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CoST Chair Named Society of Fire Protection Engineers Fellow

08/04/2020 in College of Science and 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.

Summer Series on Social Justice to be Hosted by N.C. A&T

06/18/2020 in Student Affairs

The Division of Student Affairs at N.C. A&T will host a virtual summer series on social justice, beginning Tuesday, June 23, at 6 p.m., to help students cope with the internal and external grief they may be experiencing and provide steps to move forward and evoke change in the world.

N.C. A&T BOTs Receive Vital Updates During Annual Retreat

06/18/2020

As N.C. A&T makes unprecedented decisions and changes for students, faculty and staff to return to campus for the 2020-21 academic year, the university’s Board of Trustees met virtually, June 18, for its annual retreat.

N.C. A&T Computer Science Student Receives White House Initiative Honor

06/18/2020 in College of Engineering

Oluchi Chukwunyere, a rising senior studying computer science at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, has been selected by the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities as a 2020 HBCU Competitiveness Scholar. Chukwunyere is among 44 students selected from 33 HBCUs nationwide to receive the initiative’s highest honor based on academic achievements, campus leadership, civic engagement and entrepreneurial spirit.

N.C. A&T Receives $1M to Fight COVID-19

06/11/2020 in Research and Economic Development

The UNC Board of Governors announced it will partner with the N.C. Policy Collaboratory at UNC-Chapel Hill to award $1 million in COVID-19 funding to each of the UNC System’s six historically minority-serving institutions, including North Carolina Technical and Agricultural State University.

Seven N.C. A&T Faculty Members Honored for Outstanding Research Contributions

06/05/2020 in Research and Economic Development

The Division of Research and Economic Development (DORED) at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University recognized seven faculty members for research contributions to their respective fields. A panel of 15 faculty members considered 29 researchers and selected winners based on rigorous criteria. The winners will receive stipends and plaques to recognize their achievements.

N.C. A&T Announces Second Cohort of SciTech Scholars

05/15/2020 in College of Science and Technology

The College of Science and Technology (CoST) at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University selected 26 incoming freshmen to join the second cohort of SciTech Scholars for the 2020-21 academic school year. The SciTech Scholars Enrichment Program provides two-year renewable merit- and need-based scholarships to high school seniors who plan to study chemistry, physics, mathematics or electronics technology.

N.C. A&T, Consortium Partners Awarded $5.7M Diabetes Center Grant

04/28/2020 in College of Health and Human Sciences

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Disease (NIDDK) at the National Institutes of Health awarded $5.7 million to North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and three North Carolina Diabetes Research Center (NCDRC) consortium partners. The award will support shared technological infrastructure for advancing innovative diabetes research and fostering interinstitutional collaborations in North Carolina.

N.C. A&T Air Force ROTC Cadet Selected to Join U.S. Space Force

04/22/2020 in College of Science and Technology

David Vermillion, a graduating physics student and Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps (AFROTC) cadet at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, has been selected to join the U.S. Space Force (USSF), a newly-established branch of the Armed Forces. The military service is responsible for organizing, training and equipping forces as a means to protect U.S. and allied interests in space.

N.C. A&T Leverages Technology During COVID-19

04/15/2020 in Admissions, Student Affairs, Students

In the wake of COVID-19, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University has shifted more than classes to the digital space. For the last month, university constituents have found applications like Zoom to be helpful for everything for information sessions to mental health support to additional learning opportunities.

N.C. A&T Researcher Conducts Pilot Study on Lead Exposure, Stress and Effects on Heart Health

04/08/2020 in Employees, College of Science and Technology

In its campaign to reduce lead poisoning, the World Health Organization consistently highlights data from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, which estimated that 1.06 million people died worldwide in 2017 because of lead exposure. Emmanuel Obeng-Gyasi, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Built Environment at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, conducted a pilot study to determine the role stress plays on cardiovascular disease risk markers in individuals who had been exposed to lead.

N.C. A&T Students Win Census Video Competition

04/01/2020

With the United States in a mad dash to make sure everyone was counted in the U.S. Census, two North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University students did their part to make sure their peers are in the number. 

