UNCG Campus Weekly

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Dr. Ethan Zell

Photo of Dr. Ethan ZellDr. Ethan Zell (Psychology) was recently named a Fellow of The Society of Experimental Social Psychology (SESP). The SESP is a scientific organization dedicated to the advancement of the discipline of social psychology. Zell was chosen in recognition of his substantial contributions to social psychology as an empirical science; he joins a select group of researchers that grows by less than 5 percent each year.

Lynda Kellam

Photo of Lynda KellamUNCG Data Services and Government Information Librarian Lynda Kellam has received the NewsBank/Readex/GODORT/ALA Catharine J. Reynolds Research Award for 2015. This award provides funding for research in the field of documents librarianship, or in a related area that would benefit the individual’s performance as a documents librarian or make a contribution to the field.

Dr. Ratnasingham Shivaji

Photo of Dr. Ratnasingham ShivajiDr. Ratnasingham Shivaji (Mathematics and Statistics) received new funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the project “Collaborative Research: Mathematical and Experimental Analysis of Ecological Models: Patches, Landscapes and Conditional Dispersal on the Boundary.”

Dr. Margaret Gillis

Photo of Dr. Margaret GillisDr. Margaret Gillis  (Specialized Education Services) received a continuation of funding from the DOED OSERS Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) for the project “Preparing Post-Baccalaureate Early Interventionists/Early Childhood Educators for Working with ALL Children.”  A critical concern in early childhood special education (ECSE) is the shortage of highly qualified professionals with the knowledge and skills to deliver services to high-need children aged birth to five with disabilities. Specifically, there is a need for professionals who can collaborate with others to meet the needs of all young children, including those with disabilities, who experience poverty, who are from minority racial or ethnic groups, who are English learners, or who may be immigrants. UNCG offers a synchronous online post-baccalaureate (post-bac) certificate program specializing in ECSE through an interdisciplinary approach.  Building on prior success, this project will focus on preparing future early interventionists and early childhood educators to implement high quality programming for young children with disabilities, the abstract states. The primary goal of the project is to increase the number of highly-qualified personnel to work with other professionals and families to implement responsive, evidence-based practices in their work with young children in high need community-based programs and schools, including children from traditionally underrepresented groups. The proposed project has the potential to impact at least 2,000 children and their families.

Jeff Aguiar

Photo of Jeff AguiarJeff Aguiar (SMTD) will be in the cast of “Into the Woods.” The North Carolina Theatre will present the production Oct. 20-25 at the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium. Aguiar, who received his BFA in theatre education at UNCG, is Strategic Communications Director for the UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance. More information is here.

Dr. Stephen Sills

Photo of Dr. Stephen SillsDr. Stephen Sills (UNCG Center for Housing and Community Studies) received new funding from the City of High Point for a “Housing Market Segmentation Study for the City of High Point.” Market segmentation is a process of analysis that divides an area by natural geographic bounds as well as by demographic, social, economic, political, and cultural divisions. The analysis will rely on data at the individual, neighborhood, and community levels. The goal of this pilot project is to create a neighborhood condition index for High Point of the based on a variety of factors that influence the stability of a neighborhood.

Dr. Chris Payne

Photo of Dr. Chris PayneDr. Chris Payne (Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnerships) received a continuation of funding from the Guilford County Area Authority for the project “Specialty Courts Staff Support.”

Gerald Holmes

Photo of Gerald HolmesReference Librarian and Diversity Coordinator Gerald Holmes (University Libraries) has been honored with two awards. The General Alumni Association of UNC Chapel Hill has honored him with the Harvey E. Beech Outstanding Alumni Award, which recognizes outstanding black alumni who have been stellar leaders within the University community and/or within their local community. He will formally receive the award on November 6. Also, the Black Caucus of the American Library Association has recognized him with the Distinguished Service to the Library Profession Award, for his significant and extraordinary contributions in service to the library profession.

Dr. Robert Strack

Photo of Dr. Robert StrackDr. Robert Strack (Public Health Education) received funding from Prevention Strategies for the project “Picture Me Fit.” Once fully developed, Picture Me Fit will provide a complete web-based toolkit designed to train community members, including youth to a) represent environmental factors contributing to obesity in their communities by using a process known as photovoice and b) use photo projects to assess the physical environment of a community, raise community awareness, and inform environmental strategies and policy changes.

