UNCG Campus Weekly

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

Dr. Perry Flynn

Dr. Perry Flynn (Communication Sciences and Disorders) received new funding from the Phoenix Academy for the project “Speech Language Pathology Service Contract with Phoenix Academy.”

The purpose of this agreement is to provide speech and language therapy services to children in the Phoenix Academy who qualify for these services.

Dr. Sonja Frison

Dr. Sonja Frison (The Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships) received a continuation of funding from the NCDHHS Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services for the project “The North Carolina Tiered Case Coordination Pilot Project, Year 3.” Drs. Ken Gruber and Jeremy Bray are co-principal investigators on the project.

In FY16, North Carolina LME-MCOs served an estimated 1.1 million Medicaid and uninsured children and youth. Concerns about a lack of coordination across child-serving systems resulting in insufficient assessment of behavioral health needs, slow delivery of  services, and an impenetrable public behavioral health system were highlighted by the Governor’s Taskforce on Mental Health/Substance Use.

Frison also received new funding from North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services for the project “NC Healthy Transitions for Youth and Young Adults with Serious Mental Disorders.”

Dr. John Willse

Dr. John Willse (Educational Research Methodology) received new funding from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for the project “Special Projects in Development and Maintenance of Statewide Assessments (OAERS/DPI, 2019-2020).”

The Office of Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Services (OAERS) in the Department of Educational Research Methodology (ERM) at UNCG will provide technical assistance and conduct research to support North Carolina Test Development program in the development and maintenance of a comprehensive system for general and alternate assessments in English language arts/reading, mathematics, science and social studies.

Willse also received new funding from Guilford County Schools for the project “Accountability Support with Guilford County Schools 2019-2020.”

Research services by the Office of Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Services (OAERS) related to data analysis, data management, and report writing.

Dr. Wei Zhong

Dr. Wei Zhong (The Center for Translational Biomedical Research) received new funding from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism for the project “DUOX2 Dysfunction in alcohol-induced Host-microbiota Dyshomeostasis.”

Dr. Heidi Carlone

Dr. Heidi Carlone (Teacher Education and Higher Education) received new funding from the Duke Energy Foundation for the project “STEM Teacher Leader Collaborative: Empowering Teachers. Nurturing STEM Equity.”

This proposal requests funding from the Duke Energy Foundation to support the following programs: 1. Summer Advanced Institute for 15 teachers; 2. Summer Introductory Institute for 20 teachers; 3. Building lending library for 150+ teachers in their network to check out science and engineering resources; and 4. Communities of Inquiry, which will take place during the school year to support teachers in continuing professional learning in their classrooms.

Dr. Jasmine DeJesus

Dr. Jasmine DeJesus (Psychology) received a continuation of funding from California State Polytechnic University for the project “Developmental Trajectories of Dyadic Feeding Interactions During Infancy and Their Association With Rapid Weight Gain.” 

DeJesus has directed the behavioral protocol and data collection for the videotaped solid food feedings. She will consul on the management, analysis, interpretation, and dissemination of that data. Specifically, she will participate in conference calls about developing coding protocols and will give feedback on manual drafts and any issues that come up during the coding based on her expertise in designing the protocol. She will also participate in disseminating the findings by giving feedback on conference presentations and manuscripts for publication.

Dr. Heidi V. Krowchuk

Dr. Heidi V. Krowchuk (Family and Community Nursing) received a continuation of funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for the project “Nurse Anesthetist Traineeships”.

The purpose of the Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship Program is to provide monetary educational support to prepare a workforce of highly competent Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) who can provide evidence-based anesthesia care and help combat the opioid abuse epidemic among the medically underserved populations in North Carolina. With the financial support provided, qualified baccalaureate prepared registered nurses will be able to matriculate into the 3-year Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program of full-time study offered by The UNCG School of Nursing and the Raleigh School of Nurse Anesthesia (RSNA). Increasing the number of CRNAs who are prepared to recognize opioid misuse, and who can effectively manage pain using evidence-based multi-modal strategies in rural and underserved communities will be accomplished through the recruitment of a diverse group of qualified baccalaureate prepared registered nurses, their clinical and didactic preparation conducted by expert CRNA and other nursing faculty, and their practice locations in rural communities and medically underserved (MUA) and health professional shortage areas (HPSAs) upon graduation.

