Category Archives: Training

John Deere again offers lean training to students

Deere logoStudents in agriculture, business, engineering, and technology can apply now for the seventh annual John Deere/N.C. A&T Lean Academy. The 40-hour course will be held January 5-9 in Price Hall. It includes three days of instruction and project-based activities and a two-day visit to John Deere’s facility at N.C. State University.

The Lean Academy program teaches participants how to add value with lean processes and apply them throughout their careers. For a look at how one John Deere unit applies lean manufacturing and continuous improvement, click here.

More than 200 A&T students have graduated from the academy in the last six years. It is hosted by the Department of Applied Engineering  Technology in the School of Technology. Click here for the brochure and application.

Faculty members: New to writing grant proposals? Apply now for the ‘Get Funded’ seminar series

The Division of Research and Economic Development and Bluford Library are offering an intensive proposal development series for faculty members with little or no grant-writing experience.

“Get Funded” will walk you through the full grant-writing process. The program will include 18 sessions of 90 minutes each. The sessions will build on knowledge gained from previous sessions. The series will begin later this semester.

Participating faculty will:

  • Prepare and submit a grant proposal to a sponsor,
  • Develop effective grantsmanship skills, and
  • Learn to use proposal development resources.

Application deadline is Monday, October 13. Signatures of your department chair and your school’s associate/assistant dean for research are required, so plan your time accordingly.  Click here for the application.

For more information, contact Nina Exner.

Aug. workshop on teaching ethical dimensions of coupled natural and human systems

National Science Foundation logoFaculty members from North Carolina A&T and Penn State will conduct a two-day workshop for A&T faculty, post-docs, and doctoral students in the sciences and engineering who are interested in integrating the ethical dimensions of coupled natural and human systems into their classes.

The “Ethical Dimensions of Coupled Natural and Human Systems Research” workshop will be held on campus August 13-14. Location and times will be announced soon. Details on the event are here. Funding is provided by the National Science Foundation.

The workshop is designed to improve pedagogical methods and capacity-building strategies.  Researchers will learn how to incorporate research ethics content into existing curriculum and will acquire the ability to develop content tailored to their area of expertise.

A&T faculty members sponsoring the workshop are Dr. Keith Schimmel, chairman of the Department of Energy and Environmental Systems (EES); Dr. Luba Kurkalova, Department of Economics and EES; and Dr. Yengeniy Rastigeyev, Department of Mathematics and EES.

Contact Schimmel,, 285-2329, by July 15 to register or for more information. You must reserve a spot to attend.  There is no charge for the workshop.  It is open only to N.C. A&T researchers.

Faculty inventors: Patent reform presentation

Flyer for Nov. 9 program at UNCG: The America Invents Act: Sweeping Patent Reform," presented by NC A&T and UNCG

Translational Research Workshop on Sept. 16

DETAILS: An event to introduce participants to the NC TraCS Institute and translational research – what it is, why it is important to community health, and how to become involved. The workshop will provide examples of successful translational research projects, a description of the services and programs offered by NC TraCS, and funding opportunities of interest.

DATE,  TIME AND LOCATION: Friday September 16, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Moses Cone Memorial Hospital, Classroom 29, 1200 North Elm Street, Greensboro.


MetaCore training Wednesday in Kannapolis

The UNCC Bioinformatics program will hold a demonstration and training session on MetaCore at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis this Wednesday, August 17. From the announcement:

“MetaCore is a platform designed for the systems-level analysis of gene and protein expression, metabolite profiles, SAGE and other types of high-throughput molecular data. MetaCore is based on the largest manually curated database of protein interactions, metabolic reactions, multi-step pathways and their linkage to diseases, drugs, functional processes and other clinically and biologically relevant information. MetaCore enables users to upload and analyze their data, perform data-driven reconstruction of biological networks and pathways and interpret results in the framework of multiple clinical and biological ontologies.”

The session will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bioinformatics Research Center in the DHMRI building on the research campus.  To sign up for the session or for more information, contact Phyllis Beaver,

Biotech Center to offer guidance on proposals

The Division of Research and Economic Development will host representatives from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center on Thursday August 11 to present a workshop on how to write proposals for submission to the Biotech Center.  Anyone who plans to submit a proposal to the Center, or is interested in learning about the Center’s funding opportunities, is strongly encouraged to attend.

The workshop will be held in the Fort IRC, Room 410, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  Please register for the event at the DORED training website. If you have questions, please call or email Saundra Evans, 334-7995 x2003, or Peggy Bolick, 334-7995 x2303,

Fall 2011 research training schedule released

The Division of Research and Economic Development has released the fall 2011 research training schedule (xslx file).  It includes:

  • A special joint presentation with the N.C. Biotechnology Center on writing proposals for grants from the center (August 11),
  • A joint presentation with Bluford Library on literature reviews for grant proposals (October 6),
  • Four lunch-and-learn sessions on the nuts and bolts of proposal development, and
  • Sessions on innovation, the federal SBIR/STTR program, and using patent datebases, presented by the Office of Outreach and Economic Development.

Registration for all events will be available at the DORED training website.

JSNN co-sponsors seminar on supercomputing for nanotech and nanobiotech researchers

The Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering is giving nanotechnology researchers from universities and industry a rapid introduction to the state of supercomputing and practical guidance in moving forward.

“Leveraging Supercomputing in Nano/NanoBio Research” will be held Wednesday July 20, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Gateway University Research Park, South Campus, 2901 East Lee Street, Suite 2200, in Greensboro. The JSNN is co-sponsoring the event with the Center of Innovation for Nanobiotechnology.

The seminar’s speakers are from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the Computational Center for Nanotechnology Innovations, a cyberinfrastructure partnership supported jointly by RPI, New York State, and IBM.  Details on the agenda.  Registration.

Manuscript writing workshop on campus May 24

Researchers in all disciplines are invited to take part in a half-day workshop on manuscript writing.  Dr. Giselle Corbie-Smith, Associate Professor of Social Medicine and Medicine at UNC-CH, will lead the session. It’s sponsored by the NC TraCS Institute and Greensboro AHEC.

The workshop will cover manuscript development, critique, and submission. Participants will have an opportunity to have a manuscript they are currently working on critiqued and receive feedback. Registering for this workshop will entail submitting a manuscript-in-progress by Wednesday May 18 to Chanetta Washington at  Submitted manuscripts will reviewed by Community Engagement Core faculty and staff for the purpose of preparing for the workshop only.  Participants are also asked to indicate their discipline and areas of research.

You must receive confirmation of your registration to attend the workshop. If you have any difficulty accessing the registration site or have any questions, contact