UNCG Campus Weekly

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Dr. Rob Owens

Rob OwensDr. Rob Owens (Bryan School of Business and Economics) has been inducted into the National Wellness Institute (NWI) Circle of Leadership.

“The NWI Circle of Leadership provides the National Wellness Institute with a forum for recognizing outstanding individuals and organizations for their contributions to the field of wellness and, specifically, for their efforts to support the National Wellness Institute and its mission.”

See more information here.

Dr. Moses Acquaah 

Dr. Moses Acquaah (Management) was recently awarded a fellowship by the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP) to conduct research and mentor students in Ghana.

Acquaah will work with the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and Dr. David Asamoah on collaborative research with business faculty, as well as helping train and mentor KNUST business students. His research will focus on issues that have potential to improve organizational practices and further address socio-economic needs of Ghana.

Learn more about Acquaah’s fellowship here.

Dr. Meredith Powers

Dr. Meredith Powers (Social Work) received new funding from The Junior League of Greensboro, North Carolina, Incorporated, for the project “Parks for All People: Promoting Health and Wellness by Engaging Aging Populations in Public Parks.” D. Justin T. Harmon and Dr. Benjamin D. Hickerson are co-principal investigators on the project.

According to the abstract this project will focus on the health and quality of life needs of older adults in Greensboro through the rehabilitation of neighborhood parks to better serve their recreational and leisure preferences in public spaces. This project will benefit from the Junior League of Greensboro grant by building on an existing community partnership between the Department of Community and Therapeutic Recreation and the City of Greensboro’s Parks and Recreation Department. The abstract states that there are more than 100 neighborhood parks in Greensboro, with few of them adequately serving the specific needs of an aging population. The project’s partnerships for park enhancements are crucial in order to increase accessibility (e.g., wheelchair paths, benches) and participation of older adults in these public spaces.

Dr. Stephen Sills

Dr. Stephen Sills (Center for Housing and Community Studies) received new funding from the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro for the project “UNCG Eviction Diversion Research Project (EDRP) for the Development of an Eviction Diversion Program.”

The goal of the project is to reduce the displacement of families and individuals from their homes through unfair and unnecessary eviction. The abstract states such evictions lead to increase financial burdens and sometimes homelessness of displaced occupants. The programs that will be developed through this research project will identify and seek a mutually beneficial resolution with landlords to allow occupants to remain in their homes by mediating late or outstanding rents and other payments owed by the tenant. The benefits of the programs will be examined by conducting a Return on Investment and Cost Saving analysis for the community, courts, landlords, social services and families.


Three UNCG faculty (Dr. Rob Cannon, Dr. Jeremy Ingraham and Robin Maxwell) represented UNCG at the annual meeting of the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions in Washington, DC, from June 27 to July 1.

At the meeting, Dr. Rob Cannon (Biology, emeritus) was recognized for his long-term commitment to the organization as the recipient of the Carol Baffi-Dugan Award for Service: “The Carol Baffi-Dugan Award for Service is a leadership award presented at each NAAHP National Meeting. The award’s namesake is a long-term NAAHP leader who, through her selfless commitment to both her Regional Association an NAAHP, has set an example of dedicated service for all to follow.”

Robin Maxwell (Biology) was elected as a member-at-large of the Executive Council of the SAAHP (Southern Association of Advisors for the Health Professions) for the next three years. This is one of four regional organizations, and includes advisors from the region from Texas to West Virginia to Florida. She also was selected as a member of the NAAHP national organization’s Committee on Diversity and Inclusion.

Their leadership at the regional and national level reflects the value UNCG, as an institution, places on advising students striving to prepare competitive applications for health related professional schools.