Dr. Karen Wixson

Photo of Dr. Karen WixsonDr. Karen Wixson (School of Education) received a continuation of funding for more than $1 million from the U.S. Department of Education for the project “Transforming Teaching through Technology (TTtT).” Transforming Teaching through Technology, a Teacher Quality Partnership project of UNCG in partnership with Guilford County Schools and Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, will address Absolute Priority 1 and Competitive Preference Priority 1 by developing an innovative and replicable model for the integration of technology in the teacher education curriculum. Through reforming the teacher education curriculum by embedding the Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) framework and proper modeling and scaffolding in the teacher development process (from pre-service to induction), Transforming Teaching through Technology will equip 300 teacher candidates per year with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to intentionally integrate technology in a thoughtful and adaptive manner to promote academic learning for all students.

Dr. Lee Shiflett

Photo of Dr. Lee ShiflettDr. Lee Shiflett (LIS) has published “William Terry Couch and the Politics of Academic Publishing (McFarland). Shiflett is professor and Interim Chair, Department of Library and Information Studies.

Kaira Wagoner

Photo of Kaira WagonerKaira Wagoner (Biology) received new funding from Project Apis m. for an “Investigation of the unsaturated hydrocarbon linked to Varroa, DWV, and hygienic behavior in the honey bee (Apis mellifera).”

Dr. Richard Fabiano

Photo of Dr. Richard FabianoDr. Richard Fabiano (Mathematics and Statistics), along with co-PI’s Dr. Maya Chhetri and Dr. Thomas Lewis, received new funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for “Southeastern Atlantic Regional Conference on Differential Equations 2015.” It will be held at the UNCG Oct. 10-11, 2015. The primary objective of the conference is to promote research and education in the field of differential equations by bringing together established and beginning researchers, the abstract states.

Dr. Martyn Van Hasselt

Photo of Dr. Martyn Van HasseltDr. Martyn Van Hasselt (Economics) received a continuation of funding from the NIH National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) for “An Innovative Method to Account for Adherence in Treatment Evaluation.” Experimental study designs in which individuals are randomly assigned to multiple treatment arms are common in clinical research and considered the gold standard. A serious problem arises if study participants don’t fully adhere to their assigned treatment regimen, because this undermines the accurate evaluation of the risks and benefits of treatment, the abstract says. This study will develop an alternative and innovative Bayesian method for estimating treatment efficacy in the presence of imperfect treatment adherence and will evaluate it relative to competing approaches. The abstract adds that results from this work will provide a valuable and practical new tool for evaluating treatment efficacy in presence of imperfect treatment adherence.

Dr. Chris Payne

Photo of Dr. Chris PayneDr. Chris Payne (Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnership) received new funding from Youth Focus for “My Sister Susan’s House parenting workshops.” My Sister Susan’s House is a transitional living program that supports young pregnant or parenting young women who have been the victim of domestic violence. This contract will provide a Center staff person who will give parenting workshops for the residents of the program; work with the Youth Focus staff for the purpose of identifying additional programmatic needs and resources to meet those needs; ensure the confidentiality of all persons at MSSH; and collaborate on other related activities as requested by Youth Focus and the Center.

Dr. Michael Kane

Photo of Dr. Michael KaneDr. Michael Kane (Psychology) delivered the G. Stanley Hall Lecture, “Where’s the ‘work’ in working memory?” at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association (APA) in Toronto, Canada, held August 6-9, 2015. The G. Stanley Hall Lecture Series began in 1980 to advance the teaching of introductory psychology. The lecture series was originally conceived by APA’s Committee on Undergraduate Education as a way to help introductory level teachers develop a coherent picture of recent developments in the wide range of different psychological subdisciplines they may cover; invited speakers are renowned experts who convey to interested teachers the latest information in their fields.

