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.

Coming Friday: MIT Graduate School Clinic

Poster for MIT Graduate School Clinic, Friday Oct. 14, 2011, at NC A&T

Click to see a larger image.

From Patrick Martin, Department of Biology: This program is directed primarily at freshmen and sophomores who are considering graduate school, but juniors, seniors and master’s students are welcome.  The speaker will be Joy M. Johnson, Ph.D. candidate in the MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, who was born and raised in Greensboro.  A free pizza lunch will be provided.

Campus media note: College Radio Day

A note worth knowing from the Winston-Salem Journal:

Stations from Wake Forest University, UNC Greensboro and N.C. A&T State University will be among those participating today in College Radio Day, a national campaign to raise awareness of the importance of college radio in the community. There will be special programming, prize giveaways and more. For details, visit

That’s WNAA, 90.1 FM,

The N.C. A&T grant of the month for September: $563,000 to study nanowires in novel devices

The Sponsored Funding Report for September:

N.C. A&T received 27 grants totaling $4.45 million in September.

One highlight of September’s funding was a grant worth $563,497 from the Army Research Office to Dr. Shanthi Iyer of the Department of Nannoengineering.  Dr. Iyer is on the faculty of both the College of Engineering and the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering.

The project:  A Study of GaAsSb Nanowires by Molecular Beam Epitaxy for near IR Applications

The issue: The inherent one dimensionality of semiconductor nanowires (NWs) allows them to exhibit unique properties that can be exploited to engineer novel electronic and optoelectronic devices. Benefits include potentially inexpensive, flexible, tunable LEDs and lasers, which are not easily obtainable in thin film devices, in the infrared regime for infrared countermeasures and gas sensing applications, as well as integration with silicon based microelectronics for novel optoelectronic device structures.

Abstract:  In this research program, we propose to study the synthesis of catalyst-free GaAsSb-based heterostructure NWs grown by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE), building upon an existing program and expertise in MBE growth of mixed arsenide-antimonide dilute nitride semiconductors at North Carolina A&T State University (NCA&TSU). The influence of growth parameters on the physical attributes of the NW heterostructures, defects in the NWs and interfaces and the resultant photoluminescence (PL) intensity will be used to develop fundamental knowledge. Emphasis will be on a better understanding and manipulation of the defects in the NWs and interfaces, leading to defect free heterostructure devices with superior structural and optoelectronic properties. Effects of the AlGaAs confinement layers radially and axially on the PL peak emission and its dependence on the NW diameter will be studied. The maximum Sb composition that can be used before the miscibility gap sets in will be determined and the synthesis of corresponding dilute nitride NWs will be examined.

The successful completion of the above work is expected to lead to novel, next-generation and inexpensive multifunctional optical devices in the near infrared regime for defense applications. The investigators from NCA&TSU and North Carolina State University (NCSU) have significant expertise in the areas of material growth and characterization, share the same vision, have a history of involving undergraduates in state-of-the-art research and bring complimentary resources to the table. The laboratories will provide an excellent training ground for the students to the state-of-the-art material synthesis and characterization, and provide a natural entry into the nanostructure community at large from other universities, government labs and industry.

The complete list of grants received in September.