UNCG Campus Weekly

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

Dr. William Mills-Koonce

Photo of Dr. William Mills-KoonceDr. William Mills-Koonce (Human Development and Family Studies) recently received an award from Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for his project “Integrating Demography and Biosocial Stress Models in LGBTI Family Formation. Mills-Koonce’s research explores lesbian and gay (LG) families and/or the transition to LG parenthood. Research hasn’t dabbled as frequently into “… the ecological and cultural influences on family and individual functioning,” the abstract explains. Mills-Koonce plans on using national datasets (e.g, the U.S. Census and American Community Survey) to examine statewide changes in LG family structures while simultaneously observing how LG families correlate with state-level socio-political climates and public policies.

Dr. Dianne H.B. Welsh

Photo of Dr. Dianne H.B. WelshDr. Dianne H.B. Welsh (Bryan School) was on a panel discussion with Alexa L. Wesner, U.S. Ambassador to Austria, and philanthropist Selma Prodanovic. Welsh is currently Fulbright-Hall Distinguished Chair for Entrepreneurship in Central Europe at Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien. The event was hosted June 22 at the AMERIKA HAUS by the U.S. Embassy Vienna, the Austrian Fulbright Commission and Fulbright Women’s Roundtable Women and Entrepreneurship.

Dr. Terrence Nile

Photo of Dr. Terrence NileDr. Terrence Nile (Chemistry and Biochemistry) recently received a research grant from the National Science Foundation for his project “REU Site: A Multi-site, Multi-Institutional International REU.” The REU Site, administered by UNCG, recruits roughly eight students (UNCG and international) to travel abroad at the Universities of Bath and Bristol, UK. Participants work full time in their research lab, which ends with a program research presentation. The REU Site offers up to six UNCG credit hours. After their experience at the REU Site, all students have the opportunity to present at a ACS regional meeting and the possibility of research publication. Niles research emphases include organic and organometallic synthesis and catalysis.

Dr. Jewell Cooper

Photo of Dr. Jewell CooperDr. Jewell Cooper (Teacher Education and Higher Education) recently received an award from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation for her project “Family Real-World Literacy Project.” Cooper’s project focuses on enhancing family literacy through university, school, and community collaboration. Her project focuses on adults’ English language and literacy, children’s bilingual literacy, and family literacy activities. Cooper has created a project where university faculty, school teachers, and community partners host 12-week Saturday classes starting in the fall. The goals of these classes are to increase familial English language proficiency, which will enhance employability, and develop stronger self-efficacy for children.

Travis Hicks

Photo of Travis HicksTravis Hicks (Interior Architecture) received a grant from The Servant Center for the project “The Servant Center: Building Program Research.” A research team from the Department of Interior Architecture and the Center for Community-Engaged Design will collaborate with The Servant Center in the Glenwood neighborhood of Greensboro to arrive at a building program document for a new administrative building.

Dr. Amanda Tanner

Photo of Dr. Amanda TannerDr. Amanda Tanner (Public Health Education) received additional funding from the University of Alabama at Birmingham for the project “CATCH: Comprehensive Assessment of Transition and Coordination for HIV+ Youth as They Move from Adolescent to Adult Care.” The proposed multi-method, longitudinal study will describe and characterize the transition process for HIV+ youth as they move from pediatric and adolescent-specific to adult care.

Tanner explains that her research “…will contribute to existing  research in two important ways. First, the majority of transition  research has focused on diseases (e.g., cancer) other than HIV.” Tanner’s research also examines how “…most work on HIV care transition has focused on the adolescent clinics, not adult clinics.”  Tanner plans to “…take a comprehensive approach that includes information from adolescent and adult clinics and HIV+ youth.”

Tanner’s research interests include health disparities related to sexual and reproductive outcomes. Community engagement, infectious disease behavioral science and the promotion of sexual and reproductive health are also strong components of Tanner’s research.

Mike Gaski

Photo of Mike GaskiFormer UNCG baseball head coach Mike Gaski has earned induction into the Guilford County Athletics Hall of Fame as part of its class of 2015. The induction reception and banquet will take place Sept. 21 at the Greensboro Coliseum. Gaski began the UNCG baseball program in 1991 and led the team to a 657-540-1 record, three conference titles and two NCAA regional appearances over 22 seasons. He also earned Big South and Southern Conference Coach of the Year accolades four times.

Currently serving his fourth term as the president of USA Baseball, Gaski has worked on the International Baseball Federation’s technical committee overseeing all international competition and was involved in the preparation for the 1992 Barcelona and 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. During his tenure in Greensboro, he coached four All-Americans, five Freshman All-Americans, three Freshman All-America honorable mention honorees and two Academic All-America selections.

Though Gaski’s administrative skills place him in high demand throughout the United States and abroad, he still continues to serve on numerous board of directors and advisory boards for local and statewide organizations – including the North Carolina Amateur Sports Association. He was asked to join the NCAA Baseball Academic Enhancement Working Group, and he also put in time as the amateur baseball advisor to the Major League Baseball Rules Committee.

Gaski originally came to UNCG due to the strength of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program. He graduated with his MFA from UNCG in 1977.

Dr. Martyn Van Hasselt

Photo of Dr. Martyn Van HasseltDr. Martyn Van Hasselt (Economics) received new funding from Research Triangle Institute (RTI International) for the project “Evaluation of the Multi-Payer Advanced Primary Care Practice Demonstration.” Van Hasselt teaches various classes in the graduate in the Economics curriculum, including Advanced Econometric Theory and Econometric Theory.

