UNCG Campus Weekly

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

Janet Hendley

photo of HendleyJanet Hendley is the new president of Greensboro Opera. She retired earlier this year from the position of C.A.M.A.R.E. (Communications, Advancement, Marketing, Alumni Relations, Events) Assistant in the UNCG School of Nursing. Greensboro Opera has had an official collaboration with the UNCG School of Music since 2012, with UNCG’s David Holley serving as artistic director of Greensboro Opera. Hendley joined the Board of Trustees of Greensboro Opera in 2008 and, apart from one year on the Advisory Board, she has served on the main board ever since. She has also held other roles with Greensboro Opera. A lifelong lover of opera, Hendley enjoys Greensboro Opera’s enrichment of the local community through outreach programs such as “Opera at the Carolina” at the Carolina Theatre, for Guilford County fifth graders.

Dr. Liuyi Hao

photo of HaoDr. Liuyi Hao, a postdoctoral researcher at UNCG’s Center for Translational Biomedical Research, has received a 2017 Postdoctoral Fellowship Award from the American Liver Foundation. The fellowship is highly competitive, with no more than 10 awarded each year, and represents a significant achievement for Hao and UNCG.

The award will support Hao’s research on activating transcription factor 4, a gene transcription regulator hypothesized to play a central role in the development of alcoholic liver disease, or ALD. Approximately 20,000 people in the U.S. die each year due to ALD, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Hao, who completed his PhD at Harbin Medical University and joined the Center for Translational Biomedical Research in July 2016, hopes his research will improve understanding of the biological underpinnings of the disease, and, ultimately, lead to improved treatment options.

The UNCG Center for Translational Biomedical Research is located at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis. The campus houses a number of corporations, healthcare organizations, and universities that work together in a public-private partnership to better understand human health, nutrition, and agriculture. The CTBR focuses on the molecular mechanisms of disease pathogenesis and progression, biomarkers for diagnosis, and discovering novel interventions for the prevention and treatment of disease.

Dr. James Boles

photo of BolesDr. James Boles (Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality & Tourism) received new funding from the North Carolina Small Business and Technology Development Center for the project “New SBA Federal Funding for the CY 2017 Program Year.” This project is supported by funds from the U.S. Small Business Administration. The grant will be used to support travel to conferences related to entrepreneurship.

Boles completed a master’s in Educational Administration and a master’s in Business Administration at the University of West Florida. He has a PhD in Business Administration from Louisiana State University. He is department head of the Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality, and Tourism Department and director of the North Carolina Sales Institute in the Bryan School of Business and Economics.

Perry Flynn

photo of FlynnPerry Flynn (Communication Sciences and Disorders) received funding from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for the project “Exceptional Children State Speech-Language Consultant (2017-2018).” Funding will allow for the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders to provide a range of professional services for the Exceptional Children Division of the State Department of Public Instruction July 1, 207 – June 30, 2018. Services include providing assistance in the areas of speech-language pathology to the State Department of Public Instruction, local education agencies and Charter schools.

Flynn completed a bachelor’s in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a master’s in Education in Speech-Language Pathology from UNCG. He is an AP Professor and the Consultant to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in the area of Speech Language Pathology.

Dr. Justin Harmon

photo of harmonDr. Justin Harmon (Health & Human Sciences – Community and Therapeutic Recreation) received new funding from Girls on the Run International for the project “Girls on the Run.” Girls on the Run was established in 1996 in Charlotte with 13 participants. In 2000, Girls on the Run International, a 501(c)3 organization, was formed. GOTR certified coaches teach life skills to girls through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games.

The project is a partnership with GOTR Triad. Funding will be used to create an assistantship for a graduate student to help the organization with program management. The student will work with GOTR Triad to recruit, coordinate, and manage volunteer coaches, facilitate trainings, plan and implement special events (including the annual 5K and coaches’ meetings), and develop marketing campaigns that represent GOTR Triad in the broader community.

