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Archives for April 2013

Research efforts in plant biology for economic development

Dr. Barry Flinn will present a keynote address Friday, April 5, 2013, at 11 a,m. at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering. He will speak about research efforts in plant biology for Southern Virginia economic development.

Flinn joined the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research in 2005 as director of the Institute for Sustainable and Renewable Resources, and is an adjunct faculty member in both the Horticulture and Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation departments at Virginia Tech.

The Institute for Sustainable and Renewable Resources (ISRR) is a research center within the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) in Danville, Va. The ISRR’s mandate focuses on the use of plant biology to enhance economic and community development in Southern Virginia. To achieve this, the ISRR has targeted their efforts in several areas, using expertise in plant tissue culture, molecular biology, biochemistry, genomics, breeding and plant transformation.

Questions? Email Elie Azzi at e_azzi@uncg.edu.

American book cover design; talk is April 16

The new exhibition “A Fine Suit of Clothes: American Publishers’ Bindings, 1880-1920: A Progressive Exhibition” is on view in the Hodges Reading Room, second floor of Jackson Library.

Richard Minsky, an internationally known book artist, author and historian curator, will speak on the art and commerce of 19th and 20th century American trade bindings. The presentation will be held in the Hodges Reading Room April 16 at 4 p.m. A reception will follow.

Details are here.

Dr. David Ribar

012313CampusPeople_RibarDr. David Ribar (Economics) will discuss federal policy and programs dealing with childhood hunger during a presentation at the National Academy of Sciences Committee on National Statistics April 8-9. His presentation is part of a workshop investigating childhood hunger and food insecurity with a goal of reviewing current knowledge, identifying substantial research gaps and analyzing data regarding economic, health, social, cultural and demographic factors that contribute to the problem. Ribar’s research into poverty includes in-depth studies on the ways federal and state welfare and food stamp assistance programs impact recipient’s lives. Recent work includes a USDA-backed study into Guilford County Schools’ universal free breakfast program and an analysis of South Carolina’s welfare caseload. The National Academy of Sciences workshop is presented in collaboration with departments from the Institute of Medicine and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Dr. Vicki Jacobs

Dr. Vicki Jacobs (Education) will be awarded the American Educational Research Association Division K Exemplary Research in Teaching and Teacher Education Award for her book, “Mathematics Teacher Noticing: Seeing through Teachers’ Eyes” edited by Miriam Sherin, Victoria Jacobs, and Randolph Philipp at its conference in April. According to the selection committee, this book “frames how teachers teach in the context of learning when they learn where to look, what to look at, how to make sense of what they see, and how this stance is critical to supporting student learning.” The American Educational Research Association is the largest and most prestigious professional association in education. Division K represents research on teachers and teacher education. Jacobs is the Yopp Distinguished Professor in Mathematics Education at UNCG.

Laura Pipe

040313CampusPeople_PipeLaura Pipe (Undergraduate Studies) has been invited to serve as a resource faculty member at the 15th Annual National Summer Institute on Learning Communities sponsored by the National Resource Center on Learning Communities. The National Resource Center on Learning Communities is housed in the Washington Center for Improving the Quality of Undergraduate Education at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. This year’s summer institute runs from July 14-20. The goal of the institute is to give campus teams the information, resources and planning time they need to develop an action plan for starting or strengthening learning communities at their institution. Pipe is director of learning communities at UNCG.

See/hear: April 3, 2013

At the 2012 Faculty/Staff Excellence Awards ceremony, Dr. Jody Natalle (Communication Studies) and Kathy Crowe (University Libraries) received UNCG’s Student Learning Enhancement Award. “We’ve shown how you can collaborate and work across boundaries – and given the importance of assessment and the fact that it will continue to be important – this shows other people that yes you can do it too,” says Natalle in the video. Their work in teaching students communication and information literacy is highlighted in this short, excellent clip.

A reminder: The 2013 Faculty and Staff Excellence awards ceremony will be this Friday, 9 a.m., in the EUC Auditorium.