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Archives for April 2012

Two have reached pinnacle in Spartan Points

Two UNCG individuals so far have reached the senior level of Spartan Points, says Michelle Cathorall, director of HealthyUNCG.

They have logged more than 700 points. And they will be entered into a drawing for either a year membership at Campus Rec or an Outdoor Adventure Trip for 2.

Employees can earn Spartan Points by participating in healthy activities, and earning points between August 1 – July 31. Points can be redeemed for prizes. You must have a minimum of 150 points to earn a Freshman Level incentive.

UNCG faculty and staff have until July 31 to log their points.

 

Wes Miller bobblehead offer, last chance

At Monday’s meet-and-greet at the EUC, men’s basketball coach Wes Miller was near the entryway welcoming and talking with students, faculty and staff. Highlights played silently on a screen, as individuals talked with the players and coaching staff.

Miller spoke for a few minutes to all those gathered, as he introduced each member of his staff. Several of the team members were there as well, and he told a bit about each student as they came forward.

“I’m excited about next season,” he said. He added that he wants to help promote excitement not just about UNCG basketball, but about UNCG.

Ticket orders for next season are being accepted. Those interested in the Wes Miller bobblehead have a few days remaining to place their down payment. The end of April is the deadline for the bobblehead offer.

To place your deposit, visit www.ourgreensboroourcoach.com and click on the link, call the Ticket Office at 334.3250 or stop by the Ticket Office inside the HHP Building.

 

See/Hear: April 25, 2012

A community science event took place last weekend on the High Point Greenway. Greenway Day was a hands-on science day put on by the students, teachers and UNCG GK-12 resident scientists from Montlieu Elementary, Welborn Middle School and Andrews High. It was sponsored by UNCG’s GK-12 program, funded by the National Science Foundation. Through the UNCG program, young students are engaged in new forms of science learning and research and exposed to a variety of STEM careers. See video about the UNCG GK-12 program.

Dean Karen Wixson

The International Reading Association’s 2012 IRA Dina Feitelson Research Award, which recognizes an outstanding empirical study in reading and related disciplines published in English in a referred journal, was presented for the article “On Reading Fluency Assessment: Issues of Construct, Criterion, and Consequential Validity” published in Reading Research Quarterly. Dr. Karen Wixson, dean of the School of Education, was a co-author. The award winners will be recognized during IRA’s Chicago Convention on April 30.

Dr. Robert Stavn

Dr. Robert Stavn has become the first faculty member to receive a grant from the Open Access Publishing Support Fund.

In early February 2012, the University Libraries and the Office of Research & Economic Development created an Open Access Publishing Support Fund in order to support faculty, EPA employees and graduate students who are becoming increasingly involved in open access publishing. The first grant of $1,000 from this fund was recently awarded to Robert Hans (Biology), for his article, “Mass-specific scattering cross sections of suspended sediments and aggregates: theoretical limits and applications,” in “OpticsExpress .” Details about this pilot program are here.

 

Dr. Nadja Cech

Dr. Nadja Cech received a grant from the National Institutes of Health for the project “Unraveling Immunostimulatory and Immunosuppressive Effects of Echinacea purpurea.” Echinacea constitutes a greater percentage of the multibillion dollar US dietary supplements industry than any other herbal medicines, with annual sales of more than $100 million, the abstract notes. “A major goal of this project is to develop methods to produce Echinacea extracts with consistent, high anti-inflammatory activity. In so doing, we also seek to address a confounding factor in Echinacea research, which is that some immunostimulatory compounds may be produced by bacterial endophytes – microbes living asymptomatically within the Echinacea plant.”

Jeff Trivette

Jeff Trivette has been named SoCon coach of the year for women’s tennis. Trivette earned his first coach of the year award on the women’s side after leading UNCG to its first league title since 1999 and first-ever outright SoCon title. The Spartans, ranked No. 74 nationally late in the season, went 10-0 in the league for the first time in school history. Trivette, who was the league’s men’s coach of the year in 2001, is UNCG’s first SoCon Coach of the Year for the Spartan women since Paul Lubbers took the award in 1999. He becomes just the third coach in league history to earn the honor on both the men’s and women’s sides, Phil Perry notes.