Harmon completed a bachelor’s degree in Leisure Studies from the University of Illinois, a master’s in Sport Management from Northern Illinois University and a PhD from Texas A&M University in Recreation, Parks, & Tourism Sciences. Harmon has worked extensively in the parks, forestry and recreation fields, and has a diverse background in practice that includes land and wildlife management, environmental and primary education, event planning, and community relations and outreach.

Dr. Dianne Welsh

photo of welshDr. Dianne Welsh (Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality & Tourism) received new funding from the Coleman Foundation for “Coleman Foundation Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellows.” The Coleman Entrepreneurship Fellows program supports the ongoing Cross-Disciplinary Entrepreneurship Program at UNCG with 40-plus courses in 26 departments and programs across campus. The program includes the Coleman Entrepreneur in Residence that works with faculty, staff and students across campus in classes and with their business ideas to bring ideas to actions through course preparation.

Welsh is the Hayes Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship and the director of the Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program. She is a globally known scholar in international franchising, family business, and entrepreneurship with over 150 publications.

Dr. Susan Letvak

photo of Letvak Dr. Susan Letvak (Adult Health Nursing) received a continuation of funding from the DHHS Health Resources and Services Administration for the project “Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention – Veterans’ Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program.”

The purpose of UNCG School of Nursing’s proposed Veteran Access Program for Nurses is to provide medically trained veterans in Central North Carolina and South Central Virginia with access and specialized support in an innovative and accelerated educational program to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and find employment. The program will reduce barriers that prevent veterans from transitioning into nursing careers by offering academic mentoring through learning communities, specialized support services, cultural competence training, employment assistance and new educational models awarding academic credit for medical and life experience.

Letvak earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Nursing from Russell Sage College and finished a PhD in Nursing at Adelphi University. Her areas of expertise include patient outcomes and nursing workforce, qualitative research methods, relational theory and gerontology.

Dr. Nicholas Oberlies

photo of oberlies Dr. Nicholas Oberlies (Chemistry & Biochemistry) received a continuation of funding from Ohio State University for the project “Anticancer agents from Diverse Natural products sources.” The project is supported by funds from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services National Institutes of Health National Cancer Institute. Funding will allow screening for anticancer activity in filamentous fungi.

Oberlies completed a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Miami University and a PhD in Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy from Purdue University. The Oberlies research group focuses on the isolation and structure elucidation of bioactive compounds from natural sources, including those from both fungal cultures and plants.

Diana Kao

photo of KaoDiana Kao (Chemistry & Biochemistry) received a continuation of funding from the National Institutes of Health. It is a training grant for the pre-doctoral student, as she examinines the mass spec properties of fungi.

Kao received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Gettysburg College and is pursuing her PhD in Medicinal Biochemistry at UNCG. Kao’s faculty advisor is Dr. Nicholas Oberlies.

Dr. Greg O’Brien

photo of Dr. Greg O'BrienDr. Greg O’Brien (History) has co-edited “The Native South: New Histories and Enduring Legacies,” published by University of Nebraska Press. The book contains essays from leading ethnohistorians of the American South and chronicles Native American history from the 16th through the 21st century. It includes subjects such as Seminole–African American kinship systems, Cherokee notions of guilt and innocence in evolving tribal jurisprudence, Indian captives and American empire, and second-wave feminist activism among Cherokee women in the 1970s. Also featured are interviews with pioneering scholars in Native South studies, Michael D. Green and Theda Perdue.

Dr. Qibin Zhang

photo of Dr. Qibin ZhangDr. Qibin Zhang (Translational Biomedical Research) received an NIH R01 grant, titled “Protein Markers to Islet Autoimmunity and T1D Progression,” from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). Currently, Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) affects approximately 1.4 million people in the U.S. The proposed research will identify novel protein markers that can predict T1D and gain further insight into the pathogenesis of this disease.

Zhang has also received a Collaborative Sciences Award from the American Heart Association through collaboration with scientists from the University of Colorado, School of Medicine. The goal of the award is to identify novel glycated protein and metabolite markers to better predict progression of coronary artery calcium before onset of cardiovascular diseases in the Type 1 Diabetes population.

