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Dr. Nick Oberlies
Dr. Nick Oberlies

Dr. Nick Oberlies has a fondness for fungus. At least in a clinical sense. He hopes some of the components of fungus can one day be used to create disease-fighting drugs. It's just one of the natural substances his research group is examining for the potential to heal. “I can tell you that fifteen hundred people will die in the United States today of cancer. And tomorrow fifteen hundred people will die of cancer. So there's still plenty of research to do. And let me tell you, I wouldn't come to work every day if I didn't think we were going to find something someday that will kill the heck out of cancer.”

 

Chia-Chi Chuang '12 PhD, originally from Taiwan, came to UNCG after reading a journal article by Dr. Mike McIntosh, who studies conjugated linoleic acid, which causes mature fat cells to shrink. In her years at UNCG, she studied resveratrol, a component found in red grapes that has been linked to increased lifespans and disease reduction in mice. Her work found there might be some validity to the “French Paradox” — consuming red wine counteracts a diet rich in saturated fats.

 

Dr. Mike Perko has one simple mission — making kids and their parents aware of the potential risks in taking dietary supplements for sports. “I do this to keep athletes healthy and safe; I really don't care about an 11-year-old's performance.”

 

Dr. Linda Stine
Dr. Linda Stine

Most summers find archaeologist Dr. Linda Stine covered in dirt. It's all part of the job when you're looking for answers in the relics of the past.

 

 

 

 

 

Anthropologist Dr. Sarah Wagner originally was interested in learning about how Balkan refugees make the transition back home. But listening to the people in her study led her to another question — how can technology be used to identify people lost to genocide?

 


Dr. Joseph Hill, a professor in specialized education services, understands deafness. He was born deaf and instructs others in teaching the deaf. He's also making sure people remember a fading sign language — Black ASL. The language originated before desegregation, when children of different races in the South had separate schools.

 

 

In 2000, Dr. Cheryl Lovelady's research made headlines when the New England Journal of Medicine published her findings that proved exercise and breastfeeding aren't mutually exclusive. Breastfeeding mothers, starting as early as four weeks postpartum, could exercise and lose weight without any negative impact on their breast milk. Since then, the nutrition professor has expanded her research to include studies on exercise and bone density as well as a study on combating childhood obesity by educating mothers. “Mothers need to take care of themselves. A healthy mom is going to be a better mother,” she says.

Learn more about her research on page 9 of the 2011 UNCG Research magazine.

 

Allyson West '12 spent years as a dancer. A busy schedule of classes, rehearsals and performances led to quick meals from drive-thrus. “I was traveling all the time and I realized I wasn't eating well,” West explains. “One day, I wasn't feeling so great nor was I performing well. I said to myself, ‘There has to be a connection.’ I did some research. It opened my eyes.” Now she's a passionate advocate for teaching dancers and other endurance athletes how to fuel their bodies properly.

 

Rakesh Babu '11 PhD
Rakesh Babu '11 PhD

Rakesh Babu '11 PhD, an assistant professor of information studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, began his research on ways computers can be improved for the blind while a graduate student in the Bryan School of Business and Economics. He wants the world to understand the issues the blind face when they interact with the web. After all, it's a problem he faces every day.

 

 

 

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