UNCG Campus Weekly

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Dr. Laura K. Taylor

Photo of Dr. Laura K. TaylorDr. Laura K. Taylor (Peace and Conflict Studies) received a 2014 APA Division 52 Student International Research Award for her dissertation, “Does violence beget violence? Factors moderating trajectories of youth aggression in a context of political violence.” She joined UNCG in Fall 2013 as an assistant professor in the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies. Her research applies a risk and resilience framework to examine the impact of political violence on children, families and communities in Colombia, Croatia and Northern Ireland. She is expanding this international research to work with immigrant and refugee youth in the United States.

Dr. Wendy McColskey

Dr. Wendy McColskey (SERVE) received new funding from the the South Carolina Department of Education for the project “South Carolina School Improvement Grant Evaluation.”

Dr. Susan Letvak

Photo of Dr. Susan LetvakDr. Susan Letvak (Adult Health / Nursing) received new funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration for the project “UNCG’s Veteran Access Program (VAP) To Prepare BSN Nurses.” The purpose of UNCG School of Nursing’s (SON) proposed Veteran Access Program for Nurses (UNCG-VAP) is to provide medically trained veterans in central North Carolina and South Central Virginia with access and specialized support in an innovative educational program to obtain a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing.

Dr. Joseph Lee Beverly

Photo of Dr. Joseph Lee BeverlyDr. Joseph Lee Beverly (Nutrition) received funding from the National Institutes of Health for the project “Hypoglycemia-induced changes in the VMH glucose metabolome and HAAF.”

Dr. Mitch Croatt

Photo of Dr. Mitch CroattDr. Mitch Croatt (Chemistry and Biochemistry) has received new funding from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center for the project “Synthesis and Biological Evaluation of Potent Neuroprotective Agents.”

Dr. Eileen Kohlenberg

Photo of Dr. Eileen KohlenbergDr. Eileen Kohlenberg (Adult Health / Nursing) received a renewal of funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration for the project “Nurse Anesthetist Program (NAT).”

Dr. Maya Elobeid

Photo of Dr. Maya ElobeidDr. Maya Elobeid (Center for New North Carolinians) will receive new funding from the United Way of Greater Greensboro for the 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 on-going concern as refugees seek to orient to the United States. The project’s objectives are 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.

Dr. Emily Janke

Photo of Emily JankeThe Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the New England Resource Center for Higher Education have announced Dr. Emily Janke, director of UNCG’s Institute for Community & Economic Engagement and associate professor in Peace and Conflict Studies, will be a member of the National Advisory Panel for the 2015 Elective Community Engagement Classification process. Established in 2006, the National Advisory Panel plays an integral role in reviewing applications and offering assessments as to which institutions qualify to receive the Community Engagement Classification. In addition, the Panel provides guidance and insight around issues that help shape the content and administration of the Classification in future years. Members of the National Advisory Panel are recognized nationally and internationally as leading scholars in community engagement.

Dr. Jeffrey Sarbaum

Photo of Dr. Jeffrey SarbaumDr. Jeffrey Sarbaum (Economics) received funding from North Carolina A&T State University for the project “The Math You Need, When You Need It: Modular Student Resources to Promote Successful Integration of Quantitative Concepts in Introductory Economics Courses.” This project addresses previously identified math/quantitative skill barriers for student success in introductory economics courses by adapting the successful geosciences web-based student quantitative skills tutorial and assessment framework developed by Wenner, Baer, and Burn for economics. The project goal is to improve student learning in introductory economics courses by overcoming student inability to apply math concepts necessary for understanding core economic concepts. After initial testing at 12 varied institutions , 10 learning modules will be available through Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics, where 16 pedagogical modules already have significant use by economics instructors. Adoption at community colleges (an important focus of this project), where an estimated 40 percent of U.S. students taking introductory economics courses are taught, will be promoted through resources developed by Adapting Effective Outreach and Workshop Practices to Improve Community College Economics Instruction.

Dr. Thomas R. Kwapil

Photo of Thomas R. KwapilIn early February 2012, the University Libraries and the Office of Research & Economic Development created an Open Access Publishing Support Fund in order to support faculty, EPA employees, and graduate students who are becoming increasingly involved in open access publishing. A grant of $1,000 was recently awarded to Dr. Thomas R. Kwapil, associate dean for research, Department of Psychology, for the article “Worries about Being Judged versus Being Harmed: Disentangling the Association of Social Anxiety and Paranoia with Schizotypy.”

