News Article | May 15, 2017
-- SKA Consulting Engineers, Inc. recently announced four newly promoted service line directors following a restructuring of the company's services. Jeff Miller, PE, Vice President, is the Director of Building Solutions; Tom Muse, PE, is the Director of MEP/FP Services; Chris Bathgate, PE and newly promoted Vice President, is the Director of Structural Services; and Aaron Bopp, PE, LEED AP BD+C and newly promoted Vice President, is the Director of Operations. These new positions and responsibilities became effective January 1, 2017.LeAnn L. Rasmusson was recently promoted to the position of company controller. LeAnn received her B.S. in Accounting from UNC Greensboro and began her career at SKA 17 years ago. "I am honored to serve SKA in this capacity and I am so excited to see SKA's vision for the future being fulfilled," Rasmusson said. "I am blessed to be a part of this transition!" Hired as a staff accountant and later promoted to the role of assistant controller, LeAnn has always been active in the day-to-day operations of SKA.Jeff Molby joined SKA Consulting Engineers in 1996 and has more than 25 years of experience as a building envelope engineer. Having served as project manager for the past eight, his new, expanded role as building solutions manager of SKA's Charlotte branch offers exciting new potential as the region continues to thrive. "I look forward to working and growing with the talented individuals within Building Solutions," said Molby, "as our group maintains its commitment to providing expert engineering services to solve our clients' technical challenges."Brett E. Adamson, whose role as project manager brings with it more than 30 years of experience in structural and building envelope design, has also accepted a new expanded role as building solutions manager of SKA's Greensboro branch. Brett received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Tennessee and, after many years of providing support to current president and previous building solutions manager Stephen Robinson, was a natural fit for the position. "It continues to be a privilege and pleasure to work alongside such technically talented associates who are highly dedicated to serving our clients," said Adamson. "I look forward to being a part of the continued growth and success of the building solutions group as well as that of the entire SKA Team."SKA Consulting Engineers, Inc. is a national, award-winning, multidisciplinary engineering firm established in 1957 and headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina. SKA provides MEP and structural engineering services, as well as comprehensive building solutions, for clients throughout the United States and Mexico. With branch offices strategically located across the southeast, SKA successfully serves clients across a broad range of market sectors, including education, sports and recreation, commercial, healthcare, industrial, structured parking, healthcare, multifamily housing and places of worship. To learn more about SKA, please visit http://skaeng.com
News Article | May 8, 2017
X-Rite Incorporated, a global leader in color science and technology, and its subsidiary Pantone LLC, today announced the donation of color management hardware, software and training services to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for use in their Department of Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies (CARS) program, part of the Bryan School of Business and Economics. With this donation, CARS students will be able to use the latest color measurement equipment and software to better understand and improve color quality control processes used in textile and apparel industries. “At X-Rite, we are committed to supporting the education and training of the next generation of color and material professionals,” said Murphy Keeley, SVP and General Manager Americas, X-Rite. “Accurate color and appearance in textiles is critical and warrants an understanding of color science, materials, dyes and pigments. By accessing the latest technologies, CARS students will learn best practices for reducing color errors and improving production quality throughout the entire textile supply chain.” “Students in the CARS program will benefit tremendously by having access to this cutting-edge color measurement equipment and technology,” said Dr. Nancy Hodges, Burlington Industries Professor and CARS Department Head. “This donation will allow us to teach production applications through hands-on activities using real-world equipment, and ultimately to better prepare our students to succeed in the industry after graduation.” Included in the X-Rite donation is the Ci7800 spherical benchtop spectrophotometer and the Color iQC software. The Ci7800 is an advanced measurement instrument enabling textile and apparel companies the ability to achieve the strictest standards for color accuracy and consistency. It provides accurate, reliable sample-to-sample color measurement of materials across the entire supply chain, from concept through dyeing of raw materials to manufacturing of a final product. The Ci7800 is used in conjunction with Color iQC Software to streamline the color measurement, reporting and recording workflow to maintain a centralized, cost-efficient quality control process. For more information about X-Rite Pantone solutions for the apparel and textile industries, please visit us at http://www.xrite.com/industry-solutions/textiles. About the Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies Department at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro The Department of Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies (CARS) provides students with a strong educational foundation through an innovative curriculum, integrating theory with hands-on experience and research within the community, with the flexibility for students to pursue their individual career interests related to the global apparel industry. The CARS department is part of the Bryan School of Business and Economics at UNC Greensboro, one of the largest business schools in North Carolina, offering six undergraduate programs, five graduate programs, and three PhD programs. Students at the Bryan School are challenged to develop an innovative mindset, a broad understanding of sustainability, and become exceptional problem solvers in the organizations in which they work and the communities in which they live. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) is one of seventeen universities in the University of North Carolina system. Founded in 1891, UNCG is the largest and most diverse university in the Triad region, serving more than 19,000 students. Learn more at http://bryan.uncg.edu/cars/. About X-Rite Founded in 1958, X-Rite Incorporated is a global leader in the science and technology of color and appearance. With its wholly owned subsidiary Pantone, X-Rite employs more than 800 people in 11 countries. The company’s corporate headquarters are located in Grand Rapids, Mich., with regional headquarters in Europe and Asia and service centers across Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the Americas. X-Rite Pantone offers a full range of color management solutions used by manufacturers, retailers, printers, photographers and graphic design houses to achieve precise management and communication of color throughout their processes. X-Rite Pantone products and services are recognized standards in the printing, packaging, photography, graphic design, video, automotive, paints, plastics, textiles and medical industries. For further information, please visit http://www.xrite.com. About Pantone Pantone LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of X-Rite, Incorporated, has been the world’s color authority for nearly 50 years, providing design professionals with products and services for the colorful exploration and expression of creativity. Always a source for color inspiration, Pantone also offers paint and designer-inspired products and services for consumers. More information is available at http://www.pantone.com. # # # ©2017 X-Rite, Inc. All rights reserved. X-Rite is a registered trademark of X-Rite, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. PANTONE® and other Pantone trademarks are the property of Pantone LLC. © 2017. All rights reserved.
