2012 In the News Archive

Highlights of recent media coverage of NC State, as well as its faculty, staff and administrators. (Links to online stories provided where available.)

You may be surprised by what’s living in your navel, NBC News, Dec. 14, 2012. According to a new research the skin in study participants’ belly buttons contained an average of 67 different species of bacteria. Rob Dunn, biology, featured.

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Study offers insight into converting wood to bio-oil, PHYS.org, Dec. 14, 2012. NC State University research provides molecular-level insights into how cellulose breaks down in wood to create “bio-oils” which can be refined into any number of useful products. Vikram Seshadri and Phillip Westmoreland, chemical and biomolecular engineering, featured.

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Study offers insight into converting wood to bio-oil, R&D Magazine, Dec. 14, 2012. New research from North Carolina State University provides molecular-level insights into how cellulose breaks down in wood to create “bio-oils” which can be refined into any number of useful products. Phillip Westmoreland and doctoral student Vikram Seshadri, chemical and biomolecular engineer, featured.

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Cybersecurity Outlook for 2012: Crimes will be Higher in Volume and in Complexity, Proformative, Dec. 14, 2012. If C-level executives were brought together and asked to discuss bring-your-own-device policies, cloud computing and mobile access to company data and content, the first words uttered would most likely relate to security. Xuxian Jiang, computer science, featured.

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Noon ReportKFYR-TV, Dec. 13, 2012. Peggy has officially been accepted into a prestigious research program at North Carolina State University, to develop a mini-size prosthesis, similar to the size of a human finger.

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HexaTech wins $2.2m ARPA-E contract to develop smart-grid power semiconductor technology, Semiconductor Today, Dec. 13, 2012. HexaTech Inc of Morrisville has received a $2.2m award from the US Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency. HexaTech was spun off from the Department of Materials Science at NC State University in 2001. Zlatko Sitar, material science engineering, featured.

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C.M. Williams: Determining economic feasibility a challenge, News & Observer, Dec. 13, 2012. Simplified but fair overview of issues and challenges related to implementing new swine waste-management systems in North Carolina. C.M. (Mike) Williams,  poultry science, featured.

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Should I Buy a Fake Christmas Tree or a Real One?, Mother Jones, Dec. 12, 2012. The Christmas tree custom we know today is said to date back to the 1500s, when Lutherans in western Germany would hang wafers on their trees on December 24th to celebrate the religious holiday of Adam and Eve. Jill Sidebottom, forestry & environmental resources, featured.

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In the focus: Researchers Reveal Structure of Carbon’s ‘Hoyle State’, Innovations Report, Dec. 12, 2012. A North Carolina State University researcher has taken a “snapshot” of the way particles combine to form carbon-12, the element that makes all life on Earth possible. And the picture looks like a bent arm. Dean Lee, physics, featured.

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G.O.P.’s Full Control in Long-Moderate North Carolina May Leave Lasting Stamp, New York Times, Dec. 12, 2012. With a Republican newly elected as governor and a Republican-controlled legislature, North Carolina, long a politically moderate player in the South, will soon have its most conservative government in a century. Steven Greene, political science, featured.

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Researchers find fossil of a turtle that was size of a Smart car LA Times, May 18, 2012. Excavating in a coal mine in Colombia, paleontologists have discovered the fossil of the world’s largest turtle, a 60-million-year-old specimen nearly 8 feet long — the size of a Smart car. Edwin Cadena, Dr. Dan Ksepka, marine, earth and atmospheric sciences, featured.

NCSU scientists help discover fossil of prehistoric turtle in Colombia, N&O, McClatchy, et al. May 18, 2012. A team of paleontologists including scientists from N.C. State University has discovered the fossil remains of a new species of dining table-size freshwater turtle that apparently lived side-by-side with the 50-foot snakes and super-size crocodiles that they had found earlier in the same Colombian coal mine. Edwin Cadena, Dr. Dan Ksepka, marine, earth and atmospheric sciences, featured.

Car-sized turtle found in Colombian Coal Mine, Discovery, May 18, 2012. Remains of an enormous turtle, which was the size of a Smart car, have been unearthed in a Colombian coal mine. Edwin Cadena, Dr. Dan Ksepka, marine, earth and atmospheric sciences, featured.

Humongous Volkswagon-sized turtle fossils discovered Christian Science Monitor, May 18, 2012. A turtle the size of a small car once roamed what is now South America 60 million years ago, suggests its fossilized remains. Edwin Cadena, Dr. Dan Ksepka, marine, earth and atmospheric sciences, featured.

Huge turtle was Titanoboa’s neighbor, Wired, May 17, 2012. The Age of Dinosaurs ended about 66 million years ago. Edwin Cadena and Dr. Dan Ksepka, marine, earth and atmospheric sciences, featured.

NC State scientists discover ancient, giant turtle WRAL, May 17, 2012. Paleontologists with North Carolina State University reported on Thursday their findings after seven years of study of an ancient, giant species of turtle. Edwin Cadena and Dr. Dan Ksepka, marine, earth and atmospheric sciences, featured.

Turtle Fossil Found In Colombia Suggests Carbonemys Cofrinii Was Size Of Small Car, Huffington Post, May 17, 2012. Paleontologists are reporting some big news–literally. Edwin Cadena and Dr. Dan Ksepka, marine, earth and atmospheric sciences, featured.

Smart Car Sized Turtle Roamed Colombia, LiveScience, May 17, 2012. A newly discovered ancient turtle the size of a Smart Car roamed ancient South America 60 million years ago, scientists say. Edwin Cadena and Dr. Dan Ksepka, marine, earth and atmospheric sciences, featured.

