UNCG Campus Weekly

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Dr. Nadja Cech

Portrait of Dr. Nadja CechDr. Nadja Cech (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received supplemental funding from the NIH National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) for “Predoctoral Training: Innovative Technologies for Natural Products and CAM Research.”

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, in collaboration with investigators in Biology and Nutrition, are working on a multi-disciplinary research proposal to the National Institutes of Health (National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine) to support predoctoral research training in the biological sciences. Funds from this proposal support stipends, benefits, and 60 percent of tuition for five predoctoral students pursuing PhD degrees at UNCG. The duration of the award is five years (renewable indefinitely depending on performance).  

Dr. Emily Janke

Photo of Emily JankeDr. Emily Janke (Institute for Community and Economic Engagement) received new funding from Cone Health System for the project “Advancing LEAP: Lifetime Eating and Physical Activity Practices.” Dr. Lauren Haldeman is co-principal investigator on the project.

This funding will provide administrative support to extend the efforts of the LEAP collaborative.

LEAP is a collaboration among UNCG, Cone Health, and Guilford Health Department, with support from Guilford County Schools, Greensboro Parks and Recreation, and Ready for School Ready for Life. The purpose of the effort is to identify common goals and measures that existing program providers and residents can use to inform their health and wellness efforts. LEAP is bringing together multiple stakeholders across the county to collectively determine these goals and measures through various meetings.

Dr. Jennifer L. Etnier

Portrait of Dr. Jennifer EtnierDr. Jennifer L. Etnier (Kinesiology) received supplemental funding from the National Institute on Aging for the project “The effect of physical activity on cognition relative to APOE genotype (PAAD-II).” Dr. William Dudley, Dr. Laurie Gold, Dr. William Karper, Dr. Jeffrey Labban, and Dr. Christopher Wahlheim are co-principal investigators on the project.

According to the abstract, the project will examine the effects of physical activity on cognitive performance and on neurological and biological mechanisms. It will also explore the moderating role of APOE4. The study incorporates cognitive measures and MRI sequences used in a Phase III clinical trial testing the effects of physical activity on cognition in older adults and is conducted in collaboration with the principal investigator of that trial. This allows researchers to leverage National Institute of Health resources by compiling data across a broad age range.

Dr. Zhanxiang Zhou

photo of ZhouDr. Zhanxiang Zhou (Center for Translational Biomedical Research) received a continuation of funding from the NIH National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) for the project “Aldehydes in Alcohol-Induced Organ Injury.” Dr. Qibin Zhang is co-principal investigator on the project.

This project aims to determine if Paneth cell dysfunction is a crucial factor in alcohol-induced intestinal overgrowth of pathogenic bacteria, gut permeability increase, bacteria/bacteria products translocation and hepatic inflammation.

David Gwynn

Photo of David GwynnDavid Gwynn (University Libraries) received new funding from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) for the project “Digital Library on American Slavery Research Fellowship.” Richard Cox is co-principal investigator on the project.

According to the abstract, UNCG University Libraries propose to host a CLIR Fellowship in Data Curation for African American and African Studies from 2019 to 2021. Housed in the Electronic Resources and Information Technology Department and reporting to the Digital Projects Coordinator, the Fellow for Digital Curation and Scholarship in African American Studies will also work closely with the head of the web development team. The fellow’s responsibilities will focus primarily on data manipulation and visualization, text mining, and GIS applications related to the Digital Library on American Slavery (DLAS) and other relevant collections as well as dissemination of this analysis in order to enhance the historical record and to increase the visibility and discoverability of DLAS.

Dr. Jamie Schissel

Jamie Schissel’s (School of Education/Teacher Education and Higher Education) book “Social Consequences of Testing for Language-minoritized Bilinguals in the United States” has been published. The publisher is Channel View Publications of England.

Dr. Schissel’s research focuses on the education of emergent bilingual students, specifically how language education policies around assessments interact with teaching and learning.  Schissel currently serves as Chair of the American Association of Applied Linguists Dissertation Award Committee. She teaches courses on applied linguistics at UNCG for undergraduate and graduate students and has a joint appointment in the Education Research Methods Department.

