Monthly Archives: March 2011

Research Week registration deadlines extended for faculty and student posters, presentations

Deadlines have been extended for faculty research posters and student posters and presentations for Research Week.

Registration of posters for Faculty Research Day now closes on Thursday, April 7. Posters must be delivered to Room 312 Fort IRC by close of business on Friday, April 8.  Faculty Research Day is April 14.

Registration of posters and oral presentations for Student Research Day will now close on Monday, April 4 at 5:00 pm.  PowerPoints should be should be emailed to and are due on April 4. Posters must be delivered to Room 312 Fort IRC by close of business on April 4.  Student Research Day is Monday April 11.

The revised full agenda for Research Week (PDF).

How to win government grants workshop 4/15

What, Where, and When: A daylong workshop; Friday April 15, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, Suite 2600, Gateway University Research Park, South Campus, 2901 East Lee Street.

What’s in it for you: An insider’s look at the government grants marketplace and find out how to locate the federal, state and block grants that are right for you. David Bauer and Associates will teach you where the money is, how funding decisions are made, ways to develop more fundable ideas and what a winning government proposal looks like. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

To register: Go to

Sponsored by: The Division of Research & Economic Development and the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences.

National security program for grad students taking applications for 2-week summer seminar

Graduate students interested in national security and intelligence work can apply for a summer opportunity in Washington that sounds great, but the deadline is very short.  The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) National Security Analysis & Intelligence Summer Seminar (NSAISS) is accepting applications through next Sunday, April 3, for a two-week residential summer program in Washington, July 10-22, 2011.

Participants will be introduced to the business of intelligence and will interact with senior officials, current intelligence analysts, and private sector experts to explore intelligence disciplines, methodologies, and substantive topics through a curriculum of lectures, panels, case studies, simulations, and site visits to agencies.   Program participants will receive accommodations, living expenses, and transportation to/from Washington D.C. and to all program activities.

Program participants must be U.S. citizens, interested in intelligence careers, and currently enrolled university graduate students or exceptional graduating seniors with proven plans for ongoing graduate study in Fall 2011.   For more information about the program, eligibility and application, visit  The program is administered by Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education.

History professor Rubio’s book receives award

Congratulations to Dr. Philip Rubio, assistant professor of history.  He has been named the winner of the 2011 Rita Lloyd Moroney Senior Prize from the U.S. Postal Service for his book, There’s Always Work at the Post Office: African American Postal Workers and the Fight for Jobs, Justice, and Equality (Chapel Hill: Univ. of North Carolina Press, 2010).  The book details the critical role African American postal workers played in the U.S. labor and black freedom movements. Rubio himself is a former postal worker.  For more on the book, click here.

The Rita Lloyd Moroney Awards are designed to encourage study and publication of the history of the American postal system and to raise awareness about the significance of the postal system in American life.

Reminder: Research Week deadlines are looming for faculty and student posters, presentations

Deadlines are getting close for faculty members interested in presenting posters on Faculty Research Day (Thursday April 14) and for students interested in making oral presentations or poster presentations on Student Research Day (Monday April 11).

Poster registration for Faculty Research Day closes on Monday, April 4. All posters must be delivered to the Fort IRC, Room 312, by noon on Friday, April 8.

Registration of student posters and oral presentations will close next Monday, March 28.  Student abstracts should be emailed to by 5 p.m. that day.  PowerPoints and posters should be delivered by 5 p.m. Monday April 4.

Here’s the Research Week agenda (PDF).

Four undergraduate researchers from N.C. A&T to present at N.C. General Assembly event

North Carolina A&T is sending four undergraduate researchers to “Research in the Capital,” a biennial event at the North Carolina General Assembly that showcases undergraduate research projects.  Four undergraduates from each UNC institution will display posters in the Legislative Building. The event provides an opportunity for legislators to meet students while also being exposed to research in the UNC system.

