Monthly Archives: October 2014

A&T Fall Family Counseling Conference to include Youth Mental Health First Aid for non-professionals

THEME: “Fostering Families: Connecting Communities.”

WHEN AND WHERE: Thursday and Friday, November 20-21, Proctor Hall, Room 160.

AGENDA HIGHLIGHTS: Keynote speakers and presentations, youth mental health and supervision workshops, Graduate Research Poster Symposium.

PROPOSAL DEADLINE: Proposals for presentations are due this Friday, October 31, to Dr. Patricia Whitfield (click for email).

YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID: Youth Mental Health First Aid is offered as a featured workshop on Thursday, November 20, 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The workshop is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and others how to help adolescents (age 12-18) experiencing mental health or addiction challenges or who are in crisis. Note: This workshop is not intended for experienced mental health professionals. Registration is limited to 30 people.

Click here for more information and to register for the workshop only.

SPONSORS: Department of Human Development and Services, North Carolina A&T State University; Be a Substance Abuse and AIDS Free Environment (Be SAFE) North Carolina, A&T State University; North Carolina Association of Marriage and Family Counselors; Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Honor Society at North Carolina A&T State University.

TO REGISTER OR FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click here.

QUESTIONS: Dr. Patricia Whitfield, click for email, 334-7916.

Attention Nursing, health-care & ERC researchers: Seminar on pressure ulcer prevention, rehabilitation

WHAT: Weekly Engineering Research Center-Biomedical Engineering Seminar, 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m., Friday, October 31, McNair Hall Lecture Room 4

TOPIC: Pressure Ulcer Prevention: Common Rehabilitation Strategies

PRESENTERS:
Dr. Jennifer Martin
Assistant Clinical Professor and Co-Director of Clinical Education
Department of Physical Therapy, Winston-Salem State University

Ms. Holly Garrigan
Clinical Instructor,  Physical Therapist Programs
Duke University @ Cone Health System Greensboro

ABSTRACT: Pressure ulcers are a far-too-common medical complication associated with limited mobility and prolonged bed rest. In 2006, CMS reported 322,946 cases of pressure ulcers among Medicare patients, of which the average cost of treatment exceeded $40,000. Subsequently, CMS implemented stricter regulations restricting reimbursement to agencies and facilities that allowed pressure ulcers to develop prompting health care providers to renew focus on primary preventative strategies. This talk will present the physiological processes and contributing factors that lead to this serious health condition and discuss common preventative strategies employed by rehabilitation professional.

Journalism’s Alumni Town Hall Summit to explore issues arising from coverage of Ferguson, Ray Rice

JOMC Town Hall detailsFrom the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, news of an event this Friday, October 24, at 10 a.m.:

Reaction to the Aug. 9, shooting death of Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Mo. policeman continues to drive news cycles throughout the country. News coverage of the tragedy, largely driven by social media, resulted in the arrest and tear gassing of numerous journalists, who said such acts violated their first amendment rights. Critics argue that the journalists’ mistreatment should never have been part of the story’s narrative.

A few weeks after the Michael Brown shooting, Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens dominated the news when video footage showed the running back punching his soon-to-be wife in an Atlantic City elevator. Public outrage was swift and has yet to subside. Still, many observers say the punch, which knocked Janay Rice unconscious, is nobody’s business but the Rices.

What do crisis communicators say?

Those questions and more will be deliberated on Friday Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. to 12: 45 p.m. when the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication presents its 2014 Town Hall Summit, “Hands Up! Who’s Shooting!” and “Players’ Brawl: When Athletes and Celebs Need Crisis Communications.” The summit, which falls during A&T homecoming weekend, will enable alumni, students, faculty and others to explore the tenuous role of news media and public relations practitioners when tragedy and trauma unfold. The event will be held in the Crosby Hall TV Studio.

Invited special guests for Part I of the summit, “Hands Up! Who’s Shooting!.” include Wesley Lowery, a Washington Post reporter who was ordered to leave a McDonald’s while covering the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson. Lowery, recently named Emerging Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists, is also a frequent guest and contributor on MSNBC. Other panelists include Yasmine Regester, a reporter for the Carolina Peacemaker; Linda Florence Callahan, PhD, an A&T journalism professor; and A&T police chief, Glenn C. Newell.

Part II of the summit, “Players’ Brawl: When Athletes and Celebs Need Crisis Communications,” will welcome back Garry Howard, a seasoned sports and business journalist based in Charlotte, N.C. Other panelists include Brooke Waller, an employee communications representative for Northrop Grumman Corp.; Dawn Nail Davis, a communications officer for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at A&T; Kymberlee Norsworthy, a former Sony Music executive; and Bryan Holloway, associate athletics director/communications at A&T.

