Economic Perspective: Top Five Questions
William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor Mike Walden gets a lot of questions about the economy, but five seem to come up most often. Walden's latest Economic Perspective takes a look at topics that everyone is curious about.
A Bright Idea
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management (FREEDM) Systems Center led by NC State is celebrating 10 years of work changing how we use energy. Iqbal Husain, FREEDM director and ABB Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, discusses the center's collaborative efforts to develop next-generation electric grid technologies.
Two Engineering Leaders Named to Professorships
Saad Khan and Orlin Velev, professors in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, have been appointed to named professorships, in “promotions” from their previous named positions. In recognition of their outstanding scholarly achievements, Khan is now the INVISTA Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Velev, an S. Frank and Doris Culberson Distinguished Professor.
Prominent Physicist Schaefer Named Doggett Distinguished Professor
NC State's College of Sciences has named Thomas Schaefer, a faculty member since 2003, as the Wesley O. Doggett Distinguished Professor. The professorship was established by a group of physics alumni, led by Norman Banks, David Montgomery and Lawrence Ives, to honor the late Wes Doggett, one of the first graduates of the university's Bachelor of Nuclear Engineering program and a member of the physics faculty for 35 years. The gifts were supplemented by a match from an endowment established by anonymous donors that supports the activities of a full professor in the Department of Physics.
Leading a Global Conversation on Deforestation Through Remote Sensing
A partnership between Edwin F. Conger Professor Dr. Erin Sills and assistant professor Dr. Josh Gray, who both work in the College of Natural Resources' Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, is revealing never-before-seen images of Earth and providing new snapshots of deforestation patterns that can better track landscape changes over time. Accurate data is key to international discussions about tropical deforestation and climate change.
Think Pink: Distinguished Professor Helps Develop New Hydrangea
Tom Ranney, J.C. Raulston Distinguished Professor in the Department of Horticulture Science, led the effort to create the "pink hydrangea," an NC State-bred twist on a classic native garden shrub. The plant has been a hit with consumers and has helped generate more than $1 million for breast cancer research.
Chemist Smirnov Named Scott Distinguished Professor
The College of Sciences has named Alex I. Smirnov of the Department of Chemistry as the Governor Robert W. Scott Distinguished Professor. Smirnov, a prominent chemist who joined the NC State faculty in 2000, conducts interdisciplinary research in the areas of magnetic resonance, spin physics, nanotechnology, and biophysics of lipid bilayers and membrane proteins.
CCEE in the Spotlight
Faculty, students and alumni from NC State's Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering were prominent at this year’s annual conference of the Air & Waste Management Association, held in June. Dr. H. Christopher Frey, the Glenn E. and Phyllis J. Futrell Distinguished University Professor, delivered the association's 48th annual critical review.
The Best Mousetrap Doesn’t Always Win
Stacy Wood joined NC State in 2010 as the Langdon Distinguished University Professor of Marketing. Her research on the psychology of innovation and related trends helps companies around the world understand human behavior, which boosts their efforts to develop and market new products and services. Wood also created NC State's Consumer Innovation Collaborative, an academic-corporate research initiative.
Simple Cockroach Control Method Lowers Respiratory Health Risks
Coby Schal, the Blanton J. Whitmire Distinguished Professor of Entomology at NC State, and Felicia Rabito, an associate professor of epidemiology in Tulane’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, recently conducted experiments showing that children in homes using simple, inexpensive baits to eliminate cockroaches had fewer asthma symptoms, used health-care services less and improved their lung function.