Monthly Archives: August 2011

ERC and Bioengineering resume Friday seminars

The Engineering Research Center and the Bioengineering Program in the College of Engineering will continue to jointly host a seminar series this year.   The seminars are open to the entire community.  They are held on Fridays, usually from 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.

DATE: Friday, 08/19/2011
TIME: 11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
LOCATION: McNair Hall Auditorium (Room 240), College of Engineering
TOPIC: “Working (Prosthetic) Hand in (Advanced Material) Glove”

SPEAKERS: Dr. Leonard Uitenham, Chairman, Department of Chemical, Biological and Bioengineering; and Dr. Jag Sankar, University Distinguished Professor and ERC Director.

This seminar is to serve to welcome new students and staff to N.C. A&T and to provide an overview of the research and educational opportunities of the ERC and the BMEN programs.

UNC presidential inauguration at A&T on Oct. 6

If you’re making any plans for Thursday, October 6, you might want to avoid the Alumni-Foundation Event Center Corbett Sports Center.  UNC system President Tom Ross has chosen N.C. A&T for his inauguration.  Time will be 10 a.m.  Location to be announced; best guess is probably the event center (Harrison seems a little small for the occasion).

UPDATE — Although the details haven’t been announced, the directions given for parking indicate that Corbett will be the location. Regardless, traffic is probably going to be problematic across most of the campus at least.

Integrating nano into the life sciences

WHAT: “Integrating Nanotechnology into the Life Sciences: Lessons Learned,” a seminar by the R.J. Lee Group (Ms. Julianne Wolfe, Manager, Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Services, and Dr. Kristin Bunker, Senior Scientist).

WHEN AND WHERE: Friday, August 19, 8:30 a..m to 10 a.m., N.C. State University, Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center, 850 Oval Drive, Room 123.

DETAILS: As the life sciences incorporate nanomaterials into their Quality by Design (QbD) plans, their characterization becomes a crucial element in identifying Critical Quality Attributes (CQAs). This seminar will present a series of targeted case studies providing insight gathered from numerous nanomaterials characterization projects. Case studies include quantum dot analysis, gold and silver nanoparticles and QA, POC diagnostic biosensors, and carbon nanotubes evaluations.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: A link to registration, directions and other information is available at the center’s website.  Information on the R.J. Lee Group is available at their website.  Registration is free.

MetaCore training Wednesday in Kannapolis

The UNCC Bioinformatics program will hold a demonstration and training session on MetaCore at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis this Wednesday, August 17. From the announcement:

“MetaCore is a platform designed for the systems-level analysis of gene and protein expression, metabolite profiles, SAGE and other types of high-throughput molecular data. MetaCore is based on the largest manually curated database of protein interactions, metabolic reactions, multi-step pathways and their linkage to diseases, drugs, functional processes and other clinically and biologically relevant information. MetaCore enables users to upload and analyze their data, perform data-driven reconstruction of biological networks and pathways and interpret results in the framework of multiple clinical and biological ontologies.”

The session will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bioinformatics Research Center in the DHMRI building on the research campus.  To sign up for the session or for more information, contact Phyllis Beaver,

The 2011 quick guide to DORED & its services: The basics, with phone numbers and hyperlinks

The Fall 2011 Guide to the Division of Research and Economic Development (.doc) is now available.  It contains contact information for DORED staff members and brief guides on various aspects of proposal development and submission, research compliance, and technology transfer.  It’s not a comprehensive guide to everything related to research and economic development, but it should help answer a lot of questions and tell you where to go for more information.

Do you ever wonder, “What does it all mean?” Try DORED’s Glossary & Guide to Acronyms

CHESS codes and DUNS numbers.  AWR and USPTO.  Whether you’re dealing with an IDIQ, an NCE or even a plain old RFP, these are terms and acronyms just about every PI and GA will run into sooner or later (and that goes for all you VC’s, too).

If you ever finding yourself struggling to make sense of grants, proposal writing and the Division of Research and Economic Development in general, the DORED Glossary and Guide to Acronyms (.doc) may be just what you’re looking for.  And if you think of a term or acronym that should be in there but isn’t, let us know! Use the blog’s comment function or email

Alzheimer’s disease research project to establish Greensboro Area Alzheimer’s Support Group

Local residents who are suffering from memory loss or are caregivers for someone with memory loss or dementia are invited to attend an introductory meeting of the Greensboro Area Alzheimer’s Support Group.

The introductory meeting will be held Monday, August 15th, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Conference Room A416 in the General Classroom building, Conference Room A416.

The group is being organized by the African American Alzheimer’s Disease Research Study and the Alzheimer’s Association Western Chapter.

Those who plan to attend are asked to call Dora Som-Pimpong, 336 285-2176, in advance.

Congressman to hold federal grants workshop

U.S. Rep. Brad Miller will host a workshop on applying for federal grants.  The event will be held on Wednesday at Alamance Community College in Graham.  The details, from his Facebook page:

Raleigh – U.S. Representative Brad Miller will host a Federal Grants Workshop to introduce participants to the federal grants process. Following the opening session, representatives from eight federal agencies will be on hand to explain grant opportunities and highlight the application process. In FY2011, federal agencies awarded more than 2,500 grants to non-profits, small business and local governments in the 13th District.

WHAT: 2011 Federal Grants Workshop

WHO:   Rep. Brad Miller, Alamance Community College President Dr. Martin H. Nadelman, representatives from federal agencies

WHEN: Wednesday, August 10th, Workshop opens at 8:30 A.M.           (Congressman will speak at 9am)

 WHERE: Alamance Community College, Carrington-Scott Campus,  1247 Jimmie Kerr Road, Graham, NC 27258

Questions: Gail Eluwa, 919 836-1313,


The N.C. A&T grant of the month for July: $803,000 for research in health disparities

The Sponsored Funding Report for July:

N.C. A&T received 11 grants totaling $1.55 million in July.

One highlight of July’s funding was a grant worth $803,177 from the National Institutes of Health, National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities, to Dr. Goldie Byrd of the Department of Biology. The funding is the fourth grant in support of a five-year, $4 million project.

The project: Expanding Research and Research Training Infrastructure at NCA&TSU

The issue: The emphasis of this proposal is on developing collaborative junior faculty members and students to become independent researchers and thought leaders in eliminating health disparities.

Abstract: Objectives of this project are to: 1) Create a focused environment in which minority students remain in the biomedical science pipeline and become thought leaders for eliminating health disparities;  2) Create a mentored and collaborative environment for health disparities research; 3) Develop a centralized community model for educating minorities about health disparities and for recruiting minorities into health disparities research; and 4) enhance the administrative, technical and research resources that facilitate health disparities research.  This project will develop a research niche in cancer biology, develop a core facility for genomics and informatics research tools, develop a core resource for subject ascertainment and education outreach, enrich student training and development through a bridge to the master’s degree, and provide meaningful assessment and feedback to developing researchers.

The complete list of grants received in July (xlsx file).

Agromedicine Institute seeking research partners

The director of the North Carolina Agromedicine Institute will be on campus Monday looking for potential research collaborators.  Robin Tutor will be in Webb Hall, Room 109, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  She’ll be available to answer questions about the institute and to talk with researchers interested in working with the the organization to promote the health and safety of farmers, fishers, foresters, their workers and families.

The institute is a collaborative initiative of N.C. A&T, East Carolina University, and N.C. State University.  It is located at ECU.  For more information about the institute, contact Dr. Leonard L. Williams of the Center of Excellence in Post Harvest Technologies, or
704 250-5700, x5703, or visit the institute website.