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Mar 31, 2017

Q&A With NC State Professor Anna Bigelow on Controversial Homeland Security Grant

Anna Bigelow, an NC State University professor of religious studies with a specialization in Islam, discusses a grant to UNC from the Department of Homeland Security’s Countering Violent Extremism program. The grant will “fund a project to create a series of sophisticated videos and other materials to counteract jihadist propaganda that targets young people,” according to a February press release from UNC. 

Mar 27, 2017

The Emotional Resonance of Lies — And What We Can Do To Defeat Them

There are simple things we can do to become more rational decision makers, and to avoid being taken in by liars and con-artists who prey on ignorance. Alicia McGill, history, featured. 

Mar 27, 2017

Are we prepared for our gene altered future?

The impending genetic boom goes beyond CRISPR and could have very wide-reaching implications — from feeding billions, to curing disease, to improving animal welfare. Those are the upsides. They could also have dire unintended consequences, for human health or even by disrupting entire ecosystems. Jennifer Kuzma, School of Public and International Affairs, featured. 

Jan 15, 2017

For Princesses, the Question Remains: Who’s the Fairest?

Linguists Karen Eisenhauer of North Carolina State University and Carmen Fought of Pitzer College analyzed the dialogue from 12 Disney movies, finding that in early films 60 percent of compliments to females related to looks and just 9 percent to abilities. 

Sep 19, 2016

Discrimination’s ‘Back Door’: Tackling Language Bias on Campus

North Carolina State University has a long tradition of sociolinguistic research. Walt Wolfram, a sociolinguist and another of Educating the Educated's directors, established the North Carolina Language and Life Project in 1993 to study the state’s varied languages, dialects, and accents. Walt Wolfram, English, and the Language and Life Project at NC State featured. 

Jennifer Kuzma

Sep 16, 2016

Mosquitoes, Zika and Biotech Regulation

In a new Policy Forum article in Science, NC State professor Jennifer Kuzma argues that federal authorities are missing an opportunity to revise outdated regulatory processes not fit for modern innovations in biotechnology. 

Sep 14, 2016

The History of Lithium Ion Batteries Is Explosive

It is impossible to imagine modern life without lithium ion power. But society has taken a calculated risk in proliferating it. Matthew Eisler, interdisciplinary studies, featured. 

Sep 14, 2016

Petra: 2 Marble States Of Aphrodite Unearthed In Ancient Jordanian Site

Two marble statues of the mythical Greek goddess of love, beauty, pleasure and procreation have been found in the ancient Jordanian site of Petra. The forms of Aphrodite were unearthed during excavations by North Carolina State University and East Carolina University faculty and students. Tom Parker, history, featured. 

Sep 6, 2016

Review: ‘The Art of Waiting,’ What to Expect When You’re Still Not Expecting

I thought quite a lot about what normal is and isn’t as I was reading “The Art of Waiting: On Fertility, Medicine, and Motherhood,” Belle Boggs’s thoughtful meditation on childlessness, childbearing, and — for some — the stretch of liminal agony in between. Belle Boggs, English, featured. 

Sep 6, 2016

Genes Might Be Helping the Tasmanian Devil Fight Off Face Cancer

Increasingly, genetic techniques are giving conservationists new strategies to protect endangered species smarter and faster. Jennifer Kuzma, School of Public and International Affairs, featured.