Zhang earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Shandong Normal University, China, and PhD in analytical chemistry from the University of California at Riverside. He also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Zhang is co-director of the Center for Translational Biomedical Research in Kannapolis. The Zhang research group focuses on the development of new bioanalytical capabilities.

Dr. Maryanne Perrin

photo of Dr. Maryanne Perrin Dr. Maryanne Perrin (Health and Human Sciences, Nutrition) received new funding from the Allen Foundation for the project “Optimizing the Fat and Calorie Content of Pasteurized Donor Human Milk.” Perrin’s research will conduct an environmental scan of current processes within the 27-member Human Milk Banking Association of North America and evaluate how these processes impact fat retention and distribution in pasteurized donor human milk. The goal is to improve the nutrition delivered to preterm infants through pasteurized human donor milk and inform evidence-based guidelines within donor milk banks.

Perrin received her bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Purdue University and a master’s of business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – and completed her PhD in nutrition science from North Carolina State University.

Dr. Susan Keane

Photo of Dr. Susan KeaneDr. Susan Keane (Psychology) received continuation of funding from the Department of Health and Human Services for her project “Behavioral Health/Primary Care Integration: Reducing Barriers to Care in Underserved Populations.” The project prepares doctoral students for careers as behavioral health specialists in primary care settings. In this grant cycle, 24 doctoral trainees will participate in experiential and didactic opportunities designed to impact their career trajectories in the field. Students will be placed within six primary care locations, each of which targets a vulnerable population. These populations include: children, geriatric patients, socioeconomically deprived and homeless individuals, the chronically ill, culturally and linguistically diverse individuals, and veterans. The goal is to equip trainees to provide culturally competent, interprofessional, collaborative care.

Keane is director of clinical training for the UNCG Psychology Clinic. She received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Purdue University, and since 1983, she has graduated over 30 PhD students who hold positions at universities, medical centers and mental health agencies across the nation. She is licensed as a Practicing Psychologist/Health-Services Provider in the State of North Carolina.

Dr. Laurie Gold

Photo of Ms. Gold. Dr. Laurie Gold (Health and Human Sciences, Kinesiology) received additional funding from the National Institutes of Health for the project “Pathways from Childhood Self-Regulation to Cardiovascular Risk in Adolescence.” Gold’s research will test whether trajectories of self-regulation from ages 2 to 10 predict trajectories of cardiovascular risk factors (CVR) during adolescence, as well as whether childhood self-regulation adolescent CVR pathways are mediated by health behaviors such as substance use, exercise, nutrition and sleep.

Gold has a bachelor’s in biology from the University of Waterloo, a master’s in physiology from Ball State University and a PhD in exercise physiology from the University of Virginia.

Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr.

Photo of Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr.Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. will receive one of the Triad’s Most Admired CEOs awards from the Triad Business Journal. The 2017 class of honorees includes 18 individuals from a diverse array of industries and organizations, the journal notes. The recipients will be honored July 27 at an awards ceremony; details may be seen at TriadBizEvents.com. They will also be featured in the July 28 edition of Triad Business Journal.

Dr. Sonja Frison

Dr. Sonja Frison (Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships) received new funding from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust for the project “Increasing Access, Decreasing Disparities, and Increasing Treatment Engagement with Juvenile Justice Behavioral Health Partnerships.”

The North Carolina Institute of Medicine noted in their 2016 Task Force on Mental Health and Substance Abuse Report that 20 percent of adolescents have a substance use or mental health disorder. The NCIOM report also outlined the need to support System of Care and Collaborative initiatives to address access and disparities based on age, gender, race, and other factors. “We would therefore like to build capacity for this work by developing a multifaceted, data driven approach to increase access, decrease disparities, and increase engagement in treatment for cross system teams,” her abstract says. “We propose to develop and pilot this approach in year 1 with two JJBH teams (Guilford and Gaston) that represent at least 500 youth and then open up to at least three other teams in Year 2 (single and/or multicounty teams representing at least 1500 youth) with sustainability implementation including a plan for training other teams through our JJBH work.”

