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Archives for September 2018

Upcoming Research and Engagement internal funding deadlines

The Office of Research and Engagement has established internal funding application and nomination deadlines for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Community-Engaged Pathways and Partnerships (P2): Oct. 15

Community-Engaged Pathways and Partnerships (P2) is a grant-funded fellows program that aims to strengthen collective approaches to community-engaged scholarship. Scholarship is broadly defined to include research, creative activity, inquiry, and teaching. This scholarship fellows program is unique in that it spans three years, centers community-engaged practices and outcomes, supports team-based scholarship and provides professional development to P2 Fellows.

New Faculty and Regular Faculty Research Awards: Oct. 17 by 5 p.m.

New Faculty Research Awards go to full-time tenure-track faculty below the rank of professor, clinical faculty, research faculty, and academic professional faculty who have been at UNCG for three or fewer years. Regular Faculty Research Awards go to full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty, clinical faculty, research faculty and academic professional faculty who have been at UNCG for more than three years.

Click here for a complete listing of funding application and nomination deadlines.

Dr. Olav Rueppell will be Florence Schaeffer Distinguished Professor of Science

Photo of Dr. Olav Rueppel Provost Dana L. Dunn and Dean John Z. Kiss (College of Arts & Sciences) have announced that Dr. Olav Rueppell will be appointed as the Florence Schaeffer Distinguished Professor of Science beginning January 1. In making the announcement, they noted that Rueppell is an exceptional scholar and researcher, teacher, and mentor to students.

This professorship is named for Dr. Florence Schaeffer who joined the Chemistry Department in 1922.  She became head of the department in 1934 and held this position for 30 years.

In making this appointment Dean Kiss stated that “Dr. Rueppell is the consummate teacher-scholar. We are very proud of his accomplishments and believe that he is a strong role model for our faculty.”

As a researcher, he uses honey bees to study the genetics of complex traits, genomics, social behavior, and aging. In addition, he has been addressing the urgent problem of honey bee health, which has been in national headlines. He also is interested in how the complex division of labor among bee colony members evolves, how behavioral specialization is determined, and what consequences at the individual and colony level can be measured.

In recognition of his research accomplishments, Dr. Rueppell has won the UNCG Research Excellence Award in 2009. Since then, he has had 76 peer-reviewed publications in prominent journals. He has successfully acquired many external grants from federal agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Agriculture, among others.

Regarding this strong research record, Provost Dana Dunn stated that “Professor Rueppell’s impactful research is a great example of how UNC Greensboro’s faculty make a difference by tackling issues and problems of significance.”

Rueppell started at UNCG in 2003 and has made the mentoring and training of students the highest priority in his research program. Each student that he mentors receives a high quality and intensive research experience, the announcement noted.

Five of his mentees have won UNCG Excellence Awards and a sixth won a national award, the White Research Award, for their undergraduate research. Four students have earned their Honor’s Theses under his direction. Nearly all of his mentees have gone on to successful professional careers in the sciences or medicine.

In recognition of his dedication to undergraduate education, Rueppell received the 2016 UNCG Thomas Undergraduate Research Mentor Award and in 2015 the prestigious Mid-Career Mentoring Award from Division of Biology of the Council for Undergraduate Research (CUR). He is equally dedicated to graduate mentoring, and he has graduated eight M.S. students and one Ph.D. student.

In addition, he is a superb classroom teacher, consistently receiving excellent student-based evaluations and very strong reviews from his peer faculty members. He has also been active in developing both the undergraduate and graduate curricula in biology, and he also has greatly contributed to service activities at UNCG and beyond.


Dr. Steve Kroll-Smith

Dr. Steve Kroll-Smith’s “Recovering Inequality, Hurricane Katrina, the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 and the Aftermath of Disaster” is now in print. The book was featured in the most recent UNCG Research Magazine. He spoke with Southern California Public Radio about southern California last week. More about the book is here.

Dr. Rebecca Libera

Dr. Rebecca Libera, formerly grants specialist in the Office of Sponsored Programs, has been promoted to assistant director of the Office of Sponsored Programs.

In addition to her leadership in grants administration, Becky is a certified occupational hearing conservationist and a licensed hearing instrument specialist. She is also an active performer and teacher as a bassoonist with multiple symphonies including the Fayetteville, Salisbury, and on occasion the Greensboro and North Carolina Symphonies, and has been an executive director of a local arts non-profit organization.


