UNCG Campus Weekly

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

George Hancock

George Hancock (SERVE Center) received new funding from Alamance-Burlington School System for the project “Haw River Elementary School Comprehensive Needs Assessment.”

Hancock also received new funding from Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools for the project “Moore Magnet Elementary School Comprehensive Needs Assessment.”

These projects are a systematic assessment of practices, processes, and structures within a school to assist school leadership and key stakeholders in determining needs, examining their nature and causes, and setting priorities for future actions. The assessments guide the development of a genuine school improvement plan that is grounded in data and provides a road map 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.

An assessment team (2-3 team members) will visit each school, providing an opportunity for teachers, support staff, school improvement team members, and other stakeholders to outline current perceptions relative to leadership, instruction, professional development, planning, and operations, and family and community engagement.

 

Dr. Ayesha Boyce

Dr. Ayesha Boyce (Educational Research Methodology) received new funding from Indiana University at Bloomington for the project “Network for Computational Nanotechnology – Engineered nanoBIO Node.”

Dr. Boyce will oversee evaluation for the project using a mixed-methods strategy in which data from one type of method (quantitative or qualitative) is merged, connected, and/or embedded with data from another type of method. Mixed-methods evaluations provide richer data allow for better triangulation of data, and result in more nuanced evaluation results. Qualitative and quantitative data will be collected concurrently as a way to extend the breadth, scope and range of inquiry, to learn about different phenomena within the same study, and to capture the richness and diversity of the program and program participant experiences. This evaluation will provide formative data to guide NCN improvement and summative assessment of nanoBIO Node quality and impact. Evaluation questions will center on: nanoBIO Node theory of change, implementation, effectiveness, diversity/inclusion/equity, communications, outcomes, and impact.

Dr. Sara Heredia

Dr. Sara Heredia (Teacher Education and Higher Education) received new funding from the Exploratorium for the project “The Phenomenal Genome: Evolving Public Understanding of Genetics in the Post-Mendelian Era.”

Heredia will be responsible for supporting the design team in developing and researching the teacher component of the project. This includes an on-site meeting at the Exploratorium with the advisory board to ideate and prototype experiences for science teachers to explore their current understanding of genetics. In years two and three, Heredia will travel to the Exploratorium each summer to collect data on implementation of experiences within the context of professional development settings. Heredia will also interview teacher participants in the year following their participation to inquire about if and how the teachers changed their instruction in relation to genetics. In the final year of the project, Heredia will work on data analysis and writing to disseminate research to multiple science education research audiences.

Dr. Eric Josephs

Dr. Eric Josephs (Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering) received new funding from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center.

The researchers will experimentally validate new molecular tools that they computationally predict could dramatically accelerate the production of crop variants with targeted genetic modifications (‘precision breeding’) to address future agricultural challenges. They expect the tools will be especially potent in important NC crops like tomato, sweet potato, tobacco, soybean, and cereals.

Luciana Lilley and Frank Donaldson

Luciana Lilley (English) and Frank Donaldson (Media Studies) spoke last Sunday at Triad Stage productions. Lilley discussed Triad Stage’s adaptation in Winston-Salem of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, directed by Preston Lane, a UNCG CVPA faculty member and co-founder of Triad Stage. Donaldson spoke in Greensboro on the golden age of radio, connected to Triad Stage’s production of It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play.

Dr. Wendy McColskey

Dr. Wendy McColskey (SERVE Center) received new funding from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for the project “2019-2020 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Cohort 14 Level I Grant Application Review and 2018-2019 Annual Evaluation Reporting.”

SERVE will conduct the Level I application reviews of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Cohort No. 14 grant applications in the spring/summer of 2019 and 2) conduct Cohort No. 12 and No. 13 evaluation activities for the 2018-19 school year.

The 21st CCLC supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities (i.e., before, during and/or after school programming) for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools. The program helps students meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and math; offers students a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs; and offers literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children.

Dr. Audrey E. Snyder

Dr. Audrey E. Snyder (School of Nursing) received new funding from The Edward M. Armfield, Sr. Foundation for the project “School Health Coordination at Moss Street Partnership School.”

