Energy & Environmental Systems weekly seminars

This spring, the Department of Energy and Environmental Systems will hold weekly seminars conducted by its doctoral students. All seminars will be held on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to noon. The location will vary between Fort IRC Room 410 and Gibbs 307.

The first seminar is this Thursday, Jan. 29, in Gibbs 307.

The seminars will cover a broad range of disciplines and topics, including carbon sequestration modeling, smart grid systems, sustainability in higher education, natural products’ immunotherapy effects on cancer, and topics relating to the NSF CREST Bioenergy Center and NSF Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials.

Dates and topics for the entire series follow the jump.

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N.C. A&T awarded $1.6 million to increase cybersecurity research and education

U.S. Department of Energy logoAs cyber attacks become more powerful and frequent, North Carolina A&T State University is again expanding its graduate-level cybersecurity program.

A national initiative announced Thursday will provide funding for the Department of Computer Science to expand enrollment in its master’s and doctoral programs. The growth comes just a year after the department admitted its first students at the Ph.D. level.

N.C. A&T will work with 12 other historically black colleges and universities and two national laboratories to dramatically grow the workforce of professionals, researchers and academics prepared to lead the nation’s defense against cyber attacks.

The project will be funded by the federal Cybersecurity Workforce Pipeline Consortium, a program to spark interest in cybersecurity in students from elementary school to graduate school.  The $25 million, five-year program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and its National Nuclear Security Administration.

A&T will be involved at the master’s and doctorate levels. Graduates from the other colleges and universities will study and conduct research at A&T.

Research will focus on cyber-identity protection and privacy in addition to cybersecurity in general.

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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.

N.C. A&T named 1890 University of the Year, honored for innovation and overall excellence

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University has been named the 1890 University of the Year.

N.C. A&T shared the award with the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. The honor was presented by the Council of 1890 Universities of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. The council presents the 1890 Teaching, Research and Innovation Awards to honor achievements at the 18 land-grant universities created by the federal Morrill Act of 1890.  All are historically black universities.

A&T also received the Innovation Award for the largest increase in transferring intellectual property into new products, processes, or services from 2012-2013 through 2013-2014. A&T shared this honor with the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff.

Among the innovations that A&T researchers have introduced recently are the world’s first hypoallergenic peanuts and a process to replace some of the petroleum content of asphalt with a substance derived from hog manure.

“It’s a tremendous honor for the extraordinary work being done on our campus by administrators, educators, researchers and our students,” Chancellor Harold L. Martin Sr. said.

“As we continue the journey to fulfill our strategic plan, A&T Preeminence 2020, it is imperative that we continue to make strides in the areas highlighted by this Council and beyond.”

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Health science researchers: Apply by November 17 for opportunity to receive release time next spring

Writing a quality proposal requires time, energy and thought, three commodities in short supply when you’re teaching a full class load. If you’re an A&T faculty researcher in health science who would benefit from release from one class to prepare a competitive proposal, we have an opportunity for you. And it’s an opportunity with a short turn-around time.

Applications are being taken through Monday November 17 for faculty release time from one class during the Spring 2015 semester to develop a proposal in the health science area in response to a solicitation from an external sponsor. The number of faculty members receiving funding will be limited only by the quality of proposals submitted by the November 17 deadline.

Apply only if you will work on a proposal due in late summer 2015 or early fall 2015. Spring 2015 deadlines are too close for faculty to benefit from this opportunity.

A question-and-answer session will be held on Wednesday November 5, 5:30 p.m., in the Fort IRC, Room 410.

Full details are here.

This is an especially good opportunity to collaborate with researchers at UNC Chapel Hill and RTI International, A&T’s partners in the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute (NC TraCS).  A&T faculty members are encouraged, but not required, to consider how their research interests may coincide with the priorities of NC TraCS.

A&T Fall Family Counseling Conference to include Youth Mental Health First Aid for non-professionals

THEME: “Fostering Families: Connecting Communities.”

WHEN AND WHERE: Thursday and Friday, November 20-21, Proctor Hall, Room 160.

AGENDA HIGHLIGHTS: Keynote speakers and presentations, youth mental health and supervision workshops, Graduate Research Poster Symposium.

PROPOSAL DEADLINE: Proposals for presentations are due this Friday, October 31, to Dr. Patricia Whitfield (click for email).

YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID: Youth Mental Health First Aid is offered as a featured workshop on Thursday, November 20, 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The workshop is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and others how to help adolescents (age 12-18) experiencing mental health or addiction challenges or who are in crisis. Note: This workshop is not intended for experienced mental health professionals. Registration is limited to 30 people.

Click here for more information and to register for the workshop only.

SPONSORS: Department of Human Development and Services, North Carolina A&T State University; Be a Substance Abuse and AIDS Free Environment (Be SAFE) North Carolina, A&T State University; North Carolina Association of Marriage and Family Counselors; Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Honor Society at North Carolina A&T State University.

TO REGISTER OR FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click here.

QUESTIONS: Dr. Patricia Whitfield, click for email, 334-7916.

Attention Nursing, health-care & ERC researchers: Seminar on pressure ulcer prevention, rehabilitation

WHAT: Weekly Engineering Research Center-Biomedical Engineering Seminar, 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m., Friday, October 31, McNair Hall Lecture Room 4

TOPIC: Pressure Ulcer Prevention: Common Rehabilitation Strategies

PRESENTERS:
Dr. Jennifer Martin
Assistant Clinical Professor and Co-Director of Clinical Education
Department of Physical Therapy, Winston-Salem State University

Ms. Holly Garrigan
Clinical Instructor,  Physical Therapist Programs
Duke University @ Cone Health System Greensboro

ABSTRACT: Pressure ulcers are a far-too-common medical complication associated with limited mobility and prolonged bed rest. In 2006, CMS reported 322,946 cases of pressure ulcers among Medicare patients, of which the average cost of treatment exceeded $40,000. Subsequently, CMS implemented stricter regulations restricting reimbursement to agencies and facilities that allowed pressure ulcers to develop prompting health care providers to renew focus on primary preventative strategies. This talk will present the physiological processes and contributing factors that lead to this serious health condition and discuss common preventative strategies employed by rehabilitation professional.

Journalism’s Alumni Town Hall Summit to explore issues arising from coverage of Ferguson, Ray Rice

JOMC Town Hall detailsFrom the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, news of an event this Friday, October 24, at 10 a.m.:

Reaction to the Aug. 9, shooting death of Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Mo. policeman continues to drive news cycles throughout the country. News coverage of the tragedy, largely driven by social media, resulted in the arrest and tear gassing of numerous journalists, who said such acts violated their first amendment rights. Critics argue that the journalists’ mistreatment should never have been part of the story’s narrative.

A few weeks after the Michael Brown shooting, Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens dominated the news when video footage showed the running back punching his soon-to-be wife in an Atlantic City elevator. Public outrage was swift and has yet to subside. Still, many observers say the punch, which knocked Janay Rice unconscious, is nobody’s business but the Rices.

What do crisis communicators say?

Those questions and more will be deliberated on Friday Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. to 12: 45 p.m. when the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication presents its 2014 Town Hall Summit, “Hands Up! Who’s Shooting!” and “Players’ Brawl: When Athletes and Celebs Need Crisis Communications.” The summit, which falls during A&T homecoming weekend, will enable alumni, students, faculty and others to explore the tenuous role of news media and public relations practitioners when tragedy and trauma unfold. The event will be held in the Crosby Hall TV Studio.

Invited special guests for Part I of the summit, “Hands Up! Who’s Shooting!.” include Wesley Lowery, a Washington Post reporter who was ordered to leave a McDonald’s while covering the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson. Lowery, recently named Emerging Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists, is also a frequent guest and contributor on MSNBC. Other panelists include Yasmine Regester, a reporter for the Carolina Peacemaker; Linda Florence Callahan, PhD, an A&T journalism professor; and A&T police chief, Glenn C. Newell.

Part II of the summit, “Players’ Brawl: When Athletes and Celebs Need Crisis Communications,” will welcome back Garry Howard, a seasoned sports and business journalist based in Charlotte, N.C. Other panelists include Brooke Waller, an employee communications representative for Northrop Grumman Corp.; Dawn Nail Davis, a communications officer for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at A&T; Kymberlee Norsworthy, a former Sony Music executive; and Bryan Holloway, associate athletics director/communications at A&T.

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Fall Agricultural Research Seminar, October 21: Analysis of NAFTA and of hogs’ breathing dynamics

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