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Mary Dalton

Mary Dalton

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  • Dalton regularly reviews movies for WFDD, a National Public Radio affiliate. Here’s a link to her movie blog.
Expertise
  • Hollywood Movies
  • Screenwriting
  • Documentary Films
  • Television Situation Comedies
  • Film Criticism
  • Teachers in Movies and Television
  • Film Production
  • Women in Film
Current Research
  • Television and depictions of race, gender and sexual orientation
  • Teachers in the movies
  • Teachers on television
  • Situation Comedies
Teaching
  • Film History
  • Film Theory and Criticism
  • Screenwriting
  • Culture and the Sitcom
  • Introduction to Film
  • Gender and Hitchcock
  • Critical Media Studies
  • Documentary History
Selected Publications
  • The Sitcom Reader: America Viewed and Skewed (co-editor) (State University of New York Press, 2005)
  • The Hollywood Curriculum: Teachers and Teaching in the Movies (Peter Lang Publishing, 2004; revised and expanded third edition, 2010)
Education
  • BA, Wake Forest
  • MA, PhD, University of North Carolina–Greensboro

Mary Dalton has commented on movies, television, Hollywood trends and pop culture for USA Today, the Associated Press, the Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio and dozens of other media outlets.  She can put new TV shows in perspective and provide insightful comments about the latest feature films. Dalton studies how Hollywood portrays teachers, from Sidney Poitier in To Sir with Love to Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society to the Harry Potter movies. Continue reading »

Todd McFall

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Expertise
  • Effects of technological change on economic decision-making
  • Sports economics
  • Economic implications of public policy
  • Economic litigation
Current research
  • Personnel economics
  • Economics of education
  • NCAA tournament organization
Teaching
  • Introduction to Economics
  • Intermediate Price Theory
Awards
  • 2005 Dissertation of the Year Award in Department of Agricultural Resource Economics, North Carolina State University
Education
  • BS, Miami University
  • PhD, N.C. State

Sports economist Todd McFall uses his interest in golf, basketball and tournament competition to explain how regulatory policies may have surprising outcomes with regards to competitors’ strategies. Continue reading »

Donna Henderson

Donna Henderson

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Expertise
  • Bullying
  • School Transitions
  • Middle School
  • Parent-Teacher communication
  • School Counseling
  • Counseling Children
Teaching
  • Counseling Children
  • School Counseling
  • International Counseling
Research Interests
  • Counseling children
  • School counseling
  • Counselor training
  • International issues in counseling
Education
  • PhD, University of Tennessee at Knoxville
  • MA, James Madison University
  • BA, Meredith College
  • AA, Peace College
Selected Publications
  • Henderson, D.A. & Thompson, C.L. (2010). Counseling Children (8th ed.). Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole
  • Henderson, D.A. (2008). Mental health facilitator. Greensboro, NC: National Board for Certified Counselors-International.
  • Schweiger, W., Henderson, D.A., & Clawson, T. (2008). Counselor Preparation, (12th ed.). Washington, DC: Routledge/Taylor & Francis.
  • Cobia, D. & Henderson, D. A. (2007). Developing an effective and accountable school counseling program (2nd Ed). Columbus, OH:Prentice-Hall.

From bully-proofing children to easing the adjustment to a new school, Professor of Counseling Donna Henderson is an expert on the everyday issues confronting children and their parents. Co-author of the books Counseling Children and Developing an Effective and Accountable School Counseling Program, Henderson’s comments and advice for parents have been featured in the Associated Press, the Washington Post, the Toronto Globe & Mail, and many other media outlets. Continue reading »

