GRN Funded Projects

Participants in the UNCG Gerontology Research Network (GRN) have received grants to fund their aging-related research. Recently funded projects are listed below, along with specific contact information.

2001-2002 American Nurses Foundation: “Symptoms in Older Women after Myocardial Infarction,” Total funding: $3472 (11/2001-11/2002) P. Crane (PI)
Patricia Crane , PhD, RN, FAHA 336-334-4896
mailto:pbcrane@uncg.edu


2001-2002 AORN Research Grant, The Experience of Being an Older Operating Room Nurse ($2500). Principal Investigator.
Susan Letvak , PhD, RN 336-256-1024
mailto:susan_letvak@uncg.edu


2001 Principal Investigator. John A. Hartford Foundation Geriatric Nursing Education project: Enhancing Gerontological/Geriatric Nursing Education for Advanced Practice Nursing Programs. Hartford Foundation Grant for $90,000 for three years.
Laurie Kennedy-Malone , PhD, RN, GNP-BC, FAGHE, FAANP, FGSA 336-334-5012
mailto:laurie_kennedy-malone@uncg.edu


2001 Project Director. Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Competitive Grant. Division of Nursing. Bureau of Health Professions, Public Health Service for $152,087.
Laurie Kennedy-Malone , PhD, RN, GNP-BC, FAGHE, FAANP, FGSA 336-334-5012
mailto:laurie_kennedy-malone@uncg.edu


2001 Project Director. Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Competitive Grant. Division of Nursing. Bureau of Health Professions, Public Health Service for $156,495.
Laurie Kennedy-Malone , PhD, RN, GNP-BC, FAGHE, FAANP, FGSA 336-334-5012
mailto:laurie_kennedy-malone@uncg.edu


2002-2003 American Nurses Foundation, Health and Safety of the Older Nurse ($3500). Principal Investigator.
Susan Letvak , PhD, RN 336-256-1024
mailto:susan_letvak@uncg.edu


2002-2003 Gamma Zeta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, “Quality of Life in Women Participating in a Nurse Managed Comprehensive Congestive Heart Failure Program,” Total funding: $857 (11/2002-11/2003) P. Crane (PI)
Patricia Crane , PhD, RN, FAHA 336-334-4896
mailto:pbcrane@uncg.edu


2002-2003 Gamma Zeta Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau, International, Attributes of the Older Nurse in North Carolina ($750). Principal Investigator.
Susan Letvak , PhD, RN 336-256-1024
mailto:susan_letvak@uncg.edu


2002-2008 NSF CAREER: Intelligent Argument Generation in Text and Information Graphics (2002-2008, $331,697)
Nancy Green , PhD 336-256-1133
mailto:nlgreen@uncg.edu


2003-2004 Promoting Cultural Competence among Physical Activity Professionals, funded as an AAUW Scholar-in-Residence Award in 2003-2004.
Diane Gill , PhD 336-334-4683
mailto:dlgill@uncg.edu


2003-2006 “Biodemography and Behavioral Senescence in the Honey Bee”, subcontract from project “Biodemographic Effects or Social Evolution in the Honey Bee”, (PI: Page) in program project: “Biodemographic determinants of life span” (PI: Carey, PO1 AG22500), National Institute of Aging ($ 93,414).
Olav Rueppell , PhD 336-256-2591


2003-2006 Health Behavior and Self-Management Among Chinese Older Adults with Type 2 Diabetes. Gamma Zeta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing research award. ($1,520). Principle Investigator. Wallace, D.C. TRIAD Project for Health Disparities, National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities/NIH, 1R24MD000529, $825,000 Direct, $1,064,250 Total, Sept. 30, 2003-Sept. 29, 2006. Pilot Project Principle Investigator: Health-Related Quality of Life in Hispanics with Diabetes. ($29,767.56).
Jie Hu , PhD, RN 336-256-1025
mailto:jie_hu@uncg.edu


2003-2006 National Institute of Health, “TRIAD: Teamwork in Research and Intervention to Alleviate Disparities,” MD R24000529 Direct cost: $825,000 (9/03-9/06). Wallace, D. (PI). Pilot Project Research Core: “Physical Activity in Older African Americans.” Total funding: $15,293.50, P. Crane (PI)
Patricia Crane , PhD, RN, FAHA 336-334-4896
mailto:pbcrane@uncg.edu


