Coleman Foundation Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellows.” The Coleman Entrepreneurship Fellows program supports the ongoing Cross-Disciplinary Entrepreneurship Program at UNCG with 40-plus courses in 26 departments and programs across campus. The program includes the Coleman Entrepreneur in Residence that works with faculty, staff and students across campus in classes and with their business ideas to bring ideas to actions through course preparation.

Welsh is the Hayes Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship and the director of the Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program. She is a globally known scholar in international franchising, family business, and entrepreneurship with over 150 publications.

Dr. Susan Letvak

photo of Letvak Dr. Susan Letvak (Adult Health Nursing) received a continuation of funding from the DHHS Health Resources and Services Administration for the project “Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention – Veterans’ Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program.”

The purpose of UNCG School of Nursing’s proposed Veteran Access Program for Nurses is to provide medically trained veterans in Central North Carolina and South Central Virginia with access and specialized support in an innovative and accelerated educational program to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and find employment. The program will reduce barriers that prevent veterans from transitioning into nursing careers by offering academic mentoring through learning communities, specialized support services, cultural competence training, employment assistance and new educational models awarding academic credit for medical and life experience.

Letvak earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Nursing from Russell Sage College and finished a PhD in Nursing at Adelphi University. Her areas of expertise include patient outcomes and nursing workforce, qualitative research methods, relational theory and gerontology.

Dr. Nicholas Oberlies

photo of oberlies Dr. Nicholas Oberlies (Chemistry & Biochemistry) received a continuation of funding from Ohio State University for the project “Anticancer agents from Diverse Natural products sources.” The project is supported by funds from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services National Institutes of Health National Cancer Institute. Funding will allow screening for anticancer activity in filamentous fungi.

Oberlies completed a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Miami University and a PhD in Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy from Purdue University. The Oberlies research group focuses on the isolation and structure elucidation of bioactive compounds from natural sources, including those from both fungal cultures and plants.

Diana Kao

photo of KaoDiana Kao (Chemistry & Biochemistry) received a continuation of funding from the National Institutes of Health. It is a training grant for the pre-doctoral student, as she examinines the mass spec properties of fungi.

Kao received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Gettysburg College and is pursuing her PhD in Medicinal Biochemistry at UNCG. Kao’s faculty advisor is Dr. Nicholas Oberlies.

Dr. Greg O’Brien

photo of Dr. Greg O'BrienDr. Greg O’Brien (History) has co-edited “The Native South: New Histories and Enduring Legacies,” published by University of Nebraska Press. The book contains essays from leading ethnohistorians of the American South and chronicles Native American history from the 16th through the 21st century. It includes subjects such as Seminole–African American kinship systems, Cherokee notions of guilt and innocence in evolving tribal jurisprudence, Indian captives and American empire, and second-wave feminist activism among Cherokee women in the 1970s. Also featured are interviews with pioneering scholars in Native South studies, Michael D. Green and Theda Perdue.

Dr. Qibin Zhang

photo of Dr. Qibin ZhangDr. Qibin Zhang (Translational Biomedical Research) received an NIH R01 grant, titled “Protein Markers to Islet Autoimmunity and T1D Progression,” from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). Currently, Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) affects approximately 1.4 million people in the U.S. The proposed research will identify novel protein markers that can predict T1D and gain further insight into the pathogenesis of this disease.

Zhang has also received a Collaborative Sciences Award from the American Heart Association through collaboration with scientists from the University of Colorado, School of Medicine. The goal of the award is to identify novel glycated protein and metabolite markers to better predict progression of coronary artery calcium before onset of cardiovascular diseases in the Type 1 Diabetes population.

Zhang earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Shandong Normal University, China, and PhD in analytical chemistry from the University of California at Riverside. He also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Zhang is co-director of the Center for Translational Biomedical Research in Kannapolis. The Zhang research group focuses on the development of new bioanalytical capabilities.

Dr. Maryanne Perrin

photo of Dr. Maryanne Perrin Dr. Maryanne Perrin (Health and Human Sciences, Nutrition) received new funding from the Allen Foundation for the project “Optimizing the Fat and Calorie Content of Pasteurized Donor Human Milk.” Perrin’s research will conduct an environmental scan of current processes within the 27-member Human Milk Banking Association of North America and evaluate how these processes impact fat retention and distribution in pasteurized donor human milk. The goal is to improve the nutrition delivered to preterm infants through pasteurized human donor milk and inform evidence-based guidelines within donor milk banks.

Perrin received her bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Purdue University and a master’s of business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – and completed her PhD in nutrition science from North Carolina State University.

Dr. Susan Keane

Photo of Dr. Susan KeaneDr. Susan Keane (Psychology) received continuation of funding from the Department of Health and Human Services for her project “Behavioral Health/Primary Care Integration: Reducing Barriers to Care in Underserved Populations.” The project prepares doctoral students for careers as behavioral health specialists in primary care settings. In this grant cycle, 24 doctoral trainees will participate in experiential and didactic opportunities designed to impact their career trajectories in the field. Students will be placed within six primary care locations, each of which targets a vulnerable population. These populations include: children, geriatric patients, socioeconomically deprived and homeless individuals, the chronically ill, culturally and linguistically diverse individuals, and veterans. The goal is to equip trainees to provide culturally competent, interprofessional, collaborative care.

Keane is director of clinical training for the UNCG Psychology Clinic. She received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Purdue University, and since 1983, she has graduated over 30 PhD students who hold positions at universities, medical centers and mental health agencies across the nation. She is licensed as a Practicing Psychologist/Health-Services Provider in the State of North Carolina.

Dr. Laurie Gold

Photo of Ms. Gold. Dr. Laurie Gold (Health and Human Sciences, Kinesiology) received additional funding from the National Institutes of Health for the project “Pathways from Childhood Self-Regulation to Cardiovascular Risk in Adolescence.” Gold’s research will test whether trajectories of self-regulation from ages 2 to 10 predict trajectories of cardiovascular risk factors (CVR) during adolescence, as well as whether childhood self-regulation adolescent CVR pathways are mediated by health behaviors such as substance use, exercise, nutrition and sleep.

Gold has a bachelor’s in biology from the University of Waterloo, a master’s in physiology from Ball State University and a PhD in exercise physiology from the University of Virginia.

Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr.

Photo of Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr.Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. will receive one of the Triad’s Most Admired CEOs awards from the Triad Business Journal. The 2017 class of honorees includes 18 individuals from a diverse array of industries and organizations, the journal notes. The recipients will be honored July 27 at an awards ceremony; details may be seen at TriadBizEvents.com. They will also be featured in the July 28 edition of Triad Business Journal.