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Archives for September 2012

Grants for community-based research

The Office of Leadership and Service-Learning, along with Undergraduate Research and the Graduate School, will offer grants to support community-based research projects for the 2012-13 school year. The community-based research (CBR) initiation grant supports proposals that represent collaborative partnerships among community partner, student and faculty teams. Faculty support of $1,000, graduate student support of $500, and undergraduate student support of $1,500 are available for research teams whose proposals are accepted. You may contact Dr. Kristin Moretto, at knmorett@uncg.edu for an application. Applications are due Oct. 7, 2012.

Offering library master’s online

The Department of Library and Information Studies (LIS) in the School of Education is now offering its Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) degree online. The fully online MLIS complements the face-to-face program on the UNCG campus. The 36-credit hour MLIS, accredited by the American Library Association and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, can be completed full-time in four semesters.

Full story at UNCG News.

 

Academic advising webinar

The webinar “Academic Advising: The Future of Student Success” will be presented Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, 2-4 p.m in McIver Room 140. Questions? Contact Students First at 4-5730 or students@uncg.edu

‘Poet of Guitar’ presents musical tour of Spain

Maestro Soler, known as “Poet of the Guitar,” will present “A Musical Tour of Spain: Literatura y Música Hispana a través de la Historia” Friday, Sept. 21, 9 p.m. in Curry Auditorium.

The musical event is sponsored by UNCG and the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

Question of gay marriage in black community

This discussion is offered Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012, 4- 5:30 p.m. at the Office of Multicultural Affairs, EUC. Is it wrong to compare the struggles of African Americans and the LGBTQ community? Does gay marriage go against African-American spiritual traditions? What is missing from conversations about the relative significance of sexual orientation versus racial discrimination? This forum will address these questions and more. The forum is co-Sponsored by UNCG NAACP, UNCG PRIDE and the UNCG Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA). For more information, contact OMA at 4-5090.

See/Hear: September 19, 2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuzJtLucKQk

A recent weekend tweet from a student noted the bustle of activity on campus. For students – as well as faculty and staff – UNCG has lots of events to offer, through the week and the weekend as well. (Following UNCG Weekend on Facebook or Twitter is one good way to stay informed from the students’ perspective.) This short “highlights video,” created by University Admissions, shows a sampling from the end of last semester. It’s titled “What’s happening at UNCG? Plenty!” Lots of faculty are on view, as well as students. Enjoy.

Dr. Gabriela Stein

Dr. Gabriela Stein (Psychology) was selected to receive the 2012 Latino Diamante Award in Education. The Latino Diamante Awards are presented each year, to honor individuals or organizations that are making significant contributions to the Latino/Hispanic community of North Carolina. It also honors outstanding Latinos/Hispanics whose success helps to enhance the image of the Latino/Hispanic community. Stein will receive the award at the 17th Annual Diamante Award Gala on Oct. 6 in Raleigh.

Dr. Fabrice Lehoucq

Dr. Fabrice Lehoucq (Political Science) has a new book, “The Politics of Modern Central America: Civil War, Democratization, and Underdevelopment,” published by Cambridge University Press. “This book analyzes the origins and consequences of civil war in Central America,” the publisher states. “Fabrice Lehoucq explains why the inability of autocracies to reform led to the civil wars of the 1980s and why violent conflict led to the unexpected transition to non-military governments in the 1990s.” It is the result of three decades of travel to – and research on – Central America.

Dr. Catherine Ennis

Dr. Catherine Ennis (Kinesiology) received supplemental funding from the National Institutes of Health for the project “The Science of Healthful Living.” The supplemental funding will allow for the increase in the number of middle schools in the Science of Healthful Living (SHL) randomized clinical trial experimental condition from 10 to 20. New experimental schools will represent three additional school districts.

Dr. Dianne Welsh

Dr. Dianne Welsh (Bryan School) will be named a fellow in the Family Firm Institute at the institute’s annual global conference in Brussels, in October. The FFI Fellows program recognizes those who demonstrate ongoing expertise and commitment to the field of family enterprise, according to the FFI web site. Today there are 158 FFI Fellows from 15 countries around the world.

