Monthly Archives: February 2014

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Thought for the day

Quote from Carl Sagan

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Biology seminar: BEACON project director to speak

Flyer for Dr. Whittaker's biology seminar

A&T selected for tech commercialization initiative

Cover of program for upcoming inovation and entrepreneurship conferenceA group of historically black universities across the country has been selected for an initiative to bring more of the technology created by their research out of the lab to create new revenue, companies and jobs.

N.C. A&T is one of 15 schools selected for the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Innovation and Entrepreneurship Collaborative.  A total of 44 schools applied to join the project. N.C. A&T and Fayetteville State University were selected from North Carolina.

“Commercializing technology generated by A&T researchers will generate revenue for the university and holds the potential for new companies and jobs for Greensboro and the Piedmont Triad,” said Wayne Szafranski, assistant vice chancellor for outreach and economic development.

“This is an area where A&T already has had some success, and we know we have more technology with commercial potential. This program will help us create greater awareness and ability, all across the campus, to capitalize on the technology our faculty and students are creating.”

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Two next-generation N.C. A&T stars honored

Mr. Judge and Dr. Graham, two outstanding young professionals

Louis Judge III (left) and Anthony Graham, N.C. A&T’s two winners of the 2014 40 Leaders Under 40 Award

An advocate for young black men and an advocate for entrepreneurs are two young professionals at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University who have been recognized among the 2014 “40 Leaders Under 40” in the Piedmont Triad by The Business Journal.

Dr. Anthony Graham, chairman of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and Mr. Louis Judge III, the university’s director of technology transfer, received their awards February 20.

Details on both follow the jump.

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Speedway to Healthy targets childhood obesity

Invitation to "Speedway to Healthy" event, Tuesday March 11

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12 thoughts on evolution for a snowy Darwin Day

Tyson: The good thing about science is that it's true whether you believe it or not."

Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Maher (from http://www.okmoviequotes.com/)

Darwin Day is observed on February 12 each year. This year in Greensboro, everyone was too busy thinking about how to get home from work to have any thoughts deeper than our seven inches of snow. Today, just about everyone is stuck at home, so we all can think as deeply as we please about anything. Perhaps global warming will relieve humanity of the need to evolve into an animal that can cope with snow.

There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.
Charles DarwinThe Origin of Species

Creation is not an event that happened in 4004 BC; it is a process that began some 10 billion years ago and is still under way.
Theodosius Dobzhansky, “Nothing in Biology Makes Sense Except in the Light of Evolution”

Evolution, of course, is not something that simply applies to life here on earth; it applies to the whole universe.
John Polkinghorne

Each human being exists because there’s something they have to offer for the evolution of the universe that only they can fulfill.
Herbie Hancock

Of course in science there are things that are open to doubt and things need to be discussed. But among the things that science does know, evolution is about as certain as anything we know.
Richard Dawkins

Evolution is an indispensable component of any satisfying explanation of our psychology.
Steven Pinker

I’m still my parent’s child, I’m still me, but I made a choice. I evolved into Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. I think it has to do with evolution.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Darwin’s theory of evolution is a framework by which we understand the diversity of life on Earth.
Neil deGrasse Tyson

I want to grow. I want to be better. You grow. We all grow. We’re made to grow. You either evolve, or you disappear.
Tupac Shakur

As far as I’m concerned, if there is a supreme being then He chose organic evolution as a way of bringing into existence the natural world … which doesn’t seem to me to be necessarily blasphemous at all.
David Attenborough

I see no good reasons why the views given in this volume should shock the religious views of anyone.
Charles DarwinThe Origin of Species

 

Biology weekly seminar: SPIRE fellows, UNC-CH

Flyer for Biology seminar 2/12/14The Seeding Postdoctoral Innovators in Research and Education (SPIRE) Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at UNC-CH is funded by the National Institute for General Medical Sciences.

SPIRE’s goal is to provide tomorrow’s science scholars and educators with a holistic approach to postgraduate professional development. SPIRE blends an outstanding research environment with broad professional development activities and hands-on classroom experiences for scientists who want to combine research with undergraduate and graduate education.

Electrospun Meta-aramid Mats and Their Application

This week’s Engineering Research Center-Bioengineering Joint Seminar, Friday February 7, 11 a.m., McNair Hall, Auditorium:

Topic: Electrospun Meta-aramid Mats and Their Application

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Dr. Hak Yong Kim

Speaker: Dr. Hak Yong Kim, Professor of Bio-Info-Nano Fusion Technology and Professor of Organic Materials and Fiber, Chonbuk National University, Jeonbuk, Korea.  Dr. Kim’s areas of research include biomaterials, polymeric composites and functional materials. He has 245 refereed journal publications with a total of over 5,200 citations. He holds 6 U.S. patents and 80 Korean patents.

Abstract: The effect of salt formation during condensation polymerization on the  morphology of electrospun meta-aramid fibers was investigated. The presence of a by-product salt (calcium chloride, CaCl2) improved the electrospinnability of the meta-aramid solution and induced the formation of a spider-web-like structure in the mats.

The effect of the concentration of the solution and applied voltage on the formation of the spider-web-like fibrous structure was investigated. FE-SEM images indicated that the very thin fibers were uniformly distributed with thick fibers throughout the mats in the form of a spider-web-like structure. TGA showed that the thermal stability of the electrospun meta-aramid mats was affected by CaCl2.

The observed enhancement in the thermal and mechanical properties of the mats, which was attributed to the formation of the spider-web-like structure, may increase the number of potential applications of meta-aramid, such as second battery separator, water/air filtration, protective clothing and electrical insulation.

Weekly Biology seminar: Kinase regulation

This week’s Department of Biology weekly seminar,  Wednesday February 5, noon, Barnes Hall, Room 221:

Topic: New and Emerging Modes of Kinase Regulation

Speaker: Dr. Robert Newman, Assistant Professor of Biology

Abstract: Protein phosphorylation, mediated by protein kinases, is one of the most widespread regulatory mechanisms in eukaryotes. Inside the cell, kinases and their respective substrates are organized into complex phosphorylation networks that govern nearly all cellular processes.

To achieve signaling specificity in response to a given environmental stimulus, these networks must be precisely coordinated in cellular space and time. This involves regulation both at the level of kinase activity and at the level of substrate selection. Consequently, much effort has been devoted to understanding how these parameters are controlled inside cells.

In this seminar, we will explore two modes of kinase regulation, namely proteolytic processing and reversible oxidation, that have been relatively understudied but are emerging as important modulators of kinase activity in health and disease.

Targeting teen dating violence: ‘No Hatin n Datin’

Poster: No Hatin n DatinThe N.C. A&T Center for Behavioral Health and Wellness is partnering with the Greensboro Police Department and other community agencies in a project to prevent teen dating violence.

“We asked teens what to call this sensitive topic. They have named it ‘No Hatin n Datin,’ ” the police website says.

Unlike the dating advice many teenagers have received for generations, the program isn’t a well-meaning lecture full of “do’s,” “don’ts,” and stern warnings.

“The goal is not for adults to tell teens what is necessarily good or bad, but to instill in teens the importance of thinking for themselves about what it means to them to have a healthy relationship,” says Dr. Kelly Graves, director of the A&T center.

“Connecting relationships with music is a great way to start a dialogue about what a healthy relationship ‘looks like’ to them.”

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