Monthly Archives: May 2014

A&T prof is NABJ Journalism Educator of the Year

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Dr. Linda Florence Callahan

Dr. Linda Florence Callahan has been named Journalism Educator of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists.  Dr. Callahan is a professor in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications.

From the NABJ announcement:

WASHINGTON, DC (May 27, 2014) –The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is proud to announce the selection of Dr. Linda Florence Callahan, professor in the department of journalism and mass communication at North Carolina A&T State University as the association’s 2014 Journalism Educator of the Year. The award recognizes the service, commitment and academic guidance of an outstanding journalism teacher, professor or educator who has helped increase the number of black journalists in newsrooms.

“Professor Callahan has been preparing the next generation of journalists for three decades,” said NABJ President Bob Butler. “Her dedication is evident with the number of her former students who now portray “Aggie Pride” every day in television, radio, print and online newsrooms.”

Callahan was the first educator to serve on NABJ’s Board of Directors in 1997, a position, she said, enabled her to “represent journalism educators, public relations practitioners, authors, and others who never had representation on the board before.”

Click here for the complete announcement.

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Youth Mental Health First Aid: Tuesday June 3, Center for Behavioral Health & Wellness program

Flyer for June 3 youth mental health program

To register, click the image above or go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/63XYLXZ

A&T researcher’s work on COPD among ag workers wins support from NC TraCS program for scholars

Dr. Jenora Waterman has made one key discovery toward improving the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) among agricultural workers, and now she’s been accepted into a prestigious career development program to advance her research.

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Dr. Jenora Waterman

Dr. Waterman is an assistant professor of functional genomics in the Department of Animal Sciences at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. COPD is a major cause of death in the United States, most typically found among smokers. A less studied aspect of the disease is the 7% of its U.S. victims who are agricultural workers. They can develop COPD as a result of long-term exposure to animal production facilities containing dust that contributes to respiratory diseases.

High-density swine production houses are one example of such facilities.

Dr. Waterman’s first key finding came from comparing pigs raised indoors with those raised outdoors. Pigs aren’t as severely affected by the dust as humans are, but her work demonstrated that their respiratory systems are uniquely adapted to their housing type.

“My lab recently showed for the first time that pigs reared indoors and those raised outdoors exhibit structural and cellular differences in their respiratory systems,” Dr. Waterman says.

“The next step will be studying those differences to identify potential biomarkers that could serve as diagnostic or prognostic markers of agriculture-related COPD in humans.”

Dr. Waterman will take that step as an NC TraCS K-Scholar, a professional development honor for junior faculty members funded through the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) program of the National Institutes of Health.

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A&T counselors certified in trauma-focused therapy to aid children suffering after abuse, violence, loss

Four counselors at A&T’s Center for Behavioral Health and Wellness have been nationally certified in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy. They’re the first clinicians in the Piedmont Triad to receive the certification.

Dr. Kelly Graves, Mr. Christopher Townsend, Ms. Wendy Scott, and Ms. Ashley Blanton received the certification from the Allegheny Health Network in Pittsburgh, which developed the certification program with Rowan University in New Jersey.

Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) is designed to treat posttraumatic stress and related emotional and behavioral problems in children and adolescents. The Children’s Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services describes the goal of TF-CBT as reducing negative emotional and behavioral responses following child sexual abuse, domestic violence, traumatic loss, and other traumatic events. The treatment addresses distorted beliefs and attributions related to the trauma and provides a supportive environment in which children can talk about the traumatic experience.

“Based on systematic reviews of available research and evaluation studies, several groups of experts and Federal agencies have highlighted TF-CBT as a model program or promising treatment practice,” DHHS says.

Click here for a listing of nationally certified TF-CBT therapists.

For more information about this approach or to schedule an appointment with a certified clinician at the Center for Behavioral Health and Wellness, call the center at 336 285-2605.

A&T and UNC-CH researchers launch investigation into triple-negative breast cancer’s link to viral RNA

Researchers at N.C. A&T and UNC-Chapel Hill have been awarded a grant to investigate a particularly aggressive form of breast cancer. The team will work to determine the role of viral factors in the virulent nature of triple-negative breast cancer.

Triple-negative breast cancer represents 15% to 20% of breast carcinomas. It is prevalent in younger women, African American women, and in women with BRCA1 gene mutations. This type of cancer is very aggressive, has a poor prognosis, fails to respond to conventional therapy, and appears in many forms. The causes and molecular basis of this cancer are currently unknown, though multiple factors, including viruses, may be involved.

Specifically, this pilot study will investigate the prevalence of three particular types of viral genetic material in triple negative breast tumors and determine what role these passenger virus genetic materials play in the cancer’s malignant properties and survival.

The study will be led by Dr. Perpetua Muganda, professor of biology at N.C. A&T. The team will include Dr. Scott Harrison, assistant professor of biology at A&T; Dr. Dukka KC, assistant professor of computational science and engineering at A&T; and Dr. Jan Prins, professor of computer science at UNC-CH.

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