UNCG Campus Weekly

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

Dr. Martin Andersen

Photo of Dr. Martin Andersen. Dr. Martin Andersen (Economics) received new funding from the National Institute on Aging for the project “Utilization Management in the Medicare Part D Program.”

According to the abstract, relatively little is known about the effects of utilization management on most Medicare Part D beneficiaries. This study will begin to explore the effects of utilization management on beneficiaries’ health outcomes and identify the effect of patients not receiving their drug of choice on health outcomes. Understanding these effects will provide insight into whether or not Medicare should regulate utilization management.

Dr. Chris Payne

Dr. Chris Payne (Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships) received a continuation of funding from Guilford Child Development for the project “Partnerships to Enhance Early Care and Education.”

According to the abstract, UNCG’s Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnerships will serve as the research/implementation/professional development partner to Guilford Child Development for its second EHS-CC Partnership grant in order to increase staff knowledge and skills which support high quality comprehensive child development services. Utilizing an implementation science model, researchers will provide training, technical assistance, mentoring and quality improvement for EHS staff and home child care providers delivering expanded services in Guilford County. The US/HHS Administration for Children and Families has designated several zip codes in this county as a high priority area and will provide funding for the purpose of expanding high-quality, comprehensive services for low-income infants and toddlers and their families.

Dr. Amy Vetter

photo of Vetter Dr. Amy Vetter (Teacher Education and Higher Education) received new funding from the National Council of Teachers of English for the project “The Writing Identities of Teens.”

In an attempt to learn more about the identity work of teens related to writing both in an out of school, Vetter’s longitudinal study will explore the writing identities of 12 teens (grades 7-12). Implications from the study will inform writing instruction and learning in English language arts classrooms and in teacher education courses.

Dr. Peter Alexander

Dr. Peter Alexander (College of Visual and Performing Arts) received a continuation of funding from Guilford County Schools for the project “Arts Professional Development.”

In partnership with UNC Greensboro, the Guilford County School district will provide hybrid courses designed to collaboratively offer arts and non-arts educators instruction in arts integration from theory to practice. Highly qualified music, visual art, theatre arts and dance professors from the College of Visual and Performing Arts at UNCG will design and teach the online component of the courses in a summer intensive, followed by ongoing coaching for arts professionals and non-arts teachers during the year.

Dr. Holly Sienkiewicz

Photo of Holly Sienkiewicz Dr. Holly Sienkiewicz (Center for New North Carolinians) received new funding from the City of Greensboro Neighborhood Development Department for the project “Lead-Safe Housing Outreach and Evaluation.” Dr. Ken Gruber and Dr. Stephen Sills are co-principal investigators on the project.

According to the abstract, The Center for New North Carolinians will continue to partner with the Lead-Safe Housing Program to deliver relevant community educational information in a variety of formats, including translated written materials and information sessions conducted in key languages. Many immigrants with limited English language skills continue to live in low-income substandard housing and are not aware of lead-based paint hazards and other health and safety issues. The center will continue efforts toward preventing and eliminating lead poisoning among at-risk families and promoting healthy living conditions.

Dr. Arthur Murphy

Photo of Dr. Arthur Murphy. Dr. Arthur Murphy (Anthropology) received new funding from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services for the project “Recipe for Success in North Carolina.”

Recipe for Success, in collaboration with public and private entities in Guilford, Randolph, Rockingham, Davie, Davidson and Stokes counties in North Carolina, provides direct nutrition and obesity prevention education, social marketing, and policy, systems and environmental change programs to individuals and households who are SNAP recipients/eligible, specifically targeting:

  1. Individuals over the age of 18 from a variety of socio-economic groups who participate in programs hosted by mental health associations, veteran’s associations, faith-based organizations, etc.
  2. Children under age 18 who attend Title 1 schools and their associated after school and summer recreational programs.
  3. Households with children under the age of 18 through nine direct mail lessons in cooperation with county DHHS offices.

Dr. Susanne Rinner

Photo of Dr. Susanne Rinner Dr. Susanne Rinner (Languages, Literatures and Cultures) received new funding from the German Embassy for the project “Career Readiness with German.” Dr. Benjamin Davis and Dr. Brooke Kreitinger are co-principal investigators on the project.