NCSU Professor Honored By New Zealand for Disaster Mission, News & Observer, May 16, 2012. An N.C. State University professor has been honored by New Zealand for helping the island nation during its worst peacetime disaster, recognition that has come after more than 30 years. Dr. John Williamson, horticultural science, featured.

Fact Check: Republican Governors Begin Attack on Dalton, WRAL, May 15, 2012. Walden points out that there is little that governors – or presidents – can do to influence short-term economic figures. Dr. Michael Walden, agricultural and resource economics, featured.

Life Stories: Tom Quay Protected Birds and Nurtured Students, News & Observer, May 14, 2012. During his 32-year tenure at NCSU, Quay directed 53 graduate students to their master’s and doctorate degrees, leaving a legacy as a beloved mentor as well as a strong researcher and academic. Tom Quay, emeritus professor of zoology, featured.

Seeing Red and Loving It at N.C. State University Commencement, News & Observer, May 13, 2012. Graduates robed in red gathered at the PNC Arena in Raleigh on Saturday morning to celebrate their degrees as the 125th class from N.C. State University in front of a packed stadium of supporters.

Rivers Shines for N.C. State Graduates, News & Observer, May 13, 2012. The 5,236 graduates were the main reason for N.C. State’s commencement ceremony at PNC Arena on Saturday morning but Philip Rivers stole the show.

N.C. State Incubator Helps Get Student Ventures Off the Ground, News & Observer, May 12, 2012. Even as they prepare to graduate Saturday, some of the first students to use N.C. State University’s “Entrepreneurs Garage” are about to spin off a small wave of fledgling businesses they dreamed up and honed there. Dr. Tom Miller featured.

N.C. State Student Makes Headwear Line for Cancer Patients, News & Observer, May 10, 2012. When N.C. State student Jessica Ekstrom interned with the Make a Wish Foundation, she never dreamed it would lead her to become an entrepreneur.

10 From Area Win N.C. State Park Scholarships, Charlotte Observer, May 10, 2012. Ten students from the Charlotte area, including six from Mecklenburg County, have been named winners of this year’s Park Scholarships from N.C. State University.

N.C. to Add Marriage Amendment to Its Constitution, News & Observer, May 9, 2012. North Carolinians think of the state as progressive, but that’s within the context of the rest of the South, said Andrew Taylor, a political scientist at N.C. State University. Dr. Andrew Taylor, political science, featured.

Wild Horses’ Fate in Outer Banks Lies in Preservation Clash, New York Times, May 8, 2012. The continuing study of feral animals, financed jointly by the federal Fish and Wildlife Service and North Carolina State University, is intended to measure the effect of hogs and deer in addition to horses. Dr. Chris DePerno, forestry and environmental resources, featured.

N.C. State/UNC Project Explores External Devices for Mobility Impaired, News & Observer, May 7, 2012. This is what observation looks like in the Physiology of Wearable Robotics laboratory in Raleigh, a joint project of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at NCSU and UNC-Chapel Hill. Drs. Greg Sawicki and Dom Farris, biomedical engineering, featured.

A Farmer’s New Scourge: Swarming, Wild Swine, News & Observer, May 6, 2012. Researchers from N.C. State University have found several diseases in wild pigs here, including the discovery, announced two weeks ago, that many are harboring bacteria that cause brucellosis, a disease that can sicken people and cause spontaneous miscarriages in pigs. Dr. Chris DePerno, forestry and environmental resources, featured.

Tomato Plant Compound Finds Herbicide Role, Horticulture Week, May 4, 2012. A chemical produced by wild tomato plants has accidentally been found to be a potent herbicide. Drs. Mike Roe and George Kennedy, entomology, featured.

NCSU and French Business School to Offer Luxury Management Degree, Chicago Tribune, May 3, 2012. N.C. State University is teaming up with a business school in France to offer a new graduate program designed to prepare students for careers in high-end fashion and other luxury goods and services.

Facebook Is Pretty Much Like the Rest of the World, The Atlantic, May 3, 2012. Does the Internet foster new kinds of social connections, or does it simply reflect the biases and trends that we know from the offline world? Amanda Traud, biomathematics, featured.

American Design Students Service Learning With Kofi Boone in Ghana, Huffington Post, May 2, 2012. North Carolina State University design students collaborated with batik artists in Cape Coast to develop new products to extend their market, especially children’s clothing. Kofi Boone, landscape architecture, featured.

Should Colleges Earn Money From Prepaid Student Debit Cards? Time.com, May 1, 2012. Beginning this summer, for example, North Carolina State University will offer a hybrid ID-prepaid debit MasterCard in conjunction with U.S. Bank.

Dalton Takes Big Lead in Primary Battle, News & Observer, May 1, 2012. A week before the election, Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton appears to have taken command of the Democratic primary for governor, overwhelming his opponents with a well-funded TV advertising campaign. Dr. Steven Greene, political science, featured.

N.C. Gubernatorial Candidates Say Tax Reform a Challenge, Associated Press, April 30, 2012. North Carolina’s candidates for governor are all for some kind of tax reform – a buzzword for more than a decade that has yet to translate into profound changes for a revenue system that has stayed mostly the same since the 1930s. Dr. Roby Sawyers, accounting, featured.

N.C. State Lawn Advice Now Available As App, News & Observer, April 30, 2012. N.C. State researchers may work in labs – but the efforts of their turfgrass program extend all the way to your lawn.

