Grants

Aurijit Sarkar, assistant professor of basic pharmaceutical sciences at High Point University, is the recipient of a competitive grant for his research on antibiotic resistant bacteria.

The New Investigator Award sponsored by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy provides start-up funding for the independent research programs of early-career pharmacy faculty.

Sarkar’s study is titled “Towards Targeting Antibiotic Resistant Staphylococcus aureus.”

“Staphylococcus aureus, commonly known as staph, is spreading rapidly due to the prevailing opioid crisis,” says Sarkar. “Staph is fast becoming resistant to antibiotics that are used to treat infections. Very few new antibiotics have come forth across the past three decades, which limits treatment options. This grant will help us identify new compounds that eliminate resistance to currently available antibiotics, thereby maintaining their clinical utility.”

Achievers

Gov. Roy Cooper has appointed Michael Nye Fulk, associate director of Three Rivers Land Trust, to serve as an at-large member of the Outdoor Heritage Advisory Council.

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Thirty attorneys in the Greensboro office of Brooks Pierce have been recognized in the 2019 edition of North Carolina Super Lawyers, including six attorneys who were recognized as “Rising Stars.”

The firm’s Greensboro attorneys recognized as 2019 Super Lawyers are: Jimmy Adams, Reid Phillips, Bo Rodenbough and Mack Sperling, business litigation; Arty Bolick, construction litigation; Forrest Campbell, health care; Bill Cary and Dan McGinn, employment and labor; John Cross, Mark Davidson and Bob Saunders, business/corporate; Kearns Davis, criminal defense-white collar, Top 100 North Carolina Lawyers, Top 10 North Carolina Lawyers; Alex Elkan and George House, environmental litigation; Bob King, environmental; Beth Langley, employment and labor, Top 50 North Carolina Women Lawyers; Jeff Oleynik, bankruptcy — business; Jim Phillips, business litigation, Top 100 North Carolina Lawyers; David Sar, intellectual property litigation; Bob Singer and Ed Winslow, banking; John Small, bankruptcy — business; Jennifer Van Zant, business litigation, Top 100 North Carolina Lawyers, Top 50 North Carolina Women Lawyers; and Jill Wilson, schools and education.

The Greensboro-based Brooks Pierce attorneys recognized as 2019 “Rising Stars” are: Clint Morse, business litigation; Joey Ponzi, environmental litigation; Dan Smith, civil litigation — defense; Bryan Starrett, employment litigation — defense; Adam Tarleton, estate and probate; and Elizabeth Troutman, schools and education.

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WithIt, a women’s leadership development network serving the home and furnishings industries, has promoted Amy Van Dorp to executive director of the organization, effective Oct. 1.

Also, the 2019 board of directors include:

Executive committee: Chairwoman, Pamela Thomas, director of Supply Chain, Universal Furniture; president, Lark Shirley-Stevens, executive director of marketing and membership, Furniture First; vice president/president elect: Lorri Kelley, president of Lorri Kelley Advisors; second vice president, Kayla Wallace, vice president of client relationships of FurnitureDealer.net; secretary, Renee Loper-Boyd, vice president marketing of International Market Centers; and treasurer, Jamie White, chief financial officer of Fairfield Chair Company.

Vice presidents/committee chairwomen: Professional development, Reyna Moore, R. Moore Consulting; business development, Carolyn Crowley, Myriad Software; scholarship, Megan Barrett, product development manager, Vanguard Furniture; membership, Emily Severson, demand and sales, A.R.T. Furniture; marketing, Kaitlin Surdoval Deane, senior manager, eCommerce and Marketing, STORIS; events, Deb Barrett, principal, Window Dressings/Soft Design Lab; technology, Abby Lane, principal, Redhead Furniture Design; emerging leaders, Victoria Valentinas, VLV Designs; supplier/design, Maria Killam, principal, Maria Killam Colour and Design; and connections, Tori Evans, vice president of business development, endygo.

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Greensboro College has been designated a Military Friendly School for 2019-2020 by the veteran-owned business VIQTORY.

This designation indicates that an institution is particularly well-suited to serve veterans and their spouses.

The designation is based on data sources from various federal agencies as well as proprietary survey information from participating organizations. Criteria include student retention, graduation rates, job placement, loan repayment, persistence (degree advancement or transfer) and loan default rates, both for all students and for veteran students.

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William W. Jordan, Everett B. Saslow Jr. and Elaine Hedrick Ashley have been included in the 2019 Edition of Best Lawyers in America. Jordan, continually listed every year since 1995, and Ashley are both included in the family law section.

Saslow, continually listed since 2010, is named to the bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law section and to the litigation — bankruptcy section.