From the abstract:

“The German Program at UNCG supports students’ education in the tradition of the Liberal Arts. Language learning, intercultural competence, career readiness and life-long learning are key aspects of our curriculum. In fall 2018, the German Program at UNCG would like to focus on preparing our students for the job market. Specifically, we would like to encourage our students to apply for positions with the many companies in the Southeast that are either owned by German companies or have strong ties with Germany. Last year, we made contact with one of these companies, Tenowo, because their CEO took German classes with us. In turn, he has invited us to visit the company in the fall with a group of students. We would like to integrate this visit into our curriculum and our co-curricular offerings in order to ensure that our students are taking advantage of their German language skills and their familiarity with German (business) culture when they enter the job market.”

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.

Dr. Leandra A. Bedini

Photo of Dr. Leandra BediniDr. Leandra A. Bedini (Community and Therapeutic Recreation) received new funding from the City of Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department for the project “The Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation (AIR) Program.”

The project requests Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department (GPRD) to hire a graduate assistant (GA) through the UNC Greensboro’s Department of Community and Therapeutic Recreation (CTR). This GA will provide greatly needed assistance to staff working in the Adapted and Inclusive Recreation (AIR) Program (formerly Mainstream Resources Unit) in areas of program development, grant writing, evidence-based research and new partnership opportunities to address the needs of youth and adults with physical disabilities. The establishment of this GA position benefits AIR and the citizens of the City of Greensboro because it will help AIR/GPRD move forward in meeting the recreation needs of all citizens with and without disabilities in the local community.

 

Dr. Anne Hershey

photo of HersheyDr. Anne Hershey (Biology) received new funding from North Carolina State University for the project “In-Stream Uptake and Retention of the Antibiotic Sulfamethoxazole (SMX) in NC streams.”

According to the abstract, antibiotic pollution in aquatic ecosystems has recently emerged as a threat to water quality and human health due to widespread use of these substances in human and veterinary medicine.  This project will evaluate the fate and transport of a common antibiotic, sulfamethoxozole (SMX) in a small stream. Previous work detected SMX in 90 percent of streams studied in the NC Piedmont. This project will provide information on SMX retention in sediments, which determines toxicity near the point of release, and how far it travels downstream of release sites, which is important to downstream water quality.

 

Dr. Ryoko Yamaguchi

Dr. Ryoko Yamaguchi (Office of Research and Engagement) received new funding from the National Science Foundation for the project “Building Student Retention through Individuated Guided Cohort Training in Computer Science Research-Practitioner Partnership.”

According to the abstract, “Building Student Retention through Individuated Guided coHort Training in Computer Science Researcher-Practitioner Partnership” is a small grant-size class proposal for NSF’s Computer Science for All program under the preK-8 strand, submitted by UNCG Greensboro. The RPP is a two-year project that will engage teachers, school leaders, guidance counselors and researchers to identify barriers and future work in the areas of structural, instructional and curricular improvements in middle schools to promote more black girls to gain interest and experience in computer science.

 

Dr. Terri Shelton

Photo of Dr. Terri SheltonDr. Terri Shelton (Office of Research and Engagement) received new funding from the NC DHHS Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services for the project NC “Preventing Underage Drinking Initiative.”

This contract will support the North Carolina Preventing Underage Drinking Initiative (NC-PUDI) in its continuing efforts to prevent underage alcohol consumption and the resulting social, health and economic consequences in the state of North Carolina. The contract will support continued utilization and further development of innovative strategies to help achieve the long term goals of preventing underage drinking by building upon NC-PUDI activities. This continuing effort is designed to further support and develop Community Collaboratives working to implement environmental management strategies to prevent underage drinking. Activities will include, but not be limited to, community mobilization and law enforcement partnership efforts such as: alcohol purchase surveys, sobriety checkpoints, responsible seller/server training, media advocacy, youth empowerment and policy advocacy. Short term outcomes include increasing quality youth participation, enhancing community mobilization efforts and community/law enforcement partnerships. These short-term outcomes will be measured by collecting performance measure data from grant recipients. Long-term outcomes include reductions in youth alcohol consumption (current use, binge drinking, age of onset) and will be tracked using the North Carolina YRBS and local data, if available.

 

Dr. Esther Leerkes

Photo of Dr. Esther LeerkesDr. Esther Leerkes (Human Development and Family Studies) received new 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.

According to the abstract, the project will study 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.  Researchers 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, the project will investigate this model with an innovative, multi-method, longitudinal study of infants and their families that addresses these factors across the first two years of life. The two key aims focus on understanding factors that predict infant weight gain and 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. Diane Ryndak

photo of Ryndak Dr. Diane Ryndak (Specialized Education Services) received a continuation of funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs for the project “Project LEAPS: Leadership in Extensive and Pervasive Support Needs.” Dr. Christie Cavanaugh and Dr. Kara Holden are co-principal investigators on the project.