Pedestrian Underpass a ‘critical connection point’

At Monday’s groundbreaking for the Pedestrian Underpass, Chancellor Linda P. Brady touched on UNCG’s 120 years of history and heritage.

The chancellor noted, “The project that brings us together today not only creates a critical connection point between our established campus and an area of the university that will help carry UNCG forward into the next 120 years, but also an extraordinary opportunity to go beyond yesterday’s boundaries and bring us closer to those we are privileged to serve today – our students and this community.”

The underpass, a collaborative effort between UNCG and the North Carolina Railroad Company, will connect the current campus with the Mixed-Use Village south of Lee Street.

The well-lit pedestrian underpass will facilitate safer pedestrian and bicycle connection between UNCG’s main campus and the Mixed-Use Village. It will begin just south of the Oakland Avenue Parking Deck, cross under Oakland Avenue and the railroad corridor and end across from the intersection of Glenwood Avenue and Lee Street.

A new UNCG police station adjacent to the Lee Street exit of the underpass is planned, as well.

At the ceremony, the chancellor said that construction on the village is underway and will include an 800-bed residential housing project. She noted that the mixed-use village aligns with Greensboro’s revitalization plan for the High Point Road/West Lee Street corridor – and that it will play a critical role in UNCG’s ongoing efforts to enhance the retention and success of our students.

North Carolina Railroad Company President Scott Saylor noted the enhanced safety the underpass will bring, for students traveling between the current campus and the village.

The pedestrian underpass is expected to be completed by the fall of 2013.

Visual: Rendering of underpass, looking southward. A large plaza, seen in earlier posts, will be on the other side of the underpass, near Lee St. Visual on CW homepage: In groundbreaking ceremony, BOT Chair David Sprinkle, BOT members Susan Safran and Dr. Kate Barrett, SGA President Chelsea Boccardo, Chancellor Linda P. Brady, Mayor Robbie Perkins, Rep. Maggie Jeffus, NC Railroad President Scott Saylor (l-r)

More freshmen, more diversity, higher SAT

The number of freshmen at UNCG has increased. Their average SAT score has increased. Their diversity has increased.

Seeing all three occur simultaneously at a university? “You almost never see that,” said Dr. Alan Boyette, vice provost.

He presented UNCG enrollment figures to the Board of Trustees Sept. 6.

UNCG has a total of 18,175 students this year, about half a percentage point lower than last year. Of those, 1,244 are distance learners, an increase of six percent from the previous year.

The number of freshmen has increased by nearly three percent. Their SAT average has climbed two points, to 1,034. Last year, the SAT average rose two points as well.

As for freshman class diversity, those identified as a racial minority has increased from 34 percent to almost 38 percent.

The percentage of out-of-state students in the freshman class is down, from 9.9 to 9.4 percent. Boyette notes that the relative lack of merit scholarships was a factor. “We continue to focus on out-of-state students,” he said, noting they benefit the university with additional diversity as well as financially, due to higher tuition for out-of-state students.

SAT scores of out-of-state students are 23 points higher than those of in-state students, it was noted.

The male/female ratio of freshmen has shifted, from 67 percent women to 65 percent women.

The number of transfers to UNCG from other institutions of higher learning has increased by almost 11 percent.

By Mike Harris

Digital Media Commons open house Sept. 18

The Digital Media Commons (DMC), which opened in late August in the lower level of Jackson Library, is a great new resource for students as they take on multimedia projects. It is also open for faculty and staff.

The campus community is invited to the DMC Open House Tuesday, Sept. 18, 4-5:30 p.m. Meet the staff and see this new commons.

The DMC provides the space and resources for UNCG’s students, faculty and staff to create and refine their multimedia projects, including web pages, digital images, digital video, digital audio, PowerPoint and more. Patrons can receive assistance with selecting, using and citing media resources, as well as consult with experts on the rhetorical, aesthetic and technical aspects of developing and communicating their ideas through media.

