UNCG Campus Weekly

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

Kara Baldwin

photo of BaldwinKara Baldwin (Special Support Services) received continuation of funding from the U.S. Department of Education for the project “Student Support Services Program.”

There are a high number of students who enroll at UNCG who need and could qualify for the academic support available through a Student Support Services Program. Thus, the project proposes to sponsor a Student Support Services Program for a five-year period, 2015 through 2020.

The program will provide writing, reading, study skills coaching, mathematics and computer literacy instruction; individualized tutoring; academic coaching, career, personal and financial aid counseling; financial literacy instruction and training; graduate/professional school guidance; and some limited cultural, educational enrichment, and academic award activities.

The university will identify and provide educational support services to 200 freshmen, upper-class, transfers, returning adults and students with disabilities for a five-year period who are first-generation, low-income and disabled students. The primary goal is to increase the rate of educational success for these students so they will earn a bachelor’s degree and/or prepare to enroll in a graduate or professional school or a doctoral degree program.

Both the commitment from UNCG and the funding from the grant itself will allow the university to begin services for first-generation, low-income and students with disabilities nearly as soon as notification of funding is received.

The program staff, participants and the university (Office of Institutional Research) will conduct an evaluation to measure both student and program success based upon the standardized and process objectives annually.

Dr. John Kiss

photo of kissDr. John Kiss (Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences) received new funding from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for the project “Novel explorations into the interactions between light and gravity sensing in plants.”

The Seedling Growth (SG) series of plant biology experiments is part of a barter agreement between NASA and ESA. The major goals are: (1) to determine how gravity and light responses influence each other in plants; (2) to better understand the cellular signaling and response mechanisms of phototropism and of light stimulation; and (3) to study the factors affecting the proliferation and growth of meristematic cells in order to analyze in how auxin (i.e., a plant hormone) transport and perception act in the regulation of these cellular functions.

Dr. Paul Knapp

photo of KnappDr. Paul Knapp (Geography) received continued funding from the National Science Foundation for the project “A multi-century reconstruction of tropical cyclone rainfall magnitude and variability derived from longleaf  pine in the U.S. southeast Atlantic coastal region.”

The project is designed to provide a multi-century perspective regarding the variability of rainfall derived from landfalling tropical cyclones (TCs; tropical depressions, tropical storms and hurricanes) in the Atlantic southeast coastal region (ASCR) of the southeastern United States by examining the instrumental climate record and the development and application of multiple proxy tree-ring records.

Latewood growth of longleaf pine within the ASCR principally occurs from mid-June through mid-October (tropical-cyclone season) and has strong statistical power when used to reconstruct TC precipitation (TCP). TCP is a critical component of the ASCR hydroclimate, as it influences summer/autumn recharge to groundwater supplies, can abruptly end severe drought conditions and serves an important ecological role. Conversely, TCs and their associated flooding impose substantial societal costs including human mortality and economic losses.

To place the effects of TCP in a historical context, this study will: 1) extend the TCP record to the 17th century to document spatio-temporal variability prior to historic records; 2) determine if actual and reconstructed TCP values significantly correspond with changes in tree-ring oxygen-18 isotopes; and, 3) examine variability of TCP and determine the sensitivity of TCP to the North Atlantic, Atlantic Multidecadal, and El Niño Southern Oscillations.

Dr. Arthur Murphy

Dr. Arthur Murphy (Anthropology) received a competitive renewal of funding in the amount of $676,578 from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for the project “Recipe for Success. The project is supported by funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  

Recipe for Success, in collaboration with public and private entities in Guilford, Randolph, and Rockingham counties in North Carolina, provides direct and indirect nutrition and obesity- prevention education to individuals and households who are either recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or SNAP-eligible.

There are three primary target audiences: 1) Individuals over the age of 18 from a variety of socioeconomic groups who participate in programs hosted by mental health associations, veteran’s associations, faith-based organizations, etc.; 2) Children under age 18 who attend Title 1 schools and their associated after-school and summer recreational program; and 3) households with children under the age of 18 through eight direct-mail lessons in cooperation with county DHHS offices.

