Category Archives: News Media

A&T, NCCU team up to study disease-fighting ginger

Screengrab of Dr. Sang interviewed by UNC-TV

Dr. Shengmin Sang of the Center for Excellence in Post-Harvest Technologies, N.C. A&T’s research center at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis

The bioactive compounds in ginger pack a punch, two of them, actually. Fresh ginger contains anemia-fighting gingerols. Dry ginger contains shogaols, biocompounds that could be helpful in preventing cancer. Scientists from N.C., A&T and N.C. Central University are working together to determine how the human body can get the most benefit from those compounds.

UNC-TV will air a report on the research tonight (December 18), on “North Carolina Now” at 7:30 p.m. But if you want to watch it now or any time, just click here.

 

Martin, Sankar among Triad’s ‘Most Influential’

Cover of The Business Journal's "Most Influential People" sectionChancellor Harold L. Martin, Sr., and Dr. Jagannathan Sankar are among the Piedmont Triad leaders named to the “Most Influential People” list by The Business Journal of the Triad.

Martin was cited for his “ambitious agenda” to increase the university’s enrollment, research and engagement. Sankar earned his place on the list by virtue of the technology commercialization work recently initiated by the NSF Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials, of which he is director.

Other persons of interest on the list:

  • Dr. David Carroll, Director of the Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials, Wake Forest University;
  • George Clopton, Vice President of Supply Chain Operations, Ralph Lauren Corp.,  High Point, and board chairman, International Civil Rights Center and Museum;
  • “Elder statesman” Henry Frye, now of counsel with the law firm Brooks Pierce McLendon Humphrey & Leonard;
  • Shirley Frye, chair of the Joseph M. Bryan Foundation, vice chair of the N.C. A&T Foundation, and board member for the N.C. School of Math and Science and High Point University, among many others; and
  • Dean Jim Ryan of the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering.

 

A&T faculty, grad student help create a ‘city oasis’

The leaders N.C. A&T's contribution to the urban farm in the Warnersville community of Greensboro

Dr. Guochen Yang, left, graduate student Michael King, and Odile Huchette, director of Reid Greenhouse at A&T, at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in the Warnersville community of Greensboro (News & Record photo)

The Greensboro-High Point area was ranked second in a 2012 national report on food insecurity.  The county Health Department started looking for solutions and was joined by a church, a nonprofit, and a UNCG professor. When N.C. A&T joined the project, everything was in place to address at least one of Greensboro’s “food deserts.”

A&T had just created the first undergraduate program in the nation for urban and community horticulture, as well as a master’s degree program emphasizing sustainable agriculture. The administration was also encouraging more community involvement for faculty members and students.

“We want to produce quality students who can go and get started right away on practical projects,” [Dr. Guochen] Yang said. “We want them to be ready to solve real-world problems.”

The News & Record has excellent coverage of the project.

 

N.C. A&T researchers generating headlines

This week’s two major announcements are producing positive news coverage for research at N.C. A&T.

News 14 Carolina covered  the announcement of the Engineering Research Center collaborating with InCube Labs to commercialize its metallic biomaterials technology.

Screen capture of TV news report

Click on the photo to go to the News 14 Carolina report

The Business Journal was all over that story as well.

“Scientists at N.C. A&T and ERC partners such as the University of Pittsburgh and University of Cincinnati are developing new materials, primarily magnesium alloys, designed to adapt to the human body and grow after implantation without having to be refitted, and then later safely absorbed into the bloodstream without ill effects. That could change the way that children born with birth defects, injured soldiers and others with major bone damage are treated.

“There are myriad possible uses for such materials, and the job of InCube Labs will be to identify which have the best potential to be translated into practical products quickly. InCube was founded by Mir Imran, a venture capitalist and entrepreneur who has founded more than 20 life-science companies and holds more than 200 patents.”

And the editorial page of The News & Observer in Raleigh published an editorial, “Huge grant spotlights how universities benefit state’s economy,” about the $54.6 million clinical and translational science project to be conducted by UNC-CH, A&T, and RTI International, and a similar award to Duke. They hope the awards send a message to North Carolina’s governor:

“Let’s hope those Republican legislators and Gov. Pat McCrory, who have made an issue of how universities should focus on training people for jobs instead of educating them in, say, arts and literature, take note of what’s going on here. Universities do train people for the workforce, but they’re also about ideas, about opening minds, about exploring new horizons.”

Higher education and the Treyvon Martin case: Campuses conspicuously quiet on racial issues

From a column by Dr. William Harvey, dean of the A&T School of Education, in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education:

“Would the civic atmosphere be less polarized at this point if our institutions of higher learning had presented themselves as appropriate forums for the national dialogue on race that President Clinton called for 16 years ago? Even now, when we examine the curricular offerings and supplemental co-curricular activities that are presented to our best and brightest young people, penetrating analyses of race, prejudice and discrimination are usually conspicuously absent.

“Trayvon Martin’s killing and George Zimmerman’s acquittal aren’t unusual. Quite the contrary. This tragedy mirrors hundreds, if not thousands, of similar incidents throughout the course of American history. Violence, including homicide, is a tool that White Americans have used since people of African descent first came to this country as a means of keeping us ‘in our place.’ This phenomenon, and the reasons behind it, remains largely unexamined in our colleges and universities.”

Click here for the entire column. It originally appeared on http://otherwords.org/

N.C. A&T STEM Early College students recognized; proposed street extension through farm draws fire

Lab coat for the STEM Early College at N.C. A&T

Photo from WFMY News2, http://www.digtriad.com

Two items from the local news media worth noting:

“Some early college students whose experiment will be sent into space got a surprise bonus for their work.

“Six STEM Early College at N.C. A&T students were chosen to send a science experiment to the International Space Station (ISS). As an added bonus on Monday, Guilford County Schools Superintendent Mo Green and NC A&T’s Chancellor, Dr. Harold Martin, presented the students with their own lab coats.”

WFMY News2, via www.digtriad.com

“Students, professors, alumni and neighbors of N.C. A&T had a word Monday evening for the proposed Florida Street project across part of the school’s 492-acre farm.

“’No.’

“No way should the road be extended from East Lee Street through the new Gateway University Research Center and across part of the A&T farm, an audience of several hundred turned out to say emphatically.”

News & Record

 

 

 

3 great blogs for scientists, engineers or anyone

Astronaut Andre Kuipers aboard the International Space Station

From Science is Beauty: “Astronaut Andre Kuipers watches a bubble in a drop of water as he enjoys his last days of weightlessness aboard the International Space Station”

With the semester break coming up, here are three blogs that can give you some good reading and intelligent thinking.  They all happen to be on Tumblr, where a lot of interesting stuff is going on these days.

Medical Engineering: Recent posts include The New Prosthetic that Treats Blindness, Lung-On-a-Chip, and Dolphin With a Prosthetic Tail.

Diversity in Science: Recent posts include 10 Tips for Women Students in Science Fields and Why female scientists don’t blog, but should.

Science is Beauty: Subtitle: “Scanning around the beauty on scientific pictures and concepts.”