This project will help to develop the School Health Coordinator/Nurse role, nurse health room and create a new and innovative student clinical practice site at Moss Street Partnership School (MSPS). Moss Street Partnership School was specifically chosen because it offers UNCG students an opportunity to make a positive contribution with an at-risk population in a rural and underserved community, address some of the significant health education needs in the community and participate in interprofessional collaboration with other health professionals. The goal of this project is to create a unique learning environment for undergraduate students to have real world nursing experiences in community and school-based health.

Dr. Mitchell Croatt

Dr. Mitchell Croatt (Chemistry & Biochemistry) received new funding from the National Institutes of Health National Cancer Institute for the project “TAK1 Inhibition by (5Z)-7-Oxozeaenol Analogues for Anticancer Leads.”

This project will develop new anticancer drug leads based on the natural product pharmacophore.

Dr. Sonja Frison

Dr. Sonja Frison (The Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships) received a continuation of funding from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services for the project “NC Healthy Transitions for Youth and Young Adults with Serious Mental Disorders.” Dr. Ayesha Boyce and Dr. Tiffany Smith are co-principal investigators on the project.

 

Dr. Nadja Cech

Dr. Nadja Cech (Chemistry & Biochemistry) was recently featured as a Face of Mass Spectrometry in the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (ASMS) journal.

The recognition is part of a new interview series that highlights the diversity of ASMS members, as well as demonstrates the various paths that one can undertake to achieve a career in mass spectrometry.

 

Dr. Shanmugathasan Suthaharan

Dr. Shanmugathasan Suthaharan (Computer Science) received new funding from Fondation Voir et Entendre – Institut de la Vision for the project “Next Generation Optogenetics for Vision Restoration.”

Rod-cone dystrophy (RCD) can be caused by numerous genetic variants that result in a range of phenotypes. The clinical imaging the researchers will use in project 1 allows them to assess these losses at the tissue level, determine the status of disease, and identify patients who may be candidates for novel treatments. It is essential for the researchers to be able to evaluate the status of the retina at the level of single cells.

Since the researchers’ objective will be to treat patients based on the status of either remaining cones, bipolars, and/or retinal ganglion cells (RGCs), they must develop tools that can identify and quantify these various cell types reliably in patients. Adaptive optics ophthalmoscopy (AOO) is the only tool that allows researchers to evaluate the living human retina at the level of single cells. Their imaging toolkit in AOO remains incomplete, with several cell classes such as bipolar cells and photoreceptor nuclei yet to be revealed.

Since light must pass through these structures to reach the photopigment in the outer segments of the photoreceptors, they scatter very little light and are nearly transparent. In normal healthy eyes, the photoreceptors provide a strong signal from directionally backscattered light that masks the signal from these other structures that may be more weakly scattering. Off-axis imaging approaches minimize the collection of directionally backscattered light to optimize the detection of weakly backscattering structures. Multi-offset detection has been shown to successfully image inner retinal neurons, including RGCs.

In non-human primates this approach achieved subcellular resolution – cells were also seen in humans, but with lower contrast. However, these early investigations have demonstrated that these tools require further refinement before they can be successfully deployed routinely on patients. Imaging of other weakly scattering structures such as bipolar cells or photoreceptor nuclei has not yet been demonstrated and requires additional work to understand how imaging configuration may be optimized to achieve this goal.

Finally, these off-axis techniques have yet to be fully characterized in patients that have missing photoreceptors due to disease, so it is essential that researchers understand the limitations and advantages in these conditions, which differ substantially from what is encountered when imaging normal eyes with intact retinal layers. The researdhers hypothesize that these approaches may be more effective at visualizing remaining cells when the strong signal from the cones is absent in RCD and that improved detection techniques and image processing can be used to enhance the contrast of the remaining cells in RCD, revealing the cells that are undetectable in normal eyes and enhancing our imaging toolkit for RCD.

Dr. Jonathan Henner

Dr. Jonathan Henner (Specialized Education Services) received new funding from the University of Rochester for the project “Developing a validated quantitative scale of language deprivation in the deaf population.”