Dr. Louisa Raisbeck

photo of RaisbeckDr. Louisa Raisbeck (Kinesiology) received new funding from the National Institutes of Health for the project “Merging attentional focus and balance training to reduce fall risk in older adults.”

Approximately 15 million older adults fall every year in the United States and fall-prevention programs have only been moderately successful in arresting fall rate. This project uses motor-learning principles derived from the attentional focus literature to determine whether training someone where to focus their attention during a balance task enhances balance control and reduces fall risk.

Dr. Nina Arshavsky

Dr. Nina Arshavsky (SERVE Center) received new funding from Alamance Community College for the project “Mech Tech Project for National Science Foundation’s (NSF) ATE Program.” This project is supported by funds from the National Science Foundation.

The Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program with NSF focuses on the education of technicians for high-technology fields. The program involves partnerships between academic institutions and industry to promote improvement in the education of science and engineering technicians at the undergraduate and secondary school levels. The role of SERVE will be to develop an evaluation plan, conduct interviews and develop and conduct surveys for the ATE program.

Stuart Dischell

Stuart Dischell (Creative Writing) will give a poetry reading  Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. at the UNCG Faculty Center. The event will celebrate the release of Dischell’s latest collection, “Children with Enemies.” It is free and open to the public and will be followed by a book-signing. Dischell is the author of four other collections of poems: “Evenings & Avenues,” “Dig Safe,” “Backwards Days,” and “Good Hope Road,” which was the winner of the 1991 National Poetry Series and was reissued in 2016 by the Contemporary American Classics Series of Carnegie Mellon Press. His poems have appeared in The Atlantic, Agni, The New Republic, Slate, Kenyon Review, Ploughshares and anthologies including Essential Poems, Hammer and Blaze, Pushcart Prize and Garrison Keillor’s “Good Poems.”

Dr. Ye (Jane) He

Dr. Ye (Jane) He (Teacher Education and Higher Education) received new funding in the amount of $429,319 from the U.S. Department of Education for the project “Engaging and Advancing Community-centered Teacher Development (EnACTeD).”  

This project showcases a community-centered teacher development model through which teacher educators, teacher candidates, families and community partners are actively engaged in the communities of practice. Through this model, families’ cultural and linguistic assets are leveraged through their engagement in teacher professional development module development, participation in family literacy and technology activities and support for teacher candidates’ bilingual language competency development. Inservice teachers are prepared to take on leadership roles in community-engagement activities and teacher mentoring through their participation in the PD and add-on licensure program. Preservice teachers are intentionally recruited from elementary majors and paraprofessionals with bilingual backgrounds. They are offered opportunities to practice dual language instructional strategies and seek English-as-a-Second-Language/dual language licensure.

Dr. David Wyrick

Dr. David Wyrick (Public Health Education) received funding from Prevention Strategies for an NCAA Subaward. The Institute to Promote Athlete Health & Wellness at UNCG  is being subcontracted by Prevention Strategies to support the translation of theoretical constructs and research evidence to practice in the form of online behavioral intervention components and other technology-supplemented educational materials and assist with all research related to the implementation, dissemination, and evaluation of the behavioral interventions and educational materials. See related story.

Dr. Albert Link

photo of LinkDr. Albert Link (Economics), the Virginia Batte Phillips Distinguished Professor, received new funding from the National Institute of Standards and Technology for the project “NETS Database.”

Funding will be used to purchase data on U.S. firms to use with graduate students. The data, assembled by private organizations, relates to job creation and destruction, sales growth, survivability of business startups and the mobility patterns of a sizeable segment of the private sector economy. In-class and dissertation projects will focus on these characterizations of firm behavior that have been affected specifically by the development and use of technologies developed in U.S. Federal laboratories.

Link completed a bachelor of science in mathematics from the University of Richmond and PhD in economics from Tulane University. His research focuses on entrepreneurship, technology and innovation policy, the economics of R&D and policy/program evaluation.

Dr. Nicholas Oberlies

photo of OberliesDr. Nicholas Oberlies (Chemistry & Biochemistry) received additional funding from The Ohio State University for the project “Anticancer agents from Diverse Natural products sources.” This project is supported by funds from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services National Institutes of Health National Cancer Institute.

