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Highlights of recent media coverage of NC State, as well as its faculty, staff and administrators. (Links to online stories provided where available.) Sign up to receive a daily summary of highlights via e-mail.

Motivated Older Adults Able to Stay on TaskPsych Central, July 29, 2014. NC State psychology professor proposes new theory to explain why older adults show declining cognitive ability with age, but don’t necessarily show declines in the workplace or daily life. Tom Hess, psychology, featured.

Study: An insect-infested ‘megalopolis’ will stretch from Raleigh to …Triangle Business Journal, July 29, 2014. An insect-infested megalopolis will stretch from Raleigh to Atlanta by 2060. Adam Terando, applied ecology, featured.

Researcher examines how motivated older adults maintain focus on …News-Medical.net, July 29, 2014. NC State psychology professor proposes new theory to explain why older adults show declining cognitive ability with age, but don’t necessarily show declines in the workplace or daily life. Tom Hess, psychology, featured.

Motivation explains disconnect between testing and real-life …Medical Xpress, July 28, 2014. NC State psychology professor proposes new theory to explain why older adults show declining cognitive ability with age, but don’t necessarily show declines in the workplace or daily life. Tom Hess, psychology, featured.

Science on the Job: Teachers Learn from Tech FirmsProduct Design & Development, July 28, 2014. A small but growing number of science and math teachers aren’t spending the summer at the beach or catching up on books, they’re toiling at companies, practicing the principles they teach. Kenan Institute featured.

Social network research may boost prairie dog conservation …Science Codex, July 28, 2014. NC State researchers use statistical tools to map social connections in prairie dogs that may help limit the spread of bubonic plague and guide future conservation efforts. Amanda Traud, biomathematics, featured.

Eastern Seaboard Opens For Offshore Energy ExplorationPublic Radio East, July 28, 2014. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is allowing offshore energy exploration to take place along the East Coast, using controversial seismic air guns to find gas and oil deposits. Craig Harms, clinical sciences, featured.

Motivation May Explain Disconnect Between Cognitive Testing and …Health Canal, July 28, 2014. NC State psychology professor proposes new theory to explain why older adults show declining cognitive ability with age, but don’t necessarily show declines in the workplace or daily life. Tom Hess, psychology, featured.

A Fictional Compression Metric Moves to the Real WorldIEEE Spectrum, July 28, 2014. Researchers are poised to use the Weissman scores to show efficacy of compression algorithms. Dror Baron, electrical and computer engineering,  featured.

New insight into why some older adults show declining cognitive …, Central Valley Business Times, July 28, 2014. NC State psychology professor proposes new theory to explain why older adults show declining cognitive ability with age, but don’t necessarily show declines in the workplace or daily life. Tom Hess, psychology, featured.

County welcomes new Cooperative Extension directorLincoln Times-News, July 28, 2014. Lincoln County’s branch of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension will soon be welcoming a new director. Thomas L. Dyson, extension, featured.

Prairies Dogs May Benefit from Social Network Research, Nature World News, July 28, 2014. Prairie dogs, which are susceptible to the deadly bubonic plague, may be saved by new social network research that sheds light on previously uncovered relationships between the animals. Amanda Traud, biomathematics, featured.

Social Network Helps Prairie Dog Conservation EffortsUniversity Herald, July 28, 2014. rairie dogs, which are susceptible to the deadly bubonic plague, may be saved by new social network research that sheds light on previously uncovered relationships between the animals. Amanda Traud, biomathematics, featured.

Social Network Research Could Boost Conservation Efforts For Prairie DogsRed Orbit, July 28, 2014. Prairie dogs, which are susceptible to the deadly bubonic plague, may be saved by new social network research that sheds light on previously uncovered relationships between the animals. Amanda Traud, biomathematics, featured.

