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The last several months have ushered in many changes within the Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED).

  • Bryan Toney has joined UNCG as director of the North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center. At Appalachian State’s Walker College of Business since 1997, he founded their Center for Entrepreneurship in 2006. More details here.
  • The Office of Sponsored Programs moved to the second floor in Moore HRA into space formerly occupied by the Office of Innovation Commercialization. After the move, the three offices faculty most often interact with during research proposal development and administration – the Office of Sponsored Programs, the Office of Compliance and the Office of Contracts and Grants – will all be located on the same floor to facilitate efficient pre- and post-award operations.
  • The Office of Innovation Commercialization moved in early July to the first floor in MHRA into the offices which had housed the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR). OUR moved to 159 Mossman in June and no longer reports to the ORED, having moved to the Office of Undergraduate Studies in July 2010.
  • Jerry McGuire, associate vice chancellor for economic development, moved from the second floor of MHRA to 1714 MHRA.
  • Mike Tarrant, special assistant to the chancellor in Government Relations, moved down the hall into 1712 MHRA.
  • Chris Farrior, ORED information technology manager, moved down the hall to 1708 MHRA.
  • Dr. Emily Janke, special assistant for community engagement, joined ORED in the fall of 2010. Dr. Janke is leading UNCG’s institution-wide capacity building, visioning, and planning process to support excellence in community-university partnerships coming out of UNCG’s strategic plan. (See more information.). She moved from temporary offices on the third floor of MHRA to the first floor into room 1710 MHRA.
  • Dr. Julia Jackson-Newsom, special assistant to the vice chancellor for university research projects, joined ORED in June. She is helping with interdisciplinary research projects, particularly STEM related projects. In addition, Dr. Jackson-Newsom is heading up UNCG’s initiative as part of the Oak Foundation grant awarded to the UNC System to facilitate improved outcomes for students with learning differences. (See more information.). Dr. Jackson-Newsom, formerly research director in the School of Education, is in 1706 MHRA.
  • Two centers currently housed within academic departments will become university-wide centers, reporting to Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development Terri Shelton:
  • The Center for New North Carolinians, formerly housed within the Department of Social Work in the School of Human Environmental Sciences, moved to ORED effective July 1. The center will remain in the same physical location, 413 S. Edgeworth Street. Dr. Raleigh Bailey will serve as the interim director.
  • The Center for Geographic Information Science, formerly housed within the Department of Geography in the College of Arts and Sciences, moved to ORED effective July 1. The center will remain in the same physical location, 355 McIver Building. Dr. Rick Bunch will continue to serve as the director.
  • The Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC) is UNC’s business and technology extension service. SBTDC specialists provide management counseling and educational services to small and mid-sized businesses throughout North Carolina, including business counseling and management education. David Sipple, assistant regional director/technology commercialization counselor with UNCG’s SBDTC office, moved into 1718 MHRA. Paul Zurav, technology commercialization counselor, joined UNCG’s SBTDC office this spring and can be reached through the NC Entrepreneurship Center.
  • There have been a few changes in the RAC (Reseach Advisory Council). The membership list can be seen here.

For more details, visit www.uncg.edu/rsh.

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