2019 DORED News Archive

DORED Bids Farewell to Wayne Szafranski

Wayne Szafranski, DORED’s Assistant Vice Chancellor of Outreach and Economic Development is leaving the university after 13 years of service. Wayne received his undergraduate and master’s degrees in chemistry from Clarkson University in New York. His career path included stops at the Eastman Kodak Company, Ciba-Geigy and Konica Minolta. He moved to Greensboro 30 years ago with his wife and two daughters, joining the Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship in 2005. He came to N.C. A&T as director of Technology Transfer in 2007, and became its Assistant Vice Chancellor of Outreach and Economic Development in 2010. Wayne’s next role includes business development responsibilities for Gateway Research Park’s South Campus in Greensboro. Godspeed Wayne, and thank you for your service!

N.C. A&T’s “Energy Days” Event April 9 & 10

More than 100 scientists, N.C. A&T faculty, graduate students and staff will be on hand to guide more than five thousand students and members of the public through this year’s Energy Days event. Duke Energy, the primary event sponsor, will feature a drone demo inside the BB&T Football Stadium showing how the utility uses drones to help communities recover from storm damage. They will also perform a safety demonstration which educates citizens about the dangers associated with downed power lines. Read more...

N.C. A&T Hosts Regional Diabetes Symposium

N.C. A&T has joined forces with North Carolina's three translational science institutes (UNC-CH, Duke and Wake Forest), to lead the North Carolina Diabetes Research Collaborative. For the second consecutive year, A&T will host the Regional Symposium, inviting researchers from North Carolina and surrounding states to meet to develop translational, cross-institutional projects in the realms of diabetes, obesity and metabolism. Friday, March 15, 2019, the President-Elect of the American Diabetes Association will present a keynote address on the status of diabetes, followed by presentations regarding diabetes research advancement. Researchers interested in contributing to the advancement of diabetes research are welcome to learn more and register.

Cook Awarded Biological Collection and Analysis Support

Dr. Marc Cook, an assistant professor of exercise science in the Department of Human Performance and Leisure Studies, has secured microbiome research support from uBiome in the form of biological sample collection kits and corresponding sample analysis. Dr. Cook uses samples like these to study the interactions between gut microbial composition and cardiovascular health risks, such as hypertension in African-American college athletes. Read more about his research interests including exercise immunology, racial disparities in endothelial dysfunction and subsequent cardiovascular disease, gut dysbiosis and vascular disease.

Dr. Robert Newman Shows Us That Cells Never Rest

The human body is composed of trillions of cells, the basic building blocks of all living things. Our cells perform many diverse functions, including converting nutrients from food into usable energy, promoting growth, and preventing infection and disease. Each of these cellular functions involves a series of coordinated biochemical reactions and, in order for cells to function efficiently, they must “know” which reactions to “turn on” and which ones to “turn off” in the face of an ever-changing environment. Read more… 

Dr. Luster-Teasley Partners with Triad Growth Partners to Leverage Research

Dr. Stephanie Luster-Teasley’s research involves chemical oxidation, water and wastewater treatment and remediation. Her patented RemRx™ treatment technology supports the sustainability efforts of Triad Growth Partners (TGP) in Greensboro. TGP is developing innovative solutions for the $60 billion remediation market to decrease cost, increase efficacy and restore water and land in a sustainable manner. AxNano (the technology development group of TGP) is designing these advanced solutions as part of Luster-Teasley’s RemRx™ treatment technologies platform. RemRx™ brings together advanced technologies to create proprietary and highly tunable products that safely address the needs of global development leaders and industry looking for sustainable solutions.

DORED Celebrates Issuance of European and U.S. Patents

A European patent was recently issued to faculty researchers in the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. Dr. Mohamed Ahmedna, Dr. Jianmei Yu and Dr. Ipek Goktepe are the proud recipients of European counterpart to U.S. Patent No. 8,211,485 issued in July 2012. The researchers’ claims are generally directed to a method for reducing the allergenic protein content of a blanched or roasted peanut kernel by contacting the kernel with at least 0.001%(w/w) of an endopeptidase enzyme; such enzymes include pepsin, trypsin or alpha-chymotrypsin. In addition, Dr. Yeoheung Yun and Dr. Youngmi Koo in the College of Engineering have received U.S. Patent No. 10,128,512, entitled “Paper-based Magnesium Battery and the Use Thereof,” which relates generally to paper-based magnesium batteries such as those found in wearable or point-of-care devices.

DORED Unveils 2018 Annual Report

Please take a few moments to revisit and celebrate the research success that N.C. A&T faculty brought to the university in Fiscal Year 2018. From autonomous vehicles, to engineering a better food bank, to additive manufacturing, to exploring the medicinal uses of ginger, Aggie researchers are advancing education, fostering community engagement and catalyzing economic development. Enjoy these stories about innovative solutions that address the challenges and economic needs of North Carolina, the nation and the world! View the Annual Report Here…

Dr. Beni Using UAVs for Flood Mapping and Management

Dr. Leila Hashemi Beni, an assistant professor in the Geomatics Program in the Department of Built Environment in the College of Science and Technology, is using unmanned autonomous vehicles as remote sensing mechanisms to develop flood mapping in the state of North Carolina. Supported by a three-year, $300K grant through the National Science Foundation, Beni’s project is designed to gain a fundamental understanding of UAV data processing and to develop a research program on remote sensing data processing for environmental management. The NSF grant provides programming support for research experiences impacting both high school and undergraduate students, whose research will be further integrated into new undergraduate and graduate curriculum at the university. Read more…

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