July 2017 Announcements

  • Chancellor Randy Woodson has released a statement on the $23 billion state budget that was passed on June 28. Many parts of the budget will impact NC State faculty, staff, students and the campus community as a whole. To read the entire update, visit http://bit.ly/1Uet6HN.
  • Six new academic department heads have recently been named. They are:
    • Derek Aday (interim), Applied Ecology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
    • Paul Huffman, Physics, College of Sciences (previously interim, now permanent)
    • Chris Mayhorn, Psychology, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    • K.P. Sandeep (interim), Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
    • Melanie Simpson, Molecular and Structural Biochemistry, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
    • Andrew Sinden, Military Science, Division of Academic and Student Affairs
    • Marc A. Stern, Naval Science, Division of Academic and Student Affairs
  • The 2017 UGPN Research Collaboration Fund Awardees have been announced. A total of 39 proposals were submitted for competitive review, including 19 projects involving NC State faculty. Ten proposals representing researchers from the four partner institutions were selected for funding, with five proposals including at least one NC State PI. Learn more at https://international.ncsu.edu/ugpn/.
  • The Triangle Global Health Conference will take place on Thursday, Sept. 28 in Talley Student Union. This year’s theme, Making a Difference: Global Health and its Social, Economic, and Political Impact, reflects the inextricable links that exist between global health and each of these realms. The conference will explore these complex relationships and highlight how our work is making a difference at the individual, community and societal levels. The submission deadline for abstracts on panel discussions, workshops, and story-telling is 5 p.m. on July 14. The submission deadline for poster abstracts is 5 p.m. on Aug. 31. To submit an abstract to present, visit http://bit.ly/2tU5DGH. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2tQ15kR.
  • Leslie Boney, director of the Institute for Emerging Issues, added the role of vice provost for outreach and engagement, effective July 1. We would like to thank Vice Provost for Continuing Education Alice Warren for serving in the interim role.
  • The Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) recently launched the #NCBigIdea Challenge, where faculty, staff and students can help IEI find the next big idea to move forward on behalf of the state. The selected topic will be featured at an upcoming Emerging Issues Forum, and the author of the topic will be invited to a special televised town hall in March 2018. This is an opportunity for everyone at NC State to get involved, submit their big ideas (in 140 characters via Twitter using #NCBigIdea, or via the online submission form!), and help ensure North Carolina’s economic prosperity. Complete details and submission guidelines are available at NCBigIdea.org. The deadline for submissions is July 31, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Did you know that Student Health at NC State offers services to faculty and staff? These include massage therapy, a pharmacy, the Campus Smiles dental office, occupation medicine, a Travel Clinic and Heartsaver CPR/AED training. Learn more at http://bit.ly/2sOYfMv.
  • Roy Baroff, NC State’s faculty and staff ombuds, is now a Certified Organizational Ombudsman Practitioner – CO-OP®. He achieved this designation through the International Ombudsman Association’s Board of Certification. Learn more at http://bit.ly/2suEpFl.
  • DELTA provides ongoing opportunities for faculty and staff to develop new skills using teaching and learning technologies.
    • DELTA supports a variety of interest groups with a focus on Mediasite, instructional design and virtual reality. These groups meet to discuss the goals and challenges of using new technology in the classroom. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2sYnA7n.
    • Join DELTA for Summer Shorts in Instructional Technologies, teaching and learning with technologies program, focused on leveraging innovative online teaching strategies and NC State learning technologies to improve student success. This year’s Summer Shorts will take place Tuesday, Aug. 8 through Thursday, Aug. 11, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and be delivered in face-to-face and online sessions. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2sVgQ97.
  • Applications for this year’s Common Reading Mini-Grant program are now being accepted. Grants are available to faculty, staff, and students to develop and implement programs that engage first-year students with this year’s Common Reading selection, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nahesi Coates. Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis, so there is no hard deadline to submit a proposal. However, early submissions are encouraged to maximize funding possibilities. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2sJCSx5 or email Michael Coombes at mrcoombe@ncsu.edu.
  • Packapalooza will be held Saturday, Aug. 19 from 2 p.m.-10 p.m. on Hillsborough Street, from Brooks Street to the roundabout near the Memorial Belltower. To register as a vendor, visit https://packapalooza.ncsu.edu/festival-vendors/. To volunteer, visit https://packapalooza.ncsu.edu/volunteer-form/. For more information about the event, visit https://packapalooza.ncsu.edu/.
  • Want to let NC State know what you did this summer? We want to talk about your summer travel, research, service and more in an upcoming issue of the Provost’s Office newsletter. If you’re interested in participating, please send a paragraph description of your summer exploits, along with a high-resolution photo, your name/position/department and any other relevant information to provost-communications@ncsu.edu by July 31.

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