Dr. Henner will work as a methodology and analysis consultant to examine data collection methods to ensure the integrity of the data collected and that the data collection is appropriate for the population studied. He will advise on the best way to analyze the data to create the results necessary for the best way to develop a quantitative assessment of language deprivation in targeted populations. Henner will ensure that the development of the quantitative assessment follows proper test development procedures to ensure psychometric validity and reliability of the resulting instrument.

Dr. Carrie Hill

Dr. Carrie Hill (Nursing) has accepted the position of RN-BSN program director, as of January 1, 2020. She is a pediatric nurse who is in her second year teaching in the School of Nursing. She has been active at Moss Street Elementary Partnership School, where she has a community clinical group this fall.

Dr. Emily Stamey

Dr. Emily Stamey (Weatherspoon Art Museum) has received new funding from the North Carolina Arts Council for the project “To the Hoop: Basketball and Contemporary Art.”

The Weatherspoon Art Museum will present an original exhibition (Feb. 1 – May 15, 2020) titled “To the Hoop: Basketball and Contemporary Art.” From its invention in 1891 by Dr. James Naismith as an activity for “incorrigible” youth, to its multibillion-dollar industry today, basketball has captured America’s imagination — and stolen North Carolina’s heart. North Carolina is a fabled hotbed of college basketball rivalries, and “To the Hoop” will capitalize on this enthusiasm as the museum works to cultivate new audiences. Exploring the game’s intersections with contemporary art and culture, the exhibition is timed to correspond with Greensboro’s hosting ACC and NCAA tournament games in 2020.

Dr. Terri Shelton

Dr. Terri Shelton (ORE / Center for New North Carolinians) has received new funding from FaithAction International House for the project “Safe Transitions After Resettlement (STAR).”

The purpose of this project is to provide family violence prevention training and education to immigrants and refugees in Guilford County and throughout the state. Specific responsibilities include providing training to immigrant and refugee community leaders and partnering with a cohort of leaders from faith-based and ethnic-specific organizations to increase their capacity to serve families experiencing family violence.

Shelton is the Vice Chancellor of Research and Engagement and holds the Carol Jenkins Mattocks Distinguished Professorship.

Dr. Aaron Beveridge

Dr. Aaron Beveridge (English) received new funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities for the project “MassMine Advancement Grant for Sustainable Data-Driven Humanities Research.”

This Level III Digital Humanities Advancement Grant will extend the functionality and accessibility of MassMine for data-driven humanities research. MassMine is a digital humanities research software that automates the collection and processing of data from digital sources to support the interdisciplinary research of social media and digital networks. MassMine currently supports data collection and processing from Twitter, Google Trends, Wikipedia, Tumblr, as well as collecting and archiving text data from any web URL (general web scraping). In 2015, MassMine’s initial development was funded through an NEH Digital Humanities Level II Start-Up Grant, and in successful completion of the Level II grant the MassMine team released version 1.0 of the software, as well as producing massmine.org to provide complete user documentation, “Getting Started” tutorials, and example Twitter analyses. The primary objectives of the 2015 Level II grant were: (1) to refine the MassMine tool to support the collection and use of social media and other digital data in humanities research, and (2) to develop a training program and online resources to support the broad use of MassMine, regardless of technical experience.

Dr. Kimberly Littlefield

Dr. Kimberly Littlefield (Office of Research and Engagement) received new funding from the National Organization of Research Development Professionals for the project “Building a Case for the Essential Associate Dean for Research.” Dr. Robert A. Henson is co-principal investigator on the project.

The goal of this project is to begin building a comprehensive characterization of the associate dean for research (ADR) role to inform the creation and provision of training and professional development programs and resources. To that end the objectives of project are to: (1) develop and deploy a survey to collect scope, responsibilities and indicators and measures of success for the ADR role; (2) apply concept mapping analysis to survey and structured interview data to identify primary structural information about, and the essential knowledge and resource needs of, ADRs; and (3) informed by concept mapping analysis, design curricula and implement training and professional development programs (webinar and workshop) for ADRs.

Ti’Era Worsley

Ti’Era Worsley (School of Education) received a North Carolina Environmental Educator certification from the NC Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). DEQ Secretary Michael Regan presented her with this award.

