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Author: Laura Oleniacz

Woman at computer

Jan 6, 2022

This is How Students Can Learn Problem-Solving Skills in Social Studies

An NC State study looked at the outcomes of using computational thinking in social studies. 

Shasta Lake during a drought in California.

Jan 5, 2022

Climate Change Could Lead to Blackouts, Higher Power Costs on West Coast

Projections from two studies show how climate change or shifting to renewable energy sources could impact West Coast power supplies. 

Animal movement data from Movebank

Dec 15, 2021

Wildlife Scientists Are Solving Big Data Problems to Track Animals Around the Globe

An NC State researcher led a study on Movebank, a system for analyzing, visualizing and storing wildlife tracking data. 

NC State gateway at sunset

Dec 6, 2021

More Than Half of Museum, Zoo Educators Weighing Career Change, Survey Finds

A survey led by NC State researchers revealed challenges for science educators in museums and non-school settings during the pandemic. 

Wildfire at Pilot Mountain State Park.

Dec 1, 2021

Wildlife and Wildfire: How Do Wild Animals Survive?

NC State forestry experts spoke about some of the ways that wildlife respond to wildfire. 

Researchers look for the Neuse River waterdog

Nov 30, 2021

A Giant Among Salamanders

NC State researchers are studying the Neuse River waterdog, a large salamander, to try to find out why it's disappearing. 

The NC State Marine Corps Naval ROTC planted oak saplings.

Nov 29, 2021

NC State Tree Experts Grow Oaks to Honor Marines

Forestry experts at NC State are growing young oaks to honor Marines who fell at Belleau Wood. 

A park in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Nov 22, 2021

Outdoor Activity Tied to Mental Health of Teens, Young Adults During COVID-19 Pandemic

In two new studies, researchers from NC State found declines in outdoor activity and park use during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic were linked to young adults', teens' mental health. 

Christmas trees growing in North Carolina.

Nov 12, 2021

Expert: Demand for N.C.-Grown Christmas Trees Will Remain High

N.C. Christmas tree growers are hustling to meet an expected high demand this year, according to an NC State expert in Ashe County, North Carolina. 

Dead ponderosa pine trees in California.

Nov 1, 2021

During An Historic Drought, Higher Temperatures Helped a Beetle Kill More California Pine Trees

Higher temperatures during an historic California drought helped a beetle kill more ponderosa pine trees. 

Woman wears virtual reality headset.

Nov 1, 2021

Expert: Technology Could Help Clothing Retailers Become More Sustainable

NC State's Byoungho Ellie Jin explores the role that technologies like artificial intelligence, virtual reality and 3D printing could play in addressing industry problems like oversupply. 

Baby copperhead

Oct 21, 2021

Subconscious Bias Drives Negative Attitudes Toward Snakes

A new study from NC State finds that the dislike of snakes is subconscious and, to some extent, learned. 

Digital denim visual assessment set-up.

Oct 20, 2021

‘Digital Denim’ Is a Pretty Good Match for the Real Thing, Experts Say

NC State researchers printed ink on cotton fabric to make “digital” denim fabric resembling six styles of jeans. 

A park in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Sep 29, 2021

Study Raises Questions About Access to Urban Parks During the Pandemic

A study led by researchers from NC State found the use of outdoor parks and trails in urban areas of North Carolina declined in the summer of 2020. 

Children in nature

Sep 21, 2021

Study Finds Natural Outdoor Spaces Are Less Common at Schools

NC State researchers found natural spaces like woods or gardens were relatively rare in a small sample of elementary and middle schools in Wake County.