Dr. Claudia Pagliaro

Photo of Dr. Claudia PagliaroDr. Claudia Pagliaro (Specialized Education Services) received new funding from Salus University for a “Salus University subaward for student doctoral fellowship.” The National Leadership Consortium in Sensory Disabilities (NLCSD) is a doctoral level professional preparation Cooperative Agreement funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs and is administered by Salus University. The consortium consists of 25 universities with doctoral programs that have an emphasis in one or more of the three sensory impairment areas: blind/visually impaired, deaf/hard of hearing, and deafblindness. Fellowships provide funding for tuition and a stipend for four years of doctoral stud. NLCSD Fellows participate together in a structured added-value enrichment program in addition to their individual Universities’ Doctoral Programs of study in Special Education. Doctoral students in UNCG Specialized Education Services with a specialization in deafness have been selected  by NLCSD.

Dr. Edna Tan

Photo of Dr. Edna TanDr. Edna Tan (Teacher Education and Higher Education) received new funding from Michigan State University for the project “Tools for Teaching and Learning Engineering Practices: Pathways Towards Productive Identity Development in Engineering [I-Engineering].” Achievement and interest gaps remain in engineering for students from underrepresented backgrounds. For example, African Americans make up only 5 percent of the engineering workforce in the US, with most holding technician rather than leadership positions. Middle school is the first major “critical point” where student interest in engineering wanes, the abstract notes, even when grades may remain high. This trend continues through high school, college and into the professions, where women and minorities remain underrepresented in engineering. This DRK12 project, I-Engineering, responds to this persistent large-scale problem faced in engineering education. The I-Engineering framework and tools address both the learning problem—supporting students in developing robust understanding and practices of the engineering design process—and the identity problem—supporting students in recognizing that they belong in engineering.

Orlando Duffus

Photo of Orlando DuffusUniversity Libraries Diversity Resident Orlando Duffus won first place for his poster titled “The Library as an Incubator of Anti-discrimination and Multicultural Engagement” at the recent American Library Association meeting. The poster was presented during the ALA Diversity and Outreach Fair on June 27.

Dr. John Willse

Photo of Dr. John WillseDr. John Willse (Educational Research Methodology) received new funding from Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools for an OAERS contract with Winston Salem/Forsyth County Schools 2015-2016. An assigned UNCG graduate assistant will provide data management and statistical analysis support, working closely on site with Research and Evaluation staff.

Dr. Bruce Kirchoff

Photo of Dr. Bruce KirchoffDr. Bruce Kirchoff (Biology) was invited to serve on the UNC General Administration Review Panel: Student Competencies in Online Learning. The Panel reviewed grant applications from across the state and made recommendations for funding to the leadership team at General Administration.

Dr. Maha Elobeid

Photo of Dr. Maha ElobeidDr. Maha Elobeid (Center of New North Carolinians) received new funding from 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 abstract says. This funding will 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. Lisa Phillips

Dr. Lisa Phillips (SERVE) received a continuation of funding from the NC Department of Public Instruction (DPI) for the “North Carolina Homeless Education Program.”

Dr. Nicholas Oberlies

Photo of Dr. Nicholas OberliesDr. Nicholas Oberlies (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received new funding from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center (NCBC) for the project “New Strategies to Combat Drug Resistant Bacterial Infections.”

Mary Ellen Boelhower

Photo of Mary Ellen BoelhowerMary Ellen Boelhower (Advancement) was honored by the Triad Business Journal as one of the top women business leaders in the region whose influence extends well beyond their professional roles. She was recognized at the Women in Business Expo and Awards Luncheon hosted by the journal and sponsored by First Community Bank. Executive director of development for UNCG’s Bryan School of Business & Economics, she is the chief fundraising officer there as well as the team leader for 10 major gift officers serving other units across campus. She joined UNCG in 2003.

Dr. Keith Debbage

Photo of Dr. Keith DebbageDr. Keith Debbage (Geography / Sustainable Tourism & Hospitality) was featured in WalletHub’s recent piece about 2015’s best & worst cities to be a driver. One of his best tips: budget the right amount of time for a trip, so there’s less temptation to speed. When asked what local authorities can do to reduced traffic and improve safety, he said, “Providing alternative modes of transportation and such as public transit and building greenways for cyclists and pedestrian friendly developments that are mixed use and high density has helped.” You can find the piece here: http://wallethub.com/edu/best-worst-cities-to-be-a-driver/13964/#keith-g-debbage

Dr. Deborah Bell

Photo of Dr. Deborah BellDr. Deborah Bell (Costume Design / Theatre) is the editor of the newly published book “Masquerade: Essays on Tradition and Innovation Worldwide.”

