Category Archives: DORED

1st of 3 scheduled power outages today at Fort IRC

Power is scheduled to be cut off in the Fort IRC today from about 5:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. The outage will be the first of three scheduled during the installation of a new emergency generator for the building.

The next power outage is tentatively scheduled for  Saturday October 20, for approximately 8 hours.

The final power outage is scheduled for about 48 hours during Thanksgiving break from Friday November 23  through Saturday November 24.

The new generator will provide electricity for the entire building except for the main chiller.  Occupants of the IRC should  shut down all electrical equipment 30 minutes before each scheduled power outage to prevent damage to  hard drives, power supplies, control panels, etc.

For questions or more information, contact Chris Couch, IRC facilities manager, at 285-3190 or via email.

It’s N.C. A&T Week in The Business Journal

Front page of The Business Journal, October 12, 2012Readers of The Business Journal of the Triad are getting up-to-date on Aggie research this week.

Page 1 of the weekly newspaper features an article on Dr. Ellie Fini and her research on developing an environmentally sustainable binder for asphalt from hog waste.  She’s on her way to creating a company to commercialize the technology.  The paper also highlighted  the article in its daily email to readers this morning.

Page 3 contains a lengthy interview with Dr. Barry Burks, vice chancellor for research and economic development.  Burks discusses the university’s efforts to grow A&T’s research enterprise, the possibility of mandatory federal spending cuts, and A&T’s economic development opportunities.

The Business Journal is available online and in print by subscription.


Limited submissions opportunities now on website

Screenshot of limited submissions opportunities table

This screenshot show part of the limited submissions opportunities table.

N.C. A&T researchers can find two new resources on  limited submission funding opportunities on the university’s research website.  The university’s procedures for handling limited submissions have been clarified and are detailed on the Limited submissions procedures and guidelines page.

In addition, the website now includes a detailed table of current and future limited submission opportunities.  The table includes links to the agencies; official announcements, details on the internal application process, and the various deadlines from filing a notice of intent form to submitting a a final proposal to the Office of Sponsored Programs.

The table is continually updated as new opportunities arise and as agencies alter deadlines and other details.

N.C. A&T conducts internal competitive reviews to select proposals for submission when solicitations have restrictions on the number of submissions and on eligibility requirements. These solicitations are also referred to as “limited submission” opportunities and may require internal coordination across schools, colleges and disciplines within the university.

Internal competitions for evaluating and pre-screening proposals are managed by the Office of Research Services, which is responsible for ensuring a fair and equitable process that produces the most competitive proposals.

Ramses warning: System unavailable August 29; no proposal submissions will be possible all day

N.C. A&T will upgrade to RAMSeS v24 on Wednesday, August 29. The system will be unavailable for any purpose during this 24-hour period. It will not be possible to submit proposals to funding agencies the entire day.

  • Any proposals due August 29 should be submitted to the Office of Sponsored Programs by Friday August 24.
  • Any proposals due August 30 should be submitted by Monday August 27.
  • Any proposals due August 31 should be submitted by Tuesday August 28.

Proposals that have not been submitted before the close of business on Tuesday August 28 will have to wait until Thursday August 30 to be reviewed and submitted.

What you missed this summer if you were away

Welcome back, faculty and student researchers who were gone this summer.  To catch up on what you missed, here’s a roundup of the top research news from the summer. Click on the headlines to read more.

NIH, other agencies change conflict of interest rules; comment period open for new A&T policy

  • The Public Health Service has revised its financial conflict of interest reporting requirements for applicants and awardees for proposals and SBIR/STTR Phase II cooperative agreements.

NC-LSAMP annual research conference on minorities in STEM to be held Sept. 20-21

  • The North Carolina Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (NC-LSAMP) will hold its annual research conference September 20-21 at N.C. A&T.  LSAMP seeks to increase the quality and quantity of students successfully completing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) baccalaureate degree programs, and successfully matriculating into STEM graduate programs.

Students from N.C. A&T and Purdue collaborate on project for space station

  • Primarily undergraduate engineering students at both universities will design and build the shoebox-size experiment, develop the procedures for operation in space, train the astronauts, process the data, and write research papers describing the results.

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DORED says, ‘Thank you, Dr. Ntuen’

Dr. Celestine A. Ntuen

Dr. Ntuen speaks to the DORED staff at a luncheon in his honor.

The Division of Research and Economic Development honored Dr. Celestine Ntuen on Wednesday for two and a half years of good humor, relentless optimism, and long, long hours as interim vice chancellor. His time as leader of the division will end on July 2, when Dr. Barry Burks arrives to succeed him. (An album of photos has been uploaded to the Aggie Research page on Facebook.)