Dr. Jean Kang

photo of Dr. Jean Kang (Specialized Education Services) received a continuation of funding from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) for the project “Preparing Post-Baccalaureate Early Interventionists/Early Childhood Educators for Working with All Children.”

According to the abstract, the primary goal of the project is to increase the number of highly-qualified personnel to work with other professionals and families to implement responsive, evidence-based practice in their work with young children in high need community-based programs and schools, including children form traditionally underrepresented groups. The project will address absolute priority requirements including:

  • Using evidence-based practices to support adult learning and to promote positive outcomes for professionals and young children with disabilities and their families.
  • Incorporating principles and strategies of individualization into the curriculum.
  • Providing in-depth field experiences, particularly with high-need children with disabilities.
  • Incorporating national and state standards/competencies throughout the program.
  • Establishing a mentoring program to enhance student retention and success.
  • Conducting induction activities with program graduates to support them in the field.
  • Expanding partnerships with community experts, families, schools, and agencies.

The project has the potential to impact at least 2000 children and their families.

Dr. Brett Tangedal

Photo of Brett Tangedal Dr. Brett Tangedal (Mathematics and Statistics) received new funding from the National Science Foundation for the project “UNCG Summer School in Computational Number Theory.” Dan Yasaki, Talia Fernos, Sebastian Pauli and Filip Saidak are co-principal investigators on the project.

According to the abstract, the goal of the project is to run a one-week summer school in computational number theory for approximately 35 participants in the years 2019, 2020 and 2021.

The subjects for the upcoming summer schools will be:

  • Summer 2019: Expander Graphs
  • Summer 2020: Distribution of Prime Numbers and Values of Arithmetic Functions
  • Summer 2021: Computational Aspects of Hilbert’s 12th Problem

Each UNCG Summer School in Computational Number Theory will run for a week, from Monday to Friday. On a typical day, external and local experts will give talks in the morning, and in the afternoon students will solve problems related to this material. These will include theoretical as well as programming problems and computer experiments. The whole group, speakers and students, will have daily lunches together to help foster exchange in a casual atmosphere between the students and the speakers.

The aim of the Summer School in Computational Number Theory is to complement the traditional training that graduate students receive by exposing them to a constructive and computational approach to many objects in number theory. This furthers their knowledge and gives the students additional tools for their research. Furthermore, the summer school will allow the students to have the opportunity to work closely with experts in the field.

Dr. Dianne Welsh

Photo of Dianne Welsh Dr. Dianne Welsh (Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality and Tourism) received new funding from the Coleman Foundation for the project “Coleman Foundation Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellows.”

The project includes three Brainstorming Meetings with Coleman Fellows and CER (early summer, September, October 2018).  The purpose of the meetings will be to review accomplishments, identify the future direction of the program and earmark appropriate steps to achieve goals. We will assess the program’s status and develop yearly metrics to identify steps to better communicate with students why they should learn about entrepreneurship and be an entrepreneur. We will also develop an entrepreneurship brand for the program: EMC2 (Entrepreneurship Matters Community Connections).

Dr. Julie Edmunds

Dr. Julie Edmunds (School of Education / SERVE) received a continuation of funding from Jobs for the Future for the project “Early College Expansion Project Evaluation (I3).”

According to the abstract, the third-party evaluation of ECEP will assess the extent to which ECEP is having a positive impact on student outcomes associated with readiness for and success in college. The evaluation will also collect detailed data on implementation to examine the level of implementation and to provide useful feedback to the program developers.

The research questions include both impact and implementation questions:

  • To what extent does ECEP result in improved student outcomes, including increased college preparatory course-taking and success, increased numbers of students staying in school, increased high school graduation rates and increased college credits earned while in high school?
  • What services have been provided to schools? What has been the perceived quality and benefit of those services?
  • To what extent have participating schools and districts implemented the design elements of an Early College?

Dr. Wendy McColskey

Dr. Wendy McColskey (SERVE) received new funding from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPSI) for the project “21st CCLC Cohort 13 Level I Grant Review.”

Based on a request from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI), SERVE provides a proposal to conduct the Level I application reviews of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Cohort 13 grant applications in the summer of 2018 and conduct evaluation activities for the 2017-18 school year.

Dr. Robert Henson

Photo of Dr. Robert Henson Dr. Robert Henson (Educational Research Methodology) received a continuation of funding from the U.S. Department of Education for the project “Development of Accessible IRT-Based Models and Methodologies for Improving the Breadth and Accuracy of Item Option-Scored Diagnostic Assessments.”