Dr. Daniel Herr

Dr. Daniel Herr (Biology) received a continuation of funding from the National Institutes of Health for the project “UNC Greensboro MARC USTAR Engage, Sustain, and Prepare.” Dr. Matina Kalcounis-Ruppell is co-principal investigator on the project.

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) MARC U-STAR has a comprehensive undergraduate training program addressing the need to increase the diversity of students pursuing graduate studies in biomedical research and careers in the NIH-funded research workforce. The long-term goal is to increase the number of UNCG students from underrepresented (UR) and/or disadvantaged backgrounds successfully completing graduate training in biomedical or behavioral health sciences. To reach this goal the UNCG MARC U-STAR program will engage these fellows in substantive independent research projects leading to a research thesis and attaining comprehensive basic laboratory and evaluation skills. A quality pool of research faculty is available to mentor fellows and sponsor their research projects. The UNCG MARC U-STAR will sustain academic, professional, and social development with enrichment strategies that include learning communities, supplementary instruction, intensive research skills curricula and workshops, and service-learning activities. This multidisciplinary program will prepare fellows for success in graduate training in biomedical and/or behavioral health sciences by ensuring competency in research fundamentals and requisite professional communication, teamwork, and leadership skills. Synergy from aligning a writing-intensive curriculum with co-curricular activities and programmatic research benchmarks will facilitate fellows acquiring research and communication skills necessary for success in graduate training.

Dr. Gabriela L. Stein

Dr. Gabriela L. Stein (Psychology) received new funding from the NIH National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) for the project “Building Infrastructure for Community Capacity in Accelerating Integrated Care.” Drs. Kari Eddington, Stephanie Coard, and Andrew Supple are co-principal investigators on the project.

Despite the promise of accountable care organizations (ACOs) in transforming the healthcare landscape, a recent study revealed that ACOs serving a greater proportion of racial/ethnic minorities scored worse on quality performance measures and that 37% of ACOs had no formal relationship with a mental health provider. Thus, their proposed collaborative R01 seeks to establish community-ACO-academic partnerships to expand capacity for mental health care in North Carolina and Massachusetts. They propose to test an innovative model that includes training community health workers to provide an integrated, evidence-based intervention in community settings linked to ACOs, and to determine the long-term sustainability of the intervention within ACO networks.

Dr. Olav Rueppell

Dr. Olav Rueppell (Biology) received a continuation of funding from the DOD DA Army Research Office (ARO) for the project “Studies of the Plasticity of Stress Defense Induction in the Social Honey Bee Model.”

The western honey bee (Apis mellifera L.) represents one of the most important invertebrate research models in the post-genomic era. In addition to their importance in basic research, honey bees have received scientific attention because they are economically and ecologically important pollinators. The number of managed honey bee hives shows a long-term decline over the past sixty years. The main factors that are considered for their negative effects on honey bee health are pathogens, pesticides, nutrition, and general management stress. Many abiotic and biotic factors may stress individuals at lower levels, creating sublethal adverse effects. However, many stressors can have beneficial effects in a variety of organisms and contexts when the organisms are exposed to low levels. The central hypothesis of the proposed research project is that the induction of defense mechanisms varies among essential and non-essential components of biological systems. They will address this hypothesis by testing the prediction that honey bee colony members show different degrees of inducible stress defenses according to their importance to their colony. The project will consist of the following five specific aims: 1) Inducing stress defense mechanisms in honey bees. 2) Investigation of caste differences in stress defense induction. 3) Investigation of within-caste differences in stress defense induction. 4) Characterization of the systemic response of stress defense induction. 5) Measuring the cost of stress defense induction as physiological effects. Together, these aims will lead to a comprehensive understanding of stress induction in its relation to social evolution in honey bees with general implications for understanding the evolution of stress responses and for maintaining pollinator health.

Rueppell also received new funding from the DOD DA Army Research Office (ARO) for the project “The Impact of Body Size on Resilience in Apis mellifera.”

