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N.C. A&T College of Engineering Department Changes Name, Expands Curriculum

12/28/2020 in College of Engineering

The newly renamed Department of Computational Data Science and Engineering (CDSE) at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is changing more than just its name. The updated master’s program, now called Data Science and Engineering, and the updated doctoral program, Computational Data Science and Engineering, both offer new courses and focuses relevant to the future of engineering disciplines.

N.C. A&T Engineering Senior Named a Winner of Poster Competition at National Conference

12/28/2020 in College of Engineering

Mechanical engineering senior, Chelsea Wilson, had an extraordinary finals week at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. In addition to her many rigorous exams, she virtually attended and was named a winner of the Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) initiative conference poster competition. The C3E recognizes outstanding women leaders and accomplishments in clean energy for the goal of closing the gender gap and increasing the participation, leadership and success of women in clean energy fields. Seven out of 31 presenters were announced poster winners. For Wilson, this accomplishment confirms that whatever industry or educational path she pursues, she will excel.

N.C. A&T Researchers Continue Development of Science Capital Assessment Tool for HBCU STEM Students

12/28/2020 in College of Science and Technology, Biology

According to a 2018 Pew Research Center analysis, Blacks represented only 9% of employees in STEM-related fields. One study has also shown that Black and Hispanic students either transfer or drop out of these programs at higher rates than white students. Researchers at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University are addressing these challenges by developing an assessment tool to measure historically Black colleges and universities students’ science capital and leverage the information to create strategies that enhance their motivation and retention in STEM.

N.C. A&T, Verizon Address Digital Divide through Virtual STEM Academy, Provide Equipment for Local Students

12/28/2020

The pandemic highlights disparities in access, including access to technology for young students who were thrust into remote learning. In response, leaders at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University established a virtual STEM academy for the summer and academic school year and provided laptops to 60 students at Allen Middle School after receiving a $50,000 COVID-19 relief grant from Verizon.

Addressing Diabetes-associated Health Disparities: A Wake-up Call Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic

12/22/2020 in College of Health and Human Sciences

According to the Centers for Disease Control, adults living with diabetes are at an increased risk of experiencing severe illness or complications when exposed to COVID-19. The disease is the seventh leading cause of death in the country and disproportionately affects minority ethnic groups and economically disadvantaged populations. Type 2 diabetes is driven by the obesity crisis. Obesity prevalence is especially pronounced in many Southeastern states, including North Carolina. The North Carolina Diabetes Research Center (NCDRC), a consortium comprised of Wake Forest University, UNC-Chapel Hill, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and Duke University, hosted a successful virtual workshop for faculty members from academic research institutions in North Carolina and surrounding states during Diabetes Awareness Month. The focus of this year’s workshop was “Addressing Diabetes-related Health Disparities in Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic.” N.C. A&T leads the NCDRC Enrichment Program, which organized the workshop.

Three N.C. A&T Colleges Partner to Establish ‘February One Scholars’ Program

12/21/2020 in Admissions, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Education, College of Health and Human Sciences

As part of philanthropist MacKenzie Scott’s historic donation to North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, three of the university’s colleges have partnered to provide new full scholarships that will be available to eligible students starting next fall, delivering immediate impact for Scott’s visionary investment.

ESPN to Rebroadcast Aggies’ 2019 Celebration Bowl Championship Game

12/09/2020

ESPN Events will host a virtual watch party of the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University Aggies’ 2019 Celebration Bowl football championship game Thursday, Dec. 10, from 8 to 11 p.m. The game against the Alcorn State University Braves will re-air simultaneously on ESPNU.

N.C. A&T’s COAACH shines a light on National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

11/24/2020

When President Ronald Reagan designated November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in 1983, fewer than two million Americans were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease at the time. Today, that number has soared to nearly six million people. This month aims to increase the general public’s understanding of the disease, the impact it has on the person directly affected and their caretakers, and highlight potential care options and best practices. The Center for Outreach in Alzheimer’s, Aging and Community Health (COAACH) at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is dedicated to providing support to African Americans and other vulnerable communities living with Alzheimer’s and related dementias, along with educating them, their families and caregivers.

North Carolina Poet Laureate To Headline Discussion on Reclaiming Peace 

11/18/2020 in College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Journalism & Mass Communication English

The Department of English will host a virtual program, “Claiming/Reclaiming Peace” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18. The discussion will feature Jaki Shelton Green, The North Carolina Poet Laureate; CJ Suitt, Chapel Hill Poet Laureate; and Ta’Mia King, Aggie Poet Laureate. The program will be an evening of conversation centered on intergenerational perspectives on social justice and creative arts. 

