Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 27.31
Liaison Adam Strzemienski
Submission Date Dec. 21, 2019

STARS v2.2

University of North Georgia
AC-9: Research and Scholarship

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 12.00 / 12.00
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Total number of employees that conduct research:
60

Number of employees engaged in sustainability research:
10

Percentage of employees that conduct research that are engaged in sustainability research:
16.67

Total number of academic departments that include at least one employee who conducts research:
12

Number of academic departments that include at least one employee who conducts sustainability research:
10

Percentage of departments that conduct research that are engaged in sustainability research:
83.33

A copy of the inventory of the institution’s sustainability research (upload):
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Inventory of the institution’s sustainability research:

Principal Investigator: Dr. Sudhanshu Panda
Department: Institute for Environmental and Spatial Analysis
Funding Agency: South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
Project Title: Study on State-wide Estimates of Reference or Potential Evantranspiration Using Three Widely Used Methods for South Carolina, USA
Abstract: The project will apply three widely used methods, Penman-Monteith (P-M), Priestly-Taylor (P-T), and Hargreaves-Samani (H-S), to evaluate the PET for a grass-reference using data from weather stations across the State of South Carolina.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Allison Bailey
Department: Institute for Environmental and Spatial Analysis
Funding Agency: Georgia Forestry Commission
Project Title: Invasive Plant Control Program
Abstract: The goal of this project is to implement an invasive plant control program to remove privet and multi-flora rose from the Tumbling Cree property by the University of North Georgia (UNG) Gainesville Campus. Through the project, UNG will receive $50 per acre for approximately 25 acres.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Michael Bodri
Department: Environmental Leadership Center
Funding Agency: Lumpkin County Water and Sewerage Authority
Project Title: Lumpkin County Phosphorus Project
Abstract: The project is to provide a mechanism to alert governing authorities of any recent or ongoing identifiable pollution discharge events impacting local waterways or Lanier.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Aimee Tomlinson
Department: Chemistry and Biochemistry
Funding Agency: Air Force Office of Scientific Research
Project Title: A Computational Design of Oligomers for Use in High/Contrast Black Electrochronic Polymers
Abstract: Collaborative research project with colleagues at The Georgia Institute of Technology on electrochromic materials.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Rosann Kent
Department: Culture, Language, and Leadership Department
Funding Agency: Appalachian Regional Commission/East Tennessee State University
Project Title: The Appalachian Teaching Project
Abstract: The Appalachian Studies Center at the University of North Georgia will collaborate with campus, local, and state partners to restore, interpret, and promote Mount Hope Cemetery, thus making the historic cultural landscape more engaging to tourists and residents.

Principal Investigator: Dr. John Leyba
Department: College of Science and Mathematics
Funding Agency: Upper Chattahoochee Basin Group
Project Title: Water Quality Trending Monitoring – Lake Lanier
Abstract: The objective of this project is to collect long-term water quality trend data for the major tributaries to Lake Lanier, the body of Lake Lanier, and the discharge from Buford Dam, and the impounding structure for the lake.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Rosann Kent
Department: Culture, Language, and Leadership
Funding Agency: Appalachian Regional Commission
Project Title: Scrolling Through History: A moving panorama as interpretative model for The Foxfire Museum in Rabun County, GA
Abstract: The project will create and digitize a moving panoramic shadow box theater based on oral histories to assist The Foxfire Museum increase its capacity to reach a new generation, both in Rabun County, Georgia and beyond.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Sharon Chalmers
Department: Nursing
Funding Agency: SAMHSA
Project Title: SE Consortium on Substance Abuse Training
Abstract: This project will incorporate screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) training into Advanced Practice Nursing curriculum at the University of North Georgia.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Susan Ayers
Department: Teacher Education
Funding Agency: USDA
Project Title: Bridging the Gap: Bringing advanced STEM classes, training and learning experiences to rural Appalachian Schools
Abstract: The goal of this project is to purchase video conferencing equipment to link the University of North Georgia and Fannin County Schools to the 10-gig Educational Exchange on NGN’s broadband to provide remote access to STEM focused ACCEL, dual enrollment, teacher training and continuing education for adult residents to provide them with skills needed in the 21st century workforce.

Principal Investigator: Dawn Lebeski
Department: Biology
Funding Agency: Georgia Ornithological Society
Project Title: Infectious Disease Survey of Migratory Birds Sample Collection
Abstract: Proposed pilot study to survey migratory songbirds for Newcastle Disease Virus, Infectious Bronchitis, Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza and Mycopiasmas spp. Researchers will collect disease load samples through the use of cloacal and tracheal/oropharyngeal swabs.

Principal Investigator: Dr. J.B. Sharma
Department: Physics and Astronomy
Funding Agency: City of Clarksville
Project Title: City of Clarksville Flood Model
Abstract: This project will research flood models and use Lidar and Orthoimagery to generate maps for the city to use in planning for disaster responses.

Principal Investigator: Dr. John Leyba
Department: Biology
Funding Agency: Georgia Mountains Regional Commission
Project Title: Organic Amendment Restoration of Degraded Upland Landscapes in the Chestatee Yahoola Watershed
Abstract: The project is to initiate new watershed partnership and implement non-point source water quality improvement projects that reduce sediment, and fecal coliform loadings impairing 29 stream miles in Chestatee River Watershed.

Principal Investigator: Jenna Colvin
Department: Legal Department
Funding Agency: Georgia Independent College Association
Project Title: Reducing Sexual Assault on Georgia’s Colleges Through Strategic Policy and Prevention Program
Abstract: Student Affairs staff and Title IX staff are partners on with the Georgia Independent College Association and was funded by the department of Health and Human Services to promote healthy campus community and prevent sexual and interpersonal violent.


A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the research inventory:

Grants and Contracts Administration have created an ACCESS database that reflects a number of categories that document faculty and staff that are submitting research proposals, along with college and department name, and project title


Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability research is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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