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NC State’s associate vice-chancellor recognized for research leadership

October 3rd, 2016

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Photo courtesy of NC A&T

NC State University’s associate vice-chancellor received the Association of University Research Parks’ (AURP) leadership award at the 21st Annual Awards of Excellence.

Dennis Kekas from the Centennial Campus was recognized for his leadership in facilitating partnership between the University’s research park and other companies. AURP said that Kekas has nearly doubled the employment at the park, and he has played a major role in creating large partnerships (such as a $10 million with Eastman Chemical) and earning research awards.  Some of those deals were a $10 million partnership with Eastman Chemical, a $65 million with the Department of Defenses’s Laboratory for Analytical Science and a $146 million consortium with the national Network for Manufacturing Innovation.

Individuals, business and universities that receive the leadership award are recognized for significant contributions to the success and community impact of a university’s research and technology park.

“We are very proud of our 21st Annual Awards of Excellence winners this year,” AURP President Charles D’Agostino said. “The depth and breadth of our winners demonstrate the caliber of parks and talent that makes up our incredible association.”

Other awards given by AURP included the Outstanding Research Park Award to Western Research Parks; Emerging Research Park Award to the University of Wollongong Innovation Campus in Australia; Vision Award to Eileen Walker from AURP; Career Achievement Award to David Baker of the Illinois Institute of Technology; Innovation Awards to MONADD of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology and The Emerge Center at the Louisiana State University Innovation Park; and Appreciation Award to Stave Hanssen from Wexford Science & Technology.

NC A&T collaborates to open Center for Advancing STEM Leadership

September 30th, 2016

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North Carolina A&T State University has collaborated with three other universities and recently launched the Center for Advancing STEM Leadership.

The strategies of the Center will come from studying the historical and current strategies used by Historically Back Colleges and Universities (HBCU) who are producing underrepresented minority graduates. They will conduct research over the next two years to test their hypothesis- the success of HBCU in broadening STEM participation has been due, in large measure, to an identifiable set of leadership styles and strategies that may be transferable to other institution types.

“As an extension of the university’s commitment to educate STEM leaders of the future, N.C. A&T is pleased to join this partnership,” said North Carolina A&T Chancellor Harold L. Martin, Sr. “The National Science Foundation’s generosity and partnerships like these are critical to advancing the ever-changing landscape of STEM research.”

The Center is made possible by a $2.9 million grant from the National Science Foundation. North Carolina A&T joined with the University of the Virgin Islands, Fielding Graduate University and the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

NC STEM Learning Network e-Update (Sept. 22, 2016)

September 22nd, 2016

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Duke to host “Exploring Light Technologies”

September 20th, 2016

photonic_graphic-2016Duke University’s Fitzpatrick Institute of Photonics will host an open house, “Exploring Light Technologies,” as part of “Introduce a Girl to Photonics Week” on Sunday, Oct. 9 from 1-4 p.m.

The event will feature hands-on activities and demonstrations of light-based technologies and giveaways. Some of the technologies girls will be introduced to include the light pipe (fiber optics), laser beams, high-resolution endoscope, x-rays, 3D printers, wearable technology and microscopes.

“Exploring Light Technologies” is an event that promotes the Institute’s goal of promoting interest of high school students in STEM, particularly of women in science and engineering.

Pre-registration for the open house is recommended for tours, souvenirs and parking, but it is not required. The event is free and open to all ages and will take place in the Fitzpatrick Center Atrium, Duke West Campus.

NC STEM Learning Network e-Update (Sept. 9, 2016)

September 9th, 2016

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NC schools’ report card shows increased math scores

September 7th, 2016

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The annual report card for North Carolina schools showed an increase in the “math and reading” section as well as science for the 2015-2016 school year.

The report is broken down into categories such as public and charter schools, demographics, subjects and grades. This is the 11th consecutive year that there has been progress in the state. The rate is based on proficiency.

In math alone, there was an almost three percent increase in student proficiency, climbing from 44.1 percent to 47 percent. For the 2014-2015 year, schools scored 33.8 percent proficiency in both math and reading, which increased to 35.4 percent this past school year.

“Many schools face significant challenges in terms of critical resources and student needs, but these results show that hard-working educators are making a difference and that students are making gains in their learning,” State Superintendent June Atkinson said.

There was also a gain in math and science on in grade-level proficiency. Math rose from 52.2 percent to 54.7 percent in grades three through eight. Fifth grade showed an increase in science proficiency at 71.6 percent, and 73.9 percent in eighth. High school biology came in at 55.5 percent.

