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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.

Sep 16, 2020 Futurity

Do Finances of House Lawmakers Sway Key Votes?

“Broadly speaking, we found that House members who owned stocks in firms that would benefit from financial deregulation voted for financial deregulation,” says Jordan Carr Peterson, an assistant professor of political science at North Carolina State University and coauthor of the paper in Legislative Studies Quarterly. “And House members who had invested in financial and… 

Sep 16, 2020 Science Codex

Study suggests financial holdings influenced key votes for house lawmakers

“Broadly speaking, we found that House members who owned stocks in firms that would benefit from financial deregulation voted for financial deregulation,” says study co-author Jordan Carr Peterson, an assistant professor of political science at North Carolina State University. “And House members who had invested in financial and automotive stocks supported legislation aimed at bailing… 

Sep 15, 2020 News-Medical Life Sciences

Computational model can help identify best allocation plans for distributing test kits

Getting accurate, timely information on COVID-19 cases is one of the major challenges facing policymakers as they make decisions about public health and the economy. Researchers at North Carolina State University are embarking on a project aimed at ensuring test kits are available where they are most needed, so that policymakers have the information they… 

Sep 15, 2020 WRAL Tech Wire

Armed with $600K grant, NCSU researchers aim to improve COVID-19 test kit distribution

Getting accurate, timely information on COVID-19 cases is one of the major challenges facing policymakers as they make decisions about public health and the economy. Researchers at North Carolina State University are embarking on a project aimed at making sure test kits are available where they are most needed, so that policymakers have the information… 

Sep 15, 2020 The Wall Street Journal

Is There Life on Venus? Scientists Say Maybe

“It’s not the determination of alien life…[but] maybe this is actually a world we should be more credibly thinking about habitability,” said Paul Byrne, a North Carolina State University planetary scientist who wasn’t involved in the research. “It’s a massive deal, hands down.” 

Sep 15, 2020 Smithsonian

In Clouds on Venus, New Potential for Microbial Life

“The finding itself is astonishing,” Paul Byrne, a scientist at North Carolina State University in Raleigh who was not involved in the research, tells the Times. He notes that he is “skeptical of it being life,” but adds: “I don’t have a better explanation for what it is.” 

Sep 14, 2020 The New York Times

Life on Venus? Astronomers See a Signal in Its Clouds

“The finding itself is astonishing,” said Paul Byrne, a planetary scientist at North Carolina State University in Raleigh who was not involved in the research. He said that although he was “skeptical of it being life, I don’t have a better explanation for what it is.” 

Sep 14, 2020 WTVD

CDC: Dining at restaurants tied with increased COVID-19 infection risk. Local expert has concerns

According to the study, people who tested positive for COVID-19 were twice as likely to have said they ate at a restaurant within two weeks of an infection compared with those people who tested negative. Researchers admit they didn’t ask participants whether they ate inside or outside. “The biggest risk in contracting COVID-19 is being… 

Sep 14, 2020 Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Black scientists highlight racism in the lab and the field

Deja Perkins, a Black conservation biologist at North Carolina State University, has studied gaps in how community-science bird-watching projects are conducted in wealthy and poor communities. “It’s a problem if data from poor neighborhoods isn’t collected, and that shapes wildlife management plans,” she said. 

Sep 14, 2020 Inverse

Does Ignoring Robocalls Make Them Stop? Researchers Uncover 2 Key Findings

To better understand how these unwanted callers operate, we monitored every phone call received to over 66,000 phone lines in our telephone security lab, the Robocall Observatory at North Carolina State University. We received 1.48 million unsolicited phone calls over the course of the study. Some of these calls we answered, while others we let… 

Sep 14, 2020 PCT Online

Stopping Bugs With a Taste for Art

An exhibit at the Gregg Museum of Art & Design is playfully titled, “All That Glitters: Spark and Dazzle From the Permanent Collection.” So, it’s no wonder the assortment of textiles, jewelry, pottery and other shiny objects is a feast for the eyes. But for some visitors to North Carolina State University’s recently renovated museum,… 

Sep 11, 2020 WUNC

North Carolina’s Unions And Organized Labor Saved Lives In 2020

With North Carolina’s minimum wage stalled at $7.25 while the cost of living continues to rise, many of the essential workers advocating on behalf of community health are also facing eviction and food insecurity. Host Frank Stasio reflects on a year of labor movements with David Zonderman and Maxwell Millington. Zonderman is a professor and… 

Sep 11, 2020 WRAL Tech Wire

Study: Women are being shut out of collegiate esports

A new study from North Carolina State University reports that the rapidly growing field of collegiate esports is effectively becoming a two-tiered system, with club-level programs that are often supportive of gender diversity being clearly distinct from well-funded varsity programs that are dominated by men. 

Sep 11, 2020 Huffington Post

Students’ Positive Views Of Liberals Increased During College Years, Study Finds

Students’ personal political identities didn’t seem to shift significantly during their four years at college, according to data collected from the fall of 2015 to the spring of 2019 for the Interfaith Diversity Experiences and Attitudes Longitudinal Survey, led by researchers at North Carolina State University, Ohio State University and the nonprofit Interfaith Youth Core. 

Sep 11, 2020 WTVD

Local universities work to introduce more diverse educators into classrooms statewide

According to a press release, the university is partnering with the Leadership Internship for Future Teachers (LIFT) program at NC State’s College of Education to “implement an educator e-mentoring initiative to support future teachers of color and bilingual teachers.” “We’re saying ‘yes’ – bring those gifts to the classroom, where you can really make a difference,” said Dr.…