Raleigh Startup to Design Website for Democratic Convention, News & Observer, April 29, 2012. Think of Business Empire Consulting as the brash newcomer that nominated itself for the job – and won. Former students Bryan Young, Matt Laster and Brandon Blair, featured.

Video Game Conference is Strictly Business, WRAL, April 26, 2012. North Carolina State University graduate Josh Fairhurst is a lead designer and programmer at Mighty Rabbit Studios. Alumnus Josh Fairhurst featured.

Solar Panels Cause Clashes With Homeowner Groups, Associated Press, Bloomberg Businessweek, et al. April 25, 2012. Roughly two dozen states now forbid or limit homeowners or local governments from banning solar panels, according to a database run by North Carolina State University.

Space-Station Rendezvous Set to Spur Research Push, Nature, April 25, 2012. When it comes to doing science on the International Space Station (ISS), the laws of gravity have been flipped: what goes up mostly stays up. Dr. Imara Perera, plant biology, featured.

Diesel Cars Make a Comeback in the U.S., Scientific American, April 24, 2012. Gone are the days of riding in the family station wagon, inhaling smelly, sooty fumes from a noisy diesel engine. Dr. Chris Frey, civil, construction and environmental engineering, featured.

To Find Diversity Hot Spots, Follow the Ants, New York Times, April 24, 2012. For years, scientists tracking global patterns in biodiversity have focused on the distribution of plants, birds and mammals to identify areas that are conservation priorities. Benoit Guenard, biology graduate student, featured.

With Agroforestry, Woodlands Can Also Yield Crops Such As Mushrooms, Leaks, Associated Press, Washington Post, et al. April 24, 2012. Forest farming can be an attractive option for property owners who want to earn more from their land without cutting timber. Dr. Jeanine Davis, horticultural science, featured.

Restaurant Racism Revealed, Daily Mail (UK), April 23, 2012. Most people would like to believe that racial discrimination is becoming increasingly rare and unacceptable in mainstream society. But a new study suggests that African-Americans still face subtle prejudice in at least one area of life – dining out. Sara Rusche, sociology, featured.

NCSU to Restructure Two Colleges in the Sciences, News & Observer, April 20, 2012. N.C. State University will retool two colleges, shifting degree programs, faculty and students from one to the other to create a new College of Sciences. Chancellor Randy Woodson and Provost Warwick Arden featured.

Hydropower threatens Andes–Amazon link, Nature, April 19, 2012. Out of some 151 dams proposed for the Amazon river system, more than half will sever the connectivity between the Amazon lowlands and headwaters in the Andes mountains, according to the latest study. Dr. Clinton Jenkins, biology, featured.

Senate Republicans Block Debate On Buffet Rule, Morning Edition (NPR), April 17, 2012. On the eve of Tax Day, Senate Republicans voted to block a measure that would have made mega-investor Warren Buffett and millionaires like him pay at least a 30 percent tax rate. Dr. Steven Greene, political science, featured.

Genes From Undersea Creature May Help Crops Prosper, News & Observer, April 16, 2012. The bottles of amber liquid perched on the bench in Dr. Amy Grunden’s research lab at N.C. State University don’t look like much. Dr. Amy Grunden, microbiology, and Dr. Wendy Boss, plant biology, featured.

Downloading Apps to Your Smartphone Carries Risk, News & Observer, April 16, 2012. Half of all mobile subscribers – 49.7 percent according to Nielsen research – now own smartphones, compared to 36 percent at the same time last year. Dr. Xuxian Jiang, computer science, featured.

NCSU Entomologist Fred Gould Wins UNC System Award, News & Observer, April 14, 2012. N.C. State University insect researcher Fred Gould has won the UNC system’s award for the faculty member who has “made the greatest contributions to the welfare of the human race.” Dr. Fred Gould, entomology, featured.

Rainwater Harvesting: Recycling a Precious Resource, NOAA Research, April 13, 2012. “More and more, individuals and communities are thinking about sustainable water use,” says Gloria Putnam, N.C. Sea Grant coastal resources and community specialist.

Forensic Software Determines Race And Gender Based On Skull Measurements, Gizmag, April 12, 2012. For some time now – whether by using computers or clay – forensic scientists have been able to make three-dimensional reconstructions of the faces of the deceased, based on the contours of their skulls. Dr. Ann Ross, anthropology, featured.

N.C. State Hosts Its First Fashion Week, News & Observer, April 12, 2012. Paris. New York. Milan. N.C. State? The university has something in common with the world’s most fashionable cities this week by hosting its inaugural fashion week. Nancy Webster, textile and apparel technology and management, featured.

Misguided Science Policy? The Scientist op/ed, April 10, 2012. Our recent study of the political dynamics surrounding the recent site-selection process for the Department of Homeland Security’s National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility suggested that using public meetings may actually promote policy choices that are dramatically opposed to public preferences. Dr. Andrew Binder, communication, featured.

Triangle Drivers Wince As Gas Prices Rise, News & Observer, April 10, 2012. Michael Walden, an economist at N.C. State University, says these lifestyle changes are chipping away at the economy. Dr. Michael Walden, agricultural and resource economics, featured.

NC State Researcher Finds More Efficient Way To Cool Devices, Looks To Cut Costs Too, Engadget, April 9, 2012. Does your electronic device have you a bit hot under the collar these days? Dr. Jag Kasichainula, materials science and engineering, featured.

