2018 DORED News Archive

Empowering A&T's Emerging Agents

Corporate greed led to the fall of the economic market in 2008. Enter the Occupy Wall Street Movement in 2011. While crises such as national economic collapse often are considered incidents people and organizations should avoid at all costs, crises also provide opportunities for people whose voices are otherwise silenced the opportunity to inject their opinions publicly, challenge existing power structures and change the narratives in society. Crises can be an opportunity for the “little people” to change the course of history. Read more...

DORED Hosts Leadership Alliance’s Fall Business Meeting

During the period October 19 - 20, DORED hosted the fall business meeting of the Leadership Alliance, an academic consortium of 32 institutions of higher learning, including leading research and teaching colleges and universities. Its goal is to increase the presence of individuals from underrepresented groups among the faculties of U.S. colleges and universities. In addition to the meeting, their visit included a listening session for A&T stakeholders, a graduate school/summer research experience recruiting fair and a tour of JSNN. It was our pleasure to host this wonderful group!

COST Awarded $1.3 million from NIH for Research Training Program

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University’s College of Science and Technology has been selected for the Bridges to the Doctorate research training award of $1.3 million over a five-year period. The award from the National Institute of Health allows for a partnership between the College’s master’s programs in computational biology and computational science and engineering and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s doctorate programs in the same fields. N.C. A&T is the only historically black college or university selected for the award. Read more…

Linker Receives SRA’s Hartford-Nicholsen Award

Tim Linker, DORED’s Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Administration, has received the Hartford-Nicholsen Award. Conveyed by the Society of Research Administrators International, the award honors members who have contributed their professional expertise and volunteered services over the years which have benefited the entire Society. SRA International is the premier global research management society providing education, professional development and the latest comprehensive information about research management to over 5,000 members from over 40 countries. Congratulations Tim!

Researchers Secure NSF Award to Model Regional Food Security

Dr. Manoj Jha, an associate professor in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering in the College of Engineering, has received a $750,000 research award from the National Science Foundation. The grant will fund the modeling of linkages between biophysical processes and socio-economic factors and how these impact agricultural production and food consumption patterns. Principal Investigator (PI) Jha is joined by co-PIs Dr. Chyi Lyi (Kathleen) Liang in the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Dr. Lyubov Kurkalova in the College of Business and Economics, Dr. Greg Monty in the College of Engineering and Dr. Leila Hashemi Beni in the College of Science and Technology. Read more…

Dr. Marc Cook Teaches Us “Love Your Gut”

Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last few years, you have probably heard the discussions surrounding gut bacteria. Clinically known as “microbiota”, these terms reference the microbe population which lives in the human intestine. Now supported by a stocked shelf of over-the-counter pro-biotics, ensuring the health and survival of gut microbiota is big business, and big science for researchers like exercise physiologist and immunologist Dr. Marc Cook. Read more...

A&T Research Funding Surges to $64.26 Million

Faculty researchers at N.C. A&T earned $64.26 million in contracts and grants in 2017-18, an increase of nearly $2 million over the previous year. The university has been on a steady trajectory of growth over the past two decades, adding nearly $46 million in annual research funding since 2001. Those contract and grant monies – which come largely from the highly competitive federal funding sector – support a wide range of projects in areas ranging from food security to bioenergy to computer science and many points in between. N.C. A&T is one of the state’s three most productive public research campuses, along with North Carolina State and UNC-Chapel Hill.

DORED Bids Farewell to Dr. Saundra Evans

Faculty and staff, both present and past, in addition to family and friends were on hand to commemorate the retirement of Dr. Saundra Evans, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Services and Project Management. During her time with us, Saundra worked tirelessly to assist with proposal development, budget preparation and project management. She will be remembered for her positive attitude and gentle encouragement to both faculty and staff. Colorful tributes, unique gifts and even a heartfelt serenade marked the celebration of her accomplishments and generous service to the N.C. A&T community over the past 16 years. Godspeed Dr. Evans!

Dr. Guochen Yang Receives U.S. Patent No. 10,028,505 for Work with Alexandrian Laurel

Alexandrian laurel (Danae Racemosa L.) is an evergreen shrub in high demand. The seed germination of Alexandrian laurel often takes up to 12 to 18 months with a germination rate of only about 20%. Due to its slow-growth rate, it typically takes up to six years to produce a saleable one-gallon size plant. Dr. Yang and Ms.  Zhongge Lu have found that germinating seeds in the presence of cytokinins and/or auxins increased in vitro shoot multiplication and seedling quality enhancement in the shrub. The application of certain cytokine Benzyladenine was found to balance seedling development by simultaneously accelerating shoot growth and slowing down root growth, whereas another cytokine Thidiazuron significantly promoted shoot multiplication and proliferation by producing 5-30 shoots per seed. This research and the resulting patent will help ensure a more plentiful and reliable source of Alexandrian laurel in the agricultural marketplace, particularly in the landscape and nursery industries.

