What you missed this summer if you were away

Welcome back, faculty and student researchers who were gone this summer.  To catch up on what you missed, here’s a roundup of the top research news from the summer. Click on the headlines to read more.

NIH, other agencies change conflict of interest rules; comment period open for new A&T policy

  • The Public Health Service has revised its financial conflict of interest reporting requirements for applicants and awardees for proposals and SBIR/STTR Phase II cooperative agreements.

NC-LSAMP annual research conference on minorities in STEM to be held Sept. 20-21

  • The North Carolina Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (NC-LSAMP) will hold its annual research conference September 20-21 at N.C. A&T.  LSAMP seeks to increase the quality and quantity of students successfully completing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) baccalaureate degree programs, and successfully matriculating into STEM graduate programs.

Students from N.C. A&T and Purdue collaborate on project for space station

  • Primarily undergraduate engineering students at both universities will design and build the shoebox-size experiment, develop the procedures for operation in space, train the astronauts, process the data, and write research papers describing the results.

JSNN reaches milestone on state funding

  • For the first time, the Joint School’s full state funding request has been included as a recurring item in the budget.

N.C. A&T leads UNC system in STEM growth

  • The number of N.C. A&T students graduating in the STEM disciplines is accelerating at almost twice the rate of the UNC system as a whole.

N.C. A&T appoints vice chancellor for research: Dr. Barry Burks, nuclear physicist from UNCC

  • Dr. Burks joined the university on July 2, succeeding Dr. Celestine A. Ntuen, who served as interim vice chancellor for two and half years since the retirement of Dr. N. Radhakrishnan. Dr. Ntuen has returned to the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, where he is a Distinguished University Professor.

N.C. A&T, UNCG programs working together on community-based mental health project

  • Beginning this fall, a largely immigrant neighborhood in Greensboro will become the site of a new community-based mental health care provider through a project led by N.C. A&T. The project will involve the departments of social work at N.C. A&T and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the Center for New North Carolinians (CNNC) at UNCG, and the joint A&T-UNCG master’s degree program in social work.

Joint A&T-NCSU sustainable local food initiative named a finalist for national engagement award

  • The universities were nominated for “Building a Sustainable Local Food Economy in North Carolina through Partnership and Engagement.” The schools and the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences, through the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS), entered a brewing crisis between agricultural and environmental groups and found positive ways to tackle emerging environmental issues.

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