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Feb 22, 2021 Newsy

Republican Vaccine Resistance: Why Experts Say Look Beyond Politics

Schulman says marketing strategies can help. He and marketing professor Stacy Wood wrote a paper titled: “Beyond Politics: Promoting COVID-19 Vaccination in the United States.” Among the 12 tactics they suggest: Finding a common message that resonates between polarized groups — like the impact of the coronavirus on the economy. Another? Seeing more people and… 

Feb 19, 2021 The Wall Street Journal

Winter Storms Close Covid-19 Vaccination Sites in Several States

The loss of water in some locations has also slowed the rollout, forcing many authorities to tackle that issue as a first priority, said Julie Swann, head of the industrial and systems engineering department at North Carolina State University. She estimated that the current delays will likely set back vaccination efforts by about a week,… 

Feb 19, 2021 WRAL

NC in top 10 nationwide for getting vaccine doses out, but lags in shots per capita

Despite supply uncertainty, the state will soon be moving into the next phase, making teachers eligible for vaccinations as of Feb. 24. Health officials expect high demand but low supply to linger for months, if not years. “There’s this trickle-down effect,” said Jennifer Pancorbo, an expert in pharmaceutical manufacturing at North Carolina State University. “Even… 

Feb 19, 2021 ProPublica

Why We Can’t Make Vaccine Doses Any Faster

People often question why the administration can’t use the mighty Defense Production Act — which empowers the government to demand critical supplies before anyone else — to turbocharge production. But that law has its limits. Each time a manufacturer adds new equipment or a new raw materials supplier, they are required to run extensive tests… 

Feb 19, 2021 Chemical & Engineering News

Chemists bake cookies with C&EN

“Cooking is the oldest form of chemistry,” says Gallardo-Williams, a baking enthusiast and director of the organic chemistry teaching labs at North Carolina State University. “It is also for many people the most tangible. You mix things, change their properties, and it results in a new and delicious product. I think most people can relate… 

Feb 18, 2021 TODAY

Why I’m still making plans during COVID-19 — and experts say it’s OK

This is also known as “proactive coping” — when a person engages in a plan that helps to reduce the likelihood of feeling future stress. One recent study of out of North Carolina State University, found that proactive coping, when combined with frequent mindfulness practices, can help promote feelings of calmness. A Cornell University study… 

Feb 18, 2021 Futurity

2 Kinds of Poultry Bacteria Make Each other Nastier

Campylobacter bacteria spread primarily through consumption of contaminated food products. In humans, it causes symptoms commonly associated with food poisoning, such as diarrhea, fever, and cramps. However, Campylobacter infections also constitute one of the leading precursors of Guillain-Barré syndrome, a serious complication that can cause permanent disability and paralysis. Poultry is a known reservoir of… 

Feb 18, 2021 Wilkes Journal-Patriot

NCSU professor: Prepare for changing landscapes

Humans have unleashed an avalanche of changes on landscapes, writes Robert Scheller in a new book, “Managing Landscapes for Change.” Scheller is a professor of forestry and environmental resources at North Carolina State University. As landscape change accelerates due to climate change, invasive pests and diseases, housing development, natural disasters and other forces, Scheller describes… 

Feb 18, 2021 The Atlantic

Delay a Shot? Skip One? Vaccine-Dosing Messaging Is a Nightmare.

“As a scientist, I’m delighted to hear that [other scientists are] working continually to improve the recommendations on this very important issue,” Stacy Wood, a marketing expert at North Carolina State University who studies how consumers respond to new products, told me. “But as a marketer who is working to try and persuade the vaccine-hesitant,… 

Feb 17, 2021 News-Medical Life Sciences

Self-sterilizing polymers are effective at inactivating SARS-CoV-2 virus

Researchers from North Carolina State University, Boston University, and Kraton Corporation have demonstrated a family of self-sterilizing polymers that are effective at inactivating coronaviruses, including SARS-CoV-2 – the virus that causes COVID-19. 

Feb 17, 2021

Report sheds light on impact of effective school leadership on student learning outcomes

“How Principals Affect Students and Schools: A Systematic Synthesis of Two Decades of Research,” commissioned by The Wallace Foundation, updates a groundbreaking 2004 review of the literature on school leadership by Kenneth Leithwood, et al., that has been downloaded more than 800,000 times from the foundation’s website. The authors of the new report are Grissom;… 

Feb 17, 2021 News-Medical Life Sciences

Study focuses on assessing mental and physical health of undergraduates during the pandemic

An ongoing study led by North Carolina State University and North Carolina A&T State University focuses on assessing the mental, emotional and physical health of undergraduates during the pandemic – in order to determine how universities can better support their students. The study involves students at NC State, North Carolina A&T State University, University of Iowa,… 

Feb 17, 2021 Houston Chronicle

Houston’s weather closed COVID vaccine sites. Here’s what to know about rescheduling.

Houston will experience several problems in delays: for one, the roads will prevent patients, clinicians and the vaccine from reaching administration sites. Medical workers may also be pulled away for other emergencies during the freeze, such as carbon monoxide poisonings and hypothermia, said Julie Swann, a supply-chain expert who heads North Carolina State University’s Fitts… 

Feb 16, 2021 WNCN

NC State scientists help discover self-sterilizing coating that kills COVID-19

The ability to purchase materials that resist some of the world’s deadliest diseases would be a welcome alternative. North Carolina State University scientists Richard Spotak and Frank Scholle have helped discover self-sterilizing polymers that kill various coronaviruses. Those polymers can be used to coat everything from countertops to door handles to personal protective equipment. “We… 

Feb 16, 2021 Pest Control Technology

Research Finds Fire Ant Supergene

A recently published report in PLOS ONE 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…