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Archives for April 2017

Students of LIS experience Alternative Spring Break

During this year’s spring break, nine students in the School of Education’s Department of Library and Information Studies (LIS) completed special projects in libraries and archives around North Carolina.

2017 marks the first year of LIS’s Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program, in which Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) students have the opportunity to experience professional life in public libraries and archives. This project emerged through a partnership between the LIS Department and State Library of North Carolina. Students spent the week completing service projects at the George H. & Laura E. Brown Library in Washington, the Roanoke Rapids Public Library, the Randolph County Public Library, the Rockingham County Public Library, and the Wake Forest University Special Collections and Archives. Through this program, students were able to build their professional networks and strengthen connections among North Carolina librarians and archivists.

Librarians also appreciated the opportunity to work with students. Staff from all of the participating libraries said that they were “extremely satisfied” with the project.

Ross Holt from the Randolph County Public Library said that the students placed there were “outstanding and deeply knowledgeable. Each project produced tangible, substantial, actionable results.”

Students there worked with library staff to improve library services for teenagers and to help the library plan for a World War I community digitization day, to coincide with the First World War centenary.

Students enjoyed the opportunity to apply skills learned in the classroom to the real world.

Lindsey Sprague, who worked at Roanoke Rapids, said, “it was eye-opening to see my coursework in action and have a chance to meet people who have been working as librarians for decades.”

Students at Roanoke Rapids worked with the library director to develop a survey to improve computer and internet training services at the library. They were also able to participate and help out in library programs like a teen book club, a Quiz Bowl tournament, and story time programs.

The program will be offered again during Spring Break 2018, when a new selection of students will once again go throughout the state to provide a service to North Carolina libraries and learn about librarianship in the real world.

Visual:  Chase Hanes and Della Owens work in the Randolph County Public Library, Asheboro, on a World War I Digitization project they completed during the inaugural year of the UNCG SOE LIS’s Alternative Spring Break program. Photograph courtesy Mac Whatley, Randolph County Public Library.

Copy courtesy SOE.

Several resolutions at today’s Faculty Senate meeting

The April 5 Faculty Senate meeting will begin at 3 p.m. in the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House.

Anne Wallace, Faculty Senate chair, will make remarks. Brad Johnson, Faculty Senate secretary, will present the minutes. At 3:15, Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor Dana Dunn will speak and then take questions.

After the presentation by Dr. Dunn, Senate Government Committee Chair and Senate Liaison Greg Bell will present resolutions. Those include a resolution to establish a committee for non-tenure track faculty issues, a resolution to change the name of the Faculty Teaching and Learning Commons Committee to the Professional Development Committee and a resolution to change the name and charge of the Faculty Professional Development, Compensation and Welfare Committee to the Faculty Professional Compensation and Welfare Committee.

Academic Policies Committee Chair Colleen Fairbanks and Senate Liaison Wade Maki will present two resolutions. The first concerns faculty accessibility and the second is for a revision of the Academic Good Standing Policy.

Next, Anne Wallace will deliver the UNC Faculty Assembly Report from the Feb. 20 meeting. That will be followed by a presentation by Stoel Burrowes, Senate Elections Committee chair on the Nomination of Honorary Degrees Committee. His presentation will be followed by announcements.

The next general faculty meeting will be Wednesday, April 19, at 3 p.m. in the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House.

The next Faculty Senate meeting will be Wednesday, May 3, at 3 p.m. in the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House.

GEMS dinner and new season

The Growing Entrepreneurship by Mentoring Students (GEMS) program will host its wrap-up dinner April 18 at 6 p.m., to honor the students and mentors who participated this past year. Applications for next year’s program will be due May 1. GEMS is managed by the North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center and arranges monthly one-on-one meetings between top entrepreneurial students and experienced entrepreneur mentors, as well as dinner, receptions and other meetings and workshops to encourage networking and the sharing of information among students and mentors. There is no cost for students to participate and all full-time college students are invited to submit applications. Find more information on GEMS here.

John Sopper

Photo of John Sopper. John Sopper, program chair for Grogan Residential College in the University Teaching and Learning Commons (UTLC), has been accepted to join a cohort of researchers who will spend the next two years investigating the impact of Residential Colleges on student outcomes, faculty experiences, staff experiences and institutional cultures. This multi-institutional project is sponsored by the Center for Engaged Learning at Elon University. Researchers from across the nation will meet June 25-30, 2017, on Elon’s campus to collaboratively develop and plan several multi-institutional research projects to be conducted throughout the following year at the participants’ own institutions. In June 2018 and again in June 2019, participants will reconvene to share their results, to plan continuations of their work and to host a conference. Sopper’s research will build on work begun at the 2016 Institute on Project-Based Learning held at Worcester Polytechnic Institute June 22-26, 2016.

Emily Britton

Photo of Emily Britton. Emily Britton (Chemistry and Biochemistry – Faculty Advisor: Dr. Nadja Cech) received  continued funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the project “Inhibition of spreading factors with natural products: A new anti-virulence approach against pathogenic bacteria.”  The abstract notes that Staphylococcus aureus is the most common cause of skin and soft tissue infections, and the use of antibiotics to treat these infections has led to drug resistance. According to the CDC, methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) caused an estimated 80,000 infections and over 11,000 deaths in the US in 2011. Additionally, treating MRSA infections costs twice as much as infections that are susceptible to antibiotics.  Since 2009, the FDA has approved only two new antibiotics, which is due in part to the drug pipeline being depleted of potential treatments as pharmaceutical companies shift their focus to more profitable research areas.  New therapeutic strategies against MRSA and other resistant bacteria are greatly needed.  In developing of these strategies, it is critically important to consider ways to break the cycle of resistance development.