Martin Guthold

Martin Guthold

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Expertise
  • Biophysics, molecular biology, nanotechnology
  • Atomic force microscopy for imaging and manipulating molecules, nanoscopic fibers and cells
  • Laser scanning confocal fluorescence microscopy and regular fluorescence microscopy (combined with the atomic-force microscope)
  • Next-generation genetic sequencing using the Ion Torrent Personal Genome Machine by Life Technologies
Current Research
  • Using nanotechnology and next-generation genetic sequencing for drug discovery.
  • Studying fibrin fibers in blood clots to find new treatments for heart attacks and strokes.
  • Investigating how normal cells and cancerous cells differ, focusing on breast cancer cells.
  • Studying electrospun fibrin, collagen and synthetic polymer nanofibers to use as scaffolds in repairing or rebuilding tissue.
Teaching
  • Introductory Physics
  • Quantum Physics
  • Calculus-based, General Physics
  • Biophysics
  • Biophysics Methods Lab
  • Physics Research
Education
  • Ph.D., M.A., University of Oregon
  • Vordiplom (B.S.), Universität Ulm, Germany
Selected Publications
  • “α−α Crosslinks Increase Fibrin Fiber Elasticity and Stiffness,” Biophysical Journal, 2012
  • “The Mechanical Properties of Dry, Electrospun Fibrinogen Fibers,” Materials Science and Engineering, 2012
  • “Fibrinogen Unfolding Mechanisms Are Not Too Much of a Stretch,” Structure, 2011
  • “Selection of Bead-Displayed, PNA-encoded Chemicals,” Journal of Molecular Recognition, 2010
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Using beads so tiny that 1,000 of them would fit across a strand of human hair, Martin Guthold hopes to find the next treatment for cancer – or any other disease, for that matter. His discoveries come in such small packages via a tool he and his partners invented. It’s called Next-Gen Lab-on-Bead. Continue reading »

Uli Bierbach

Uli Bierbach

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Expertise
  • Medicinal chemistry
  • Platinum- and gold-based drugs
  • Cancer biology and treatments
  • Drug discovery and testing
  • Bioinorganic chemistry
  • Combinatorial chemistry
  • Manipulating nucleic acid structures
Current Research
  • DNA-targeted platinum–acridine anticancer agents
  • Targeting and probing unusual disease-related nucleic acid structures
  • Therapies that disrupt aberrant growth signals in cancer cells
Teaching
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Bioinorganic Chemistry
  • General Chemistry
  • Molecules to Medicines
Education
  • B.S. and Ph.D., University of Oldenburg, Germany
Selected Publications
  • L. A. Graham, J. Suryadi, T. K. West, G. L. Kucera, U. Bierbach: Synthesis, Aqueous Reactivity, and Biological Evaluation of Carboxylic Acid Ester-Functionalized Platinum–Acridine Hybrid Anticancer Agents. Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, 55, 7817–7827 (2012).
  • X. Qiao, A. E. Zeitany, M. W. Wright, A. S. Essader, K. E. Levine, U. Bierbach: Analysis of the DNA damage produced by a platinum–acridine antitumor agent and its effects in NCI-H460 lung cancer cells. Metallomics, 4, 645-652 (2012).
  • C. L. Smyre, G. Saluta, T. E. Kute, G. L. Kucera, U. Bierbach: Inhibition of DNA Synthesis by a Platinum–Acridine Hybrid Agent Leads to Potent Cell Kill in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer. ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters, 2, 870-874 (2011).
  • H. Kostrhunova, J. Malina, A. J. Pickard, J. Stepankova, M. Vojtiskova, J. Kasparkova, T. Muchova, M. L. Rohlfing, U. Bierbach, V. Brabec: Replacement of a Thiourea with an Amidine Group in a Monofunctional Platinum–Acridine Antitumor Agent. Effect on DNA Interactions, DNA Adduct Recognition and Repair. Mol. Pharmaceutics, 8, 1941-1954 (2011).
  • L. A. Graham, G. M. Wilson, T. K. West, C. S. Day, G. L. Kucera, U. Bierbach: Unusual Reactivity of a Potent Platinum-Acridine Hybrid Antitumor Agent. ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters, 2, 687-691 (2011).
  • J. R. Choudhury, L. Rao, U. Bierbach: Rates of intercalator-driven platination of DNA determined by restriction enzyme cleavage inhibition assay. Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry, 16, 373-380 (2011).
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Uli Bierbach’s interdisciplinary drug discovery research spans the fields of organic and inorganic synthesis, medicinal chemistry, biophysical chemistry, and molecular and cellular biology. His professional expertise in the sciences and personal passion for improving cancer survival rates have resulted in platinum-based treatments that kill non-small cell lung cancer cells at 500 times the rate of most available treatments. Continue reading »