It is staffed by individuals from University Libraries; graduate assistants from the Media Studies and Library and Information Sciences departments; and digital literacy consultants from the Undergraduate Studies’ Multiliteracy Centers Program. The University Speaking Center and University Writing Center are part of the brand-new Multiliteracy Centers (MLC) program, housed within Undergraduate Studies.

The University Digital Literacy Center (DLC), a sister center to the Writing and Speaking Centers, is located in the new commons. The DLC is co-directed by Sara Littlejohn and Kim Cuny, with help from Graduate Assistant Director Stacy Wilder. The mission of the DLC is “to support students, faculty, and staff in their effective creation or incorporation of digital media into projects.” Consultants in the DLC provide feedback on slide presentations, video projects, podcasts, digital photography, web sites and blogs by offering collaborative, dialog-based consultations. For this inaugural semester, the DLC will be open 10 hours a week for sessions by appointment.

Details about this center are at digitalliteracycenter.uncg.edu.

Learn more at the DMC at http://library.uncg.edu/spaces/DMC/

Photograph by Doug Mokaren.

Energy goal met; new goal set

A message from Chancellor Brady regarding last year’s energy goal – and the new one for this year:

On Campus Sustainability Day, October 26, 2011, I established an energy conservation goal of 5% for fiscal year 2011-12. I am excited to report that UNCG was able to achieve that goal, resulting in the university avoiding over $300,000 in energy costs.

The decrease can be attributed to various energy conservation efforts, including the new Standards of Comfort policy, the Spartan Sparks conservation program, increased participation in the Green Office Certification program, and technological improvements such as lighting retrofits and occupancy-based controls in some residence halls and academic buildings. Weather conditions also aided our cause, particularly the mild winter.

In light of our success in 2011-12, as well as the electrical rate increase that occurred in February 2012, I have established a new energy reduction goal of 3% for this fiscal year to reduce costs and decrease the carbon footprint of the university. This goal is even more challenging, as we will not only have to reduce our consumption further but also maintain the gains we made last year. Further, should FY 2012-13 have more demanding weather, maintaining and improving on our successes in FY 2011-12 will be difficult. Adding to the challenge is the opening of the seven newly renovated Quad Buildings, which were not air conditioned prior to the renovation.

To achieve this new energy reduction target, I encourage everyone in the university community to commit to energy conservation. Be mindful of UNCG’s resource consumption and what it costs annually – UNCG spent over $6.5 million on energy last year alone! If you need tips or ideas for ways you can help, check out the UNCG Sustainability Office web site: http://www.uncg.edu/fac/sustainability/. Complying with UNCG’s Standards of Comfort policy (http://facoperations.uncg.edu/UNCG_Standards_of_Comfort.pdf) will also save energy.

With continued attention to using our resources more efficiently and the expansion of our successful energy reduction programs, UNCG will continue to move forward toward our long-term target of carbon neutrality.

ActiveU at no cost to you

ActiveU returns for 2012-13. These fitness classes are exclusively for UNCG faculty and staff – there is no admission charge.

Classes will take place at the Student Recreation Center Fridays at noon starting September 14. No SRC membership is required – but bring your UNCG ID. The sessions are hosted by HealthyUNCG and Campus Recreation.

9/14 Cardio Party (Hi/Lo)
9/21 Yogafit
9/28 Rip
10/5 On the Ball
10/12 Stress Relief and Relaxation
10/19 Simple Strength
10/26 Zumba
11/2 Knockout Kickbox
11/9 20/20/20
11/16 Trx & Cycle (reserve spot for Trx in advance)

For more information, contact ifitness@uncg.edu or 334-5924.

