NSF Grant Will Support STEM Majors
Dr. Maria Santisteban (Biology) and Dr. Rebecca Bullard-Dillard (Chemistry and Physics) have secured a $618,993 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) under the S-STEM (Scholarship in STEM) program, designed to promote the study of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The grant will provide annual scholarships averaging $6000 to 27 students, arranged in three cohorts, in biology, biotechnology, environmental science, or chemistry over the next five years. Candidates should have and maintain at least a 3.0 grade-point average and attend a number of programmatic activities.
The COMPASS (Creating Opportunities for Students in Science) program is designed to build a community of scholars, to prepare students for careers, and to coordinate the S-STEM program support activities with UNCP existing resources, such as those in the areas of financial aid and academic support programs.
UNCP Art Student Receives Outstanding Senior Award
Congratulations to art major KAYLA SEEDIG, recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Senior Award presented by the UNCP Alumni Association. Kayla has participated in fourteen exhibitions in 2013-14, including the Nashville Print Revival in Nashville, TN, and the UNCP-ESU Exhibition at Emporia State University in Emporia, KS. She was recently featured as Artist of the Month at Cape Fear Studios. Upon graduation, Seedig will be pursuing an MFA in Printmaking from the University of North Texas.
UNCP Outdoor Social Space Contest
An art major, Vivienne Leaven, provided the winning design in the UNCP Outdoor Social Space Contest. Students were asked to submit designs for a social space to be built on campus that will encourage a 'robust community.' Vivienne will work with the management staff to build the structure, which will include comfortable seating, hammock hooks, and a plaque with Vivienne's name. When asked why here design will contribute to a robust community, Vivienne responded "Students want to stay and relax on campus outside of their dorm rooms; however, there really aren’t any outdoor structures to do so. This space unleashes some of the potential for the vacant areas on campus."
Criminal Justice Students Tour Correctional Institution
The Criminal Justice Club students toured the Polk Correctional Institution in Butner, NC. Polk is a closed security prison with the only super-max unit in the state. The administration gave a fantastic, thorough tour of the various units, and spoke with the students about the realities and benefits of working in corrections. They ended the tour with a presentation and question/answer session. It was an eye-opening educational experience for all!
UNCP's Model UN team Wins Two Awards
The 2014 UNCP Model United Nations team produced its best results ever at the spring conference in Charlotte, winning two awards. UNCP's delegation, led by Dr. Kevin Freeman, chair of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, consisted of sixteen students, divided into three teams representing Australia, Sweden, and Syria, respectively. Model United Nations challenges students' skills in writing, problem solving, public speaking, and diplomacy. Students are expected to submit a position paper prior to the conference and defend those positions while developing consensus in diverse groups. Approximately 330 students from throughout the southeast attended the conference. UNCP's Australian delegation won a Best Position Paper award while the Swedish delegation won an Honorable Mention Outstanding Delegation award--the school's first two awards in the seven years it has participated in the conference. Students attending the conference were Matthew Belk, Kristen Burleson, Garriso Davis, Jordin Dickerson, Nailah El Amin, Adam Franco, Robert Hamilton, Logan John, Andrew Kot, Lakima Legette, Manuel Mejia Diaz, Natonya Owens, Ashley Peterson, Leah Williams, and Andrew Yarbrough. UNCP will next attend the fall conference, held each November in Atlanta.
Art Faculty Visit Local High Schools
Professors Adam Walls and Scott Zeigler provided a glimpse into college art courses by visiting several high schools including Terry Sanford, Massey Hill, and South View. While molding clay on a wheel, students learned new techniques in making pottery.
Students Travel to Madrid, Spain During Spring Break
Professors Cecilia Lara and Enrique Porrua accompanied a group of 17 students of different majors to Madrid, Spain over Spring Break. They visited numerous museums and historical places including the city of Segovia. The trip was very successful and students enjoyed it a lot.
