Stories From Dec 2012

Dec 27, 2012

Parents are Key to Preventing Substance Use

New research from NC State, Brigham Young University and the Penn State University finds that parental involvement is more important than the school environment when it comes to preventing or limiting alcohol and marijuana use by children. “Parents play an important role in shaping the decisions their children make when it comes to alcohol and marijuana,” says Toby Parcel, professor of sociology at NC State and co-author of a paper on the work. “School programs that address alcohol and marijuana use are definitely valuable, but the bonds parents form with their children are more important. Ideally, we can have both.”

Dec 20, 2012

Nonprofit careers, here we come!

Hardworking students in the college’s nonprofit studies minor helped the Institute for Nonprofits reach a significant milestone in December when its number of graduates passed the 100 mark. A total of […]

Dec 18, 2012

Alum Blogs About Placemaking

Kristin Jeffers makes a place for urban planning, or "placemaking," in her blog, The Black Urbanist. Started in 2010, Jeffers' blog was simply an outlet for her to communicate her passion for city planning and development to potential employers. The blog later turned into a guide for her current career and influences what notions to put into action.

Dec 11, 2012 | New York Times

GOP’s full control in long-moderate North Carolina may leave lasting stamp

North Carolina will soon have its most conservative government in a century. Steven Greene, political science, featured.

Dec 11, 2012

Across the Great (Disciplinary) Divide: Tips on Science Communication

Andrew Binder is an assistant professor in communication who specializes in science communication and how citizens perceive science issues. In this guest post, Binder shares some insights on what researchers stand to gain from sharing their findings with those outside their fields.

Dec 7, 2012 | National Public Radio (blog)

Bill to rename federal building for Sen. Jesse Helms stirs controversy

Like the polarizing late senator himself, a bill to name a federal building in North Carolina after Jesse Helms is proving controversial. Steven Greene, political science, featured.

Dec 6, 2012

Preserving Southern History

English professor Dick J. Reavis and some of his students have spent three years recreating The Southern Worker, a little-known 1930s newspaper, in a digital format. The little-known newspaper's stories and personal accounts of hardship during the Great Depression illuminate the plight of poor southerners. Archives are now available online.

Dec 3, 2012

Nonprofit Studies Rich in New Perspectives

Camille Smith, a political science major and nonprofit studies minor, is planning her career based around serving others through development work. The Institute for Nonprofits -- and an internship with Curamericas Global, Inc. -- expanded her knowledge of and interest in global health.