2003-2006 (SC Woods PI, LM Brown Co-PI) NIH/NIDDK “Insulin and CNS control of body weight and food intake.” The focus of this grant was to investigate neuropeptides affecting energy balance, obesity, body fat distribution and sensitivity to adiposity signals (insulin and leptin) in male and female rats.
Lynda Brown , PhD 336-256-0320
mailto:lmbrown6@uncg.edu


2003 “Predicting individual risk of cognitive decline in women” (1 R03 AG22621-01). Funded by the National Institute on Aging Small Grant Program for $74,750 (Total Costs) (Primary Investigator). The purpose of this study is to examine the interactive effects of physical activity and aerobic fitness with ApoE-4 genotype to impact the cognitive performance of post-menopausal women.
Jennifer Etnier , PhD 336-334-3037
mailto:jletnier@uncg.edu


2004-2005 Gamma Zeta Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau, International. Pilot Study of Health and Safety Tool for Older RNs. ($925). Principal Investigator.
Susan Letvak , PhD, RN 336-256-1024
mailto:susan_letvak@uncg.edu


2004-2005 “Mitosis and Apoptosis in Relation to Lifespan in the Honey Bee (Apis mellifera L.)”, PI, American Federation of Aging Research ($ 54,911).
Olav Rueppell , PhD 336-256-2591


2004-2009 Co-Investigator with Christopher Hertzog at Georgia Institute of Technology, National Institute on Aging Grant, “Aging and metacognition in strategic skill acquisition”;R01 AG024485; $1,359,025 funded 2004-2009
Dayna Touron , PhD 336-256-0410
mailto:d_touron@uncg.edu


2004 “Physical activity and fibromyalgia syndrome: Exercise as a means of decreasing “brain fog”? Funded for $9,999 by the Regular Faculty Grant mechanism at the University of North Carolina – Greensboro (Co-investigator with Dr. Kathy Jamieson and Dr. William Karper). The purpose of this study is to use a true-experimental design to provide a causal test of the influence of a 6-month physical activity intervention on cognitive performance in fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) patients.
Jennifer Etnier , PhD 336-334-3037
mailto:jletnier@uncg.edu


2005-2008. Kohlenberg, E. (PI). Doctoral Nursing Program to Promote Health Access. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (D09HP05333). August 2005-June 2008. ($810,000) (15% effort)
Beth Barba , PhD, RN, FAGHE, FAAN 336-213-4982 Cell 336-334-4785 UNCG 336-334-3704 Project
mailto:bebarba@uncg.edu mailto:beth_barba@uncg.edu


2005-2008 National Institute of Nursing Research, “Fatigue After Myocardial Infarction in Older Adults,” 1R15 NR009033-01A1. Funded: $209,250 (7/20/05-6/08). 30% effort. P. Crane (PI).
Patricia Crane , PhD, RN, FAHA 336-334-4896
mailto:pbcrane@uncg.edu


2005-2009 Pericak-Vance, M. Guilford Genomic Medicine Initiative, Department of Defense, [collaboration between Duke University, UNCG and Moses Cone Health System], April 2005-April 2009, $8.06 million. Co-Investigator
Debra Wallace , PhD, RN 336-256-0572
mailto:dcwallac@uncg.edu


2005 Center on Aging and the Community, University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, “The Impact of TimeSlips on Staff-Resdient Relatinships in Long-Term Care Setting in North Carolina”, Funded, 2005.
Janice Wassel , PhD 336-256-1020
mailto:jiwassel@uncg.edu


2006-2008 Center for American Nurses, American Nurses Association. Graying and Staying: Identifying Strategies to Retain Mature Nurses ($10,000, 2 years). Co-Principal Investigator.
Susan Letvak , PhD, RN 336-256-1024
mailto:susan_letvak@uncg.edu


2006-2009. Barba, B. E. (PI) Comprehensive Geriatric Education Program-2, Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration. (D62HP01905). July 2006-June 2009. Direct costs ($518,400). (30% effort)
Beth Barba , PhD, RN, FAGHE, FAAN 336-213-4982 Cell 336-334-4785 UNCG 336-334-3704 Project
mailto:bebarba@uncg.edu mailto:beth_barba@uncg.edu


