Monthly Archives: May 2012

Drug discovery group, genome browser webinar, grant-writing tips and STEM conference deadline

Triad Drug Discovery Discussion Group at A&T, May 17: The group’s next meeting will be held at N.C. A&T, Thursday, May 17, 6:30 p.m. It will be joint meeting with Central NC ACS.  Topic: Ethics in Scientific Practice. Speaker: Dr. Daniel Vallero of the EPA, an environmental engineer who conducts research in chemical fate and transport of pollutants, especially those that are persistent and accumulate in the food chain. The meeting will be held in the New Science Building.

Genome browser webinar, May 17: The UCSC Bioinformatics Group will hold two free webinars on the UCSC Genome Browser. The webinars will be conducted by OpenHelix, which provides training on free, publicly accessible bioinformatics and genomics resources. The 75-minute webinar will cover the topics needed to effectively use the browser. Thursday, May 17, 1 p.m. ET. Details here.

Grant writing webinar, May 24:Creating Successful Research Proposals: Tips from the Trenches,” a short, free presentation followed by Q&A with Celia Elliott, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. How to get started writing a proposal, strategies that will increase your chances for success, common mistakes that kill proposals, and other topics.  Thursday, May 24, 2 p.m.-3 p.m. ET. Part of the ACS Webinar series.

Abstract deadline, STEM conference, May 31: Bridging the Gap: Uniting K–16 STEM Education, October 23-24 in Raleigh, will bring together education, industry, government and informal science groups to strengthen K–12 and college STEM education throughout North Carolina. Presented by the N.C. Association for Biomedical Research.

A&T, Shanghai University sign agreement

Shanghai University delegtation tours ERC at NC A&T

N.C. A&T research scientist Zhigang Xu (center) answers questions from the visiting group from Shanghai University on a tour of the NSF Engineering Research Center.

A delegation from Shanghai University of Engineering Science visited N.C. A&T today to sign a broad memorandum of understanding on collaboration in research and education.  The group was led by Vice President Xincan Tian and Sihao Chen, Director of the Scientific Research Office at the university.

While on campus, they met with research administrators and faculty members and toured labs in the Fort Interdisciplinary Research Center. The visit was organized by Dr. Jianzhong Lou, professor of chemical engineering at A&T.

Provost Alexander and Shanghai University delegation

Shanghai University Vice President Xincan Tian speaks through an interpreter to Provost Winser Alexander before signing the MOU.

Vice Chancellor Celestine Ntuen shows Dr. Alexander where to sign during MOU signing at NC A&T.

Registration open for EPA conference at A&T

DORED VC candidate to visit campus on Monday

The search committee for the next vice chancellor for research and economic development has scheduled one more candidate to interview for the position.  Dr. Fitzgerald B. Bramwell will be on campus next Monday, May 7.  The campus community is invited to his public presentation, which is scheduled for 1 p.m. in the Fort IRC, Room 410.

Dr. Bramwell is associate provost for academic research at Howard University.  He has served as a faculty member in chemistry and as a research administrator at the University of Kentucky, where he was vice president for research and graduate studies; Brooklyn College; and City University of New York. More information:

Journalism program receives full reaccreditation

The Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications has awarded full reaccreditation to A&T’s journalism department.  It had been on provisional status.

DeWayne Wickham, interim department chair, tells the Maynard Institute’s news blog: “Soon, the university will hire a new chair for the Department of Journalism & Mass Communication, and I will have time to figure out what I’m going to do next.”

A&T professor: No need to fear the ‘pink slime’

Dr. Ralph Noble speaks about "pink slime"

Dr. Ralph Noble, Department of Animal Science, speaks about "pink slime" in television interview.

The thought of it makes consumers nervous, and supermarket chains are fleeing from it like a mob in a horror film.  Technically, it’s called “lean finely textured beef.”  But “pink slime” is a more catchy name.

If the stuff actually were the title character in a monster movie, the heroic figure calmly standing fast as the crowd flees might be played by Dr. Ralph Noble, chairman of the Department of Animal Sciences.  He tells Greensboro’s WFMY News2 that, regardless of what you call it, the stuff is nothing to be afraid of. It’s actually a way to hold down hamburger prices.

“Rather than add to the cost, we’ve got a part of the carcass that we would normally think about discarding, we now see a way that we can reincorporate it back into that product,” Noble says.

For the complete TV report, click here.