UNCG Campus Weekly

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Brad Hayes

Photo of Brad HayesWilliam Bradley “Brad” Hayes has been appointed by the UNC Board of Governors to the UNCG Board of Trustees. He will take over the unexpired term of Martin Weissburg to June 30, 2015.

As Executive VP and CFO at Burlington-based LabCorp since 2005, Hayes has excelled as a key member of the executive management team. He will soon retire from LabCorp.

Hayes is an experienced board professional, having served as a board member and fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, which recognized him last year with their top honor. He also currently serves on the Board of Trustees and Finance Committee of Canterbury School in Greensboro.

He has a deep love for and connection to UNCG. He and his wife, Kim, are UNCG graduates, and he was honored in 2013 with the UNCG Bryan School of Business & Economics Distinguished Alumni Award. He has also served on the Bryan School Advisory Board, the Excellence Foundation and the Alumni Association.

Dr. Moses Acquaah

Photo of Dr. Moses AcquaahDr. Moses Acquaah (Management) received funding from the Network for Business Sustainability South Africa for the project “A review and synthesis of research and practice on measuring and valuing social capital for business decision-making and reporting.” Social capital is broadly seen as the resources that accrue as a result of the network of social relationships of individuals (employees) within and between organizations, institutions, communities and the economy, the abstract notes. Social capital, which is one of the six forms of capital identified by the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC), has been the one companies find difficult to understand, measure and value its impact because of its intangible nature. The outcome from this project would have broad impact.

Dr. Esther Leerkes

Photo of Dr. Esther LeerkesDr. Esther Leerkes (Human Development and Family Studies) received additional funding from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development for the project “Identifying Genetic Risk for Maternal Insensitivity and Infant Dysregulation.” Leerkes will work to (1) identify specific emotion-related genotypes that predispose mothers to have more negative physiological, emotional and behavioral responses to infant distress; and to (2) examine the extent to which specific emotion-related genotypes make mothers and infants more or less susceptible to the effect of positive and negative environmental experiences. The abstract notes that identifying the processes that influence how mothers respond to their distressed infants and the origins of these processes will inform the development of screening tools to identify mothers at risk for parenting difficulties and the design of individually tailored intervention efforts to foster sensitive maternal behavior and positive social emotional functioning early in life.

Dr. Terri Shelton

Photo of Dr. Terri SheltonDr. Terri Shelton (Office of Research and Economic Development) received new funding from the North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services, Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services. The funded project is “NC Preventing Underage Drinking Initiative.” While underage drinking continues to be a national and statewide concern, efforts under the Preventing Underage Drinking Initiative have been instrumental in reducing alcohol use before age 13 by 41 percent and a 23 percent reduction in binge drinking from 1998 to 2011. NC now ranks the 45th lowest in 12-20 year old binge drinking and 44th lowest in past 30-day use among underage drinkers. This funding will support the North Carolina Preventing Underage Drinking (NCPUD) Initiative in its efforts to reduce and prevent underage alcohol consumption and the resulting social, health and economic consequences in North Carolina. The abstract notes that short-term outcomes include increasing quality youth participation, enhancing community mobilization efforts to use evidence-based environmental strategies and community/law enforcement partnerships leading to more effective policies and programs. These short-term outcomes will be measured by collecting performance measure data from sub-grant recipients. Long-term outcomes include reductions in youth alcohol consumption. UNCG has partnered with the state of NC on these efforts since 2007.

Joan Johnson

Joan Johnson received new funding from New Chapter Inc./Autism Speaks for the project “College Access for Students with ASD.” Beyond Academics is NC’s first and only four-year, on-campus, fully inclusive postsecondary certificate program for students with intellectual disabilities. The certificate in Integrative Community Studies is offered by the Office of Undergraduate Studies. Eligible students with Autism Spectrum Disorders enrolled in the certificate program or in various degree studies may be considered for scholarships through this fund beginning in Fall 2014. In collaboration with the Office of Accessibility Resources and Services, a selection process will determine scholarship recipients. UNCG is only one of 11 universities/colleges awarded this funding. Johnson is director of UNCG’s certificate program for young adults with intellectual disabilities.

Dr. Gideon Wasserberg

Photo of Dr. Gideon WasserbergDr. Gideon Wasserberg (Biology) received new funding from the Department of Defense for the project “Characterization and attraction of the male sex pheromones of Lutzomyia verrucarum.” Lutzomyia verrucarum is the vector of Carrion’s disease and cutaneous leishmaniasis in the Peruvian Andes. As part of a general plan to control this sand fly, the researchers will focus on identifying male sex pheromones that will be used as a lure for attracting the female sand fly to lethal traps. Field testing of extracts and isolated compounds will be done in the field in Caraz Peru by Wasserberg.