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Fall Agricultural Research Seminar, October 21: Analysis of NAFTA and of hogs’ breathing dynamics

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N.C. A&T’s Dr. Muganda to appear on UNC-TV report to speak on triple-negative breast cancer research

Dr. Perpetua Muganda, professor in A&T’s Department of Biology, will be featured in a segment on UNC-TV’s North Carolina Now this evening (October 15).  Muganda and a team of researchers from A&T and UNC-CH are investigating the role of viral factors in the aggressive nature of triple-negative breast cancer. Their work will be included in a special October report on breast cancer.

The program will air on UNC-TV at 7:30 p.m. EDT and on UNC-MX at 11 p.m.

Dr. Muganda’s study is funded by a grant from the NC TraCS Institute at UNC-CH and money from both universities.  A&T and RTI International are partners with UNC-CH on its current Clinical and Translational Sciences Award from the National Institutes of Health.

Seminar: Medical radioisotopes via reversible gels

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Dr. Novella Bridges

The Chemistry Department invites you to attend a seminar Thursday, October 9, 11 a.m. in the New Science Building, Room 200. The guest speaker is Dr. Novella Bridges of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Abstract

“Radiogels: Reversible Gels for Delivery of Medical Radioisotopes: Using our RadioGel™ technology, it will be possible to successfully deliver a self-contained high-dose of radiation into a cancerous tumor. This technology will enable the maximum dose of radiation to be absorbed and allow a concise and uniform delivery into the targeted cancer tissue. This delivery system will minimize the radiation dose to the patient and other closely associated healthy tissue that might garner side effects.

“A vital component of the radiogel is a new polymer-based material. This material is biodegradable, water-based and thermally reversible stimulus-sensitive gelling copolymer. This copolymer is combined (in solution) with a high-energy, beta-particle-emitting radioisotope (Yttrium-90) in the form of a colloid. It is the colloid that is trapped within the solidified matrix of the gel that produces the high-dose of radiation.

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Faculty members: New to writing grant proposals? Apply now for the ‘Get Funded’ seminar series

The Division of Research and Economic Development and Bluford Library are offering an intensive proposal development series for faculty members with little or no grant-writing experience.

“Get Funded” will walk you through the full grant-writing process. The program will include 18 sessions of 90 minutes each. The sessions will build on knowledge gained from previous sessions. The series will begin later this semester.

Participating faculty will:

  • Prepare and submit a grant proposal to a sponsor,
  • Develop effective grantsmanship skills, and
  • Learn to use proposal development resources.

Application deadline is Monday, October 13. Signatures of your department chair and your school’s associate/assistant dean for research are required, so plan your time accordingly.  Click here for the application.

For more information, contact Nina Exner.

Research commercialization webinar course begins Tuesday, produced by NIH and free to researchers

What: Research Commercialization Introductory Course

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., October 7 to November 20. Lecture 1: The Importance of Commercializing Research, Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 1:00 to 2:30 pm ET

Registration: The course is free.  Click this link to register for all sessions: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/158991634 (or copy and paste this URL to your browser: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/158991634).

Once registered, you will receive an email reminder 24 hours before each session.

About the course:

Each lecture is a live 90-minute online class with Q&A.

Now on its seventh run, the Research Commercialization Introductory Course is a popular online course designed to help science and engineering researchers better understand how research commercialization works. Over 5,000 students, faculty and researchers have taken this course since it’s been offered.

Research commercialization involves taking articles, documentation, know-how, patents, and copyrights, which are created during research activities and getting them to users and patients for real societal impacts. In some cases, commercialization involved taking patents based on the research and licensing them to a company. This usually involves also having the researchers consult to the company. In other cases, commercialization involves forming of creating a startup and applying to federally funded commercialization programs. In all cases, though, research commercialization typically involves defining the nature of the research being commercialized (e.g., in a patent or intellectual property agreement), establishing a commercial relationship with another party (e.g., employment, a sale or license), and negotiating a contract (e.g., compensation).

Areas covered in the course include intellectual property, patents, copyrights, trade secrets, trademarks, licensing agreements, employment agreements, consulting agreements, tech transfer, creating and funding companies, and federally funded Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) programs

Who should take this course?

The Research Commercialization Course is recommended for all science, engineering and medical researchers in public or private research institutions (e.g., grad students, post-docs, and faculty). This is an indispensable course for S&E grad students looking for jobs in the next 6-18 months.

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