Why Statistics?, Science, April 6, 2012. Popular media and science publications sound the drum: “Big Data” will drive our future, from translating genomic information into new therapies, to harnessing the Web to untangle complex social interactions, to detecting infectious disease outbreaks. Dr. Marie Davidian, statistics, featured.

NCSU Researcher Warns of Easter Health Risks, Associated Press, WRAL, etc., April 6, 2012. A North Carolina State University researcher says parents getting ready for Easter holiday activities should be careful that their children aren’t putting themselves at risk for salmonella. Dr. Ben Chapman, family and consumer sciences, featured.

New Treatments to Save a Pet, but Questions About the Costs, New York Times, April 6, 2012. Two years ago, Mike Otworth’s 10-year-old chow, Tina, was given a diagnosis of lymphoma. The prospects were grim. Dr. Steven Suter, clinical sciences, featured.

Panel: To Safeguard Food Imports, It’s Not Just About Inspections, NPR, April 4, 2012. Locavores, a word with you. Local food may be gaining traction in all kinds of ways, but a report out today from the Institute of Medicine serves as a stark reminder of just how globalized our food system truly is. Dr. Jim Riviere, population health and pathobiology, featured.

University Study Suggests Circle Hooks Catch Fewer Fish, Field & Stream, April 3, 2012. A few years ago, the National Marine Fisheries Service mandated the use of circle hooks when trolling natural bait in Atlantic billfish tournaments. Paul Rudershausen, biology, featured.

N.C. State’s Bell Tower Finally Gets Its Bells, News & Observer, April 3, 2012. Though it will be some time before the sound of real bells echo from N.C. State University’s Bell Tower, the campus landmark took a step closer to that reality Monday. Chancellor Randy Woodson and alumni Matt Robbins and Jay Dawkins, featured.

Honeybees Self-Medicate with Anti-Fungal Resin, Discover, April 2, 2012. Beekeepers would love to get rid of propolis, a sticky substance made of resins that bees use to line their hives, because it makes it hard to pry hives open. Dr. Michael Simone-Finstrom, entomology, featured.

Bees Self-Medicate To Fight Off Fungus, LiveScience, March 31, 2012. When they get sick, bees raid their own “medicine cabinet,” researchers have found. Dr. Michael Simone-Finstrom, entomology, featured.

N.C. State University Finally Has Real Bells For Tower, News & Observer, March 31, 2012. More than 90 years after construction began on its iconic Bell Tower, N.C. State University finally has bells for it. Alumnus Matt Robbins featured.

NCSU, Right-Sizing, News & Observer, March 31, 2012 op/ed. Perhaps there’s no better example than the way leaders at N.C. State University have re-examined issues of size, structure and mission.

NCSU Slowing Growth, Aiming for More Graduate Students, News & Observer, March 29, 2012. NCSU’s enrollment grew nearly 20 percent in the decade ending in 2010, but university leaders began throttling back and now plan to increase the number of students more slowly – to about 37,000 by 2020. Dr. Warwick Arden, provost, featured.

N.C. State Senior Wins Lumberjack Competition, News & Observer, March 29, 2012. The N.C. State senior went through the log in the underhand competition like a man possessed to force the stock saw-off. Victor Wassack, senior, featured.

NCSU’s Caldwell Fellows Celebrate 40th Anniversary, News & Observer, March 26, 2012. One hundred years after the birth of John T. Caldwell, the former N.C. State chancellor’s impact can still be felt among the Wolfpack nation.

N.C. State Discovery Lets Investigators Learn a Body’s Sex From Bones, News & Observer, March 26, 2012. However, new research from investigators at N.C. State University, published in the Journal of Forensic Sciences, shows it’s actually possible to determine biological sex using tiny bones known as the tarsals, the bones that comprise the ankle, heel and rear part of the arch of the foot. Dr. Troy Case, anthropology, featured.

Basketball Physics: The Anatomy of the Free Throw, Popular Mechanics, March 23, 2012. Frenzied March Madness basketball games often come down to a maddening exchange of free throws. We asked the experts how to get the mechanics and angles for a perfect free throw. Drs. Larry Silverberg and Chau Tran, mechanical and aerospace engineering, featured.

NCSU Wolfpack Fans Reveling in a Fresh Addition to Their Basketball Tradition, News & Observer, March 23, 2012. As Derick Brown sat with friends in a Cary pizza restaurant and watched N.C. State University’s basketball team ease ahead of Georgetown, an odd feeling began to grow.

Android Ads Could Attack, Study Warns, Technology Review, March 19, 2012. Ad libraries, bundled with free apps, could sniff data and even install malicious software. Dr. Xuxian Jiang, computer science, featured.

Researchers Find Privacy and Security Holes in Android Apps with Ads, Ars Technica, March 19, 2012. A team of researchers at North Carolina State University have found that many of the libraries used in free Android applications to display in-application advertisements also pose a threat to privacy, and can be used by attackers to get past Android security. Dr. Xuxian Jiang, computer science, featured.

Your Smart Phone May Be at Risk, Say Researchers, Triangle Business Journal, March 19, 2012. North Carolina State University technology researchers have found privacy and security risks in 297 smart phone applications, something they say raises “concerns.”

Power Play for Wind, N&O, March 19, 2012 op/ed. Centennial is about public and private partnerships, but it’s also about exciting research.

Free For All, ESPN The Magazine, March 19, 2012 edition (subscription only). With a little help from psychology, physics and Rick Barry, even the worst shooters from the charity stripe can start making their throws count. Drs. Chau Tran and Larry Silverberg, mechanical and aerospace engineering, featured.