Funding for the project will be used to screen filamentous fungi for anticancer activity. Promising extracts will be grown on a larger scale. Hits will be pursued via bioactivity-directed fractionation until pure compounds are isolated/characterized.

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.

Dr. George Hancock

photo of HancockDr. George Hancock (SERVE Center) received over $1 million in continued funding from the U.S. Department of Education for the National Center on Homeless Education (NCHE).

NCHE is housed at UNCG’s SERVE center and operates USED’s technical assistance center for the federal Education for Homeless Children and Youth program. NCHE has developed long-standing collaborations that foster a comprehensive and interagency approach to serving homeless children and youth at the national, state and local levels. The NCHE staff bring not only experience and expertise in homeless education and/or working with at-risk youth, but commitment and passion for the work. Key focus areas of NCHE’s work include building the capacity of state- and local-level program administrators to implement effective programs and activities that are compliant with federal legislation, providing expert advice and assistance to address challenging and emerging issues, building connections among constituents and outside agencies, and providing resources that enable constituents to carry out their responsibilities effectively.

Thus, NCHE provides resources that are accurate in content, relevant to constituent needs, and immediately applicable to their work in support of the more than 1.3 million homeless children and youth enrolled in our schools nationally.

Funding will continue to provide the assistance and support to all stakeholders, including parents and families experiencing homelessness, to help homeless students succeed in school and overcome the devastating effects of lacking a stable place to live.

Dr. Holly Sienkiewicz

photo of SienkiewiczDr. Holly Sienkiewicz (Center for New North Carolinians) received new funding from the North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service for the project “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. Services to be provided include: 1. Employment Readiness and Placement, Disaster Preparedness, Volunteer Recruitment and Management, and related services to immigrant and refugees resulting in greater self-sufficiency; 2. Provide leadership development training to AmeriCorps staff; and 3. Provide community development training to community and faith-based partner organizations to help them achieve sustainability.

Holly Goddard Jones

photo of JonesHolly Goddard Jones (English, Creative Writing) will give a reading this Thursday, Aug. 31, at 7 p.m. at Scuppernong Books in downtown Greensboro. The event will celebrate the release of Jones’ latest novel, “The Salt Line,” published by Penguin Random House. The event is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a book signing. Jones is also the author of  “The Next Time You See Me” and “Girl Trouble.” Her work has appeared in “The Best American Mystery Stories,” “New Stories from the South,” Tin House magazine and elsewhere. She was a recipient of the Fellowship of Southern Writers’ Hillsdale Prize for Excellence in Fiction and of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award.

Dr. Iris Wagstaff

Dr. Iris Wagstaff (Chemistry and Biochemistry) is a UNCG graduate and adjunct associate professor. She will receive the K-12 Promotion of Education Award by the Women of Color Magazine and Women of Color STEM Conference. A subsidiary of Career Communications Group, INC, Women of Color magazine’s annual Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Conference is the forum of choice for recognizing the significant contributions by women in STEM fields. Wagstaff will be presented the award at the 22nd Annual Women of Color STEM Conference in Detroit, Michigan, on Oct. 7.

Wagstaff is a STEM Program Director in the Education and Human Resources Department of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Most recently she served as 2015-2017 AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Institute of Justice in the Office of Investigative and Forensic Sciences. She has over 20 years of STEM outreach and advocacy in the community developing informal science programs, mentoring STEM majors, equipping parents with tools and resources to encourage their children in STEM, and providing culturally relevant science education pedagogy to teachers.

Dr. Victoria Coyle

photo of CoyleDr. Victoria Coyle (SERVE Center) received continuation of funding from Temple University for the project “SEADAP Evaluation/Planarians and the Pharmacology of addition: an in vivo model for K-12 education.”

The award from Temple is for the continued evaluation of a National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Drug Abuse sponsored program titled, “Science Education Against Drug Abuse Partnership” (SEADAP). The program is starting its fourth year and has been designed to use live flatworms (planarians) to develop and deliver an inquiry-based grade 4 – 12 program to teach the science of drug addiction, and the pharmacology of natural and drug rewards. The program is being provided to teachers in the northeast (Pennsylvania, Virginia, and New York, through Temple University) and in Eastern North Carolina (through Eastern Carolina University). The program provides professional development, including hands-on experiences with the planaria and lesson plans to the teachers who then incorporate the lessons into their curriculum. The flatworms and materials are all provided to the teachers through the project. The teachers come from diverse content areas, including math, science, physical education, and health.