Information about the guidelines and the application process for this support fund, as well as a link to an online application form, can be found at: http://uncg.libguides.com/scholarlycomm.

Dr. Stephanie Daniel

Dr. Stephanie Daniel (Center for Youth, Family & Community Partnerships) received a continuation of funding from Duke University for the project “Cognitive and Affective Mechanisms of Risk for Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors.” Over the last 15 years, the researchers have had great success in following a sample of formerly psychiatrically hospitalized adolescents through adulthood to help us better understand the risk and course suicidal thoughts and behavior, the abstract states. “Using longitudinal data from this study, we have recently examined sensitization as a process that may contribute to recurrent suicidal behavior, the predictive validity of clinical characteristics of suicidal behavior, and differing developmental trajectories in suicide ideation and attempts from adolescence through adulthood. With this revised renewal application, we propose to study cognitive and affective mechanisms that we hypothesize are associated with suicidal thoughts and behavior. This study is consistent with the Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) initiative of NIH and a cognitive and affective neuroscience approach for assessing mechanisms associated with risk. This study also has clear translational implications for prediction of suicidal thoughts and behavior, and for intervention development for individuals with differing histories of suicidal thoughts and behavior.”

Dr. Susan Keane

Dr. Susan KeaneDr. Susan Keane (Psychology) received a continuation of funding from the US Department of Health and Human Services for the project “Reducing Barriers and Promoting Access to Culturally Competent Care for Underserved Populations: An Integrated, Interdisciplinary Model for Graduate Training.” The project seeks to address several of the unmet needs identified in a recent evaluation regarding the State of Mental Health in Guilford County, NC (Graves et al., 2010). Recommendations from this report are consistent with the goals and objectives at state, regional and national levels [(Healthy People 2020; Healthy North Carolinians 2020; National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health Care (CLAS)] and form the basis for the training objectives she proposes.

Dr. Lew Brown

Photo of Dr. Lew BrownDr. Lew Brown (Bryan School) received The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the state’s highest civilian award. Brown retired at the end of the 2013-14 academic year, following a 28-year teaching career. A North Carolina native and four-time graduate of UNC Chapel Hill, he taught thousands of UNCG students at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels over the course of his career. Brown has received numerous awards for teaching excellence, case research and professional work, including the Bryan School’s Outstanding Family Award and the UNCG Alumni Teaching Excellence Award. Prior to coming to UNCG, Brown served as assistant city manager of Durham, city manager of Southern Pines, and founded a consulting firm to assist governments in productivity improvements that grew into a 200-employee company. Full story at UNCG Now.

Dr. Stephanie Daniel

Dr. Stephanie Daniel (Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships) received new funding from Oklahoma State University for the project “Nonstandard Maternal Work Schedules & Child Health in Impoverished Families.” Nonstandard maternal work schedules or those that exist outside the Monday through Friday, 8-5 norm interfere with optimal child health and development during the first years of life. Parents in impoverished families, particularly mothers, are over-represented in jobs requiring a nonstandard schedule raising concerns that poor children, who are already at risk for poor health outcomes, face additional threats to health and well-being that undermine school readiness. Research to date has not examined the added risk that nonstandard maternal work schedules place on poor children’s health and well-being, the abstract notes. The goal of this project is to understand the threat of nonstandard maternal work schedules to poor children’s physical and emotional well-being as precursors to school readiness.


A profile of Dr. Nicholas A. Vacc, written by Dr. L. DiAnne Borders and Dr. Craig S. Cashwell (Counseling and Educational Development), is published in the July 2014 issue of the Journal of Counseling and Development. Vacc, who served as chair of the Department of Counseling and Educational Development from 1986-1996, died in June 2002. The profile includes interviews with current and previous CED faculty members, alumni, professional colleagues, and members of Dr. Vacc’s family, including Dr. Nancy N. Vacc, retired math education faculty member from the UNCG Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Due to Dr. Nicholas Vacc’s extensive involvement in professional leadership and service, the article not only chronicles his achievements but also many important developments in the profession (such as national certification and state licensure as well as national accreditation standards) in addition to his determined efforts to make the CED Department nationally-ranked and recognized.