Timo Thonhauser

Timo Thonhauser

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Expertise
  • Theoretical and computational research in condensed matter physics to better understand the behavior and characteristics of materials. This research supports the design of new, improved and advanced materials for use in all types of technology.
Current Research
  • Testing hydrogen-storage options to facilitate the use of hydrogen to power vehicles.
  • Investigating metal organic framework materials for gas sequestration and carbon capture, to control the release of greenhouse gasses.
  • Calculating nuclear magnetic resonance chemical shifts to better understand the structure of materials ranging from water to human DNA.
Teaching
  • General physics
  • Condensed matter physics
  • Quantum physics
Education
  • Ph.D., M.S., B.S., Karl-Franzens-Universität, Austria
Selected Publications
  • “Tuning the gate opening pressure of metal organic frameworks (MOFs) for the selective separation of hydrocarbons,” Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2012
  • “Molecular biology at the quantum level: Can modern density functional theory forge the path?” Nano LIFE, 2012
  • “van der Waals density functional study of energetic, structural, and vibrational properties of small water clusters and ice,” Physical Review, 2011
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Timo Thonhauser sees much potential for using hydrogen to power vehicles. Hydrogen is plentiful and every nation has access to it. It burns clean, so the only byproduct is water. And the world’s fossil fuels are running out – so we need another option. Continue reading »

Erik C. Johnson

Erik C. Johnson

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Expertise
  • Neural control of physiology and behavior
  • Molecular biology
  • Biological oscillators
Current Research
  • Neural circuits and fruit flies
  • Role of AMP-activated kinase in signaling hormones to release energy stores under starvation conditions
  • Neuronal cell signaling
  • Neurotransmitters and their receptors
Teaching
  • Chronobiology
  • Neural circuits
  • Endocrinology
  • Genetics
Education
  • B.A. and Ph.D., University of Maine
Selected Publications
  • “Altered metabolism and persistent starvation phenotypes caused by reduced AMP-activated kinase function in Drosophila,” PLoS ONE, 2010
  • “Corazonin neurons participate in sexually dimorphic circuitry that shape behavioral responses to stress in Drosophila,” PLoS ONE, 2010
  • “Functional differences between two CRF-Related Diuretic Hormone Receptors in Drosophila,” Journal of Experimental Biology, 2009

Erik Johnson is one of the country’s leading researchers of neural systems in the fruit fly Drosophila, using his findings as a model for neurobiological systems in humans. In 2005, his research team discovered that, since fruit fly and human brains are wired the same way, one group of cells is responsible for a specific hormone release. That finding has informed his current research on how fruit flies respond to stress and the manipulation of the release of energy stores in the cells. Continue reading »

William H. Turkett Jr.

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Expertise
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Security
  • Probabilistic Reasoning
  • Multiagent Systems
Ongoing Collaborative Research
  • Modeling biological networks and sequence motifs employed in hormonal control of phenylpropanoid synthesis
  • Development of computational algebra and Bayesian tools for biological modeling
  • Modeling signaling networks and transcriptional regulatory networks in osteoarthritis
  • Discovering host intent through network motif analysis
Teaching
  • Advanced Android Programming
  • Computational Systems Biology
  • Programming Languages
Education
  • B.S., College of Charleston
  • Ph.D., University of South Carolina
Selected Publications
  • “Engaging the community with mobile app projects.” William H. Turkett, Jr., V. Paúl Pauca, Joel Hollingsworth. In Proceedings of the 43rd ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, 2012.
  • “Graph mining of motif profiles for computer network activity inference.” William H. Turkett Jr., Errin W. Fulp, Charles Lever, and Eddie Allan. In Proceedings of the Ninth Workshop on Mining and Learning with Graphs (MLG 2011), 2011. PDF available here
  • “Comparison of co-temporal modeling algorithms on sparse experimental time series data sets.” Edward E. Allen, James L. Norris, David J. John, Stan J. Thomas, William H. Turkett Jr., Jacquelyn S. Fetrow. In Proceedings of the 2010 IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Bioengineering, 2010. Online article here
  • “Using network motifs to identify application protocols.” Eddie G. Allan, William H. Turkett, and Errin W. Fulp. In Proceedings of the IEEE Global Communications Conference, 2009. PDF available here
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The world around us is filled with patterns. Over time, the inputs and outputs of a system reveal their data patterns to the trained eye. William Turkett is one of those trained eyes. His current work applies the analysis techniques of computational biology to the urgent problems of computer security in an effort to discover groups of malevolent agents from the communication trails they leave behind. Continue reading »