2006-2009 Barba, B. (PI). Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Project-2. Health Resources and Services Administration/DHHS, July 2006-June 2009. $518,400, (5% effort). Co-Investigator
Debra Wallace , PhD, RN 336-256-0572
mailto:dcwallac@uncg.edu


2006-2009 “RUI: Genetic Dissection of the Reproductive Ground-Plan Hypothesis of Social Evolution”, PI, National Science Foundation ($363,265).
Olav Rueppell , PhD 336-256-2591


2006-2009 “UBM/RUI: Using Collaborative Undergraduate Research to Train Students in Mathematics and Biology at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro”, Co-PI (PI: Rychtar), National Science Foundation ($239,835).
Olav Rueppell , PhD 336-256-2591


2006-2010. Outcomes of Older African american Women Relocating to Independent Congregate Living Communities. funded by Gamma Zeta, chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society (STTI).
Eileen Rossen , PhD, MSN, RN 336-334-5058
mailto:eileen_rossen@uncg.edu


2006-2011 “Effect of aging and gonadal hormones on central leptin sensitivity in rats.” Lynda Brown, PI. Source: USDA/ARS/HES administered through NC State University. Period of support: 10/1/2006 – 9/30/2011. Current year direct costs: $4,000. This grant provides research support to perform preliminary studies focusing on aging in rats. Specific Aims: investigate the increased risk for the metabolic syndrome (specifically, obesity and leptin resistance) with aging, particularly as it relates to body fat distribution and central leptin sensitivity.
Lynda Brown , PhD 336-256-0320
mailto:lmbrown6@uncg.edu


2007-2009 “Interaction of diet and estrogen on the distribution of body fat in middle-aged rats.” Lynda Brown, PI. Source: UNCG New Faculty Grant administered through the Provost’s Office. Period of support: 05/01/07-8/01/09. Grant amount: $5,000 This grant provides research support for preliminary studies for future grant submissions. Specific aim: determine how body fat distribution may be influenced by diet, estrogen, and leptin in middle-aged female rats. Completed Funding: RO1 DK 17844 Supplement 07/01/03 – 06/30/06.
Lynda Brown , PhD 336-256-0320
mailto:lmbrown6@uncg.edu


2007-2010 Co-Investigator, Congregational Social Work Education Initiative. This project trains BSW and MSW students in gerontological practice through preservice training and field internships in central North Carolina congregational faith-based settings ($320,000). With Prof. K. Jay Poole (PI), and Prof. Ann Pearson.
John Rife , PhD, ACSW 336-256-0363
mailto:jcrife@uncg.edu


2007-2012 Wallace, D. C. P20 TRIAD Center for Health Disparities. 1P20MD002289-01,NCMHD/NIH, 10/1/2007-9/30/2012, $6,589,787 Wallace, Debra C. (PI). Role: PI of a pilot research study: A diabetes self-management family-based intervention for Hispanic adults with type 2 diabetes.
Jie Hu , PhD, RN 336-256-1025
mailto:jie_hu@uncg.edu


2007-2012 Wallace, D.C. (PI). Triad Center for Health Disparities. NCMHD/NIH, 1P20MD002289-01, 10/2007-05/2012, $6,659,123.
Debra Wallace , PhD, RN 336-256-0572
mailto:dcwallac@uncg.edu


2007-2112 NCMHD/NIH. Triad Center for Health Disparities: ($6,589,78.00, 6 years). Co-investigator: Pilot study Does the TCF7L2 gene correlate with family medical history of African American individuals participating in a lifestyle intervention (role: qualitative methods expert). (D. Wallace: PI).
Susan Letvak , PhD, RN 336-256-1024
mailto:susan_letvak@uncg.edu


2007 AARP, “Business and Aging Case Study Project”, Funded 2007.
Janice Wassel , PhD 336-256-1020
mailto:jiwassel@uncg.edu


2007. Eccentric exercise and movement accuracy, UNCG New Faculty Grant ($5,000).
Kurt Kornatz , PhD 336-334-5548
mailto:kurt_kornatz@uncg.edu