GOP Field Finds Itself Star-Crossed, Variety, March 17, 2012. The Romney campaign must have thought it looked good on paper: comedian Jeff Foxworthy personifies blue-collar voters, is in tune with Southerners and as a standup comic, could surely smooth over some of the more awkward edges of Romney’s outreach to voters in the Deep South. Dr. Michael Cobb, political science, featured.

Tiny Particles Send a Message for the First Time, Christian Science Monitor, MSNBC, et al., March 15, 2012. For the first time, scientists have used neutrinos – the exotic fundamental particles that routinely pass right through Earth – to send a message through the ground. Dr. Dan Stancil, electrical and computer engineering, featured.

For the First Time, a Message Sent With Neutrinos, Popular Science, March 15, 2012. In a major step for truly wireless communications, scientists have figured out how to send a message with neutrinos, transmitting a single word through 780 feet of bedrock and translating it at the other end.

NCSU, Service Leader, N&O, March 14, 2012 op/ed. Now comes an unmistakable sign that when it comes to public service, NCSU is definitely a leader of the pack.

NC State 1 of 5 Colleges to Win Top Award For Student Service, N&O, March 13, 2012.Every year the students, faculty and staff at N.C. State University help pack hundreds of thousands of meals to try to end world hunger – and stuff thousands of runners with Krispy Kremes to raise money for sick children.

NCSU Produces Hybrid Dogwood That Can Withstand Disease, N&O, March 8, 2012. The native dogwood tree and its iconic spring blossom are under attack by two diseases, one of which goes by the ominous Latin name destructiva. Dr. Thomas Ranney, horticultural science, featured.

Obama To Propose Tax Credits, Grants For Alternative-Fuel Vehicles Bloomberg March 7, 2012. President Barack Obama will propose expanded tax credits and community research grants to make alternative-energy cars and trucks more attractive to buyers, White House officials said. Dr. Andy Taylor, political science, featured.

GOP Sees Obama Running Scared In North Carolina Charlotte Observer, et al. March 7, 2012. As President Barack Obama returns to North Carolina on Wednesday following visits by his wife and several Cabinet members, Republicans see the trips as a sign of the administration’s growing fear that he’s going to lose a key battleground state where his political backing is suffering. Dr. Andy Taylor, political science, featured.

El Paseo: The Incredible 5,000-Mile Journey of Saul Flores Independent Weekly March 7, 2012. Five thousand miles. Three months of walking, hitchhiking, sleeping on the ground and in hiding places. Student Saul Flores featured.

ADHD Over-Diagnosed In Youngest Kids In Class Fox News March 6, 2012. The youngest children in their school grade are more likely to be diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) than their slightly older peers in the same grade, a new study finds. Dr. Melinda Morrill, economics, featured.

What is a Data Scientist? Forbes March 5, 2012. The future of data science in the enterprise will be extremely bright if a few key things happen. Dr. Michael Rappa, Institute for Advanced Analytics, featured.

Prehistoric penguin pieced together, N&O, March 5, 2012. After roughly 25 million years, the “diver who returns with food” has it together. Dr. Dan Ksepka, marine, earth and atmospheric sciences, featured.

What We Say Here: an American Regional Dictionary Explores the Power of Place, Chronicle of Higher Education, March 4, 2012. Can a person fall in love with a dictionary? If the work in question is the Dictionary of American Regional English, which has just published its fifth volume, Sl-Z, the answer appears to be yes. Dr. Walt Wolfram, English, featured.

NCSU Students Digitize Bargains in Durham-based Venture, N&O, March 4, 2012. A startup that originated at N.C. State University is putting a 21st century twist on the coupon books that community groups sell as fundraisers.

Raleigh science teacher connects students with lessons, N&O, March 4, 2012. Of all the props one might employ when striving to interest young girls in science, Laura Bottomley prefers a shoe. Dr. Laura Bottomley, engineering, featured.

UNC Leaders’ Message: NC’s Future Depends On Your Support, N&O, March 4, 2012. As the UNC system enacted a controversial tuition increase last month after a 15.6 percent state budget cut, the bad news just kept coming. Chancellor Randy Woodson featured.

State Students Launch ‘Fast Wolf’ Rocket, N&O, March 3, 2012. With $2,500 in globally sourced funding raised Friday via Internet “crowdsourcing” and a payload designed to suck climate-changing carbon from the sky, the N.C. State entry in NASA’s university rocketry contest could scarcely be more hip.

Giant Penguin, CBC’s Quirks and Quarks, March 3, 2012. Since the 1940′s, fossil evidence of a previously unknown species of penguin has been turning up in New Zealand. Dr. Dan Ksepka, marine, earth and atmospheric sciences, featured.

Clues To Sex Revealed In Foot Bones LiveScience, March 1, 2012. The bones in our feet offer subtle clues to our sex, and researchers have devised a way of determining whether a person is male or female just by analyzing measurements from seven foot bones. Dr. Troy Case, anthropology, featured.

Democrats’ Primary For Governor To Be Short And Sweet News & Observer, March 1, 2012. The Democratic primary for governor may closely resemble a traditional British election – a brief campaign season, relatively austere electioneering budgets, and stingy television advertising. Dr. Andy Taylor, political science, featured.

Consumers Quick to Spot and Ignore Deceptive Ads LiveScience, BusinessNewsDaily Feb. 29, 2012. When it comes to sniffing out deceptive advertising, consumers are savvier than many marketers give them credit for. Dr. Stacy Wood, marketing, featured.