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A manuscript co-authored by Julie Cooper, associate professor of clinical sciences at High Point University, will appear in the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy.

Titled “Cost Related Medication Underuse: Strategies to Improve Medication Adherence at Care Transitions,” her research focuses on how patients use medication when they are discharged from the hospital.

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Melissa Srougi, assistant professor of biochemistry at High Point University, and Matt Beck, a 2016 graduate of HPU who is now a first-year medical student, co-authored an article which will appear in the Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications journal.

Titled “Loss of ATM Positively Regulates Rac1 Activity and Cellular Migration Through Oxidative Stress,” the peer-reviewed article details research they performed through HPU’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program in the Sciences and Undergraduate Research and Creative Works programs.

Among the findings included in the article, their research delineates a novel mechanism whereby patients with the neurological disorder Ataxia-telangiectasia have a predisposition to cancer.

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Guilford County Department of Public Health has successfully achieved full Reaccreditation with Honors status by the North Carolina Local Health Department Accreditation Board.

GCDPH was initially accredited in 2006 and was one of the first public health departments in the state to achieve this status. North Carolina is the first state in the country to mandate accreditation for its local health departments.

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Gov. Roy Cooper recently appointed five members to the new State Board of Elections. Among those was Ken Raymond of Winston-Salem, a Republican.

Members were chosen from nominees submitted by the state Republican and Democratic parties.

Under Session Law 2018-146, they will serve through April 30, 2023, or until successors are appointed and qualified.

Awards

Jim Williams, a partner with Brooks Pierce who died Sept. 3, 2018, was honored posthumously by the North Carolina Bar Association with the 2018 Chief Justice’s Professionalism Award. Williams is one of four recipients who were recognized for their dedication and commitment to the principles of professionalism and public service in North Carolina.

The award is presented annually to those whose contributions have demonstrated the highest commitment to genuine professionalism, the highest standards of legal ethics and the good that can be accomplished through intellectual honesty, compassion and practical skills in the practice of law. The award was presented by Chief Justice Mark Martin on Jan. 16 at a joint dinner of the North Carolina State Bar and the NCBA.

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Heather Miller, assistant professor of biochemistry at High Point University, received a Faculty Travel Award to attend the annual meeting of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in April. The competitive award is for professors who have conducted their research at primarily undergraduate institutions. She was also selected as a Spotlight Speaker during the conference for submitting one of the most compelling research abstracts. She will give an oral presentation titled “Human Tat-Specific Factor 1 Binds and Exports HIV-1 RNA to the Cytoplasm.” It is the collective work of her lab, which includes undergraduate HPU students Molly Hulver, Julia Trautman and Sebastian Roszczenko and HPU graduate Amanda Goodwin, currently in medical school.

“We study a human protein that acts as a host factor in HIV-infected individuals,” says Miller. “Viruses heavily rely on host factors (proteins) to function rather than encoding all of the necessary genes themselves. HIV hijacks many human proteins so that viral genes are expressed more effectively, helping the virus and hurting the host. Our group aims to detect this particular protein binding the HIV genome and gain more details about how it is used by HIV.”

On the Move

  • Greensboro Day School’s board of trustees has named Tracie Catlett the next head of school, with Catlett’s service to begin July 1. Catlett will be the seventh head of school in the school’s nearly 50-year history, and the first female head of school.
  • Two new Rockingham County fire marshal staff, Fire Marshal William Lingle and Assistant Fire Marshal Lindsey Glover, recently reported for duty. Lingle and Glover replace Fire Marshal Robert Cardwell and Deputy Fire Marshal Tommy Curry who have retired.

Kimberly Cossaart, CPA has joined DMJ & Co. as a tax manager in DMJ’s Greensboro office. Also, Natasha Louya has joined the firm as a tax supervisor in DMJ’s Greensboro office.

  • Deborah Yun Caldwell
  • has been appointed as the 2018-2020 diversity resident for UNC-Greensboro’s University Libraries. The two-year post master of library science diversity residency program was established to further increase the diversity of University Libraries’ professional staff while fostering the growth and development of a new librarian. Also, Jo Klein has been hired as the geospatial and data visualization librarian and assistant professor at UNC-Greensboro’s University Libraries.
  • David Ragan of Greensboro has been named head coach of Rockingham Community College’s Lady Eagles’ volleyball team. Carrie Wilson of Stokesdale has been named assistant coach.
  • UNC-Greensboro University Libraries has welcomed Megan Carlton as the science liaison librarian and assistant professor in the department of research, outreach and instruction. Anne Symonds has joined the department as well as a reference services assistant.
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