October Announcements

  • NC State has begun work on the development of a new Electronic Research Administration (eRA) system that will support and expand the university’s research infrastructure. Faculty and staff can find out more about the project at research.ncsu.edu/intranet/era/.
  • The Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina (UNC) system is seeking input in developing a strategic plan that will guide decision making in the years ahead. The plan will be centered around five themes: access; student success; affordability and efficiency; excellent and diverse institutions; and economic impact. Faculty, staff and students are invited to share perspectives on the development of the plan in two ways: complete a brief confidential survey (available through Nov. 20) and/or attend a public forum on Monday, Nov. 7, 1-3 pm, Piedmont – Mountains Ballroom, Talley Student Union.
  • The entire campus community is invited to take part in Red and White Week, NC State’s homecoming celebration, October 23-29. Under the Microscope: The Innovation and Economic Impact of Beer, a symposium exploring how university researchers, faculty, entrepreneurs and alumni are at the forefront of the beer industry, will take place Thursday, Oct. 27 from 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m., at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course (Carol Johnson Poole Clubhouse). For all Red and White Week information, visit http://bit.ly/1j5MYiI.
  • On Wednesday, October 19, Nobel Laureate Dr. Hiroshi Amano will be visiting campus from Nagoya University in Japan. Dr. Amano is a co-recipient of the 2014 Nobel Prize for Physics, for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes (LED) which has enabled bright and energy-saving white LED light sources.
  • Three finalists in the search for a new director of the Institute for Emerging Issues visited campus in late September and early October. They are: Tina Morris-Anderson, director, Research and Information Technology Division, North Carolina Department of Labor; Lesley Boney, vice president, International, Community and Economic Engagement, University of North Carolina; and Brian Kelsey, principal and founder, Civic Analytics LLC. Provost Arden hopes to announce a new director by the end of October.
  • The Provost is responsible for reviewing the administrative performance of deans and vice provosts at least every five years. Three reviews have been scheduled for this semester: Vice Chancellor and Dean of Academic and Student Affairs Mike Mullen, College of Veterinary Medicine Dean Paul Lunn and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean Rich Linton. During the review process, members of each unit will have the opportunity to complete a survey and participate in sessions with the Provost and Chancellor.
  • Dr. Trevor Little is interim department head in Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management Department in the College of Textiles.
  • To view the agenda for the General Faculty Meeting taking place November 1, visit http://bit.ly/2d6Nf7u.
  • Congratulations to three NC State researchers selected as RTI University Scholars: Owen Duckworth, associate professor of soil biogeochemistry in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; Sylvia Nassar-McMillan, professor and coordinator of N.C. State’s counselor education program in the College of Education; and Nagui Rouphail, professor of civil engineering in the College of Engineering. The scholars will spend up to one academic year at RTI working on strategic research projects.
  • The university’s Common Reading Mini-Grant program has selected four proposals to receive funding to engage first-year students with this year’s common reading selection: Just Mercy by Bryan Stephenson. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2cWJXxD.
  • Just Mercy author Bryan Stephenson’s convocation speech is now available at go.ncsu.edu/convocation.

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