World of Warcraft may boost seniors’ cognitive ability: study CBS News Feb. 29, 2012. If Grandma’s favorite game is bingo, it may be time for a change. A new study suggests that the popular online role-playing game World of Warcraft may keep aging brains sharp. Drs. Jason Allaire and Anne McLaughlin, psychology, featured.

Scientists reconstruct ‘elegant’ giant penguin that lived in New Zealand 26 million years ago Washington Post, AP, et al. Feb. 29, 2012. It was a slender bird, with long wings and a spear-like bill to catch swift ocean prey. Dr. Dan Ksepka, marine, earth and atmospheric sciences, featured.

World of Warcraft May Protect the Aging Brain Forbes Feb. 28, 2012. There are claims that video games can be bad (and good) for the development of young minds. But what about the elderly and the problem of age-related decline?

World of Warcraft Could Give Your Grandparents’ Brains A Boost io9, Feb. 28, 2012. Next time you sit down to play some World of Warcraft (WoW), consider having a parent or grandparent take a crack at it, instead — new research shows that the MMO can actually boost cognitive functioning in older adults. Drs. Jason Allaire and Anne McLaughlin, psychology, featured.

Giant Prehistoric Penguin was Bigger than an Emperor Scientific American, Feb. 27, 2012. Scientists have reconstructed the skeleton of a prehistoric penguin species, and found that its body was unlike any previously known penguin. Dr. Dan Ksepka, marine, earth and atmospheric sciences, featured.

Giant Prehistoric Penguins Revealed: Big but Skinny National Geographic, Feb. 27, 2012. Scientists finally have the skinny on two extinct species of giant “svelte” penguins that lived in New Zealand 25 million years ago, a new study says. Dr. Dan Ksepka, marine, earth and atmospheric sciences, featured.

Playing ‘World of Warcraft’ Boosts Spatial Ability and Focus in Adults The Atlantic, Feb. 27, 2012. The game improves cognitive functioning in older players because it requires multitasking and extensive use of brain-based skills. Dr. Anne McLaughlin, psychology, featured.

Gaming Grannies: ‘World of Warcraft’ Improves Cognitive Abilities LiveScience, Feb. 23, 2012. Playing a popular online game may improve some older adults’ abilities to focus their attention, a new study suggests. Drs. Jason Allaire and Anne McLaughlin, psychology, featured.

Should You Still Choose Nuclear Engineering As A Career? IEEE Spectrum, Feb. 23, 2012. Despite Fukushima, nuclear engineering still promises a stable career. Dr. Yousry Azmy, nuclear engineering, featured.

Can Playing World of Warcraft Make You Smarter? L.A. Times, Feb. 23, 2012. World of Warcraft, the world’s most popular multiplayer role-playing game, can definitely help you kill time, but can it also make your brain work better if you are of relatively advanced age? Drs. Jason Allaire and Anne McLaughlin, psychology, featured.

To Kill Parasites, Fruit Flies Self Medicate With Alcohol PBS NewsHour, Feb. 22, 2012. Infected fruit flies turn to alcohol to self medicate, a new study shows. Dr. Robert Anholt, biology and genetics, featured.

Changes In Weather Add To Birds’ Marital Woes New York Times, Feb. 20, 2012. Marriage, infidelity and divorce: These intimate matters are familiar to humans. But oddly enough, birds deal with them as well. Dr. Carlos Botero, genetics, featured.

Farmer’s Market Genetics Charlotte Observer, News & Observer, Feb. 20, 2012. In 2002, N.C. State genetics professor Trudy Mackay was thinking about how to fill in questions left unanswered by studies of the human genome. Dr. Trudy Mackay, genetics, featured.

A Molecule That Can Help Antibiotics Kill Superbugs Discover Magazine (blog), Feb. 17, 2012. Bacteria that have evolved defenses against antibiotics are something of a disaster waiting to happen.

Brad Miller Won’t Run For N.C. Governor News & Observer, Feb. 17, 2012. U.S. Rep. Brad Miller of Raleigh said Thursday that he would not seek the Democratic nomination for governor, becoming the latest political figure to bypass the race after Gov. Bev Perdue’s surprise announcement that she would not seek re-election. Dr. Steven Greene, political science, featured.

In Uncertain Climates, Birds Will Sleep Around MSNBC, Feb. 16, 2012. When climate is shifty and unpredictable, birds are more likely to sleep around. Dr. Carlos Botero, genetics, featured.

UNC, NCSU Researchers Lead Effort To Breed Special Lab Mice News & Observer, Feb. 16, 2012. Scientists in the exploding world of genetic research needed not just one better kind of mouse, but hundreds. Dr. David Threadgill, genetics, featured.

Obama Outraises Republican Rivals in Two-Thirds of States USA Today, Feb. 15, 2012. President Obama has outraised his Republican rivals in two-thirds of the country, including battleground states such as Pennsylvania and North Carolina considered crucial to his re-election prospects, a USA TODAY analysis shows. Dr. Andrew Taylor, political science, featured.

Compound Reinvigorates Classic Antibiotics In Fight Against New Superbacteria Popular Science, Feb. 15, 2012. A new drug compound can recharge a class of antibiotics used to fight superbug bacteria, improving the antibiotics’ effectiveness 16-fold. Dr. Christian Melander, chemistry, featured.

Amid Shortages, Rules Force Hospitals To Trash Scarce Drugs MSNBC, Feb. 15, 2012. Mounting shortages of crucial drugs are creating a new dilemma for the nation’s hospital pharmacists, who say they find themselves caught between following government rules for storage and safety — or throwing away vital and lifesaving medications. Gigi Davidson, clinical pharmacy services, featured.