UNCP Music Students Recognized at the National Association of Teachers of Singing Regional Conference
Several UNCP Music students received awards at the NATS regional competition. Allyson Ivey placed first in the Junior/Senior Musical Theater Women category, Ieisha Jones placed first in the Freshmen/Sophomore Musical Theater Women category, Nygel Robinson placed second in the Junior/Senior Musical Theater Men category, and Fabian Griffith planced first in the Sophomore Men Classical category. Dorianna Curry, Kiersten Adams and Terriq White all received Honorable Mention due to their high scores. The regional competition includes students from universities in Maryland, Washington, DC Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Allyson, Ieisha,Nygel and Fabian will move forward in the competition (to the National level). These students were led by Ms. Tracy Thomas and Dr. Jaeyoon Kim.
Student Awarded Honorable Mention at PURC Symposium
Donte West, a Criminal Justice student, won 4th place (honorable mention) at the PURC Symposium in the Social Science Division category. Donte's research poster displayed his work with the Teen Court program. Donte's research mentor is Dr. Renee Lamphere (Sociology and Criminal Justice).
Students visit District Courts in Washington
Twenty UNCP students joined Professor McQueen (Sociology and Criminal Justice) in a trip to the U.S. District Courts in Greensboro, NC. The students participated in presentations given by U.S. Attorney Ripley Rand, a federal public defender, senior and line staff of the U.S. Probation office, staff of the U.S. Marshal office and Chief U.S. District Court Judge Osteen. The students sat in on sentencing involving an internet pornography case.
DSS Recruiter will visit UNCP
Professor McDonnell's work on Diplomatic Security Service careers for our students: Chris Disney, a UNCP graduate who now works as a recruiter for the Diplomatic Security Service (DSS), part of the U.S. State Department, has agreed to conduct an information session for students interested federal law enforcement careers with the DSS. The session will take place in Sampson 233 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. March 19.
BBC NEWS FEATURES BIOLOGY PROFESSOR'S RESEARCH ON ENDANGERED SEA TURTLES
Leading a multi-institutional team of researchers, Dr. John Roe just published results from a long-term study on the leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea). The leatherback is the world's largest sea turtle and one of the most endangered. The species occurs in two distinct populations in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, but populations in the Pacific appear to be more at risk, largely from fisheries and overharvesting. Leatherbacks from the Atlantic population occasionally nest on North Carolina’s beaches.
Reporting in the journal, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Dr. Roe and his collaborators used a satellite system to track leatherback sea turtles and to estimate threats to their survival in the Pacific Ocean. They focused on turtle losses posed by bycatch (incidental catches) from longline fisheries. They tracked 135 leatherbacks from 1992-2008 (combining data from several projects) for an average tracking duration of 209 days. The greatest threats in the western Pacific occurred within exclusive economic zones (under national jurisdiction) near primary nesting beaches of Indo-Pacific islands. In the eastern Pacific, however, the greatest threat was in waters outside national jurisdiction --- the South Pacific Gyre. According to the researchers, conservation management of leatherback sea turtles should focus on these high risk areas (“hotspots”) to avoid fisheries bycatch.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE STUDENTS PRESENT WORK AT CONFERENCE
Four Criminal Justice majors joined Dr. Renee Lamphere (Sociology and Criminal Justice) at the 69th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology November 20-23, 2013, in Atlanta.
Robert Atwell, Donte West, and Dr. Lamphere presented the academic poster "Robeson County Teen Court: A Program Overview," which discusses the students' experiences as interns with the North Carolina Academic Center for Excellence in Youth Violence Prevention, where they volunteer as part of Dr. Lamphere's experiential learning course. Natalie Klemann, Briana Bowden, and Dr. Lamphere presented as part of a panel on using video and audio tools in the classroom. They gave their presentation, "Topping the Classroom Charts: Teaching Criminological Theory Using Popular Music," to a packed audience.
Robert Atwell, Dr. Renee Lamphere, and Donte West pose in front of their poster at the 69th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology in Atlanta.