N.C. A&T Partners with Arch MI to Provide Scholarships, Internships and Fellowships

11/13/2020 in College of Business and Economics, College of Science and Technology

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University has established a five-year partnership with Arch Mortgage Insurance Co. (Arch MI) to provide scholarship support, internship and fellowship opportunities to students in the Willie A. Deese College of Business and Economics and the College of Science and Technology (COST).

N.C. A&T Names Hwang Director of Institutional Research

11/11/2020

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University announced Li-Shyung “Lily” Hwang, Ed.D., has been named director of institutional research in the Office of Strategic Planning and Institutional Effectiveness (OSPIE), effective Nov. 16.

N.C. A&T Recognizes 11 Distinguished Alumni at Fall Convocation

10/30/2020 in Alumni, Students

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University celebrated its annual Fall Convocation program virtually Thursday, Oct. 29, via Zoom. During the program, Chancellor Harold L. Martin Sr. presented the state of the university and welcomed alumni to the “Greatest Homecoming on Earth” virtual celebration.

N.C. A&T Computer Science Student Interviews 2019 Abel Prize Winner at 8th Heidelberg Laureate Forum

10/16/2020 in College of Engineering

Janelle C. Mason, a North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University computer science Ph.D. candidate, recently interviewed 2019 Abel Prize winner, Karen Uhlenbeck, Ph.D., as part of the eighth Heidelberg Laureate Forum. The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, which Mason shared with Jacqueline Godoy Mesquita, Ph.D., a professor of mathematics at the University of Brasília in Brazil, resulted in a humbling and well-deserved experience.

N.C. A&T to Host Virtual Health Equity Symposium, Call for Proposals

10/12/2020 in College of Health and Human Sciences

This year has been rife with tensions and tragedies around race and social justice. Between protests for justice, and the health disparities laid bare by COVID-19, the need to address health and healthcare-related inequalities cannot be overstated. The College of Health and Human Sciences is answering this call by hosting in a two-day virtual symposium on Nov. 12 and Nov. 13 for A&T faculty, staff and students, faith communities in Guilford, Rockingham and Alamance counties, partners at Cone Health and NC Action Coalition, and community members. The goal of this year’s symposium is to generate a robust discussion on prevention, health behaviors, healthcare experiences and best practices for moving forward.

Congresswoman Adams and Edwards to Be Honored by NBCAHOF for N.C. A&T

09/25/2020 in Alumni

The National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation (NBCAHOF) will host its annual hall of fame induction ceremony virtually at 6:45 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25. Among this year’s stellar class of honorees representing North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University are Congresswoman Alma Adams ’68 in the government and law category and Leroy Thornton Edwards ‘72, CEO of The Edwards Company in the business category.

N.C. A&T Engineering Faculty Awarded $449K to Futurize Naval Communications Equipment

09/18/2020 in College of Engineering

A team of undergraduate, graduate and faculty researchers in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University won a highly competitive $449,052 grant from the Department of the Navy’s HBCU/MI program to collaborate with the Navy on improving radio frequency (RF) communication systems. The research will use gallium nitride (GaN) device technology to create smaller and more efficient solid state-based RF amplifiers.

N.C. A&T Receives IBM Quantum Research Center Designation, Joins Broader HBCU Education Initiative

09/17/2020 in College of Engineering, College of Science and Technology

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University joins IBM’s newly established collaboration today with 13 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to equip students pursuing quantum computing careers. The IBM-HBCU Quantum Center is a multi-year investment, and A&T’s proven strengths in ground-breaking STEM research and academic rigor resulted in the university’s selection and designation as one of five HBCU leading quantum research centers in the partnership.

N.C. A&T Names Inaugural Class for Advisory Council on Alumni Relations

09/15/2020 in Alumni

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University announced today the inaugural members of the Advisory Council on Alumni Relations, a non-fiduciary, non-governing group that works with the Office of Alumni Relations by providing feedback that enhances programming for alumni engagement.

Cree Donates $4M to N.C. A&T to Support Prominent STEM Programs

09/14/2020

Cree, Inc. and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University today announced that Cree will donate a total of $4 million over the next five years as part of the global leader in silicon carbide technology’s ongoing, long-term commitment to enriching the communities it serves and calls home.

N.C. A&T Receives $1M Gift from Bank of America

09/09/2020

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University received $1 million from Bank of America through the bank’s $1-billion commitment over the next four years to advance racial equality and economic opportunity.

N.C. A&T Receives $550K NSF Award to Establish a Network of Self-Driving Shuttles

09/08/2020 in College of Engineering

An interdisciplinary research team at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University has received $550,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to establish a Testbed of Connected Autonomous MicroTransit Vehicles. This funding is in addition to the $235,000 contribution from A&T’s College of Engineering (COE), Downtown Greensboro Incorporated (DGI) and North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), for an overall investment of $785,000. 

