Carbon Electronics Cluster Opens New Facility
NC State inaugurated a new carbon electronics laboratory in November, formally launching a state-of-the-art facility on Centennial Campus that brings together scientists and engineers from across the university to do cutting-edge work in this emerging field. The 6,000-square-foot Organic and Carbon Electronics Labs (ORaCEL) is part of the carbon electronics cluster, one of 20 such interdisciplinary groups in the Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program. This cluster was launched by Harald Ade, Goodnight Innovation Distinguished Professor in the Department of Physics, and is currently co-led by Franky So, Walter and Ida Freeman Distinguished Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and Phil Castellano, Goodnight Innovation Distinguished Chair in the Department of Chemistry.
Inspiring Tomorrow’s Leaders in Statistics
As part of efforts to inspire students and develop the next generation of women leaders in statistics, department head Len Stefanski has been using funds from his R.A. Fisher Distinguished Professorship endowment to send a group of women students to the annual Women in Statistics and Data Science (WSDS) conference for each of the past four years. This year, Eric Laber also funded a student’s attendance through his Goodnight Distinguished Professorship.
Statistician Laber Named Goodnight Distinguished Professor
The College of Sciences has named Eric Laber of the Department of Statistics as a Goodnight Distinguished Professor in Statistics. Laber, who joined the NC State faculty in 2011, focuses his research on data-driven decision making to advance areas like precision medicine, artificial intelligence and management of infectious diseases. And his lab uses innovative methods that apply data science to video games.
Molecular Toxicologist Smart Named Goodnight Distinguished Chair
The College of Sciences has named Rob Smart of the Department of Biological Sciences as the Goodnight Distinguished Chair in Molecular Toxicology. Smart, who joined the NC State faculty in 1986, researches the identification and characterization of genes and signaling pathways that determine susceptibility to cancer, particularly as it relates to gene-environment interactions. His lab also studies mechanisms by which environmental stressors induce skin cancer and how cells respond to DNA damage and tumor stress to decide to live or die.
Statistician Reich Named Cox Distinguished Professor
The College of Sciences has named Brian Reich of the Department of Statistics as the Gertrude M. Cox Distinguished Professor. Reich, who joined the NC State faculty in 2008, is well-known for his work on spatial statistics, extreme value analysis, variable selection and dimension reduction. He applies these methods to environmental areas such as ecology, air pollution and climate change, as well as to data from the physical and materials sciences.
Goodnight Spotlight: Loulou Batta
Support from the Goodnight Scholars Program has helped chemistry major Loulou Batta '21 navigate the challenges she has faced on her college journey.
Ready to Put Science to Work
Research and other opportunities at NC State have helped Daniela Fontecha, a double major in physics and chemistry, discover a passion for using science to improve the environment.
Opportunities Adding Up
NC State senior Yussef Guerrab hopes to blend interests in math, statistics, education and public policy into a career helping others.
Forecast: High Probability of Success
As a child, Clay Chaney loved watching meteorologists. Now, thanks to his opportunity to attend NC State, he is one himself.
To the Universe and Beyond
Every child grows up with a dream. Ana Sofia Uzsoy, a Park Scholar at NC State, wanted to be an astronomer. She has already been able to pursue topics that fit that dream, and she plans to pursue her doctorate in computational astrophysics.