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Campus People – May 26, 2010

012010CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Dr. Jo Ramsay Leimenstoll – Dr. Keith Erikson – Richard “Trey” McDonald – Dr. Dianne H.B. Welsh – Dr. Heidi Gazelle – Dr. Gabriela Livas Stein – Corey Gipson – Dr. Ken Snowden

052610CampusPeople_LeimenstollDr. Jo Ramsay Leimenstoll (Interior Architecture) has co-written “Thomas Day: Master Craftsman and Free Man of Color.” The furniture of Thomas Day has long been celebrated for its craftsmanship and artistry. His mantels, newel posts and other interior woodwork, however, have generally been regarded as a minor sideline. Leimenstoll has made the most extensive study to date of Day’s architectural woodwork. Her co-author, an expert on Day’s furniture, is Patricia Phillips Marshall, curator of decorative arts for the N.C. Executive Mansion and the N.C. Museum of History. Published by The University of North Carolina Press, the book was released May 22 in conjunction with the opening of “Behind the Veneer,” a Day exhibit at the Museum of History. The roots of the book project go back to 1991, when Leimenstoll worked as the architect on the restoration of the Thomas Day House in Milton. She heard from locals that other houses in the area had woodwork by Day, who owned the largest furniture shop in the state in the mid-19th century. She knocked on doors and did much of her research by word of mouth. The houses with Day woodwork continued to add up. “I was very excited to find six newels that appeared to have been cut from the same template,” she says. “That’s when I realized he was really turning out the woodwork as well as furniture. Prior to this, people thought of him as a furniture maker who happened to occasionally dabble in woodwork.” She eventually documented 80 homes with the same motifs and distinctive energy found in Day’s furniture.

052610CampusPeople_EriksonDr. Keith Erikson (Nutrition) has received the 2010 Mead Johnson Award for his investigation of how the trace elements iron and manganese affect the brain. The award from the American Society for Nutrition recognizes a researcher for excellence in work conducted within 10 years of completing postgraduate training. He accepted the award at the recent Experimental Biology meeting in Anaheim, Calif. Erikson researches fundamental questions about the interactions of iron and manganese in the developing brain and the neurological consequences of their dietary imbalance. In a series of four articles, he established that decreased iron in the brain disrupts normal neurotransmitter activity. His laboratory has established that insufficient dietary iron leads to a dangerous accumulation of manganese in dopamine-rich brain regions. This manganese toxicity interferes with GABA, the chief inhibitory neurotransmitter, causing symptoms that resemble Parkinson’s disease. His subsequent research has continued to explore the effects of manganese on GABA and other neurotransmitters that modulate dopamine, including norepinephrine. Erikson joined the UNCG faculty in 2003. He received UNCG’s Research Excellence Award for 2006-07.

Richard “Trey” McDonald
is UNCG’s new sustainability coordinator for operations. McDonald will work with supervisors/directors within the operations areas of campus enterprises and will address issues such as waste reduction, energy efficiency, green building and green cleaning. He will assist the program directors in identifying, implementing and tracking progress of the university’s sustainability goals in these areas. Before joining UNCG last month, McDonald was a sustainability coordinator at the University of Richmond..

052610CampusPeople_WelshDr. Dianne H.B. Welsh (Business Administration) received the Best Paper in Social Entrepreneurship award at the U.S. Assn. of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) at the 2010 meeting in January and the 2nd Place Award for the Best Paper Poster at the Family Enterprise Research Conference (FERC) in April.

052610CampusPeople_GazelleDr. Heidi Gazelle (Psychology) is co-editor of a monograph titled “Social Anxiety in Childhood: Bridging Developmental and Clinical Perspectives: New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development.” The work was based on a Kendon Smith Lecture Series.

Dr. Gabriela Livas Stein
(Psychology) gave a community presentation on mental health and stress management in Latinos for the Hispanic Business Owners and Professionals meeting in Winston-Salem on May 4.

052610CampusPeople_GipsonCorey Gipson (Athletics) has been promoted to the position of associate head coach of men’s basketball. Gipson came to UNCG as an assistant coach last summer and is being promoted into the slot vacated by Rod Jensen when he was named the head coach at the College of Idaho. Gipson earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Austin Peay State University. Gipson spent four seasons on the staff at Division II Virginia State University in Petersburg, Va. A new assistant coach, Wes Miller, has joined the team. Miller played guard for the UNC-CH Tar Heels 2004-7. His experiences were detailed in his book “The Road to Blue Heaven.” He was most recently an assistant coach at High Point University. He will specifically be focused on recruiting in North Carolina and in prep school programs nationally and will work closely with the guards.

052610CampusPeople_SnowdenThe National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) has appointed Dr. Ken Snowden (Economics) as a Research Associate in its Development of the American Economy Program. He joins colleagues Dr. Chris Ruhm, who is also a NBER research associate, and Stephen Holland, who is a NBER faculty research fellow.

WithTheStaffHello: Callie Moss, Jackson Library – Cory S. Fulton, ITS – Suzanne Evans, Student Health – Debra Toler, H&R Life – Anthony Gilyard, Housing & Residence Life

Good-bye: Jennifer Buckner, Student Health Services – Ajaya Francis, International Programs Center – Rose Marie Mayo, Housing & Residence Life – George McQueen, Housekeeping – Nadia Brown-Clark, Bryan School – Glenn Vignola, Facilities Operations – Carol Register, School of Education – Linda Mckinnon, Facilities Operations – Lisa O’Brien, Bryan School – Leanne Moser, Dean’s Office, School of Education – Cynthia Wyrick, Grogan College