UNCG redshirt junior Niltooli Wilkins is SoCon Women’s Tennis Player of the Year. At No. 1 seed, she went 10-0 in conference play. Full story at UNCG Athletics.

On the men’s side, UNCG senior Orcun Seyrek was named SoCon Men’s Tennis Player of the Year for the second time in his career. He was 10-0 in conference play, as the No. 1 seed.

 

Dr. David F. Ayers

Dr. David F. Ayers (Teacher Education and Higher Education) has been elected president of the North Carolina Chapter of the American Association of University Professors. His research deals with the political economy of governance in higher education.

Dr. Carol Mullen

Dr. Carol Mullen (ELC) is co-publisher of a new book, “The SAGE handbook of mentoring and coaching in education.”

Dr. Kim Kappler Hewitt

Dr. Kim Kappler Hewitt (ELC) was featured in “School Leadership Briefing,” a monthly audio journal for educational leaders. It boasts more than 10,000 subscribers. The interview was based on her new co-authored book “Differentiation Is an Expectation: A School Leader’s Guide to Building a Culture of Differentiation.”

Dean Brown will retire

Dr. Robert Brown will retire this summer after serving 10 years as dean of UNCG’s Division of Continual Learning (DCL).

Provost David H. Perrin said, “I am grateful to Dean Brown for all he has done to raise the level, profile and quality of online courses and programs at UNCG during his distinguished period of leadership. The many external awards earned and innovative programs launched, as well as the esteemed reputation DCL garnered within the UNC System’s online community, provide impressive evidence of Dean Brown’s outstanding contributions to UNCG.”

Brown will retire July 31, 2012. Dr. Jim Eddy, who is director of the Office of Academic Outreach and professor of Public Health Education in the School of Health and Human Sciences, will then serve as interim dean. Eddy’s two-year interim appointment is effective Aug. 1.

During Brown’s tenure as dean, UNCG has fostered a reputation for high-quality online programs and courses. ECON201, an economics course delivered as a video game, received a Gold Award from the U.S Distance Learning Association (USDLA). Platinum awards were awarded for Western Civilization 101 and 102; and a bronze award was presented for Political Science 105. An International E-Learning Association award was earned for Music 241.

DCL staff collaborated closely with faculty in the development of those courses.

There were no degree programs completely online when his tenure began, Brown recently noted. MALS – the master’s of arts in liberal studies program – was the first at UNCG to be totally online. Now, there are 25 online degree and certificate programs: 12 online degree programs, 13 online certificate programs.

Currently, about 40,000 student credit hours each year are in online courses.

Brown is particularly pleased with UNCG’s development of iSchool, which allowed many high school students in rural areas throughout the state online access to university courses for credit. In total, 27,000 high school students received UNCG credit through iSchool, he says.

He also notes that distance learning has grown every year during his tenure. Through the online courses and programs, many individuals have had access to education essential for furthering their career goals. He’s proud to have been a “chief advocate for online learning” at UNCG.

Over the past decade, Brown has played an integral role in the development of online learning at the state government level and with the UNC system.

Brown received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English at the University of Houston, and his PhD in 17th century British Literature at Maryland, where he then served as assistant to the provost. He was an analyst for the investigative arm of the Congressional offices. A consultant. A textbook writer. Earlier in life he’d been a carpenter. A ranch hand. He worked at the docks to pay his way through school.

After his work as a consultant, he became a communications analyst for the RAND Corporation think-tank. Then, as English professor and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Oklahoma State University, he saw how satellite hook-ups for Advanced Placement courses could change high school students’ lives. His life was changed as well.

“Our greatest resource here (at UNCG) is our faculty,” he said. Through online offerings, “We extend that resource to the community and the world.”

He quotes John Dewey: “Education is the fundamental method of social progress and reform.” Online learning brings accessibility to education. Brown says, “I feel privileged to have contributed in some small way to that progress and reform.”

By Mike Harris

[Note: This updated post contains a correction to John Dewey’s name in the last paragraph.]

 

Telling it like it was

Audio recordings and transcripts bring history alive. What’s even better is when UNCG students, as well as staff, faculty and fellow Reunion attendees, are able to hear the historic figures firsthand – and ask questions. Such an event was in the EUC’s Multicultural Resource Center on April 13.