2007. Moore, W., Rife, J., Poole, J, and Moore C. (2007) The congregational social work education initiative. The Moses Cone Foundation funding for initial year at 120, 120, subsequent two years pending favorable review at 100,000 each year.
Jay Poole , MSW 336-334-4097
mailto:kjpoole@uncg.edu


2007. Poole, J. Moore, W. and Kanode, J. ( 2007). The master’s advanced curriculum project. Council on Social Work Education and the Hartford Foundation first year at $19,000 and one subsequent year at $19,000.
Jay Poole , MSW 336-334-4097
mailto:kjpoole@uncg.edu


2007 RAHSS Supplement to RUI: Genetic Dissection of the Reproductive Ground-Plan Hypothesis of Social Evolution, PI, National Science Foundation ($6,000).
Olav Rueppell , PhD 336-256-2591


2008-2009 “Nutritional Effects on Intestinal Health and Longevity of Honey bee Workers”, PI, North American Pollinator Protection Campaign ($7,500).
Olav Rueppell , PhD 336-256-2591


2008-2009 Older Adults Relocating to Independent Living Communities: Factors Affecting Depression and Quality of LifeHealth, Psychosocial, and Well-being.
Eileen Rossen , PhD, MSN, RN 336-334-5058
mailto:eileen_rossen@uncg.edu


2008-2010 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Interdisciplinary Quality Research
Initiative (INQRI). ($264,106, 2 years). Co-investigator (Nurse PI). The Effects of Nurse Presenteeism on Quality Care and Patient Safety.

Susan Letvak , PhD, RN 336-256-1024
mailto:susan_letvak@uncg.edu


2008-2011 Cowling, W.R. (PI), Doctoral Nursing Program to Promote Health, D09HP05333, 7/2008-6/2011, DHHS/Health Resources and Services Administration, $750,000 (Co-Investigator)
Debra Wallace , PhD, RN 336-256-0572
mailto:dcwallac@uncg.edu


2008-2011 Cowling, WRC. (PI). Wallace, D.C. (CI). Advanced Nursing Education Grant: Doctoral Nursing Program to Promote Health Access. HRSA, D09HP05333, 7/2008-6/2011.
Debra Wallace , PhD, RN 336-256-0572
mailto:dcwallac@uncg.edu


2008. Taylor, M. and Poole, J. The bachelor’s experiential learning project. Council on Social Work Education and the Hartford Foundation two years at $7,500.
Jay Poole , MSW 336-334-4097
mailto:kjpoole@uncg.edu


2009-2010 Touron, D. R. Co-Investigator, National Institute on Aging Grant, “Aging and metacognition in strategic skilll acquisition”; R01 AG024485; $385,466 R56, Director’s Bridge Award funded 2009-2010, co-author and PI. of $125,618 sub-contract to UNCG.
Dayna Touron , PhD 336-256-0410
mailto:d_touron@uncg.edu


2009-2012. Barba, B. E. (PI) Comprehensive Geriatric Education Program-2, Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration. (D62HP01905). July 2009-June 2010. Direct costs ($160,000). (30% effort)
Beth Barba , PhD, RN, FAGHE, FAAN 336-213-4982 Cell 336-334-4785 UNCG 336-334-3704 Project
mailto:bebarba@uncg.edu mailto:beth_barba@uncg.edu


2009-2012 Barba, B. (PI). Wallace, D.C. (CI) Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Project 3.Department of Health and Human Services (HRSA), 01/2009-06/2012.
Debra Wallace , PhD, RN 336-256-0572
mailto:dcwallac@uncg.edu


2009 – 2012 “UBM Group: Mathematical and Biological Undergraduate
Research Training at UNCG” (#0926288), Co-PI (PI: J. Rychtar, UNCG),
National Science Foundation ($233,820).

Olav Rueppell , PhD 336-256-2591


2010 – 2013 “FASE: Genetic Characterization of Absolute Varroa Mite
Resistance in Honey Bees”, PI, (#2010-65104-20533) United States
Department of Agriculture – CSREES – NIFA ($449,988)

Olav Rueppell , PhD 336-256-2591


2010 – 2015 “Oxidative Stress, Stress Resistance and Longevity in Apis
mellifera” Co-PI (PI: M. Strand, US Army), US Army Research Office
($410,631)

Olav Rueppell , PhD 336-256-2591


2011-2012National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities/NIH,
1P20MD002289-NIMHD/NIH, 10/1/2007-5/31/20 Wallace, D. (PI). 12. Crane, P. (PI), Letvak, S. (Co-
Investigator – Qualitative Methods. 15% effort). . Comparing risks of
myocardial infarction reoccurrence in whites and blacks. $447,750.