Chancellor’s remarks at Faculty Senate

At the Sept. 5 Faculty Senate meeting, Chancellor Linda P. Brady touched on four topics:

  • The UNC Board of Governors is working to create a strategic planning process by early 2013, she said. UNC Tomorrow took place in a different environment, she explained. The new process will tackle some of the big questions facing universities today. Brady has been asked to serve on the advisory council for the planning process.
  • A Taskforce on Children at UNCG has been created. It is chaired by Dr. Jim Clotfelter; 24 faculty, staff and administrators serve on the committee. This is a matter of prudence, a precautionary measure taken after seeing the reports from Penn State University and the Freeh Report. “I determined this university needs to be proactive regarding children and vulnerable populations, the chancellor said. The committee is creating a web site, she noted. Their report is expected to be ready by February.
  • A search has been launched for the position of vice chancellor for university advancement. Reade Taylor leads the search committee. The search is expected to conclude by the end of this semester, the chancellor said.
  • UNC President Ross would like to visit with faculty at all university system schools, this academic year. A potential date for a campus visit with UNCG faculty is Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013. A faculty forum is scheduled for that afternoon.

By Mike Harris

29 searches for new faculty

Provost David H. Perrin told the Faculty Senate at its Sept. 5 meeting that $1.8 million of CITI (Campus Initiated Tuition Increase) money recently had been allocated to academic units for faculty searches.

As they make the requests for faculty searches, the deans must link them to UNCG’s process of Academic Program Review. For example, they may show how the searches invest in the programs that were identified as exceptionally strong – or invest in those identified as challenged in quality and/or function/demand but still important to the mission and future of UNCG.

The rationale is required for any faculty searches in programs not falling under those two categories.

At this point, 29 searches in four academic units have been approved. Of those, 19 were linked to the two program categories (above).

Also in respect to Academic Program Review, he has asked the deans to work with administrative teams and departments to formulate a plan of intervention to help programs identified as challenged.

By Mike Harris

Independent black politics, 3rd party movements

Dr. Omar Ali (African American Studies) will speak about his book “In the Balance of Power: Independent Black Politics and Third Party Movements in the United States” at this week’s Campus Conversations.

It will be Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, at noon in the Faculty Center.

Campus Conversations are sponsored by the UNCG Black Faculty and Staff Association and Human Resource Services.

Additionally, Ali will deliver a ‘New York Times Talk’ titled “Africa, Islam and the Deconstruction of the White Man’s Burden” Wednesday, Sept. 19, 10 a.m., in McIver 140. It will touch on the cultural implications of white service in Africa.

Post updated Sept. 12, 1:45 p.m.

Blood drive at EUC

The Elliott University Center will host its first Red Cross Blood Drive of the 2012-13 academic year on Tuesday, Sept. 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Cone Ballroom. Schedule your donation appointment today and help the EUC reach its 400-pint goal. For those wishing to donate double red blood cells, the Red Cross is currently accepting only blood types A negative; B negative; O positive; and O negative.

Be sure to come prepared when giving blood. Have a light meal and plenty to drink. Bring your Red Cross donor card (optional), driver’s license or two other forms of identification. And bring the names of any medications you are currently taking.

For more information on giving blood and to schedule your donation appointment, visit http://euc.uncg.edu/mission/blood-drive/. Appointments will be given priority. Walk-ins are welcome.

All presenting donors will be entered for a chance to win a $3,000 gift card and receive a coupon from Mimi’s Café for a free appetizer.

Pulitzer-winner Horwitz revisits Harpers Ferry

In earlier books, author Tony Horwitz himself was typically part of the narrative. In his best-selling 1998 book “Confederates in the Attic,” he recounts his journey through the South, exploring how the Civil War is remembered or misremembered.

His works typically show “how history and memory influence us in the present,” he said at last Friday’s talk at UNCG’s Jackson Library.

He explained that in his latest book – on John Brown’s raid on the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry in 1859 – he wanted to keep the reader squarely in that point in time.

He called John Brown ‘an Ahab figure.” As Ahab had his white whale, Brown had his mission to end slavery in the South. He was a man radicalized by his times.

In “Midnight Rising,” Brown’s failed raid is detailed. He was “a big dreamer – but never good at executing plans,” Horwitz told the audience. Brown was wounded, captured, put on trial and hanged. The raid and his death were highly influential on American history.

