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Oct 17, 2012

Parenting is More Important Than Schools to Academic Achievement

New research from NC State University sociologist Toby Parcel and others finds that parental involvement is a more significant factor in a child’s academic performance than the qualities of the school itself. “Our study shows that parents need to be aware of how important they are, and invest time in their children – checking homework, attending school events and letting kids know school is important,” says Parcel, who co-authored a paper on the work. “That’s where the payoff is.” 

Sep 11, 2012

Helping Water Reclamation Projects Account For ‘Yuck Factor’

NC State communication researcher Andrew Binder focuses on public attitudes toward science. Binder is leading a national survey on water reclamation that will include questions aimed at determining how consumers communicate with each other about the risks and benefits of reclaimed water, and what steps might be taken to incorporate public input into a water utility’s decision to augment water supplies using reclamation. 

Jul 9, 2012

Meet Industrial Organizational Psychologist Lori Foster Thompson

Professor of Psychology Lori Foster Thompson is the subject of a video created by students in COM 437 - Advanced Digital Video, in the Department of Communication. Foster Thompson studies and teaches industrial and organizational psychology, that is, the psychology of the workplace. Most recently, she has been researching how technology is affecting our experience of work. She is also passionate about how industrial psychology can make the world a better place. 

Apr 25, 2012

It’s All in Your Head: Tracing Skull Differences

Anthropologist Ann Ross, who is receiving an Outstanding Research Award from the NC State University Alumni Association this spring, has co-authored a paper with her former grad student Ashley Humphries that sheds new light on the characteristics of male and female skulls. 

Feb 28, 2012

Cedars in the Pines: The Lebanese of North Carolina

Cedars in the Pines, a documentary film produced as part of NC State's Khayrallah Program for Lebanese-American Studies, premiered at the NC Museum of History on March 28. The film represents the first phase of a multifaceted project to research, document, preserve, and publicize the history of the Lebanese-American community in North Carolina from the 1890s through the present. 

Feb 24, 2012

Project Aims To Improve HIV/AIDS Prevention Materials For African-American Women

African-American women make up a disproportionate number of HIV/AIDS cases in the United States. Researchers from NC State University--including faculty from the Department of Communication--are trying to change that, leading a National Science Foundation project aimed at developing HIV/AIDS prevention materials that resonate with African-American female college students. 

Feb 22, 2012

Feeling in Control Boosts Brainpower in Elderly

New research from NC State University's Department of Psychology shows that a sense of control fluctuates more often, and more quickly, than previously thought – and that this sense of control may actively affect cognitive abilities. 

Feb 2, 2012

CSI NC State: Forensics Lab Shines Light on Crime

Researchers from across campus, including key faculty from Humanities and Social Sciences, are working with law enforcement to transform the way we solve crimes. 

Oct 6, 2011

NC State, UNC, Duke launch Japanese Studies Center

Three universities have launched a Triangle Center for Japanese Studies  that will support fellowships, research, seminars, travel, guest speakers, and library development. North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Duke University will cooperate in the center, founded by a $270,000 grant from the Japan Foundation in Tokyo. NC State’s participation… 

Sep 12, 2011

Psychologist Helps Evaluate Special Ed Assessment and Accountability

Assessing educational progress in schools has become increasingly important since the passage of No Child Left Behind, but significant questions remain about the best way to measure schools’ effectiveness when it comes to working with children in special education programs. North Carolina State University will help address those questions as part of a new federally…