Other areas that showed improvement were graduation rate and college preparedness.

Vidant Health CEO named to NCEast board of directors

September 6th, 2016

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North Carolina Eastern Alliance Corporation (NCEast Alliance) elected Michael R. Waldrum, MD, to replace Todd Hickey as a representative of Vidant Health Systems.

“I am honored to serve on the NCEast Alliance Board and to help promote the economic health of eastern NC which builds on Vidant’s tradition of partnerships to improve the health and well-being of eastern North Carolina.“ said Waldrum.

Vidant Health is a charter member investor of NCEast Alliance and has been a regional champion in health care and STEM education.

“I am thrilled to have Dr. Walden serve on our board,” said John D. Chaffee, president and CEO of NCEast Alliance. “His combination of credentials as a physician/hospital administrator with a background in promoting technology transfer, STEM education, and regional economies will add a new dimension to our leadership team..”

Vidant Health named Waldrum CEO in 2015. His previously served as   president and CEO of University of Arizona Health Network and CEO for University of Alabama Hospital at Birmingham.

Kenan Fellows release free lesson plans

August 29th, 2016

Kenan Fellows LogoThe Kenan Fellows Program released more than 85 new lesson plans to its database for teachers of all ages.

The lesson plans cover several topics, such as science literacy and genetics, and meet all N.C. education standards. The lesson plans may be used at no charge. The database is searchable by content are and content level. Additionally, each lesson plan states what each student should be able to do or understand by the end of the lesson.

The Fellows complied the lessons in the database realizing that curriculum development takes time that some teachers may not have, and the training and expertise possessed by the Fellows makes the lesson plans a valuable resource to teachers.

NC STEM Learning Network e-Update (Aug. 25, 2016)

August 25th, 2016

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North Carolina Center for Afterschool Programs hosts free STEM training

August 20th, 2016

Educators are encouraged to attend free training for “NBA Math Hoops” and “Science Action Club ‘Bugs’,” afterschool programs that combine fun and education.

NBA Math Hoops” is a free game that lets students compete against other students in the Charlotte area. During the 2015-16 school year, students played against each other 7,463 times, solving 345,266 math problems. This year, the program is open to students from across the state with training opportunities in Raleigh and Charlotte. Online registration is required due to limited seating.

“Science Action Club ‘Bugs’” is a part of the California Academy of Sciences that provides 12 hour-long activities for afterschool meetings. Supplies can be provided for 20 youth, including digital resources, for free. Online registration is also required with this training for training in Raleigh and Charlotte.

NC STEM Learning Network e-Update (Aug. 4, 2016)

August 4th, 2016

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Four NC universities recognized for best computer science programs

August 3rd, 2016

College Choice LogoFour North Carolina universities received awards from College Choice for having some of the best and most affordable computer science programs in the nation.

College Choice chose East Carolina University and NC State as two of the most affordable master’s and bachelor’s in computer science degrees.

“The computer science career field is one of the fastest-growing in America, and by creating rankings that reflect the most affordable schools, we hope to encourage students with an interest in the field to get their degree and move into higher-paying jobs,” College Choice managing editor Christian Amondson said.

This year, Duke University and UNC Chapel-Hill were recognized for having the best master’s in computer science programs. The award evaluates tuition cost, average salary of recent graduates and the university’s overall academic reputation. More information on the winners and the award can be found here.

NC biotech organizations receive $2.5 million

August 3rd, 2016

Public and private organizations across the state collectively received $2.5 million from the NC Biotech Center to support both research and business.

There were several factors that these awards were designed to effect: science research, technology commercialization, entrepreneurship and funding from other sources, according to WRAL Tech Wire. During the fiscal year, NC Biotech Center gave 92 awards at $7.5 million.

These awards were broken into company loans, university grants and other awards.

Company Loans

·      Three company inception loans ($225,000)

·      Two small business research loans ($500,000)

University Loans

·      Four technology enhancement grants ($293,627)

·      Two collaborative funding grants ($200,000)

·      Seven biotechnology innovation grants ($691,205)

Other Awards

·      Eleven industrial internship program ($33,000)

·      Four biotechnology event sponsorship ($10,960)

·      Two biotechnology meeting grants ($12,700)

NC STEM Learning Network e-Update (July 21, 2016)

July 21st, 2016

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NC STEM Learning Network e-Update (July 7, 2016)

July 7th, 2016

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