Worsley researches informal science education with middle-school aged youth in STEM. She works with historically marginalized youth in an informal makerspace at a local Boys and Girls Club and refugee center. “The EE Certification program has provided me the content knowledge to help bridge the gap of people’s perspectives about environmental education and building environmental literacy,” she says. “After participating in the certification program, I think about environmental issues with a diverse mindset.”

The EE Certification program is administered by the DEQ Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs and encourages professional development in environmental education and acknowledges educators committed to environmental stewardship. This program establishes standards for professional excellence in environmental education for classroom teachers and non-formal educators.

 

Dr. Martyn Van Hasselt

Dr. Martyn Van Hasselt (Economics) received new funding from the Research Triangle Institute (RTI International) for the project “Improving Models of Alcohol Consumption Mismeasurement and Burden of Disease.”

Several health conditions have been associated with alcohol use, including many cancers. Many of these conditions may be affected by even moderate levels of alcohol consumption, and growing evidence suggests that there may be a high burden of illness associated with alcohol consumption. Collectively, these observations suggest that a robust public health response is warranted.

Epidemiological modeling can provide a framework for quantifying the extent to which SBI can reduce the burden of illness associated with alcohol consumption. Specifically, potential impact fractions (PIFs) can be used to estimate the proportion of disease cases that could be eliminated under an effective, national SBI program. However, existing methods for estimating potential impact fractions are likely biased due to misclassification errors in self-reported alcohol consumption data.

This study takes a novel Bayesian approach to mitigating problems associated with misreporting. Specifically, researchers first develop a Bayesian misclassification model for obtaining alcohol exposure distributions and show how much bias from misclassification can be reduced under this approach. Second, they apply the Bayesian misclassification model to estimate more accurately potential impact fractions associated with an effective, national SBI program targeted towards reducing alcohol exposure.

Dr. Ayesha Boyce

Dr. Ayesha Boyce (Educational Research Methodology, School of Education) is being awarded the American Evaluation Association 2019 Marcia Guttentag Promising New Evaluator Award. This award, which she will receive at this year’s American Evaluation Association (AEA) Conference Nov. 12–16 in Minneapolis, is presented to a promising new evaluator during the first five years after completion of his or her Master’s or Doctoral degree and whose work is consistent with the AEA Guiding Principles for Evaluator. Boyce, a 2019 UNCG School of Education Distinguished Researcher Scholar awardee, was selected for her demonstrated promise in early notable and substantial accomplishments.

Boyce is an assistant professor of Educational Research Methodology, and co-directs the UNCG Office of Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Services. Boyce’s research focuses on attending to value stances and issues related to diversity, equity, inclusion, access, cultural responsiveness, and social justice within evaluation—especially multi-site, STEM, and contexts with historically marginalized populations. She also examines teaching, mentoring, and learning in evaluation. Dr. Boyce has evaluated over 40 programs funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), US Department of Education, National Institutes of Health, and Spencer and Teagle foundations. She is a Co-PI on the recently funded 1 million-dollar NSF grant, Spartans ADVANCE: Adaptations of Practices For Faculty Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at The UNCG.

https://www.evaluationconference.org/page/2019-awards

Dr. Spoma Jovanovic

Dr. Spoma Jovanovic (Communication Studies) has a chapter in a newly released book, “Creating Space for Democracy: A Primer on Dialogue and Deliberation in Higher Education.”

The book “offers a blueprint for achieving the civic mission of higher education by incorporating dialogue and deliberation into learning at colleges and universities.” See more here.

“The book chapter is about a course I teach, ‘Conversations that Matter,’ designed to offer students the knowledge and tools to engage with crucial public conversations that invite openness, inclusion, critical inquiry, and even forgiveness,” Jovanovic says. “In doing so, students practice how to express ethical values including responsibility, compassion, justice, and respect.  The class was born out of the recognition that the fate of our democracy is tied to engagement, expressions of dissent, and collective action. As we educate students today, we need to be mindful of students’ complex situations while making the case for the value of dialogue and deliberation as key pathways to lifelong learning and engagement in our democracy.”

