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Jun 20, 2023

How to Tackle Conflict in the Workplace

Research can help address conflicts in a way that helps the bottom line and improves workplace culture. 

Jun 5, 2023

Another Day in the White House

Andrew Bates was willing and ready to drop out of NC State so he could live the dream of anyone who has ever volunteered for a political campaign: a full-time job in the White House. Before Bates could drop out, however, he received a crucial piece of advice from White House Chief Communications Officer Dan Pfeiffer,… 

Brody McCurdy, Walt Wolfram and Lydia Elrod stand together and laugh outside Tompkins Hall in the Court of North Carolina.

Jun 5, 2023

Linguistic Research Team Preserves Local Dialects and Culture

Linguists at NC State are studying language evolution in Chatham County, a historically rural area that's on the fast track for significant growth. 

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Apr 28, 2023

The Future Is Now: Wrestling with Ethics, Policy and Brain-Computer Interfaces

Devices that allow computers to interface with the human brain are already here. As these technologies become more widespread, so do questions related to ethics and policy. 

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Apr 21, 2023

What Makes Someone Likely to Be a First-Gen College Grad? Money.

The study highlights the challenges facing young people who want to attend college, as well as how difficult it is for individuals to move up the socioeconomic ladder. 

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Mar 27, 2023

How Is AI Changing the Way We Write and Create?

Three experts offer insights on plagiarism, AI literacy, and the technology’s societal and ethical ramifications. 

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Mar 22, 2023

Worrying About Election Stress Can Harm Your Health – Here’s What You Can Do About It

The study found anticipating stress related to elections causes adverse physical health effects. However, it also found there is something people can do to mitigate those negative effects. 

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Mar 21, 2023

Leafing Through History: Mining DNA Clues From Centuries-Old Manuscripts

Modern scientific techniques are helping scholars learn new things from parchments that are up to 1,300 years old. 

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Mar 21, 2023

Study Highlights Complicated Relationship Between AI and Law Enforcement

The study underscores the need for law enforcement officers to better understand the limitations and ethical challenges of AI technologies. 

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Mar 6, 2023

COVID Fears and Long-Term Planning Play Key Roles in Vaccine Hesitancy

A key variable in vaccine hesitancy is a psychological trait called proactive coping, which refers to a person’s tendency to think about and plan for the future. 

painting shows a child in silhouette as a red lantern drifts away from her hand. The hashtag #StopAsianHate is written near the bottom

Mar 1, 2023

#StopAsianHate Study Sheds Light on Overlooked Aspect of Activism

The frameworks scholars use to understand social justice movements need to address the extent to which activists reflect on their own involvement and derive satisfaction from the process of activism itself. 

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Feb 21, 2023

Study Finds Parents Serve as a Safety Net as Grown Kids Navigate the Workforce

The study highlights the challenges facing young adults who do not have access to parental support. 

Josh Eure at home in his hometown of Hertford, North Carolina.

Feb 20, 2023

New World Order

Josh Eure, once a high-school dropout with no direction in life, took an unlikely path to NC State, where he earned an MFA in creative writing and critical acclaim for his science fiction. Learn how he made peace with the past and what he plans for the future. 

John Coggin poses outside in the peaceful English countryside.

Feb 20, 2023

Bridging the Divide

John Coggin's passion for solving real-world problems while reconciling differing worldviews took him from NC State to Harvard and back again. Could his doctoral studies in England help us heal divisions in the United States? 

Alaina Brennan-Kupec in front of a rainbow flag.

Feb 20, 2023

Out for Good

Alaina Brennan-Kupec remembers the day everything changed — when she chose to take a public stand against efforts to restrict the rights of transgender people. Learn how she and her wife support trans students at NC State.