HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 1, 2017 – Members of the High Point University community frequently conduct, publish and share research and creative works in a variety of ways. Below is a recap of research initiatives from the past month.
Pharmacy Professor Shares Drug Research on PBS Newshour
Dr. Scott Hemby, chair of basic pharmaceutical sciences in the Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy at HPU, was featured on a PBS Newshour segment that highlighted his research on the plant kratom, which has been used as a replacement for opiates like morphine. In his lab, Hemby is studying two psychoactive compounds from kratom. Initial test results show that one of the compounds may have addictive properties that could lead to the potential for abuse. He says research on use of these compounds for pain and addiction medicine should continue.
“In terms of pain relief management, in terms of addiction medicine, the potential there is huge, and I think we would not be serving the public interest if we completely pushed these off the shelf for investigation in the future,” he said during the segment.
Hemby is also collaborating with Amy Greeson of Natural Discoveries Inc. in High Point in hopes of identifying anti-pain and anti-addiction compounds from plant materials obtained in Papau/New Guinea, Congo and Madagascar.
Professor Publishes Chapter on the History of Close Relationships Research
Dr. Sadie Leder Elder, assistant professor of psychology at HPU, recently published a chapter in an e-book titled “Psychological Specialties in Historical Context: Enriching the Classroom Experience for Teachers and Students.” Published by the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, the e-book provides information on various subdisciplines within the field of psychology. The authors of each chapter provide a historical account of their subfields and teaching materials to help instructors who may be teaching outside of their own fields. Elder’s chapter covers the psychology of close relationships, making it the most recent of only a few such works detailing the development of this subfield.
“I was truly honored to be included as an author in this important work,” says Elder. “I cherish my experience as a close relationships researcher and relish the opportunity to share the brief by industrious history of this subfield with others. This work is particularly close to my heart as it takes a teaching focus. In my chapter, I provide a number of my own class activities related to close relationships with the hope that other instructors may find them useful in their own classrooms.”
Pharmacy Professors Publish Content on Pediatric Research
Dr. Mary Jayne Kennedy, chair of the clinical sciences department, and Dr. Peter Gal, associate dean for academic affairs in the Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy at HPU, were invited to contribute chapters in “Research and Study Design in Pediatrics.” The book is a part of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy’s Pediatric Self-Assessment Program. A chapter and recorded webcast by Kennedy on pediatric study design, and an interactive case on novel therapies in neonatal intensive care by Gal are included in the book.
“This publication is used to prepare pharmacists for the most widely recognized pediatrics certification in the industry,” says Dr. Ronald Ragan, dean of the School of Pharmacy. “It is noteworthy that multiple chapters were produced by faculty right here at HPU.”
Psychology Faculty and Students Participate in Conference
Sixteen HPU students and four psychology faculty members attended the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Conference on Jan. 19-23 in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Sadie Leder Elder, assistant professor of psychology, presented a research poster, “Machiavellianism and Rekindling: Tell Me, Should I Stay or Should I Go?” and participated in a professional development session for psychologists seeking teaching-focused academic jobs. Dr. Deb Danzis, associate professor of psychology, presented a research poster, “What If I Let Them Down?: Imposterism, Perfectionism, and Locus of Control.” The students who were selected to attend participated in research talks and poster sessions on cutting-edge psychological research. The trip was coordinated by Psi Chi, the International Honor Society of Psychology, and sponsored by SGA.