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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.

Feb 25, 2021 The Chronicle of Higher Education

Faculty Members Are Suffering Burnout. So Some Colleges Have Used These Strategies to Help.

North Carolina State University, which is allowing impact statements to be submitted in the annual review, post-tenure review, and in reappointment, tenure, and promotion dossiers, told faculty members to consider documenting the “invisible” service they did to sustain departmental operations. Faculty members at community colleges, especially, need flexibility because they’re serving such a diverse student… 

Feb 25, 2021 Textile World

Prototype Graft Designed To Replace Damaged Heart Vessels Shows Promise In Cell Study

In a proof-of-concept study, Raleigh, N.C.-based North Carolina State University (NC State) researchers reported promising preclinical findings for a prototype of a vascular graft designed as a replacement for a damaged or blocked coronary artery, which supplies blood to the heart. 

Feb 25, 2021 Input

Alexa Skills are easy to exploit in a number of worrying ways

If you’ve ever been worried about the security or privacy credentials of your Alexa-connected devices, there’s some new data that may have you unplugging them immediately. Researchers from Germany’s Ruhr-Universität Bochum as well as North Carolina State University and Google are putting forth new vulnerability findings based on an analysis of 90,194 unique Alexa Skills… 

Feb 25, 2021 Futurity

Young Adults Are Least Concerned About COVID-19 Risks

“Our study reinforces the idea that different generations perceive the risks associated with COVID-19 very differently,” says Yang Cheng, an assistant professor of communication at North Carolina State University and corresponding author of the study in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. “It also highlights the need to do more to communicate… 

Feb 24, 2021

Petco Park Vaccination Super Station Reopens Again, With Focus on Second Doses

“If we had more supply in the system then we would be less vulnerable to these disruptions,” said Julie Swann, head of the industrial and systems engineering department at North Carolina State University. “But one of the reasons it has such a big impact is we are literally taking the vaccine off that production line,… 

Feb 24, 2021 KCBS

PODCAST: Boost in vaccine supply could alleviate some distribution complexities

Pfizer and Moderna on Tuesday announced they have solved coronavirus vaccine manufacturing challenges and promise a significant increase in supply in the coming weeks. Dr. Julie Swann is the Department Head of Industrial and Systems Engineering at North Carolina State University and has studied such health care supply systems. She told KCBS Radio on Tuesday’s… 

Feb 24, 2021 Spectrum News 1

NCDOT Looks to Lower Deaths on Railroads

“People are walking on the track and they have earbuds in and not paying attention, they’re looking at their phones and ultimately everybody thinks, ‘Oh I’ll hear a train when it is coming, I’ll feel it,’ or something like that,” says Chris Vaughan of the Institute for Transportation Research & Education at North Carolina State… 

Feb 24, 2021 News-Medical Life Sciences

COVID risk messages that target younger generations may have the biggest impact

“Our study reinforces the idea that different generations perceive the risks associated with COVID-19 very differently,” says Yang Cheng, the corresponding author of the study and an assistant professor of communication at North Carolina State University. “It also highlights the need to do more to communicate the need for preventive measures to younger generations.” 

Feb 23, 2021 WRAL Tech Wire

Kittens could be key to unraveling deadly diarrheal disease for children and animals, NCSU researchers say

Diarrheagenic Escherichia coli (DEC) bacteria cause lethal diarrheal disease in children worldwide, killing up to 120,000 children under the age of five annually. Atypical enteropathic Escherichia coli (aEPEC) are a form of DEC increasingly associated with diarrheal disease in humans and in kittens. “We were looking for causes of infectious diarrhea in kittens, which has… 

Feb 23, 2021 Futurity

Teacher Bond May Especially Help Homeless Preschoolers

“It’s well established that children who are homeless are at higher risk of a wide variety of negative outcomes,” says Mary Haskett, professor of psychology at North Carolina State University and corresponding author of the paper, published in the Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk. “However, there’s a lot of variability within this… 

Feb 23, 2021 Futurity

Kittens Hold Clues To Deadly Diarrhea In Children

“We were looking for causes of infectious diarrhea in kittens, which has a high mortality rate, and came across this pathogen,” says Jody Gookin, professor in veterinary scholars research education at North Carolina State University and corresponding author of the paper in Infection and Immunity. 

Feb 23, 2021 Inverse

“Mars, Fascinating:” Why A Garbage Video Went Viral Before NASA Could Release The Real One

“It’s this weird ‘taking the wind out of your sails’ feeling when you’re really anticipating something amazing happening and a cheap ripoff is passed around as though it’s the real thing,” Katie Mack, an astrophysicist at North Carolina State University, tells Inverse. “It’s like a bootleg from inside a movie theater of a film you… 

Feb 22, 2021 EcoWatch

Use of Disinfectants Has Soared, Sparking New Examination of Ingredients

But toxicology studies are pretty typically performed with high doses at first, before being extrapolated down to more realistic doses, according to Heather Patisaul, a biologist at North Carolina State University who studies toxicological effects of hormone-disrupting compounds. She was not involved in Hrubec’s studies. 

Feb 22, 2021 The Charlotte Observer

The Texas power system failed in extreme weather. The same could happen in N.C.

Texas is in the dark. Could that happen here? Many Texans have been without electricity for days as the power system operator struggles to bring its customers back online. North Carolinians may be asking themselves, “Could that happen here?” To understand our risk, we need to be clear about the causes of the Texas disaster.… 

Feb 22, 2021 Houston Chronicle

How will the deadly winter storm affect COVID vaccinations in Texas? An expert explains.

How much has the polar vortex set back vaccinations in Texas? When will we get our old lives back? And what will “normal” even look like then? This week, we’re talking with Julie Swann, an expert in vaccine supply chains and logistics, and also a COVID modeler. At North Carolina State University, she’s head of…