Monthly Archives: July 2014

Two announcements from Nano Manufacturing 2014: Conference’s keynote speaker and call for papers

The Nano Manufacturing 2014 conference has announced its keynote speaker, Dr. Lisa Friedersdorf, and issued a call for papers with an abstract deadline of August 31.

The conference will be held Wednesday September 24 at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, Gateway University Research Park in Greensboro.

head shot of Dr. Friedersdorf

Dr. Lisa Friedersdorf

The event is being organized by the Joint School, Gateway and the North Carolina Center of Innovation for Nanobiotechnology. JSNN and Gateway are joint initiatives of N.C. A&T and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Keynote speaker

Dr. Friedersdorf became Deputy Director of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) in May. She has been involved in nanotechnology for nearly 20 years, with a particular interest in advancing technology commercialization through university-industry-government collaboration. Before joining the NNCO two years ago, she was the Managing Director of the Institute for Nanoscale and Quantum Scientific and Technological Advanced Research (nanoSTAR) at the University of Virginia.

Call for paper and posters

Presentations and posters must be related to the conference. Email your abstract to Elie Azzi; the deadline is August 31.

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Nanomanufacturing consortium adds 10 members

Ten new members have been added to the Nanomanufacturing Innovation Consortium since the group was established last year by the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering and Gateway University Research Park.

From the Triad Business Journal:

“The Nanomanufacturing Innovation Consortium was formed in July 2013 with an initial group of members that included RF Micro Devices, Syngenta and VF Jeanswear among others. Members pay a fee to join the NIC and in return gain access to the JSNN’s cutting-edge equipment as well as access to ideas and expertise from the school’s scientists.

“Other companies have joined since including International Textile Group’s Cone Denim and Burlington divisions, Callaway Carbons, Horiba and AxNano. The 25th member of the group and the most recent to join is Luna Innovations (NASDAQ: LUNA), a Roanoke company that makes fiber optic tools for the telecommunications, aerospace, automotive, energy and defense industries.”

Click here to see the full report in the Business Journal.

The Joint School and Gateway were founded by N.C. A&T and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Translational and clinical sciences researchers: Hold Wednesday Oct. 1 for NC TraCS open house

A hold-the-date note from our partners at the NC TraCS Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill:

On behalf of Dr. Marshall Runge, principal investigator of the CTSA, we are sending this note so that you are aware that plans are in the works for an NC TraCS Institute Open House on Wednesday October 1st.

The goal is to educate and inform the research community about our services, our accomplishments, and our vision for the future of TraCS. More details will follow. If you have any questions please contact Ben Gellman-Chomsky.

In particular, researchers in these and related fields are invited:

  • Allied Health
  • Biochemistry & Biophysics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Dentistry
  • Exercise & Sports Science
  • Genetics
  • Genomics
  • Information & Library Science
  • Journalism & Mass Communication
  • Medicine
  • Microbiology & Immunology
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacy
  • Public Health
  • Social Work

Click here for information on N.C. A&T’s role with NC TraCS in the Clinical and Translations Science Awards program.

After spending a year with the NSF, Dr. Goins offers a few words from the front lines on grant proposals

UPDATE (August 26): Registration has reached capacity and is now closed.

WHAT: A grant proposal development event, “NSF Funding Opportunities: A Few Words from the Front Lines – Highly Competitive Proposals and the NSF Division of Undergraduate Education.”

PRESENTER: Dr. Gregory Goins, Associate Professor of Biology. He just returned from a one-year appointment at NSF as the division’s program director.

WHEN & WHERE: Wednesday, September 10, noon to 1:30 p.m., Fort IRC, Room 410.

DETAILS: This workshop will focus on the latest news, programs and funding from NSF’s Division of Undergraduate Education with special focus on the new Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) program, which replaced the former TUES, WIDER and STEP programs.

REGISTRATION: Registration has reached capacity and is now closed.

Mid-summer is here, and that means Tomato Festival

A line of tomato tasters at the 2012 festivalIt’s a highlight of every Aggie summer: The Great Tomato Festival.  This year it’s this Saturday, 8 a.m.to noon, at A&T’s University Farm on McConnell Road. It’s gotta be the best thing happening in Greensboro on Saturday morning. And probably the whole weekend.

It doesn’t matter whether you just like to eat them or if you grow them, slice them, cook them, give them to friends, etc., the festival will have something for you, tomato fan:

  • Extension specialists and members of the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences research faculty with advice on growing and cooking tomatoes.
  • Activities for children.
  • Tours of University Farm research plots, including tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and other vegetables produced in high tunnel greenhouses, on plastic mulch and with drip irrigation. Tours will begin at 8, 10 and 11 a.m.

And don’t forget: Winners of the Great Tomato Festival recipe contests for best tomato salad, tomato main course, tomato dessert and tomato salsa will be announced.