He had a few similarities to Abraham Lincoln: a strict Calvinist upbringing, a log-school education on the frontier. But at the time of the raid, they had “very different views on race and emancipation,” Horwitz explains in his book..

If not for John Brown and his failed raid, Lincoln would not have won his nomination for presidency, he told the audience. As he says in his book, Lincoln “used Harpers Ferry to position himself as a safely moderate choice in the Republican field.”

He won the presidency. “Ultimately, with the Emancipation Proclamation, he fulfulls Brown’s dream,” Horwitz noted.

Horwitz fielded a number of questions from the audience. When asked what his next book will be, he said he typically does not move quickly into his next book. Right now, the Pulitzer Prize winner is writing pieces for Smithsonian Magazine and doing some other journalism as well.

By Mike Harris
Photo: Horwitz (right) speaks with Barry Miller (University Libraries) and a student (not show) before Miller introduces the Friends of the Libraries event speaker. Brittany Keesee (UNCG Bookstore) is far right, at book table.

Donate supplies for school teachers

A national study indicates teachers spend $500-$800 per year of their own money to supply their classrooms.

Help ease the burden on local school educators, by donating to the Teacher Supply Warehouse in Greensboro. Guilford County teachers use this warehouse to help supply their classrooms, free of charge.

Donation boxes may be found in:

  • Forney
  • McNutt
  • School of Education Building
  • McIver Building
  • Bryan Building
  • EUC 1st floor (Information Center)
  • Jackson Library
  • Moore Nursing Building
  • Armfield/Preyer Visitor’s Center

The drive deadline is this Friday (Sept. 14, 2012).

Requested items include: magazines, art posters, picture frames, ruler, scissors, index cards, office supplies, glue sticks, logo items, calculators, pencils, paper of any kind, color markers, books, wallpaper books, fabric & carpet samples/remnants, backpacks, art & craft supplies, spiral bound notebooks, maps, games & toys, binders, containers, erasers, gift/incentive items, tape, construction paper, plastic bins, crayons, packing material, tissues/wet wipes.

The drive is sponsored by the Staff Senate Off-Campus Service Committee.

Questions? Contact Jan Albrecht, committee chair, at albrecht@uncg.edu.

Staff Senate is not the only UNCG group helping the Warehouse at this time. Nine UNCG Principal Fellows spent August 30 volunteering. Campus coordinator Dr. Brian Clarida explained that “as future principals it is important to make community connections, and volunteering with organizations, such as the Teacher Supply Warehouse, can help the students understand the important contribution that community donors give to Guilford County Schools.”

For faculty: open house at Weatherspoon

Faculty member are invited at a Weatherspoon Art Museum open house Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, 4-6 p.m.

Individuals at the Weatherspoon note that art can revitalize teaching methods, provide a paper/workshop topic and much more.

Learn how observation and visual literacy can enhance critical thinking skills and elucidate visual bias, view the latest exhibitions, and participate in curator-led tours throughout the open house.

Museum staff will be on hand to answer questions about scheduling class visits and developing strategies for integrating art into course syllabus. Refreshments will be provided.

Registration is not required for this drop-in event, but faculty are invited to RSVP at weatherspoon@uncg.edu or call 4-5770.

If you are unable to attend and would like to discuss ways to connect your classes with the Weatherspoon, contact Ann Grimaldi, curator of education, at 256-1448 or ann_grimaldi@uncg.edu.

Christopher Rhea works to create virtual worlds, to help patients undergoing rehab

An effective physical therapy regimen that’s engaging too?

SimCity meets physical therapy is one of the goals of Dr. Christopher Rhea, director of the new Virtual Environment for Assessment and Rehabilitation (VEAR) Laboratory. In a lab equipped with a “slip-trip” treadmill, cameras, computers and ample empty space, Rhea and his students are able to create virtual worlds, replicating real-life situations to help patients rehabilitate injuries, disease or the effects of aging.

