Winston-Salem State University , a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina, is a historically black public research university located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States. It is a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.Winston-Salem State has been ranked #27 by U.S. News & World Report in the Top Public Comprehensive Baccalaureate Colleges of the South category for the last nine years . WSSU is a recognized regional institution offering baccalaureate and graduate programs to a diverse student population. Wikipedia.
Kim J.,Winston-Salem State University
Leisure Sciences | Year: 2012
The purpose of this study was to explore life experiences of immigrants and their interactions with members of other ethnic groups. This study also examined the role that recreation activities played in positive intergroup interactions. Using qualitative in-depth interview among Korean women immigrants, three salient themes were identified: (a) a lack of opportunities for intergroup contact, (b) distinct inter-ethnic boundaries, and (c) engagement in recreation activities as a facilitator of positive intergroup contacts. This study showed that participation in recreation activities helped to develop cross-group friendships and ethic and cultural understandings, and reduced life challenges and barriers. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC. Source
McAuley P.A.,Winston-Salem State University |
Beavers K.M.,Sticht Center on Aging
Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases | Year: 2014
Until recently, cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) has been overlooked as a potential modifier of the inverse association between obesity and mortality (the so-called obesity paradox), observed in patients with known or suspected cardiovascular (CV) disease. Evidence from five observational cohort studies of 30,104 patients (87% male) with CV disease indicates that CRF significantly alters the obesity paradox. There is general agreement across studies that the obesity paradox persists among patients with low CRF, regardless of whether adiposity is assessed by body mass index, waist circumference, or percentage body fat. However, among patients with high CRF, risk of all-cause mortality is lowest for the overweight category in some, but not all, studies, suggesting that higher levels of fitness may modify the relationship between body fatness and survival in patients manifesting an obesity paradox. Further study is needed to better characterize the joint contribution of CRF and obesity on mortality in diverse populations. © 2014 Elsevier Inc. Source
Banks J.,Winston-Salem State University
Preventive Medicine | Year: 2012
Objective: Increased understanding of individual and social determinants of health is crucial to moving toward health equity. This essay examines storytelling as a vehicle for advancing health equity research. Method: Contemplative examination of storytelling as a research strategy. Results: An overview of story theory is provided. This is followed by an examination of storytelling as a tool for increasing understanding about the contexts in which people negotiate health, strengthening participation of communities in addressing health issues, and building bridges between researchers and target populations. Conclusion: Storytelling can be a powerful tool for advancing health equity research. However, its effective use requires a renegotiation of relationships between researchers and target communities, as well as setting aside routine time to attend storytelling events and read a variety of stories. © 2011 Elsevier Inc. Source
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: HIST BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIV | Award Amount: 199.88K | Year: 2015
The Historically Black Colleges and Universities-Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) Research Initiation Awards (RIAs) provide support to STEM junior faculty at HBCUs who are starting to build a research program, as well as for mid-career faculty who may have returned to the faculty ranks after holding an administrative post or who needs to redirect and rebuild a research program. Faculty members may pursue research at their home institution, at an NSF-funded Center, at a research intensive institution or at a national laboratory. The RIA projects are expected to help further the faculty members research capability and effectiveness, to improve research and teaching at his or her home institution, and to involve undergraduate students in research experiences. With support from the National Science Foundation, Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) will conduct research on the structures of biomolecules which are key to understanding processes in biological systems. The research is a collaborative project with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). This project will enhance WSSUs research capabilities and the educational experiences of undergraduates. Students will receive mentoring, training and research experiences at WSSU and NIST. The research and educational efforts are expected to expand the participation of groups underrepresented in STEM and support WSSUs vision and mission of strengthening and broadening the participation of underrepresented groups.
This goals of the research are to: 1) Explore the direct connection between geometry and chemical reaction dynamics by studying the conformational preferences for photon induced intramolecular formation in Tryptophan methyl ester; 2) Measure the atomic displacements and changes in electronic distributions that occur in a peptide bond when it is linked by hydrogen bonds to a molecule, specifically the model system of 3-indole propionic acid-H2O; 3) Examine the influence of hydrogen bond formation with water in the reversible tautomerization reaction involving oxindole-H2O in the presence of light; 4) Probe the influence of hydrogen bond formation with water on the inter-molecular dynamics of m-methoxyphenol; and 5) Determine the intramolecular potential energy surface that governs the motion of an alkyl functional group such as -CH3 moiety attached to the N site in N-methylcarbazole and discern how this motion is affected when the assembly is radiated with light. The project will strengthen WSSUs undergraduate students preparation in advanced spectroscopy technology, and thus, will have a significant impact on WSSU and its commitment to producing more graduates with competencies and degrees in STEM fields. Research will be conducted at WSSU and NIST.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: HIST BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIV | Award Amount: 307.80K | Year: 2016
The Historically Black Colleges and Universities - Undergraduate Program provides support for projects that offer solutions to the severe underrepresentation of African American students in computer science at the undergraduate level. The project at Winston Salem State University will build research capacity among faculty and students in the Department of Computer Science by examining resource management of big data applications on cloud infrastructure. This work will be done in collaboration with Duke University. Undergraduate computer science majors will gain research experiences that may further their interest in pursuing a degree in the discipline, thereby contributing to broadening the participation of underrepresented groups in the discipline.
The project goals are: to build the big data and cloud computing research capacity at Winston-Salem state university; to involve undergraduate students in cutting-edge scientific research; and to enhance educational experiences for computer science majors. The project is exploring research centered around the estimation of a globally efficient and cost effective resource allocation for concurrent MapReduce workloads in a cloud infrastructure so that the configuration ensures meeting service level objectives (SLOs) of various workloads and at the same time minimizing the resources required to achieve this goal. The specific research aims are: to leverage a profile and prediction subsystem in order to characterize and model the performance of a MapReduce workload and identify them accordingly as small jobs, periodic jobs, and delayed jobs; to investigate the parameters to be included in the utility function that best can capture the priority, deadline, performance characterization and heterogeneity of MapReduce workloads and the heterogeneity and dynamics of underlying cloud infrastructure; to design and develop algorithms and heuristics for utility-based resource management that take advantage of the workload-specific characteristics and deploy them with the goal of meeting SLOs and maximizing cloud utilization; and to evaluate the proposed approach with real-life big data workloads and study their performances, cloud rental costs, and the overall utilization of the cloud resources.