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Weekend read: Boom time for Mozambique

A good, long-ish read for the weekend. From The Guardian, “Boom time for Mozambique, once the basket case of Africa”:

“The national currency was the best performing in the world against the dollar. Investment is pouring in on an unprecedented scale; as if to prove that history has a sense of irony, Portuguese feeling Europe’s economic pain are flocking back to the former colony, scenting better prospects than at home. Increasingly this is the rule, not the exception in Africa, which has boasted six of the world’s 10 fastest-growing economies in the past decade. The first oil discovery in Kenya was confirmed on Monday, while the British firm BG Group announced that one of its gas fields off the Tanzanian coast was bigger than expected and could lead to billions of pounds of investment. Bankers, analysts and politicians have never been so bullish about the continent, which barely 10 years ago was regarded as a basket case.”

50 years later, Attles recalls Wilt’s biggest game

OK, this has nothing to do with research, but it does involve an Aggie worth remembering and his participation in an event the like of which we’re likely to never see. If you’re not interested in basketball, so long and we’ll see you next time.

“On March 2, 1962, Al Attles went 8-for-8 from the field while flipping in 17 points during the Philadelphia Warriors’ victory over the New York Knicks.”

Attles was a second-year player from N.C. A&T.  He had a nice little game that night, but no one noticed then and no one remembers now.  All anyone remembers about that legendary night is Wilt Chamberlain.  At, Attles, a Basketball Hall of Fame member and one of the greatest Aggie athletes ever, reflects on an astounding game and an astounding teammate.

An up-close look at Duke’s lemurs

The Duke Lemur Center has the largest group of lemurs in the world outside their native Madagascar.  Tours are given Mondays through Saturdays (details here), and they give you the opportunity to get a very close look at the little prosimian primates. You’re never going to get a better opportunity without actually going to Madagascar.

A lemur enjoys an afternoon snack at the Duke Lemur Center.

A lemur with a leafy green afternoon snack at the Duke Lemur Center.

Free-ranging lemurs at Duke

Out in the woods: Lemurs who respond well to training get to run free (within limits) when the weather is sufficiently warm (above 40 for three straight days).

Sign at the Lemur Center: "Caution: Animals will bite"

Be advised.

Happy holidays from the staff of DORED

The Division of Research and Economic Development staff

The Division of Research and Economic Development staff wishes you a joyous holiday season and a happy new year!

Two interns with Office of Research Services selected for national leadership programs

N.C. A&T seniors Felicia Lawrence, left. and Celeste Paylor

N.C. A&T seniors Felicia Lawrence, left. and Celeste Paylor

The hard work done by Felicia Lawrence and Celeste Paylor extends well beyond the classroom. The two N.C. A&T seniors have not only contributed to the success of the Office of Research Services as interns, they were also selected for two prestigious student leadership programs this semester.

Lawrence was selected to attend the Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s 11th Annual Leadership Institute and Recruitment Fair. Having successfully completed an intense interview process, she and other young leaders from historically black colleges and universities across the country attended a four-day workshop in New York City. The leadership institute featured a career fair and workshops on professional and personal development.  Lawrence is a senior journalism and mass communications major from Chicago.

Paylor was admitted to the fourth annual KeyBank Creativity and Leadership Symposium hosted by the Max M. Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. She had an opportunity to network with successful business executives and met other undergraduates who have experienced great academic success while studying business. The three-day program allowed her to work with faculty in the Fisher College of Business.  Paylor is a senior marketing major from Hillsborough, North Carolina.

“These students are excellent examples of N.C. A&T’s high-achieving students,” said Saundra Y. Evans, director of the Office of Research Services.  “They are bright, capable and conscientious.  They’re going to have great success after they graduate.”

Paylor is scheduled to graduate this month and has received several job offers. Lawrence will graduate in May 2012 and plans to attend graduate school to study international relations.

N.C. A&T ranked highly in engineering graduates and several other undergraduate disciplines

Diverse magazine's Top 100 Degree Producers logoEngineering isn’t the only discipline in which N.C. A&T leads the nation in awarding bachelor’s degrees to African Americans. The university is also first in two other disciplines, second in two and in the top 12 in seven more. It ranks second in the total number of bachelor’s degrees awarded to African Americans, up from third last year.

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education ranks the “Top 100 Degree Producers” each year, based on the universities’ reports to the U.S. Department of Education. This year’s lists reflect figures for the 2009-10 academic year.

This year’s rankings for A&T undergraduate degree programs:

  • 1st: Engineering; engineering technologies and engineering-related fields; and parks, recreation, leisure and fitness studies.
  • 2nd: Communication, journalism, and related programs; and marketing.
  • 3rd: Agriculture, agriculture operations, and related sciences.
  • 5th: Accounting and related services; visual and performing arts.
  • 8th: Psychology.
  • 9th: Liberal arts and sciences, general studies and humanities.
  • 11th: Family and consumer sciences/human sciences.
  • 12th: Computer and information sciences and support services.

In overall bachelor’s degree totals for African Americans, the university ranks second to the online University of Phoenix.  A&T passed Florida A&M University this year, as FAMU fell to third with a 12 percent drop in total bachelor’s degrees to African Americans.

The rest of the top 10:

Phoenix, Ashford and AmericanIntercontinental — which are entirely online or have large online programs — all posted dramatic increases in bachelor’s degrees awarded to African Americans.

Campus media note: College Radio Day

A note worth knowing from the Winston-Salem Journal:

Stations from Wake Forest University, UNC Greensboro and N.C. A&T State University will be among those participating today in College Radio Day, a national campaign to raise awareness of the importance of college radio in the community. There will be special programming, prize giveaways and more. For details, visit

That’s WNAA, 90.1 FM,