In our annual magazine, UNCG Research, we highlight UNCG excellence at the intersections of discovery, economic development, community engagement, and graduate and undergraduate education.
Spring 2011 UNCG Research
The Spring 2011 UNCG Research magazine features UNCG excellence in the fields of natural products and drug discovery; health promotion; literacy; innovation, nanoscience, and nanotechnology; and creative and performing arts.
UNCG’s role as a research university, as with other research universities of the 21st century, is complex. We are committed to collaborative scholarship, creative activity, innovation, and leadership that enhance the quality of life across the lifespan. But increasingly, we are also expected to address other social, economic and environmental challenges in our communities, whether local, regional, national or global. The articles in this issue clearly reflect the increasing complexity of our role as a research university.
The breadth and depth of our work is no more evident than in this year’s honorees as Research Excellence professors — Dr. Michelle Dowd and Dr. Cheryl Lovelady. Dr. Dowd’s work covers a wide range of topics from early modern literature, including Tudor and Stuart Drama, Shakespeare, early modern women’s writing and research, and extending to feminist theory and gender studies. Dr. Lovelady’s research focuses on the complexity of women’s health including the broader issues of nutrition, exercise and lactation.
Serving the public good has evolved with the rise of globalization as well, creating new mandates for knowledge creation and application for the 21st century research university. The work by Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies faculty reflects how UNCG is meeting this challenge. With their second grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, faculty are training students in international business practices, working collaboratively with several other major universities to develop curriculum components that can be widely used to train students to be competent and competitive in a global industry.
The public research university is now expected to be an economic driver as well. Whether it is the work of Dr. Rick Bunch with the e-NC Authority, bringing broadband access to the state through mobile and fixed wireless propagation modeling, or the policy work of Drs. Holland and Heutel on economics and energy, UNCG is fulfilling this role. This is also reflected in the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN). JSNN provides a hub for cutting-edge technology and interdisciplinary collaborations with NC A&T State University and with industry. Researchers there are finding a variety of uses for the smallest of particles – from creating a better way to detect mild brain trauma and concussions to creating new materials and new businesses.
Whether it’s research that addresses the challenges of working mothers, or identifies best teaching practices to support the development of science identities, or increases selfdetermination in individuals with intellectual disabilities, UNCG is the research institution of the 21st century, bringing both inspiration and change.
Terri Shelton, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development
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