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Eboni Harris Selected as Johnson & Johnson Minority Faculty Scholar

September 29, 2014 at 8:15 am

Harris EbonyUSC Upstate Mary Black School of Nursing’s Eboni Harris of Simpsonville has been named a Johnson & Johnson American Association of Colleges of Nursing Minority Faculty Scholar.

Harris is one of five individuals selected through a national scholarship program funded by the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future.

Launched to address the faculty shortage and enhance diversity among nurse educators, this AACN-administered program provides generous financial support, mentoring, and leadership development to graduate students from minority backgrounds who aspire to teach in our nation’s schools of nursing.

Harris, an instructor in the Mary Black School of Nursing, is a second-year doctoral student at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. Her research interest is to develop culturally tailored interventions addressing obesity in African American women.

Harris was recently named a Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar and will receive $20,000 over the two-year period to support her doctoral studies, representing grant funds from the Jonas Foundation and matching funds from the College of Nursing at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. The Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program was created in 2008 to support the educational development of nursing doctoral students, helping to increase the number of advanced practice nurses and health care leaders as well as nursing school faculty. This is the second time the USC College of Nursing has received the Jonas Center Grant for doctoral students.

Bernard Omolo Receives Grant to Assist with Colon Cancer Research in Spartanburg

September 18, 2014 at 11:50 am

Omolo Bernard 2013A University of South Carolina Upstate professor has been awarded a research grant by the National Cancer Institute.

Bernard Omolo, Ph.D., assistant chair of the Division of Mathematics and Computer Science, has received a two-year grant totaling $269,336 to develop statistical methodology for colon cancer research being conducted in Spartanburg.

Omolo’s grant is a supplement to a research grant by Dr. Timothy Yeatman, director of the Gibbs Cancer Center and president of the Gibbs Research Institute. Yeatman’s research focuses on individualized colon cancer therapy using hybrid RNA and DNA molecular signature.

“I will be working with Dr. Yeatman to develop statistical models for predicting response to cetuximab in colon cancer patients,” Omolo said.

Omolo said that he will be analyzing data on patients who are undergoing treatment using cetuximab to treat metastatic colorectal cancer. He also will analyze RNA and DNA biomarkers that indicates the risk or progression of the disease, and the susceptibility given treatment.

Omolo said that he and Yeatman had been working on the supplemental grant since February 2013 and were finally accepted to begin work on September 1, 2014. Omolo said that there is still much to learn about the technology that produced the data and the research methodology.

“It will be a very busy two years for me,” Omolo said. “My work will be focused on research and I will be required to submit manuscripts arising from the data analysis and statistical methodology developed. There will be some travel involved as I meet with experts in the field to learn more about the data and the current reporting techniques.”

Faculty Focus Take Two: Dr. Rosalind Corieri Paige

September 17, 2014 at 10:45 am

FFT2Dr. Roz C. Paige is a culinary enthusiast and lover of life and beauty.

In her blog, “La Bella Vita Cucina,” she shares recipes and stories of her Italian-American life.

Go behind the scenes with us as she gives us insight into the source of her inspiration.

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Faculty Focus Take Two: Kevin Shehan

September 17, 2014 at 10:40 am

FFT2Meet Kevin Shehan… USC Upstate librarian by day and drummer for bands on weekends.

A fan of all types of music, he’s keen on bands that have strong drums.

Follow us as we march with him to the beat of his own drum.

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Faculty Focus Take Two: Scott Senger

September 17, 2014 at 7:00 am

FFT2USC Upstate athletes are used to Scott Senger making the right call when it comes to designing and implementing a strength,  conditioning and/or speed program for them.

But there are others who hope he makes the right call..

Find out what Senger does when he’s away from campus!

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Jeff Smith, JCBE, Writes Article for Forbes

September 8, 2014 at 8:38 am

Jeff Smith, an instructor in the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics, published an article in Forbes magazine on Sept. 4, 2014 titled, “Aligning Athletics Within Academic Missions in Division 1.”

 Read the article here.

Eboni Harris Selected for Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar Program

September 2, 2014 at 8:29 am

Harris EbonyUSC Upstate Mary Black School of Nursing’s Eboni Harris of Simpsonville was selected for the 2014–16 Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program of the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare.

As one of 300 Jonas Scholars across the country, Harris will receive $20,000 over the two-year period to support her doctoral studies, representing grant funds from the Jonas Foundation and matching funds from the College of Nursing.

Harris, an instructor in the Mary Black School of Nursing, is a second-year doctoral student at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. Her research interest is to develop culturally tailored interventions addressing obesity in African American women.

The Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program was created in 2008 to support the educational development of nursing doctoral students, helping to increase the number of advanced practice nurses and health care leaders as well as nursing school faculty. This is the second time the USC College of Nursing has received the Jonas Center Grant for doctoral students.

Dr. Lynette Gibson Completes Fellowship at Summer Nursing Research Institute

July 28, 2014 at 6:53 am

GibsonLynette2014Dr. Lynette M. Gibson, associate professor and director of research in Nursing, recently completed a fellowship at the Summer Nursing Research Institute at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing Center for Health Equity Research.

Gibson has been appointed to the Southern Region Health Equity Council which is one of 10 Regional Health Equity Councils in the nation. The councils are public-private partnerships whose mission is to mobilize a comprehensive, community-driven, and sustained approach to combating health disparities and to move the nation toward achieving health equity.

USC Upstate’s Pilgrim Part of North American Amphibian Monitoring Program

July 22, 2014 at 8:22 am

Pilgram MelisaWhen Melissa Pilgrim’s undergraduate students suit up for research, they don’t reach for white lab coats and safety glasses. Instead, they don waders, battery-powered headlamps and lots of bug spray before heading into damp woodlands after dusk.

Welcome to USC Upstate’s chapter of the North American Amphibian Monitoring Program — a citizen-scientist project that’s both demanding and rewarding.

Read more about what Pilgrim is doing in the “classroom.”

Dr. Lisa Johnson Announces Publishing Accomplishment

July 16, 2014 at 1:23 pm

Johnson headshot April 2014JLCDS 8.2 coverDr. Lisa Johnson and Dr. Robert McRuer announce that the first of two special issues of the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies is now available.

JLCDS 8.2 and 8.3, edited by Johnson and McRuer, are both on the topic of Cripistemologies.

The volume includes essays by Mel Chen, Anna Mollow, and Aly Patsavas and “Comments from the Field” by Margaret Fink and Cassandra Hartblay.

Following the introduction, a virtual roundtable brings into conversation such renowned scholars of disability studies, critical race theory, and gender studies as Lennard Davis, David Serlin, Emma Kivisild, Jennifer Christine Nash, J. Jack Halberstam, Margaret Price, Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, Jasbir Puar, Susan Schweik, Jennifer James, Lisa Duggan, and Carrie Sandahl.

Johnson has been developing a specialization in this field over the past five years, and as director of the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, she has integrated disability studies into the WGS minor curriculum. She serves on the editorial board of Disability Studies Quarterly and received an Access Leadership award from Disability Services in 2012 for offering several courses on this topic at USC Upstate.

JLCDS can be accessed through our library databases.