Dr. Melissa R. Floyd-Pickard

Photo of Dr. Melissa Floyd-PickardDr. Melissa R. Floyd-Pickard (Social Work) received new funding from the Guilford County Department of Public Health for the project “Expansion of the GCSTOP Program in Guilford County.” Dr. Jay Poole is co-principal investigator investigator on the project.

According to the abstract, the Guilford County Solutions To the Opioid Problem program (GCSTOP) is a program created by Guilford County, in concert with UNC Greensboro to provide rapid response services (i.e., post reversal follow up) to individuals who overdose or are at the risk of overdose.

The project will expand the programs current capacity to positively impact opioid misuse by increasing access to harm reduction strategies. Requested funding will be used to increase the sites for the current post-reversal program, add staffing resources to the existing syringe exchange program, and provide services to justice-involved citizens with substance use disorder.

Dr. Martin Tsui, Yener Ulus

Doctoral student Yener Ulus (Biology) received new funding from NCSU North Carolina Sea Grant for the project “Effects of salinization on mercury bioavailability in coastal wetlands at Albemarle-Pamlico Peninsula, North Carolina.” Dr. Martin Tsz-Ki Tsui is faculty advisor on the project.

The project will investigate whether saltwater intrusion caused by rising sea levels is raising the amount of highly toxic methylmercury produced in coastal wetlands.  An increase in methylmercury could have a grave impact on coastal wetlands, as it can translate to even higher methylmercury accumulated in fish.

Findings like these could contribute to future coastal management that can decrease human mercury exposure through fish consumption.

Dr. Dianne H. B. Welsh

Photo of Dianne WelshDr. Dianne H. B. Welsh (Bryan School) will receive a grant award for $36,000 from the Direct Selling Education Foundation for a Direct Selling Education Foundation Course Content Collaboration.

UNCG has a strong partnership with the Direct Selling Education Foundation, who will provide funding to initiate a competitive grants program to develop course content that advances the direct selling industry. The grants will be open to those already teaching courses in the Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program (ECDP), both in the Bryan School of Business and Economics as well as across campus. This will include entrepreneurship cross-listed courses in key fields related to channels of distribution (i.e., information technology and sales and marketing). Grant recipients will be required to develop and deliver a direct selling module into their curriculum, including a minimum equivalent of one week of lectures and assignments out of a 15-week semester.

Dr. Ignacio López Alemany

Dr. Ignacio López Alemany, associate professor of Spanish in the Dept. of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, has been awarded a prestigious “Biruté Ciplijauskaité” research fellowship from the Institute for Research in the Humanities (IRH) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for the 2019-20 academic year. There, he will be working on his next book project, “Vihuelists and Courtly Performance of Poetry in Early Modern Spain,” while collaborating with other distinguished IRH fellows and faculty at UW-M and participating in various scholarly presentations on Spanish literature of the Golden Age and beyond.

López Alemany’s project aims to provide a comprehensive explanation of the cultural success of Italian meters in Spanish Renaissance poetry within the broader context of court performances. The study of this “new poetry,” as contemporaries labeled it, cannot be approached merely as a change of meters, but as part of a larger phenomenon. A paradigmatic change that resulted from the emergence of the early modern court culture in Spain, the particularities of the political context of the Habsburg Empire, and the renovation and repurposing of traditional Spanish poetry. The early modern vihuelists – musicians who played the vihuela, a Spanish stringed instrument­ – selected, modified, and musicalized many of those poems. They also modeled and wrote instructions on how to perform them within the aulic context, serving as active catalysts in the definition of the modern courtier and the role of poetry in the early modern period.

Dr. Gurpreet Dhillon

Dr. Gurpreet Dhillon (Bryan School) earned an Honorary Doctorate degree from Örebro University in Sweden, for his contributions to the cybersecurity field. The ceremonies were on Feb 9, 2019. Dhillon has had an association with Orebro for over 20 years. Dhillon is Professor and Department Head, Information Systems and Supply Chain Management, in the Bryan School of Business and Economics.

His research is featured in the most recent UNCG Research Magazine.