Dr. Catherine Matthews

Photo of Dr. Catherine MatthewsDr. Catherine Matthews (Teacher Education and Higher Education) received funding from the National Science Foundation for the project “Full-Scale Development Project: Herpetology Education in Rural Places and Spaces (The HERP Project).” Herpetology Education in Rural Places and Spaces (The HERP Project), a full-scale development project, arose amidst concerns about the public’s diminishing relationship with nature, the STEM achievement gap between North Carolina’s economically wealthy and poor, and inadequate STEM resources for and untapped STEM potential in rural, diverse communities.

Dr. Maha Elobeid

Photo of Dr. Maha ElobeidDr. Maha Elobeid (Center for New North Carolinians) received new funding from the United Way of Greater Greensboro for the project “Thriving at Three.” A direct service intervention strategy will continue to work with 50 at-risk Hispanic children by giving them a chance to develop their full potential at the earliest possible age. This will be done by working with the at-risk children and their parents in their homes, ensuring early detection for mental health risks, assisting families in parenting strategies, and providing appropriate referrals in supporting their children.

Dr. Dianne Welsh

Photo of Dr. Dianne WelshDr. Dianne Welsh has received a Coleman Entrepreneurship Fellows grant for three new Cross-Campus Entrepreneurship Fellows and grants for 11 Veteran Coleman Fellows at UNCG. This is the 5th year Welsh has received the grant. The new Coleman Entrepreneurship Fellows for 2014-15 are: Jerrie Hsieh, Sustainable Hospitality & Tourism; Donna Duffy, Kinesiology; Sharon Morrison, Public Health Education. Veteran Coleman Fellows are: David Holley, Music; Stoel Burrowes, Interior Architecture; Cedric Pearce, Chemistry; Jennifer Yurchisin, Consumer, Apparel & Retail Studies; Bonnie Canziani, Sustainable Hospitality & Tourism; Sheryl Oring, Art; Chris Thomas, Art; Duane Cyrus, Dance; Steve Cramer, Library; Bill Johnson, Health and Human Sciences; Cathy Hamilton, Service Learning and Leadership.

Welsh is the director of the Coleman Entrepreneurship Fellows and Steve Cramer is the assistant director for this year. Esra Memili served as the assistant director in 2013-14.

Dr. Stacy Sechrist

Dr. Stacy Sechrist (Center for Youth, Family & Community Partnerships) received new funding from the City of High Point Police Department for the project “Implementation Guide for Offender Focused Domestic Violence Initiative.” This funding will support the development of an Implementation Guide to be used by law enforcement agencies seeking to replicate HPPD’s Offender Focused Domestic Violence Initiative (OFDVI). The guide will be detailed and explicit in affording law enforcement agencies the proper steps and recommending the necessary partners for which to successfully engage in Offender Focused Domestic Violence Initiative implementation, as well as provide an overview of potential challenges an agency may face based on the HPPD experience in starting and sustaining the Initiative.

Dr. Olav Rueppell

Photo of Dr. Olav RueppellDr. Olav Rueppell (Biology) received a continuation of funding from the NIH National Institute on Aging for the project “Biodemography and Genomics of Aging Trajectories and Plasticity in a Social Model.” His long-term goal is to understand the relation between aging and social evolution at the genomic, organismal and biodemographic level. He uses the comparative honey bee model that offers many experimental opportunities to study epigenetic influences on aging in a highly social context under natural conditions. These studies can yield new insights of general relevance into aging processes and generate novel hypotheses or concepts to stimulate human aging studies.

Dr. Jeremy Bray

Photo of Dr. Jeremy BrayDr. Jeremy Bray (Economics) received additional funding from Research Triangle Institute International for the project “Work, Family & Health Network.” The Work, Family & Health Network is providing scientific evidence about how changes in the work environment can improve the health of workers and their families while benefiting organizations. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched the Network in 2005. RTI International (in collaboration with the University of Southern California and UNCG) has two main roles in the network. One is to coordinate the data collection, including the people who collect the research data and the technical logistics (such as programming and data coordination). Another role is to provide guidance on design and methods.

