UNCG Campus Weekly

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

Kim M. Cuny

Photo of Kim M. Cuny Kim M. Cuny (Communication Studies, Multiliteracy Centers, Theatre) has co-authored an article with one of her former UNCG Speaking Center graduate assistants, Evan Zakia-O’Donnel. The article, “Music as an Effective Anxiolytic Intervention in Communication Centers,” appears in the current edition of the peer reviewed scholarly publication, Communication Centers Journal.

Dr. Kenneth Gruber

Dr. Kenneth Gruber (Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships) received new funding from The Foundation for a Healthy High Point for the project “Determination of the Prevalence, Incidence and Impact of Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse Issues in Greater High Point.” The research team consists of Dr. Kenneth Gruber, Dr. Stephen Sills, and Dr. Erika Payton. They will help the Foundation for Healthy High Point identify the most impactful behavioral health issues affecting Greater High Point. Individuals suffering from behavioral issues such as depression, anxiety, and drug and alcohol abuse, are often overwhelmed by the stresses and strains of daily life, the abstract states. “As part of the identification process we will seek from local and county sources patient count data and other information to develop a current count report of the prevalence (the proportion of cases in the population that have the condition) and the incidence (the number of new cases with the condition) that can be used as a baseline for directing interventions to reduce the prevalence, incidence, and impact of these issues. The final step of the project will be presentation of a findings report and recommendations to the Foundation for its review.”

Dr. Ramiro Lagos

Photo of Dr. Ramiro Lagos.UNCG emeritus professor and renowned poet Dr. Ramiro Lagos has been honored with the Ramiro Lagos Poetry Prize, a new poetry award for Spanish students that has been established to recognize his longstanding work in the field. The award is sponsored by the Department of World Languages at Worcester State University, along with the College of the Holy Cross, Trinity College, Clark University, Quinsigamond Community College and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. It aims to encourage, support, promote and publicize the creation of high-quality poetic works by Spanish students of these six institutions.

Lagos joined the faculty of the former Department of Romance Languages in 1966. He retired after 28 years of service as a faculty member and 13 additional years directing or teaching in the UNCG Summer Program in Spain. A scholar and a poet, he has published 27 books of his poetry and essays and four anthologies of poetry from Latin America and Spain.

Matt Barr

Photo of Matt Barr.Matt Barr (Media Studies) presented his feature-length documentary  “Union Time: Fighting for Workers’ Rights” at the national headquarters of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in Washington, D.C. “Union Time” tells the story of the 16-year struggle to organize the pork slaughterhouse in Tar Heel, N.C., which resulted in a successful vote to unionize in 2008. The screening was followed by an in-depth Q & A session between NLRB staff attorneys and Barr and Jasper Brown, an NLRB attorney who prosecuted Smithfield Foods for labor abuses, which resulted in a $1.1m fine for the company.

Barr commented during the Q & A that a key component of the distribution of the film (in tandem with film festivals and broadcast venues) lies in grassroots dissemination to nonprofits, churches and academic venues.

In addition to the D.C. screening, the NLRB has acquired 30 DVDs of the film, Barr notes, which will be distributed to all 30 field offices of the NLRB across the country, utilized by the training divisions at each office.

Dr. Olav Rueppell

Photo of Dr. Olav Rueppell. Dr. Olav Rueppell (Biology) received funding from Project Apis m. for the project “Understanding Semiochemicals as Tools for Natural Varroa Control.” The continuing honey bee health crisis demands research that facilitates sustainable beekeeping solutions. In a two-pronged approach, he and his team propose to study semiochemical signals that may be used in biocontrol of the Varroa mite, an ectoparasitic mite that is considered the most severe threat to honey bee health. They will study stimuli that attract mites and could thus be developed into an active trap for mites. And they will continue their studies of cuticular hydrocarbons that elicit hygienic removal of Varroa-infected brood, a key natural defense of honey bees that interrupts the Varroa reproductive cycle.

Additionally, Rueppell received funding from Project Apis m. for the project “Comparative Characterization of Virus Content and Resistance in Genetic Lines of US Honey Bees.” Honey bees are threatened, primarily by the Varroa mite and associated viruses, the abstract notes. However, little is known about honey bee virus interactions and current breeding efforts to improve honey bee health neglect virus resistance. His team will test the viral content and virus resistance of different US honey bee genetic lines to inform the apicultural practices of queen breeding and requeening colonies from different stocks.