The western honey bee (Apis mellifera L.) represents one of the most important invertebrate research models in the post-genomic era. In addition to their importance in basic research, honey bees have received scientific attention because they are economically and ecologically important pollinators. The number of managed honey bee hives shows a long-term decline over the past sixty years. The main factors that are considered for their negative effects on honey bee health are pathogens, pesticides, nutrition, and general management stress. Many abiotic and biotic factors may stress individuals at lower levels, creating sublethal adverse effects. Basic parameters of stress response in honey bees are not understood. Importantly, we do not know anything about how body size variation plays into stress resistance. This proposal focuses on experimentally induced body size variation and its consequences for stress resistance at the molecular, individual, and colony level.

Dr. Sherine Obare

Dr. Sherine Obare, dean of the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, has been named a fellow of the American Chemical Society. The nomination recognizes outstanding achievements in the field of chemistry. 

Obare’s research and leadership work has been recognized internationally and fostered collaborations across the disciplines of chemistry and environmental engineering. 

She has received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award and she was named one of the top 25 women professors in the state of Michigan by Online Schools Michigan. 

Her research focuses include environmental remediation, alternative energy, designing nanoscale materials for drug delivery, improving healthcare, and developing strategies to improve STEM education.

Dr. Nancy Hoffart

Dr. Nancy Hoffart (Adult Health Nursing) received new funding from the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) Foundation for the project “Measuring Implementation Fidelity for a New Graduate Nurse Residency Program.”

The purpose of the study is to develop a tool that can be used to measure the extent to which a nurse residency program is delivered as planned and to pilot test the tool to evaluate implementation fidelity of a program.

Dr. Esther Leerkes

Dr. Esther Leerkes (Human Development and Family Studies) received a continuation of funding from the National Institutes of Health Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) for the project “Biopsychosocial predictors of obesity during the first 2 years of life.” Dr. Cheryl Buehler, Dr. Susan Calkins, Dr. Laurie Gold, and Dr. Lenka Shriver are co-principal investigators on the project.

The prevalence of childhood obesity is a significant public health crisis. Overweight children experience significantly more health and psychosocial problems compared to their same age peers and are likely to carry these problems with them into adolescence and adulthood. In this proposal, they describe a study of the early development of risk for obesity in childhood. The risk for obesity in early childhood is likely determined by multiple biological, psychological, and social factors that are observable in infancy. They propose a conceptual model, a biopsychosocial model of the early development of risk for obesity that focuses on several key biological, psychological, and social factors. Using an experienced team of investigators from multiple disciplines, they propose to investigate this model with an innovative, multi-method, longitudinal study of infants and their families (n = 288) that addresses these factors across the first two years of life. Their two key aims focus on understanding (1) factors that predict infant weight gain and (2) the ways in which this weight gain and infant’s social interactions with mothers in feeding and non-feeding contexts predict self-regulation, and subsequent obesity risk at age two. The study has important implications for the development of targeted prevention and intervention programs for families and children that may be utilized early in development, prior to the onset of weight gain that is difficult to reverse.

Dr. Bryan Hutchins

Dr. Bryan Hutchins (SERVE Center) received new funding from the American Educational Research Association (AERA) for the project “STEM preparation experiences of non-college bound youth.”

The purpose of this study is to assess whether non-college bound youth (defined as those who do not attain any postsecondary education credential after high school) who take part in a sequence of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) coursework as well as work-based learning during high school are more likely to experience positive school-to-work (STW) transition outcomes compared to non-college-bound youth who do not take STEM courses or those who take STEM courses outside of a meaningful sequence or pathway using data from the Educational Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS:2002). Few studies to date have explored whether participation in structured STEM coursework and work-based learning activities provides an advantage to non-college bound youth in particular who enter the workforce without the training and experience that would come from postsecondary education. Results from this study will inform efforts around career pathway program development and career advising that are tailored to the needs of non-college bound youth, particularly for the small, but substantive group of non-college bound youth who never enroll in college.   

Dr. George Hancock

Dr. George Hancock (SERVE Center) received new funding from Johnston County Schools  for the project “Johnston County Schools – School Comprehensive Needs Assessment for Selma Middle School.”  

This project is a School Comprehensive Needs Assessment for Selma Middle School in Johnston County, NC. There will be a two day on-site visit that will include classroom observations, and meetings with staff, families, and students. At the conclusion of the on-site visit, the lead reviewer will provide a summary report which will outline the strengths and areas for development. The final report will be sent to the principal and the district superintendent, or designee.

