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Campus People – April 7, 2010

012010CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Dr. Lin Buettner – Dr. Roy Schwartzman – Dr. Paul Silvia – Dr. Tom Kwapil – Dr. Gabriela Livas-Stein – Dr. Janet Boseovski – Dr. Lilly Shanahan – Rod Jensen

040710CampusPeople_BuettnerDr. Lin Buettner
(Recreation, Tourism and Hospitality Management) has received the 2010 Barry Reisberg Award for Non-Pharmacologic Research, Theory, and Clinical Practice. This award honors an accomplished clinician and researcher each year for their distinguished contributions to the field of non-pharmacologic Alzheimer’s disease treatment and care. She has been invited to New York City where she will present a lecture at a public awards ceremony in June and receive the honor. The award and lecture are jointly sponsored by Forest Laboratories and The Hearthstone Alzheimer’s Foundation, which promotes primarily non-pharmacologic approaches to treatment for the millions of people coping with Alzheimer’s.

040710CampusPeople_SchwartzmanDr. Roy Schwartzman (Communication Studies) presented “Holocaust Survivor Testimonies: More Than Echoes,” which was part of the Teaching With Testimonies forum, at the First International Digital Access, Outreach, and Research Conference. The conference was hosted by the Shoah Foundation Institute, founded by Steven Spielberg, at the University of Southern California on March 25-26. This invitation-only conference brought together academics, archive curators, and information technology specialists who use the 52,000-plus video testimonies for teaching and research. UNCG is one of only 24 institutions worldwide with direct on-site access to the Visual History Archives of Holocaust survivor testimonies.

040710CampusPeople_SilviaDr. Paul Silvia (Psychology) was awarded an R15 grant from the NIMH ($150,000, over three years). The R15 mechanism emphasizes research that provides quality training for undergraduates in research. In broad strokes, the project explores when people try harder or give up in the face of challenging tasks, particularly tasks at the fringe of their abilities. The R15 will provide training as well as money to present their work at scientific conferences. It’s part of a broader interest in the undergrad research experience, other examples being the 2009 book “What Psychology Majors Could (and Should) Be Doing: An Informal Guide to Research Experience and Professional Skills,” published by the American Psychological Association and co-authored with two other professors in the dept (Peter Delaney and Stuart Marcovitch). Silvia’s book about public speaking was recently published by APA Books.

040710CampusPeople_KwapilDr. Tom Kwapil (Psychology) received an invited one-week visiting professorship from the Spanish Government to teach a graduate course on Research in Clinical Psychology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

Dr. Gabriela Livas-Stein, Dr. Janet Boseovski and Dr. Lilly Shanahan (Psychology) were awarded CFRN summer stipends to support their research

040710CampusPeople_JensenMen’s basketball associate head coach Rod Jensen has resigned to become head coach at The College of Idaho. Jensen coached at Boise State University from 1983-2002. He served there as head coach the final seven seasons, compiling a 109-93 record. Following his time at Boise State, Jensen spent two seasons as an assistant at the University of Virginia. He has spent the last five seasons at UNCG.