 

 

Dr. Dianne Welsh

Dr. Dianne Welsh, Hayes Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship, received the Barbara Hollander Award – for lifelong contributions to family business, education, and civic causes – at the Family Firm Institute, October 24, at the annual meeting in Miami.

 

Dr. Daniel Herr

Dr. Daniel Herr (Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering) has received a continuation of funding from Georgia Institute of Technology for the project “SENIC.”

The SENIC partnership between IEN and JSNN provides the most modern facilities and complete collection of tools for both top-down and bottom-up nanoscale science and engineering research in the southeastern US. In addition, the technical and research personnel that maintain the equipment and support users has hundreds of man-years of experience working on the broadest possible research problems. Access and training has been designed to promote the culture of open-access facilities, to foster research, education, and outreach in diverse fields, to break the isolation between fields, to lower the barrier between users and well-equipped research facilities, and to support nanoscience and nanotechnology activities. External users can obtain access to both sites via a single user agreement.” [Source: www.nnci.net/sites/senic]

 

 

Dr. Julia Smith

Dr. Julia Smith (Psychology) received a continuation of funding from Child Trends, Incorporated for the project “National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families.” Dr. Danielle Crosby is co-principal investigator on the project.

Hispanics represent the largest, and one of the fastest-growing, racial/ethnic minority population groups in the U.S. With one in four children in the U.S. now Hispanic – and roughly one-third of Hispanic children living in poverty – the well-being of this community will have profound implications for the future workforce, economy, and prospects of our nation. To help programs and policy better serve low-income Hispanic children and families, the National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families (Center) provides research and capacity-building activities across three areas: early care and education, healthy marriage and responsible fatherhood, and poverty and economic self-sufficiency.

The center is both policy- and program-driven, and is dedicated to providing timely research findings, tools, and scholar opportunities aimed at improving the lives of low-income Hispanic children and families. Investigators at UNC Greensboro are co-leading the early care and education area to conduct research on how and why Hispanic families access ECE, and how barriers to service delivery for this population of learners can be reduced in order to promote healthy and affordable childcare as a child enrichment and work support for families.

Dr. Stephen Sills

Dr. Stephen Sills (Center for Housing and Community Studies) received new funding from the North Carolina State University, Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI) Stormwater Consortium for the project “Fostering engagement in the Cottage Grove neighborhood through community involvement in riparian cleanup to enhance stormwater quality.”

This community-engaged project with residents of the Cottage Grove neighborhood in East Greensboro will address environmental justice concerns with two unnamed tributaries of South Buffalo Creek. Researchers will involve the residents through an oral history of long-time residents (>20 years), as well as surveys, focus groups, community-planning charrettes, trash/litter clean-up days with university student volunteers, and finally an educational citizen science stormwater campaign with school-age children. Researchers expect the main outcome of the project will be to build community capacity to organize and advocate for resources such as green infrastructure through the City of Greensboro’s Participatory Budgeting process. The residents will build relationships with the City of Greensboro’s environmental educators, and those relationships build trust in government and can help connect them to other resources in the community. The project will also initiate an environmental educational program with school-age children, which will have a continuing impact as the water quality and stream studies become part of the curriculum for students. The results of the surveys will provide the Stormwater Group with rich information about how this community views their undeveloped/natural areas and how they would like to see them improved, as well as how much the community engagement activities changed their outlook about the neighborhood over the year.

 

Dr. Ayesha Boyce

Dr. Ayesha Boyce (Educational Research Methodology) received a continuation of funding from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign / NSF for the project “Network for Computational Nanotechnology – Hierarchical nanoMFG Node.”

The evaluation team, led by external program evaluator assistant professor Ayesha Boyce and associates from the School of Education at UNCG, will work closely with nanoMFG Node leadership to integrate formative and summative evaluation into the general operation of the program.  The evaluation will use a value-engaged, educative approach (VEE) (Greene, DeStefano, Burgon, Hall, 2006; Greene, Boyce, Ahn, 2011). The VEE approach, developed with NSF-EHR support, defines high-quality STEM educational programming as that which effectively incorporates cutting-edge scientific content, strong instructional pedagogy, and sensitivity to diversity and equity issues. A key role of the evaluator is to work closely with program implementers to promote understanding of program theory, implementation, and impact.

