Engineering Researchers Help NASA Learn More From the Stars
Telescopes created in the Precision Engineering Consortium (PEC) in NC State’s College of Engineering will help NASA scientists gain a better understanding of the process by which dense regions within molecular clouds in interstellar space, referred to as stellar nurseries, collapse to form stars. The region of interest is stars that are 2,500 light years away from the earth – meaning the light reaching the telescope left the star 2,500 years ago.
Gu Receives Funding for Glucose-Responsive Smart Insulin Patches
The funding will help Gu develop glucose responsive insulin patches in order to help those suffering from Type 1 diabetes.
Study: Individual Rewards Can Boost Team Performance at Work
Conventional wisdom has held that boosting team performance in the workplace should focus on rewarding entire teams that perform well – and that rewarding individuals increases competition rather than helping team performance. But new research finds that rewarding individual workers can boost performance both for other workers and for the team.
Study Finds More Social Insects Have Weaker Immune Response, Highlights Role of Hygiene
Research finds that among eusocial insects – like ants, bees and termites – the more individuals there are in a typical species colony, the weaker the species’ immune response. The finding strongly suggests that hygiene behaviors, and not just immune systems, play a key role in keeping eusocial insects healthy.
Study Sheds New Light on Post-Operative Bleeding in Newborns
A new study finds significant differences between the blood clot structure in adults and newborns, helping researchers better understand the challenges in addressing post-operative bleeding in neonatal patients. The researchers also found that the current standard of care for treating post-operative bleeding may pose an increased risk of thrombosis in newborns compared to adults, which researchers hadn’t suspected.
National Initiative Seeks Researchers to Study Women and Girls of Color
NC State is recruiting researchers from all disciplines to participate in a national initiative aimed at increasing research that focuses on women and girls of color. The recruitment comes in advance of a conference on the issue that will be held at Wake Forest University.
Researchers ID Risk Factors That Predict Violence in Adults With Mental Illness
Researchers have identified three risk factors that make adults with mental illness more likely to engage in violent behavior. The findings give mental health professionals and others working with adults with mental illness a suite of characteristics they can use as potential warning signs, allowing them to intervene and hopefully prevent violent behavior.
Research Demonstrates That Air Data Can Be Used to Reconstruct Radiological Releases
New research demonstrates that experts can use data from air sampling technology to not only detect radiological releases, but to accurately quantify the magnitude and source of the release. This has applications for nuclear plant safety, as well as national security and nuclear nonproliferation monitoring.
Zhen Gu Receives Sloan Fellowship
Zhen Gu, an assistant professor in the joint biomedical engineering program at North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been named a 2016 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in chemistry.
Researchers Can Tune Mechanical Properties of Radiation-Sensitive Material for Biomedical Use
An interdisciplinary team of researchers has developed a composite material that emits light and heat when exposed to specific wavelengths of radiation and that can be customized to have specific mechanical characteristics. The composite holds promise for use in biomedical imaging, drug delivery and therapeutic treatments.