The virtual atmosphere gives clinicians “a more precise, optimal way to rehabilitate someone,” said Rhea (Kinesiology).

Rhea and his staff are able to build 2-D and 3-D environments for patient rehabilitation. In one example, movement patterns from a healthy participant are recorded, transposed into an avatar and projected onto a large screen. By following in the avatar’s footsteps, a patient replicates and practices a proper walking pattern. Rhea can also create an immersive virtual reality environment in 3-D.

You are invited to experience the technology first hand at the VEAR Lab’s open house from 2-4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, in Room 247 of the HHP Building.

Full story at UNCG News.

By Michelle Hines

International Housekeepers Week

The Facility Services Department of the UNCG Facilities Operations will celebrate International Housekeepers Week from September 9 -15, 2012.

Many thanks to the Housekeeping Staff for their dedication and service.

Looking ahead: Sept. 12, 2012

Staff Senate meeting
Thursday, Sept. 13, 10 a.m., Maple Room, EUC

WAM Jam, Spartones and Sapphires
Thursday, Sept. 13, 7 p.m., Weatherspoon atrium.

Volleyball vs. UNC Wilmington
Friday, Sept. 14, 7 p.m.

Men’s soccer vs. Charlotte
Saturday, Sept. 15, 7 p.m.

Sustainable book club, ‘Water to Wine’
Thursday, Sept. 20, 5:30 p.m., The Tasting Room

Dance, John Gamble Dance Theatre reunion concert
Thursday, Sept. 20. 8 p.m., Dance Theatre

Study abroad – in art

The latest art exhibition at the Multicultural Resource Center in EUC features photography by UNCG students Autumn Brehon, Kelley Carter and Aisha Crawford. It will be on display through October 19, 2012.

It highlights the diversity in our students’ study abroad experiences. “Many of our students were able to engage in activities or experiences that have direct connections with local and global issues that would encompass issues of social justice and other issues relevant to the theme of this exhibition,” said Tom Martinek (Study Abroad & Exchange Programs). “I think one message from the exhibition would be how these international and study abroad experiences can contribute to a greater understanding of local and global issues and inspire students to become more globally engaged citizens and work towards social justice in the world.”

Correction: Last week’s post on Dr. Shelly Brown Jeffey’s talk at the MRC should have indicated two authors of the article “Toward a conceptual framework of culturally relevant pedagogy: an overview of the conceptual and theoretical literature.” It was co-authored by Dr. Shelly Brown-Jeffy (Sociology) and Dr. Jewell Cooper (Teacher Education and Higher Education).

Faculty Convocation Sept. 19

The Provost’s Faculty Convocation and General Faculty Meeting will be held Wednesday, Sept.19, 2012, at 3 p.m. in the Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.

Fanny Cnops Top 50 nationally

UNCG women’s golf sophomore Fanny Cnops has been named one of the top 50 NCAA Division I female golfers by the Golf World Magazine in the 2012-13 College Preview. Cnops is the only player from the Southern Conference ranked in the top 50 and one of just four players from the state of North Carolina on the list. She enters her sophomore year on campus as the reigning SoCon Player of the Year, as well as Freshman of the Year – the first SoCon women’s golfer to earn both honors in the same season, Matt McCollester notes. Full story at UNCG Athletics.

Considering enrolling in graduate school?

For those contemplating a graduate degree, an information session will be held Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, 6 p.m., in the EUC. For more information or to register for the session, visit www.grs.uncg.edu or call 4-5596.

Weight Watchers @ Work 2012

The UNCG Weight Watchers @ Work is open to the entire UNCG community including students, faculty and staff.

The Weight Watchers at Work program consists of a series of informative and motivational group meetings. Meeting time ranges from 45 minutes to one-hour weekly on Mondays in Bryan 113 from 12:15-1:15 p.m. with weigh-in starting at noon.

UNCG Weight Watchers at Work is now offering a Monthly Pass. The pass is not only their best value ever, it gives employees flexible access to meetings in their workplace or their local community, plus free eTools to help keep employees on track. With the monthly pass, you can attend any Weight Watchers center meetings.

