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From the Departments

Catch up on the latest news from our academic departments.

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Biological Sciences

Paleontologists have found evidence of preserved protein fragments and apparent chromosomes in cartilage from a baby dinosaur.

Jane Hoppin has been elected as a fellow of the prestigious Collegium Ramazzini, an international scientific society for scientists who have made important contributions to environmental and occupational health.

Researchers have found elevated levels of 11 per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) chemicals in the blood of Cape Fear River striped bass. 


Phil Castellano was recently named editor-in-chief of a new journal, Chemical Physics Reviews.

Chemistry alumnus and former Fulbright fellow Kyle Virgil was featured in a video by CalTech, where he’s currently a third-year graduate student studying new materials for enhanced, next-generation photovoltaics.

Faculty, staff and students staged a human periodic table on the Brickyard for their 130th anniversary celebration last fall.

Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences

Geospatial analytics Ph.D. student and master’s alumna Shannon Ricci is developing new techniques to understand the impacts of boat traffic on natural sound beneath the sea. 

Geologist and BBC presenter Iain Stewart will be in residency in the department in April and will deliver a talk on communicating geo-environmental science through popular TV on March 31.

In a new video, planetary scientist Paul Byrne answers questions about some of the most popular planets in the Star Wars galaxy. 


Lorena Bociu is the 2019-20 recipient of the College of Sciences Faculty Diversity Professional Development Award.

The 2020 Kwangil Koh Lecture on Mathematics in Our Time will be held on April 1. The speaker will be Robert Ghrist of the University of Pennsylvania.

Two teams of students from the department brought home poster prizes from the 2020 Joint Mathematics Meeting in Denver.


Physics and engineering researchers have found that many greenhouses could become energy neutral by using see-through solar panels to harvest energy.

Astronaut and alumna Christina Koch talked to reporters about how NC State prepared her for space after returning from her record-breaking mission to the International Space Station.

In an episode of the podcast The Big Story, Katie Mack explains the harsh realities behind colonizing Mars.


Alyson Wilson was recently named associate vice chancellor for national security and special research initiatives in the Office of Research and Innovation.

Amstat News, the membership magazine of the American Statistical Association, featured three African American statisticians with NC State connections as part of its celebration of Black History Month.

Recent online master’s program graduate Chelsea Ross describes how the program set her up for professional success.