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May 13, 2021

Four Sciences Faculty Recognized at Celebration of Faculty Excellence

Phil Castellano, Lewis Owen, Brian Space and Dali Sun were honored at the annual event. 

Memorial Belltower

May 6, 2021

Statistics Student Wins Fellowship From National Science Foundation

Jocelyn Chi, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Statistics, has been awarded the Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. 

May 6, 2021

States With Tighter COVID Restrictions, Progressive Taxes Saw Revenues Rise During Pandemic Year, Study Finds

States with tighter COVID-19 restrictions and progressive tax structures tended to have higher tax collections during the pandemic year, according to a study co-authored by a professor at North Carolina State University. “What we would suggest is as these COVID-19 restrictions increased, it actually benefited everyone in general, because now the states were able to be well-funded,” N.C. State professor Nathan Goldman said. 

May 6, 2021

Atlantic Hurricane Season Starts Soon; Forecasters Call for Above-Average Activity

Carolina Coast Online
According to NCSU meteorologists, the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season will see 15 to 18 named storms, which is above the 1951-2020 average of 11 named storms per season. Of these named storms, seven to nine could grow to hurricane strength – above the historical average of six – with two or three that may become major hurricanes, which reach Category 3 or higher on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale. 

May 5, 2021

NC State University Developing New Model to Predict Hurricane Activity 18 Months Earlier

North Carolina State University is working on a new model that incorporates historical data like sea surface temperatures, el Nino, la Nina and past hurricanes to help predict what’s called “accumulated cyclone energy,” or “ACE.” Scientists hope it will help narrow down predictions by region and even state. “When we can get more specific, then it can be more useful for specific states. We really would like to be able to pinpoint more precise locations where we need to pay more attention to,” said Professor Lian Xie with N.C. State University. 

May 5, 2021

How the Dueling Dinosaurs Got to Raleigh

Walter Magazine
One of those leaders is paleontologist Dr. Lindsay Zanno. Zanno’s passion for her work and dedication to sharing it with the public are not simply infectious, they’re inspirational. Zanno completed her undergraduate work at the University of New Mexico and her graduate work at the University of Utah. Her work as a paleontologist has taken her all over the globe: from the Field Museum in Chicago to Mongolia and Thailand to vast swaths of the American West. The museum’s longtime partnership with North Carolina State University and deep commitment to citizen science were what drew Zanno to the institution, and she has helped grow the already well-known paleontology program over the past decade. She works in a joint appointment between the museum and NC State and leads teams of students into the field every year. 

The NC State Belltower against a blue sky, with flowering trees in the foreground

Apr 30, 2021

Sciences Faculty, Staff, Students Receive 2020-21 University Honors

Nine members of the College of Sciences community were recently recognized with 2020-21 NC State teaching, diversity, extension and excellence awards. 

Apr 15, 2021

NC State Researchers Predict 2021 Hurricane Season Will Be Active

The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season will see 15 to 18 named storms forming in the Atlantic basin, according to researchers at North Carolina State University. The Atlantic basin includes the entire Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. 

Mar 28, 2021

Transparent Solar Cells Don’t Steal Light From Greenhouse Crops

New Atlas
Advances in transparent solar cells mean that soon we might be able to install them into windows and greenhouses. But in the latter case, would they deprive plants of vital sunlight? To find out, researchers at North Carolina State University grew lettuce under various wavelengths of light, and found that the plants did just fine. 

Mar 24, 2021

Full Metal Volcano

Because it’s never been seen, how ferrovolcanism behaves is mostly theoretical. To make matters a little more concrete empirical, a team of scientists from NCSU used the Syracuse Lava Project facility in New York to simulate a metallic volcanic flow. Using a huge crucible, they melted iron-rich basalt (collected from an ancient volcanic formation in the US Great Lakes region, which is about 50% silicates, 10% iron, and the rest various minerals), then poured it down a metal chute onto a base of sand to investigate how it flowed.