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Campus People – October 6, 2010

011310CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Holly Goddard Jones – Dr. Nir Kshetri – Dr. Scott Young – Dean Robert Brown – Dr. Kari Eddington – Dr. Tom Kwapil – Dr. Paul Silvia [Read more…]

UNCG’s ‘Thriving at 3’ Helped by SECC via United Way

The State Employees Combined Campaign soon begins its third week. Solicitors for each department are accepting the filled-out forms in their envelopes. [Read more…]

‘Gimme 5’ Men’s Basketball Promotion

100610NewsAndNotes_BBallTixNot sure you can get to all the men’s basketball games? Perhaps you want to be sure to see the game against Duke and a few more? [Read more…]

Ergonomics 101

100610Feature_ErgonomicsIs your chair adjusted so that your feet are flat on the ground? Is there a 2 inch space between the front of the seat and the back of your knee when sitting? Is the computer monitor directly in front of you when in use? Is the monitor located 28-36 inches away from your face?

When Todd Beck (in visual) visits an office for an ergonomics check-up, these will be among the things he usually looks for. They are part of a computer workstation self-inspection checklist his department distributes.

Beck is industrial hygiene coordinator at the Department of Environmental Health and Safety. Commonly he will visit an office for one individual, and a person in the next office or work station will also want an assessement. Soon a half-dozen in the office want the same. But often he can get to them all.

“You get a lot of enjoyment. You get immediate feedback. [You hear things such as] ‘That does feel better’ or ‘That’s a better set-up.’

“We want to be proactive,” he said. He encourages the campus community to consider ergonomics when they get set up with a new office. “We’re a service to the university – we want to make sure you’re set up correctly.”

He stresses that his department helps employees doing all sorts of work and tasks – whether in front of a computer, cleaning, using motor equipment or other types of work.

Beck has a BS degree in occupational safety and is a Board Certified Safety Professional (CSP).

Think about ergonomics, he says, in regards to how you interact with your work. Be considerate of body positions. And if you need some help from others or some mechanical help, get it.

Chairs are often a point of discussion. His department even has a few in their front office that can be used to demonstrate good ways to make adjustments and achieve proper fit.

“The chair set-up is often an issue,” he says, explaining that it often comes down to some simple adjustments that need to be made using the existing chair features.

One person he sees may be 5 feet, 2 inches. Another may be 6 feet, 1 inch. “We’re very different in dimensions.” The chair is only one aspect of the equation, he explains. “It’s all about the adjustability of the workstation.”

Generally, when a person is sitting at a computer, he likes to see “nice, 90 degree angles” on their body, he says. And he likes to see the mouse on the same plane as the keyboard.

“People can be more efficient if they’re in a good position when they do their work,” he says.

For information on ergonomics at work, OSHA offers a great web site, he says. It is www.osha.gov. There’s an A-Z index, including a web page on Computer Workstations.

Those with questions may contact Todd Beck at todd_beck@uncg.edu.

By Mike Harris
Photography by Mike Harris

Looking ahead: October 6-13, 2010

Faculty Senate Meeting
Wednesday, Oct. 6, 3 p.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House

Sustainability film, “Tapped”
Thursday, Oct. 7, 6:30 p.m., Weatherspoon Auditorium

University Symphony Orchestra
Thursday, Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m., Weatherspoon Auditorium

Caldwell Award ceremony, for Fred Chappell
Friday, Oct. 8, 7 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building

Volleyball vs. Wofford
Saturday, Oct. 9, 7 p.m.

Noon @ the ‘Spoon art tour, “American Art: Circa 1950”
Tuesday, Oct. 12, noon, Weatherspoon

Men’s soccer vs. College of Charleston
Wednesday, Oct. 13, 7 p.m.

more at calendar.uncg.edu

P&T and the Love of Reading

100610Headline_PTBooksAt 13, Maria Carla Sanchez was devouring young adult fiction at a rate that was straining her family’s budget. So her mother gave her six meatier books to enjoy, including Thomas Hardy’s “The Mayor of Casterbridge,” Joseph Conrad’s “Lord Jim,” Jane Austen’s “Emma” and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Hound of the Baskervilles.”