Brad Johnson

Photo of Dr. Brad JohnsonBrad Johnson (TEHE) was recently recognized by the ACPA-College Student Educators International (ACPA) as a 2019 recipient of the Annuit Coeptis Senior Professional Award.  The Annuit Coeptis Awards honors professionals at a dinner where there can be wide-ranging discussion and exchange about professional issues. These awards were created by ACPA to honor and celebrate the lives of three former colleagues who loved to challenge their contemporary and junior colleagues in the spirit of personal and professional sharing, good humor, and intellectual debate.  Senior Professional Award recipients must show evidence of contributions to the field of Student Affairs with regard to administrative service or teaching, research and publication, professional association service, and demonstrated leadership. In addition, recipients must show evidence of their commitment to mentoring and encouraging young Student Affairs professionals. Johnson will formally receive this recognition in March at the annual ACPA Conference, which will be held in Boston.

Tony Hamilton

Tony Hamilton (Facility Services) was a recipient of the Kindness Champion award, by the Healthy Relationships Initiative. The awards program is s part of their Random Acts of Kindness Week outreach.

He was nominated by three of his UNCG co-workers. They said he’s deserving of being recognized for his kindness for the following reasons:

  • “Every new semester, Tony plants himself at the front door of our building and directs students to where they need to be.  He has done this year after year and it is appreciated by our student body. He does this on his own, just to help out students who have no idea where they are or where they’re going.  He is helpful and kind and will bend over backwards to help you with anything you’ve got going on. He has helped me move furniture on several occasions. He also strives to do his best to clean his area of the building and keep things looking good for all of us.”
  • Another one of his nominators added, “Tony genuinely cares about the well-being of faculty and staff, encouraging us to pay attention to our own self-care, rest and take breaks. When I had difficulty with the lock on the mail room door one day, he came right over.  He conscientiously answers the call of duty, and goes beyond the call of duty. When my daughter came to work with me, he bought her a blueberry muffin, which she thoroughly enjoyed. That was a spontaneous act of kindness and generosity that really brightened her day.”

For more on this year’s HRI Kindness Champions in the Greensboro community, visit http://www.guilfordhri.org/2019kindnesschampions.

Dr. Randy Schmitz

Dr. Randy Schmitz (Kinesiology) received new funding from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center for the project “ACL Research Retreat VIII.” Dr. Sandra Shultz is co-principal investigator on the project.

The ACL Research Retreat VIII is a biennial meeting that examines both risk factors and prevention of significant acute injury to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) of the knee. According to the abstract, the meeting will continue to strengthen the foundation upon which quality research and clinical interventions can be advanced.

Dr. Sherri McFarland

Dr. Sherri McFarland (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received supplemental funding from the NIH National Cancer Institute for the project “Immunomodulating Ruthenium Metal Complexes for Melanoma Photodynamic Therapy.”

The project seeks to develop a novel class of ruthenium compounds that can be activated with therapeutic wavelengths of light to eliminate primary tumors, inhibit disseminated disease, and prevent recurrence. According to the abstract, it is hypothesized that light-responsive drugs with these capabilities will be of use in the development of photodynamic therapy (PDT) for treating melanoma.

Dr. Jianjun Wei

 Dr. Jianjun Wei (Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering) received new funding from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center for the project “A chip-based nano-opto-fluidic biosensor for cardiac disease protein biomarkers.”

The project proposes a series of studies aimed at enhancing a chip-based biosensor technology for selective detection of protein biomarkers for cardiovascular disease in blood samples. Specific aims include:

  • Developing a rapid nano-imprinting process for low cost, reproducible fabrication of a nanostructure chip and integration with amicrofluidic network.
  • Validating the new nanostructure chip for the demonstration of troponin detection in blood samples in the chip-based prototype.

Dr. Paul Knapp

photo of KnappDr. Paul Knapp (Geography and Environmental Sustainability) received new funding from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington for the project “A Fire History from Longleaf Pine at the Nichols Preserve, North Carolina.”

The research project will investigate fire history at the Nichols Preserve, a rare, old-growth Piedmont longleaf pine ecosystem undergoing restoration. Researchers will examine fire scares in remnant longleaf pine stumps in order to determine the historical fire frequency of the forest. The hope of the project is to inform management practices for the North Carolina Zoo and have broader impacts for longleaf pine growing throughout the region.