Hancock also received new funding from The Capital Encore Project for the project “Comprehensive Needs Assessment for Capitol Encore Academy.”

Purpose of the Project – A systematic assessment of practices, processes and structures within a school (with specific emphasis on the SWD subgroup) to assist school leadership and key stakeholders in determining needs, examining their nature and causes, and setting priorities for future actions. The assessment guides the development of a genuine school improvement plan that is grounded in data and provides a roadmap to future progress. Research supports the fact that schools who undertake a true comprehensive needs assessment make better decisions, resulting in improved outcomes relative to the achievement of their students.

Dr. Julie Edmunds

Dr. Julie Edmunds (SERVE Center) has been appointed as an editor of the Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness.

As the flagship publication for the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE), the journal publishes original articles from the multidisciplinary community of researchers who are committed to applying principles of scientific inquiry to the study of educational problems. 

Edmunds has extensive expertise in research methodology and program evaluation pertaining to the implementation and effectiveness of educational programs. She is currently program director for secondary school reform at SERVE Center at UNCG and conducts research on issues primarily related to high school reform. 

Dr. Andrew Willis

Portrait of Dr. Andrew WillisDr. Andrew Willis (Music), Covington Distinguished Professor and historical pianist, will play a concert with students Stephanie Schmidt and Robin Morace at the Blandwood Mansion in downtown Greensboro on a restored 1827 Loud & Brothers pianoforte that belonged to Eliza and John Motley Morehead. In May 2019, the piano was returned to Blandwood after a 175-year hiatus, completely restored, and expertly returned to playable condition. The restoration project was carried out by piano specialists in collaboration with Preservation Greensboro, and the Greensboro History Museum, with the project beginning in 2017. The performance program features solos and duets ranging from the classical to the popular music of the early nineteenth century and offers the opportunity to hear the music of Blandwood’s heyday on a historic pianoforte in its original setting. The concert, which is ticketed, will be held July 31 at 7 p.m.

Dr. Spoma Jovanovic

Photo of Dr. Spoma JovanovicDr. Spoma Jovanovic (Communication Studies) is one of eleven scholars, students, and practitioners elected to The University of California National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement’s new class of fellows.

“We are thrilled to welcome this new class of fellows and excited to see how their projects take shape,” said Michelle Deutchman, the Center’s executive director. “Each fellow brings unique talents and strengths with the potential to impact our national conversation around free speech and civic engagement.”

Over the course of a year, the fellows will research timely, challenging questions related to the First Amendment. Jovanovic will focus on “Free Speech & Public Spaces: Voice, Activism and Democracy.”

Their projects will include developing educational materials and programs that can serve as a roadmap to safeguarding and encouraging the free exchange of ideas. Each fellow will spend a week at one of the 10 UC campuses to dialogue with students, faculty, administrators and others, gleaning crucial insights to inform their ongoing work.


Terry L. Kennedy

Portrait of Terry KennedyTerry L. Kennedy (English)has been named by the North Carolina Humanities Council to its 2019 panel of judges for the Linda Flowers Literary Award. Judges were selected based on level of literary involvement in the state of North Carolina.

Kennedy is the author of the poetry collection “New River Breakdown,” as well as the limited-edition chapbook “Until the Clouds Shatter the Light That Plates Our Lives.” His work appears in a variety of journals and magazines and has been anthologized in “Hard Lines: Rough South Poetry” and “The Southern Poetry Anthology Volume VII: North Carolina.” Among Kennedy’s honors are the 2015 Tandy R. Willis Award for Most Promising Writer from the USC Union Upcountry Literary Festival and a 2016-17 UNCG College of Arts & Sciences Teaching Excellence Award. He currently serves as the director of the Graduate Program in Creative Writing at UNCG and as editor for both The Greensboro Review and the online journal, storySouth.

Dr. Ellen Chetwynd

Dr. Ellen Chetwynd (Center for Women’s Health-Wellness) received new funding from the North Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition for the project “Transforming Clinics for Better Breastfeeding Outcomes.” Dr. Jennifer Yourkavitch is co-principal investigator on the project. 

North Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition (NCBC) is North Carolina’s statewide breastfeeding advocacy group. They foster a decentralized network of local coalitions, agencies and organizations to normalize and support breastfeeding. The North Carolina Breastfeeding Friendly Clinics project will improve access to clinical support of breastfeeding in under-served communities by deploying a network of local breastfeeding advocates in the Wilmington and then the Cherokee areas of the state, focusing on clinics serving high risk populations. They will partner with these clinics to: 1) improve their breastfeeding support, 2) become Mother-Baby Friendly Clinic Award recipients, and 3) provide NCBC with direct feedback on the award process to facilitate quality improvement and capacity building. The Center for Women’s Health and Wellness will subcontract with NCBC to provide research assistance. We will develop data collection tools to use for surveying providers and clinic patients, as well as focus group schedules for qualitative key informant interviews. They will analyze the resulting data and create reports that can be used for quality assessment, monitoring, and evaluation. Dispersement of data results will include presentation to a broader audience through publication or conference presentations.

Dr. Martin Tsz-Ki Tsui

Dr. Martin Tsz-Ki Tsui (Biology) received new funding from the National Science Foundation for the project “RAPID/Collaborative Research: Characterization of upland watershed contamination from wildland-urban burning.”

The November 2018 Camp Fire was the most destructive wildfire in California’s history, destroying over 15,000 structures in the town of Paradise, most of those were residences. The timing of the Camp Fire is a concern for environmental health as winter weather patterns caused rain within the burn area before any clean-up could occur. Precipitation has caused surface runoff that mobilized charcoal and ash into Butte Creek and increased runoff from the urban area into the headwaters of Clear Creek and Dry Creek.  The burned urban area could present a serious environmental toxicity risk because common household items and industrial materials contain toxic metals (e.g., Al, Cd, Cr, Cu, Hg, Ni, Pb, Sn, Zn), EPA-regulated toxic organic chemicals (e.g. PAHs, PCBs, PBBs, brominated fire retardants, dioxins), and many unregulated potentially toxic compounds.  Due to the unprecedented extent of urban burning, and the upper watershed setting, this fire may present a new type of watershed contamination in a region of California that provides drinking water for millions of people as far away as the Los Angeles Basin via the State Water Project, irrigation water for northern California’s agriculture, and the San Francisco Bay-Delta ecosystem. The goal of this work is to broadly characterize the fate and transport of anthropogenic contaminants and naturally-occurring wildfire-enriched compounds following watershed burning in a wildland-urban interface (WUI) using a standardized sample set.

Dr. Stephen Sills

Dr. Stephen Sills (Center for Housing and Community Studies) received new funding from Piedmont Triad Regional Council (PTRC) for the project “Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice for the Surry Home Consortium.”

The project involves compiling, analyzing, and mapping local jurisdictional, state, and national data sources on residential housing disparities for the seven federally protected categories: Race, Color, Religion, Sex, Handicap, Familial Status, and National Origin. Local mortgage markets, house sales, public housing, voucher programs, market rental patterns, fair housing complaints, and other data points will be referenced. Collection of primary data from stakeholders and key informants through public and stakeholder meetings and interviews will aid in providing a comprehensive understanding of fair housing in the region. The analysis also includes review of all the jurisdictions’ laws, regulations, and administrative policies, procedures, and practices and an assessment of how those laws, etc. affect the location, availability, and accessibility of housing. Based on the analysis, they will develop conclusions pertinent to equal access, free choice, and equitable outcomes in the housing for all despite race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, and handicap needs, and produce a Fair Housing Plan recommending a course of action on how to address any identified impediments to fair housing choice.

Sills also received new funding from Reinvestment Fund, Inc./Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for the project “Invest Health Greensboro Creating a Pipeline of Asthma-Safe Housing Projects.”

Safe and affordable housing can act as an upstream “prescription” for asthma. Greensboro is presently positioned to engage and develop upstream policy and program solutions to tackle health issues that are exacerbated by substandard and unhealthy housing.  By investing in affordable housing and supportive services, municipalities and health systems can leverage financial resources to improve housing quality. The proposed pipeline of building projects will address the link between substandard housing and asthma and build a healthier community with affordable, quality housing opportunities for more than 26,000 individuals in the city who suffer from chronic asthma (CDC 500). The goal is to meet the needs of those most affected by 1) targeting substandard homes in neighborhoods most impacted by respiratory illness, while 2) helping to improving the quality of existing housing and reduce household utility and healthcare costs, and thereby 3) improving health conditions and reducing disparities. This project requires collaboration and continued systems/policy changes by institutional actors as well as direct input from those most affected. The project brings together a team of community members, housing advocates, a major health system, developers, municipal officials, and data scientists.

