Monthly Archives: October 2011

Seminar: Research tools and RNA purification

Flyer for Biology Department seminar, Wednesday, Nov. 2nd,  noon: “Economical Research Tools and A New Novel RNA Purification Method”

Dean Craig honored by The Phd Project

Dr. Quiester Craig, dean of the N.C. A&T School of Business and Economics, has been named an inaugural member of The PhD Project Hall of Fame (click on the gold bar) in honor of his efforts to increase the diversity of management.

The three other inaugural members are Dr. John A. Elliott, dean of the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College; Dr. Andrew J. Policano, dean of The Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine; and Dr. Melvin T. Stith, dean of the Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University.

The PhD Project was created in 1994 to address the under-representation of African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans and Native Americans in management by diversifying the nation’s business school faculty.  Dean Craig and his fellow hall-of-famers will be honored at the organization’s annual conference next month in Chicago.

Faculty inventors: Patent reform presentation

Flyer for Nov. 9 program at UNCG: The America Invents Act: Sweeping Patent Reform," presented by NC A&T and UNCG

Number of blacks in STEM fields declining

“With black unemployment reaching historic levels, banks laying off tens of thousands and law school graduates waiting tables, why aren’t more African-Americans looking toward science, technology, engineering and math — the still-hiring careers known as STEM?

“The answer turns out to be a complex equation of self-doubt, stereotypes, discouragement and economics — and sometimes just wrong perceptions of what math and science are all about.”

The Associated Press takes a look at the issue.

Overview of research at N.C. A&T published

Cover of the new DORED research brochure, "Research Moving Forward: An Overview of Research at North Carolina A&T State University."The Division of Research and Economic Development (DORED) has published a new brochure,  “Research Moving Forward: An Overview of Research at North Carolina A&T State University.” (PDF)  It provides a high-level view of major research projects, research clusters and centers, commercialization and tech transfer, and undergraduate and graduate research.  Printed copies are available from DORED.

Also now available: the DORED FY 2011 Annual Report and the guide to DORED services.

ERC’s revolutionary nano work “on track”

Dr. Jag Sankar and DORED staff members at ERC appreciation breakfast hosted by the Division of Research

Dr. Jag Sankar (standing) and DORED staff members at an appreciation breakfast for the ERC hosted by the Division of Research this morning

“North Carolina is emerging as a hub for nanobiotechnology by combining academic research, industrial skills and political will to kick start interdisciplinary collaborations and push breakthroughs to market. One of the stars of the show is Greensboro-based North Carolina A & T State University (NCAT), which was awarded Engineering Research Center status by the NSF in 2008.”

ERC director Dr. Jag Sankar is interviewed in a posting today on, a top nano news site in Europe.

Dr. Ellie Fini interviewed on UNC-TV tonight

It’s not just that Dr. Ellie Fini of the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering is going to be on UNC-TV tonight.  She’s going to be interviewed by none other than Dr. William Friday (for those of you just tuning in, the network’s website refers to him as “the affable host of UNC-TV’s longest-running program,” but his day job for 30 years was being president of the UNC system).  She’ll be Dr. Friday’s guest on “North Carolina People,” 9 p.m. tonight, talking about her current work in research and teaching.

And if you want to see it again, look for it on WUNC Sunday at 5:30 p.m. Or on UNC-MX three times — Saturday at 3 a.m.; Tuesday, October 18 at 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.; and Tuesday, October 25 at 11:30 a.m. And, beginning Monday, the program will be available at the “North Carolina People” page of the UNC-TV website.  So don’t miss it.