Interested in joining the UNCG Weight Watchers at Work Program? Come to their Open House on Monday, Sept. 17, 2012 in Bryan 113 at noon. Or attend any of the Monday meetings for free. Coming to a meeting provides you an opportunity to see how a meeting is conducted, meet current participants and have your questions answered by group leader Bobbie Gaski.

For more information, contact Elizabeth L’Eplattenier at 334-4297 or email ebleplat@uncg.edu.

Parent & Family Advisory Council Scholarship

The Office of New Student & Spartan Family Programs is now accepting applications for the Parent & Family Advisory Council (PFAC) Scholarship. The scholarship recognizes students who have inspired good will and support for the University in the larger Greensboro community. Two awards will be given in the amount of $1,000 each. Students applying must be in good academic and conduct standing, have at least one family member who is a member of the Parent & Family Association (http://spartanfamily.uncg.edu/parent-family-association/), have engaged in activities on or off campus that have fostered good will and support for UNCG, and provide two letters of reference.

Please encourage students who meet these criteria to complete an application. Applications are available at http://spartanfamily.uncg.edu/pfac/. The application deadline is Wednesday, October 10, 2012, at 5 p.m. If you would like to recommend a student for this scholarship, send the student’s name and email address to New Student & Spartan Family Programs at families@uncg.edu or 334-5231. The Parent & Family Advisory Council Scholarship is made possible through donations from UNCG parents and family members to the Spartan Families Fund.

Study participants needed: Get fit, lose weight after giving birth

Are you pregnant or just have a new baby? Do you want to get in shape and lose the pregnancy weight? Researchers in the Nutrition Department are conducting a research study to investigate the effects of a worksite diet and exercise program on weight loss in postpartum women.

Women are eligible if they are pregnant or have a baby up to 14 weeks old, 18 years or older, UNCG faculty, staff, or students, overweight or at least 10 pounds heavier than before pregnancy, nonsmokers, and free from chronic disease.

All eligible women will receive a bone density scan, body composition analysis, exercise testing, and blood analysis 2 times during the study. Some women may be enrolled in a 12-week intervention which includes dietary modifications and exercise instruction under the supervision of a registered dietitian. Women not enrolled in the intervention will receive a free consultation with the registered dietitian at the completion of the study.

The initial and follow up visits take approximately 2 hours. If enrolled in the intervention, you will meet with the research staff every other week for 15 minutes. Participants will be asked to monitor their diet and exercise weekly.

For more information, please contact Elyse Shearer at 336-256-1090 or e_sheare@uncg.edu.”

Participants sought for depression study

Depression is one of the most common psychological problems, impacting the lives of millions of Americans every year. Effective treatments are available, but questions about how these treatments work remain. An NIMH-funded clinical trial for adults with clinical depression is being conducted in the UNCG Psychology Clinic under the direction of Dr. Kari Eddington (PI). The study involves using experience sampling methodology to look at mechanisms of change during the course of short-term, structured psychotherapy. Two forms of psychotherapy are being compared, each of which has a different proposed mechanism of action leading to improvement in depressive symptoms.

Potential participants must be between the ages of 18 and 60 and must not be taking any antidepressant medications. Participants receive a free diagnostic assessment, free treatment and monetary compensation for their time. For more information, contact the DTRP lab at 458-8091.

Duane Cyrus

Duane Cyrus (Dance) received the 2012-13 N.C. Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award. The $10,000 fellowship operates on a 2-year rotating cycle by disciple. As the announcement notes, Cyrus choreographed Coco Tries New Things for TONY Award nominee Karine Plantadit in 2011, and his Cyrus Art Productions was co-producer of Stars of American Dance at Carolina Theatre in Greensboro in 2011.

Dr. Olav Rueppell

Dr. Olav Rueppell (Biology) has received funding from the National Institutes of Health for the project “Genomic Analyses of Patterns and Mechanisms of Extreme Recombination Rates in Honey Bees.”