The program will focus on competencies for conducting research and preparing teachers to work with students historically labeled as having significant intellectual disabilities, autism, severe, or multiple disabilities, areas in which there has been a chronic critical shortage of qualified teachers nationally and in North Carolina. LEAPS will extend UNCG’s current competencies for research, preservice teacher preparation, and service, and add competencies for evidence-based practices (EBP) to meet the needs of high-needs students with extensive and pervasive support needs (EPSN) in low-performing schools. Scholars will learn competencies in inclusive practices, secondary and post-secondary education and transition, EBP and individualized supports (including assistive technology), advocacy, and academic and behavioral Multi-Tiered Systems of Support. The intent is to improve outcomes for these students and their schools.

Dr. Jane He

photo of he Dr. Jane He (Teacher Education and Higher Education) received a continuation of funding from the U.S. Department of Education for the project “Engaging and Advancing Community-centered Teacher Development (EnACTeD).” Dr. Jeannette Alarcon, Dr. Melody Patterson Zoch and Dr. Jamie Schissel are co-principal investigators on the project.

This project showcases a community-centered teacher development model through which teacher educators, teacher candidates, families and community partners are actively engaged in the communities of practice. Through this model, families’ cultural and linguistic assets are leveraged through their engagement in teacher professional development module development, participation in family literacy and technology activities, and support for teacher candidates’ bilingual language competency development. Inservice teachers are prepared to take on leadership roles in community engagement activities and teacher mentoring through their participation in the PD and add-on licensure program. Preservice teachers are intentionally recruited from elementary majors and paraprofessionals with bilingual backgrounds. They are offered opportunities to practice dual language instructional strategies and seek English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL)/dual language licensure.

Dr. Stephen Sills

Dr. Stephen Sills (Center for Housing and Community Studies) received new funding from the Hinton Center for the project “Consulting and Technical Assistance to Hinton Rural Life Center.”

The UNCG Center for Housing and Community Studies will provide consulting and technical assistance services to help in addressing the need for affordable and safe housing in rural southern Appalachia. Researchers will work with Hinton Rural Life Center staff and community members in Clay, Cherokee, and Towns Counties to develop a strategy to implement the findings and recommendation of the 2017 “Enhancing Quality of Life in Southern Appalachia An Asset Based Community Development Planning Report,” engage in community capacity building, develop strategic short/mid/long-term plans and explore economic models for sustaining the work of the Hinton Center.

Researchers will explore and identify affordable housing models tailored to rural areas, document and propose ways to address substandard housing conditions that lead to negative health outcomes, and develop new strategies to leverage local assets to address these health and housing issues. Their process will identify specific housing and health issues using local,regional and national data sources, identify resources that might be used to address these issues, and create an action plan to address the issues as well as develop evaluation metrics to assess change.

Dr. Terri Shelton

photo of Shelton Dr. Terri Shelton (Office of Research and Engagement / Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships) received new funding from Guilford County for the project “Specialty Courts Staff Support.”

As part of the process initiated by the Guilford County Board of Commissioners in 2010, UNC Greensboro’s CYFCP was selected to provide one qualified FTE Juvenile Court Case Coordinator.  The funding provided to the specialty courts has increased since 2010, and UNCG CYFCP presently provides two qualified FTE juvenile drug treatment court case coordinators, two qualified FTE drug treatment court case coordinators, two qualified FTE mental health court case coordinators and one qualified FTE specialty court manager.

Shelton is the vice chancellor of research and engagement and holds the Carol Jenkins Mattocks Distinguished Professorship here at UNC Greensboro. In that role, she oversees community and economic engagement efforts on campus, along with research administration and compliance, and 8 interdisciplinary research centers. Her experience includes over 70 publications, $20 million in grants and contracts, and over 25 years of clinical experience in pediatrics and psychiatry.

Dr. Claudia Pagliaro

Photo of Dr. Claudia Pagliaro Dr. Claudia Pagliaro (Specialized Education Services) received a continuation of funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs for the project “Salus University subaward for student doctoral fellowship.”

The National Leadership Consortium in Sensory Disabilities (NLCSD) is a doctoral level professional preparation Cooperative Agreement funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs and is administered by Salus University. The consortium consists of 25 universities with doctoral programs that have an emphasis in one or more of the three sensory impairment areas: blind/visually impaired, deaf/hard of hearing, and deafblindness.