Dr. John Willse

Photo of Dr. John Willse.Dr. John Willse (Educational Research Methodology) received new funding from Guilford County Schools for the project “Accountability Support with Guilford County Schools.” Research services for Guilford County Schools will be provided by the Office of Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Services (OAERS) related to data analysis, data management, and report writing.

Kathelene McCarty Smith

Kathelene McCarty Smith (University Libraries) has recently accepted the position of Instruction and Outreach Archivist at UNCG’s Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives. Previously, she worked in the department as the Photographs, Artifacts and Textiles Archivist. Smith’s new responsibilities will include teaching primary source literacy; coordinating departmental outreach; curating the historic photograph collections; and managing the department’s volunteer program.

Smith earned her bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in art history from Louisiana State University (LSU). She also holds a master’s degree in Library and Information Studies from UNCG. Smith’s research interests include the role of academic libraries in fostering life-long learning, volunteerism in Special Collections’ departments, primary source outreach and the mobilization of North Carolina’s women’s colleges during World War I.

Dr. Pamela Williamson

Dr. Pamela Williamson (Specialized Education Services) received additional funding from the U.S. Department of Education (DOED) Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) for the project “Project Teaching, Leading, and Collaborating (TLC): Serving Students with Significant Intellectual Disabilities, Including Autism.”

In the most recent personnel data provided by NCDPI, North Carolina reported that 30 percent of special education teachers employed to provide services to students with disabilities were not “highly-qualified,” as identified through licensure (2007). Project TLC will recruit 32 high-quality, diverse elementary education teachers and prepare them with master’s degree, adapted curriculum licensure, National Board preparation, and leadership training to facilitate improved outcomes for students with SID in least restrictive environments.

Rachel Briley

Photo of Rachel Briley.Rachel Briley (Theatre) received new funding from Children’s Theatre Foundation of America (CTFA) for the project “International Artistic Exchange between Santiago, Chile and Greensboro, NC: Building Dreams with and for Refugee Youth.”

During this phase of the project, the seven-person theatrical company La Llave Maestra will come to UNCG to perform “Nomadas” (“The Nomadic People”) for the students at the Doris Henderson Newcomers School, the UNCG community and the community-at-large.

The Newcomers School serves recently arrived immigrant and refugee youth from across the globe in grades three through twelve who are novice English speakers. The school aims to impart the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in American schools and society while honoring all cultures and heritages.

UNCG Auditorium has been secured for an Oct. 29 matinee performance. The company will stay in residence at UNCG for one week, working in daily rehearsals on “Suenos” (“Dreams”) with Newcomers students and UNCG students. Artistic Directors Edurne Rankin and Alvaro Morales will stay for an additional three weeks to continue the rehearsal process with all of the students.

Dr. Donna Nash

Photo of Dr. Donna Nash. Dr. Donna Nash (Anthropology) received new funding from The Field Museum for the project “A Provincial Palace at Cerro Baúl: Elite Strategies Practiced in the Domestic Sphere.” Palaces were and are significant settings, housing state officials and state institutions, and can act as symbols of state leadership and power, the abstract notes. Around the world scholars use the archaeological remains of palaces to understand the organization of early states because palaces were centers of political, economic, and ceremonial activity. Nash will prepare a manuscript describing results from investigations of a provincial palace at Cerro Baúl, a site in the Wari province of Moquegua, Peru.

Dr. Patricia Reggio

Photo of Dr. Patricia Reggio. Dr. Patricia Reggio (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received additional funding from the National Institutes of Health for the project “Molecular Determinants of Cannabinoid Activity.”