Dr. Susan P. Keane

Photo of Dr. Susan KeaneDr. Susan P. Keane (Psychology) received a continuation of funding from DHHS-Health Resources and Services Administration for the project “Behavioral Health/Primary Care Integration: Reducing Barriers to Care in Underserved Populations.” This training grant interfaces the UNCG Clinical Psychology Program with a number of primary care sites in Greensboro and Durham including: Cone Family Medicine, Cone Center for Children’s Health, Cone Pediatric Residency Training Program, the Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly,Triad Adult and Pediatric Medicine, and the Durham VA. Year 3 continuation funding provides $200,000 in trainee stipends to help prepare graduate students to enter the workforce and reduce barriers to care by providing behavioral healthcare in integrated health settings.

Dr. Travis Hicks

Photo of Travis HicksDr. Travis Hicks (Interior Architecture) received new funding from XDS, Inc., for the project “Penny Lane Farm.” Kristen Raizada is co-principal investigator for the project.

The project will design three “tiny house” prototypes for The Farm at Penny Lane in Pittsboro, North Carolina, a working farm that provides horticulture therapy to adults with mental illnesses. According to Hicks, the house prototypes are helping shape the design of a tiny house village that will house mental health clients in dire need of affordable housing in North Carolina.

“The prototype designs done by Travis and his students will serve as the basis for the 15-home village planned at The Farm at Penny Lane, a therapeutic farm that serves people living with chronic mental health conditions served by UNC’s Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health,” said Thava Mahadevan, Director of Operations for UNC’s Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health and Director of The Farm at Penny Lane.

Dr. Stephen Sills

Dr. Stephen Sills (Center for Housing and Community Studies) received new funding from the Rocky Mount Housing and Revitalization Initiative, LLC, for the project “Rocky Mount Revitalization Initiative: Data Consolidation, Community Building, Evaluation Design and Technical Assistance.”

The abstract states that the overall objective of the research is to identify systemic public and private issues across neighborhoods within Rocky Mount, as well as creating multi-factor market prioritization maps, tables and reports for presentation at the project’s conclusion. The project will demonstrate target investment areas and opportunities, indicated areas of most cost savings, zones of high cost-burdened households and the “lost” value of vacant, substandard or abandoned property.

Dr. Anne Parsons

Dr. Anne Parsons (History) received new funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council for the project “Unearthing Histories, Building Communities.”

The abstract states the project is a five-year initiative through which faculty and graduate students in UNCG’s History and Museum Studies Program collaborate with local groups and cultural institutions to uncover, document and share the stories of Triad-area communities that have disappeared or are in danger of becoming lost to history.  

Dr. Holly Sienkiewicz

Dr. Holly Sienkiewicz (Center for New North Carolinians) received new funding from the United Way of Greater Greensboro for the project “Thriving at Three.”

The abstract notes that the project will work with 40 at-risk Hispanic children, aged three years or younger, by giving them a chance to develop their full potential at the earliest possible age. The project will work with the children and their parents in their homes, ensuring early detection for mental health risks, assisting families in parenting strategies and providing appropriate referrals in supporting their children.

Emilia Phillips

Emilia Phillips (Creative Writing) has received a Pushcart Prize for her poem “Pathetic Fallacy,” and it will appear in 2019 The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses anthology. Phillips is the author of two poetry collections from the University of Akron Press, “Signaletics” (2013) and “Groundspeed” (2016), and three chapbooks. Her poems and lyric essays appear widely in literary publications including Agni, Boston Review, Ploughshares and Poetry. Her third book, “Empty Clip,” will be published by the University of Akron Press Spring 2018. Phillips is also at work on a new poetry manuscript, “Thunder Thighs,” a collection of lyric essays,“Wound Revisions,” and a series of craft essays for the Ploughshares blog. She is also in the initial stages of a digitization project that will feature contemporary poetry broadsides in a UNCG open access online gallery.

Dr. Tsz-Ki Tsui

Dr. Tsz-Ki Tsui (Biology) received new funding from  Clemson University for the project “Storage, Reactivity, and Bioavailability of Mercury in Managed Forests – Balancing Mercury Toxicity and Wildfire Risks through Effective Fuel Reduction Techniques.”