Fellowships including tuition and stipends are available to US citizens and permanent residents who must first be accepted into a doctoral program. Fellowships provide funding for tuition and a stipend for four years of doctoral study. NLCSD Fellows participate together in a structured added-value enrichment program in addition to their individual universities’ doctoral programs of study in special education. The added-value NLCSD Research Based Conceptual Model supplements the research curriculum provided at the NLCSD parent universities.  During the Fellows’ studies, there is an ongoing, on-line asynchronous, wiki based research forum which provides opportunities for Fellows to critically examine research issues in the field, engage in discussion with faculty and researchers across the country and engage collaboratively in designing, implementing and disseminating research.

Doctoral students in specialized education services with a specialization in deafness have been selected by NLCSD.

Dr. Justin Harmon

photo of harmon Dr. Justin Harmon (Community and Therapeutic Recreation) received new funding from the City of Greensboro for the project “Greensboro Parks and Recreation Student Assistantship.”

According to the abstract, the assistantship shall be offered following the schedule of the UNC Greensboro’s fall and spring academic calendar of the respective academic year. The UNCG graduate assistant assigned to the city program will accomplish the following during his assignment:

  • Assist in the development of measurement tools to be used in evaluating existing and future recreation programs and facilities used for those programs.
  • Assist in implementing those measurement tools in pre-program and post-program evaluations.
  • Assist in the cataloging, data entry and analysis of those measurement outcomes in order to develop insights into best practices and future needs.
  • Assist in the development of the healthy parks initiative which will include promotions and marketing of Greensboro parks and facilities to community members.
  • Establish partnerships with other health and wellness providers in the city to promote the healthy parks initiative to combat health concerns including obesity, diabetes, depression, etc.

Dr. Pamela Williamson

Dr. Pamela Williamson (Specialized Education Services) received a continuation of funding from the US Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) for the project “Project Teaching, Leading, and Collaborating (TLC): Serving Students with Significant Intellectual Disabilities, Including Autism.” Dr. Marcie Rock is co-principal investigator on the project.

According to the abstract, more than 50,000 students with disabilities need licensed teachers prepared to support their diverse learning needs. The project is designed to address critical special education teacher shortages, as well as recruit, prepare, and retain master teacher leaders to facilitate delivery of research and evidence-based practices to improve outcomes for students with low-incidence disabilities in least restrictive environments (LRE). Outcomes include an increased supply of diverse, high quality, licensed special education teachers,  improved learning and developmental student outcomes and increased teacher retention through development of leadership and collaborative skills.

Dr. Elizabeth Perrill

Photo of Elizabeth PerrillDr. Elizabeth Perrill (Art) recently accepted an American Alliance of Museums’ Excellence in Exhibition Award for her work as Consulting Curator at the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) leading a permanent reinstallation of the African art gallery, which took place over five years. The American Alliance of Museums (AAM) is the top organization for museum practice in the nation, and the award selection was based upon the NCMA team’s use of audience research and evaluation in the planning, designing and curation of the exhibition. As part of Perrill’s public-facing scholarship, the exhibition was planned with viewer education in mind.

The expanded African art gallery displays works that span 16 centuries and 25 African countries, as well as work from artists in the global African diaspora. The space is three times larger than the original gallery and includes a masquerade area, a contemporary art section and a wall highlighting North Carolina collections.

 

Dr. Holly Sienkiewicz

Photo of Holly SienkiewiczDr. Holly Sienkiewicz (Center for New North Carolinians) received new funding from United Way of Greater Greensboro (UWGG) for the projects “Greensboro Refugee Employment Advancement Team (GREAT)” and “Refugee and Immigrant Social Work Education (RISE) Program.”

According to the abstract, GREAT assists unemployed and underemployed immigrants and refugees attain and retain family-sustaining employment. Upon enrollment, all participants provide past employment history and complete an Employment Accessibility Plan (EAP).

Through this plan participants identify employment goals and are then referred to an appropriate track based on those goals. Participants also complete an English Language Assessment to ensure that the track matches their English Language level. Tracks include: Job Preparation, Career Advancement, and Vocational Training.

The RISE Program serves the most vulnerable immigrants and refugees, described below, in Greensboro by helping them access services and resources that contribute to breaking the cycle of poverty. The program utilizes social work student interns and AmeriCorps members (supervised by CNNC staff) to work with clients experiencing significant difficulties accessing and utilizing services.

Through RISE, participants will increase their self-sufficiency through information referral, training, and support. Specifically, clients learn and practice the following skills: communicating in a new language, making telephone calls, scheduling appointments, requesting language interpretation, utilizing public transportation, completing program registration paperwork, and identifying and accessing safety net and support services.

Dr. Sonja Frison

photo of FrisonDr. 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 (MHDDSAS) for the project “The North Carolina Tiered Case Management Pilot Project, Year 2.”

