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We Have Liftoff. Godspeed, Brine Shrimp.

032311Headline_EndevourWhen local middle-schoolers needed help with a tiny experiment that would go into outer space, who better to assist than the experts in tiny, right?

Researchers in the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN) deal with and create the tiniest of experiments and engineering. Dr. Adam Hall, who leads the microscope lab at the joint school, explains that with their powerful microscopes you are “seeing individual components of the molecule.”

Students in five Guilford County middle schools competed last fall to see who would launch an experiment aboard the space shuttle Endeavor in April. Commanded by astronaut Mark Kelly, the mission will be the final Endeavor one, as the shuttle missions come to a close.

The space they were allotted on the shuttle for their experiment: a miniscule one-eighth inch³.

This Student Spaceflight Experiment Program was initiated by The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and NanoRacks LLC. JSNN is a joint academic program of UNCG and NC A&T.

Jacqueline Oates, outreach coordinator at JSNN, learned about the competition. She contacted the national center’s regional office, and told several of JSNN’s researchers, such as Dr. Adam Hall.

Hall is keen on science outreach to schoolkids – especially related to nanoscience. He will help lead an outreach at NanoDays in Raleigh later this year, when thousands of children will congregate at a kids’ museum to learn about nanoscale science.

Students in five Guilford County schools competed in the Shuttle challenge. JSNN researchers invited them to the joint school for a day of lab tours and an introduction to all things nano. They acted as mentors, and ultimately the young students created about 40 experiment proposals. “It was a fun experience,” Hall says.

He served as one of the local judges, as did Dr. Shyam Aravamudhan, assistant professor of nanoengineering. Three experiments were selected locally, to be submitted for final judging by the center.

Two graduate students, Richard Vestal and Adam Boseman, served as advisors for the young scientists. And Dr. Joseph Starobin was a key facilitator and advisor, as he discussed and helped clarify the link between possible options of the experimental design and related scientific background.

As Starobin reflects on his work with the students, he notes a particular discussion about physics and nanotechnology. “It was like an improvised interactive class with a positive very creative feedback. It was obvious that kids got used to this type of conversation during their routine science classes with their teacher Ms. French.”

The winner? An experiment involving what many people would refer to as “Sea-Monkeys,” but are more accurately called “brine shrimp.” One specimen of the miniscule brine shrimp will be on the shuttle, one will be a control group back on planet Earth. The experiment will look at the effect of gravity on their life cycle.

“The winners have needed help with samples,” Hall said. They needed to provide their materials to NASA for toxicology testing, so JSNN faculty showed them how to mathematically quantify measurements in microliters and make saline solution to NASA’s specification.

“When the day came to go back to JSNN (to do this), the kids were very excited,” recalls Lenny Sue French, the Mendenhall teacher leading the team. “The doctoral student and Dr. Shyam Aravamudhan led them through the measurement and the math. We left JSNN with a feeling of having just accomplished something very important.”

Nine children at Mendenhall Middle School are on that winning team.

Across America, 16 experiments were chosen – and 20,000 grade 5 through 12 students participated in the competition, says the center’s director, Jeff Goldstein.

As Goldstein said about these 20,000 students in an open letter announcing the winners, “They rose to the challenge, gently slipped on the shoes of real scientists, rolled up their sleeves, and did remarkable things. They are ALL winners.”

As the local schools’ statement on the center’s web page explains, Guilford County schools is committed to working with area universities to provide students with opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

JSNN is reaching out to be a part of that. And their work with these particular middle-schoolers has not ended.

“After the return of the shuttle and our experiment, the JSNN has volunteered to help us compare the ‘space born’ brine shrimp with their ‘Earth born’ brothers that we will be hatching simultaneously in a hotel room in Cocoa Beach, Florida,” French says.

The middle-schoolers have been invited to watch the launch from the same area where the family members and NASA staff will be.

Adam Boseman, a graduate student, recalls his own middle school classes, with his friends’ parents who worked in science fields coming to his school to give demonstrations. One time, he and a group were challenged to create a new invention. But that doesn’t compare to doing something with NASA, he adds.

“Nothing quite as cool as this happened when I was a middle-schooler.”

By Mike Harris
Photograph courtesy NASA

BOT Endorses School of Health & Human Sciences

032311Feature_SchoolOfHHSThe Board of Trustees voted March 17 to create a School of Health and Human Sciences. If approved by the UNC system’s Board of Governors, the new school would replace the School of Human Environmental Sciences (HES) and the School of Health and Human Performance (HHP) on July 1.

