Stories From Feb 2017

Feb 27, 2017  |  Research and Innovation

Invasive and Native Marsh Grasses May Provide Similar Benefits to Protected Wetlands

An invasive species of marsh grass may provide similar benefits to protected wetlands as native marsh grasses.

Feb 27, 2017  |  Research and Innovation

Tracking the Movement of Cyborg Cockroaches

Research offers new insights into how far and how fast cyborg cockroaches – or biobots – move when exploring new spaces. The work moves researchers closer to their goal of using biobots to explore collapsed buildings and other spaces in order to identify survivors.

Feb 23, 2017  |  Campus Life

Bye-Bye, Textbooks?

Nearly seven in 10 college students say they have not purchased a textbook for financial reasons, even at the risk of academic performance. That's one of the reasons NCSU Libraries created the Alt Textbook Project, which provides mini-grants and support for faculty to adopt, adapt or create free and open alternatives to textbooks.

Feb 23, 2017  |  The Abstract

Could Greenways Help Fight Chicago Crime?

A crime decrease in neighborhoods surrounding a Chicago greenway built on an abandoned railway line offers a ray of hope amid troubling trends in the Windy City.

Feb 23, 2017  |  Alumni

Alum Robertson Finalist for ‘MythBusters’ Host

Alumna Tamara Robertson is one of 10 finalists to be a host on the Discovery Channel's new version of "MythBusters." The 2009 graduate with a degree in chemical and biomolecular engineering was one of 10,000 applicants to appear on the reality show "MythBusters: The Search," which concludes with winners being announced Saturday in the search finale.

Feb 23, 2017  |  Research and Innovation

A Pretty Sweet Potato

Professor Mike Boyette has launched a project to create a better looking sweet potato, a cam-ready glam yam that can help eliminate food waste.

Feb 23, 2017  |  Awards and Honors

Confrey Named 2017 AERA Fellow

Mathematics education professor Jere Confrey is the first NC State faculty member to be named an American Educational Research Association Fellow, the organization's highest honor for recognizing research contributions to education.

Feb 23, 2017  |  Students

Microbiology Class Wins SWI, CDC Contest

Alice Lee's Microbiology 360 class recently won a contest sponsored by the Small World Initiative and the Centers for Disease Control about solving the global antibiotics resistance crisis, beating out 13 other entries from across the country.

Feb 22, 2017  |  Faculty and Staff

Hero of Three Mile Island Dies

Harold Denton, the cool-headed federal regulator who took charge of Three Mile Island after the nation’s worst nuclear accident, was a 1958 graduate of NC State’s nuclear engineering program.

Feb 22, 2017  |  Faculty and Staff

Animal Rights Activist Regan Dies at 78

Tom Regan, an emeritus professor of philosophy at NC State and an internationally acclaimed advocate of animal rights, died of pneumonia in Raleigh on Feb. 17. He was 78.