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Jun 18, 2024

NC State x Starbucks Collab Brings Branded Mug, Tumbler to Campus and Beyond

NC State fans have a new reason to add another tumbler or mug to their cup collection with the university’s new collaboration with Starbucks. NC State is now among only 30 universities included in Starbucks’ “Been There Series” Campus Collection of officially licensed coffee mugs. They, along with the new “Sparkle Tumblers,” are available now (or by… 

Fraser firs at Panoramic View Christmas Tree Farm in Watauga County, outside Boone.

Nov 21, 2023

What Can You Expect at a North Carolina Christmas Tree Lot This Year?

We spoke with Jamie Bookwalter, a mountain conifer extension specialist at NC State, to get the inside scoop on the 2023 North Carolina Christmas tree industry.  


Aug 23, 2023

NC State Named Finalist for 2023 C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Scholarship Award

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) named North Carolina State University a regional winner of the 2023 W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Scholarship Award. As a winner, NC State will compete for the national C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Scholarship award, which will be announced in November.  The award recognizes the work of NC State’s Coastal… 

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Aug 7, 2023

Can Our Dogs Live Longer, Healthier Lives?

We all want our dogs to live long, healthy lives, and to be able to enjoy their time with us to the fullest. For Natasha Olby of NC State’s College of Veterinary Medicine, that means understanding how aging affects dogs not just physically, but also mentally. Olby, the Dr. Kady M. Gjessing and Rahna M. Davidson… 

Feb 25, 2022

NC State Experts on Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

Media looking for expertise on the Russian invasion of Ukraine can contact the following NC State experts. 

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Nov 30, 2021

Building a Better Christmas Tree

NC State researchers are studying Fraser fir Christmas trees to improve their qualities using genetics. 

Sunset on the American Tobacco Trail I-40 Pedestrian Bridge in Durham, North Carolina

Nov 17, 2021

Infrastructure Bill Experts

Billy Williams, director of NC State’s Institute for Transportation Research and Education and a professor of civil, construction, and environmental engineering, can speak to issues associated with transportation and transportation infrastructure in North Carolina. Williams can be reached at or 919.515.7813. Jason Coupet is an associate professor of public administration. He has expertise in the administrative challenges associated with implementing… 


Nov 9, 2021

PAWR Program Announces Launch of AERPAW Testbed for Advanced Research on Wireless Connectivity and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

WASHINGTON – November 9, 2021 – The Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) Project Office announces general availability of the AERPAW wireless testbed for network communications and unmanned aerial systems (UAS) research. Located in Raleigh, North Carolina, the AERPAW – or Aerial Experimentation and Research Platform for Advanced Wireless – testbed is designed to accelerate the… 

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Oct 26, 2021

Trick-or-Treating Food Safety Tips

With the COVID-19 pandemic still lingering, Ellen Shumaker, extension associate and Director of Outreach for Safe Plates at NC State University, sat down with The Abstract to discuss what trick-or-treating may look like this year and which foods to steer clear of. When trick-or-treating this year, “it’s really up to each person to decide their level… 

Cargo ship docked at the Morehead City port.

Oct 20, 2021

Will Supply Issues Affect Holiday Shopping This Year?

NC State supply chain management expert Robert Handfield weighs in. 


May 24, 2021

Park Scholarships Announces Class of 2025

The Park Scholarships program at North Carolina State University has named 40 students to its Class of 2025 – the 26th class of Park Scholars. Biographies of each new Park Scholar are available: Park Class of 2025 “The talented Park Scholars of the Class of 2025 join a thriving network of more than 1,100 Park Scholars.… 


Feb 4, 2021

Are COVID-Sniffing Dogs the New Tool in Helping Detect the Virus?

Toxicology Professor David Dorman talks about how dogs are able to detect the virus and where this may be useful. 


Oct 21, 2020

How to Make and Distribute a Vaccine

BTEC's Jennifer Pancorbo talks to The Abstract about vaccine production and distribution. 


Sep 28, 2020

Should I Send My Kids Trick-Or-Treating This Year?

Food safety expert Ben Chapman weighs in on Halloween trick-or-treating during a pandemic. 


Jun 19, 2020

Land Loss Has Plagued Black America Since Emancipation – Is it Time to Look Again at ‘Black Commons’ and Collective Ownership?

This is a repost from The Conversation. Authors: Kofi Boone, professor of landscape architecture, College of Design, North Carolina State University; Julian Agyeman, professor of urban and environmental policy and planning, Tufts University Underlying the recent unrest sweeping U.S. cities over police brutality is a fundamental inequity in wealth, land and power that has circumscribed black lives…