Dr. Armondo Collins

Dr. Armondo Collins (Digital Media Commons) will lead a community discussion on Black Migration at 6 pm, Monday, March 4, at Central Library, 219 N. Church St. Using Zora Neale Hurston’s book, Barracoon: The Story of the Last Black Cargo, Collins will explore race and class in contemporary America. Collins is the head of Digital Media Commons at UNCG.

Beverly Burnett, NC Association of Black Storyteller president, will also be in attendance to perform an excerpt from How it Feels to be Colored Me. Burnett is the 2018 recipient of the Zora Neale Hurston Award.

Participants will have the opportunity to record their own migration story after the program. These recordings will be permanently archived at the Greensboro History Museum.

Dr. Chris Payne

 Dr. Chris Payne (The 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.” The project is supported by funds from the US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families. Joy Scott is co-principal investigator on the project.

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 Early Head Start Child Care (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, N.C. 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.

Guilford Child Development (GCD), the grant applicant, will bring its deep experience with Early Head Start program administration and its extensive and longstanding networks of community and child care provider partnerships to a comprehensive and collaborative effort to expand access to high quality early childhood services to children and families in a high need area in Guilford County, NC. GCD and its partner, UNCG, will increase access to high quality early childhood care through a two-pronged approach: (A) Direct provision of high quality early childhood services through additional Early Head Start classrooms in Greensboro, NC; and (B) Comprehensive training to increase the knowledge and skills of child care staff and heighten the quality of care in homes and classrooms. This two-pronged approach will help to meet the immediate need for high quality child care while also building a broad base of early childhood professionals to continue to meet community needs.

Dr. Gideon Wasserberg

 Dr. Gideon Wasserberg (Biology) received new funding from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) for the project “NCDHHS Contract to Survey Tick Distribution in NW NC.”

According to the abstract, the project will test the “New-River invasion corridor hypothesis,” which posits that Lyme disease spreads faster, by dispersing ticks, along the New River basin that acts as a natural corridor connecting the current southwestern Virginia hot-spot of Pulaski/Wythe/Giles counties with the high Lyme disease incidence northwestern counties of Ashe and Alleghany. Researchers will test this hypothesis using tick flagging in 10 sites:  five along the New River and five in latitudinally parallel sites in the western Piedmont. Sites will be surveyed at least one time between November and January, and at least one time between April and June. Ticks will be collected (stored in 95% ethanol), speciated, and sent to CDC for pathogen testing.

Jenny Southard

Photo of Jenny Southard Jenny Southard, University Speaking Center coordinator and Communications Studies faculty member, has been appointed Student Advocate of the Communication Centers section of the National Communication Association.

The Communication Centers Section of the National Communication Association (NCA) encourages and facilitates the exchange of scholarly and professional knowledge about issues related to communication centers, including communication theory and methodology, speech communication, and other disciplines related to the study of human communication.  Members of the Section support the following goals:

  • Cooperation among center administrators and consultants in exchanging professional information about center operations
  • Scholarly research about the impact of communication centers
  • Academic exchange between communication scholars
  • Professional cooperation with other associations of scholars
  • Promotion of the Communication Centers initiative in higher education

Askerov, Powers, Rinker, Schmitz

Four UNCG faculty members will present a reading at Scuppernong Bookstore downtown on their peace and conflict studies and social work:

– Ali Askerov, Contemporary Russo-Turkish relations: From crisis to cooperation

– Meredith Powers, Social work promoting community and environmental sustainability: A workbook for social work practitioners and educators (Co-Ed., Vol. 1 & 2)

– Jeremy Rinker, Identity, rights, and awareness: Anticaste activism in India and the awakening of justice through discursive practices

– Cathryne Schmitz, Critical multiculturalism and intersectionality in a complex world

The reading will be Thursday, Feb. 21, at  4 p.m.

Dr. Jonathan Zarecki

Dr. Jonathan Zarecki (Associate Professor, Classical Studies) gave a lecture as part of the Marshall Center Lecture Series at the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond on Feb. 15. His talk commemorated the 200th anniversary of the re-discovery of one of the most important works of political philosophy from the Roman era, Cicero’s De Re Publica. His talk explored the importance of Cicero’s concept of the ideal statesman to modern theories and discussion of leadership.

