Category Archives: Administration

Obama names A&T chancellor to agriculture board

Dr. Harold L. Martin, Sr.

Dr. Harold L. Martin, Sr.

The White House announced yesterday that President Obama has appointed N.C. A&T Chancellor Harold L. Martin, Sr., to the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development.

The board is part of the U.S. Agency for International Development. It advises the agency on agriculture and higher education issues regarding  food insecurity in developing countries.

The School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at N.C. A&T is addressing international food security issues in a number of ways.  Among them are these two research projects:

  • Dr. Manuel Reyes is introducing conservation agriculture techniques to farmers in Cambodia and the Philippines (more information: Evolution magazine, Spring 2011, Page 19).
  • Dr. Lijun Wang and Dr. Abolghasem Shahbazi are among the leaders of the university’s new NSF CREST Bioenergy Center, which is developing the technology to produce biofuels more efficiently from non-food stock (Bioenergy Center websiteRe:search magazine, Page 4).

FYI, it’s ‘Assistant Vice Chancellor Evans’ now

Saundra Yates Evans, Assistant Vice Chancellor

Saundra Yates Evans speaks to the DORED orientation for new and junior faculty members on Wednesday

Saundra Yates Evans has been named Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Services and Project Management at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

Ms. Evans had been Director of Research Services at N.C. A&T since 2004.  That office assists faculty members with the development of proposals and budgets, identifying funding opportunities, and training in grant writing and related skills.

In her new position, Ms. Evans also will have responsibility for the Office of Research Compliance and Ethics and for project management, a new capability for the Division of Research and Economic Development.  The project management function will assist researchers in administering complex research projects and managing spending.

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Ramses warning: System unavailable August 29; no proposal submissions will be possible all day

N.C. A&T will upgrade to RAMSeS v24 on Wednesday, August 29. The system will be unavailable for any purpose during this 24-hour period. It will not be possible to submit proposals to funding agencies the entire day.

  • Any proposals due August 29 should be submitted to the Office of Sponsored Programs by Friday August 24.
  • Any proposals due August 30 should be submitted by Monday August 27.
  • Any proposals due August 31 should be submitted by Tuesday August 28.

Proposals that have not been submitted before the close of business on Tuesday August 28 will have to wait until Thursday August 30 to be reviewed and submitted.

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

Dr. Barry Burks

Barry L. Burks

Dr. Barry L. Burks has been named Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

Dr. Burks has been the associate director of the Charlotte Research Institute at the University of North Carolina Charlotte since 2007.  His focus there has been on the growth of the university’s research and research infrastructure and strengthening relationships between the UNC Charlotte research enterprise and the business community in North Carolina as well as national and international businesses.

He has a Ph.D. in experimental nuclear physics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He also holds a M.S. in nuclear physics from UNC-Chapel Hill and a B.S. in physics and mathematics from Lynchburg College.

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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.

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.”