Dr. Jacqueline Debrew

photo of DeBrewDr. Jacqueline Debrew (School of Nursing) received new funding from North Carolina Area Health Education Center (NC AHEC) Program for the project “Proposal for RN to BSN Outreach Programs: 2017-2018.”  

The project will support five cohort programs for Registered Nurses seeking Bachelor of Science degrees. The five established cohorts are located on the North Carolina campuses of Davidson County Community College in Thomasville, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College on the NC Research Campus in Kannapolis, Gaston College in Dallas, Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem, and Piedmont Community College in Roxboro.

Chris Gregory

photo of GregoryChris Gregory (Assistant Director, Residence Life) co-authored a chapter in the recently published book “Leadership, Equity and Social Justice in American Higher Education.” The chapter, titled “The Unintended Consequences of New Residence Hall Construction,” looked at national building trends and the implications for equity and success.

Dr. Anne Hershey

photo of HersheyDr. Anne Hershey (Biology) received new funding from NC State University’s North Carolina Sea Grant for the project “Distribution and Concentrations of Antibiotics in Rural Wells and Streams.”  

Funding for this project will be used in the sampling of rural wells and streams to measure concentrations of antibiotics in order to assess the potential for land use to influence environmental exposure to antibiotics.

Dr. Chris Payne

photo of PayneDr. Chris Payne (The Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships), received new funding from Guilford Child Development for the project “Partnerships to Enhance Early Care and Education.”  

UNCG’s Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships will serve as the Research/Implementation/Professional Development partner to Guilford Child Development (GCD) for its second EHS-CC Partnership grant to increase staff knowledge and skills, which support high-quality comprehensive child development services. Using an implementation model, the project will provide training, technical assistance, mentoring and quality improvement for EHS staff and home child care providers delivering expanded services in Guilford County.

GCD, in partnership with UNCG, will increase access to high-quality early childhood care through a two-pronged approach: (A) Direct provision of high-quality early childhood services through additional Early Head Start classrooms in Greensboro; and (B) Comprehensive training to increase the knowledge and skills of child care staff and heighten the quality of care in homes and classrooms. This two-pronged approach will help to meet the immediate need for high-quality child care while also building a broad base of early childhood professionals to continue to meet community needs.

Provision of high quality, comprehensive child care services in this area will provide families with a path to a better future for their children. By building on the strengths of existing community agencies and partners, and developing a strong cadre of early childhood professionals, we can make permanent gains in the availability of high-quality services and opportunities for children in poverty and their families.

Dr. Diane Ryndak

photo of RyndakDr. Diane Ryndak (Specialized Education Services) received new funding from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) for the project “Project LEAPS: Leadership in Extensive and Pervasive Support Needs.”  

The Doctoral Program in Special Education at UNCG has a history of (a) graduating scholars who procure and maintain employment in teacher preparation programs nationally, and (b) conducting OSEP projects to prepare high-quality leaders. LEAPS builds on this history by collaborating with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, low-performing schools in North Carolina, self-advocates and parents of students with disabilities, and national experts to prepare leaders in research and the preparation of teachers to meet the needs of high-need students with disabilities who are far below grade level; at risk of not graduating with a regular high school diploma on time; or not on track to being college- or career-ready by graduation.

Specifically, LEAPS will focus on competencies for conducting research and preparing teachers to work with students historically labeled as having significant intellectual disabilities, autism, severe, or multiple disabilities, areas in which there has been a chronic critical shortage of qualified teachers nationally and in North Carolina.

LEAPS will extend UNCG’s existing doctoral program’s competencies for research, preservice teacher preparation, and service, and add competencies for evidence-based practices (EBP) to meet the needs of high-needs students with EPSN in low-performing schools. Scholars will learn competencies in inclusive practices, secondary and post-secondary education and transition, EBP and individualized supports (including assistive technology), advocacy, and academic and behavioral Multi-Tiered Systems of Support. This will be accomplished using technology during courses, when teaching, and in collaboration with schools, national experts, and other scholars nationally within the context of the existing doctoral program, additional one-hour seminars related to students with EPSN, authentic experiences with low-performing schools, and the use of resources and expertise of National Technical Assistance Projects. The intent is to improve outcomes for these students and their schools.