Although caught by surprise, Dr. Ntuen was at no loss for words. He eloquently thanked the staff for their hard work and offered encouragement for the future.

Among Dr. Ntuen’s accomplishments as interim vice chancellor:

  • A record $60.4 million in sponsored funding received in fiscal 2011.
  • A&T’s social and behavioral sciences researchers were organized for the first time and a new research cluster was created around their disciplines.
  • Interdisciplinary research groups were organized in energy and biomedical research.
  • Research Appreciation Day was expanded to four days.
  • A comprehensive report on impediments to research was issued.
  • A Workplace Climate Committee created for the division; the committee conducted a survey of DORED employees’ views of working conditions.
Dr. Celestine Ntuen and the DORED staff

Dr. Celestine Ntuen and the DORED staff


N.C. A&T appoints vice chancellor for research: Dr. Barry Burks, nuclear physicist from UNCC

Dr. Barry Burks

Barry L. Burks

Dr. Barry L. Burks has been named Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

Dr. Burks has been the associate director of the Charlotte Research Institute at the University of North Carolina Charlotte since 2007.  His focus there has been on the growth of the university’s research and research infrastructure and strengthening relationships between the UNC Charlotte research enterprise and the business community in North Carolina as well as national and international businesses.

He has a Ph.D. in experimental nuclear physics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He also holds a M.S. in nuclear physics from UNC-Chapel Hill and a B.S. in physics and mathematics from Lynchburg College.

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A&T, Shanghai University sign agreement

Shanghai University delegtation tours ERC at NC A&T

N.C. A&T research scientist Zhigang Xu (center) answers questions from the visiting group from Shanghai University on a tour of the NSF Engineering Research Center.

A delegation from Shanghai University of Engineering Science visited N.C. A&T today to sign a broad memorandum of understanding on collaboration in research and education.  The group was led by Vice President Xincan Tian and Sihao Chen, Director of the Scientific Research Office at the university.

While on campus, they met with research administrators and faculty members and toured labs in the Fort Interdisciplinary Research Center. The visit was organized by Dr. Jianzhong Lou, professor of chemical engineering at A&T.

Provost Alexander and Shanghai University delegation

Shanghai University Vice President Xincan Tian speaks through an interpreter to Provost Winser Alexander before signing the MOU.

Vice Chancellor Celestine Ntuen shows Dr. Alexander where to sign during MOU signing at NC A&T.

DORED VC candidate to visit campus on Monday

The search committee for the next vice chancellor for research and economic development has scheduled one more candidate to interview for the position.  Dr. Fitzgerald B. Bramwell will be on campus next Monday, May 7.  The campus community is invited to his public presentation, which is scheduled for 1 p.m. in the Fort IRC, Room 410.

Dr. Bramwell is associate provost for academic research at Howard University.  He has served as a faculty member in chemistry and as a research administrator at the University of Kentucky, where he was vice president for research and graduate studies; Brooklyn College; and City University of New York. More information:

DORED thanks three remarkable students

Graduating seniors Felicia Lawrence, Kristin Terry, Ashley Hopper

Graduating seniors Felicia Lawrence, Kristin Terry, and Ashley Harper, who have made excellent contributions to DORED.

The Division of Research and Economic Development celebrated three of its most valuable staff members today, outstanding student workers whom we’re losing to graduation next month — Felicia Lawrence, Ashley Hopper, and Kristin Terry.

  • Ms. Lawrence is graduating summa cum laude in Journalism and Mass Communications.  She will be returning to her native Chicago to pursue a career in modeling.  She worked in the Office of Research Services. Among her projects for DORED was the 2012 research video; she shot and edited the video and provided the narration and most of the script-writing.
  • Ms. Harper is a deans list student majoring in liberal arts with a concentration in cultural change and social development.  She will return to A&T next fall to study speech-communication.  She worked in the Office of Sponsored Programs.  Her twin sister is graduating next month from UNCG, and their mother is graduating at the same time from from N.C. Central.
  • Ms. Terry is graduating summa cum laude in Industrial and Systems Engineering. She will join GE Transportation in Erie, Pennsylvania, after graduation. She worked in the Office of Technology Transfer.  She is a member of two engineering honor societies and received the Outstanding Senior Award in Industrial and Systems Engineering.

All three have made outstanding contributions to DORED’s support of A&T researchers, and they’ve been excellent colleagues. We look forward to following their progress in their careers.