GRADUATE STUDENTS CONDUCT RESEARCH AT HARVARD
Two graduate students in the English Education program joined Dr. Mark Canada (English, Theatre, and Foreign Languages) at Houghton Library on Harvard University's campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to conduct research on projects related to the American novelist Thomas Wolfe. Michael Houck examined archival materials related to Wolfe's work as a playwright, and Nami Montgomery studied the manuscript of an unpublished biography of Wolfe by his friend Marjorie Fairbanks. Both students took a Wolfe seminar with Dr. Canada over the summer and received grant support from the School of Graduate Studies and Research.
UNCP GRADUATE NAMED BEST SPORTS ANCHOR
Broadcasting alumnus and current member of the UNCP Board of Trustees Newy Scruggs is a six-time recipient of an Emmy award in the state of Texas. Scruggs was recently named best sports anchor in the 2013 competition of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' "Lone Star" chapter, which represents 19 television markets. He is a 1994 graduate of what was then the Department of Communicative Arts at Pembroke State University. UNCP now has a Department of Mass Communication, where students can study broadcasting, as well as journalism and public relations.
Over the years, Scruggs has established the Newy Scruggs Endowed Sports Broadcasting Scholarship for students in the Department of Mass Communication and the Dr. Sylvester Wooten Scholarship for the local chapter of Omega Psi Phi fraternity. He is the sports director at KXAS-TV NBC 5 in Dallas-Fort Worth and hosts a national program called Voices of the Game with Newy Scruggs on NBC Sports Radio.
Newy Scruggs, who studied broadcasting at UNCP, appears above with his Emmy award.
UNCP STUDENTS PRESENT WORK AT SNCURCS
Sixteen UNCP students made a total of 12 presentations at the ninth State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium (SNCURCS) on November 16, 2013, at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. They were among more than 460 presenters from 35 schools.
UNCP's student presenters came from five departments and were supervised by 14 mentors. The names of the presenters, projects, and mentors appear below.
Bioactivity of purified antibacterials secreted by entomopathogenic bacteria Xenorhabdus nematophila and Photorhabdus luminescence
Matt Bowen, Biotechnology, University of North Carolina - Pembroke
Mentors: Len Holmes, University of North Carolina - Pembroke
Floyd Inman III, University of North Carolina - Pembroke
The Importance of Pharmaceutical Stability in African Countries
Victor Cole, Pre-Pharmacy, University of North Carolina - Pembroke
Mentor: Meredith Storms, University of North Carolina - Pembroke
Design and Manufacture of an At-Home Basic Electronics Kit
Edward Derosier, Applied Physics, University of North Carolina - Pembroke
Mentor: Bill Brandon, University of North Carolina - Pembroke
Forest Fragmentation of Southeastern North Carolina
Justin Duncan, Environmental Science and Geography, University of North Carolina - Pembroke , Pembroke
Mentor: Jesse Rouse, University of North Carolina - Pembroke
Surveying Red Imported Fire Ant Social Forms in Nature Preserves of the NC Coastal Plain
Nigel Hirth, Molecular Biology, University of North Carolina - Pembroke
Co-Author(s): Mycah Sewell, University of North Carolina - Pembroke
Mentors: Jeremy Sellers, University of North Carolina – Pembroke,
Lisa Kelly, University of North Carolina - Pembroke
Simplistic Sonar-based SLAM Platform for Low-Cost Unmanned Aerial Quadcopter Systems
Christopher Hudson, Computer Science, University of North Carolina - Pembroke
Mentosr: Saad Biaz, Auburn University; Chase Murray, Auburn University
A Better Suzuki Polymerization for Thiophene-Containing Monomers with Electron-Neutral Coupling Partners
Robert Lamb, Chemistry, University of North Carolina - Pembroke
Mentor: Pamela Lundin, Appalachian State University
The Effects of Gravity on the Cori Cycle
Candace Langston, Exercise and Sport Science, University of North Carolina - Pembroke
Co-Authors: Tiffany Scott, University of North Carolina - Pembroke;
Molly Musselwhite, University of North Carolina - Pembroke
Mentors: Siva Mandjiny, University of North Carolina - Pembroke;
Tim Ritter, University of North Carolina – Pembroke
Annotating Genes In Drosophila Species Through The Genomics Education Partnership: a Summer Research Experience
Thomas Neal, Biology w/ Biomedical Emphasis, University of North Carolina - Pembroke
Mentor: Maria Santisteban, University of North Carolina - Pembroke
Geometer's Sketchpad vs. GeoGebra
Ziya Ogron, Secondary Mathematics Education, University of North Carolina - Pembroke
Mentor: Mary Kilinikowski, University of North Carolina - Pembroke
Attraction of Galleria mellonella larvae to bacterial luminescence produced by the entomopathogenic bacterium Photorhabdus luminescence
Walter Patterson, Biotechnology, University of North Carolina - Pembroke
Mentors: Len Holmes, University of North Carolina – Pembroke;
Floyd Inman III, University of North Carolina - Pembroke
Working Past the Struggle: Documenting the Voices of the Lumbee
Sandra Torres, Social Work , University of North Carolina - Pembroke
Mentor: Michele Fazio, University of North Carolina - Pembroke
Candace Langston, Trae Griffin, and Tiffany Scott pose with their poster at the SNCURCS conference in Charlotte.
