Monthly Archives: August 2011

Sickle cell awareness summit to be held at A&T

Poster for Sickle Cell Awareness Summit at N.C. A&T State University, Saturday, September 17, 2011

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Ramses tip of the week: Which browsers work

Advice from the UNC General Administration about using Ramses, the electronic proposal submission and database system:

We know that there are several browsers out there and that not everyone uses the same one.  However, when you get an error performing tasks such as Events or Reporting, please try one of the recommended browsers to see if that resolves the issue before creating a ticket.

  • Mac users – The preferred browser is Mozilla Firefox.
  • PC users – The preferred browser is Internet Explorer (IE).

While most features will work with no problem using browsers such as Chrome and Safari, there are things that may give an error.   Some of the  Java scripts are picky and work better with Firefox and IE.   All RAMSeS features have been tested to work without error using the current versions of Firefox and Internet Explorer.

Two Aggie undergrads make good impressions

You can say this about Aggie undergrads: We have some young scholars who can make very positive impressions.  Two students who have done so lately are Leah Marshall, a senior biological engineering major, and Jack Harris, a junior computer science major.

Marshall is a USDA 1890 Scholar and has interned with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in her home state of Virginia.  You can tell that her work there on water and waste management structures, among other areas, won her some fans with the agency — the NRCS is now featuring her on their website in an “Employee Spotlight” article. Marshall is considering grad school, but if she changes her mind, it looks like she won’t have any trouble finding a job.

Harris is generating some positive exposure for himself and the university on IBM’s “Destination Z” website, which promotes mainframe technology.  The profile of Harris relates how his experience with video games has grown into an enthusiasm for a career with mainframes.  There’s no shortage of people who think video games are a massive waste of time.  Don’t you love an Aggie who upsets conventional thinking?

Meet the next Vice Chancellor for Research

Three campus-wide forums with candidates for the position of Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development will be held this week and next:

  • Thursday August 25: Dr. Dhanonjoy Saha, Assistant Vice President for Research Administration and Operations, Carolinas Medical Center, 4 p.m. to  5 p.m., New General Education Building, Auditorium.
  • Friday, August 26: Dr. Celestine Ntuen, Interim Vice Chancellor for Research & Economic Development, N.C. A&T, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Proctor Hall, Room 160 (auditorium).
  • Wednesday, August 31: Dr. Tachung Yih, Associate Vice President for Research/Chief Research Officer, California State University, Long Beach, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Proctor Hall, Room 160 (auditorium).


This week’s ERC-Bioengineering seminar: Nanoparticles’ effects on human airway cells

TOPIC: In vitro Analysis of the Influence of Anthropogenic and Biogenic Nanomaterials on Human Airway Cells

SPEAKER: Christa Watson, PhD Candidate in Energy and Environmental Systems

WHEN & WHERE: Friday, 11 11:50 a.m., McNair Hall auditorium

THE DETAILS: Nanotoxicology is the study of the potential toxic effects of anthropogenic and biogenic nanostructures. The influence of nanostructures such as nanoparticles on the human airway has gained interest due to increased susceptibility of translocation into other regions of the body. Adverse effects such as oxidative stress and inflammation have been found after the inhalation of airborne nanoparticles in airway epithelial cells. For more details, click here.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Christa Young Watson earned her BS in Biology from N.C. A&T in 1999 and MS, magna cum laude, from A&T in 2004, also in Biology. She was a 2010-2011 Kannapolis Scholar and a 2011 American Thoracic Society Minority Trainee Travel Award recipient.  Watson is a graduate research fellow with the NSF Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials and recently accepted a NIH Postdoctoral Training Grant at the Harvard School of Public Health beginning this fall.  She’ll focus on the implications of nanomaterial exposures on lung biology.

About that little earthquake we just had …

Did you feel that earthquake around 2 p.m.? The epicenter was in central Virginia; it registered 5.9 on the Richter scale.  Details are at  There’s also a form you can submit to report what you experienced.  The IRC trembled a bit, enough for everyone on the fourth floor to notice.

Aggie Alumni Entrepreneurship Conference

Save the date notice for Aggie Alumni Entrepreneurship Conference, Thursday, October 13, 2011

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