University Libraries has interviewed 22 of our campus’ earliest African-American alumnae. Some of these individuals were on hand as more than a dozen alumnae gave their impressions and some memories of their experiences on campus during what one called “very turbulent times” in society.

JoAnne Smart Drane spoke first. She and the late Bettye Tillman were the first African-American students on campus, enrolling in 1956. Drane noted that Jim Crow was alive and well during that period, with separate water fountains and bathrooms for whites and African-Americans. One white student did take Drane “under her wing” during orientation – Adelaide Bennington. “I am appreciative of her friendship.” (An account of her first days on campus is here.)

Dr. Ada Fisher graduated in 1970. “Bad experiences? There were a lot,” she said. But she explained that “Chancellor Ferguson ended up being my friend.” She was on the Chancellor’s Cabinet, she said. He taught her how to prove racism when she encountered it. Several UNCG individuals parted ways with the campus as a result, she explained.

A memorable incident was when the report of Malcolm X’s death came on the news. Some wanted to set a building on fire; she argued against it. They immediately went to Chancellor Ferguson. If you don’t want to go to class, fine, he said. If you want to go to class, that’s better, he added. She completed her degree program, continued her academic career, and ultimately became a doctor.

Myrna Colley-Lee ‘62 grew up in Greensboro and drove protesters to and from the Woolworth protests, but her father did not want her in the protest.

More than one alumna remarked that she almost did not come to this Reunion. Smart has remarked in the past that she stayed away from UNCG for a long time. With the good memories, there are painful memories – that is clear.

Alice Brown ‘65 recalled, “I was on Tate Street with my picket sign.” (See story about the 1963 Tate St. protests.) She became a teacher, and she spoke to the students and attendees about her years here. “What we went through made us activists to this day.”

Insensitivity and ignorance were remembered, as the various individuals spoke, as well as some examples of blatant racism. And many positives, such as friendships and supportive relationships and the excellent education they received, were remembered as well. One student in the audience was struck that the alumnae had had strong feelings for the supportive housekeepers – she and her friends today do too. “They keep you on track,” the student said.

Several times, it was noted that those in attendance were in the midst of history. The students were asked, what legacy will they ultimately leave? One alumna, Jewel Anthony, perhaps said it best: “I am part of a legacy.”

The transcripts for several interviews, part of the University Libraries’ African American Institutional Memory Project, may be found at libcdm1.uncg.edu/oralhisco-oh002.php.

Visual: JoAnne Smart Drane speaks on April 13.
By Mike Harris

 

Here on planet Earth

UNCG will receive 2011 Tree Campus USA designation as part of Earth Day 2012 festivities on campus Thursday, April 19.

Grounds staff plan to pre-dig two holes in front of Jackson Library, where two trees will be planted. (See earlier story.) UNCG students, staff and faculty will be able to help in planting the trees, Campus Weekly is told.

One tree will be planted around 11 a.m. and the other will be planted around 1 p.m.

A representative from the North Carolina Forest Service is scheduled to present UNCG the 2011 Tree Campus USA award at 12:45 p.m. UNCG will receive the designation for the third year in a row, from the Arbor Day Foundation, for its dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship.

See additional UNCG Earth day details at UNCG News.

 

Faculty/Staff Spring Social April 24

What could be better than a chance to gather and enjoy the warm weather, delicious treats and great conversation with our fellow faculty and staff? Chancellor Linda P. Brady invites all staff and faculty to a spring social in Taylor Garden.

Dear Colleagues:

As this academic year draws to a close, I want to thank you for your commitment to excellence in everything you do for our university. Your hard work and dedication to furthering our university’s mission and in helping our students does not go unnoticed. The phrase “Do something bigger altogether” is exactly what you do, and your work makes it possible for our students to do the same. I am not sure I can fully show the extent of my appreciation, but I would like to show my gratitude by inviting you to join me in an afternoon social.

Please drop by Taylor Garden on Tuesday, April 24, anytime between 2 and 4 p.m. for a Faculty/Staff Spring Social.

Should it rain, the Spring Social will be held in the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House.

Again, thank you for all you do for UNCG. I look forward to seeing you on the 24th!

Linda Brady

 

Apply for Staff Senate scholarship

The Staff Senate will be awarding one $500 scholarship for the 2012-13 academic year. Eligibility requirements include (but are not limited to): a UNCG staff member with at least five years service in the NC system OR the dependent, spouse, or domestic partner of a staff member with at least five years service in the NC system.