STUDENTS, FACULTY PRESENT WORK AT NSTA CONFERENCE
Students in science education, along with faculty in the Department of Biology and the Department of Chemistry and Physics, presented their work at the Regional National Science Teachers (NSTA) conference in Charlotte November 7-9, 2013. UNCP presented six sessions:
- "Wiggling Into Biochar," by Dr. Deborah Hanmer (Biology) and Indya Evans (undergraduate science education);
- "Bringing Scientific Argumentation Into the Science Classroom," by Dr. Rita Hagevik (Biology) and Corinne Jordan, David Wimert, and Ursula Adams (graduate science education);
- "Let’s Argue About It!," by Dr. Rita Hagevik (Biology) and Chris Spencer and Jennifer Spivey (graduate science education);
- "Graphing a Pathway Through Mechanics: An Inquiry Into Uniform Motion," by Dr. Pete Wish (retired-Biology), Dr. Tim Ritter (Physics), and Dr. Brian Postek (Chemistry);
- "Hands-on Activities for Teaching the Basic Physical Quantities of Mechanics," by Dr. Ritter, Dr. Wish, and Dr. Postek.
- "Got HERPS, There’s an APP for That!," by Ms. Mary Ash (Biology) and others from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Nineteen UNCP undergraduate and graduate science education students attended the conference. The UNCP students remarked of the experience, “A big thank you to all faculty members who provided everyone the opportunity to attend this exciting conference and for all your support and contributions to the student presentations. We could not have done it without you. We really encourage anyone who has a chance to attend this conference in the future to attend.”
Pictured above, left to right, are Corinne Jordan, David Wimert, Ursula Adams, Chris Spencer, Jennifer Spivey (all graduate students in science education) and Dr. Rita Hagevik (Biology).
RISE FELLOWS TO PRESENT RESEARCH AT ABRCMS
Five of UNCP's RISE Fellows will present their research at the ABRCMS (Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students) this November in Nashville, TN. The students will present research they conducted over the summer to an audience of individuals and science leaders from around the country.
The following list provides the student’s name, the title of their research poster, and the location at which they conducted their research. All of these students are also currently engaged in research at UNCP and in the Bahr Lab at the BioTechnology Research and Training Center at ComTech.
- Armando Corona, “Analysis of the Interaction Between Cib1 and Integrin Aiib Through X-Ray Crystallography and Nanodiscs," research conducted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- Sarah Hafner, “ß1 Integrin Exhibits a Distinct Response to Seizure Activity Which is Blocked by the Cannabinergic System”, research conducted at the Bahr Lab at the BioTechnology Research and Training Center at ComTech
- Jordan Smink, “Construction of an Improve Shuttle Vector for Transformation and Gene Expression in Histophilus somni," research conducted at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
- Robert Lamb, “A Better Suzuki Polymerization for Thiophene-Containing Monomers with Electron-Neutral Coupling Partners," research conducted at Appalachian State University
- Marsalis Smith, “Optimizing Whole Animal Auditory Measurement,", research conducted at Stanford University
BEGNAUD WINS "BEST IN SHOW" IN PORTRAIT COMPETITION
On Saturday April 27, 2013, Professor Joe Begnaud (Art) was awarded "Best of Show" at the ArtFields Portrait Contest in Lake City, SC. He was among 24 artists selected to compete. The event was divided into four rounds, in which contestants had only one hour to complete a full portrait of a local farmer who served as a model for the competition. After each round, a panel of jurors selected which artists would advance to the next round. Professor Begnaud passed each round of elimination and completed four portraits before being awarded top honors and a prize of $1000.
