June 2023 Announcements
- Vice Provost for Global Engagement search: On-campus interviews for finalists will begin next week. Candidate names and interview schedules will be announced soon and posted at go.ncsu.edu/vp-ge-search.
- Lewis Owen has been named dean of the College of Sciences following a nationwide search. His appointment becomes effective August 1, pending Board of Trustees approval. Owen serves as a professor and head of NC State’s Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences, where he has been since 2019.
From the Office of University Interdisciplinary Programs:
- The N.C. Plant Sciences Initiative has launched its Extension Agent Network, in order to use its vast reach and resources in North Carolina as an outlet for N.C. PSI research and technologies. The inaugural network consists of the following Extension agents: Meghan Baker, Buncombe County; Mikayla Berryhill, Granville County; Tim Britton, Johnston County; Mike Carroll, Craven County; Andrea Gibbs, Hyde County; Rod Gurganus, Beaufort County; Kathryn Holmes, Rockingham County; Della King, Duplin County; Dylan Lilley, Hertford County; Morgan Menaker, Union County; Blake Szilvay, Randolph County; and Jalynne Ward, Washington County. Learn more.
- On May 25, the Integrative Sciences Initiative held a joint seminar with the Genetics and Genomics Academy with guest speaker Dr. Yael David, Associate Professor at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. David, a chemical biologist, spoke on “Uncovering Cancer-Associated Epigenetic Events Using Novel Chemical Tools.”
From the Data Science Academy:
- The Data Science Academy (DSA) is hiring a cohort of four postdoctoral fellows for two-year appointments funded by the National Science Foundation. We are seeking a cohort with varied backgrounds, professional experience and research interests to engage in data science education research focused on the ADAPT teaching model.
To apply for the Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity, you will need to visit the NC State Job board to complete your application. All materials must be submitted through the NC State jobs website to be considered for review. For additional information about the Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity and how to curate a successful application, please watch our recorded webinar. Reviewing the Data Science Academy website and the materials will assist you in preparing your application and other required documents. We anticipate start dates for the position in late summer 2023. Anticipated salary is $70K/year. Please email communication and questions to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line DSA Postdoctoral Program Inquiry. We look forward to hearing from you!
- DSA is hiring a grant officer. This position will support the management of partnerships with institutional funders both external and federal, in a fast-paced organization, with a primary focus on grant management and proposal development in collaboration with program staff. This includes reviewing sponsor guidelines and request for proposals (RFP) and developing application requirements, creating a budget for the proposal, utilizing the university’s system and application software (PINs, InfoReady) to prepare and submit the application/proposal, following university policies and procedures. We are seeking an excellent writer and critical thinker who can capture the DSA mission in a clear, structured, and compelling manner. Learn more.
- DSA now has a submission form on their website for any partners or collaborators to submit entries for academy’s quarterly newsletter and monthly student opportunities email.
- If the National Institutes of Health budget remains as proposed, DSA will receive $1,301,381 over the course of seven years as a consequence of the renewal of TraCS by NIH. The award primarily will support Emily Griffith, associate professor of the practice in the Department of Statistics and DSA director of analytics consulting, as well as fund a lab assistant and four graduate research students to provide analytics support to researchers wanting to use TraCS data for translational research.
- DSA is working on an MOU with the North Carolina School of Science and Math to build community-based internships and credentialing opportunities for their students. We are first focusing on a new program run through their mentorship structure that will train and place four teams of NCSSM students with community partners in Morganton, North Carolina, to assist with data-related needs in their organization. NC State students will collaborate with the NCSSM students as mentors and collaborators. Our primary point of contact at NCSSM isTaylor Gibson, dean of data science and interdisciplinary initiatives for all three campuses: Durham, Morganton and online.
- DSA is on track to finalize an MOU with the U.S. Census Bureau this fall in partnership with NC A&T and Wake Tech. The MOU will create a consortium between the four entities to build new collaborations that enhance the use of Census data on campuses and in partnership with communities across North Carolina. The agreement will provide special access to subject matter experts at the U.S. Census Bureau. All NC State deans have expressed support for the effort by sharing how their colleges will participate.
- DSA received a grant from the NC Department of Health and Human Services Division of Childhood Development and Early Education to develop and deliver a customized and badged continuing education course for a group of their employees who use data in different ways. The course will be registered and badged through NC SCaLE. We hope this collaboration will be a model for additional DSA continuing education offerings to government, industry and community partners.
- DSA has offered more than 800 units of one-credit data science courses to students from 100 majors and 50 programs of study. We are looking forward to offering 24 sections this fall. We will also be bringing proposals for certificates and a minor to the University Courses and Curricula Committee this fall.
- DSA Executive Director Rachel Levy was among the graduates of Leadership North Carolina‘s (LNC) Class 30. On Wednesday, May 10, LNC held the graduation ceremony for its 30th class. Fifty-five leaders from across the state celebrated completion of this prestigious program at the North Carolina Museum of History. Each year, through a rigorous selection process, LNC chooses a class of established and emerging leaders from across the state to participate in its acclaimed program. Leadership North Carolina’s Class 30 comprises top leaders from the government, business, nonprofit, and education sectors.