This project is supported by funds from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

The abstract notes that prescribed burning and mechanical thinning are essential forest management practices in the Southeastern U.S., having many beneficial objectives including reduction in the susceptibility of forests to both southern pine beetle attack and wildfires. The four-year project will involve controlled field studies, laboratory studies, and watershed monitoring study to evaluate prescribed burning and mechanical thinning practices, roles of OM/DOM, formation of black carbon, and landscape processes on the transport of different forms of Hg via catchments and downstream Hg transformation mainly microbial methylation. Forest floor sample materials will be collected from experimental plots with different burning schedules and frequency and will be incubated under field conditions. Forest floor materials under different practices will be further tested for their propensities in leaching Hg and further methylation. An unmanaged and a managed 1st order watershed at three locations in North Carolina and South Carolina will be used to evaluate the landscape processes on the exports of Hg. With the results of the control study and field investigation, a box model describing production of methylmercury, toxic form of mercury, in forested ecosystems under different forest management practices will be developed.

Dr. Holly Sienkiewicz

Dr. Holly Sienkiewicz (Center for New North Carolinians) received new funding from the New Arrivals Institute for the project “Refugee After School Program.” The abstract notes that many newly arrived refugee children need additional support and tutoring to achieve success in school. They also need the opportunity to experience activities that they might not otherwise get to experience such as Girl Scouts, sports activities and field trips. Adult refugees need help with employment assistance and English as a Second or Other Language (ESOL).

The project’s objective is to prepare refugee children for success in school and adults for the workforce. An after-school tutoring program, social enrichment activities, and ESOL and employment readiness will be provided at two CNNC community centers that provide services to refugees.


Dr. Laurie Kennedy-Malone

Dr. Laurie Kennedy-Malone (Family and Community Nursing) received a continuation of funding from the DHHS Health Resources and Services Administration for the project “Advanced Nursing Education Workforce: Academic Practice Partnerships Today for Competent Practitioners Tomorrow.” Dr. Karen Amirehshani and Dr. Kristin Curcio are co-principal investigators on the project.

The project will enhance academic practice partnerships for NPs students and graduates providing care to rural and medically underserved persons.

Dr. Arthur D. Anastopoulos

Dr. Arthur D. Anastopoulos (Human Development and Family Studies) received a continuation of funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences for the project “Improving the Educational and Social-Emotional Functioning of College Students with ADHD.”  The goal of this study is to conduct a multi-site randomized controlled trial to evaluate the efficacy of ACCESS – Accessing Campus Connections and Empowering Student Success – a cognitive-behavioral treatment program for college students with ADHD that includes group therapy and individual mentoring services delivered across two consecutive semesters. A total of 250 college students with well-defined ADHD from UNCG and its collaborating institution, Virginia Commonwealth University, have thus far participated in the study. The goals for the upcoming continuation funding year are to finish collecting outcome data and to begin conducting planned statistical analyses to assess the therapeutic benefits of ACCESS.

Dr. Perry Flynn

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

The agreement will provide speech and language therapy services to children in the Phoenix Academy who qualify. The Speech/Language Pathologists at Phoenix Academy will:

  1.  Report to the Principal or Executive Director of the Phoenix Academy;
  2.  Conduct Speech Language Evaluations as appropriate;
  3.  Schedule and hold IEP conferences with SLI primary and related service eligible students;
  4.  Provide Speech-Language intervention for appropriately identified (and unidentified) students as appropriate through classroom and pull out  models of intervention;
  5.  Maintain Exceptional Children’s records in compliance with state of NC and federal regulations.

Dr. Sebastian Pauli

Dr. Sebastian Pauli (Mathematics and Statistics) received a continuation of funding from the National Science Foundation for the project “UNCG Summer School in Computational Number Theory.”

The project will complement traditional training that graduate students receive by exposing them to a constructive and computational approach to many objects in number theory. The project will also further students’ knowledge and give them additional tools for research, as well as provide students the opportunity to work closely with experts in the field.