For complete information on eligibility and application instructions, visit staffsenate.uncg.edu and click on the Scholarship tab on the left.

Contact Jennifer Lester, Staff Senate PPD Committee chair, with questions: jlleste2@uncg.edu.

 

Technology fair for non-techies

Do you want to be able to access UNCG technology services and software applications on any device from anywhere – on or off campus? Do you wish you could work using your Android tablet or iPad instead of a traditional desktop or laptop computer?

Come learn about desktop cloud computing technologies being explored by UNCG and how these can benefit you.

See firsthand how desktop virtualization technologies work, hear how some UNCG faculty and staff members are already using this technology, and see some of the latest and greatest “thin client” devices.

The fair’s focus is “Smarter Computing: A first look at Desktop Replacement Technologies.”

It will be Wednesday, April 25, 2012, from 3:30 – 5 p.m. in Bryan 160.

Offered by ITS, is open to all UNCG faculty and staff.

 

Hello, Wes

UNCG faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the meet and greet for UNCG men’s basketball new head coach Wes Miller on Monday, April 23, in the EUC Maple Room. The meet and greet is free and will be held from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Light hors d’oeuvres will be served. Wes Miller will speak about the upcoming men’s basketball season and the direction of the program. He will field a question and answer session during this time. The team’s full coaching staff will be on hand as well. (See related story.)

The session is exclusively for UNCG faculty, staff and students on Reading Day.

Questions? Contact Shona Lauritano at 334-5407.

 

New BOG members visit UNCG

On April 11, the new members of the UNC Board of Governors visited UNCG, meeting with students and members of the administration, faculty and staff.

Chancellor Linda P. Brady welcomed the board members to campus and told them of our university. Jorge Quintal and Mike Byers as well as students gave them a tour of campus. Dr. Nadja Cech and her students made a presentation on how student research and faculty research enhance learning and impact economic development. Dean Jerry Pubantz spoke about Lloyd International Honors College, and students in Dr. Ali Schultheis Moore’s human rights class linked up via live videoconference with students in Beirut, Lebanon, to demonstrate the technology used in the World Classroom in North Spencer. Kristen Christman and several UNCG Guarantee students told them of the UNCG Guarantee program. A number of students throughout the morning spoke with the board members as well.

“UNCG was delighted to host President Ross as well as several new members of the UNC Board of Governors,” the chancellor said. “Their leadership and support is critical to ensuring we maintain our reputation for academic quality and fulfill our commitment to student success. I am thankful to the students, faculty and staff who participated in Wednesday’s visit. They are shining examples of our commitment to do something bigger altogether.”

Visual: UNC Board of Governors members Ed McMahan, David Powers and Dick Taylor (r-l)

Evidence Based Practices and Montagnard Health Issues

All are invited to the Center for New North Carolinians (CNNC) Research Fellows Spring Symposium. It will be April 26, 2012, 2:30- 4:30 p.m., MHRA Building, Room 2711. It features “A Discussion between Dr. Terri Shelton and CNNC Fellows: Evidence Based Practices and Montagnard Health Issues.”

Included in the discussion are:

  • Dr. Sharon Morrison, Department of Public Health, UNCG
  • Dr. Jigna Dharod, Department of Nutrition, UNCG
  • Dr. Maura Nsonwu, Department of Social Work, NC A&T
  • Dr. Stephen Sills, Department of Sociology, UNCG
  • Mr. Andrew Young, Community Advocate
  • H’ Tuyet Rahlan, Lay Health Advisor, CNNC/UNCG

RSVP to maha.cnnc@gmail.com

 

Nursing faculty launch online journal

Last week, the “International Journal of Nurse Practitioner Educators” published its first issue. This journal was created by UNCG nursing faculty with the help of University Libraries staff and the use of OJS software.

In 2010, the University Libraries announced the availability of Open Journal Systems (OJS) software. This open-source software is specifically designed to assist faculty and researchers in publishing peer-reviewed open-access journals, and it supports journal management through every stage of the peer-review and editorial process, from the submission of each manuscript to the final publication of each issue.