The new school would have seven departments – communication sciences and disorders, human development and family studies, kinesiology, nutrition, recreation and gerontology, social work, and public health education – and the Genetic Counseling Program.

“This restructuring reflects UNCG’s focus on health, wellness and quality of life across the lifespan,” Chancellor Linda P. Brady said. “In the years ahead it will create new opportunities in what is already one of our areas of strength.”

Two departments in HES are slated to become parts of other campus units. The Department of Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies would move to the Bryan School of Business and Economics; the Department of Interior Architecture will join the College of Arts and Sciences in a previously announced move.

The Recreation Program in the Department of Recreation, Tourism, and Hospitality Management in HHP would merge with the Gerontology Program to form a Department of Recreation and Gerontology in the new school, while its Hospitality and Tourism Management Program would move to the Bryan School.

At the Trustees meeting, five faculty members – Dr. Jonathon Tudge, Dr. Bill Dudley, Dr. David Demo, Dr. Bob Strack and Dr. Susan Dennison – spoke from the floor after the provost gave a presentation about the proposal. The trustees’ vote affirming the plan was unanimous.

The trustees also voted to appoint Dr. Celia Routh Hooper dean of the new school during the upcoming transition. She has been dean of HHP since 2008 and was interim dean 2007-08. The university plans to launch a nationwide search for a permanent dean no later than July 2012 and to make an appointment no later than July 2013.

“Hooper has helped strengthen the School of HHP’s offices of research, academic programs and academic outreach and has supported development of the telepractice program at Gateway University Research Park and the UNCG Early/Middle College,” said Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor David H. Perrin. “She will provide positive leadership in organizing the new school.”

By Dan Nonte
Photograph by Mike Harris
Visual: Provost Perrin speaks to the trustees about the proposal.

‘Art of Public Memory’ Conference

032311Feature_ArtConference“The Art of Public Memory,” an international conference that will explore interactions between the arts, memory and history, will be held at UNCG Thursday through Sunday, April 7-10.

“The conference will focus on the ways that the arts participate in the creation and rethinking of public, or collective, memory,” said Dr. Ann Dils, director of the UNCG Women and Gender Studies Program. “Dance, theatre, music, film, and the visual arts all contribute to our understanding of people, events, places, institutions and histories.

“It is also part of a year-long series of events marking the opening of the new School of Music, Theatre and Dance, a celebration of interdisciplinary scholarship at UNCG, and a way to bring UNCG faculty, students and the public together with scholars, artists, educators and activists from around the world.”

An opening reception at the Greensboro Historical Museum from 7-9 p.m. Thursday will feature an opening address by Randy Martin, professor of art and public policy at New York University and director of the graduate program in arts politics. Martin is the author of “Performance as Political Act: The Embodied Self,” and “Critical Moves: Dance Studies in Theory and Politics,” and he is co-editor of “Artistic Citizenship: A Public Voice for the Arts.”

The conference will feature a variety of topics to be covered by more than 100 speakers in 50-plus programs and performance sessions running through Sunday. Events will be held across the facilities of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance.

Major presentations include:

  • “Serenade/ The Proposition,” performance by the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company (http://www.billtjones.org/ ), at 8 p.m. Friday, April 8, in Aycock Auditorium. A work about Abraham Lincoln and the nature of history, it was one of three works that Jones created for the bicentennial of Lincoln’s birth. Among Jones’s other award-winning productions are “Chapel/Chapter,” “The Table Project,” “Still/ Here,” “D-Man in the Waters” and “Last Supper at Uncle Tom’s Cabin/The Promised Land.” Company co-founder Bill T Jones received the Kennedy Center Honor in December 2010.
  • Eileen M. Hayes, music historian and ethnomusicologist at the University of North Texas, 3-4:15 p.m., Friday, April 8, Collins Lecture Hall, Music Building. She is the author of “Songs in Black and Lavender: Race, Sexual Politics, and Women’s Music” and is the co-editor of “Black Women and Music: More than the Blues.” Her essays have been published in “African American Music: An Introduction,” “Ethnomusicology” and “Women and Music: the Journal of Gender and Culture.”
  • Suzan-Lori Parks, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and MacArthur Foundation “genius award” winner, 2-4 p.m. Saturday, April 9, Taylor Building. She is the first African American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize in drama for the Broadway hit “Topdog/Underdog.” Her work, “The America Play,” will be presented locally by Triad Stage in May. Her musical, “Unchain My Heart, the Ray Charles Musical” is scheduled to premiere on Broadway this spring.