Nancy Doll

Photo of Dr. Nancy DollNancy Doll, director of the Weatherspoon Art Museum, has contributed two essays to the publication “Central to Their Lives: Southern Women Artists in The Johnson Collection.”

Spoma Jovanovic, Lee Phillips, and John Sopper

Spoma Jovanovic (Communication Studies), Lee Phillips (Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity Office), and John Sopper (Grogan College) presented on the excellence, opportunities, and impacts of their programs at UNCG during the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), which was held in Atlanta, January 23-26.

Jovanovic’s was part of a panel that presented on “Civic Learning through the Major: Getting the Departmental Conversation and Blueprints Started,” which offered results of their work funded by a mini-grant from AAC&U. Phillips’ was part of a panel organized through the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) that discussed “New Strategies for Assessing the Impact of High-Impact Practices.” Sopper’s was part of a panel that presented on “Residential Learning Communities as a High-Impact Practice,” which was the result of a multi-campus research project funded and supported by the Center for Engaged Learning at Elon University.  The focus of this year’s AAC&U meeting was “Raising Our Voices: Reclaiming the Narrative on the Value of Higher Education.”

Dr. Dianne Welsh

Photo of Dianne Welsh Dianne Welsh, Hayes Distinguished Chair in Entrepreneurship, won the Conference Best Paper Award sponsored by Elsevier Publishing at the GIKA-LATAM Conference in Chile with her co-author Eugene Kaciak (Brock University, Canada and Kozminski University, Poland) entitled, “Success for Women Entrepreneurs: The Role of Family Interference.”

Additionally, Welsh received an award presented by the U.S. Assn. for Small Business & Economics (USASBE) – the  USASBE Minority and Women Division 2019 Professor of the Year.

Dr. Dana Dunn

Photo of Dr. Dana DunnDr. Dana Dunn, provost and executive vice chancellor, received new funding from The Cemala Foundation for the project “Giant Steps: Enhancing Arts Education and Outreach and Scaling Student Success.” Dr. Peter Alexander is co-principal investigator on the project.

According to the abstract, funding from The Cemala Foundation will support two strategic initiatives that focus on two strengths of the University: enhancing arts education and outreach, and scaling student success. Through an expansion of the University Concert and Lecture Series (UCLS), UNCG’s College of Visual and Performing Arts will be able to attract more world-class artists while providing longer in-residence periods, allowing for additional master classes, lectures, and panels. This expansion will benefit CVPA’s students and faculty, and provide for a richer, broader community impact. The Scaling Student Success initiative will draw from existing programs to create a cost-effective, coaching-based academic success program designed to promote higher retention, academic achievement, and graduation rates for an additional 150 new freshmen each year. These initiatives will enrich the Greensboro community through the provision of rich arts programming and highly qualified and workplace ready graduates.

Deborah Bell

Photo of Deborah BellDeborah Bell (Theatre) is the costume designer for the current production at Triad Stage, “White Lightning.” Bell will also design costumes for the UNCG Opera production of “Falstaff” in April.

Dr. Julie Edmunds

photo of EdmundsDr. Julie Edmunds (SERVE Center) received new funding from the University of Florida for the project “Evaluation of EQuIPD – Engaging Quality Instruction through Professional Development.” Dr. Robert Henson and Dr. Karla Lewis are co-principal investigators on the project. The project is supported by funds from the U.S. Department of Education.

Engaging Quality Instruction through Professional Development (EQuIPD) is a professional development program designed to produce highly qualified teachers in STEM practices for all children.

EQuIPD merges best practices in teacher professional development, technology education, and workforce development to create an innovative model with two goals: A three-year K-9 teacher professional development program to support teachers in a “train the trainer model” for increased content and pedagogical knowledge using System Thinking as a frame for incorporating technology into STEM inquiry lessons. EQuIPD will provide professional development in a “train the trainer” model which is content focused, incorporates active learning utilizing technology, supports collaboration, models effective practice, and provides ongoing coaching and expert support.