Although she still has her worn copy of “The Mayor of Casterbridge,” complete with the “Who” band logo she doodled inside and underlined words she needed to look up, a new copy on the shelves of the UNG University Libraries bears Sanchez’s name and a message for future readers. She selected the book to celebrate her promotion to associate professor of English.

Her message reads, in part: “It felt as if whole new worlds opened up for me. I was challenged, which I hadn’t been in a while, and I responded – I didn’t go back to the ‘kid stuff.’… I truly, madly, deeply fell in love with Thomas Hardy and the Victorian era, and that love has never abated….Whenever I think of this novel, I think of how my mother was ambitious for me, in ways both large and small, and how she has always supported my love of reading. I am very, very lucky to have her as my mom, so I choose this book in her honor.”

Starting in 2006, the University Libraries and the Provost’s Office came up with a fresh way to recognize and celebrate faculty who achieve tenure and/or promotion. Each newly tenured or promoted faculty member selects a book for the library’s collection that is then bookplated to commemorate her or his achievement. Faculty members choose a book with special meaning to them and write a brief statement about why they selected that book.

Each year, honorees enjoy a late September celebration reception. The books selected, along with the personal statements, are displayed on the first level of Jackson Library.

“It is meant to give a personal glimpse into the faculty member and to inspire students and others in their scholarly pursuits,” says University Libraries Dean Rosann Bazirjian of the new tradition. “It honors faculty and recognizes the importance of libraries and the role they play in the scholarship of the academy.”

Log on to http://library.uncg.edu/info/events_and_awards/promotion_and_tenure.aspx to read this year’s faculty book selections as well as those since 2006.

Here’s a sampling from this year:

  • Dr. Dorothy G. Herron (Adult Health) chose “Notes on Nursing” by Florence Nightingale. Herron, a clinical professor, says, “In this little book the person responsible for establishing nursing as a science-based profession managed to identify the elements of nursing that are still the core of the profession today. Only the technologies have changed.”
  • Dr. Stuart Marcovitch (Psychology) chose “Timequake” by Kurt Vonnegut . Marcovitch, an associate professor, says, “I was pleasantly surprised when I read “Timequake,” as I didn’t expect a comedic science fiction book to demonstrate strong connections to my research on the development of the conscious control of actions. A timequake has caused the last 10 years to repeat, forcing people into an automated mode as they replay their actions exactly as they occurred the first time around. When the timequake abruptly ends, mayhem ensues as people have forgotten how to execute an intentional and deliberate response. Vonnegut’s work was inspiring to me, as it produced the ultimate thought experiment on what life would be like without conscious control. Perhaps more importantly, it made me laugh out loud.”
  • Dr. Yu-Chin Jerrie Hsieh (Recreation, Tourism and Hospitality Management) chose “Einstein’s Dreams” by Alan Lightman. The associate professor says, “‘Einstein’s Dreams’ is a novel that explains elements of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity in a series of short vignettes. The author imagines how Einstein may have grappled with these abstract, and often counterintuitive, concepts as he refined his greatest work while provoking the imagination of the reader. There is inspiration to be gained from the realization that even ordinary minds might accomplish extraordinary feats when imagination is well cultivated.”
  • Dr. Stephanie Irby Coard (Human Development and Family Studies) chose “Letter to My Daughter” by Maya Angelou. The associate professor says, “It’s the author’s first original collection of writing to be published in ten years … anecdotal vignettes drawn from a compelling life. Beginning with her childhood, Angelou acknowledges her own inauguration into daughterhood. This volume is filled with wisdom and warmth, with sound advice, vivid memory and strong opinion (typical Angelou). ‘Letter to My Daughter’ is a gem of wisdom and inspiration. Every woman, daughter (father and son) should read it at least once. This book has become a permanent fixture in my personal library.”

Visual: Dr. Stephanie Coard
By Michelle Hines
Photograph by Audrey Sage

Free Flu Shots

100610Feature_FlueShotSeasonal flu shot clinics will be offered again this year.

These clinics, sponsored by Human Resource Services, will provide free flu shots to State Health Plan members. The clinics will provide flu shots for UNCG employees and their covered family members, at least 9 years of age. Retirees with State Health Plan coverage are also welcome. Please bring your State Health Plan ID card and a photo ID.