Addionally, Sills received new funding from the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro for the project “Cottage Gardens Community Resource Center.”

The UNCG Center for Housing and Community Studies has been invited to collaborate with Mustard Seed Community Health, the Collaborative Cottage Grove, the Greensboro Housing Coalition, and Cottage Gardens Apartments to operate a resource center for residents of the 177 unit apartment community and beyond. The principal mission of this site will be to provide community health outreach and act as a two-way conduit for resources and referrals. In addition, staff and students will provide tutoring, basic health checks, counseling/therapy, referral and case management, and health education. UNCG will be partnering with the Mustard Seed Clinic, Collaborative Cottage Grove, the Greensboro Housing Coalition, Cone Health, as well as NCA&T and Guilford College as referral partners, health care assistance, and volunteers.

Dr. Stacy Sechrist

Dr. Stacy Sechrist (NC Network for Safe Communities) received a continuation of funding from the Lexington Police Department for the project “Support of Lexington Police Department’s Offender Focused Domestic Violence Initiative.”

North Carolina Network for Safe Communities (NCNSC) has been the training/technical assistance and evaluation partner for the replication of the Offender Focused Domestic Violence Initiative in Lexington, NC. since the project began in 2014. A portion of Lexington Police Department’s grant with the NC Governor’s Crime Commission (GCC) will be to continue to support NCNSC’s on-the-ground support of the initiative in Lexington, which will include continued data tracking and evaluation, assistance with systems and processes, and documentation of the new addition of a Jessica Gonzales victim assistant within the police department, including outcomes and process changes. The Jessica Gonzales position will be a position funded through the GCC grant to Lexington Police Department.

Dr. David L. Wyrick

Dr. David L. Wyrick (Public Health Education) received new funding from the McCrae Williams Foundation for the project “Short-Term Proposal to McCrae Williams Foundation.” Dr. Gracielee Weaver is a co-principal investigator on the project.

The research team will clean, analyze, and report on data collected by the McCrae Williams Foundation on drinking culture, Good Samaritan policies, and the act of JanSporting.

Dr. Danielle C. Swick

Dr. Danielle C. Swick (Social Work) received a continuation of funding from the North Carolina School-Based Health Alliance for the project “An Analysis of RAAPS Data from North Carolina School-Based Health Centers.”

The purpose of this project is to analyze risk assessment data collected from multiple counties in North Carolina that have school-based health centers, to determine the most serious or common adolescent risk factors across the counties. The data will be summarized by county level and state level. These results will then be used to identify what evidence-based prevention and intervention programs would be best suited to target these common risk factors and successfully address adolescents’ mental health issues. 

Dr. Qibin Zhang

Dr. Qibin Zhang (Center for Translational Biomedical Research) received new funding from the University of Alabama at Birmingham for the project “Lipid Mediator Analysis.”

The project is for determination of lipid mediator levels in patients with heart diseases. 

Dr. Mollie Aleshire

Dr. Mollie Aleshire, Clinical Associate Professor, recently had an article selected as part of a collection in The Health Promotion Practice Journal, focusing on LGBTQ health and equality.

Aleshire’s areas of research focus are Doctor of Nursing Practice education, health disparities, vulnerable populations, and LGBTQ Health.

Dr. Zhiyong Yang

Zhiyong YangDr. Zhiyong Yang (Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Sustainable Tourism and Hospitality) co-authored an article titled “How Does Consumers’ Local or Global Identity Influence Price–Perceived Quality Associations? The Role of Perceived Quality Variance” in the current issue of the prestigious “Journal of Marketing.”

He is professor of marketing and head of the Department of Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Sustainable Tourism and Hospitality in the Bryan School of Business and Economics. Previously, Zhiyong was a professor of marketing at the University of Texas-Arlington. He joined UNCG in 2018

He has published over 30 articles in leading scholarly journals.

