Featured this week: Dr. Linda Rupert – Dr. Bei Wu – Dr. Brad Johnson
Dr. Linda Rupert (History) will be a visiting fellow at the Scaliger Institute at Leiden University, the Netherlands, during spring semester 2010. Rupert will analyze material in the university’s Special Collections archives for her project “Imagining Islands/Envisioning Empire: Dutch Depictions of the Caribbean in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries.” She will also be conducting final research for her monograph, “Creolization and Contraband.” thanks to a Faculty Research Grant from UNCG
Through the 2009 American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, Dr. Bei Wu (Gerontology) and a team including researchers from West Virginia and Duke Universities recently received over $59,000 of supplemental funding toward their ongoing study of the correlation between poor oral health and increased cognitive impairment and dementia. The original study, “Oral Health Disparities among Elders with and without Cognitive Impairments,” is funded by the National Institutes of Health. Out of 257 study participants initially enrolled in the project, approximately 10 had an actual dementia diagnosis. The supplemental funding allowed her team to actively recruit another 60 individuals who do have a dementia diagnosis. “The supplement actually gave us more time,” Wu said. “We are using the data we’ve collected to do some preliminary analyses, and the testing has been in the direction we were expecting, so that’s been positive.” Wu joined the UNCG Gerontology Program in 2009.
Dr. Brad Johnson (Housing & Residence Life), president of The North Carolina College Personnel Association (NCCPA), has learned that the organization is the 2009-2010 recipient of two of the four awards given to the States/International Division by ACPA—College Student Educators International. NCCPA is the recipient of the Outstanding State/International Division as well as the Membership Award. The Outstanding State/International Division award recognizes the overall work of a state or international division during its past full association year. The Membership Award recognizes a creative practice or successful strategy to grow membership, expand, or enhance services to members, or foster significant involvement by a state or international division during the past full association year. Johnson will receive the awards on behalf of NCCPA at the awards luncheon held during ACPA’s annual conference March 20-24 in Boston, Massachusetts. American College Personnel Association (ACPA), headquartered at the National Center for Higher Education, is the leading comprehensive student affairs association that advances student affairs and engages students for a lifetime of learning and discovery.