UNCG Campus Weekly

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

Lindsey Woelker

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

Dr. Jill Bender

Dr. Jill Bender (History) has received a fellowship from the National Humanities Center for the 2019-20 academic year, which will allow her the time and intellectual support to work on her second book, “Assisted Emigrants: Irish Female Migration Projects and the British Empire.” 

The book will examine state efforts to remove women from Irish workhouses and relocate them across the British empire. During the mid-nineteenth century, British officialdom recognized assisted migration as a strategic opportunity to unpeople specific colonial regions and socially engineer the populations of others. At the local level, however, commissioners struggled to implement the plans, as some women refused to participate and colonial authorities deemed others unfit. By exploring state-assisted female migration within an imperial context, this project highlights both the construction of power relations crucial to imperial control and also the role of Irish women in Britain’s imperial project.

George Hancock

George Hancock (SERVE Center) receive funding from Ashe Schools for the project “Ashe County High School Comprehensive Needs Assessment.” It will fund 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 assessment guides the development of a genuine school improvement plan that is grounded in data and provides a road map to future progress.

Dr. Roy Schwartzman

Photo of Dr. Roy Schwartzman.Dr. Roy Schwartzman (Communication Studies) delivered two presentations at the International Conference on Gender Research in Rome, Italy, on April 12-13: “Beyond Survival: Navigating Women’s Personal Narratives of Sexual Violence in the Holocaust” and “Protecting the Public from Wayward Wombs: Eugenic Sterilization in North Carolina and Nazi Germany.” He was also named to the scientific committee of Ipazia, the International Scientific Observatory on Gender Research, headquartered at University of Roma Tre.

Terry Kennedy

Portrait of Terry KennedyThis Sunday (April 28), MFA Writing Program Director Terry Kennedy will read from his book of poetry “New River Breakdown” at Scuppernong Books at 3 p.m. The bookstore is located at 304 S. Elm St., Greensboro. 

Dr. Dianne Welsh

Dr. Dianne Welsh, Hayes Distinguished Chair in Entrepreneurship, was appointed as the US Alumna Liaison for the Fulbright-Hall Distinguished Chair for Entrepreneurship in Central Europe at WU Vienna, 2019-2023. 

Dr. Holly Sienkiewicz

Dr. Holly Sienkiewicz, director of research at the Center for New North Carolinians, received new funding from The Weaver Foundation for the project “Promoting Sustainability: Updating the Interpreter Bank and Community Center Model.”  

The Interpreter ACCESS Project is a fee-based program that provides face-to-face interpretation services for health and human service providers. The interpretation field is moving in the direction of providing video remote interpretation. To stay relevant and sustainable, this element needs to be incorporated into the Interpreter ACCESS Project. The services of a business professional will be utilized to assist with the addition and transition of this technology into our existing Interpreter program.

Dr. Jacquelyn W. White

Portrait of Dr. Jacquelyn WhiteDr. Jacquelyn W. White, emeritus Professor of Psychology, has a book that got a national honor. The 2019 PROSE Awards for professional and scholarly excellence were presented at the Association of American Publishers conference. The award for best Multivolume Reference in the Social Sciences went to the “APA Handbook of the Psychology of Women” (Vol. 1: History, Theory, and Battlegrounds; Vol. 2, Perspectives on Women’s Private and Public Lives).  The editors-in-chief are Cheryl B. Travis and Jacquelyn W. White. This two-volume handbook provides scholarly reviews and in-depth analyses of the historical, social, economic, and personal contexts that define women’s psychology. Contributors discuss feminist critiques of gender and sexuality, multicultural feminism, the role of family, workplace, and gender in the construction of women’s identities, therapeutic models of gender, and international perspectives on human rights and reproductive freedom.