Dr. Maura Heyn

Photo of Dr. Maura HeynDr. Maura Heyn (Classical Studies) received new funding from the Loeb Classical Library Foundation for the project “Provincial Life, Roman Death? The Funerary Portraiture of Palmyra.”

Dr. Tara T. Green

Photo of Dr. Tara T. GreenDuring Spring Break, Dr. Tara T. Green (African American Studies) gave a talk titled “Love in the Time of the Obamas” at the University of Ghana’s Institute of African Studies. Also, in her last year as English area representative for the College Language Association, she organized more than 100 papers for panel presentations at the New Orleans conference held March 25-28. She also became president of the Langston Hughes Society when the society met at the College Language Association.

Dr. Maria Sanchez

Photo of Dr. Maria SanchezDr. Maria Sanchez (English) received new funding from the Harvard University W.E.B DuBois Research Institute for the project “The Imagination of Slavery: The US, Mexico, and the Writing of Enslavement and Empire.” This is a study of US and Mexican 19th century literature regarding slavery and abolition.

Dr. Geoff Bailey

Photo of Dr. Geoff BaileyDr. Geoff Bailey (Student Success Center) delivered an invited pre-conference workshop for the Association of the Tutoring Profession annual conference. The workshop, titled “Technological resources for the modern learning center: Online, offline, and on the go,” focused on developing strategic plans for incorporating key technologies in the operations of learning centers, as well as best practices for utilizing technologies in serving students and facilitating administrative operations. Additionally, he presented a concurrent session at the same conference titled “Bring it on! Infusing dynamic, low-cost, meaningful activities into tutor trainings.” At the conference, Bailey was appointed to the Board of Directors as the 2014-15 co-chair for the professional development committee.


Dr. Patricia Gray (Music) and Dr. Marianne LeGreco (Communication Studies) will speak at TEDxGreensboro May 8. Alumna Zim Ugochukwu will be among the speakers as well. A full list of speakers is at http://tedxgreensboro.com/2014-speakers.

Dr. Christopher Hodgkins

Photo of Dr. Christopher HodgkinsDr. Christopher Hodgkins (English/Atlantic World Research Network) spoke at Washington’s Folger Shakespeare Library for the April 3-5 conference celebrating the Bard’s 450th birthday, “Shakespeare and the Problem of Biography.” He joined Barbara Lewalski of Harvard University and Andrew Hadfield of the University of Sussex for the opening panel on “Literary Biography,” discussing old and new biographies of George Herbert, John Donne, Edmund Spenser and John Milton. Hodgkins presentation was titled “What’s Your Angle? The Problematic Biographies of Izaak Walton.”

On April 11, Hodgkins will make a pilgrimage to Canterbury to serve as master of ceremonies at the launch celebration for The Edinburgh Companion to the Bible and the Arts, edited by Stephen Prickett, to which Hodgkins has contributed his essay “Biblical and 17th-Century Poetry: The Case of the Psalms and George Herbert.”

Hodgkins is the co-editor of “The Digital Temple,” the born-digital edition of George Herbert’s poetry.

Bonita Brown

Photo of Bonita BrownBonita Brown (Chancellor’s Office) contributed a chapter to the recently published book “Managing the Unthinkable: Crisis Preparation and Response for Campus Leaders.” The chapter, “Shelter in the Time of Storm,” is about her experience leading a university in simultaneously hosting three shelters for those affected by hurricanes in 2008. More information is at http://stylus.styluspub.com/Books/BookDetail.aspx?productID=360469

Maggie Gillespie

Photo of Maggie GillespieMaggie Gillespie received the Evelyn A. Wallington Advisor of the Year award at the annual regional business meeting for the Residence Hall Association and National Residence Hall Honorary. The award recognizes outstanding service by an individual advisor who has gone above and beyond their job description while serving in an advising capacity to a residence hall leadership group. The award is for the SAACURH (South Atlantic Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls) Region, which includes all of the residence hall associations on all of the campuses in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

Gillespie is a second-year coordinator for residence life in Cone Residence Hall. She also serves as one of the advisors to the Residence Hall Association.

Dr. Terry Nile

Photo of Dr. Terry NileDr. Terry Nile (professor emeritus, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry) received the first Thomas Undergraduate Research Mentor Award. It was presented at the recent Carolyn and Norwood Thomas Undergraduate Research and Creativity Expo. Nile has mentored over 200 undergraduate students during his career at UNCG and continues this tradition in retirement with nine working by his side this year.