Conference attendees can also see the premiere of a documentary, “Honest, Abe,” by Mary Lopez, a UNCG media studies graduate student, which includes interviews with people living in Rutherford County, where local tradition suggests that Lincoln was born. NC A&T State University faculty member Donna Bradby will present sections of Suzan-Lori Parks’ “The America Play” performed by A&T students. UNCG theatre professor Janet Allard will lead a writing workshop titled “Whose/Who’s Lincoln?”

Other presenters will discuss how the arts shape our response to wars and natural disasters; the importance of popular media and television series such as “Mad Men” and “Big Love,” to shaping opinion of particular groups of people; and how music, literature, and visual art participate in the histories of Mexico and Myanmar. Conference sessions range across music, theatre and dance performances, film showings, workshops and panels of academic papers.

Registration will cost $150 for general attendance; $30 for student registration, $60 for UNCG faculty and $15 for UNCG students. A one-day registration will run $60 general, $25 public educator or UNCG faculty member, and $7 UNCG students.

Visit the web site to register and for more information, including the complete program.

By Steve Gilliam
Visual: Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks

Shades of Color Conference March 25

The 2011 Shades of Color Conference, sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, takes place Friday, March 25, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Elliott University Center. [Read more…]

Marathon Read of “The Odyssey,” on Classics Day 2011

032311NewsAndNotes_MinervaThe Classical Society, a student group in Classical Studies, is planning a Homer-a-thon, a marathon reading of the Odyssey. [Read more…]

Notes: March 23, 2011

NotesIconTree Campus USA, again UNCG earned Tree Campus USA recognition for 2010 for its dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship, the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation announced. This is the second year UNC Greensboro has been named a Tree Campus USA. Tree Campus USA is a national program that honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy management of their campus forests and for engaging the community in environmental stewardship.

Keeping sustainability incorporated in academics A sustainability group led by Dr. Anna Marshall-Baker has invited Dr. David Orr to come speak to interested faculty on this topic April 7. The sponsoring sustainability group is composed of faculty from HES Sustainability Initiative, School of Arts and Sciences, and the Bryan School. Orr will hold two discusson groups in 303 Gatewood for faculty that afternoon, on getting sustainability into the classroom. The 3 p.m. workshop will be “Working on Sustainability.” The 4 p.m. workshop will be “Starting to Work on Sustainability,” for those relatively new to the topic. He will give a public lecture titled “Black Swans and the Challenge of Resilience” at 7 p.m. in Ferguson 100, followed by a reception and book signing. Those interested in the workshops are asked to contact Marshall-Baker at anna_marshallbaker@uncg.edu.

In memoriam Dr. John Lewellyn King died on Friday, March 18. King was an associate professor in the Philosophy Department, which he joined in 1974.

Cherry Blossom Festival On Friday, March 25, beginning at 11 a.m., stop by for games, prizes, movies, food and more at the Cherry Blossom Festival. It will be in EUC Auditorium. It is sponsored by the UNCG International and Global Studies program. The evening beforehand – Thursday, March 24 – enjoy an anime/movie marathon in Jackson Library’s reading room, beginning at 6 p.m.

Banff Mountain Film Festival Hosted by several organizations including UNCG Outdoor Adventures, this film festival will be April 3 in EUC Auditorium. Showtime is 7 p.m. The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is produced by The Banff Centre in Canada, and features award-winning films and audience favorites from hundreds of outdoor films entered in the annual festival in Banff. All proceeds will benefit the Piedmont Environmental Center in High Point. Experience the adventure of climbing, mountain expeditions, remote cultures, and the world’s last great wild places — all brought to life on the big screen. For tickets and information contact UNCG Outdoor Adventures (334-3105). See clips for this year’s festival at YouTube: Banff 2011.

Protecting your family’s land The workshop “Ties to the Land: Protecting Your Family’s Land During Estate Transition” will be held in Greensboro Saturday, April 30. It is sponsored by UNCG’s NC Center for Entrpreneurship. Details are at tiestotheland.uncg.edu.

Women’s History Month event “Building a Movement for Climate Justice” will be Thursday, March 31, 7 p.m., in Room 201, Sullivan Science. The talk will be given by Chris Williams, a longtime activist from New York City.