Dr. Laurie Gold

Photo of Dr. Laurie Gold.Dr. Laurie Gold (Kinesiology) received additional funding from the National Institutes of Health 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, common, and increasing during adolescence. However, the developmental origins of adolescent CVR and its increases are poorly understood. The project will test whether childhood self-regulation and adolescent cardiovascular risk factor pathways are mediated by health behaviors (e.g., substance use, exercise, nutrition, and sleep). By testing these linkages, the proposed research will be the first to conduct a fine-grained developmental analysis of childhood self-regulation health behaviors and CVR pathways spanning 16 years.

Dr. Zhenquan Jia

Photo of Dr. Zhenquan JiaDr. Zhenquan Jia (Biology) received new funding from the United Soybean Board for the
“United Soybean Board Soy Health Research Program incentive award.”

Vascular inflammation and its subsequent endothelial dysfunction play a fundamental role in the initiation and progression of atherosclerosis. Accumulating evidence shows that various pro-inflammatory cytokines including tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-a, interleukin 1 beta (IL-1ß) and interferon (INF)-? are critically involved in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis. An elevated blood level of these pro-inflammatory mediators is validated markers of vascular inflammation, which can subsequently lead to the development of atherosclerosis. The overall objective of this project is to evaluate the cellular mechanism(s) of action of genistein in its protective effect against cytokine-induced vascular dysfunction.

Dr. Erick Byrd

Photo of Dr. Erick ByrdDr. Erick Byrd  (Marketing) received continued funding from  the City of Greensboro Area Convention and for the project “Greensboro Tourism Leisure and Conversion Market Segment Study.”

Tourism is a major contributor to the overall economy in Greensboro with an estimated economic impact of $1.2 billion in 2013. The tourism industry is directly accountable for 12,450 jobs in Guilford County.

The purpose of the project is to gain a better understanding of two vital markets to the Greensboro tourism industry: the Leisure market and the Conference market, with the Conference market being made up of two groups – conference planners and conference delegates (attendees).

Dr. Laurie Gold

Dr. Laurie Gold (Kinesiology) received additional funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) 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, common, and increasing during adolescence. However, the developmental origins of adolescent CVR and its increases are poorly understood. This funding will expand and enhance the ongoing longitudinal study through the examination of past and current measures plus additional metabolic (e.g., blood lipids, fasting glucose, insulin) and for building a larger program of research on early self-regulation and its implications for disease risk during the early life course.


Dr. Gideon Wasserberg

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

Dr. Maryanne Perrin

Dr. Maryanne Perrin (Nutrition) received new funding from East Carolina University (ECU) for the project “Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group Research Grant Award.” Individuals consuming a vegetarian or vegan diet are at risk of having inadequate intake of B-12, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) due to dietary restriction. These in turn may lead to low levels of Brain Derived Neutotrophic Factor (BDNF), a protein that promotes the growth and development of nerve cells. Evidence suggests that the breast milk from women consuming a vegetarian diet is lower in the essential vitamin, B-12, than the breast milk of women consuming an omnivorous diet. This project will assess B-12, EPA, DHA, and BDNF in the breast milk of women consuming a vegan (n=25), vegetarians (n=25), and unrestricted diet (n=25) to help inform dietary advice given to lactating women.

Dr. Dianne Welsh

Dr. Dianne Welsh, Hayes Distinguished Professor in Entrepreneurship, was inducted as a Fellow in the Small Business Institute (SBI) at the annual meeting February 16.

In an additional piece of news from the meeting, Randy Roof, Kristoffer Holm, Guadalupe Rodriguez, Joe Rotondi and Amani Duke, students in the ENT/BUS 300 Feasibility Analysis class at UNCG, won First place nationally for their feasibility analysis plan of Oden Brothers Brewery. Dianne Welsh is the Project Director and SBI Director for the project.

Dr. Harriette Bailey

Dr. Harriette Bailey (Human Development & Family Studies) received continued funding from Guilford County Partnership for Children for the project “UNCG Partnership.” The Education, Quality Improvement, and Professional Development (EQuIPD) The Project addresses a critical need in Guilford County – the improvement of quality in community child care settings. EQuIPD includes five interconnected activities. The proposal addresses activities for family child care homes and centers including professional development, program enhancement through individual consultation, community learning sessions, workforce retention strategies including compensation. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro through the Department of Human Development and Family Studies (where the Birth through Kindergarten Teaching Licensure program is housed) will provide project leadership through advising and consultation. The project will be conducted in Guilford County early care and education programs.

Dr. Marianne LeGreco

Photo of Dr. Marianne LeGreco.Dr. Marianne LeGreco (Communication Studies) has co-authored an article with community partner Dr. Niesha Douglas: “Everybody Eats: Carrying and Disrupting Narratives of Food (In) Security,” in the peer-reviewed scholarly journal Management Communication Quarterly.