From the Global One Health Academy:
- The Global One Health Academy is pleased to announce the three recipients of the Fall 2023 Graduate Travel Awards. Each recipient is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at NC State and the award will go towards supporting travel that advances their global One Health-related research.
- Elise A. Richardson is a Ph.D. student studying entomology in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology. Her research focuses on infectious vector-borne diseases, understanding the effects that these diseases have on humans and the insect vector itself, and learning new ways to control these insects to prevent the further spread of disease. Her award will support travel to the Entomological Society of America Annual Conference in November 2023.
- Emily Floess is a Ph.D. student in civil engineering in the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering. Her current research focuses on energy access and transitions in developing countries, energy insecurity, and the intersection of WaSH and indoor air pollution interventions. Her awar will support travel to collect field data in Morogoro, Tanzania.
- Liz McCormick is a Ph.D. student in design in the College of Design. An assistant professor of architecture and building technology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, she is a licensed architect, educator, and researcher whose work explores healthy, climatically sensitive, and contextually appropriate building design strategies that connect occupants to the outdoors while also reducing the dependence on mechanical conditioning technologies. Her award will support travel related to her research project “BLURRED EDGES: Exploring the Indoor/Outdoor Relationship in American Office Buildings.”
From Wicked Problems, Wolfpack Solutions:
- Two free credits are available to incoming first-year and transfer students who complete the Wicked Problems, Wolfpack Solutions online course during Summer Session II. (Y)Our Health focuses on real-life examples of issues, and challenges students to learn about multidisciplinary solutions. Encourage incoming students to take advantage of this opportunity! Explore the course.
- NC State has developed a truly interdisciplinary online experience for first-year and transfer students called “Wicked Problems, Wolfpack Solutions.” Prior to each academic year, this summer course focuses on a “wicked problem”—a highly complex, societal challenge that can only be addressed through collaborative, multidisciplinary efforts. For new students beginning in fall 2022, the course focused on the Future of Food. Students considered questions like: How will we produce enough food to feed our growing human population in ways that are just and sustainable, while also being attuned to the importance of pleasure? How will we produce food in the future? What kind of food will we eat, and who will decide that? The Libraries created the Future of Food event series to further explore these issues throughout the fall 2022 and spring 2023 semesters. This series of conversations about futuristic foods gave students a chance to connect in person to discuss (and taste!) alternative proteins, insect-based foods, and genetically engineered foods. These free, public events took place in the Hill Library’s Fishbowl Forum and were livestreamed on the Libraries’ YouTube channel.
- Invest 30 minutes to learn an online course design foundational concept! DELTA staff created several short, self-paced, fully asynchronous training sessions called WolfSNAPS for all skill levels. Each session is an actionable introduction created to be quick and flexible. Get organized.
- Want to start the fall semester with a new, more organized approach to your course? DELTA can help with a variety of asynchronous, self-paced online workshops available this summer. Take a look at the choices to discover sessions that suit your organizational needs. Sign up for workshops.
- Did you know that DELTA’s Instructional Technology Support team is constantly creating and refining the self-service resources in our Knowledge Base? We are! Take a look at the Knowledge Base.
- Learn with YouTube and PlayPosit this summer and maybe even earn a tech tool exploration badge from DELTA! The DELTA LearnTech YouTube channel is full of updated micro-learning content to help you learn more about using Moodle, teaching with technology, and implementing our instructional technology tools. Check out our videos.
- Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there were an add-on that worked within Google Suite (Docs, Sheets and Slides) that automatically provided an accessibility report AND guided you through fixing the issues? You’re in luck — meet Grackle! Investigate Grackle.
- Do you want to foster student success by reducing stress and making course content more manageable? Take a look at this month’s tip on Moodle Checklists. This tool helps break down tasks into smaller ones listed on an interactive checklist and track student engagement. Here’s our Moodle checklist.
- A DELTA Grant team produced self-paced refresher modules in the form of video tutorials and complex 2D and 3D graphics to bridge the gap for a foundational course required to earn a Ph.D. in statistics. Learn more about refresher modules.
From the Office for Faculty Excellence:
- The Office for Faculty Excellence presents The Summer of What If?, a four part series created to engage faculty, staff and graduate students in a learning opportunity designed to advance professional development. The series will take place on each Wednesday in July, starting on Wednesday, July 5. Each installment will include a blog post, podcast, relevant readings, companion artwork and more. Each week the new installment will focus on a different area of academia: research, service, leadership and teaching. All installments will be posted on the OFE blog page and a link will be emailed to all registrants. Sign up here!