Discussion of UNCG/Kisco collaboration April 1 All faculty with an interest in aging and wellness (physical, social, emotional, intellectual, occupational, spiritual and environmental) are invited to a presentation and discussion 10-11 a.m. Friday, April 1, in EUC’s Joyner Room about a potential collaboration between UNCG and Kisco Senior Living. UNCG has been presented with a unique opportunity to establish the Center for Positive Aging as a part of Kisco’s new retirement community, The Pilot at Sedgefield. HHP faculty and Kisco leaders have been discussing this project for more than six months and have developed an initial plan. At the April 1 meeting, Kisco leaders will present information about their company, their ongoing commitment to wellness and plans for the new retirement community. Cody Sipe (Kinesiology) will provide introductory and closing remarks to highlight how this project could benefit university research, education and engagement. For more information about the potential collaboration or the meeting, contact Sipe at clsipe@uncg.edu.

UNCG Athletics women second, men third in SoCon UNCG remains in contention in the Southern Conference all-sports races for both the men’s and women’s sports, as UNCG’s women are tied for second in the league and the men are third after the winter season of competition. The conference has 12 members. In the race for the Commissioner’s Cup, UNCG’s men climbed one spot from the fall standings and now have 42 points to sit third behind Chattanooga (50 points), Phil Perry says. Appalachian State added an indoor track and field title to its two from the fall to increase its point total to 60 and its lead to 10 points. The Spartan women, who led the Germann Cup standings after a strong fall that saw UNCG win regular-season and tournament titles in women’s soccer, are tied with Appalachian State for second in the standings with 46.5 points. Samford, which won the women’s basketball tournament title, is first with 49 points.

Celebrating 50 years of the Peace Corps Did you know that as of last year, 10 UNCG alumni were serving in the Peace Corps? 182 UNCG graduates have served in the Peace Corps over the past 50 years, according to their regional representative. Several staff and faculty members were in the Peace Corps. Were you a member of the Peace Corps? Interested in becoming one? Join the International Programs Center for a presentation by a Peace Corps recruitment representative, a faculty/staff panel and a reception in celebration of the 50th year anniversary of the Peace Corps. The event will be Monday, April 4, 5:30-7 p.m. in Kirkland Room, EUC. More information is here.

Seeking participants Normal adults (18 years and older) are needed for collection of data on tests of auditory processing at the UNCG Speech and Hearing Center (Ferguson Bldg). Participants may be eligible to receive testing worth more than $300 by a licensed audiologist including a free hearing evaluation. A time committment of up to 2 hours is required to participate. If interested, contact Dr. Lisa Fox-Thomas at 256-1496 or lgfoxtho@uncg.edu.

Food policy think tank An Honors College/MERGE think tank will be created for students. The application form is available here, or for detail you can email Dr. Marianne LeGreco or Dr. Susan Andreatta, who will run the think tank. The deadline for student applications is April 1. Eligible applicants must have a 3.3 GPA. The think tank will focus on food policy and will address the interdisciplinary nature of food policy with an emphasis on applied anthropology and human communication.

Assessment and enhancing student learning outcomes Faculty and staff interested in assessment and enhancing student learning outcomes are invited to two presentations on Friday, March 25, by Dr. Keston Fulcher. Fulcher is the Associate Assessment Specialist at James Madison University. He will be presenting on Rubric Development at 9 a.m. and on Identifying Appropriate Assessment Opportunities in Your Program at 10:30 a.m. Both presentations will take place in Room 107 of the Weatherspoon Art Museum, and each presentation will last one hour. You may enroll by going to https://freyr.uncg.edu/workshops/ and clicking on Academic Assessment. Enrollment is not required, but it is requested.

Warm weather, hot start The baseball team has jumped out to a hot start in conference play, with five wins and one loss. In that one loss, they still made it exciting by loading the bases in the ninth inning before falling 4-2. They host NC A&T tonight (Wednesday) at 6 p.m. and NC State Tuesday, March 29, at 6 p.m. The softball team has begun the conference season with two wins and one loss. They host Furman this Saturday and Sunday, at 1 p.m. both days. These teams’ home games are free this year.

Sweet 16 Four of the 16 teams remaining in the men’s NCAA basketball tournament faced our Spartans this year. Our team began the season taking on Virginia Commonwealth (VCU) then Florida State. They also faced Duke and Richmond. The Spartans had one of the 10 most demanding non-conference schedules in America this year, as was the case in the previous season.