Henson and the graduate student’s primary responsibilities will initially involve the programming and testing of the estimation algorithm. This will include the development of a user-friendly program in addition to a simulation program that will allow for the testing of the accuracy of the program to obtain estimates when the model is known. In addition, software will be developed to indicate general fit of the model to data. After having developed and tested this software suite, Henson and the graduate student’s responsibility will include data manipulation, model estimation on real world and possible modifications of the model. In its conclusion, software, software manuals and reports of the real world data will be provided.

‘Free Speech on Campus,’ a lecture by Geoffrey Stone

Geoffrey Stone, professor of law and former provost at the University of Chicago, will speak at UNCG next Wednesday on one of the more contentious topics of our era. His talk is titled “Free Speech on Campus: A Challenge of our Time.”

The talk will be held Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the EUC Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

Stone, who chaired the Committee on Freedom of Expression at the University of Chicago, is co-author of “Report of the Committee on Freedom of Expression (2015).” His Statement on Principles of Free Expression was written in 2012.

Among his books on constitutional law are “Speaking Out: Reflections of Law, Liberty and Justice;” “Top Secret: When Our Government Keeps Us in the Dark;” “Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime;” and “Eternally Vigilant: Free Speech in the Modern Era.”

He is chief editor of a twenty-volume series, “Inalienable Rights,” which is being published by the Oxford University Press.

The event is part of the campus-wide series “The 60s: Exploring the Limits.” UNCG’s Atlantic World Research Network has invited Stone to speak. He is expected to discuss the history of academic freedom, some current controversies, and ideas and approaches for the present and the future.

Faculty Senate meeting today (Sept. 5) at 3 p.m.

UNCG’s Faculty Senate will hold its first meeting of the academic year. The meeting begins Wednesday, Sept. 5), 3 p.m., in Alumni House.

Chair Andrea Hunter and Provost Dana Dunn will give remarks.

Alice Haddy and Ian Beatty will lead a discussion on the General Education Task Force. Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Cathy Akens and Director of Admissions Chris Keller will speak on the Incoming UNCG Student Profile. A discussion on BOG AP Policy for Rewarding Undergraduate Course Credit will be led by Associate Vice Provost Jodi Pettazzoni. A Constitutional Review and Update will be led by Stephen Yarbrough. In the second hour, unit delegates will have have a round table, and then Chair-elect Anthony Chow will speak on Social Media.

MFA Program Distinguished Visiting Writers Series

Photo of Lee Zacharias The UNC Greensboro MFA in Creative Writing Program and The Greensboro Review have announced the following readers for their Fall 2018 Distinguished Visiting Writers Series. Collaborating departments are also listed below.

Stacey Waite, poetry
Tuesday, September 18, 7:00 PM
Scuppernong Books, 304 S. Elm Street
Hosted by the MFA Writing Program and the College Writing Program.

Nalo Hopkinson, lecture
Wednesday, September 26, 4:00 PM
EUC Auditorium
Hosted by the MFA Program and the Women’s & Gender Studies Program.

Jamey Bradbury, fiction
Thursday, September 27, 7:00 PM, Scuppernong Books, 304 S. Elm Street

Dana Levin, poetry
Thursday, October 4, 7:00 PM, Scuppernong Books, 304 S. Elm Street

Jen Julian, fiction
Friday, October 12, 7:00 PM,
UNCG Faculty Center

Lee Zacharias, prose
Thursday, October 18, 7 p.m.
Location TBA

Rebecca Gayle Howell, poetry
Wednesday, October 24, 7 p.m.
Scuppernong Books, 304 S. Elm Street

Sarah Rose Nordgren with Jenny George, poetry
Thursday, November 8, 7 p.m.
Scuppernong Books, 304 S. Elm Street

Looking ahead: Sept. 5, 2018

Faculty Senate meeting
Wednesday, Sept. 5, 3 p.m., Alumni House

N.C. Folk Festival (co-sponsored by UNCG)
Friday-Sunday, Sept. 7-9, downtown Greensboro

Collage concert
Saturday, Sept. 8, 7:30 p.m., UNCG Auditorium

Lecture, ‘Free Speech on Campus,’ Geoffrey Stone
Wednesday, Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m., EUC Auditorium

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

Film, “Fog of War, discussant Dr. Jerry Pubantz
Thursday, Sept. 13, 6:30 p.m., School of Education Building, 120