This tiered case management pilot connects two at-risk populations to behavioral health services: youth and families involved in child welfare and juvenile justice. Both populations have high rates of exposure to trauma and complex behavioral health needs. Assessing, treating, and coordinating their behavioral health and life domain needs can assist social services in maintaining or reunifying youth with their families and can assist juvenile justice in keeping youth from moving deeper into the justice system. UNCG provides management level staff to the project as well as support for the evaluation of effectiveness of this pilot project.

David Gwynn

David Gwynn (University Libraries) received new funding from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) for the project “People Not Property: Slave Deeds of North Carolina.” Richard Cox is co-principal investigator on the project.

“People Not Property: Slave Deeds of North Carolina,” a collaborative project led by the University Libraries of UNC Greensboro, will make available for the first time thousands of digitized and transcribed slave deeds and bills of sale held by county registrars of deeds all across North Carolina. These deeds contain individual slave names as well as records of migration, occupations and skills, family status and monetary value of the enslaved population, and provide an incomparable resource to historians, social scientists, genealogists and members of the general public with an interest or research focus in the era of American slavery. “People Not Property” is a collaborative endeavor between the UNCG University Libraries, the North Carolina Division of Archives and Records, North Carolina Registers of Deeds representing 26 counties, the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, and other cultural heritage organizations.

 

Dr. Jacqueline DeBrew

Photo of Dr. Jacqueline Debrew .Dr. Jacqueline DeBrew (School of Nursing) received a continuation of funding from the North Carolina Area Health Education Center (AHEC) for the project “Proposal for RN to BSN Outreach Programs: 2018-2019.”  

According to the abstract, the RN-BSN program at UNCG serves students from 27 different counties in North Carolina. Seventeen of the represented counties are designated Tier 1 or 2 by the NC Department of Commerce. A Tier 1 county is the most economically distressed, and Tier 3 is the least economically distressed. In addition, five of the represented counties are designated rural counties, and five additional counties have one or more rural tracts within them.

This project aims to continue and initiate new cohorts at these sites.

 

Dr. Martin Tsz-Ki Tsui

Dr. Martin Tsz-Ki Tsui (Biology) received new funding from the University of North Carolina System for the project “New focus on a regional problem in eastern NC: What are the impacts of increased salinity on mercury, parasite prevalence in fish, fishing behaviors and perceptions of human health risk?”  

According to the abstract, fish are widely contaminated by mercury throughout eastern North Carolina. Sea level rise may salinize regional wetlands, potentially elevating fish mercury levels and parasite infection, but the effects have not been examined. Similarly, the perceptions of local fishers and fish consumers regarding to the risks posed have not been explored. Dr. Tsui hopes to form an interdisciplinary team with four assistant professors from three UNC campuses to tackle the issue, in both the short and long terms. Outputs from this IPG funding will help boost the team and position it to pursue further funding at state and federal levels.

 

Dr. Olav Rueppell

Photo of Dr. Olav Rueppell.Dr. Olav Rueppell (Biology) received new funding from the Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund (BARD) for the project “Characterization of the Architecture of Hygienic Behavior of Honeybees to Enable Breeding for Improved Honeybee Health.”

According to the abstract, honeybee health is compromised by the ectoparasitic Varroa mite. One promising avenue for sustainable control of this pest is selective breeding for mite resistance. Based on an existing breeding program in Israel, this collaborative research seeks to better understand the phenotypic and genetic architecture of a key trait, hygienic behavior, of the natural resistance of honey bees to Varroa mites. In addition to the study of select crosses and QTL mapping, this study will verify molecular markers in general association studies and investigate the potential for breeding hygienic honey bees under natural conditions.

Dr. Wei Zhong

Portrait of Dr. Wei Zhong Dr. Wei Zhong (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.”

“Alcoholic liver disease (ALD) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States. It is estimated that 15-30% heavy drinkers develop advanced liver disease. According to the report from the World Health Organization in 2014, alcoholism results in about 3.3 million deaths worldwide annually, which correspond to 5.9% of all mortality. Unfortunately, FAD-approved therapies are currently not available. The major obstacle is the limited understanding of the pathogenesis of ALD.

“Clinical studies have shown that only alcoholics with gut leakiness develop liver injury. The gut is the first site of injury upon alcohol consumption. Increasing evidence suggest that alterations of intestinal microbiota (dysbiosis) contribute to alcohol-induced intestinal and systemic injury. However, the mechanism of how and to what extent alcohol hampers host response to enteric dysbiosis and organ injury remains largely unclear. THe project was designed to answer this key question.”