Daily Archives: May 14, 2012

JSNN building receives excellence award

JSNN building

Joint School building on the south campus of the Gateway University Research Park.

Congratulations to the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering — its brand-new building has been honored with the Star Award as 2012’s most outstanding new construction project in North Carolina.

The award is presented annually by the Construction Professionals Network of North Carolina.  The JSNN building won in the over $20 million category.  The other category, under $20 million, also was won by a Greensboro project, the International Civil Rights Center and Museum.

Projects are selected on their merits and challenges.  Criteria include the project’s outcome, overall project management, quality management, cost management, schedule management, project complexity, and innovation and creativity.

Zhan selected for NIH early-career program

Dr. Justin Zhan


The National Institutes of Health have selected Dr. Justin Zhan to participate in the Early Career Reviewer program of the Center for Scientific Review.  Zhan is an associate professor of computer science at N.C. A&T.

The center evaluates NIH research grant applications through peer review groups.  The Early Career Reviewer program provides review experience to qualified scientists who haven’t previously had the opportunity to participate.  This experience also benefits researchers in developing grant applications for their own research.

The program was launched last year.  Background on the program and information on how researchers can apply are available at the program’s website.

Zhan’s research interests include information assurance and cyber security, social computing and social behavior modeling, and biomedical computing. He is the director of the iLab in the Department of Computer Science, which facilitates problem-driven interdisciplinary research on human-natural systems.

He has previously been a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University and the National Center for the Protection of Financial Infrastructure at South Dakota State University. He is editor-in-chief of two scholarly journals, the International Journal of Privacy, Security and Integrity, and the International Journal of Social Computing and Cyber-Physical Systems.

The NIH peer review process is designed to ensure that grant applications are evaluated through a process that is fair, equitable, timely, and free of bias. A two-level peer review system is mandated by federal law.  Initial reviews are conducted primarily by non-federal scientists with expertise in relevant scientific disciplines and current research. The second level of review is performed by the national advisory councils or boards of NIH institutes and centers.