Braille Comes Unbound From The Book: How Technology Can Stop A Literary Crisis The Guardian (UK), Feb. 14, 2012. Apple is at the vanguard of a push behind technology that’s helping old-fashioned Braille replace text-to-speech audio for the blind – and it couldn’t have come at a more critical time. Dr. Peichun Yang, electrical and computer engineering, featured.

Heavy Lift for Obama in North Carolina National Journal, Feb. 14, 2012. If President Obama is hoping to pull off a repeat performance of his surprise 2008 win in North Carolina, he’ll have to supply the star power all on his own. Dr. Steven Greene, political science, featured.

Feeling In Control Boosts Brainpower in Elderly LiveScience, Feb. 13, 2012. When the world seems like its spinning out of control around you, your brain takes a hit, new research suggests. Dr. Shevaun Neupert, psychology, featured.

Meet Jason Bivins State of Things, Feb. 13, 2012. Jason Bivins grew up during the punk movement of the 1980s, rejecting the mainstream and staring in confusion at Reagan’s America. Dr. Jason Bivins, religious studies, featured.

Endangered Bird Benefits From Discovery Of Cockroach Love Call Audubon, Feb. 13, 2012. Call it a grand romantic gesture: When a lady cockroach is in the mood, she broadcasts a far-reaching chemical signal to the interest of any and all available males.

Indoor Ecosystems Science, Feb. 10, 2012. The microbial ecology of buildings gets a boost from a foundation and researchers trying to better understand the invisible communities in our homes, hospitals, and workspaces. Dr. Rob Dunn, biology, featured.

Tests Find Mold, Fecal Bacteria In Children’s Lunch Boxes WRAL, Feb. 9, 2012. Parents wouldn’t serve their children peanut butter and jelly with mold or a ham sandwich with a side of fecal coliforms, but those combinations are popping up in lunch boxes, according to a 5 On Your Side investigation with North Carolina State University. Dr. Lee-Ann Jaykus, food, bioprocessing and nutrition sciences, featured.

Android Botnet Exploits Gingerbread Root Access InformationWeek, Feb. 9, 2012. The mobile malware state of the art continues to improve, as demonstrated by the emergence of a new Android threat that’s been dubbed RootSmart. Dr. Xuxian Jiang, computer science, featured.

North Carolina State Rolls Out Experimental Open Source WiFi Network Campus Technology, Feb. 9, 2012. North Carolina State University’s Centennial Campus has implemented one of the country’s first large-scale, outdoor, experimental wireless networks using open source software. Dr. Rudra Dutta, computer science, featured.

Canine Cancer Studies Yield Human Insights ABC News, Feb. 8, 2012. Some of the most promising insights into cancer are coming from pet dogs thanks to emerging studies exploring remarkable biological similarities between man and his best friend. Dr. Matthew Breen, veterinary medicine, featured.

Researchers Get CPUs and GPUs Talking, Boost PC Performance by 20 Percent Engadget, Feb. 8, 2012. How do you fancy a 20 percent boost to your processor’s performance?

Blue May Run For Governor News & Observer, Feb. 8, 2012. State Sen. Dan Blue of Raleigh said Tuesday that he is seriously considering seeking the Democratic nomination for governor. Dr. Andrew Taylor, political science, featured.

Researchers Boost Processor Performance By Getting CPU and GPU to Collaborate Ars Technica, Feb. 7, 2012. Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a technique to take advantage of the “fused architecture” emerging on multicore CPUs that puts central processing units and graphics processing units on the same chip. Dr. Huiyang Zhou, electrical and computer engineering, featured.

Chips With Collaborating CPU and GPU Lead To Faster Processors Gizmag, Feb. 7, 2012. Want to get your computer to run faster? Well, consider its graphics processing unit (GPU) and central processing unit (CPU). Dr. Huiyang Zhou, electrical and computer engineering, featured.

Evolving Android Malware Shows How Evil Apps Will Evade Google’s Scans Forbes, Feb. 6, 2012. Just a few days after Google announced new safeguards against malicious apps in its Android Market, one researcher is already offering a helpful reminder that the mobile malware cat-and-mouse game is just getting started. Dr. Xuxian Jiang, computer science, featured.

CentMesh Aims For First Open-Air Wi-Fi Network News & Observer, Feb. 6, 2012. Final preparations are being made in Raleigh for what will be one of the nation’s first open-air, large-scale experimental Wi-Fi networks. Dr. Dennis Kekas and Dr. Rudra Dutta, computer science, featured.

Centenarian Keeps Her Mind Sharp With Nintendo DS ABC News, Feb. 2, 2012. Nintendo has a new and enthusiastic, if unexpected, spokesperson in 100-year-old Kathleen “Kit” Connell of Thornliebank, Scotland. Dr. Anne McLaughlin, psychology, featured.

Dipole Hunt Stuck In Neutral Nature, Jan. 31, 2012. Discovered 80 years ago this month, the neutron is famous for what it lacks: electric charge. Dr. Paul Huffman, physics, featured.

Cat’s New Knee an Ortho-PET-ic Innovation ABC News, Jan. 28, 2012. A photogenic 20-pound orange tabby was resting comfortably in an intensive care unit today following pioneering replacement of a cancer-weakened knee by veterinary surgeons at North Carolina State University whose work could advance the field of human prosthetics. Dr. Ola Harrysson, engineering, and Dr. Denis Marcellin-Little, veterinary medicine, featured.