Dr. Stephen Sills

photo of SillisDr. Stephen Sills (Center for Housing and Community Studies) received new funding from the Greensboro Housing Coalition for the project “Evaluation of the Collaborative Cottage Grove BUILD 2.0 Health Challenge Project.”  

This project is supported by funds from the BUILD Health Challenge. UNCG’s Center for Housing and Community Studies will serve as the evaluator for the Greensboro Housing Coalition and the Collaborative Cottage Grove for their BUILD Health Challenge grant. The project will employ a contextually responsive, collaborative model of participatory research. The evaluators will work with the BUILD team and partners to ensure that evaluation is institutionalized throughout by developing data tracking and feedback mechanisms for accurate reporting. The evaluation design is responsive to the evolving project and that it provides data intended to: support program improvement, demonstrate initial outcomes, and reveal institutional changes resulting from the program.

The evaluation will be quasi-experimental, mixed-method, and include GIS mapping. Impact will be evaluated using multiple data sources. Residents will be asked at three separate time points to provide assessments of: (1) community activities (gardens, health fairs, trainings) (2) physical improvements that promote activity (bike lanes, parks, sidewalks), and (3) self-reported health status and nutrition. Residents will also provide assessment of their health at the time of their participation and 90 days following. This will provide a means to identify the “contribution” that participation in a particular activity had on perceptions of health and engagement in behaviors associated with positive health. Attendance counts at health fairs and other events will help to determine overall community engagement. Observational counts of bike riding, walking, playground use, other activities use will be made.

The project focuses on measuring impact at the (1) individual, (2) health issue, and (3) community level. At the individual level the focus will be on changes in perceptions of health promotion and reported levels of engagement. At the health issue level, the focus will be on improvements on health issues and their consequences (reduction in emergency department visits, living in homes without asthma triggers, healthy eating, reduction of diabetes symptoms, more physical active). At the community level, the impact on community dynamics (collaborations and communication, support for promoting healthy environment), community economics, improvement to housing, and development of public areas will be examined. To determine the relative impact of BUILD, residents of a nearby community with comparable socio-demographics will be surveyed at the same times. The communities will be compared on health indicators relating to diabetes, asthma, and general health.

Dr. Terri Shelton

photo of SheltonDr. Terri Shelton (Office of Research and Engagement) received over $420,000 of funding from Sandhills Center Local Management Entity for her project “Speciality Courts Staff Support.” The project is supported by funds from Guilford County.

As part of the process initiated by the Guilford County Board of Commissioners in 2010, UNCG’s Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships (CYFCP) was selected to provide one qualified FTE Juvenile Court Case Coordinator. The funding provided to the Specialty Courts has increased since 2010 and UNCG CYFCP presently provides two qualified FTE Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Case Coordinators, two qualified FTE Drug Treatment Court Case Coordinators, two qualified FTE Mental Health Court Case Coordinators and one qualified FTE Specialty Court Manager.

Shelton is Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement and the Carol Jenkins Mattocks Distinguished Professor.

Dr. Amy Vetter

photo of VetterDr. Amy Vetter (Teacher Education and Higher Education) received new funding from the Research Foundation of the City University of New York on Behalf of Hunter College for her project “Using discourse analysis to facilitate critical conversations in the English classroom.” This project is supported by funds from The Spencer Foundation. The purpose of the research is to investigate how a professional development opportunity for English teachers to study their classroom discourse impacts their facilitation of critical conversations about literature with students.

Vetter holds a Bachelor of English from Southwestern University, a Master of Arts in Curriculum & Instruction and a PhD in Language and Literacy from the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Jean Kang

photo of KangDr. Jean Kang (Specialized Education Services) received over $249,000 in funding from the United States Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs for her project “Preparing Post-Baccalaureate Early Interventionists/Early Childhood Educators for Working with ALL Children.”