The abstract notes that the project helps create research communities and lay the foundation for future collaboration by allowing graduate students to meet and work with other students in their field. The abstract also notes that the project broadens underrepresented groups in computational mathematics. 

Dr. Heidi Krowchuk

Photo of Dr. Heidi Krowchuk.Dr. Heidi Krowchuk (School of Nursing) received new funding from the DHHS Health Resources and Services Administration for the project “Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship (NAT) Program 2018-2019.”

The project will provide monetary educational support to prepare a workforce of highly competent Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) who can provide evidence-based anesthesia care and help combat the opioid abuse epidemic among the medically underserved populations in North Carolina.

Callie Coward

Callie CowardCallie Coward has been awarded the University Libraries’ Staff Service Award for 2018.

The award, which was established in 1997 upon the retirement of Martha Ransley, former Head of the Circulation department in Jackson Library, was created to recognize and reward members of the Library Staff who provide outstanding leadership and service in furthering the accomplishment of the mission of University Libraries.

Coward, who has more than eight years of work experience in Jackson Library as the Special Collections Cataloging and Digital Projects Library Technician in the Technical Services department, has been an integral member of the team supporting NC DOCKS, as well as an important contributor to metadata cleanup projects from a cataloging perspective.

As part of the nomination process to receive the award, Coward’s colleagues commented on her level of expertise and commitment to collaborative projects, stating that a positive attitude and an amazing energy are some of her most redeeming qualities. Coward will receive a monetary award and have her name engraved on the University Libraries Staff Service Award plaque.

Coward received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with a concentration in Criminal Justice from UNC Greensboro in 2010, as well as her Master’s in Library and Information Studies from UNC Greensboro in 2018.

By Hollie Stevenson-Parrish

Andrew Cagle

Andrew CagleAndrew Cagle (Chancellor’s Office) graduated from North Carolina’s premier leadership engagement program, Leadership North Carolina, May 10. LNC’s mission is to inform, develop and engage committed leaders by broadening their understanding of and involvement in issues and opportunities facing North Carolina. Cagle joins 54 other leaders across the state in graduating from this prestigious program.

Selected for his deep commitment to the state, Cagle was given the opportunity to learn more about North Carolina’s strengths and challenges, as well as develop new ways to improve and empower the community. Cagle engaged in key discussions with top North Carolina officials, attended field trips across the state and participated in experiential learning activities. Sessions focused on economic development, education, environment, government, and health and human services.

Cagle is director of state and external affairs at UNCG.

Karen DeNaples

Karen DeNaplesKaren DeNaples (LLC) has received the George W. Veditz ASL Leadership Award, named for an ASL pioneer.  This award is given in recognition of an NC ASLTA member’s significant contribution to the field of ASL teaching.

Megan Cayton

Megan Cayton (Health and Human Sciences) will be receiving a Certificate of Merit for best new advisor at the NACADA (National Academic Advising Association) Region 3 Conference in Charleston, SC, this week.

The honor is “Excellence in Advising – New Advisor Certificate of Merit.” Details are here.


Bill Johnson

Bill Johnson Jr. (HHS) has been awarded the Certificate of Merit of the Outstanding Advising Program Award by NACADA, The Global Community for Academic Advising.

Established in 1983, the NACADA Annual Awards Program for Academic Advising honors individuals and institutions making significant contributions to the improvement of academic advising. NACADA is a representative and advocate of academic advising and those providing that service to higher education.

Additionally, Johnson has been asked to serve as a fellow for the Direct Selling Education Foundation. (More information is in the newsletter http://dsef.org/dsef-welcomes-newest-fellows/

Johnson is Student Success Navigator/Instructor and Life Design Catalyst Coach and Facilitator in HHS.

Jay McCloy

Jay McCloy (Assistant Director of Health and Performance) is one of the 2018 award winners of the Drug Free Sport Continuing Education Awards. The 2018 Athletic Trainer Continuing Education Awards honor certified athletic trainers on the front lines of drug abuse, doping, and wellness education. 

