Featured this week: Dr. Anna Marshall-Baker – Dr. Jeff Sarbaum – Dr. Laurie Kennedy-Malone – Zimuzor Ugochukwu – Beth Filar-Williams – Amy Harris – Jenny Dale – Vanessa Apple – Danny Nanez
Dr. Anna Marshall-Baker (Interior Architecture) was named by DesignIntelligence magazine as one of the “top 25 most admired educators of 2011.” The description of the award reads, “Each year DesignIntelligence selects a team of educators and education administrators who exemplify excellence in design education leadership. The 2011 class of education role models was selected by DesignIntelligence staff with extensive input from hundreds of design professionals, academic department heads and students. Educators from the disciplines of architecture, interior design, industrial design and landscape architecture were eligible for inclusion.”
Dr. Jeff Sarbaum (Economics) has been selected to participate in a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project on “Adapting Effective Outreach and Workshop Practices to Improve Community College Economics Instruction.” Saurbaum will join 19 other experienced university- and college-based economic educators to plan regionally-based outreach programs and workshops for economic instructors at community colleges. Sarbaum and the other economics educators will also be joined by eight other experts from STEM disciplines who have already developed national outreach programs that support improved community college instruction. Working in a collaborative manner and building on material prepared in advance of the meeting, the group will develop plans for four regionally-based training programs to take place during 2011-12. The goal of the project is to use learning theory research and the best-practice methods that educators like Saurbaum have developed in university classrooms to promote instruction that contributes to “expert-like economics thinking” in community college students.
“Integrating Gerontological Content into Advanced Practice Nursing Education,” a book co-authored by Dr. Laurie Kennedy-Malone (Nursing) was named a 2010 Book of the Year by the American Journal of Nursing. Books are selected by clinicians and other experts in the individual fields. APN’s judges described the book as timely and useful: “As directors of advanced practice nursing programs struggle to find resources to convert their existing adult APN tracks into adult–gerontology programs, this book offers a clear path for integrating critical content throughout an entire program.” Kennedy-Malone’s co-author is Carolyn Auerhahn of the College of Nursing at New York University.
Zimuzor Ugochukwu, a senior biology major, has won a nationally competitive fellowship that will allow her to work in Asia for a year after she graduates this May. After extensive interviews in New York and San Francisco, she was selected as a Luce Scholar. Ugochukwu has led the Greensboro edition of the Atlanta-based “Let’s Raise a Million” project for the second consecutive year, ushering in more than $100,000 in energy savings for the East White Oak and Warnersville communities. She was the driving force behind “Ignite Greensboro,” initially established to raise funds and awareness for the International Civil Rights Museum. As an undergraduate researcher, she discovered a link between a gene found in fruit flies and genes found in a genetic birth disorder, Treacher Collins syndrome. She was the 2010 recipient of UNCG’s MLK Service Award. The Henry Luce Foundation launched Luce Scholars in 1974 to enhance the understanding of Asia among potential leaders in American society. Ugochukwu will graduate with a BS in biology and a double minor in political science and sociology. In early July she will head for Asia after orientation sessions in New York and San Francisco. She does not yet know what Asian country she will work in – India, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam top her list.
An online tutorial developed by several staff and faculty members within the the University Libraries was selected by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and the American Libraries Association (ALA). Beth Filar-Williams, Amy Harris, Jenny Dale, Vanessa Apple, and Danny Nanez developed ““PATH: Lighting Your Way From Research to Writing,” an online tutorial that uses video to walk students through the research process, from finding a good topic to locating relevant article to citing sources. The tutorial, which is available at http://library.uncg.edu/tutorials/# , is now included in the ACRL’s PRIMO Database, http://www.ala.org/apps/primo/public/search.cfm. PRIMO, which stands for Peer-Reviewed Instructional Materials Online, is a clearinghouse for high-quality resources “created by librarians to teach people about discovering, accessing and evaluating information in networked environments.”