There is no separate vaccine required for H1N1. H1N1 is now included as part of the standard flu vaccination, according to Melissa Barnes (HRS).

The dates and locations are:

Monday, Oct. 25
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Campus Supply Store Training Room – Physical Plant

Tuesday, Oct. 26
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Elliott University Center – Kirkland Room

Wednesday, Oct. 27
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Elliott University Center – Ferguson Room

Questions? Contact Melissa Barnes (HRS) at mkbarnes@uncg.edu.

Photography courtesy The White House.

Study: Early College Boosts Algebra Success, Cuts Suspensions

Ninth graders in North Carolina’s Early College High Schools are more likely to be on track for college and much less likely to be suspended than their peers in traditional high schools, according to results from a study conducted by our university’s SERVE Center. [Read more…]

Focus on Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety

The UNCG Police Department and Parking Operations & Campus Access Management (POCAM) have launched the first phase of an awareness campaign designed to increase travel safety on and around the campus. [Read more…]

Notes: October 6, 2010

NotesIconBrown Bag Lunch Cancer Awareness will be the topic, the presenter will be Amanda Wyckoff , community manager, American Cancer Society. The brown bag lunch will be in Bryan Builidng, Room 104 Tuesday, Oct. 12, at noon. Reservations are required. RSVP at https://freyr.uncg.edu/workshops – look for Staff Senate Brown Bag Seminars on that web page.

Healthy UNCG offers faculty and staff the opportunity to take a Personal Wellness Profile, a $108 value, for free. Details and registration can be found at http://healthy.uncg.edu/activities.php#pwp.

UNCG Sustainability Committee is looking for new members There are lots of ways to get involved, no matter your interests or experience. If you want to shape what UNCG will become over the next 40 years (and beyond), consider joining. From alternative energy to recycling, from green building to campus culture, you can help develop the UNCG Climate Action Plan. This work will create the steps for UNCG to be climate neutral by 2050. Web savvy? They have a need for someone who can manage their online web presence (http://sustain.uncg.edu/). Have a green thumb? Would you like to learn more about gardening? You can help grow the UNC Greensboro Gardens. There are plenty of other opportunities to promote sustainable lifestyles on campus and in the community If you’re interested, contact Sarah Dorsey (sbdorsey@uncg.edu) or Guy Sanders (gmsander@uncg.edu), co chairs of the Sustainability Committee.

UNCG’s Peabody Park Preservation Committee has been awarded the School Award by Greensboro Beautiful. This award is given each year to an individual school (public or private) which has exhibited year-round excellence in environmental education and campus beautification. The ongoing work by the UNCG Peabody Park Preservation Committee to remove invasive species, trash, and debris from the campus park shows a commitment by the University’s faculty, staff, and students to continue protecting campus grounds. The chair of the committee is Dr. Elizabeth Lacey (Biology). She accepted the award on behalf of the committee. An engraved paver will be installed in honor of the committee at Gateway Gardens. The next big event for the committee will be the fall 2010 Peabody Invasive Species Pull Nov. 12 from 1-2 p.m.

Award nominations Each year the UNCG Alumni Association recognizes as many as two outstanding alumni who have exemplified the university’s “service” motto — whether in their profession, community or university — for the Alumni Distinguished Service Award. The impact can be local or it can be at the state or national level. In addition to making a difference, the recipient(s) must “exemplify creative and continuous personal growth and a willingness to embrace our changing world.” The Young Alumni Award is given to an alumnus 40 years old or younger who has made exceptional achievements and significant contributions to their profession, community or university. The winner should exemplify outstanding professional and personal development either through traditional channels or innovative approaches. The deadline for submitting nominations for both awards is Jan. 5. To receive a nomination form, visit www.uncg.edu/ala/awards.html, call the Alumni Office at 4-5696 or email Melissa Potter at melissapotter@uncg.edu.