Dr. Levi Baker

Dr. Levi Baker (Psychology) has been named associate editor of the academic journal Personal Relationships. An assistant professor, Baker studies social psychology, particularly the psychology of close relationships. In addition to teaching classes, he runs the Close Relationship Lab, which studies problem solving in close relationships. His work has been published in a number of journals, including Journal of Family Psychology, Journal of Experimental Psychology and Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Dr. Janet Boseovski

Dr. Janet Boseovski (Psychology) has published a popular press article in “The Conversation.” The article summarizes over a decade of her research on children’s over-optimism and it has been republished in Newsweek, The Chicago Tribune, and The Los Angeles Times. See this link.


Sheryl Oring

Sheryl Oring (Art) will have a chapter in a book released this month that profiles the work done in her Fall 2015 “Introduction to Socially Engaged Art” class taught in the Lloyd International Honors College. The book, “Art as Social Action: An Introduction to the Principles and Practices of Teaching Social Practice Art,” is being published by Allworth Press.

Dr. Daniel Herr

Lead PI Dr. Daniel Herr (Joint School for Nanoscience and Nanoengineering) with PIs Dr. Matina Kalcounis-Ruppell (Biology) and Dr. Lee Phillips (Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity Office) received new funding from the National Institutes of Health for the project “UNC Greensboro MARC USTAR Engage, Sustain, and Prepare.” The UNCG MARC U-STAR will be a comprehensive undergraduate training program addressing the need to increase the diversity of students pursuing graduate studies in biomedical research and careers in the NIH-funded research workforce. The long-term goal is to increase the number of UNCG students from underrepresented (UR) and/or disadvantaged backgrounds successfully completing graduate training in biomedical or behavioral health sciences.  To reach this goal the UNCG MARC U-STAR program will engage these fellows in a curriculum organized around enhancing comprehension of the scientific method, developing basic laboratory and evaluation skills, and the inclusion of modern genomic/evolutionary approaches and techniques in biomedical research. Students will also be required to conduct substantive independent research projects that include two summer research experiences, one at UNCG and one at an additional institution.

Dr. Blair Wisco

Dr. Blair Wisco (Psychology) received $436,500 in new funding from the National Institutes of Health for the project “Ambulatory Physiological Assessment of Postraumatic Stress Disorder.” The abstracts states: Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects 6.5 percent of the U.S. population, or about 21 million Americans, and tends to be chronic and impairing, representing a major public health problem. The Institute of Medicine identified exposure therapy as the front-line treatment, yet 40 percent of individuals still meet PTSD criteria following exposure therapy, indicating a need for more effective treatments. To date, PTSD treatment research has been constrained by the lack of objective measures of the theorized mechanism of action: extinction of conditioned fear to trauma cues. New assessment tools are necessary to measure this treatment target.  

Conditioned fear to trauma cues is typically measured by self-report, but the UNCG team has found that self-report and physiological markers of fear responding differentially predict treatment outcome. Skin conductance (SC) is a commonly used physiological marker of fear (sympathetic arousal), but SC is not a reliable marker for a substantial minority of individuals; there is a need for new markers.

Two cardiovascular measures are particularly promising: a specific marker of sympathetic arousal (pre-ejection period, PEP), and a marker of parasympathetic withdrawal (respiratory sinus arrhythmia, RSA). The gold-standard assessment tool to measure conditioned fear in PTSD is script-driven imagery, but script-driven imagery only presents one trauma cue in one context, limiting its clinical relevance. Ambulatory physiological assessment, which measures physiological responses to events in participants’ daily lives, can measure fear responding to multiple trauma cues across different contexts, but it has yet to be tested in individuals with PTSD.  The specific aims of this R15 proposal are 1) to test PEP and RSA as markers of conditioned fear to trauma cues using gold-standard script-driven imagery, and 2) to validate ambulatory physiological assessment as an objective method of measuring fear responding to trauma cues in the daily lives of individuals with PTSD.