Dr. Rosemary Wander

Photo of Dr. Rosemary WanderDr. Rosemary Wander (former UNCG associate provost for research) received recognition at at the recent Carolyn and Norwood Thomas Undergraduate Research and Creativity Expo. She was recognized for her outstanding vision, leadership and dedication to faculty-mentored undergraduate research.

Dr. Claudia M. Pagliaro

Photo of Dr. Claudia M. PagliaroDr. Claudia M. Pagliaro (Specialized Education Services) presented a keynote lecture at the First International Conference on Teaching Deaf Learners. The conference, which took place in Amsterdam, drew more than 265 participants from around the world, including professionals from six continents. Pagliaro’s lecture was titled “Building Numeracy with Deaf Materials.”

Dr. Julia Mendez Smith

Photo of Dr. Julia Mendez SmithDr. Julia Mendez Smith (Psychology) received additional funding from Child Trends for the project “Center for Research on Hispanic Children and Families.” It is for a subcontract to the Hispanic Families Research Center, managed by Child Trends, Inc. The primary goal is to advance understanding of child care issues for low-income Hispanic families.

Dr. Jan Rychtar

Photo of Dr. Jan RychtarDr. Jan Rychtar (Mathematics and Statistics) receiving new funding from the National Science Foundation for the project “REU Site: Mathematical Biology at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.” The primary objective of this program is to involve a diverse group of undergraduate students in research and to generate new mathematical knowledge in the areas of mathematical biology and applied mathematics.

Dr. Jacquelyn White

Photo of Dr. Jacquelyn WhiteDr. Jacquelyn White (Office of Research and Economic Development) received a new award from the US Department of Justice for the project “Evaluation of OVW Grant Programs”. The Office on Violience against Women has had a huge impact on reducing violence against women, the abstract notes. “The goals of this evaluation include 1) identifying what we have learned; 2) determining how this knowledge can be applied and disseminated to the practice communities and researchers; 3) ensuring that programs are culturally and linguistically appropriate; and 4) scaling up to improve implementation of effective programs and strategies in communities across the US. To accomplish this, we want to assess the impact of programs on violence against women and consider additional or redefined program measurement data that can be linked to best practices.”

Dr. Chris Payne

Photo of Dr. Chris PayneDr. Chris Payne (Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnership) received additional funding from the High Point Community Foundation for the project “High Point Center for Children and Families.” The center was developed as a collaborative effort to leverage resources, fill the gap for needed services, and to provide comprehensive intervention programs for vulnerable young children and their families in High Point. Payne will serve as Program Director of the Center and facilitate the work of the Leadership Team which is comprised of Chief Marty Sumner of the High Point Police Department, Barbara Frye of the United Way of High Point, and Vicki Miller with the High Point Children’s Initiative and High Point University.

Dr. Jeffrey Soles

Photo of Dr. Jeffrey SolesDr. Jeffrey Soles (Classical Studies) received new funding from the Institute for Aegean Prehistory for the project “Mochlos 2014: Publication and Site Conservation”. It will fund the study of material excavated at the Bronze Age site of Mochlos in eastern Crete between 1989 and 2012. It will produce a number of publications including “Mochlos IV, The House of the Metal Merchant, and other buildings in the Neopalatial Town, c. 1700-1430 BC.” It will also fund conservation on the site required by Greek law.

Rachel Briley

Photo of Rachel BrileyRachel Briley (Theatre) was selected by the Washington, DC, based Impact Center for its 2014 Women’s Executive Leadership Program. The 18 women participating in this year’s class come from a diverse array of backgrounds, representing fields that include academia, healthcare, the military, business, law firms, and a variety of non-profits. Briley recently returned from a research leave in Mexico City where she was working with the premier puppet company Marionetas de la Esquina on developing a new work for deaf and hearing audiences. She is fluent in American Sign Language and hopes to integrate her expertise in this new production. While in Mexico City, Briley also volunteered at the School for the Deaf, working with young people on a daily basis and learning Mexican Sign Language.

Briley is an associate professor in her 12th year at UNCG. She is the head of the MFA program in Theatre for Youth and the Artistic Director of the North Carolina Theatre for Young People. She came to North Carolina from Michigan where she served as the Director of Theatre Education at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Prior to that, she taught and directed at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC.

Dr. Chuck Bolton

Photo of Dr. Chuck BoltonDr. Chuck Bolton’s recent book, “William F. Winter and the New Mississippi,” received the 2013 McLemore Prize from the Mississippi Historical Society, awarded to the best book on any subject of Mississippi history or biography. More information is at the University Press of Mississippi blog and web site: http://upmississippi.blogspot.com/2014/03/charles-bolton-awarded-mclemore-prize.html

Bolton is professor and head of the History Department.