This year’s event is on Wednesday April 13. N.C. A&T will send:

  • Stefan Boskovic, who is working with Dr. Solomon Bililign (NOAA ISET) studying chemical reactions that affect atmospheric compounds.  These processes directly and indirectly influence radiative forcing and, through that, the Earth’s climate.
  • Daniel J. Oldham,who is is working with Dr. Elham Fini (Civil Engineering) investigating the feasibility of using increased amounts of recycled roofing shingles in asphalt paving.  This would keep the used shingles out of landfills and reduce the amount of new petroleum products used in road construction.
  • Jarrett M. Paige, who is working with Dr. Dhanajay Kumar (Mechanical Engineering) researching the growth of titanium nitride nanowires.  These titanium nitride nanowires are expected to play an important role in the fabrication of medical implants.  Other students working on the project include Jessamy Crystal, Ahmed Altaher, and Mainul Faruque.
  • Kim Stratford, who worked with Dr. John Stafford of Vanderbilt University using female mice to study the effects of estrogen on insulin sensitivity.  Their goal was to understand how estrogen protects premenopausal women from the effects of a high fat diet.

Business Journal on CERT’s smart grid forum

The Business Journal has given some good coverage to the smart grid conference hosted by the Center for Energy Research and Technology this week:

“The ‘Smart Grid Technical Forum,’ held March 16 by N.C. A&T State University and the U.S. Department of Energy, combined a review of new technologies being developed to monitor energy usage, reduce peak demands and route around outages with discussions of the economic development potential of the effort.

“N.C. A&T, for example, presented an overview of its research into synchrophasors, which measure the condition and capacity of power lines running through electricity substations dozens of times per second and report back to a central computer designed to optimize flow through the grid.”

Dr. Gary Lebby and Ph.D. student/DOE engineer Will Bowen provided the insightful quotes.  To see them and the rest of the article, see The Business Journal, March 18 edition (subscription required).

Student housing proposed for Kannapolis

From the Charlotte Business Journal:

“The Kannapolis Rotary Club has launched a fund-raiser that would support the first student housing at the N.C. Research Campus.

“The club has set a five-year goal to raise at least $300,000. That money would support the purchase of a home near the Kannapolis-based research hub, to be called the Rotary House.  Organizers expect it would house as many as 10 students.”

For more details, see the Charlotte Business Journal (subscription required).

WFU nano director, UNC system VP for research among keynote speakers for Research Week

Update on Research Appreciation Week:

Each day’s luncheon will include a keynote speaker.  The lineup:

Monday, April 11, Student Research Day: Dr. Mary Crowe, Director of Undergraduate Research, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Tuesday April 12, Graduate Research Day: Dr. David Carroll, Director of the Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials, Wake Forest University (Dr. Carroll’s bio).

Thursday April 14, Faculty Research Day (Research Awards luncheon): Dr. Steven Leath, Vice President for Research, UNC system (Dr. Leath’s bio).

Friday April 15, Corporate Research and Innovation Day: Mr. Meldon Hollis, Jr., Associate Director, White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Times and locations are listed in the revised Research Week agenda (PDF).

Register now for Faculty Research Day posters, Student Research Day presentations and posters

Registration is open for Research Week posters and presentations.  Faculty members are invited to submit posters for display during Faculty Research Day on Thursday April 14.  Posters can be registered online (on this page) by Monday April 4.  They should be delivered to Fort IRC, Room 312, by Friday April 8. Maximum size allowed is three feet by four feet.  Faculty Day events will be held in the Alumni-Foundation Events Center.

Students’ presentations and posters can be be registered online (on this page) by Monday March 28.  Students’ abstracts also are due Monday March 28; they should be emailed to Dr. Peggy Bolick at  PowerPoint presentations and posters are due Monday April 4. Presentations also should be emailed to Dr. Bolick. Posters should be delivered to Fort IRC, Room 312.  Maximum size allowed is three feet by four feet.  Student Research Day events will be held at the Fort IRC.  Student posters co-authored by faculty will also be displayed on Faculty Research Day.