- The Office for Faculty Excellence won the POD Innovation Award for its summer program, NC State SPARK! Presented by the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education, this award recognizes innovative ideas that improve learning and teaching, as well as enhance the general effectiveness of higher education faculty members. NC State SPARK is a faculty development program, with an innovative delivery format that allows any NC State faculty, staff or graduate student to engage at their own pace, on their own time, and using their favorite devices. The asynchronous professional development series consists of four media packages offered throughout the month of July and includes a podcast, a blog post, and downloadable resources. An online component, with a dedicated website and social media presence, creates a community feel. Learn more.
From the Office of Global Engagement:
- Are you up for the challenge of being a master chef? Join the Culinary World Cup Challenge this summer and unleash your culinary skills on the global stage! Learn more about the competition on the Global Training Institute website or register to compete or watch via this form.
- The virtual Developing Cultural Competence program offered by the Global Training Initiative aims to improve students’ cultural competence and cross-cultural awareness by facilitating virtual exchanges among participants. The course is designed to provide a theoretical framework for understanding culture, learning about cultural dimensions, and improving cultural competence. Read about the 14 University Honors students who recently completed the program and the work GTI has done partnering with the College of Engineering.
From the Institute for Emerging Issues:
- The Talent First Tuesdays podcast series continues important discussions on workforce development. The 2023 Emerging Issues Forum, Talent First Economics, brought together people from different perspectives and backgrounds to discuss putting the needs of talent first, and helping underrepresented workers find employment and stay engaged in the workplace. The forum breakout sessions, featuring those with lived experience, were so well-received by attendees that the Institute for Emerging Issues brought them back for a special virtual series called Talent First Tuesdays. Listen or watch each episode on the IEI website.
- IEI releases recommendations for connecting underutilized workers to jobs. There are talented North Carolinians throughout the state who are ready and willing to enter the workforce. Unfortunately, they face historic and systemic barriers to finding and securing employment. As part of the 2023 Emerging Issues Forum program of work, IEI convened a task force to identify ways leaders can put the needs of talent first so they can enter and succeed in the workforce. The recommendations are now available in the Talent First Economics Recommendations Report.
From the NC State University Libraries:
- The 2023 NC State University Libraries Faculty Award has been given to Maria Gallardo-Williams, a Teaching Professor in the Department of Chemistry and the Director of Organic Chemistry Labs, and Derek Ham, an Associate Professor of Media, Arts, Design and Technology and the Department Head of Media Arts, Design and Technology in the College of Design, whose collaborations with the Libraries are extraordinary. The Libraries Faculty Award recognizes NC State faculty members who have contributed consistently and notably to the accomplishment of the Libraries’ mission, vision, and strategic initiatives. The award, established in commemoration of the Libraries’ centennial year in 1989, enables the Libraries to recognize faculty contributions and comes with an honorarium and recognition at the Friends of the Library fall event.
- Dale Cousins, Friends of the Libraries Board Vice President, spent her entire professional career working in libraries. Now, her donation is helping today’s NC State University Libraries student workers at NC State. The Dale Cousins Scholarship Fund on Behalf of Libraries and Librarians will annually provide part-scholarships to outstanding student colleagues as part of the NC State University Libraries’ efforts to support student success and affordability.
- Library Journal has named the NC State University Libraries’ Susan Ivey a 2023 “Mover & Shaker.” Ivey is recognized in the award’s Innovators category for her role as Director of the Research Facilitation Service (RFS), which provides a single point of contact for research computing and data questions and connects research service providers across NC State’s campus. Ivey becomes the fourteenth staff member from the Libraries to receive the “Mover & Shaker” award—the most honorees of any academic library. Annually since 2002, Library Journal has chosen a class of innovative librarians and library staff members from an international pool of more than 300 nominees.
From the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity:
- The Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity hosted its 17th annual Recognizing Excellence in Diversity (RED) Event this week, on Monday, presenting the Chancellor’s Creating Community Awards in six categories and the inaugural DEI Awards. The RED Event honors the exceptional accomplishments and contributions of outstanding faculty, staff, students, colleges, student organizations and alumni in the areas of equity, diversity, inclusion, belonging and well-being throughout the course of the academic year.
From the Office of Information Technology:
- The Office of Information Technology will perform extended IT maintenance from 6 a.m. Saturday, July 8 to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 9 that will impact many campus enterprise IT services. This maintenance will involve the shutdown and movement of equipment, hardware replacement and infrastructure configuration. For IT maintenance updates, view Service Status on the NC State IT Service Portal.
- The NC State IT Accessibility Office, in partnership with the North Carolina Higher Ed Digital Accessibility Collaborative, invites you to “Join the Journey: 2023 Digital Accessibility Conference” via Zoom on Thursday, June 15. This year’s conference will focus on digital accessibility essentials that include: inclusive communications such as email and social media; accessible and inclusive instruction; accessible document essentials; 10 questions to ask for accessible tools and procurement; and accessibility checkers and strategies to ensure accessible digital environments. The conference is a free professional development opportunity open to everyone in higher education in North Carolina. Register today. If you have any questions, send an email to email@example.com.