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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.

Dec 1, 2020 WRAL-TV

Certain foods may help stop COVID-19

Vaccines are on the way, but right now you can use diet to prevent COVID-19, says a professor at N.C. State – based on findings in a newly published study. 

Dec 1, 2020 News & Record

Region has good supply of Christmas trees, N.C. growers say.

North Carolina is the second leading Christmas tree producer in the United States, according to the Christmas-tree research program at N.C. State University. 

Nov 30, 2020 CBS-17

New mask material created at NC State makes up for shortage of N95, surgical masks

At North Carolina State University, the Nonwovens Institute found a way around that issue, creating a new protective material. “We’ve created something that didn’t really exist before,” said Behnam Pourdeyhimi, executive director of the NWI. 

Nov 30, 2020 Fayetteville Observer

The last great pandemic: How NC handled vaccines, restrictions and Thanksgiving in 1918

The Spanish flu eventually petered out in the early 1920s as people either died or gained immunity. Modern vaccine breakthroughs were made around World War II, said David Zonderman, history professor at N.C. State University, which helped make today’s promising COVID-19 vaccines possible. 

Nov 30, 2020 WRAL TechWire

NCSU Economic Forecast: Outlook for NC economic growth is positive

North Carolina State University economist Mike Walden, who composes the Index, said that two cautions need to be kept in mind with this latest reading on the Index. First, although the Index is now at a record high, this doesn’t imply the North Carolina economy has returned to pre-pandemic levels. Instead, it suggests the outlook… 

Nov 30, 2020 The Guardian (UK)

Slow and steady or a big spurt? How to grow a ferocious dinosaur

“Prior to our study, it was known that T. rex grew very quickly, but it was not clear if all theropod dinosaurs reached gigantic size in the same way, or if there were multiple ways it was done,” said paleontologist and study lead author Tom Cullen of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and… 

Nov 25, 2020 WTVD

Astronaut alum Christina Koch to speak at NC State graduation

North Carolina State University announced that graduate and NASA astronaut Christina Koch will speak for its first-ever virtual graduation. The commencement ceremony will take place December 4. Koch is a three-time graduate of NC State. She graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering and earned a Bachelor of Science in physics and… 

Nov 25, 2020 WRAL Tech Wire

Gene-editing of crops requires greater transparency, NCSU researchers say

Researchers at North Carolina State University call for a coalition of biotech industry, government and non-government organizations, trade organizations, and academic experts to work together to provide basic information about gene-edited crops to lift the veil on how plants or plant products are modified and provide greater transparency on the presence and use of gene… 

Nov 25, 2020 Forbes

Moderna Vs. Pfizer: How The Market Evaluates Covid-19 Vaccines

A key difference, however, is how the vaccines are shipped and stored. Moderna’s vaccine requires shipment at -20 degrees Celsius, which is considered “frozen” and far less of a logistical challenge than for Pfizer’s vaccine, which must be maintained at -70 degrees Celsius, known as “deep freeze.” In an interview with Scientific American, Julie Swann,… 

Nov 25, 2020 American Veterinary Medical Association

FDA urges collaboration as dilated cardiomyopathy afflicts more dogs

Dr. Teresa DeFrancesco, a professor of cardiology and critical care at the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, described in September’s meeting a retrospective study that compared disease severity and outcomes for patients with DCM and congestive heart failure at the university hospital, grouped by whether they were on grain-free or conventional diets.… 

Nov 24, 2020 The Associated Press

Coastal Harm From Invading Saltwater ‘Happening Right Now’ Along East Coast

“It’s not something that we need to wait until 2050 or 2100 for. It’s not something happening only to polar bears. It’s happening right now,” said Marcelo Ardon, an associate professor of ecology and biogeochemistry at North Carolina State University who is documenting changes in North Carolina’s coastline. 

Nov 24, 2020 Forbes

New Tool Could Improve Mental Healthcare For Communities Affected By Covid-19

Tanzid Hasnain and a group of fellow doctoral students in industrial and systems engineering at North Carolina State University and North Carolina A&T University, plus one undergraduate researcher, have designed a new tool aimed at identifying and meeting the mental health needs exacerbated by the pandemic. 

Nov 24, 2020 WTOP

Coastal harm from invading saltwater ‘happening right now’

“It’s not something that we need to wait until 2050 or 2100 for. It’s not something happening only to polar bears. It’s happening right now,” said Marcelo Ardon, an associate professor of ecology and biogeochemistry at North Carolina State University who is documenting changes in North Carolina’s coastline. 

Nov 24, 2020 WUNC

A Revamped Strategic National Stockpile Still Can’t Match The Pandemic’s Latest Surge

But there is a difference between turning down a request and meeting it fully. Robert Handfield, a professor at North Carolina State University and a supply chain expert, said that state officials he has interviewed from across the country had received some of what they requested from the stockpile but far less than they were… 

Nov 23, 2020 WAMU

From Testing To Distribution: The Logistics Behind COVID-19 Vaccines

Early data shows that two COVID-19 vaccines are over 90% effective. So what’s next? We follow the vaccine’s journey from testing to public distribution. – Guest: Julie Swann, professor of industrial and systems engineering at North Carolina State University. (@jlswann)