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Aggies Win National 32nd Annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge

04/21/2021 in College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Engineering, College of Health and Human Sciences

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University emerged as the national champions of the 32nd annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC), with a 70-point lead against Florida A&M. This is the first year the university has laid claim to the title and will receive a $75,000 institutional grant in addition to the championship trophy.

N.C. A&T Advances to Final Four in 32nd Annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge

04/19/2021 in College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Engineering, College of Health and Human Sciences

An exceptional team representing North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is advancing to the final four round of the 32nd annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) following its win against Oakwood University. A&T joins Alabama A&M, Florida A&M and Morehouse University as this year’s semi-finalists and will compete virtually today at 6 p.m.

Fifth College of Engineering Hackathon Inspires Innovative Solutions to Complex Corporate Challenges

04/12/2021 in College of Engineering, College of Science and Technology

Not even a pandemic could hinder the talent at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University during the College of Engineering’s fifth hackathon, and second held virtually. One of the spring semester’s marquee events, HACKNCAT The Remix, boasted 22 teams consisting of over 100 competitors from the College of Engineering and College of Science and Technology, representing six undergraduate programs.

N.C. A&T’s Center of Excellence Recognizes Women Faculty in Manufacturing, Launches Academy

04/09/2021 in Research and Economic Development

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, women made up approximately 29 percent of the manufacturing workforce in 2020. Data show this trend has been consistent over the last five decades, seeing a peak at 33 percent in 1990. The Center of Excellence in Product Design and Manufacturing (CEPDAM) at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University recently launched a new academy to recognize and further enhance support of women faculty and students in the field.

University Galleries to Host Artist-Activists to Discuss the Intersection of Art and Social Justice

03/25/2021 in College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

The University Galleries at North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University will host a virtual program, “African American Women as Artists and Activists” on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 6 p.m. The discussion will feature artists Sunny Gravely Foushee and Virginia Holmes and will delve into the impact that art with a social justice theme is becoming a major component for today’s movements including Black Lives Matter. Noted actress and author Angela Ray will moderate the discussion.

University Galleries to Host In-Person Exhibition, “Freedom Ship: The Works of Curtis James”

03/19/2021 in College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

The University Galleries at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University will open its in-person exhibition, “Freedom Ship: The Works of Curtis James” on April 1, 2021 to run until June 30, 2021. The exhibition features 18 works by James that illustrate the 2006 children’s book, “Freedom Ship” by Doreen Rappaport. The story is based on the life of Robert Smalls, an escaped slave who piloted the slave ship, Planter, carrying other escaped slaves to freedom past the confederate battleships in Charleston, South Carolina. The exhibition was made possible through the generous art donation by Texas businessman Arthur Primas, who donated 35 works of art, including works by James and Bryan Collier.

N.C. A&T Journalism Students Apply Storytelling Skills to Curb Spread of Coronavirus

03/12/2021 in College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

As the global community marked the anniversary of the World Health Organization declaring COVID-19 a pandemic, students in their first semester multimedia storytelling course at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University produced a series of audio public service announcements designed to persuade their peers across campus to continue wearing masks, frequently washing hands and social distancing.

N.C. A&T Mechanical Engineering Senior Recognized as 2021 Namaskar Winner

03/12/2021 in College of Engineering

From the corridors of McNair Hall pre-pandemic, to the screens on Zoom, mechanical engineering senior Joshua Burnell is known as a student leader at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University who has strived to positively impact his department, college and university throughout his undergraduate academic career. During the celebration of National Engineers Week at A&T’s College of Engineering (COE), Burnell was selected as the 2021 Namaskar winner for his leadership, professionalism and his level of academic success. COE awards this distinction annually to a graduating senior, highlighting the importance of excellence in engineering and to encourage students to strive for excellence in their endeavors.

N.C. A&T Bioengineering Researcher Aims to Develop Mini-brain in Fight against Alzheimer’s Disease

03/02/2021 in Research and Economic Development, College of Engineering

Yeoheung Yun, Ph.D., a bioengineering professor at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, was awarded $1.43 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop a functional mini-brain model in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease (AD). According to the Alzheimer’s Association, AD affects more than 6 million Americans and is the most common cause of dementia.

A&T Alumnus Sanders Selected as Target HBCU Design Challenge Winner

02/26/2021 in College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

KeShawn Sanders, an alumnus of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS) at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, was selected as one of three inaugural first place winners of Target’s HBCU Black History Month Design Challenge. He received a $1,500 cash prize, an Apple MacBook Pro, the opportunity to engage Target senior design leaders, an Adobe Creative Cloud two-year membership as well as his winning design featured on T-shirts and tote bags available for purchase on Target’s Black Beyond Measure website.

University Galleries to host Artist Bryan Collier Virtual Exhibition and Program

02/17/2021 in College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

The University Galleries at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, will open the virtual exhibition, “Rosa: The Works of Bryan Collier” highlighted by a virtual program on Feb. 24 at 6 p.m., featuring Collier. The artist will discuss his work as an acclaimed artist and African American children’s book illustrator. The virtual program will be facilitated by noted actress and author, Angela Ray, and is free and open to the public through registration.

N.C. A&T Partners with NBCUniversal News Group in Newly-Launched, Nationwide Journalism Academy

01/14/2021 in College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is joining NBC Universal News Group and 16 academic institutions across the nation in the newly-launched NBCU Academy, a journalism training and development program for four-year university and community college students. NBCUniversal News Group announced the $6.5 million, multi-year partnership today, enhancing its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion by creating pathways for storytellers in underrepresented groups.

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 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.

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.

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 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. 

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.

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 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.

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.

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 Researchers Awarded $800K to Study Real-Time Fault Diagnosis for Autonomous Vehicles

04/30/2020 in College of Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Researchers in the College of Engineering at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University received an $810,000 Historically Black Colleges and Universities Excellence in Research (HBCU-EiR) collaborative grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to improve reliability by studying real-time fault diagnosis of self-driving vehicles.

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, Physics

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 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).

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, Agribusiness, Applied Economics and Agriscience Education

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 Names Clemson Research Official Vice Chancellor for Research, Economic Development

12/18/2019 in Research and Economic Development

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University has named a Clemson University administrator and researcher its new vice chancellor for Research and Economic Development. Eric Muth, Ph.D., is associate dean for research and graduate studies and a professor of psychology at Clemson. During his tenure as associate dean, he also served as chair of the university’s Intellectual Property and Conflict of Interest committees.

AGGIES RETURN TO CELEBRATION BOWL FOR THIRD STRAIGHT YEAR

11/25/2019

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is returning to the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl for a third straight year after thrashing archrival North Carolina Central 54-0 during Senior Day on Saturday at BB&T Stadium and claiming a share of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) regular season championship.

Students at N.C. A&T Learn the Process and Principles of Self-Love at Chancellor’s Speaker Series

10/04/2019 in Students, Chancellor’s Speaker Series

From the moment Chancellor Harold L. Martin Sr. took the stage at Harrison Auditorium for the Chancellor’s Speaker Series, “Love the Skin You’re In,” Oct. 3, student engagement was intense and consuming. From Martin’s comments regarding his experiences dealing with the effects of colorism to the daily experiences of guest panelists Laverne Cox, Shaun Ross and Amber Riley, the conversation was informative and transformational.