One promising therapeutic approach against drug resistant pathogens is to target bacterial virulence.  The concept behind anti-virulence approaches is to inhibit non-essential pathways that contribute to pathogenicity, thereby facilitating clearance of the infection without pressuring the pathogen to become resistant.  With this project, the research team plans to develop an anti-virulence strategy against MRSA that targets hyaluronidase. Hyaluronidase is an enzyme secreted by numerous bacterial pathogens, and is referred to as a “spreading factor” because of its critical role in the bacterial growth and penetration. Currently, there are no known inhibitors of the Staphylococcus aureus hyaluronidase enzyme. The UNCG laboratory has recently identified several natural product extracts with promising anti-hyaluronidase activity, the abstract notes.

Dr. Nadja Cech

Photo of Dr. Nadja Cech. Dr. Nadja Cech (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received continued funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the project “Predoctoral Training: Innovative Technologies for Natural Products and CAM Research.” The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, in collaboration with investigators in Biology and Nutrition, is working on a multi-disciplinary research proposal to the National Institutes of Health (National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine) to support predoctoral research training in the biological sciences. Funds from this proposal will support stipends, benefits and 60 percent of tuition for five predoctoral students pursuing PhD degrees at UNCG. The theme of the proposal is “Predoctoral Training: Innovative Technologies for Research in Natural Products and CAM.”

Dr. Lisa Levenstein

Photo of Dr. Lisa Levenstein. Dr. Lisa Levenstein (History) has been named a 2017 ACLS Fellow by The American Council of Learned Societies. She is one of 71 fellow selected through ACLS’s multi-stage peer-review process from a pool of nearly 1,200 applicants. Levenstein will use the 12 month fellowship to work on the book “When Feminism Went Viral: The American Women’s Movement in the 1990s and Beyond.”

Additionally, Levenstein was interviewed on WUNC radio’s “The State of Things” March 22 about the history of women’s health care in the U.S. and the potential implications of the American Health Care Act , which was under consideration by members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Dr. Patricia H. Reggio

Photo of Dr. Patricia H. Reggio. Dr. Patricia H. Reggio (Chemistry and Biochemistry) was honored at the 2017 Excellence Awards at Triad BioNight, a biennial celebration of the region’s life science sector organized by the Piedmont Triad Office of the North Carolina Biotechnology Center.

She received the Academic Development Excellence Award, given to those who make exceptional contributions to educational program development or enhancement of workforce skill development. Reggio, who has headed UNCG’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry for 11 years, established a new Ph.D. program in medicinal biochemistry, established industry fellowships for students, recruited and retained top faculty, and attracted top students who have gone on to scientific careers with prominent universities, companies and government agencies, the organizers noted in award materials.

She is the Marie Foscue Rourk Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

See/hear: April 5, 2017

 Memories make up who we are as human beings. They create self-identity. They play a critical role in learning in the classroom. And they’re the basis of eyewitness testimony. See the this video and the article on how Dr. Thanujeni Pathman and a team of student researchers are studying how brain development impacts memory in children at UNCG’s MDLab (Memory Development, Learning and Brain).

Undergraduate Research and Creativity Expo

On Monday, April 10, the UNCG Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity Office will host the 11th annual Carolyn and Norwood Thomas Undergraduate Research and Creativity Expo, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Elliot University Center.

172 students who are engaged in faculty-mentored scholarship inquiry will present research projects through small exhibits, posters, oral presentations and scholarly performances. The 140 presentations have been developed through work with 83 faculty members and three graduate student mentors, and the presentations will represent more than 33 academic departments. The presentations are organized into four categories: Business, Economic, Education, Behavioral and Social Sciences; Humanities; Mathematics, Life and Physical Science; Visual Arts; Music, Theatre and Dance.

In the 9:15 a.m. opening session, Dr. Nadja Cech will be recognized as the 2017 Thomas Undergraduate Research Mentor and will speak on mentoring at UNCG. At noon, several performers will present their work in music, theatre and dance.

After the presentations, three top participants will be selected for awards in two categories, which are:

Humanities, Business, Economic, Education, Behavioral and Social Sciences
Mathematics, Life and Physical Sciences

“This is the largest undergraduate research expo UNCG has ever hosted,” shared Lee Phillips, the director of the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity Office. “It really shows the dedication of our faculty to curricular and co-curricular research and opportunities. It’s a true showcase of our undergraduates and the university.”

Friends, family and community members are invited to attend and talk with the students about their work.

Refreshments will be available throughout the day. For more information and to see the schedule, visit the website. See the complete list of presentations here.

Looking Ahead: April 5, 2017

Graduate Research Expo: ‘Scholarship that Matters’
Wednesday, April 5, noon, Elliott University Center

Faculty Senate Meeting
Wednesday, April 5, 3 p.m., Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room

HHS Health and Wellness Expo
Thursday, April 6, 11:30 a.m., Cone Ballroom. EUC

Trumpet Ensemble Spring Concert
Thursday, April 6, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall

Intercultural Engagement talk: ‘Hidden Voices: The Lives of LGBT Muslims’
Thursday, April 6, 2017, 7 p.m., EUC Auditorium

Ivy Pull work-day in Peabody Park, led by Dr. Lacey
Friday, April 7, Peabody Park pedestrian bridge

International Festival
Saturday, April 8, 12 p.m., College Ave

Carolyn & Norwood Thomas Undergraduate Research Expo
Monday, April 10, 9 a.m., Elliott University Center

Staff Senate meeting
Thursday, April 13, 10 a.m., Alumni House