The movies are moving The entertainment DVDs, previously housed in the the Teaching and Learning Center in McIver, are moving to Jackson Library and will be available for check out starting Wednesday, Oct. 13. The roughly 5,000 titles, encompassing hit TV shows, popular movies and classic films, will be shelved near the current periodicals in the Jackson Library Reading Room. Students, faculty and staff will be able to check them out from 7:30 a.m. – midnight Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to midnight on Sunday. This increased access is one big reason for the move. Previously. patrons were unable to check out movies on weekends. The loan period for the DVDs will continue to be one week. Patrons may check out two at a time. Instructional DVDs and VHS tapes will continue to be available at the TLC. The entertainment DVDs will not be available through Oct.12 as the move takes place, but they can be returned to either Jackson Library or the TLC during that time.

Fall 2010 Kendon Smith Lecture Series The topic will be “Developing Folk Theories of Mind, Behavior, and Science” and will be held on Oct. 29 (1:30-4:30 p.m.) and Oct. 30 (9 a.m.-12:45 p.m.) in Sullivan Science, Room 101. It is presented by the Department of Psychology. This endowed series is free and open to the public. This year’s theme will explore the emergence and trajectory of people’s ideas about the mind, behavior, and science, as well as the implications of these ideas for navigating the everyday environment. The series will feature four internationally renowned speakers: Dr. Henry M. Wellman (University of Michigan), Dr. Frank C. Keil (Yale University), Dr. Paul L. Harris (Harvard University), and Dr. Bertram F. Malle (Brown University). Additional information can be obtained from Melanie Nickerson at 4-5480 or at http://psychology.uncg.edu/news/kendon_smith_lectures.

N.C. Arts Council Fellowship information session for writers The MFA Writing Program and the UNCG Center for Creative Writing in the Arts will host an information session for writers interested in applying for North Carolina Arts Council’s 2011–2012 Artist Fellowship grant Wednesday, Oct. 13, at 6 p.m.  in the Faculty Center. Banu Valladares, literature director of the N.C. Arts Council, will talk about the grant process, offer tips on submitting competitive applications and discuss other resources available to writers through the Arts Council. The deadline to submit applications is Monday, Nov. 1. Writers may read the guidelines and link to the online application at www.ncarts.org/fellowships. Fellowship awards for spoken-word artists and writers of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction and literary translation as well as composers of jazz, chamber, electronic, experimental and symphonic music, songwriters, playwrights and screenwriters are offered every two years. The grants are $10,000 each. Artists must be at least 18 years of age, U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens and have been residents of N.C. for at least the year immediately prior to the application deadline to apply. Artists enrolled in a degree-granting program may not apply.

RF Micro Devices and JSNN announce collaboration RF Micro Devices, Inc., a leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance radio frequency components and compound semiconductor technologies, and the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering have signed a Joint Research and Development, Facilities and Equipment Use Agreement. This agreement enables joint research and development activities as well as facilities and equipment use at the state-of-the-art research and education facility currently under construction. Under the agreement, JSNN and RFMD intend to collaborate on the development of innovative nanoelectronics technologies related to RF amplification, filter, and switch functions. JSNN’s cleanroom will be available to RFMD for research and development, and RFMD will collaborate with university research students while locating RFMD personnel at the facility. JSNN and RFMD intend for the collaboration between industry and academia to drive research excellence and generate leading-edge technologies that ultimately support economic growth.

Women’s soccer team nationally ranked The team entered the National Soccer Coaches Association of America national rankings this week at no. 24. They are ranked no. 21 in this week’s Soccer America poll. They are off to a school-record 9-1-1 start on the season, and are 4-0-0 in the SoCon so far this year, improving to 42-2-2 in regular-season league games since the start of the 2006 season, notes Phil Perry (Athletics). The team has two home matches this weekend, which are both free: vs. The Citadel, Friday, Oct. 8, 7 p.m.; vs. College of Charleston, Sunday, Oct. 10, 1 p.m.

Newsmakers: October 6, 2010

Rebecca Adams, Betty Carter, Fred Patrick, Susan Walcott, Keith Debbage, Geoffrey Baym, Bruce Kirchoff, Don Jud, Andrew Brod, Paul Delaney, Lili Sahakyan, Craig Nova and Omar H. Ali are among UNCG individuals recently in the news. [Read more…]

See/Hear: October 6, 2010

Newly promoted and/or tenured faculty were feted in Cone Ballroom in late September. [Read more…]