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Media contact: Karen Kornegay, Director of External Communications and Marketing, 919-962-1532


Cuddeback to coordinate Tate Talks series

Gary Cuddeback, Ph.D.The popular Tate Talks lecture series at UNC School of Social Work has a new leader. Gary Cuddeback, Ph.D., will assume responsibilities for the series on July 1, 2018. Cuddeback replaces Mark Fraser, Ph.D., who founded the series and is retiring this summer.

Mimi Chapman serves as adjunct professor in China

East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST) has named Mimi Chapman as Distinguished Visiting Professor to its International School of Social Work in Shanghai.

Mimi Chapman at ECUST"This is an honor that acknowledges Mimi's great contributions to the development of Chinese social work over the past decades," reported Shiyou Wu (Ph.D. '17), who is an assistant professor at Arizona State University.

This summer, Chapman, Wu and Steve Day are leading intervention research training at ECUST as part of the ongoing collaboration between ECUST and UNC School of Social Work.

Lippold promoted to associate professor

Melissa LippoldMelissa Lippold, Ph.D., has received a promotion to associate professor with tenure, effective July 1, 2018.

“Dr. Lippold brings high standards and enthusiasm to her research, teaching and service and sets an example for the School,” Dean Gary Bowen said in making the announcement.

Lippold joined the UNC School of Social Work in 2013. She serves on the faculty of the Center for Developmental Science, an inter-institutional community of researchers who are studying human development, and as a faculty affiliate with the Sheps Center for Health Services Research.

Rep. Graig Meyer to speak at 97th annual Graduation Ceremony

The UNC School of Social Work will host its 97th annual hooding ceremony to celebrate the graduation of 129 MSW students and two Ph.D. students on Saturday, May 12, 2018, at Memorial Hall on UNC’s campus.

State Rep. Graig Meyer, who represents House District 50 in Orange and Durham counties, has been selected to deliver this year’s commencement address. Meyer, who was elected in 2013, is one of only two trained social workers currently serving in the General Assembly.

Touring "The Farm" ...

UNC School of Social Work Dean Gary Bowen toured The Farm at Penny Lane on April 20, 2018, accompanied by assistant professor Amy Blank Wilson and The Farm's operations director, Thava Mahadevan. The Farm is the site for the "Tiny Homes" project for which Wilson serves as principal investigator and spans 40 acres of woods and fields in northern Chatham County.

The "Tiny Homes" project is developing a village, or very small community, for adults with mental illnesses and other health conditions. Each "Tiny Home" houses a single adult and is designed to provide an optimal living environment with therapeutic aspects.