A critical concern in early childhood special education is the shortage of highly qualified professionals with the knowledge and skills to teach high-needs children from birth to five years old who have 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.

Building on prior success at UNCG, this project will focus on preparing future early interventionists and early childhood educators to implement high-quality programming for young children with disabilities. The primary goal 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.

Kang holds a Bachelor of Science in Special Education from Ewha Womens University in South Korea, a Master of Science in Special Education from the University of Kansas and a PhD in Unified Early Childhood Education from the University of Kansas.

Dr. John Willse

photo of WillseDr. John Willse (Educational Research Methodology) received new funding from the American Board of Pediatrics for his project “Experiential Measurement Training with American Board of Pediatrics.”

The assistantship is an appointment at the American Board of Pediatrics’ office in Chapel Hill. The primary role of the graduate assistant will be to assist psychometric staff with both operational psychometric work such as standard setting, statistical analysis, technical report writing, practice analysis) and applied research projects, such as conducting literature reviews, designing research studies, analyzing data, and preparing manuscripts and presentations.

Willse holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Virginia, a Master of Arts in general psychology and a Doctor of Psychology in assessment and measurement from James Madison University.

Dr. Julie Edmunds

photo of EdmundsDr. Julie Edmunds (SERVE Center) received a continuation of funding from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for the project “Early College HIgh School – Efficacy Goal 3 Retrospective.” This is the final year of a three-year consultation. Doug Lauen, Associate Professor of Public Policy at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is doing a quasi-experimental replication of the original lottery-based experimental study on early colleges, looking at the impact of 75 early colleges in North Carolina. Edmunds is helping with the research design and analyses.

Edmunds is program director for Secondary School Reform at SERVE Center at UNCG and conducts research on issues primarily related to high school reform. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Yale University, a Master of Education from UNCG, and a PhD in Education from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Nadja Cech

photo of CechDr. Nadja Cech (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received additional funding from the National Institutes of Health for the project “Strategies to Investigate Synergy in Botanical Medicines.”

The central challenge that impedes research on botanical dietary supplements is how to address their complexity and variability. Practitioners of herbal medicine argue that this complexity results in beneficial synergistic interactions. However, the specific constituents responsible for synergistic activity, and the mechanisms by which these constituents interact, are rarely known.

The goal of this project is to apply an innovative two-pronged approach to study 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. As an outcome of the experiments, the expectation is 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. In addition, the project seeks more broadly to 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.

Cech received her PhD in Analytical Chemistry from the University of New Mexico. She supervises a group of 12 undergraduates, graduate students, and post-doctoral research associates. Cech has been recognized for both her teaching and her research.

Dr. Dianne H.B. Welsh

photo of WelshDr. Dianne H.B. Welsh (Bryan School) received the Best Paper Award with her co-authors at the Global Innovation & Knowledge Academy (GIKA) conference in Portugal in June. Approximately 500 attended the conference. This paper will be published in the Journal of Business Research. The paper is titled “Determinants of women entrepreneurs’ firm performance in a challenging environment: evidence from Egypt.” Welsh is Hayes Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurship Program director.

Dr. Arthur Anastopoulos

photo of AnastopoulosDr. Arthur Anastopoulos received a continuation of funding from the DOED Institute of Education Sciences for his project “Improving the Educational and Social Emotional Functioning of College Students with ADHD.”

The number of young adults with ADHD pursuing college degrees has risen dramatically in the past 30 years, with current prevalence rates ranging between 5 and 8 percent. 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.

Currently, colleges and universities primarily provide students with ADHD with accommodations, such as extended time on tests. Unfortunately, these services do not address the core difficulties shown to lead to impairment in college students with ADHD. A 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 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 completed a bachelor’s degree in Child Study from Tufts University, a master’s in general-experimental psychology from Wake Forest University and a PhD in clinical psychology from Purdue University. He is director of the AD/HD Clinic at UNCG.

Dr. Zhanxiang Zhou

photo of ZhouDr. Zhanxiang Zhou (Health & Human Sciences – Nutrition) received continuation of funding from the National Institutes of Health for the project “Lipotoxicity in Alcoholic Liver Disease.”

