N.C. A&T’s Eco-Core: Part of the solution to coal ash

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Dr. Kunigal Shivakumar explains Eco-Core to UNC-TV from his lab in the Fort IRC

In five fast-paced minutes, UNC-TV tells you just about everything you need to know about Eco-Core, the material N.C. A&T engineers have created from fly ash, part of the coal ash produced by coal-powered power plants. Its tremendous fire resistance, strength, water resistance and very light weight make it a miracle material and part of the solution to the coal ash problem.

Click here to see the report from “North Carolina Now.”

Welcome back! Here’s a summer news recap: Hypoallergenic peanuts, EPICS, NC TraCS & more

To all who were gone over the summer, welcome back. Here’s a rundown of the top research-related news at A&T since May:

Faculty members, department chairs, and deans: We want to write about your research, scholarly and creative activity!  Let us know about it; click here for email.

Advisory for travelers who have been to West Africa


If you have been to Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, or Sierra Leone in the past month, there is a possibility that you may have been exposed to Ebola. Ebola is the cause of a viral hemorrhagic fever disease. Symptoms include fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, lack of appetite, and abnormal bleeding. Symptoms may appear from two to 21 days after exposure to Ebola virus; eight to 10 days is most common.

You can get Ebola only from: 

  • Contact with bodily fluids of a person who is sick with or has died from Ebola, or
  • Exposure to contaminated objects, such as needles.

Ebola is not spread through air, water, or food.  It is not spread by individuals who have been exposed but have no symptoms.

Stay calm and get informed. Individuals from the affected areas, those who have traveled to the areas in the past month, and/or who are experiencing any of the symptoms should call 911; the Guilford County Department of Public Health, 336 641-7777; or Sebastian Health Center, 336 334-7880,  for more information.

The University of North Carolina system, N.C. A&T, and the system’s other constituent institutions are monitoring the outbreak of the Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever in West Africa and the public health response, both internationally and within North Carolina.  The General Administration has identified best practices for notification, planning, and response should it be necessary. This webpage provides the most accurate and current resources on the outbreak from global authorities.


New catalog of Piedmont Triad’s aerospace assets features N.C. A&T and JSNN research capabilities

Catalog coverThe North Carolina Aerospace Initiative has published a new document titled, “Catalog of Innovation Assets Supporting Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturers,” focusing on the Piedmont Triad Region.

It provides an extensive rundown of labs, research centers and organizations of interest to aerospace firms, with much of the catalog devoted to N.C. AT&T and JSNN.  Facilities listed for the two institutions include:

  • JSNN: NanoBio Launchpad, Gateway Materials Testing Center, and NanoManufacturing Innovation Consortium.
  • A&T: College of Engineering, Center for Human Machine Studies, Center for Advanced Materials and Smart Structures, Center for Composite Materials Research, NSF Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials, the Transportation Institute , Center for Autonomous Control and Information Technology, Center for Advanced Studies in Identity Sciences, Center for Aviation Safety, Center for Cyber Defense, Waste Management Institute, Center for Energy Research and Technology (CERT), NSF CREST Bioenergy Center, NOAA Interdisciplinary Scientific Environmental Technology Cooperative Science Center, International Trade Center, Interdisciplinary Center for Entrepreneurship and E-Business, and the FAA Center for Excellence for General Aviation.

The report was prepared by RTI International for the Piedmont Triad Partnership.

Advice on NC TraCS proposals available Tuesday

A leader of the NC TraCS Institute will visit campus on Tuesday and throughout the semester to answer faculty members’ questions about  biomedical, health sciences and translational research funded by the institute.

Dr. David Carroll, Director, Research Funding Development, will be be in the Fort IRC, Room 408, on Tuesday, August 12th, 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

If you or a colleague at A&T are working on an NC TraCS or NIH proposal or have questions about the NC TraCS/NIH proposal process, please click here to sign up for an appointment to meet with him.

Dr. Carroll will be on campus twice monthly this semester. Contact Dr. Laura Collins, 285-3188 for specific dates.

The next monthly NC TraCS $2K proposal deadlines are August 19 and September 16.

The next NC TraCS $50K proposal deadline is November 4.  These proposals require a biostats consultation in advance of submission.

Dr. Beryl McEwen named business dean at A&T

Provost's anouncement of Dr. McEwen's appointment

Congratulations to Dr. McEwen, an outstanding leader, faculty member, and colleague.

For those who keep track of such things, that makes five female deans and one female interim dean at A&T now, as Dr. McEwen joins Dean Goldie Byrd (Arts and Sciences), Dean Robin Coger (Engineering), Dean Vicki Coleman (Library Services), Dean Inez Tuck (Nursing), and interim Dean Miriam Wagner (Education).