 

Dr. Terri Shelton

Dr. Terri Shelton (Office of Research and Engagement / Center for New North Carolinians) has received new funding from the North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service for the project “AmeriCorps ACCESS Project.” Khouan Rodriguez and Cynthia Mejia are co-principal investigators on the project.

The purpose of this project is to help immigrants gain access to human services, build bridges with mainstream society, and assist immigrants with acculturation leading to self-sufficiency. Services to be provided include: 1. Employment Readiness and Placement, Disaster Preparedness, Volunteer Recruitment and Management, and related services to immigrant and refugees  resulting in greater self-sufficiency; 2. Provide leadership development training to AmeriCorps staff; and 3. Provide community development training to community and faith-based partner organizations to help them achieve sustainability.

Dr. Terri Shelton is the Vice Chancellor of Research and Engagement and holds the Carol Jenkins Mattocks Distinguished Professorship.

 

 

Dr. Spoma Jovanovich

Dr. Spoma Jovanovich (Communication Studies), author of “Democracy, Dialogue and Community Action: Truth and Reconciliation in Greensboro,” will join Beloved Community Center of Greensboro co-director Joyce Johnson and retired attorney Lewis Pitts at the Greensboro History Museum to reflect on the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which was organized in response to the 1979 Greensboro Massacre. Community members and academics will discuss investigating difficult history and identifying paths forward as part of building a stronger democracy.

Dr. Omar Ali, Dean of Lloyd International Honors College at UNC Greensboro, will moderate a panel about future approaches to history and reconciliation in our city. Panelists will include Dr. William F. Harris II (International Civil Rights Center & Museum), Dr. Valerie Ann Johnson (Bennett College), and Dr. Arwin Smallwood (NC A&T)

This event is free and open to the public and will take place on Saturday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m., at 130 Summit Avenue.

More details on the Greensboro History Museum at https://greensborohistory.org/

Dr. Emily Janke

Dr. Emily Janke (Institute for Community and Economic Engagement) received new funding from Bringing Theory to Practice, Prime: The Mellon Foundation for the project “PLACE Collaboratory.” 

This initiative uses an existing course Reclaiming Democracy (RD) as the starting point for a radical redesign in how faculty and staff across 5 institutions of higher education located in Greensboro learn, work, and partner together with local community groups and organizations to synergistically serve community-identified priorities and undergraduate learning through the humanities and cultural practices. The goal of this initiative is to develop action plans grounded in community voice and enabled by academic-community partnership. The goal of this initiative is to distill best practices identified through the experience of RD partners, and to offer these insights to new faculty/student teams interested in developing their own projects. All projects and partnerships in this initiative include undergraduate students as key participants in the process.

Dr. Terri Shelton

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

Underage use of alcohol is prevalent in North Carolina. Based on the most recent Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System Survey (2017), 26.5% of middle and high school students drank alcohol in the past 30 days and 12.4% of High School students binge drank in the past 30 days. Both of these represent improvement from the 2013 YRBS data but work still remains.

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. Claudia Pagliaro

Dr. Claudia Pagliaro (Specialized Education Services) received a continuation of funding from Salus University (Prime: US Department of Education, 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/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, online, 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. Noah Lenstra

Dr. Noah Lenstra (Library & Information Science) received new funding from the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDCR), State Library for the project “An Environmental Scan of Adult Services.”

This research is an environmental scan of adult services in North Carolina public libraries, focusing on public programming. Work will include an analysis of public library websites to discern scope of programs being offered for adults in NC libraries, a survey of North Carolina adult services librarians, and focus groups with those librarians, resulting in a report on the current state of adult services in North Carolina libraries, as well as a summary of continuing education needs.

Dr. Ayesha Boyce

Dr. Ayesha Boyce (Educational Research Methodology) received a continuation of funding from Purdue University, Prime: National Science Foundation for the project “Network for Computational Nanotechnology – Cyber Platform.”