Dr. Rosemery Gray

Photo of Dr. Rosemery Gray. Dr. Rosemery Gray (Psychology) has received new funding from Guilford County Schools for the project “Psychological Services at Newcomers School.”

Dr. Karen Laparo

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

The Measurement Development Project aims to develop a family of measures to evaluate early childhood program quality within a Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System (TQRIS).  Following a preliminary pilot of the entire measure in a small number of centers, the large-scale pilot will test the whole measure and process of evaluation in 300 classrooms, including 75 family child care homes.  The plans include developing a measure reflecting program and classroom quality intended to promote positive learning and developmental outcomes for children ages 0-5.

Dr. Peter Villella

Photo of Dr. Peter Villella. Dr. Peter Villella (History) received additional 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.”

Dr. Nancy Green

Photo of Dr. Nancy Green. Dr. Nancy Green (Computer Science) received new funding from North Carolina State University for the project “Using Argument Schemes in Anticipatory Thinking.”

Dr. Kenneth Gruber

Dr. Kenneth Gruber (Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships) received new funding from the Cone Health Foundation for the project “Access to Integrated Care by the Uninsured in Greater Greensboro,” and new funding for the project “Addressing Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorders.”

Dr. Joseph Green

Photo of Dr. Joseph Green. Dr. Joseph Green (Special Support Services) received new funding from the University of North Carolina General Administration for the project “Concept Area: Deploying Academic Innovations for Affordability.”

Stacey Krim and Mac Nelson

Stacey Krim and Mac Nelson (University Libraries) have won the Music Library Association’s 2016 Best of Chapters Award for their paper “Hyperconnected Access to Archival Music Collections: Cataloging, Finding Aids, and Social Media.” The award has earned Krim and Nelson a place as featured speakers at the 2017 annual meeting of the MLA in Orlando, FL (February 22-26, 2017). Their presentation will be streamed in Spanish and Portuguese as part of the first Pan-American Regional meeting of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives, and Documentation Centres.

Dr. Holly Sienkiewicz

Photo of Dr. Holly SienkiewiczDr. Holly Sienkiewicz (Center for New North Carolinians) received new funding from Hispanics in Philanthropy for the project ” Latino Community Coalition of Guilford County (LCCG).” The project will address the scarcity of resources that serve the Guilford County Latino community in culturally competent ways. The LCCG seeks to establish itself as a forum of discussion and an empowerment coalition, and to improve Latino access to local leadership training or positions to influence community change. Specific goals include strengthening the leadership skills of the existing Latino leaders, encouraging emerging leaders in the development of new skills, informing the larger community about the issues facing Latinos in Guilford County and surrounding areas and promoting local Latinos’ talents and contributions. The Latino Community Coalition is currently comprised of over 130 professionals who represent and serve the local Latino community in various agencies across Guilford County. The main focus revolves around Advocacy, Education and Networking to strengthen and support the Latino Community in Guilford County.

Dr. Blair Wisco

Photo of Dr. Blair Wisco.

Dr. Blair Wisco (Psychology) was recognized as a “Rising Star” by the Association for Psychological Science. This honor is for outstanding psychological scientists in the earliest stages of their research career post-Ph.D, for innovative work that has advanced the field and signals great potential for their continued contributions.

Wisco is the director of the Cognitive, Psychopathology, and Emotion (CoPE) lab at UNCG and her research examines the role of cognition and emotion regulation in the development of depression and trauma-related disorders.

Dr. Prashant Palvia

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Dr. Prashant Palvia (Bryan School) has a new book titled “Global Sourcing of Services: Strategies, Issues & Challenges,” published by World Scientific Publishing. This book was released in Nov 2016. More information of this book can be found at http://www.worldscientific.com/worldscibooks/10.1142/10025.

Dr. Julia Smith

Photo of Dr. Julia SmithDr. Julia Smith (Psychology) received continued funding from Child Trends for the project “Center for Research on Hispanic Children and Families,” which is a subcontract to the Hispanic Families Research Center, managed by Child Trends, Inc. The primary goal of this research is to advance understanding of child care issues for low-income Hispanic families, including related issues such as a) improving the quality of care and the coordination across early care and education systems to support early learning for Hispanic children and b) increasing access and promote informed child care choices among Hispanic parents. The activities of the center within this focus area will constitute a menu of secondary data analysis, qualitative and quantitative studies, policy analyses, and a measurement study each with the intention of creating new knowledge to inform service delivery and positive development for young Hispanic children and their families.

