Category Archives: News Media

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.”

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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.”

Lots of love for JSNN and Kannapolis these days

Flag of Ecuador from http://www.boowakwala.comTwo recent items from the news media  worth noting:

President Rafael Correa of Ecuador visited the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis this week, and he liked what he saw, big time.  From The Charlotte Observer:

Correa is studying the research, scientific instrumentation and collaborative environment of the research campus as a model for the development of Yachay, a planned city of science and technology being built in Ecuador’s northern province of Imbabura.

“Amazing! Outstanding!” said Correa. “A learning experience for us. We are building, in our country, a planned city of knowledge, (and) we want to learn from your experience.”

Trade magazine Advance for Medical Laboratory Professionals dropped in at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering recently, and they called it “exciting”:

… JSNN has a number of research projects in emerging areas including nanoenergy technologies, self-assembly methods and computational nanotechnology, Dr. Ryan said. “Each of the research thrusts have great potential, but I believe that JSNN’s research strength is in the highly interdisciplinary areas requiring contributions from both science and engineering to get a ‘game-changing’ result,” he explained.

JSNN has also established a bridge to industry partners by working with the Gateway University Research Park. One such group is the Nanomanufacturing Innovation Consortium. “Consortium members are able to observe research that is underway in the facility, provide input to research programs and have access to the JSNN equipment,” Dr. Ryan explained.

Dean Coger on engaging women in STEM fields

Dean Robin Coger

Dean Robin Coger

In the November 2 edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education, several scholars and experts are asked why more women aren’t entering STEM disciplines, especially engineering and computer science. Heading up the list: Dr. Robin Coger, dean of the N.C. A&T College of Engineering:

“I have observed that the decision to pursue a STEM major is based on two factors: (1) personal capabilities and preparedness to succeed; and (2) desire to pursue that discipline. I believe that success in attracting more women (or individuals from underrepresented demographic groups) into the STEM fields depends on how well our institutions address both those components.”

For Dean Coger’s full comments, click the link above. To read about N.C. A&T’s success in attracting female students to engineering, see the Fall 2011 edition of Evolution magazine.

Aggie researcher in the news: Dr. Ellie Fini

If you’re a reporter in North Carolina, a good story about hog waste is always a  winner. Our state has a lot of hogs, and, once you get near a bunch of them, you don’t necessarily need your sense of sight to find them.

We’ve already seen some news coverage of Dr. Ellie Fini and her technology to use hog manure as a source for the binder used in asphalt.  In addition to usefully disposing of the hog waste, it would also reduce the amount of more expensive petroleum-derived binder needed in asphalt production.  Now News 14, the local Time Warner Cable news channel, checks in with this video report on Fini’s research.

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.

 

Aggie researcher in the news: Gerry Dozier

Signal magazine introduces its military and defense-industry readers to N.C. A&T’s Center for Advanced Studies in Identity Science:

“Imagine a world where you wake up in the morning, and your coffee maker recognizes you and makes your coffee just the way you like it. Then, you’re going to head off to work, and as you walk up to your car, it recognizes who you are and not only opens the door but also adjusts the seat and the mirrors and even [matches] the radio station to you,” suggests Gerry Dozier, chair of the Computer Science Department at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NC A&T), Greensboro, North Carolina. “You drive into work, and as you walk into the building, the door opens because the building recognizes you, and as you go into your office and sit down, your computer recognizes you and allows you access. When we look at the future of biometrics, all of these things are going to be possible.”

Dozier also is the director of the Center for Advanced Studies in Identity Science (CASIS). CASIS is a consortium of three universities—NC A&T, Clemson and the University of North Carolina Wilmington. CASIS is an Office of the Director of National Intelligence Science and Technology Center of Academic Excellence. It was funded in 2008 with a nearly $9 million grant from the Army Research Laboratory. Its mission is to conduct cutting-edge science and technology research while educating students and expanding the pool of talent in areas important to the United States and its security.

Signal is the magazine of AFCEA International, the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association.

Aggie researcher in the news: Maura Nsonwu

“These mothers literally have nothing to give to their children — just their love and affection. And affection in their culture is considered soft.”

– Dr. Maura Nsonwu, assistant professor of social work, on the challenges faced by Liberian refugees in Greensboro, quoted in the News & Record, Sunday August 12, 2012

Aggie researcher in the news: Joseph Graves

 

“Evolution has shaped body types and in part athletic possibilities. Don’t expect an Eskimo to show up on an NBA court or a Watusi to win the world weightlifting championship. Differences don’t necessarily correlate with skin color, but rather with geography and climate. Endurance runners are more likely to come from East Africa and sprinters from West Africa. That’s a fact. Genes play a major role in this.”

Dr. Joseph  Graves, evolutionary biologist, N.C. A&T faculty member and associate dean, Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, quoted in “What makes a great Olympian? Sometimes, it’s genetics” The Daily Beast, August 11, 2012