Additionally, Bell’s book “Mask Makers and Their Craft (2010)” recently went into a second printing in paperback. That book focused on mask makers in ten countries.

Bell and Dr. Heather Holian (Art) plan to speak Thursday, Oct. 29, at the Weatherspoon on masquerade in various forms, 6:30 p.m.

Dr. Chris Payne

Photo of Dr. Chris PayneDr. Chris Payne (Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnerships) received a continuation of funding from Alamance County Department of Social Services for “North Carolina Infant Mental Health Association Early Childhood Workforce Development.” UNCG’s Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnerships will provide project staff, research and logistical support to the North Carolina Infant Mental Health Association’s Workforce Development Task Force in order to develop a multidisciplinary statewide framework for early childhood development.

Dr. Christopher Swann

Photo of Dr. Christopher SwannDr. Christopher Swann (Economics) received new funding from the USDA Economic Research Service for the project “Relative Caregivers in SNAP and Child-Only TANF Cases: Evidence from South Carolina Administrative Data.”

Dr. Laura Gonzalez

Photo of Dr. Laura GonzalezDr. Laura Gonzalez (Counseling and Educational Development) received new funding from the Winston Salem Foundation for the project “Bilingual Facilitator for Padres Promoviendo Preparation: Latino Parents Learning About College.” Children in immigrant families often are encouraged to seek more educational attainment to pursue “the American dream,” the abstract states. However, Latino youth are often unable to draw information or practical support from their parents when planning for post-secondary education, as their parents have usually not participated directly in the formal US educational system. Post-secondary education of any type for Latino adolescents is a key step in reducing poverty levels for themselves and for their families, thus informed parental support is needed. The Padres Promoviendo Preparacion (PPP) project began in August 2014 with the purpose to provide information and support to Spanish speaking parents so they are better equipped to help their children with college preparation.

Dr. Heidi Krowchuk

Portrait photo of Dr. Heidi KrowchukDr. Heidi Krowchuk (Parent-Child Health) received a competitive renewal from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for the project “Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship Program (NAT).” It will provide traineeships to nurse anesthesia students.

Dr. Maha Elobeid

Portrait photo of Dr. Maha ElobeidDr. Maha Elobeid (Center for New North Carolinians) received new funding of nearly one-half million dollars from the  North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service for the “AmeriCorps ACCESS Project.” The purpose of this project is to help immigrants gain access to human services, build bridges with mainstream society, and assist immigrants with acculturation leading to self-sufficiency.

Additionally, Elobeid received new funding from the United Way of Greater Greensboro for “Thriving at Three.” A direct service intervention strategy will continue to work with 40 at-risk Hispanic children by giving them a chance to develop their full potential at the earliest possible age (0-3 years).

Dr. Jacquelyn White

Portrait of Dr. Jacquelyn WhiteDr. Jacquelyn White (Center for Women’s Health and Wellness) received a continuation of funding from the US Department of Justice for “Evaluation of OVW Grant Programs.”

Dr. Thanujeni Pathman

Portrait of Dr. Thanujeni PathmanDr. Thanujeni (Jeni) Pathman (Psychology) has been elected to the Executive Committee of Division 7 (Developmental Psychology) of the American Psychological Association. She will serve a two-year term as Early Career Representative starting in January 2016. The aim of Division 7 is to promote research in developmental psychology, increase undergraduate and graduate education in developmental psychology, and incorporate scientific findings in public policy decision-making, education, child care and related applied settings.


Dr. Paul Silvia, Dr. Roger Beaty, Dr. Thomas Kwapil and Dr. Michael Kane (Psychology) have won competitive funding from the Imagination Institute. Their project will examine the neuroscience of individual differences in creative thought, using neuroimaging, cognitive tasks, personality factors, and intensive daily experience sampling in a community sample varying in creative accomplishment. Supported by the John Templeton Foundation, The Imagination Institute focuses on “the measurement, growth and improvement of imagination across all sectors of society.”