With Ellen Jones serving as Editor-in-Chief and Laurie Kennedy-Malone serving on the Editorial Board, the “International Journal of Nurse Practitioner Educators” published its first issue on April 8.

On the Libraries’ OJS web site, http://libjournal.uncg.edu/ojs, are three other professional journals that have been published — “Journal of Backcountry Studies,” edited by Robert Calhoun; “The International Journal of Critical Pedagogy,” edited by Leila E Villaverde; and the “Journal of Learning Spaces,” edited by Joe Williams. Others are in the early stages of development.

Any faculty member interested in the possibility of using OJS should contact Stephen Dew.

 

Leigh Tysor Olsen tells tale of The Swing, a longtime UNCG landmark

Leigh Tysor Olsen works in McIver Building for UNC General Administration. The College Foundation of North Carolina’s (CFNC.org) toll-free call center is housed in McIver. “I oversee that, as well as providing professional development across the state,” she says. She is assistant director of professional development – and she has strong Spartan ties. Olsen’s a “double alumna,” earning her bachelor’s in English in 1988 and her MEd in higher education in 1995. From 1988 until 1997 she was a UNCG staff member, and her first “real job” after graduation was in Alumni Affairs, she tells CW.

She isn’t the only staff member with memories of The Swing when it was in a different location. But she has the best story we’ve heard so far….

“I have very fond memories of The Swing. I was an undergraduate here in the mid ’80s, and many hours were spent there.

When I was in school, the swing was actually located right behind the Faculty Center – I suppose it had to be relocated when EUC was renovated.

Late one night in 1986, I met one of my sorority sisters out there, as part of my ‘initiation’ process. We started swinging, and she asked me to sing one of the old sorority songs.

Being a bit of a rebel and a comic and raised in a musical family who had me performing on stage at the ripe old age of 3, I obliged and belted out one for her. I guess the combination of the swinging and the love of singing had me a bit excited, so I asked if she ‘wanted to hear another one.’ With a little hesitation in her voice, she approved. So I sang another one and continued to swing higher. After the FOURTH offer to sing another song, she told me I could go.

I work in McIver now, and every day on my way home, I look longingly at those two seats and fight the urge to sit … and sing.”

 

Looking ahead: April 18, 2012

Faculty Senate special meeting
Wednesday, April 18, 3 p.m., Room 114, School of Education Building

Earth Day festivities
Thursday, April 19, 10 a.m., College Avenue (award presentation 12:45 p.m.)

Drama, “In the Blood,”
Friday, April 20, 8 p.m., Brown Building Theatre

University Band, with UNCG Glee Clubs
Sunday, April 22, 1:30 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

Wes Miller meet-and-greet
Monday, April 23, 11:30 a.m., Maple Room, EUC

Faculty/Staff Spring Social
Tuesday, April 24, 2 p.m., Taylor Garden

General faculty meeting
Wednesday, April 25, 3 p.m., Jarrell Hall, Jackson Library

 

Role of faculty advisors

The Students First Office and the Faculty Teaching and Learning Commons will offer the webinar “Faculty Academic Advising: Affirming the Role of Faculty Advisors” on Thursday, April 19, 2012, 3-4:30 p.m. in McIver 140. This webinar is intended to provide faculty members, decision makers and resource allocators with a better understanding of the role faculty advisors play in student success and institutional effectiveness. This session will focus on best practices in support of faculty advisors. Questions? Email students@uncg.edu

Science on Tap

The final talk in the 2012 spring series will be Tuesday, April 24, 7:30 p.m. at The Green Bean on Elm Street.

“The Music of Nature and the Nature of Music” will be Dr. Patricia Gray’s topic. She is clinical professor and senior research scientist of biomusic at the Music Research Institute, UNCG.

 

New Student & Spartan Family Programs news

At the Southern Regional Orientation Workshop/Conference, UNCG won first place in the Banner Competition (out of 30 entries) and third place in the Song Competition (out of 22 entries). They were created by Spartan Orientation staff members.

Housing and Residence Life news

At the Southeast College and University Residence Halls Association Conference, UNCG got some accolades:

  • The Residence Hall Association won the “Most Improved RHA” award
  • Karis Riddle won the National Communication Coordinator of the Year award
  • Bri Kitchel received the Fierce Pierce Award for outstanding performance in the National Residence Hall Honorary Boardroom

 

Candidate Forum April 25

The UNCG Alumni Association’s Spartan Legislative Network will present a Candidate Forum on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, from 6-8 p.m. in the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House. Candidates for national and state offices have been invited to participate. Lee Kinard ‘74, ‘77 MA, ‘88 EdD will serve as moderator.