In the first two years of the grant, teachers will be supported with over 240 hours of support, resources, and mentoring. In the third year of the grant, EQuIPD will provide support to districts as they incorporate this program into their existing professional development structure. Throughout this program, teachers will be supported in their work by district personnel, coaches, experts, and by each other as part of a learning cohort. In addition to teacher professional development, EQuIPD will address the STEM Workforce development pipeline in an exploratory study to increase alignment between classroom and industry practices, supporting teachers in acquiring STEM credentials recognized by industry, and providing models for teachers to align industry and classroom STEM practices.

Dr. Diane Ryndak

photo of RyndakDr. Diane Ryndak (Specialized Education Services) received a continuation of funding from the University of Minnesota for the project “The TIES Center: Increasing Time, Instructional Effectiveness, Engagement, and State Support for Inclusive Practices for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities.” This project is supported with funds from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).

The primary outcomes of the project are to:

  • Improve the quality of instruction for students with significant cognitive disabilities (SWSCD) in inclusive environments through the use of existing curriculum and instructional materials.
  • Provide models and coaching to both general education and special education teachers to create more inclusive opportunities.
  • Support changes to inclusive practices and policies within partner state and local education agencies.

 

 

Dr. Roy Schwarzman

Photo of Dr. Roy Schwartzman.Dr. Roy Schwartzman (Communication Studies professor) has been named an associate editor of the Interdisciplinary Journal of e-Skills and Lifelong Learning (IJELL), an international peer-reviewed journal published by Informing Science Institute. He has also received a grant from the Alfred and Anita Schnog Family Foundation to develop multimedia resources for Holocaust education. Additionally, he has been awarded Reviewer of the Month for January 2019 from Informing Science Institute, recognizing the top peer reviewer for the organization’s  14 international journals. See more at https://www.informingscience.org/Community/Overview

Professor Schwartzman is a Shoah Foundation Institute International Teaching Fellow and at UNCG is a Lloyd International Honors College Fellow, as well as Affiliate Faculty, Dept. of Peace & Conflict Studies and Affiliate Faculty, Joint School of Nanoscience & Nanoengineering.

Dr. Wayne Journell

Photo of Dr. Wayne JournellDr. Wayne Journell (Teacher Education and Higher Education) is editor of the recently published book “Unpacking Fake News: An Educator’s Guide to Navigating the Media with Students.” It is published by Teachers College Press. The book contains chapters by leading civic education scholars and uses a psychoanalytic lens to explore what fake news is, why students are susceptible to believing it, and how they can learn to identify it. More information can be found here.

Journell, an associate professor, currently serves as editor of Theory & Research in Social Education and is a past recipient of the Exemplary Research in Social Studies Award from the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS). His research was featured in the Spring 2017 UNCG Research Magazine.

Dr. Christoper Hodgkins

Photo of Dr. Christopher HodgkinsDr. Christoper Hodgkins (English) was at West Point earlier this week, speaking to cadets at the U.S. Military Academy. He co-taught classes on poetry, and spoke to a student group about C.S. Lewis’ “Learning in Wartime.” At noon on Tuesday, he was scheduled to give a talk to cadets titled “Dangerous Poetry: Our Lovers’ Quarrel with Literature and Art.” The talk explores the whys and wherefores of poetry’s problematic persistence, asking why so many have found poetry—and indeed all literature and art—so dangerous, and why nevertheless we can’t seem to live without it.

Dr. Michael Frierson

Photo of Michael Frierson. Dr. Michael Frierson (Media Studies) recently gave a presentation to the Upper School of the Greensboro Day School on his personal documentary “FB -KKK.” The film documents the life of Frierson’s father, Dargan, an FBI agent stationed in Greensboro during the 1960s and Dargan’s work with George Dorsett, the highest ranking member of the UKA who secretly provided information to the FBI under a program called COINTELPRO WHITE HATE.

Dr. Olav Ruepell and Dr. Esmaeil Amiri

Dr. Olav Ruepell, Dr. Esmaeil Amiri (Biology) and graduate students in the Ruepell Research group published an article in The Science of Nature journal about honey bee experiments they conducted during the solar eclipse of 2017 at the University of Clemson. For their research, they compared foraging and homing activities of hives with varying food supplies and brood populations. The article and results can be found here, and a description of the work that took place during the eclipse is viewable here.