Dr. Karen Wixson

Photo of Dr. Karen WixsonDr. Karen Wixson (School of Education) received new funding from Educational Testing Services (ETS) for the project “NAEP Program Assessment and Transition.” Wixson is dean of the School of Education.

Dr. Dianne Welsh

Photo of Dr. Dianne WelshDr. Dianne Welsh (Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality and Tourism) received a competitive renewal from The Coleman Foundation for “Coleman Entrepreneurship Fellows.”  This fellowship program expands cross-disciplinary entrepreneurship education across campus by adding or revising classes and doing projects with classes that already have been established.

Dr. Arthur Anastopoulos

Photo of Dr. Arthur AnastopoulosDr. Arthur Anastopoulos (Human Development and Family Studies) received a large, new grant from the DOED Institute of Education Sciences (IES) for the project “Improving the Educational and Social Emotional Functioning of College Students with ADHD.” The number of young adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) pursuing college degrees has risen dramatically in the past 30 years, with current prevalence rates ranging between 5 and 8 percent, the abstract notes. Students with ADHD currently represent one of the largest disability groups on college campuses, with at least 25 percent of all college students who receive disability services identified with ADHD. 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.

“While much research attention has been paid to interventions for ADHD across the lifespan, the high-risk college years have received practically no attention,” the abstract continues.

“Our 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 upcoming 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 is director of the AD/HD Clinic at UNCG, based at 1100 West Market St.

John Salmon

Photo of John SalmonJohn Salmon (Music) will have a concert with Chris Brubeck and several of Brubeck’s friends on May 26, 7:30 p.m., in the Music Building recital hall. The concert is co-sponsored by the Eastern Music Festival, Music for a Great Space and UNCG. Additionally, on May 21-23 Salmon will participate in the Festival for Creative Pianists in Denver, CO. Salmon is professor of music and coordinator of the keyboard area in the UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance.

Dr. Dan Yasaki

Photo of Dr. Dan YasakiDr. Dan Yasaki (Mathematics and Statistics) received new funding from the National Security Agency for the project “Voronoi Reduction Theory and Applications to Arithmetic Groups.” The PI will develop techniques for explicitly computing spaces of modular forms over CM-quartic fields, complex quadratic extensions of real quadratic fields. The proposed work will produce an efficient method for computing the Voronoi-Koecher polyhedron for a range of fields.

Dr. Julie Edmunds

Photo of Dr. Julie EdmundsDr. Julie Edmunds (SERVE) received a continuation of funding from the Columbia University Teachers College for the project “Third Party Evaluation of the i3 STEM Early College Expansion Partnership.”

Tim Slone

Photo of Tim SloneTim Slone (Environmental Health and Safety) has been invited to be a part of a national task force on laboratory safety. The task force was created by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. The task force is meeting this week in Washington, DC, and will provide research universities with recommendations and guidance on the most appropriate strategies to enhance a culture of laboratory safety. The task force, which APLU created in coordination with the Association of American Universities (AAU), American Chemical Society (ACS), and Council on Government Relations (COGR), is comprised of senior research officers and environmental and health safety experts.

Dr. Nancy Doll

Photo of Dr. Nancy DollDr. Nancy Doll (Weatherspoon) was a panelist at the Museum Trustee Association annual meeting in Raleigh on May 1. The panel included four university museum directors from the area who addressed the topic “Building an Effective University Museum Advisory Board.” Doll is director of UNCG’s Weatherspoon Art Museum.

Dr. Celia Hooper

Photo of Dr. Celia HooperDr. Celia Hooper was part of a gathering last month at Winston-Salem State University of senior officials from 20 North Carolina colleges, universities, statewide organizations, as well as state and local health agencies, to discuss creating an alliance to increase minority representation in the health professions. Hooper notes that the School of Nursing and HHS continue to work on enrollment of underrepresented minorities in the health professions.

Hooper is dean of the UNCG School of Health and Human Sciences.

Dr. Deb Cassidy

Photo of Dr. Deb CassidyDr. Deb Cassidy (HDFS) has been elected president of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the premier organization in the world devoted to research and practice related to early childhood. A President serves a four-year term. Her candidacy video is available on Youtube.

Dr. Heidi Carlone

Photo of Dr. Heidi CarloneDr. Heidi Carlone (Teacher Education and Higher Education) received a continuation of funding from the Museum of Science, Boston, for the project “Engineering is Elementary.”

Dr. Patricia Reggio

Photo of Dr. Patricia ReggioDr. Patricia Reggio (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received a continuation of funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse for “Senior Scientist Award: Molecular Determinants of Cannabinoid Activity.”

David Roderick

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

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

Dr. Francine Blanchet-Sadri

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

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

Dr. Dianne Welsh

Photo of Dr. Dianne Welsh

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

Dr. Omar Ali

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

Dr. Susanne Gomoluch

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

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

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

She is Visiting Assistant Professor in German at UNCG.

Dr. Debra Wallace

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


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

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


Dr. Karen Laparo

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

Dr. Marianne LeGreco

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

Dr. Dan Yasaki

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

Dr. Xia Zhao

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

Dr. Karla Lewis

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

Michael Frierson

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

Dr. Jeanne Irwin-Olson

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

Evelyn Miller

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

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