Dr. Dan Herr

Photo of Dr. Daniel HerrDr. Dan Herr (JSNN) was featured in a recent podcast.

The audio podcast was created in celebration of the 15-year anniversary of the authorization of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI). The podcast is part of a weekly series of podcasts in which experts from academia, government, or industry share their perspectives on key research and development advances in nanotechnology and how the NNI has changed the nanotechnology landscape.

In the podcast, Dan speaks about his personal nanotechnology journey, his experience in the semiconductor industry, and his recent work on biomimetic materials and bioinspired systems and processes. The podcast is at:


Dr. Noah Lenstra

Dr. Noah Lenstra (Library & Information Studies) wrote a column for the Children & Nature Network, a national non-profit, on the growth of “Nature Smart Libraries.” The column can be viewed at https://www.childrenandnature.org/2019/06/20/thinking-outside-of-the-stacks-the-growth-of-nature-smart-libraries/.

Also, her work was spotlighted in this article: https://bluesyemre.com/2019/04/18/why-libraries-can-become-the-heartbeat-of-healthinformation-by-carlasmith/

Lenstra is assistant professor of library and information studies.

Dr. Robert Henson

Dr. Robert Henson has been appointed incoming interim associate dean of research for the School of Education. He will assume this new role on August 1, 2019. Henson first joined the UNCG faculty in 2005. He is currently an associate professor in the Department of Educational Research Methodology in the School of Education, and has been promoted to full professor starting this fall.

Henson is an internationally recognized scholar in educational measurement and is a leading expert in the field of diagnostic classification models, which are a set of methods used to score exams that provide student profiles describing the skills that they have or have not mastered. Based on these skill mastery profiles, tailored lesson plans can be developed to focus specifically on those skills not mastered for each student.

See full story at School of Education website.

Jim Schaus

Jim Schaus has been named the new commissioner of the Southern Conference. Schaus comes from Ohio University, where he served eleven years as director of athletics. Previous tenures were at Wichita State, Oregon, Cincinnati, Texis-El Paso, and Northern Illinois. He also has experience in the NFL. Schaus will succeed retiring commissioner John Iamarino, effective July 1. July 5, a formal press conference will be held at the Southern Conference’s Spartanburg Office to officially introduce Schaus as commissioner. For more information, see the SoCon’s press release here.

Lindsey Woelker

Lindsey Woelker (UNCG Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement) presented in a webinar scholarship featured in a new article in the most recent volume of the “eJournal of Public Affairs” about implementing the CLDE Theory of Change at UNC Greensboro, New College of Florida and Barry University.

Keith Gorman and Kathelene McCarty Smith

University Libraries’ Dr. Keith Gorman, assistant dean for special collections and university archives, and Kathelene McCarty Smith, instruction and outreach archivist, recently presented their findings on the shift in women’s roles during World War I and after its conclusion, at a two-day symposium at Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina.

The event brought together accomplished scholars, historians, curators and archivists, as well as citizens and students, to explore the impact of World War I on the South.

The origin of the symposium is the result of a recent book, “The American South and the Great War, 1914-1924,” which investigates how American participation in World War I further strained the region’s relationship with the federal government, the effects of wartime hardships on the South’s traditional social structure and how the war effort stressed and reshaped the southern economy. Gorman and McCarty Smith’s book chapter focuses on patriotism, service, and North Carolina women’s colleges during the Great War.

Dr. Merlyn Griffiths

Dr. Merlyn Griffiths (Bryan School), along with an international team of researchers, formed a research group to advance knowledge of the proliferation and effects of water pipe “hookah” smoking across the globe.

On May 7, 2019, the team published “Water pipe (hookah) smoking and cardiovascular disease risk: A scientific statement from the American Heart Association” in Circulation, an American Heart Association journal.

The team found evidence indicating that water pipe tobacco smoking affects heart rate, blood pressure regulation, baroreflex sensitivity, tissue oxygenation, and vascular function over the short term. Harmful substances present in cigarette smoke are also present in water pipe smoke, often at levels exceeding those found in cigarette smoke. Long-term water pipe use is associated with increased risk of coronary artery disease.

Griffiths is Associate Professor of Marketing in the Bryan School of Business and Economics.