Sanchez-Infantes D.,Pennington Biomedical Research Center |
White U.A.,Pennington Biomedical Research Center |
Elks C.M.,Pennington Biomedical Research Center |
Morrison R.F.,UNC Greensboro |
And 6 more authors.
Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism | Year: 2014
Context: Adipose tissue is a highly active endocrine organ that secretes many factors that affect other tissues and whole-body metabolism. Adipocytes are responsive to several glycoprotein 130 (gp130) cytokines, some of which have been targeted as potential antiobesity therapeutics. Objective: Oncostatin M (OSM) is a gp130 family member known to inhibit adipocyte differentiation in vitro, but its effects on other adipocyte properties are not characterized. The expression of OSM in white adipose tissue (WAT) has not been evaluated in the context of obesity. Thus, our objective was to examine the expression of adipose tissue OSM in obese animals and humans. Design: OSM expression was examined in adipose tissues from mice with diet-induced and genetic obesity and in obese humans as well as in fractionated adipose tissue from mice. Murine adipocytes were used to examine OSM receptor expression and the effects of OSM on adipocytes, including the secretion of factors such as plasminogen activator inhibitor 1 and IL-6, which are implicated in metabolic diseases. Results: OSM expression is increased in rodent and human obesity/type 2 diabetes mellitus. In humans, OSM levels correlate with body weight and insulin and are inversely correlated with glucose disposal rate as measured by hyperinsulinemic-euglycemic clamp. OSM is not produced from the adipocytes in WAT but derives from cells in the stromovascular fraction, including F4/80+ macrophages. The specific receptor of OSM, OSM receptor-β, is expressed in adipocytes and adipose tissue and increased in both rodent models of obesity examined. OSM acts on adipocytes to induce the expression and secretion of plasminogen activator inhibitor 1 and IL-6. Conclusions: These data indicate that WAT macrophages are a source of OSM and that OSM levels are significantly induced in murine and human obesity/type 2 diabetes mellitus. These studies suggest that OSM produced from immune cells in WAT acts in a paracrine manner on adipocytes to promote a proinflammatory phenotype in adipose tissue. Copyright © 2014 by the Endocrine Society.
Law P.-Y.,University of Minnesota |
Reggio P.H.,UNC Greensboro |
Loh H.H.,University of Minnesota
Trends in Biochemical Sciences | Year: 2013
The use of opioid analgesics for pain has always been hampered by their many side effects; in particular, the addictive liability associated with chronic use. Recently, attempts to develop analgesic agents with reduced side effects have targeted either the putative opioid receptor splice variants or the receptor hetero-oligomers. This review discusses the potential for receptor splice variant- and the hetero-oligomer-based discovery of new opioid analgesics. We also examine an alternative approach of using receptor mutants for pain management. Finally, we discuss the role of the biased agonism observed and the recently reported opioid receptor crystal structures in guiding the future development of opioid analgesics. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.
Shen W.,UNC Greensboro |
Gaskins H.R.,Institute for Genomic Biology |
McIntosh M.K.,UNC Greensboro
Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry | Year: 2014
Recent studies using germ-free, gnotobiotic microbial transplantation/conventionalization or antibiotic treatment in rodent models have highlighted the critical role of intestinal microbes on gut health and metabolic functions of the host. Genetic and environmental factors influence the abundance and type of mutualistic vs. pathogenic bacteria, each of which has preferred substrates for growth and unique products of fermentation. Whereas some fermentation products or metabolites promote gut function and health, others impair gut function, leading to compromised nutrient digestion and barrier function that adversely impact the host. Such products may also influence food intake, energy harvest and expenditure, and insulin action, thereby influencing adiposity and related metabolic outcomes. Diet composition influences gut microbiota and subsequent fermentation products that impact the host, as demonstrated by prebiotic studies using oligosaccharides or other types of indigestible fiber. Recent studies also show that dietary lipids affect specific populations of gut microbes and their metabolic end products. This review will focus on studies examining the influence of dietary fat amount and type on the gut microbiome, intestinal health and positive and negative metabolic consequences. The protective role of omega-3-rich fatty acids on intestinal inflammation will also be examined. © 2014 Elsevier Inc.