Ben Kunka

Photo of Ben KunkaBen Kunka (OWRR) represents UNCG today in a community discussion about Greensboro’s recycling programs, at Guilford College.


Dr. Jacqueline DeBrew (Nursing) and Dr. Lynne Lewallen (Nursing) collaborated with Dr. Edna Chun (Human Resources) on a manuscript which was recently published. It is titled “Outsiders in nursing education: cultural sensitivity in clinical education,” and was published in the Journal of Professional Nursing.

Dr. Susan Calkins

Photo of Dr. Susan CalkinsDr. Susan Calkins (Human Development & Family Studies) received additional funding from Virginia Tech for the project “Psychobiology of Cognitive Development (CAP Study, revision).”

Dr. Michael Frierson

Photo of Dr. Michael FriersonDr. Michael Frierson’s documentary “FBI KKK” will be screened at the Ethnografilm Festival in Paris on April 17, 2014. The festival is sponsored by International Social Science Council (ISSC), Society for Social Studies of Science (4s), and the University Film and Video Association. “FBI/KKK,” is a personal, one hour documentary about Frierson’s father, Dargan, an FBI agent in Greensboro and the intersection of his life with George Franklin Dorsett, the Grand Kludd, or chaplain, of the United Klans of America. In the 1960s, Dorsett became one of the highest ranking, paid informants who secretly provided information about Klan activities under the FBI’s COINTELPRO: White Hate program. Frierson is associate professor of media studies. [Editor’s note: Dargan Frierson died earlier this week, according to a News and Record report. He was 92.]

Dr. Christopher Hodgkins

Photo of Dr. Christopher HodgkinsThe Digital Temple: A Documentary Edition of George Herbert’s English Verse, an online scholarly resource annotated by Dr. Christopher Hodgkins (English) and Dr. Robert Whalen from Northern Michigan University, has been selected by Choice Magazine as a 2013 Outstanding Academic Title. The Choice reviewer called the Digital Temple “quite simply an amazing piece of scholarship.” In 2010, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) gave Hodgkins and Whalen a $250,000 Digital Humanities Scholarly Editions Grant to make Herbert’s works available online. “There’s no substitute for holding the book in your hand, feeling the pages, smelling the pages,” Hodgkins said. “The idea is not to replace a paper archive, but to make it possible to give thousands, tens of thousands, even millions of people over the years, access to these materials.”

Dr. Nadja Cech

Photo of Dr. Nadja CechDr. Nadja Cech (Chemistry & Biochemistry) received additional funding from the National Institutes of Health for the project “Strategies to Investigate Synergy in Botanical Medicines.”

Dr. Jennifer Keith

Photo of Dr. Jennifer KeithDr. Jennifer Keith (English) has worked with the UNCG Libraries’ Electronic Resources and Information Technology Department to develop the Anne Finch Digital Archive. On April 7 at 3:30 p.m. (note the revised time) in the Hodges Reading Room on the second floor of Jackson Library, Keith will discuss the significance of Anne Finch’s work, a collaboration with ERIT and the uniqueness of the project.

Revised on 3/24: The time has changed to 3:30 p.m.

Terry Kennedy

Photo of Terry KennedyTerry Kennedy (English, MFA program) will read from his debut collection “New River Breakdown” Monday, March 24, 4 p.m. in the Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library. He is the author of the limited edition chapbook, “Until the Clouds Shatter the Light That Plates Our Lives,” selected by Thomas Lux for Jeanne Duval Editions of Atlanta, Ga. His work appears in numerous literary journals and magazines including Cave Wall, from the Fishouse, Southern Review, and Waccamaw, and has been honored with a Randall Jarrell Fellowship as well as fellowships to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. He serves as the Associate Director of Graduate Program in Creative Writing and is editor of the online journal storySouth.

Cathy Griffith

Photo of Cathy GriffithCathy Griffith has been appointed Head of the Access Services Department at the UNCG University Libraries effective Jan. 1, 2014. She has held various positions in the Access Services Department since 1984. Since 2004, she has served as the Assistant Department Head. Prior positions include those of manager of the former Current Periodicals and Reserves areas. She is a graduate of UNCG with a BA in sociology.

Dr. Nicholas Oberlies

Photo of Dr. Nicholas OberliesDr. Nicholas Oberlies (Chemistry & Biochemistry) received new funding from New Chapter Inc. for the project “ITS Barcoding of Mushroom Samples.”

Dr. Susan Calkins

Portrait of Dr. Susan CalkinsDr. Susan Calkins (Human Development and Family Studies) received additional funding from the US DHHS NIH National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) for the project “Developmental Trajectories of Early Behavior Problems.”