Dr. Laurie Gold

Photo of Dr. Laurie GoldDr. Laurie Gold (Kinesiology) received new funding from UNC Chapel Hill for the project “Pathways from Childhood Self-Regulation to Cardiovascular Risk.” 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. Research on adults suggests that CVR is concentrated among those who had poor self-regulation in childhood, including difficulties in regulating their behaviors (e.g., impulsivity), emotions (e.g., negative emotion), and/or physiology (e.g., heart rate variability) during situations of challenge. This project will test whether trajectories of self-regulation extending from ages to 2 to 10 predict trajectories of CVR during adolescence (ages 16, 17, 18). It will also test whether childhood self-regulation / adolescent CVR pathways are mediated by health behaviors (e.g., substance use, exercise, nutrition, and sleep).

Dr. Gregory Grieve

Photo of Dr. Gregory GrieveDr. Gregory Grieve (Religious Studies) is co-editor of “Playing with Religion in Digital Games,” published by Indiana University Press. It spotlights the growing influence religion has in digital gaming genres, as well as the increased attention given by religion and gaming scholars from around the world to these trends and their impact on popular conceptions of religion. It illustrates how the employing of religious images, narratives and characters in popular video and digital games can reveal important insight as to how religion is understood in popular culture. “Playing with Religion in Digital Games” offers a fresh look into a range of common manifestations of spiritual and religious themes of different gaming platforms, and maps the ways religion is used in gaming to create myths and meanings, drawing out implications these uses have for gamers and framings of religion. The editors, Grieve and Dr. Heidi A. Campbell (Texas A&M), assembled an international collection of scholars working on the intersection of religion and gaming. More information may be found at: http://www.iupress.indiana.edu/product_info.php?products_id=807175

Dr. Donna Nash

Photo of Dr. Donna NashDr. Donna Nash (Anthropology) received new funding from the National Science Foundation for the project “Colonization or Control: The Wari Settlement of Moquegua, Peru.” The abstract notes, “The proposed project will examine the material markers of imperial control and is the first phase of a larger investigation, which is designed to define the scope of Wari power in the Moquegua drainage, Peru. Working from a known site of Wari control this initial research will serve as a benchmark for subsequent investigations in other parts of the region and will provide the first glimpse of the impact of Wari intrusion on local populations in the region. Through excavation of the site of Las Peñas, which was occupied before and during the period of Wari control investigators, we will chart the important changes that took place in people’s lives as they were incorporated into the empire. The broader goal of the research is to establish a model for identifying political expansion and control. The project will provide training for graduate and undergraduate students (US and Peruvian) and promote international collaborations between US and Peruvian archaeologists. Project participants will also engage in education community outreach at the research site in Peru.”

Dr. Perry Flynn

Photo of Dr. Perry FlynnDr. Perry Flynn (Communication Sciences and Disorders) received funding from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for the project “Exceptional Children State Speech-Language Consultant (2014-15).” UNCG will provide a range of professional services for the North Carolina State Board of Education during July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015. The services provided for the Exceptional Children Division of the State Department of Public Instruction will be carried out by UNCG’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Chancellor Linda P. Brady

Photo of Chancellor Linda P. BradyChancellor Linda P. Brady has been elected chairperson of the Council of Presidents for the Southern Conference (SoCon) for the 2014-15 academic year.

The council comprises university chancellors and presidents for SoCon-member institutions located in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Georgia and Alabama. The council oversees strategic planning, conference membership, governance, and athletic and academic achievement for the conference.

Dr. Chris Payne

Photo of Dr. Chris PayneDr. Chris Payne (Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships) received new funding from the Cemala Foundation for the project “Bringing Out the Best.” It will increase school readiness/success by improving the quality of the early education and care experiences for infants and young children. More specifically, Bringing Out the Best (BOB) builds the capacity of early education and care providers, preschool teachers, directors/administrators and families to reduce behavioral challenges and support social/emotional development through evidence-based prevention and intervention services.

Dr. Laura Gonzalez

Photo of Dr. Laura GonzalezDr. Laura Gonzalez (Counseling and Educational Development) received new funding from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust for the project “Latino Parents Learning About College (LaP-LAC).” The purpose for the funding is to support partnerships with churches and/or social service agencies in Forsyth County to offer a college planning group in Spanish to interested Latino families.