CONFERENCE SHOWCASES LOCAL FARMERS AND FOODS
Approximately 60 students, faculty, farmers, and consumers attended UNCP's first local foods conference at the Regional Center on March 22, 2013, to share ideas and learn more about how to support local farmers and local foods. Sessions covered topics ranging from backyard chickens to financing. Lester Locklear’s New South Catering of Pembroke prepared local beef, sausage, sweet potatoes, and cabbage Robeson County Farm Bureau sponsored the local lunch. Dr. Debby Hanmer (Biology), assisted by Dr. Rita Hagevik (Biology) and Dr. Brooke Kelly (Sociology and Criminal Justice), organized the conference, using a UNCP local advantage grant focused on supporting local foods. (For additional coverage of the event, see http://www2.uncp.edu/news/2013/local_food_conference.htm.)
STUDENT-ATHLETES RECOGNIZE TEACHERS
UNCP's Student Athlete Advisory Committee will honor more than 40 teachers, including several from the College of Arts and Sciences, for their teaching and commiment to students on Faculty Appreciation Night, February 7, 2013. A ceremony will take place during halftime of the men's home basketball game.
This year's honorees from the College of Arts and Sciences are Ryan Anderson (History), Larry Arnold (Music), Joyce Beard (Nursing),Debra Branch (Social Work), Gwenyth Campen (Mathematics and Computer Science), Anthony Curtis (Mass Communication), Katherine Denton (Foreign Languages), Camille DeVaney (Music), John DiSarno(Political Science),Cindy Edwards (Social Work), Warren Eller (Public Administration), Dena Evans (Nursing), Jeff Frederick (History), Kevin Freeman (Political Science), Nicholas Freeman (Psychology), Jeffery Geller (Philosophy and Religion), Amy Gross (Geology and Geography),Linda Hafer (Mathematics and Computer Science), Jo Ann Hart (Art),Scott Hicks (English and Theatre), Jason Hutchens (Mass Communication), Mary Ann Jacobs (American Indian Studies), John Labadie (Art), Siva Mandjiny (Chemistry and Physics), Stephen Marson(Sociology and Criminal Justice), Rohald Meneses (Sociology and Criminal Justice), Brandi Norman (Biology), Sara Oswald (English and Theatre),Linda Oxendine (American Indian Studies), Shilpa Pai (Psychology),Nathan Phillippi (Geology and Geography), Enrique Porrua (Foreign Languages), Ray Sutherland (Philosophy and Religion), Meredith Storms(Chemistry and Physics),and Mary Zets (Biology),.
STREMLAU'S BOOK HONORED
Sustaining the Cherokee Family: Kinship and the Allotment of an Indigenous Nation, by Dr. Rose Stremlau (History), was awarded the Willie Lee Rose Book Prize from the Southern Association of Women Historians. This is for the best book on any topic in Southern history written by a woman and published during the previous calendar year. The award is named after Willie Lee Rose, a path-breaking female historian and professor at Johns Hopkins University who wrote about race and slavery in the South. The award was presented by Dr. Janann Sherman, professor and chair of the History Department at the University of Memphis.
Sustaining the Cherokee Family also was given an honorable mention by the committee deciding the Wheeler-Voegelin Prize, an award given each year by the American Society for Ethnohistory for the best book-length monograph published the previous year. The book also was a finalist (one of six) for the Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize, which is given each year by the Center for Great Plains Studies at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln to the best book on a topic related to the region published during the previous year.