Dr. Heidi Krowchuk

Photo of Dr. Heidi Krowchuk. Dr. Heidi Krowchuk (Family and Community Nursing) received new funding from the DHHS Health Resources and Services Administration for the Nurse Anesthesia Traineeship Program. The purpose of this project is to improve access to a diverse workforce of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) who can provide expert culturally sensitive anesthesia care to the medically underserved. Qualified baccalaureate prepared registered nurses will be able to matriculate into the three-year Doctor of Nursing Practice(DNP) program of full-time study offered by UNCG and the Raleigh School of Nurse Anesthesia (RSNA). The proposed project will be accomplished by providing traineeships for 104 DNP nurse anesthesia students of the UNCG/RSNA for the 2017-2018 academic year, who will have clinical experiences delivering anesthesia services to diverse groups of medically underserved individuals in more than three urban and 10 rural clinical settings within North Carolina.

Chad Eby

Chad Eby (UNCG Music) is artistic director of the Piedmont Triad Jazz Orchestra (PTJO), On Sunday, June 25, at 7:30 p.m. the jazz orchestra will present “Directions: The Music of Miles Davis” in The Crown at the Carolina Theatre in downtown Greensboro.

In addition to Eby, the PTJO includes UNCG music faculty Steve Haines and Brandon Lee, students Evan Ringel, David Vance and Thomas Linger, and alumnus Daniel Faust. Read more about the PTJO here.

Dr. Edna Tan

Dr. Edna Tan (Teacher Education and Higher Education) has received continued funding from Michigan State University and the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the project “Tools for Teaching and Learning Engineering Practices: Pathways Towards Productive Identity Development in Engineering [I-Engineering].”

Dr. Holt Wilson

Dr. Holt Wilson (Teacher Education and Higher Education) has received new funding from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) for the project “North Carolina Collaborative for Mathematics Learning II (NC2ML II).” The project continues ongoing analyses of teachers’ and leaders’ participation to refine aspects of the learning architecture developed in Year 1, investigate ways of improving infrastructures, and identify additional elements to promote learning at scale. Reports will be provided to NCDPI at several stages throughout the continuation project. Additionally, the project will assist NCDPI K-12 Mathematics Section, the University of North Carolina General Administration, and the North Carolina Community College System with a review of high school fourth math course completion and first year mathematics course selection and success. A final report will be provided to NCDPI on this analysis.

Kim Cuny

Kim Cuny (Communication Studies, Multiliteracy Centers, Theatre) has co-authored an article with one of her former Speaking Center Graduate Assistants, William Bryant. The article, “Critical Perspectives on Group Consultations at Communication Centers: Communication Accommodation Theory, Immediacy, and Persuasion” appears in the current edition of the peer reviewed scholarly publication Southern Discourse in the Center: A Journal of Multiliteracy and Innovation.

Dr. Sebastian Pauli

Dr. Sebastian Pauli (Mathematics and Statistics) received new funding from the National Science Foundation for the “UNCG Summer School in Computational Number Theory.” The funding helps in running a summer school in computational number theory for approximately thirty-five participants. The topic for  Summer 2017 is Computational aspects of Hilbert’s 12th Problem. The topic for Summer 2018 will be Geometry and Modular Forms. Each UNCG Summer School in Computational Number Theory runs for a week, from Monday to Friday. On a typical day, external and local experts will give talks in the morning, and in the afternoon students will solve problems related to this material. These will include theoretical as well as programming problems and computer experiments. The aim of the summer school in computational number theory is to complement the traditional training that graduate students receive by exposing them to a constructive and computational approach to many objects in number theory. This furthers their knowledge and gives the students additional tools for their research. Furthermore, the school allows the students to have the opportunity to work closely with experts in the field.

Dr. Jeanne Irwin-Olson

Dr. Jeanne Irwin-Olson (Recreation and Wellness) received from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) a North Carolina Rape Prevention and Education Program Primary Prevention Community Grant. The abstract notes that under United States federal law, most notably Title IX and the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act, all students are guaranteed a right to an education free from sexual violence.  UNCG’s Wellness Center is well known on the UNCG campus and in the greater Greensboro community for being actively involved in reducing interpersonal violence, sexual assault and violence against women. The Kaplan Center for Wellness also houses the UNCG Sexual Violence Campus Advocacy Program (SVCA). Last academic year, 4,683 students participated in programs related to sexual assault, sexual harassment, and dating violence, the abstract further notes.



