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NC State news is shared far and wide. Below are just some of our recent appearances in local, regional, national and international media publications.

May 26, 2020 SciTechDaily

Inspired by Cheetah Biomechanics, Researchers Build World-Record Fast Soft Robots

“Cheetahs are the fastest creatures on land, and they derive their speed and power from the flexing of their spines,” says Jie Yin, an assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at North Carolina State University and corresponding author of a paper on the new soft robots. 

May 26, 2020 WUNC

Chinese American Community Organizations Fight Virus, Discrimination With Philanthropy

Outside of CAFA, individuals have gotten involved as well. Lian Xie, a professor at North Carolina State University, facilitated communications between North Carolina and Hunan, China – the state’s sister province. Through this partnership, Xie said the state has received $100,000 worth of PPE. 

May 26, 2020 Cheddar

Going Out This Memorial Day? Best Practices for a Safe Holiday

“We don’t have any data that food is a transmission route for SARS-CoV-2,” said Benjamin Chapman, a professor and food safety extension specialist at North Carolina State University. He said the virus could technically land on a piece of food, as someone coughs, breathes heavily, or talks loudly near you, but it’s not likely to… 

May 26, 2020 The Guardian

The science of making sourdough bread

Scientists at North Carolina State University (NCSU) used DNA sequencing to identify the microbes in starters sent to them by more than 500 participants in their Global Sourdough Project. “We found there is incredible diversity across different sourdoughs, even those from the same neighbourhoods,” says microbiologist Dr Anne Madden, of NCSU. 

May 22, 2020 The News & Observer

NC State, UNC-CH will start fall semester early and end by Thanksgiving due to COVID-19

Students and faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill and N.C. State University will be back on campus for the fall semester earlier than planned because of the coronavirus pandemic. N.C. State will begin its 2020-21 academic year on Aug. 10, nine days earlier than originally scheduled. There will be no fall break, and finals will take place… 

May 22, 2020 WRAL

UNC-CH, NCSU to resume classes on campus in August

N.C. State is taking a similar route to resuming classes on campus, Chancellor Randy Woodson said in a letter to students, faculty and staff. Classes will start nine days earlier than previously scheduled. Fall break has been canceled and finals will be held before a combined Thanksgiving and winter break. “The driving factor behind this… 

May 22, 2020 Inside Higher Ed

From Associate to Full Professor

For those of you who are unable to find these kinds of opportunities on your campus, other resources are available to everyone, regardless of your institutional affiliation. The National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity, for instance, provides a wealth of such resources for midcareer scholars, especially those of color. They include an informative and… 

May 22, 2020 The Royal Gazette

Experts predict up to 19 named storms in 2020

The Weather Company predicted 18 named storms, nine hurricanes and four major hurricanes last month and forecasters at the University of Arizona and North Carolina State University also warned of a busier that average season. 

May 21, 2020 Ladders

This is what happens when you swim during the COVID-19 pandemic

“A general rule of thumb is that outdoors tends to be better than indoors, small groups are better than large groups and a shorter period of time is better than a longer one, said Julie Swann, head of the Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at North Carolina State University in Raleigh in a… 

May 21, 2020 euronews.

Why bees aren’t having sex in the heat

The impact of climate change on bee reproduction has been carried out by teams at the University of British Columbia and North Carolina State University, who wanted to track how warm temperatures are impacting our buzzing friends. 

May 21, 2020 Futurity

How social media normalize the and dehumanization

“Fundamentally, we wanted to examine how online platforms can normalize hatred and contribute to dehumanization,” says coauthor Jessica Jameson, a professor of communication at North Carolina State University. “And we found that an established model of the role identity plays in intractable conflicts seems to explain a great deal of this behavior.” 

May 21, 2020 Psyche

Can the Mapuche teach us to transform fear into respect?

Alone in your house at bedtime, you settle in, ready for a good night’s rest when, suddenly, you hear a loud bang. Your heart starts racing, your breathing gets more rapid, and you become acutely aware of your surroundings. What do you do next? Shoot first and ask questions later, hide in your closet behind… 

May 20, 2020 The McDowell News

Fire ant problems increase in mountains, including higher elevations of the region

A recently published report shows an acclimation of fire ants to high elevations in the southern Appalachians, something that many biologists had long believed could not happen. The lead author on the report was Amanda Lytle, who earned her master’s degree in biology at WCU and is a research technician in the Department of Entomology… 

May 20, 2020 Physics Today

Universities overcome bumps in transition to online teaching

Overall, the wholesale transition to remote teaching created a mad scramble and a lot of improvisation. But many faculty say they’ve learned things they’ll take forward for future online teaching and for when in-person classes resume. Jonathan Wurtele of the University of California, Berkeley, notes that his campus occasionally closes due to smoke from nearby… 

May 20, 2020 Engineering.com

New High-Speed Soft Robot Design Takes Inspiration from the Cheetah

A team of researchers recently introduced a new, innovative design for soft robot technology. Called “Leveraging Elastic instabilities for Amplified Performance,” or LEAP, this new class of soft robots aims to surpass most existing models’ speed limitations. The research study states that the new design would make way for “next-generation high performance soft robots” that…