Alcoholic liver disease (ALD) is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States. Alcoholic steatosis is the earliest pathological change in the progression of ALD. Deposition of excessive lipids in the hepatocyte generates lipotoxicity, which mediates alcohol-induced liver injury. Zhou and his team found that hepatic free fatty acid (FFA) levels are increased along with triglyceride accumulation in a mouse model of ALD. Cell culture study further demonstrated that FFA-induced cell injury is significantly exaggerated by inhibition of triglyceride synthesis. Findings suggest that FFA rather than triglyceride generates lipotoxicity.

The NIH-funded project aims to gain experimental evidence to support an emerging concept that FFA lipotoxicity is a causal factor in the pathogenesis of ALD. The hypothesis will be tested by carrying out four specific aims: Aim 1 is to dissect the role of FFA from triglyceride in the pathogenesis of ALD; Aim 2 is to investigate the molecular mechanisms by which alcohol increases adipose FA release and hepatic FA influx; Aim 3 is to investigate the molecular mechanisms by which alcohol impairs hepatic FFA clearance; and Aim 4 is to determine if AhR activation mediates FFA lipotoxicity.

Zhou received a bachelor’s from Hebei Agricultural University in China and a master’s from Beijing Agricultural University before completing his PhD at the University of Ehime in Japan. He is co-director of the Center for Translational Biomedical Research.

Dr. Holly Sienkiewicz

photo of SienkiewiczDr. Holly Sienkiewicz (Center for New North Carolinians) received a continuation of funding from the United Way of Greater Greensboro for her 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 ongoing concern. The objective of this project is to help newly arrived immigrants manage their transition and begin the process of cultural integration by learning English, providing job readiness skills for adults, and acting as a cultural broker.

Seinkiewicz is director of research at the Center for New North Carolinians and teaches adjunct courses in the Department of Public Health Education at UNCG.

Dr. Christina O’Connor

photo of OconnorDr. Christina O’Connor (School of Education, Teacher’s Academy) received $1,208,717 in continued funding from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Innovation and Improvement for the project “Transforming Teaching through Technology (TTtT).”  

Transforming Teaching through Technology, a Teacher Quality Partnership project of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in partnership with Guilford County Schools and Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, will develop an innovative and replicable model for the integration of technology in the teacher education curriculum.

In order to better prepare current and future teachers to thoughtfully integrate existing and emerging technology for P-12 student learning, the project will:

  • Move beyond enhancement (substitution and augmenting) to promote transformational use of instructional technology in teaching and learning
  • Transform approaches to P-12 learning such that instructional technology is an integral part of learning
  • Alter the way we engage and motivate students in learning
  • Create space where teacher candidates can be engaged in instructional technology-enriched teacher education programming
  • Cultivate meaningful collaboration between university and schools to promote new mindsets to integrate instructional technology for learning

It is expected that this project will result in increased engagement of public school students in innovation, creativity, problem-solving and entrepreneurship through the development of collaborative project-based learning environments utilizing emerging technology and 21st Century skills.

O’Connor completed a master of education in literacy education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a master of school administration and PhD in Educational Studies with a concentration in Teacher Education at UNCG.

Dr. Joan Titus

photo of TitusDr. Joan Titus (Musicology) received new funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities for her project “Dmitry Shostakovich and Music for Stalinist Cinema, 1936-1953.”

Despite Dmitry Shostakovich’s celebrated reputation as a concert and stage composer, his film music only recently has garnered attention from audiences and scholars, the abstract notes. A history of his scoring for Soviet cinema, and generally of Russian film music, has yet to be substantively written. This research project will fill this gap. This project will be used to write a book, titled “Dmitry Shostakovich and Music for Stalinist Cinema”, which traces his development as one of the Soviet Union’s preeminent film composers from 1936 until Josef Stalin’s death in 1953. This book provides an examination of his scoring practices, his unique relationship with directors and with the film industry, and his engagement with cultural politics and audiences. It is based on archival materials, provides detailed musical and cinematic analysis, and provides a review of contemporaneous reception. This NEH Fellowship will be used to complete this manuscript and to create a video companion website.

George Hancock

photo of HancockGeorge Hancock (SERVE Center) received funding of more than $570,000 from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) for the North Carolina Homeless Education Program/NC Foster Care Education Program.