N.C. A&T Dedicates Willie A. Deese College of Business and Economics

02/27/2020

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University dedicated its Willie A. Deese College of Business and Economics on Feb. 27 with a ceremony, tours and official presentation that attracted hundreds of luminaries representing the scope of Deese’s influence.

N.C. A&T Alumnus Deese Encourages Capital Campaign Contributions

02/24/2020

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University alumnus Willie A. Deese ’77 has begun a series of letters designed to push the university’s capital campaign, The Power of Do, past its goal of raising more than $100 million  by Dec. 31, 2020.

Inclement Weather Advisory

02/20/2020 in Employees, Students

In advance of expected inclement weather and poor traveling conditions later today, North Carolina A&T will move to Condition 2 at 2 p.m., with classes and events cancelled for the rest of the day and evening and the university on suspended operations.

N.C. A&T Announces Centers of Excellence Scholars

02/17/2020 in Research and Economic Development

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University announced Steven D. Cook ’82 ’85 has been named a scholar-in-residence at the Center of Excellence in Cybersecurity Research, Education, and Outreach (CREO) and Sandra K. Johnson, Ph.D., has been named a visiting scholar at the Center of Excellence in Entrepreneurship and Innovation and CREO.

N.C. A&T Patent Improves the Detection of Defects in Aircraft

02/17/2020 in Research and Economic Development, College of Engineering

A new patent from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University will improve nondestructive evaluation methods for subsurface aircraft defects. The patent, “Normalized Defect Characterization of Pulse Thermographic Nondestructive Evaluation,” was awarded to mechanical engineering professor Mannur J. Sundaresan, Ph.D., and his former advisee, Letchuman Sripragash, Ph.D.

N.C. A&T Partners with Downtown Greensboro, Inc. to Prototype Self-driving Shuttles

02/10/2020 in College of Engineering

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University received $50,000 from Downtown Greensboro, Inc. (DGI) that will go toward prototyping and deploying two self-driving shuttles. The funds will be allocated to the newly established North Carolina Transportation Center of Excellence in Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Technology (NC-CAV) at N.C. A&T’s College of Engineering (COE).

N.C. A&T Board of Trustees to Hold Special Called Meeting Feb. 7

02/05/2020

EAST GREENSBORO, N.C. (Feb. 5, 2020) – The North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University Board of Trustees will hold a special called meeting, at 8 a.m., Friday, Feb. 7, in the Chancellor’s Boardroom (Dowdy Rm. 424). A copy of the agenda is attached for review.

N.C. A&T Celebrates 60th Anniversary of Sit-In

02/03/2020

Hundreds came to the campus of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University on Friday morning to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the A&T Four’s peaceful sit-in at Woolworth’s Department Store to seek equal service.

The Fifth Freshman: Aggies Who Supported the Sit-In Movement

01/27/2020 in Alumni

Feb. 1, 1960 is the day four courageous freshmen sat down to protest the segregated lunch counters at the F.W. Woolworth's store on Elm Street. Feb. 2, 1960, the four became 16 and many of those participants are still referred to as, "The Fifth Freshman."

Sang and colleagues receive competitive grant to study ginger, asthma

01/09/2020 in Research and Economic Development, Agriculture and Natural Resources, College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University’s Shengmin Sang, Ph.D., and his colleagues at Columbia University are planning to study ginger's effect on asthma as the recipients of a four-year, $1.8 million R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health. Highly competitive, R01 grants fund health-related research and development.

N.C. A&T to Celebrate 60th Anniversary of Sit-In; Roland S. Martin to Keynote

01/09/2020 in Students

In celebration of the courageous and brave acts of Jibreel Khazan (formally Ezell Blair Jr.), Franklin McCain, Joseph McNeil and David Richmond – known collectively as the A&T Four – N.C. A&T will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Feb. 1, 1960 Sit-In with it Commemorative Program, beginning at 7 a.m., Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, with special guest speaker, Roland Martin.