Obama Could Benefit In North Carolina With Democratic Gov’s Decision To Not Seek Re-Election Associated Press (Washington Post, etc.), Jan. 27, 2012. The key battleground state of North Carolina is still within President Barack Obama’s grasp, despite Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue’s surprise decision to drop her re-election campaign. Drs. Andrew Taylor and Steven Greene, political science, featured.

North Carolina’s Governor Won’t Run Wall Street Journal, Jan. 27, 2012. North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue said Thursday she wouldn’t seek re-election, an unexpected development that could complicate Democrats’ efforts to hold on to the governor’s mansion and President Barack Obama’s chances of carrying the swing state in November. Dr. Andrew Taylor, political science, featured.

Tubby tabby gets revolutionary new knee joint Associated Press, Jan. 27, 2012. Because Cyrano weighs more than 20 pounds, amputating his cancer-weakened leg was out of the question. Drs Ola Harrysson, engineering, and Denis Marcellin-Little, veterinary medicine, featured.

Dem NC Governor Faced Tough Re-Election Fight Associated Press (Atlanta Journal Constitution, etc.), Jan. 26, 2012. Gov. Beverly Perdue said Thursday she will not seek re-election because she fears a fight with Republicans over public education would become too political. Dr. Steven Greene, political science, featured.

Carbon Nanotubes Bend And Stretch And Still Conduct IEEE Spectrum, Jan. 26, 2012. It seems the most desirable characteristic for electronics at the moment is flexibility, at least as far as nanotechnology research is concerned. Dr. Yong Zhu, mechanical and aerospace engineering, featured.

Elastic Conductors Made From Carbon Nanotubes Gizmag, Jan. 26, 2012. Whether it’s touch-sensitive skin for robots, clothing made from smart fabrics, or devices with bendable displays, stretchable electronics will be playing a large role in a number of emerging technologies. Dr. Yong Zhu, mechanical and aerospace engineering, featured.

Cat Will Undergo Knee Replacement Surgery at NCSU News & Observer, Jan. 26, 2012. Veterinarians and engineers at N.C. State University have collaborated on innovative medical procedures since 2005, when Dr. Denis Marcellin-Little performed the world’s first surgery to give a cat artificial leg implants that fused together with living bone tissue. Drs. Denis Marcellin-Little and Ola Harrysson featured.

Forensic Anthropology Gives Voice To Unidentified Remains Scientific American, Jan. 21, 2012. Bone-hunters and anthropologists typically guard their fossils as priceless specimens. Dr. Ann Ross, anthropology, featured.

How the Financially Disorganized Can Budget and Save CNBC, Jan. 18, 2012. The very idea of making a budget, much less adhering to one, can overwhelm the chronically disorganized. Dr. Carolyn Bird, 4-H youth development and family and consumer sciences, featured.

‘Open Science’ Challenges Journal Traditions With Web Collaboration New York Times, Jan. 16, 2012. For centuries, this is how science has operated – through research done in private, then submitted to medical and science journals to be reviewed by peers and published for the benefit of other researchers and the public at large.

Online Shoppers Are Rooting for the Little Guy New York Times, Jan. 15, 2012. Giant e-commerce companies like Amazon are acting increasingly like their big-box brethren as they extinguish their small competitors with discounted prices, free shipping and easy-to-use apps. Dr. Michael Walden, agricultural and resource economics, featured.

EagleCam Captures Hatchlings in Nest News & Observer, Jan. 14, 2012. Thousands of people watched two eagles hatch in a nest near the top of a tree at Jordan Lake this week. Dr. Ted Simons, biology, featured.

Ways To Empower Kids To Take Charge Of Their Health USA Today, Jan. 11, 2012. Sure, you can stock your fridge with nutritious snacks and offer a good example when it comes to exercise, but recent studies suggest that, just like grown-ups, kids need strong internal motivation (not micromanagement) in order to get fit. Dr. Jason Bocarro, parks, recreation and tourism management, featured.

Fuel Your Moving Body N&O, Jan. 11, 2012. There’s no shortage of information out there about what to eat to maximize the benefits of your workout. Dr. Jackie McClelland, 4-H youth development and family and consumer sciences, featured.

NCSU Spinoff develops online homework service N&O, Jan. 10, 2012. Helping students with their homework, it turns out, can be big business. WebAssign, Centennial Campus, featured.

Jogging is less tiring than brisk walking HuffPo U.K., et al, Jan. 9, 2012. If taking up running is one of your New Year’s resolutions but you haven’t quite managed to get started, you might be pleased to hear that a gentle jog is less tiring than a power walk. Dr. Gregory Sawicki, biomedical engineering, featured.

Prototype System Removes Air Pollutants and Generates Heat for Livestock Barns GizMag, Jan. 5, 2012. If you’ve ever so much as stepped into a chicken or swine barn, you’ll know that they can be very, very smelly places. Dr. Sanjay Shah, biological and agricultural engineering, featured.

NC State Economist Looks Back on 2011 North Carolina News Network, Jan. 2, 2012. Now that 2011 is behind us, how will it be remembered on the economic front? Dr. Michael Walden, agricultural and resource economics, featured.

Old NCSU Chancellor Home to Get New Use News & Observer, Jan. 2, 2012. Gregg Museum of Art and Design director Roger Manley looks forward to the time when he won’t have to email elaborate maps and aerial photos to direct visitors to the museum in the heart of N.C. State University’s campus.