Monthly Archives: October 2013

A&T sponsored funding rises 10% in difficult year

2013 annual report image testDespite sequestration, federal budget cuts and other challenges, sponsored funding for research and other purposes increased 10.73 percent at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University during fiscal 2013.

The total of $56.86 million for the year ending June 30, 2013, compares with $51.35 million in fiscal 2012. More information is available in the N.C. A&T Research and Economic Development Annual Report for Fiscal 2013 at http://www.ncat.edu/research/fy2013.html.

“Winning federal awards for research is becoming more competitive as funding agencies’ budgets are reduced and we continually face new complications, such as sequestration and now the federal government shutdown,” said Dr. Barry L. Burks, vice chancellor for research and economic development.

“A&T researchers have responded by writing proposals that make compelling cases for the value and competitiveness of their work. Together with our research administrators, they did a tremendous job of winning funds in an increasingly difficult environment.”

A sampling of the 199 awards in FY13 to A&T researchers in the seven colleges and schools and Department of Nanoengineering at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering:

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Nobel laureate worked on NSF project with A&T

Nobel laureate Dr. Michael Levitt at N.C. A&T

Dr. Michael Levitt in the Fort Interdisciplinary Research Center, 2005.

Dr. Michael Levitt, one of the 2013 Nobel laureates in chemistry announced this week, is no stranger to N.C. A&T. Dr. Levitt worked with A&T researchers on a five-year interdisciplinary project called Biogeometry (full title: Computational Geometry for Structural Biology and Bioinformatics).

The NSF-funded project brought together biologists, chemists, computer scientists, crystallographers,  medical researchers, and robotics experts from Duke; N.C. A&T; Stanford, Dr. Levitt’s institution; and UNC Chapel Hill.  The project’s goal was the development of new computational techniques and paradigms for representing, storing, searching, simulating, analyzing, and visualizing biological structures.

The researchers’ final meeting in 2005 was held at A&T, hosted by Dr. Solomon Bililign of the Department of Physics.

“It is always good to work with such people,” Dr. Bililign said this week. “I learned the power of interdisciplinary research from this team.”

Dr. Levitt is a biologist and one of the three recipients of this year’s prize in chemistry. Along with Dr. Martin Karplus of Harvard University and Dr. Arieh Warshel of the University of Southern California, he was honored “for the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems.”