Dr. Justin Lee

Photo of Dr. Justin LeeDr. Justin Lee (Social Work) received new funding from Virginia Commonwealth University for the project “Engaging vulnerable consumers in developing useful public healthcare reports.” Beginning in 1986, the Health Care Financing Administration (currently CMS) developed and disseminated numerous public reports on Medicare hospital mortality and healthcare quality. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) “Health Care Report Card Compendium” contains a listing of over 200 report cards currently produced. The abstract says, “Our study is necessary because, although such reports have been developed and disseminated for at least two decades, studies consistently find that these reports are infrequently used by consumers. Our objective is to build the scientific base for effective public reporting of healthcare quality by examining the nature, type and dissemination of public reports by engaging consumers in focus groups to identify their needs in healthcare decision-making.”

Dr. Catherine Ennis

Photo of Dr. Catherine EnnisDr. Catherine Ennis (Kinesiology) received a continuation of funding from the NIH National Center for Research Resources for the project “Ennis SEPA project.” The long-term objective of this SEPA project is to design and field test a science-enriched middle school healthful living curriculum to increase students’ knowledge and interest in health-related science, enhance their intention to pursue a life science-related career, and improve the communities’ understandings of NIH funded clinical and basic research.

Dr. Bruce Kirchoff

Photo of Dr. Bruce KirchoffDr. Bruce Kirchoff (Biology) will receive the Charles Edwin Bessey Teaching Award from the Botanical Society of America. The award site states in part, “Dr. Kirchoff has been on the faculty at the The University of North Carolina at Greensboro since 1986, where he has distinguished himself as a plant morphologist and botanical educator. He is a former member of the BSA Education Committee and served as chair in 1993-94. His botanical education research on image recognition is a direct outgrowth of his morphological studies.

“Dr. Kirchoff is transforming the way that students learn through the creation of active, visual learning programs and mobile applications. He has created, validated, and is in the process of distributing groundbreaking software that helps students more easily master complex subjects. Furthermore, he has collaborated not only with scientists in the U.S., but also Europe and Australia, to adapt his visual learning software to local problems such as helping Australian veterinary students recognize poisonous plants and providing visual identification keys for tropical African woods.

“In 2007 he was the BSA Education Booth Competition winner for ‘Image Quiz: A new approach to teaching plant identification through visual learning’ and his work was showcased in the Education Booth at the Botany & Plant Biology 2007 Joint Congress in Chicago. In 2013 he was the inaugural recipient of the American Society of Plant Taxonomists (ASPT) Innovations in Plant Systematics Education Prize.”


Dr. Seoha Min and Dr. Byoungho Jin (Consumer Apparel and Retail Studies) received new funding from the Academy of Korean Studies for the project “Promoting Korean National Image through the Analysis of Korean Cultural Objects.”

Dr. John Salmon

Photo of Dr. John SalmonDr. John Salmon (Music), as noted in See/Hear this week, has a new book. The volume, “Add On Bach,” contains his musical additions to selected keyboard works of J.S. Bach. There’s a complementary website with video clips, at addonbach.com. Additionally, he was quoted last week in an article in the Wall Street Journal.

Dr. Kenneth Gruber

Dr. Kenneth Gruber (Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships) receiving continued funding from the NC DHHS Division of Public Health for the project “Healthy Beginnings Evaluation 2014-15.” It will support the evaluation of the Healthy Beginnings program using primary and secondary data. The evaluation includes formal and informal surveys of local stakeholders and consumers to evaluate measures that contribute to both positive and negative minority birth outcomes.

He received new funding from NC A&T State for the project “Adolescents and Barriers to Selecting More Healthy Food Choices.” The project will determine if a focused emphasis on eating specific types of foods can lead to healthier eating patterns among first-year students attending NC A&T State University.

Dr. Heidi Carlone

Photo of Dr. Heidi CarloneDr. Heidi Carlone (Teacher Education and Higher Education) received continued funding from the Museum of Science, Boston, for the project “Engineering is Elementary.” Carlone will recruit and train a seed leadership team to prepare to launch and support future broader scale implementation, research and support of Engineering is Elementary (EiE) in North Carolina Piedmont Triad’s public schools, with emphasis on understanding unique benefits, considerations, and constraints of implementing EiE within high-needs school contexts.