Miles Silman

Miles Silman

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Expertise
  • Sustainability
  • Environmental issues
  • Climate change
  • Extinction
  • Tropical Conservation
  • Cloud Forests
  • Large-scale species distribution in the western Andes and Amazon
  • Paleoecology and response to climate change of Andean and Amazonian forest trees
  • Plant-animal interactions and community structure and diversity
Current Research
  • The effects of humans on Amazonian and Andean ecosystems
  • The exploration of little-known ecosystems in South America, particularly the bamboo forest and Andean forest
  • The use of remote sensing to determine carbon content and deforestation rates
  • Conservation of the last wild places in the Amazon and Andes
  • The role of animals in tropical forests
  • The distribution of tropical species and their responses to climate change
  • Estimating extinction rates in high-biodiversity areas
Teaching
  • Tropical Ecology
  • Tropical Biodiversity
  • Community Ecology
  • Plant Evolution
  • Plant Ecology
  • Techniques in Mathematical Biology
  • Advanced Ecology
Education
  • B.S., University of Missouri
  • Ph.D., Duke University
Selected Publications
  • “Sparse Pre-Columbian Human Habitation in Western Amazonia,” Science, June 2012
  • “The upward migration of Andean trees in response to increasing temperatures,” Journal of Biogeography, April 2011
  • “Extinction rates of Amazonian plant species,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, July 2009
  • “Land-use and climate change effects on population size and extinction risk of Andean plants,” Global Change Biology, February 2010
  • “Ecosystem carbon storage across the grassland-forest transition in the high Andes of Manu National Park, Peru,” Ecosystems, September 2010
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As a conservation biologist, Miles Silman has been a leader in the sustainability movement since beginning his doctoral research more than 20 years ago. Silman’s work centers on understanding species distributions, biodiversity, and the response of forest ecosystems to climate and land use changes over time. Continue reading »

Oana Jurchescu

Oana Jurchescu

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Expertise
  • Flexible plastics
  • Organic electronics
  • Nanotechnology
  • Macroelectronics
  • Organic semiconductors
  • Organic devices
Current Research
  • Physics of organic semiconductor devices
  • Organic spintronics
  • Functional organic materials
  • Structure-property correlations
Teaching
  • General Physics 1 & 2
  • Electronics
Education
  • BS, MS, University of Timisoara (Romania)
  • PhD, University of Groningen (The Netherlands)
Selected Publications
  • H.-J. Jang, O. A. Kirillov, O. D. Jurchescu, and Curt A. Richter, “Spin transport in memristive devices”, Applied Physics Letters. 100, 043510 (2012)
  • K. P. Goetz, Z. Li, J. W. Ward, C. Bougher, J. Rivnay, J. Smith, B. R. Conrad, S. R. Parkin, T. D. Anthopoulos, A. Salleo, J. E. Anthony and O. D. Jurchescu, “Effect of Acene Length on Electronic Properties in 5-, 6-, and 7-Ringed Heteroacenes” Advanced Materials. 23, 3698 (2011).
  • M. Coll, K. P. Goetz, B. R. Conrad, C. A. Hacker, D. J. Gundlach, C. A. Richter, and O. D. Jurchescu, “Flip chip lamination to electrically contact organic single crystals on flexible substrates”, Applied Physics Letters. 98, 163302 (2011).
  • J. W. Owen, N. A. Azarova, M. A. Loth, M. Paradinas, M. Coll, C. Ocal, J. E. Anthony, and O. D. Jurchescu, “Effect of Processing Parameters on Performance of Spray-Deposited Organic Thin-Film Transistors,” Journal of Nanotechnology. 2011, 914510 (2011).
  • N. A. Azarova, J. W. Owen, C. A. McLellan, M. A. Grimminger, E. K. Chapman, J. E. Anthony, and O. D. Jurchescu, “Fabrication of Organic Thin-Film Transistors by Spray-Deposition for Low-Cost, Large-Area Electronics”, Org. Electron. 11, 1960 (2010).
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Oana Jurchescu’s expertise is in the structure and electronic properties of organic semiconductors, as well as the fabrication and characterization of devices for nano and macroelectronics. Her current research focuses on organic electronics, a technology which has the potential to address unique applications, such as artificial skin, smart bandages, flexible displays, wearable electronics, and more. Jurchescu focuses on understanding the fundamental properties of these materials, and on integrating them with various technologies addressing large-area electronics. Continue reading »