Re-Visioning Community Engagement The Office of Leadership and Service-Learning invites all interested faculty and staff to the Tuesday, March 29, Engaged Department Brown Bag Series lunch. Dr. Patrick Lucas will present “A Departmental Approach to Re-Visioning Community Engagement; Lessons learned from the Department of Interior Architecture.” Bring your lunch and learn more about one department’s re-visioning process that places community engagement at the center of their work. The presentation begins promptly at noon in White Oak, EUC. Desserts and beverages will be provided.

Pulitzer Prize-winning Vogel Speaks April 1

Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist Paula Vogel will speak in Taylor Theatre at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 1. [Read more…]

UNCG Opera’s ‘Hansel and Gretel’

The classic fairy tale opera “Hansel and Gretel” will be this year’s spring opera production by the School of Music, Theatre and Dance. [Read more…]

Greatest Hits of the Civil War

The 19th century produced a lot of memorable songs – and some prolific songwriters. [Read more…]

Campus People: March 23, 2011

011310CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Dr. Roy Schwartzman – John E. Foreman – Geoff Bailey – Dr. Hazel N. Brown – Dr. Carol A. Mullen – Kay Cowen [Read more…]

See/Hear: March 23, 2011

The new School of Education building is nearing completion. When a date/time for the official opening later in the year is announced, CW is will convey that information.

Until then, the School of Education Facebook page has some great photographs showing the interior.

And become a “fan” of the SOE Facebook page, if you’d like.

Announcements: March 23, 2011

UNCG Campus Transportation Challenge

Save money, help the environment and register for multiple chances to win great prizes by participating in the annual UNCG Campus Transportation Challenge.

Step 1: Pledge to try a form of sustainable transportation – bike, bus, carpool, walk or Zipcar – at least once before July 9. Completing an online or paper pledge form is quick and easy; the pledge process takes less than a minute of your time.

Step 2: Pick a form of sustainable transportation (anything other than driving alone) and give it a try at least once before July 9th.

Don’t drive a car to campus? You’re already using sustainable transportation so why not go ahead and submit a pledge form to be rewarded for your efforts?

In exchange for pledging to drive alone less, participants may receive a free tote bag or lunch bag, two PART bus passes, and a reflective blinking light to enhance bicycle and pedestrian safety. Also, you will be entered to win prizes including a new bicycle ($500 value), an iPad 2, athletic gear, bike helmets, bike locks, gift certificates, and more!

Weekly prize drawings begin April 9. Earn extra points and increase your chance of winning by collecting pledges from friends. Earn even more points by collecting bike registrations too.

Pledge online at http://partnc.org/challenge.html or stop by the parking office adjacent to the Walker Avenue Parking Deck for more information.

The UNCG Campus Transportation Challenge is a university initiative to support the annual Triad Commute Challenge sponsored by the Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART) and Triad Air Awareness. Last year PART collected 4,002 pledges throughout the 10-county Triad region, about half of which came from UNCG. Its goal this year is 5,000 pledges with a least half coming from UNCG.

Looking ahead: March 23-30, 2011

Panel discussion, part of Elliott series, on study of human origins,
Wednesday, March 23, 3-5 p.m., EUC Auditorium

Elliott Lecture, John Hawks, “Neandertime: Deciphering the Secrets of Ancient Genomes”
Wednesday, March 23, 7 p.m., Mead Auditorium, Sullivan Science Building

Lecture, “The Transatlantic Slave Trade: The Human Story”
Thursday, March 24, 2 p.m., Room 200, Sullivan Science Building.

Colloquium, “Utilizing Mobile Technology in Education and Research,” Dr. Marvin W. Scott (Maryland) and Dr. Marcia S. Scott (NIH)
Friday, March 25, 2 p.m., Room 340, HHP Building

Softball vs. Furman (doubleheader)
Saturday, March 25, 1 p.m.

Music, Elizabth Cowling Cello Celebration, cello choir recital
Saturday, March 26, 3:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building

Music, The Tallis Scholars, part of UCLS
Tuesday, March 29, 8 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, Elm Street

Baseball vs. N.C. State
Tuesday, March 29, 6 p.m.

Baseball vs. N.C. A&T
Wednesday, March 30, NewBridge Park, Greensboro

more at calendar.uncg.edu