Questions for the candidates may be submitted in advance via email at alumni@uncg.edu or via UNCG Alumni Association’s Facebook page and via Twitter (@uncgalumni). Audience members will be able to ask questions live during the forum by way of these social media options – as well as in person.

The university community is invited to attend. Those with questions may contact Mary Swantek at 256-2011 or m_swante@uncg.edu.

 

Student Success Center awarded

The Student Success Center was recently presented the 2012 ATP Tutoring Program Award of Excellence at the Association of the Tutoring Profession conference held in Seattle, Washington. The award was given based upon the comprehensive nature of the four SSC Programs (Learning Assistance Center, Special Support Services, Student Study Program, and the Supplemental Instruction Program) and the related academic support services offered to UNCG students. The Center’s mission is to provide the support students need to obtain their undergraduate degree and become lifelong learners through tutoring, counseling, peer assisted study groups, academic skill development, workshops and computer instruction. During the 2010-11 academic year, the center logged almost 30,000 service hours and served more than 4,000 students.

See/Hear: April 18, 2012

Netta McClellan is one of many staff and faculty members who “Do something bigger altogether.” She is part of the Gove Health Center. In her brief “dsba” video, she speaks about how UNCG cares for the student as a whole. How is your work or your research or your students’ aspirations an example of ‘Do something bigger altogether’? Consider sharing a short video clip. Information is here.

Fabrice Lehoucq

Fabrice Lehoucq (Political Science) has been awarded a Residential Fellowship from the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies, University of Notre Dame. During the spring of 2013, he will be on research leave to work on a manuscript tentatively titled, “Political Competition and Regime Development in Latin America.” Lehoucq specializes in comparative politics. His research has focused on the origins and breakdown of political systems, electoral fraud and reform, the operation of democratic institutions, and political economy.

Dr. Zhenquan Jia

Dr. Zhenquan Jia (Biology) received an award increase from the National Institutes of Health – NCCAM for the project “Molecular Mechanisms of Genistein in the Prevention of Inflammatory Cytokine (TNF-alpha)-induced Vascular Dysfunction.” The long-range goal of the research is to identify bioactive components and develop novel nutraceuticals that may improve vascular function and decrease the morbidity and mortality related to vascular dysfunction and related complications.

Dr. Geoff Bailey

Dr. Geoff Bailey (Student Success Center) presented a workshop at the 2012 Association for the Tutoring Profession Conference. The workshop was titled “Disruptive Innovation in Tutoring Programs.” Bailey is associate director of the Student Success Center. Additionally, Bailey and Shawn O’Neil, coordinator of LAC Tutoring, co-presented the workshop “Conquering the Mountain: Enhancing Your Tutoring Program with Key Technologies.” The 2012 ATP Conference was held in Seattle.

Hannah Rose Mendoza

Hannah Rose Mendoza (Interior Architecture) was honored with a community service award from the Interior Design Educators Council for work on the Ghana school, a projected detailed in this report. Interior Architecture’s Inews also notes that, connecting with faculty and students in the UNCG Department of Art, she and her students gather unused school supplies and ship them to schools in need in Liberia.

Dr. Olav Rueppell

Dr. Olav Rueppell (Biology) received a grant award from the Army Research Office (ARO) for “Support of the Conference of the North-American Section of the International Union for the Study of Social Insects (IUSSI).” The IUSSI is the professional society dedicated to the study of termites, ants, wasps, bees and other social arthropods. Every four years, the North American Section of the IUSSI holds a meeting to present and discuss research, with an emphasis on giving young investigators a scientific forum.

Lovelace/Aronson/Rulison

Dr. Kay Lovelace, Dr. Robert Aronson and Dr. Kelly Rulison have been awarded a $200,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to help determine when and why local public health departments use evidence-based public health strategies that have been shown to make a difference in population health. In a time of shrinking budgets, knowing what works is critically important to policy makers, communities and funders. They are each in the Department of Public Health Education. Full story at UNCG News.