Dr. Stephen Sills

Dr. Stephen Sills (Center for Housing and Community Studies) received new funding from Partners Behavioral Health Management for the  project “ACES, SDOH, AND SUDS: Data Preparation & Symposium Presentation on the Relationship Between Adverse Childhood Experiences, Social Determinants of Health, Behavioral Health Disparities, and the use of Substances among Adolescents.” The project involves compiling, analyzing, and mapping local, state, and national data sources including: American Community Survey, data on justice involved populations, CDC Youth Risk Behavior Survey, the Monitoring the Future Survey, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the Episode Data Set (TEDS) and other data sources to create community-level profiles for each of the counties in the Partners Behavioral Health Management catchment area. A report will be produced and presented to the counties. The presentation will cover the national, statewide, and local trends in substance use and some of the determinants of initial substance use among adolescents. It will also look at the most recent data and trends in use, the relationship between the Life Stress Framework, stress proliferation, and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and negative outcomes, protective factors, disparities, and treatment admissions.

Dean John Z. Kiss

photo of kissDr. John Z. Kiss, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, has been asked to serve on the advisory board for the NC Space Grant Consortium.  This group consortium of academic institutions promotes space-related science, engineering and technology education and training in North Carolina. 

As this consortium opens opportunities to all state universities, UNCG’s students will have access to more scholarships and research funding. A group of UNCG students will attend the 2019 SPACE Symposium at NCSU on April 5. 

More information is at https://ncspacegrant.ncsu.edu.

Dr. George Hancock

Dr. George Hancock (SERVE Center) received new funding from the NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) for the project “NCDPI Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) Schools Service Partners Vetting Process.”  

NCDPI is contracting with SERVE to develop and manage a Request for Professional Services process to solicit written applications to be included on a list of CSI Service Partners that have the knowledge and expertise to develop, implement, and facilitate academic and operational “turnaround” in schools that have been identified for school improvement. CSI Service Partners will work to assist schools in developing grants to support teams, instructional specialists, school leadership personnel, and classroom teachers. The intended role of the CSI Service Partner will be to provide a structure for improving curriculum alignment and effective instruction, build local capacity for effective school leadership, encourage the formation of professional learning communities, and improve parent and community involvement. Eligible schools/districts may select an identified partner, collaborating with the CSI Service Partner in the development and facilitation of the school improvement grant.

Dr. Patricia Reggio

Photo of Dr. Patricia Reggio.Dr. Patricia Reggio (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received continued funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse for the project “Molecular Determinants of Cannabinoid Activity.”

Dr. William M. Adams

Dr. William M. Adams (Kinesiology) received new funding from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association for the project “Inter-Association Task Force Meeting on Preseason Heat Safety in Secondary School Athletics.”

From the abstract:

Exertional heat stroke (EHS) continues to be the leading cause of death in sport and physical activity, particularly at the secondary school level. Prior position statements (NATA, 2003, 2012, 2015; ACSM, 2007) and consensus statements (NAT A, 2009) have provided evidence-based recommendations on the proper care and management of EHS, however, there are current gaps pertaining to secondary school athletics. Recommendations surrounding heat acclimatization are American football-centric and fail to address other sports played in potentially extreme environmental conditions. Furthermore, current best-practices discuss the use of environmental monitoring to aid in the development of proper work-to-rest ratios, but there are no data-driven best practices for how these should be developed and implemented in an athletic setting. Lastly, developing secondary-school specific recommendations for the management and care of EHS is warranted and can be used by practicing Athletic Trainers at the secondary school level to further develop and refine their EHS management and care policies.

The purpose of this proposed inter-association task force meeting is threefold:

1)  Develop evidence-based heat acclimatization guidelines at the secondary school level for all sports.

2)  Develop evidence-based recommendations surrounding the development of appropriate work-to-rest ratios based on regional climates.

3)  Develop secondary school specific recommendations for the pre-hospital management and care of EHS.


Dr. Jamie Schissel

Dr. 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.

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.

Ashley Owens

Photo of Ashley OwensAshley Owens (Housing & Residence Life) was selected as the Chair of the Southeastern Association of Housing Officers Graduate Issues and Involvement Committee. In this role, Owens will oversee a committee responsible for addressing graduate student issues and needs, and facilitating graduate student involvement. Owens is Coordinator for Residence Life.

Paige Thomas

Photo of Paige ThomasPaige Thomas (Housing & Residence Life) was published in the latest edition of the Southeastern Association of Housing Officer’ SEAHO Report. Her article titled “Why You Should Take Time to Learn Your Job” explored the transition new professionals make to the work force and provided piratical insight on how best to acclimate to your first professional role. Thomas is Coordinator for Residence Life.

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.