Dr. Ayesha Boyce will oversee external evaluation using a Values-Engaged, Educative evaluation approach (VEE). The evaluation team will utilize a mixed-methods strategy in which data from one type of method (quantitative or qualitative) is merged, connected, and/or embedded with data from another type of method. Mixed-methods evaluations provide richer data, allow for better triangulation of data, and result in more nuanced evaluation results. Qualitative and quantitative data will be collected concurrently as a way to extend the breadth, scope, and range of inquiry, to learn about different phenomena within the same study, and to capture the richness and diversity of the program and program participant experiences. This evaluation will provide formative data to guide NCN improvement and summative assessment of NCN quality and impact.

Dr. Kenneth Gruber

Dr. Kenneth Gruber (The Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnerships) received new funding from NC A&T State University, Prime: USDA NIFA for the project “Research and Technical Assistance Project.”

Activities will include the following:

  • Special projects assistance relating to research proposals to the Associate Dean for Research of the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (CAES)
  • Assistance with CAES research annual report development 
  • Review of USDA/NIFA Capacity Building and Evans-Allen Project proposals 
  • Research proposal writing assistance to CAES research faculty
  • Individual consultation with CAES research faculty relating to research proposal development 
  • Review of manuscripts/presentations developed by CAES research faculty

Capacity Building and Evans-Allen Project proposals reviews will be provided in accordance with a review schedule developed by the NC A&T CAES Associate Dean for Research. All other work will be done on an as-requested basis from either the Associate Dean for Research or from individual CAES research faculty members.

Gruber also received new funding from Cone Health Foundation for the project “Addressing Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorders (COD Initiative).”

The project will involve the following evaluation activities:

Patient Enrollment and Patient Outcome Tracking
Assemble a set of service data indicators to be used for tracking new patient enrollment, mental health and substance abuse diagnoses, treatment services, patient retention, and patient utilization of the ED and hospitalization incidence due to mental health/substance abuse disorder issues.

AMHSAD Performance Indicators
Assemble a set of indicators representing patient contact activities relating to the assessment, acceptance, diagnosis, and treatment of adults determined to be diagnosed with co-occuring mental health and substance abuse disorders.  

AMHSAD Database Development and Implementation
Create a standard database for all AMHSAD provider entities to enable tracking of project initiative indicators. This will include development of an Excel spreadsheet for each access to care provider organization to report aggregate quarterly data, provide training and consultation to each access to care provider entity regarding its required data reporting, maintain and develop the database if additional indicators are identified as optional or required measures of access to care effort.

Gruber also received new funding from Cone Health Foundation for the project “Access to Integrated Care by the Uninsured in Greater Greensboro.”

The project will involve the following evaluation activities:

New Patient Enrollment and Patient Outcome Tracking
Assemble a set of service data indicators to be used for tracking new patient enrollment, behavioral health screening, behavioral health services, patient retention, patient utilization of the ED, hospitalization incidence, and rate of uninsured patients moving into insured patient status (Medicaid, private insurance, etc.).

Patient Database Development and Implementation
Create a standard database for all Access to Care Initiative (ACI) participant clinics for service data indicator tracking. This will include the management and analysis of an Excel spreadsheet for each clinic to report aggregate quarterly data, provide training and consultation to each clinic regarding its required data reporting, and maintain and develop the database if additional indicators are identified as optional or required measures of service impact.

Access to Care Data Performance Indicators
Assemble a set of indicators representing patient contact activities relating to the admission of uninsured adults into health provider practices as integrated care patients. These activities will include identifying qualified patients (uninsured adults who are not current patients of a local primary care practice), providing health assessments and screenings, making referrals to primary care providers, and helping referred individuals with making and keeping appointments to receive primary and behavioral health assessment and treatment.

Dr. Kimberly P. Littlefield

Dr. Kimberly P. Littlefield has been invited to serve on the National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP) Board of Directors as an MSI/Regional representative. The seat is a four-year term. The first board retreat for her was in September.

NORDP is the only professional association dedicated solely to Research Development. It is a robust and diverse community with a culture of helping one another advance research in higher education.

Its goals are to serve its members – Research Development professionals – and their institutions, supporting professional development and providing tools  to enhance research competitiveness as well as catalyze new research and institutional collaborations.

Littlefield is associate vice chancellor for research and engagement at UNCG.