Exploring the Formation of Pollution Particulates

Dr. Solomon Bililign, colleague Marc N. Fiddler and doctoral student Jaime Green comprise N.C. A&T’s Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry research group. The team collaborated on a study led by researchers at the University of Washington, exploring the formation of pollution particulates containing sulfate and nitrate in the wintertime, when they are produced more slowly, but spread over larger geographic areas. The findings of the study were published the week of July 23 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in an article co-authored by Bililign, Fiddler and Green. Read more...

Dr. Mohd Anwar Named an RTI University Scholar

Dr. Mohd Anwar is the first N.C. A&T faculty member to be selected as an RTI University Scholar. The RTI University Scholars Program, in its fourth year, supports highly-talented academics who take scholarly leave from their home institutions to collaborate with RTI researchers. Anwar, an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science at N.C. A&T, will collaborate with RTI’s Kevin Conway, PhD, and Steve Cohen, PhD, to gather meaningful and actionable insight on the opioid crisis using social media. This year’s class of RTI University Scholars includes researchers from Duke University, North Carolina Agricultural & Technological State University, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Click here to learn more about the RTI Scholars Program.

TECHLAV Center Convenes Third Annual Meeting

The Center for Testing, Evaluation, and Control of Heterogeneous Large-scale Systems of Autonomous Vehicles (TECHLAV) convened nearly 100 professionals from across the academic, governmental and industrial spectrum to witness and celebrate research milestones regarding the autonomy capabilities of unmanned vehicles such as drones, rovers, surface and underwater vehicles. This event marks the third year in the five-year cycle of grant funding provided by the United States Department of Defense. Read More

Linker Appointed Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Administration

Tim Linker has been appointed Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Administration. The offices of Sponsored Programs, Contracts & Grants, and Financial Compliance will report to him. Tim joined us earlier this year from High Point University where he was the Director of Research Administration and Sponsored Programs. His undergraduate degree (political science) is from UNC Charlotte, with his two master’s degrees (international studies and organizational communications) being conferred from NC State University.

Tuttle Elected to NORDP Board of Directors

N.C. A&T is proud to announce that Paul Tuttle, Director of Proposal Development for the Division of Research and Economic Development, has been elected to a four-year term on the Board of Directors of the National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP). Research development encompasses a set of strategic, proactive, catalytic, and capacity-building activities designed to facilitate individual faculty members, teams of researchers, and central research administrations in attracting extramural research funding, creating relationships, and developing and implementing strategies that increase institutional competitiveness. NORDP serves research development professionals and their institutions by providing a formal organization to support professional development, enhance institutional research competitiveness, and catalyze new research and institutional collaborations.

Dr. Monty Measuring kW Reductions in Four UNC System Schools

Lighting consumes about 25 to 30 percent of the electricity in classroom and office buildings on a typical campus, which is why lighting is a high priority for efficiency upgrades. Energy researcher Dr. Greg Monty at N.C. A&T will measure and verify light-related usage at four UNC system schools: N.C. A&T, Winston-Salem State University, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and UNC-Charlotte. Over the past 25 years, many campuses have converted from inefficient tubes and incandescent bulbs to compact fluorescent bulbs and LEDs that use a fraction of the electricity and last many times longer. In addition, many buildings have been equipped with timers to turn off the lights during periods of no occupancy. Monty will do pre and post measurements to track kilowatt usage while keeping the same light intensity needed at the schools.

Six N.C. A&T Faculty Members Honored For Outstanding Research Contributions

The Division of Research and Economic Development at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is proud to announce the 2018 winners of the university’s research awards. Twenty-four N.C. A&T researchers were considered for awards this year, with six faculty members being honored for their research contributions at the university’s annual Celebration of Faculty Excellence ceremony and banquet. Read More

New Pilot Funding Opportunities Unveiled at Regional Diabetes Research Symposium

Diabetes researchers from across the state convened in Greensboro for the first annual Regional Diabetes Research Symposium, which was hosted by N.C. A&T in collaboration with Duke University, UNC-Chapel Hill and Wake Forest University. The universities are interested in promoting inter-institutional collaborations in diabetes research as part of the new North Carolina Diabetes Research Center (NCDRC). Pilot funds are now available for eligible new investigator teams! Read More

A&T’s Cho Exploring Better Batteries for Electric Vehicles

Sung-Jin Cho, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the North Carolina A&T Department of Nanoengineering, is developing a new generation of solid-state lithium batteries that will enable electric vehicles to do more with less. Cho’s work focuses on two specific areas: high-performance, hetero-structured cathode material and the fundamental study of rotating molecules for polymer electrolytes. Read More

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