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Centers and Institutes

Many research centers and institutes on campus and throughout North Carolina have close connections to the College of Sciences. These centers are listed, from top to bottom, according to their administrative organization within the university, the college or the academic departments.

University Office of Research, Innovation and Economic Development

Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites

The Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites (CICS) is a consortium of academic, non-profit and community organizations with leadership from NC State and the University of Maryland-College Park. CICS provides focuses for collaborative research and associated activities in support of NOAA mission goals related to meteorological satellite and climate data and information research and development. The broad CICS consortium constitutes a first step toward the implementation of an academic infrastructure needed to support a national climate service.

Center for Marine Sciences and Technology

The Center for Marine Sciences and Technology (CMAST) is located on the campus of the Carteret Community College in Morehead City, NC. It provides a unique partnership between the university and community college, as well as greater opportunities for cooperative ventures between the universities and other agencies who share marine and fishery interests.

College of Sciences

Bioinformatics Research Center

The Bioinformatics Research Center (BRC) at NC State is one of the world’s premier centers for education and research in bioinformatics, the field that integrates information science and statistics with the study of genomics. Established in 2000, the BRC is located on NC State’s Centennial Campus.

The BRC has two important missions — research and education. Its research focuses on the development of new computational and statistical tools for the analysis and interpretation of genomic data, addressing both theoretical and practical issues in human, plant, and animal genetics. The BRC is also dedicated to providing outstanding educational and training opportunities for graduate students and genomic scientists. The center offer graduate programs in bioinformatics and statistical genetics.

The W.M. Keck Center for Behavioral Biology

The W. M. Keck Center for Behavioral Biology provides a multidisciplinary environment for interdepartmental training and collaborative research in the fundamental principles that govern animal behavior. The objectives of the center are to promote a strong, nationally prominent, multidisciplinary research endeavor that integrates molecular, evolutionary and quantitative genetics with physiology and behavioral ecology to study fundamental principles of animal behavior and to provide an interdisciplinary predoctoral and postdoctoral training program that will give students a broad perspective on behavioral biology and provide a new generation of scientists with the tools to investigate complex issues of behavior.

Center for Research in Scientific Computation

The Center for Research in Scientific Computation (CRSC) is a formally recognized, multidisciplinary center administered by NC State. Its purpose is to foster research in scientific computing and provide a focal point for research in computational science, engineering and applied mathematics. Graduate education and postdoctoral research opportunities are also a major focuses of CRSC faculty and staff.

The State Climate Office

The State Climate Office of North Carolina (SCONC) is a public service center in the College of Sciences. The SCONC maintains and operates the N.C. Environment and Climate Observing Network (ECONet), a network of weather towers across the state. ECONet data enhances the SCONC’s public service mission and supports agricultural research and operations, Cooperative Extension and educational outreach. Over half a billion observations were recorded at N.C. ECONet stations in 2018. SCONC scientists conduct applied research on North Carolina’s climate and its interaction with the environment, and have expertise in decision-support tool development and stakeholder engagement.

SCONC is involved with multiple interdisciplinary projects supporting various state and federal agencies and groups, such as N.C. Department of Transportation, N.C. Department of Environmental Quality, Cooperative Extension, NOAA Southeast Regional Climate Center, USDA Southeast Regional Climate Hub, and NOAA Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments. The SCONC is committed to training the next generation, and employs undergraduate and graduate research assistants from a variety of disciplines, including atmospheric sciences, mathematics, statistics and education, to work on applied climate research projects. Active areas of research include extreme precipitation, drought, heat-related health impacts, prescribed and wildland fire, integrated pest management, and instrumentation, quality control, and data management.

NC State-Affiliated Centers and Institutes

Departments of Mathematics and Statistics: The Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI)

The Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI), was established in 2002. SAMSI is a partnership of NC State, Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the National Institute of Statistical Sciences (NISS), in collaboration with the William Kenan, Jr. Institute for Engineering, Technology and Science. SAMSI is part of the Mathematical Sciences Institutes program of the Division of Mathematical Sciences at the National Science Foundation. SAMSI’s mission is to forge a synthesis of the statistical sciences and the applied mathematical sciences with disciplinary science to confront the very hardest and most important data- and model-driven scientific challenges. The organization is housed at the NISS/SAMSI building in Research Triangle Park, NC.

Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center

The Department of the Interior Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center (SE CSC) is one of eight regional Climate Science Centers. These CSCs provide scientific information, tools and techniques that land, water, wildlife and cultural resource managers and other interested parties can apply to anticipate, monitor and adapt to climate and ecologically-driven responses at regional-to-local scales. In particular, the SE CSC works with the six Landscape Conservation Cooperatives in the Southeast (Appalachian, Caribbean, Gulf Coast Prairie, Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks, Peninsular Florida, and South Atlantic LCCs) to identify global change-related information needed by resource managers and others, including physical and biological research, ecological forecasting, and multi-scale modeling.