HIGH POINT, N.C., May 16, 2018 – 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.
HPU Undergraduate Students Present Research, Win Awards at Local Competition
Six HPU chemistry majors presented original research at the 18th annual Poster Vendor Night sponsored by the Central North Carolina section of the American Chemical Society. They were among undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral researchers from the Triad participating in the event.
Two HPU students, seniors Kaitlyn Griffith and Rebecca Ulrich, won awards for their research. Griffith won third place for her poster titled “Characterization of a covalently-linked dimer of Rhodamine B using fluorescence correlation spectroscopy and fluorometry.” Ulrich won first place for her poster titled “Small molecule modulation of virulence behaviors in methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Staphylococcus epidermidis.”
“The event was an excellent opportunity to showcase undergraduate research at High Point University and establish connections with other nearby academic institutions and industries,” says Dr. Meghan Blackledge, assistant professor of chemistry.
English Professor’s Book to Be Published
A book by Dr. Kirstin Squint, associate professor of English at HPU, on the works of Choctaw author LeAnne Howe will be released by Louisiana State University Press on May 18. Titled “LeAnne Howe at the Intersections of Southern and Native American Literature,” the book expands contemporary scholarship on Howe by examining her nuanced portrayal of Choctaw history and culture as modes of expression. This includes a term Howe uses – “Choctalking” – a special way various elements of regional and cultural identity blend together to form a distinct Choctaw perspective. Squint has devoted her scholarly research to Native American and Southern literature and has contributed a number of articles and presentations on Howe’s works.
“I began this project in 2011, and it is wonderful to see its culmination in book form,” says Squint. “I am deeply indebted to LeAnne Howe for sitting down with me for two formal interviews and numerous informal conversations to discuss her life and her work. My book would be very different without her openness and graciousness.”
Dr. Buddy Lingle, professor and associate dean of the Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy at HPU, contributed a chapter to the book “Introduction to Public Health Pharmacy.” Lingle’s chapter, “Financing and Insurance,” is part of the academic resource text authored by nationally and internationally recognized experts in various disciplines that intersect with public health and pharmacy.
Pharmacy Professor Selected for Research Mentorship
Dr. Christy Sherrill, assistant professor of clinical sciences in the Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy at HPU, was selected for the 2018 cohort of the Mentored Research Investigator Training program through the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. The two-year program pairs participants with an accomplished research mentor and provides tools and guidance to help them complete a research project. Sherrill’s research will focus on clinical services provided by ambulatory care pharmacists.
“I am honored to be able to participate in this program, and I look forward to developing the skills necessary to create a cohesive line of robust research through the structured programming and mentorship the MeRIT program will provide,” says Sherrill.
“MeRIT is one of the best programs available for training pharmacist clinician researchers, and the selection process is very competitive,” says Dr. Mary Jane Kennedy, professor and chair of the pharmacy school’s Department of Clinical Sciences. “Dr. Sherrill’s selection in this program is an achievement that we are all proud of, and we look forward to the great things that she will be able to accomplish through her participation.”