Dr. David Wyrick

Photo of Dr. David Wyrick. Dr. David Wyrick (Public Health Education) received new funding from the National Collegiate Athletic Association for the projects “NCAA Introductory Module/NCAA Coaching Module/NCAA – Student Module/NCAA – Faculty Athletics Representative Module” and new funding from the National Football League (NFL) Foundation for the project “Evaluation contract for InSideOut Coaching Character.”

Dr. Rachel Briley

Photo of Dr. Rachel Briley. Dr. Rachel Briley (Theatre, North Carolina Theatre for Youth) has been invited by the Theatre Communications Group (TCG) to be a Latin American Delegate at the The Santiago a Mil Festival in Santiago, Chile in mid-January 2017. This is one of the largest international theater festivals in the world—with focus on the presentation of Latin American work (specifically the Southern Cone countries). She is one of only 20 individuals chosen nation-wide to join the delegation. TCG is a founding member of the Global Theater Initiative which sponsors this festival with the intention of creating cross-cultural partnerships.

Dr. John Willse

Photo of Dr. John Willse. Dr. John Willse (Educational Research Methodology) received new funding from the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) for the project “OAERS contract with American Board of Pediatrics (GRA support for 2016-2017).”

Dr. Elaine Gustafson

Photo of Dr. Elaine Gustafson. Dr. Elaine Gustafson (Weatherspoon Art Museum) received new funding from the North Carolina Arts Council for the presentation “Lucinda Devlin: Sightlines,” which will be in the main exhibition gallery of the Weatherspoon Art Museum (WAM) through April 23, 2017. This survey of more than 85 color photographs will be the first museum retrospective of this under-acknowledged American photographer and will include examples from all eight of her major series of works. WAM also received new funding from the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation toward toward the publication of a catalogue that will accompany the exhibition. It will be the first major publication of Devlin’s complete work in this country.

Dr. Nadja Cech

Photo of Dr. Nadja Cech. Dr. Nadja Cech (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received continued funding from the National Institutes of Health  (NIH) for the project “Strategies to Investigate Synergy in Botanical Medicines.” The project will apply an innovative two-pronged approach to the study of  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 (MRSA), which now kills more U.S. citizens each year than does AIDS.

The project aims 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.  The study will also 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.

Kim Cuny

Photo of Kim Cuny. Kim Cuny (Communication Studies, Multiliteracy Centers, Theatre) has been named Managing Editor of Communication Center Journal, a national, peer-reviewed journal that features research and perspectives relevant to communication centers in higher education.

Dr. Amanda Tanner

Photo of Dr. Amanda Tanner. Dr. Amanda Tanner (Public Health Education) received new funding from Wake Forest University Health Sciences for the project “HIV Prevention among Latina transgender women who have sex with men: Evaluation of a locally developed intervention.”

Dr. Jerry Walsh

Photo of Dr. Jerry Walsh. Dr. Jerry Walsh (Chemistry and Biochemistry) was named among the Southern Conference All-Southern Conference Faculty and Staff team. Faculty members who receive this designation are recognized for their service to the institution, contributions to campus life and the local community, and for demonstrating high achievement in research projects. Walsh, who is a professor and associate head, has been at UNCG for more than 30 years. His career has spanned the areas of inorganic chemistry and science education. Projects funded by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Education have allowed him to contribute to recruitment and professional development of teachers and to inspire students to pursue careers in science. He is regularly involved in outreach activities like Science Olympiad and STEMX summer camps.


Dr. Pete Kellett (Communication Studies) and Dr. Tom Matyok (Peace and Conflict Studies) have collaborated to co-edit two books grounded in a transformational approach to communication and conflict. A transformational approach is based on the idea that conflicts must be viewed as embedded within broader relational patterns, and social and discursive structures—and must be addressed as such. Together, the books represent current leading edge communication scholarship across a broad range of contexts, from close personal, family, and working relationships, to engaged community, regional, and global scholarship and praxis from a variety of places in the world.

The first book, “Transforming Conflict Through Communication in Personal, Family, and Working Relationships” was published by Lexington Books in November. The second book, “Communication and Conflict Transformation Through Local, Regional, and Global Engagement,” was published by Lexington Books last month.

Dr. Julie Edmunds

Dr. Julie Edmunds (SERVE) received an additional year of funding from Columbia University Teachers College to continue the project “Third Party Evaluation of the i3 STEM Early College Expansion Partnership.” This project is supported by funds from the U.S. Department of Education.