Chikungunya Vaccine Developments PromisingGuardian Liberty Voice, July 27, 2014. NC State researchers have promising developments for the treatment of the Chikungunya virus, which continues to spread throughout the United States. Dennis Brown and Raquel Hernandez, biochemistry, featured.

Kids, and adults, get a kick out of dinosaur showTribune-Review, July 26, 2014. One of the most fascinating aspects of dinosaurs comes with the utter mystery surrounding the beasts. Lindsay Zanno, biological sciences, featured.

Teachers learn how to spur math and science education by working …Fox Business, July 26, 2014. A small but growing number of science and math teachers aren’t spending the summer at the beach or catching up on books, they’re toiling at companies, practicing the principles they teach. Kenan Institute featured.

Is There a Way to Combat Rip Currents?, ABC News, July 25, 2014. Researchers hope to use a GPS unit to track where the dangerous waves are likely to be. Spencer Rogers, Sea Grant Program, featured.

Urban Heat Islands are Helping Kill TreesCityLab, July 25, 2014. New NC State research shows that urban “heat islands” are slowly killing red maples in the southeastern United States. Steve Frank and Adam Dale, entomology, featured.

Research grants may create path for more sustainable strawberriesMagnolia Reporter, July 25, 2014. America’s favorite berry is finding itself in places it’s never been before thanks to research, creativity and a donation from the world’s largest retailer. Michelle Schroeder-Moreno, crop science, featured.

Urban heat boosts some pest populations 200-fold, killing Red Maples, Environmental Research Web, July 25, 2014. New NC State research shows that urban “heat islands” are slowly killing red maples in the southeastern United States. Steve Frank and Adam Dale, entomology, featured.

Six Months After The Spill: Tourism Flows, Tobacco Grows …, WUNC, July 25, 2014. Following a massive coal ash spill into the Dan River, in February, the concern is that removing very small pockets of sediment will do more harm than good to the ecosystem. Will Strader, extension, featured.

City Heat Boosts Tree-Killing Scale Insect PopulationsEntomology Today, July 25, 2014. New NC State research shows that urban “heat islands” are slowly killing red maples in the southeastern United States. Steve Frank and Adam Dale, entomology, featured.

Rip current research could lead to new understanding, Lumina News, July 24, 2014. Buoyant and light drifters equipped with GPS, to track movements and designed to float like a person, will help researchers understand deadly rip currents and inform the public of the safest way to enjoy the beach. Spencer Rogers, Sea Grant Program, featured.

Indoor drone facility at Raleigh’s Lake Wheeler isn’t going to flyTriangle Business Journal (blog), July 24, 2014. An indoor drone facility planned at Lake Wheeler isn’t going to fly. Kyle Snyder, Institute for Transportation Research and Education, featured.

Video: Chemists develop new process for producing cleaner diesel fuelPhys.Org, July 23, 2014. NC State aerospace engineer believes algae fuel will create an entirely new industry and thousands of new jobs. Bill Roberts, mechanical and aerospace engineering, featured.

Grade-schooler Schools Ecologists, Scientist, July 23, 2014. Inspired by a sixth-graders science project on lionfish, NC State ecologist published an article in the journal Environmental Biology of Fishes. Craig Layman, ecology, featured.

10 confirmed cases of chikungunya in NCWNCN, July 23, 2014. A 10th case of a mosquito-borne virus that can sicken people for weeks as been confirmed in North Carolina. Arbovax, with help from NC State and the NC Biotechnology Center, is working with controlled versions of the virus to develop a vaccine.

Getting ahead of infrastructure decayJournal of Commerce, July 23, 2014. Scientists have developed a paint-on system that would detect small problems before they become big problems, and is almost as easy to apply as a coat of paint. Mohammad Pour-Ghaz, civil, construction and environmental engineering, featured.

A probiotics boom, if not a boonWorcester Telegram, July 23, 2014. There is growing evidence for the role of the appendix in restoring a healthful balance of microbes in the body. Rob Dunn, biology, featured.

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