The spring semester featured some exciting speakers, great venues and unconventional ways to experience science. Here’s a look back at our spring events.
State of the Sciences
Who says libraries have to be quiet? For our annual State of the Sciences event on April 21, we brought a science party — with more than 800 of our closest friends — to NC State’s Hunt Library.
The event featured science fun for all ages: Alums Rhett Allain (physics blogger for WIRED) and Sam Trull (co-founder of the Sloth Institute in Costa Rica) shared stories of discovery; kids enjoyed a presentation by “Albert Einstein” and “Isaac Newton” and a storytime with WRAL-TV meteorologist Greg Fishel; and faculty and students engaged attendees in a variety of science demos. And there was plenty of food and NC State beer.
This spring, 5,871 graduates joined the ranks of NC State alumni. The college held six departmental commencement ceremonies on May 12 and 13 to celebrate the graduation of 415 new scientists. The graduates included Anu Hanumanthu, a biological sciences standout who is heading to medical school, and Vishwas Rao, who received a Fulbright Program award to study antibiotic resistance at McMaster University in Canada.
Celebrating Diversity in STEM Dinner
Chemistry alumna and Shaw University President Tashni-Ann Dubroy spoke about her own leadership journey at February’s Celebrating Diversity in STEM Dinner, which brought diverse students together with science leaders in the NC State community. A networking reception for students with employees from BASF, the dinner’s sponsor, kicked off the evening.
On Campus: Lawrence Krauss
The college welcomed celebrated theoretical physicist and author Lawrence Krauss to NC State in March to give a talk based on his new book, The Greatest Story Ever Told — So Far: Why Are We Here? Krauss delivered his lecture to a packed auditorium in D.H. Hill Library and signed copies of the book at a reception.
Diversity Senior Banquet
“These students have actively worked to make the world a better place,” Jamila Simpson, the college’s assistant dean for diversity and student services, told attendees at the 31st annual Diversity Senior Banquet. The event honors graduating seniors with awards in academic achievement, leadership, community service and other categories. The banquet was organized by the college’s Office of Diversity and Student Services and the Society for Multicultural Scientists.
The Story Collider Comes to Kinston
New frontiers in science was the theme of The Story Collider’s first foray into North Carolina. The storytelling show, held at Kinston’s Red Room music venue, featured five true, personal accounts of blazing new scientific trails. Speakers included biological sciences faculty member Nadia Singh. If you missed it, another show is planned for June 26 at Motorco Music Hall in Durham. The events are the result of a collaboration between the college’s Office of Public Science and campus and community partners.
This post was originally published in College of Sciences News.