This project represents a significant advance over existing research, including 1) assessment of new physiological markers of fear responding, 2) assessment in real-world environments, and 3) examination of different trauma cues in different contexts. This project is innovative because it will examine two novel markers of fear responding to trauma cues (PEP and RSA), and because it will test ambulatory physiological assessment as a new technique to measure trauma reactivity in PTSD. 

Dr. Tara T. Green

Dr. Tara T. Green (African American & African Diaspora Studies) was presented with the inaugural Langston Hughes Society President’s Award for being a “leader, scholar, and keeper of the Langston Hughes Tradition” at the their annual luncheon, April 5, 2018. Green served as president of the organization for three years and spearheaded the successful search for the current Langston Hughes Review.

Dr. Martin Halbert

Dr. Martin Halbert (University Libraries) received new funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for the “Library Diversity Institutes Pilot Project.” The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG, project lead), in collaboration with the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Diversity Alliance propose a two-year project to pilot a national Library Diversity Institute program that will address the needs of professionally underrepresented racial and ethnic groups and broadly advance diversity in U.S. academic libraries.  The Library Diversity Institutes (LDI) pilot project will conduct two institutes for incoming ACRL diversity residents, as well as an ACRL diversity pre-conference for all interested parties. With guidance from a national committee of residency coordinators and experts on diversity issues, the project will design a program and curriculum to orient diversity residents to maximize their experiences as residents in the diverse organizations that make up the ACRL Diversity Alliance, as well as enabling a national network of colleagues comprising the relevant cohort of librarian residents for the institute year in which they participate.  This pilot program will study and document the needs of new diversity residents who attend the institute, identify key elements that will accelerate success for these new librarians, and analyze options for long-term continuance and sustainability of this institute and workshop program. This project will take the form of a two-year continuing education project grant in the IMLS category of community anchors.

Halbert is dean of University Libraries.


Dr. Jay Poole

Dr. Jay Poole (Social Work) received new funding from Cone Health Foundation for the project “College Park Clinic.” The College Park Clinic will provide harm reduction services to those who are using opiates and will include screening, assessment, brief intervention, referral, syringe exchange, and education. These services represent a community-based collaborative effort between GCSTOP, The Congregational Nursing Program, and The Congregational Social Work Education Initiative, along with a network of providers in the community.  The UNCG Department of Social Work, Cone Health Systems, and The Center for Housing and Community Studies at UNCG are administrative partners in this project.

Michael Frierson

Michael Frierson (Media Studies) recently published “Film and Video Editing Theory: How Editing Creates Meaning.” The book distills and illustrates the thinking of a diverse group of filmmakers and theorists who have written about how editing constructs filmic time/space, and how editing signifies in other ways.

See more at https://www.routledge.com/Film-and-Video-Editing-Theory-How-Editing-Creates-Meaning/Frierson/p/book/9781138202078

Dr. Sarah Koerner

Dr. Sarah Koerner (Biology) received new funding of $1,186,000 from the US Department of Agriculture for the project “Identifying Mechanisms of Rangeland Drought Resilience: Management Strategies for Sustainable Ecosystem Health.”

Dr. Erick Byrd

Dr. Erick Byrd (Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality and Tourism) received new funding from the High Point Convention and Visitors Bureau for the project “High Point Furniture Attendance Shopping Tracker.”

High Point, NC, is home to more than 50 furniture stores and outlets that are open to the public, the abstract notes. With High Point’s reputation as a home furnishings mecca (with stores, manufactures, designers and High Point Market) visitors from around the world visit the area to shop. Therefore, furniture shoppers are an important market for retail as well as the areas tourism and hospitality industries.

As an important market segment to High Point, there is a need to accurately track the volume of shoppers that visit the High Point area for planning and marketing purposes. While individual stores may track shoppers for their store, there needs to be a measure of the total traffic for planning, development, and marketing purposes.  The proposed research study and tool will help in capturing these numbers, as well as, develop a profile of the visitors that come to the High Point area.