Susan Letvak , PhD, RN 336-256-1024
mailto:susan_letvak@uncg.edu


2012-2014 “The effect of physical activity on cognition relative to APOE and BDNF genotypes.” Funded by the National Institutes of Health for $275,000. The purpose of the study is to test the moderating role of ApoE e4 genotype on the effects of an 8-month physical activity intervention on cognitive performance.
Jennifer Etnier , PhD 336-334-3037
mailto:jletnier@uncg.edu


2012 – 2015 “Genomic Analyses of Intraspecific Patterns of Extreme
Recombination in Honey Bees”, PI, NIH-NIGMS ($287,000)

Olav Rueppell , PhD 336-256-2591


2012-2016 Wallace, Debra C. (PI). P20 TRIAD Center for Health Disparities Research. NIMHD/NIH,2P20MD002289, 5/1/2012-4/30/2016.
Debra Wallace , PhD, RN 336-256-0572
mailto:dcwallac@uncg.edu


Barba, B. E. (PI). Comprehensive Geriatric Education Program-3, Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Division of Diversity and Multicultural Education (D62HP01905). July 2009-June 2012. Direct costs $518,400 (30% effort).
Beth Barba , PhD, RN, FAGHE, FAAN 336-213-4982 Cell 336-334-4785 UNCG 336-334-3704 Project
mailto:bebarba@uncg.edu mailto:beth_barba@uncg.edu


Center for the Integration of Teaching, Research, and Learning, 2004-2006 National Science Foundation-funded; Principal Investigator at Penn State: Carol Colbeck. Designed, conducted, and published a qualitative study of the effect of participation in teaching assistant and professional development programs on doctoral student learning outcomes. Contributed to the development of a proposal for the Penn State Institute for Research on Learning
Emily Janke , PhD 336-256-1484
mailto:emjanke@uncg.edu


Coleman Entrepreneurship Fellows Program
Dianne Welsh , PhD, SPHR 336-256-8507
mailto:dhwelsh@uncg.edu


Cross-the-Bridge Incubator at UNCG
Dianne Welsh , PhD, SPHR 336-256-8507
mailto:dhwelsh@uncg.edu


Entrepreneurship and the Arts
Dianne Welsh , PhD, SPHR 336-256-8507
mailto:dhwelsh@uncg.edu


National Institute on Aging Post-Doctoral Fellowship; NIA Institutional Training Grant in Cognitive Aging, T32 AG000175; funded 2001-2003
Dayna Touron , PhD 336-256-0410
mailto:d_touron@uncg.edu


NCI R01 (PI) on Change over time in cancer related oral mucositis
William Dudley , PhD 336-256-2465
mailto:wndudley@uncg.edu


NCI R21 (Site pit) on Change over time in prostate cancer survivorship
William Dudley , PhD 336-256-2465
mailto:wndudley@uncg.edu


Physical Activity and Health Evaluation Services Moses Cone Wesley Long Community Health Foundation, 2004-2005
Diane Gill , PhD 336-334-4683
mailto:dlgill@uncg.edu


PI, Post-Doctoral National Research Service Award, “Metacognition and age in strategic skill acquisition”; F32 AG022273; funding offered but not accepted 2003
Dayna Touron , PhD 336-256-0410
mailto:d_touron@uncg.edu


Teaching Sustainability in Engineering through Public Scholarship (2006-2008) National Science Foundation-funded; Principal Investigators: Carol Colbeck & David Riley. Designed, conducted, and published qualitative and quantitative studies of service-learning outcomes on student development and the effect of organizational structures on faculty’s academic work and service to communities
Emily Janke , PhD 336-256-1484
mailto:emjanke@uncg.edu


Using Quality of Life Assessment to Promote Physical Activity in Community-based Programs. Community-Based Research Grant, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2006
Diane Gill , PhD 336-334-4683
mailto:dlgill@uncg.edu

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