Babik D.,UNC Greensboro |
Ford E.W.,UNC Greensboro
20th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2014 | Year: 2014
This paper is motivated by IT-enabled peer assessment of complex task competencies as a social learning phenomenon. Despite popularity and evident validity of peer assessment techniques, several critical limitations, such as reliance on central authority and constraint to either formative or summative assessment, are present in existing designs of IT-enabled peer assessment systems. The present study contributes to the area of peer assessment literature by proposing theoretical justification for a new peer assessment technique, called Double-Loop Mutual Assessment (DLMA). This technique encompasses a simple but effective system of checks and balances that produces enhanced complex task competency development and assessment through formative and summative feedback. The resulting laissez-faire success metric is valid, reliable and does not require intervention of a moderator. The proposed technique can be applied in a wide variety of collective learning and/or co-creation setting where direct face-to-face interactions are difficult or anonymity is required.
Sudha S.,UNC Greensboro
Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology | Year: 2014
The US older population is growing in ethnic diversity. Persistent ethnic disparities in service use among seniors are linked to structural barriers to access, and also to family processes such as cultural preferences and intergenerational relations. There is sparse information on the latter issue for immigrant ethnic minority seniors. Information on the Asian group (the fastest growing senior sub-population) is extremely scarce, due to this group's diversity in national, linguistic, and cultural origins. We conducted a qualitative study among community-dwelling Asian Indian families (including at least one member aged 60 years and older) in North Carolina to examine preferences of seniors and the midlife generation regarding elder care, and the role of intergenerational relations in desired care for elders, exploring the theoretical perspective of intergenerational relationship ambivalence. Our results suggest that cultural preferences, ambivalence in intergenerational relations, and regulations on health service eligibility among immigrant/transnational seniors and midlife adults influence preferences for elder care. © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media New York.
Tate S.R.,UNC Greensboro |
Vishwanathan R.,SUNY Poly
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) | Year: 2015
Attribute-based signatures, introduced by Maji et al., are signatures that prove that an authority has issued the signer “attributes” that satisfy some specified predicate. In existing attribute-based signature schemes, keys are valid indefinitely once issued. In this paper, we initiate the study of incorporating time into attribute-based signatures, where a time instance is embedded in every signature, and attributes are restricted to producing signatures with times that fall in designated validity intervals. We provide three implementations that vary in granularity of assigning validity intervals to attributes, including a scheme in which each attribute has its own independent validity interval, a scheme in which all attributes share a common validity interval, and a scheme in which sets of attributes share validity intervals. All of our schemes provide anonymity to a signer, hide the attributes used to create the signature, and provide collusion-resistance between users. © IFIP International Federation for Information Processing 2015.
Kimbrel N.A.,UNC Greensboro |
Mitchell J.T.,UNC Greensboro |
Mitchell J.T.,Duke University |
Nelson-Gray R.O.,UNC Greensboro
Journal of Anxiety Disorders | Year: 2010
Both behavioral inhibition system (BIS) and behavioral approach system (BAS) sensitivity have been proposed to play a role in social anxiety; however, findings concerning the relationship between BAS and social anxiety have been mixed. Moreover, recent evidence suggests that low levels of BAS may only be associated with the social interaction subdimension of social anxiety. Method: Measures of BIS, BAS, social interaction anxiety, and social observation anxiety were administered to three large analogue samples. Results: As hypothesized, BAS was inversely related to social interaction anxiety, but was unrelated to social observation anxiety across all three samples. In addition, individuals with generalized social fears were found to report both higher levels of BIS and lower levels of BAS compared to individuals with few or specific social fears. Conclusion: These findings suggest that a complete motivational account of generalized social anxiety should include both BIS and BAS. © 2010.
Tate S.R.,UNC Greensboro |
Vishwanathan R.,UNC Greensboro |
Everhart L.,UNC Greensboro
CODASPY 2013 - Proceedings of the 3rd ACM Conference on Data and Application Security and Privacy | Year: 2013
In storage outsourcing services, clients store their data on a potentially untrusted server, which has more computational power and storage capacity than the individual clients. In this model, security properties such as integrity, authenticity, and freshness of stored data ought to be provided, while minimizing computational costs at the client, and communication costs between the client and the server. Using trusted computing technology on the server's side, we propose practical constructions in the provable data possession model that provide integrity and freshness in a dynamic, multi-user setting, where groups of users can update their shared files on the remote, untrusted server. Unlike previous solutions based on a single-user, single-device model, we consider a multi-user, multi-device model. Using trusted hardware on the server helps us to eliminate some of the previously known challenges with this model, such as forking and rollback attacks by the server. We logically separate bulk storage and data authentication issues to different untrusted remote services, which can be implemented either on the same or different physical servers. With only minor modifications to existing services, the bulk storage component can be provided by large-scale storage providers such as Google, CloudDrive, DropBox, and a smaller specialized server equipped with a trusted hardware chip can be used for providing data authentication. Our constructions eliminate client-side storage costs (clients do not need to maintain persistent state), and are suitable for situations in which multiple clients work collaboratively on remotely stored, outsourced data. Copyright 2013 ACM.