FLOWERS PRESIDES OVER ACS TECHNICAL SESSION
Dr. Paul Flowers (Chemistry & Physics) presided over a technical session on Electroanalytical Chemistry at the 2012 Southeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, held this year in Raleigh, NC. The session featured eight presentations, including one by Dr. Flowers titled "Sub-microliter Electrochemistry and Spectroelectrochemistry using Standard Electrodes and a Polymer Electrolyte Salt Bridge." The presentation abstract was coauthored by UNCP undergraduate David Blake, and the talk described traits of a novel device recently designed by Dr. Flowers that permits the chemical analysis of very small volume samples (as low as about 20 nL, roughly one-tenth the size of a typical grain of salt). Results of this research have been submitted for publication in the journal Analytical Chemistry.
UNCP FACULTY, STAFF LEAD EDUCATIONAL TRIP TO WASHINGTON, DC
By Dr. Scott Billingsley (History)
On Thursday October 4, 2012 twenty-three students, faculty, and staff departed the Amtrak station in Fayetteville, North Carolina, bound for the nation’s capital. Mike Severy (Student Leadership and Involvement), Amy Gross (Geology and Geography), and Dr. Scott Billingsley (History), guided the students on a four-day learning experience that included a tour of the United States Capitol building, visits to national museums and monuments, and, for some, the unique experience of traveling by rail and navigating their way around a large city.
Traveling via Amtrak dominated the first day and last day of the journey. Students were taken by bus to the Amtrak station in Fayettevill,e where we boarded the train around 1:00 p.m. and enjoyed the leisurely ride to Union Station in Washington, D.C. Along the way we saw a side of the nation that one normally does not see when traveling by car or airplane. For many of us, one of the interesting things about the train ride was getting to see the centers of many small towns along the eastern seaboard. Although seeing bustling downtown areas would have been commonplace for travelers a century ago, our students saw simply the remnants of the heyday of small-town life in America. Even the trip from Union Station to the hotel via Washington’s subway system, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (“the Metro”), was a learning experience for students who had never ridden public transportation before.
On Friday the group toured the U.S. Capitol and then split up to explore sites around the Capitol and National Mall. Students visited sites such as the Library of Congress, the Supreme Court, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the various Smithsonian Institution museums. Later that afternoon students met near the Washington Monument to discuss the research projects they were supposed to complete before arriving in Washington. Each student conducted a short research project on different protest rallies that had been held on the National Mall since the 1890s. The students placed these protest rallies into the context of the leadership model that the students had been studying in their Living Learning Community Leadership program. After our discussion we visited the World War II Memorial, the Vietnam War Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Korean Veterans Memorial, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. On Saturday we completed a scavenger-hunt activity prepared by Amy Gross at the Museum of Natural History, which gave students an overview of the entire museum.
UNCP SENDS DELEGATION TO NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN
UNCP's Office of Academic Affairs sent a delegation to the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., on November 16. Two students, Lydia Locklear and Francine Cummings, joined Dr. Alfred Bryant, associate dean of the School of Education, Carlene Cummings, university library specialist for special collections, and Dr. Mark Canada, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, on the trip.
The delegation met with two NMAI administrators--Associate Director David Penney and Community Services Specialist Jill Norwood--and discussed several opportunities for UNCP students and faculty:
Living Earth Festival: Students are welcome to propose projects to present at the fourth annual Living Earth Festival, set to take place in August 2013.
Scholarly Exchanges: The NMAI welcomes scholars who can share their expertise in various aspects of American Indian studies.
Colloquia and Symposia: NMAI-sponsored colloquia and symposia provide opportunities to exchange information.
After the meeting, the members of the delegation took a VIP tour of the museum and met informally with Jimmy Locklear, a Lumbee who serves as the museum's volunteer coordinator.
Dr. Alfred Bryant, Francine Cummings, Lydia Locklear, Carlene Cummings, and Dr. Mark Canada pose in front of Sacred Rain Arrow, by Chiricahua Apache sculptor Allan Houser. The group saw the sculpture and other exhibits during a VIP tour of the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.