UNCG Campus Weekly

Campus Weekly is published each Wednesday when classes are in session. In the summer, it is published biweekly.

Archives for July 2013


Brown Biggers and Armondo Collins have been awarded the University Libraries’ annual Innovation and Program Enrichment Funding Award. Their project title is “DMC Makerspace.”

With the grant, the Digital Media Commons in Jackson Library will expand its multi-media support services to include 3D printing through the purchase of a “Replicator 2” 3D printer from Makerbot Industries. 3D printing is the process of making a physical object from a digital file. Details at this blog.

Dr. Patricia Reggio

Portrait of Patricia ReggioDr. Patricia Reggio (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received new funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for her project “Optimization of High Selectivity Antagonist Hits for the GPR55 Receptor.” During a collaborative project between our individual laboratories and the Sanford-Burnham screening center of the Molecular Libraries Probe Production Centers Network, we identified a series of GPR55 antagonists that belong to novel, unreported GPR55 antagonist chemotypes with IC50s in the 0.34 to 2.72 µM range, the abstract states. “We propose here to leverage these promising high-content screen results using state-of-the-art structure-based design and cheminformatics tools combined with a synthesis strategy to develop an SAR for selected scaffolds that leads to the identification of low nanomolar IC50 GPR55 antagonists with high receptor selectivity.”

Dr. Karen Wixson

Portrait of Dr. Karen WixsonDr. Karen Wixson (School of Education) received new funding from UNC General Administration for the project “Race to the Top: NC New Teacher Support Program.” The goal of the program is to improve the effectiveness of beginning teachers through intensive induction support aligned to each teacher’s individual needs, teaching assignment and school environment, the abstract says. The program provides support for beginning teachers in high-priority schools that begins before their first day in the classroom and continues throughout their first three years of teaching. Key elements include an intensive one-week Summer Institute “boot camp;” individualized classroom coaching; and six follow-up professional development sessions per year. Wixson is dean of the School of Education.

Dr. Susan Calkins

Portrait of Susan CalkinsDr. Susan Calkins (Human Development and Family Studies) received a continuation of funding from the US DHHS NIH National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) for the project “Developmental Trajectories of Early Behavior Problems.” This proposal describes an adolescent follow-up of 447 boys and girls, the abstract says. “By extending our biobehavioral model to incorporate cortical functioning and specific dimensions of psychopathology and risky behaviors, this longitudinal sample is uniquely suited to study the role of self-regulation in psychosocial adaptation and functioning in adolescent boys and girls.”

Calkins also received new funding from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University for the project “Psychobiology of Cognitive Development.”

Dr. Stanley Faeth

Portrait of Dr. Stanley FaethDr. Stanley Faeth (Biology) received additional funding from the National Science Foundation for the project “Transforming Minds in a Transitioning Community.” He is PI, with co-PIs Catherine Matthews and John Lepri. STEM Faculty Advisors and departments involved: Biology, Anne Hershey, Matina Kalcounis-Rueppel, Parke Rublee, Gideon Wasserberg; Geography, Dan Royall, Paul Knapp, Zhi-Jun Liu, Gerald Lennartson, Rich Bunch, Roy Stine, Jeff Patton; Chemistry and Biochemistry, Jerry Walsh, Nadja Cech, Nicholas Oberlies, Bruce Banks, Phillip Bowen, Norman Chiu. UNCG’s GK-12 program will partner fellows from several departmental graduate programs with teachers and students at three Guilford County schools to form discovery teams to scientifically investigate the biological, health-related and socioeconomic effects of changing land use patterns in the region.

Raleigh Bailey

Portrait of Raleigh BaileyRaleigh Bailey (Center for New North Carolinians) received funding for “Thriving at Three.” A direct-service intervention strategy will continue to work with 60 at-risk Hispanic children by giving them a chance to develop their full potential at the earliest possible age (0-3 years), the abstract says.

Dr. Ulrich Reitzug

Portrait of Dr. Ulrich ReitzugDr. Ulrich Reitzug (Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations) received additional funding from Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools for the project “Piedmont Triad Leadership Academy.” PTLA partners are the Alamance- Burlington School System, Asheboro City Schools, Guilford County Schools and Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools in partnership with Piedmont Triad Education Consortium and UNCG. The PTLA represents an effort to provide outstanding school leadership preparation for four local educational agencies that serve more than 150,000 students, contain almost 100 high-need schools, will have a turnover of almost 200 principals or assistant principals over the next three years based on current school leader turnover data, and have difficulty recruiting qualified candidates.

Beth Bernhardt

Portrait of Beth BernhardtBeth Bernhardt (University Libraries) has been appointed assistant dean for Collection Management and Scholarly Communications for the libraries. She was previously electronic resources librarian at UNCG, and has consulted with a number of other libraries and organizations. Prior to coming to UNCG in 2000, she was associate director of library services at Greensboro College. Full story at this blog.

See/hear: July 10, 2013

The honorable Maggie Jeffus received the McIver Award this year. She recently retired after serving as a state legislator for two decades. Earlier, she had served as a school teacher for three decades. She received her master’s in education from UNCG in 1970. “I felt very, very honored to receive this award and something I’ll always cherish and remember,” she said. See this short video on Maggie Jeffus, shown at the awards presentation.