Skip to main content

In the News

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

Dec 1, 2021 Anchorage Daily News

Five myths about the supply chain

Shelves are empty. Online orders take much longer to arrive. The media are warning of a Christmas devoid of presents. The supply chain has probably affected you firsthand in some way, the shock of expensive or absent products likely throwing your world out of whack and bringing mild panic. But there are several prominent myths… 

Dec 1, 2021 Spectrum News

Concerns about omicron COVID-19 variant hit North Carolina

A new COVID-19 variant is making its way around the world. How concerned should North Carolina be, and what precautions should you take? Tim Boyum asks Dr. Julie Swann, epidemic expert at N.C. State. 

Dec 1, 2021 Indy Week

A Once Common Salamander Species Found Only in North Carolina is Under Threat From Development

Alvin Braswell, Braswell, a native of Union County and former deputy director for the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, has a thick southern drawl. After he completed his degree at North Carolina State University, Braswell conducted his first formal study of the waterdog in the late seventies and early eighties with fellow herpetologist Ray Ashton.… 

Dec 1, 2021 CBS News

Supply chain crisis could disrupt holiday shopping

About 63 million Americans were expected to take part in Cyber Monday shopping despite potential shipping delays caused by supply chain backlogs. CBS News’ Meg Oliver reports on the busiest online shopping day of the year. Then, Rob Handfield, the Bank of America university distinguished professor of supply chain management at North Carolina State University,… 

Nov 30, 2021 Futurity

What Will Get Clothes Factories To Comply With Labor Standards?

“People talk about improving standards for apparel factory workers, but there’s a cost to doing so,” says Rob Handfield, professor of operations and supply chain management at North Carolina State University’s Poole College of Management, and corresponding author of the study in the journal Sustainability. 

Nov 30, 2021 Spectrum News

N.C. State partners with Triad vineyard to bottle The Brickyard

Shelton Vineyards did something special with one local university that sets them apart from other vineyards. “N.C. State approached the council wanting to put this project together,” Brown said. “This project” being a wine, made specifically for N.C. State University, named The Brickyard, after an iconic spot on campus. 

Nov 30, 2021 WNCN

‘It’s significant’: Triangle winters warm by 4-degrees over last 50 years

This may not seem like much, but Dr. Kenneth Kunkel with North Carolina State University said it’s significant. “It represents something real happening to our climate system,” he explained. “It’s not just part of the random fluctuations that we would normally experience.” 

Nov 30, 2021 Daily Mail

World’s smallest carnivore, the least weasel, is going extinct – and scientists are scratching their heads trying to figure out why

Researchers at North Carolina State University say the cause of this population drop isn’t clear—whether diseases, predators, climate change or the use of pesticides and rodenticides are to blame, or some combination of those factors. We’re trying to put weasels on the radar,’ said study co-author Roland Kays, head of the North Carolina Museum of… 

Nov 29, 2021 WNCN

How to pick your Christmas tree and keep it alive

The phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover” doesn’t apply to Christmas trees. Jeff Owen is an area extension forestry specialist on Christmas trees at North Carolina State University. He says you can tell a lot about a tree’s health by its looks. Whether you’re looking for the bushiest, tallest, or skinniest tree –… 

Nov 29, 2021 WRAL Tech Wire

Uncertainty about ‘Omicron’ variant could change North Carolina’s economic future

“The Index is suggesting that the labor market in the state will continue to improve, with new jobs added and reductions in the jobless rate,” said Dr. Michael Walden, the William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor Emeritus at North Carolina State University, in an interview with WRAL TechWire. 

Nov 29, 2021 The News & Observer

How to keep the needles on your Christmas tree through the holiday season

Travis Birdsell, Ashe County Extension director for NC State, said keeping a tree fresh begins with property management of the crop in the field. To “set” the tree’s needles, making sure they will hold to the branches as long as possible, growers must wait to harvest trees until there have been at least three nights of… 

Nov 29, 2021 The News & Observer

With fakes languishing in some ports, demand grows for NC’s fresh-cut Christmas trees

If there is any scarcity in the supply of fresh-cut trees this year, said Travis Birdsell, Ashe County extension director for NC State, it will be among those towering 10-to-15-foot Tannenbaums that some families like to tether to the staircase in a two-story entryway or beneath a cathedral ceiling. 

Nov 24, 2021 Gizmodo

What We Will Never Know

It’s a nice thought, that we can pull knowledge from beyond the cosmic microwave background. But this knowledge leads to more questions. “I think there’s a pretty broad consensus that inflation probably occurred,” said Katie Mack, theoretical astrophysicist at North Carolina State University. “There’s very little consensus as to how or why it occurred, what… 

Nov 24, 2021 WRAL

Expert: Economy could turn on a dime if virus resurges

Dr. Michael Walden, Extension Specialist for North Carolina State University, says that the latest jobs report is good news, but that it could all fall apart if the virus were to come back in full-force. 

Nov 24, 2021 WRAL Tech Wire

NC State to add 4,000 engineering, computer science students to meet worker demand

North Carolina State University will add about 4,000 students – 2,000 undergraduates and 2,000 graduate students – in engineering disciplines and computer science over the next five years. The growth will push NC State’s College of Engineering to around 14,000 students and the university’s total student population to more than 40,000.