Sean Mulligan

Sean Mulligan (University Libraries Special Collections and University Archives) has been named the winner of the University Libraries’ Staff Service Award for 2017. Created by the Head of Circulation Martha Ransley upon her retirement, the award was first given in 1998. It recognizes and rewards SHRA staff who provide outstanding leadership and service in furthering the mission of University Libraries. In the statement announcing his award, Mulligan was recognized for his exacting attention to detail and his willingness to help others. He was hired in 2008 as an archivist in Special Collections and University Archives’ department and is responsible for processing the Libraries’ collections and creating finding aids to ensure they are available to researchers. He also works on the public service desk and assists faculty and students when they need to use the collections for class projects. Additionally, Mulligan has worked tirelessly to implement professional development opportunities and morale-building programs for staff.

Dr. John Willse

Dr. John Willse (Educational Research Methodology) received new funding from Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools for the project “Data management and statistical analysis support for Winston Salem Forsyth County Schools.” The assigned UNCG graduate assistant will provide data management and statistical analysis support, working closely with Research and Evaluation staff.

Stacy Sechrist and John Weil

Stacy Sechrist and John Weil (North Carolina Network for Safe Communities (NCNSC)) received new funding from Family Services of Davidson County, Inc. for the project “Research on Domestic Violence Victims for Family Services of Davidson County (FSDC).” The North Carolina Network for Safe Communities (NCNSC) will analyze data about victims of domestic violence who have been served by Family Services of Davidson County (FCDC). FCDS will provide de-identified data to the NCNSC researchers, who will then analyze data for trends and outcomes related to quality of, type of, and satisfaction with various types of services provided by FSDC.

Dr. Benjamin Hickerson

Dr. Benjamin Hickerson (Community and Therapeutic Recreation) received new funding from Penn State University for the project “A Systematic Evaluation of Park Renovation at Fairmont Park East Parkside.”

This sub-contract is part of a larger research project evaluating the impact of park renovations occurring at Bartram’s Mile and The Rail Park in Philadelphia, Penn. These renovations are part of Philadelphia’s Reimagining the Civic Commons initiative. The purpose of this sub-contracted project is to assess visitor characteristics at defined segments of the parks. Unobtrusive observation of park user behaviors (number of visitors, type of activity, time of day/day of week, visitor flows within the area) and user characteristics (age, race, sex, group size) will be made within these segments. The System for Observing Play and Recreation in Communities (SOPARC) will be used as the tool for visitor counts and observations.

Dr. Olav Rueppell

Dr. Olav Rueppell (Biology) received new funding from the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) for the project “Visiting Research Professorship at the Peace & Stability Operation Institute.” Honey bee viruses are a serious threat to honey bee health. We lack understanding of their dynamics within honey bees and transmission across generations, as well as the immune responses to them, the abstract states. This work has two aims to contribute knowledge in these areas: 1. Characterization of the transcriptome of virus-infected honey bee eggs. 2. Develop a method to repeatedly sample from honey bee queens to follow viral infections and investigate whether queens can recover from viral infections.

Dr. Heidi Carlone

Dr. Heidi Carlone (Teacher Education and Higher Education) received new funding from  The Cemala Foundation for the project “STEM Teacher Leader Collaborative: Growing capacity for STEM in high-needs elementary schools.” This focus of this project is an Introductory Summer Institute for 60 teachers (20/year for three years) to support their implementation of quality science and engineering (STEM), the abstract notes. This effort is a part of the STEM Teacher Leader Collaborative (STEM TLC), a network of elementary teachers and teacher educators committed to nurturing STEM equity and empowering teacher leaders with STEM education. The funding will help grow the STEM TLC beyond the 60 teachers who have already participated in our professional development. The Summer Institute introduces teachers to an award-winning curriculum [Engineering is Elementary (EiE)], developed by the Museum of Science Boston. EiE is interdisciplinary, collaborative, hands-on, and demands 21st century skills. The long-term goal is to transform elementary STEM education in the NC Piedmont by supporting, connecting and retaining STEM-capable elementary teachers.