1890 Land-Grant Institutions Celebrate 130 Years

08/31/2020

This year, land-grant institutions, including North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, will celebrate the 130th anniversary of the Morrill Act of 1890, which established a land-grant university system of HBCUs in states where African Americans were banned from accessing a public higher education.

N.C. A&T, Partners Kick Off Biology of Cancer Semester-long Seminar Series to Increase Cancer Awareness

08/31/2020 in College of Science and Technology

Checo J. Rorie, Ph.D., interim chair of the Department of Biology at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, along with professors at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) and UNC-Chapel Hill, created The Biology of Cancer: Exploring the Role of Race, Class, and Socioeconomics in the Underserved and the Underrepresented, a semester-long course that primarily introduces HBCU students to cancer research, treatment and public health topics. The live webinar series is free and open to any major as well as the general public and will feature presentations from cancer biologists, physicians and other public health experts and specialists.

Speaker Series at N.C. A&T to Feature Veteran CNN Anchor Discussing Power of Privilege

08/17/2020 in Chancellor’s Speaker Series

The Chancellor’s Speaker Series at N.C. A&T will hold its first of a three-part series for the semester. The initial conversation, “The Power of Privilege,” will feature veteran news anchor and correspondent, Don Lemon, moderated by alumna and sociologist, Destiny-Simone Ramjohn, Ph.D. The virtual event will take place, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, at 6 p.m., via ncatchancellorsspeakerseries.com.

CoST Chair Named Society of Fire Protection Engineers Fellow

08/04/2020 in College of Science and Technology, Applied Engineering Technology

Aixi Zhou, Ph.D., P.E., chair of the Department of Applied Engineering Technology at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, has been named a 2020 Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) Fellow. Zhou, an SFPE member since 2008, was selected along with only eight other members in recognition of their achievements in the field and outstanding contributions to society. Since its inception in 1950, the international organization has named only 322 fellows out of its 4,700 members.

N.C. A&T-led Team Awarded $238K to Address Barriers to STEM Workforce Diversity

07/22/2020 in College of Science and Technology

To learn more about the impact service learning, course-based research experiences (SL-CURE) can have on students, the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded $238,214 to researchers in the College of Science and Technology (CoST) at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. The funding will support a collaborative research project across multiple institutions to study a hybrid course designed to influence students from various disciplines and their perceptions, interests and motivations to pursue careers in STEM and research.

N.C. A&T Team Determines Method to Improve Shelf-Life of Peanuts

07/13/2020 in College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

A study led by Jianmei Yu, Ph.D., a research associate professor in the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, evaluated whether the protease treatment of peanuts will have an impact on the oxidative stability during storage. Yu’s previous study showed this treatment was more effective than others in reducing the allergen content of peanuts.

N.C. A&T Researchers Receive $200K to Study Psychosocial Determinants of Successful Remote Learning

07/07/2020 in College of Health and Human Sciences

The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded a $200,000 grant to an interdisciplinary team at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University to study the psychosocial determinants of successful remote learning among students from N.C. A&T and other public HBCUs. The faculty team consists of investigators with complementary expertise: lead principal investigator Adrienne Aiken Morgan, Ph.D. (psychology), Anna Lee, Ph.D. (psychology), Stephanie Teixeira-Poit, Ph.D. (social work and sociology), Jeannette Wade, Ph.D. (social work and sociology), Smriti Shrestha, Ph.D. (statistician, nursing), and Christopher Doss, Ph.D. (electrical and computer engineering).

N.C. A&T College of Engineering Department Chair Honored with Two Awards

07/06/2020 in College of Engineering

Stephanie Luster-Teasley, Ph.D., chair of the civil architectural and environmental engineering department at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, received awards from the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and Michigan State University (MSU), where she earned her M.S. in chemical engineering and Ph.D. in environmental engineering. Luster-Teasley, an N.C. &T alumna, won the ASEE Environmental Division Service Award and was recognized by MSU with the 2020 Civil and Environmental Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award.

N.C. A&T Faculty Member Organizes International Workshop on Air Quality Decline in African Cities

06/22/2020 in College of Science and Technology

Solomon Bililign, Ph.D., a professor of physics at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, is the chair of a nine-person international committee for a three-day workshop on Pilot Design for Air Quality in Africa, which will be held at the University of Maryland College Park this fall. Experts from the U.S., Ethiopia and Europe will develop research methodology to better measure and understand sources and chemistry of pollutants in emerging African megacities like Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

N.C. A&T Hosts Online Development Workshops for Faculty

06/22/2020 in Academic Affairs

The Office of Undergraduate Research and the ADVANCE Institutional Transformation (IT) project at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University developed a two-part online workshop series for approximately 25 N.C. A&T and Elizabeth City State University faculty members. The series, “CURE-M: A Novel Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) Institute with Culturally Responsive Mentor CRM) Training,” was funded by a UNC System Undergraduate Research Program grant.