Research

Mar 21, 2017 | NC State News

How Critical Thinking in the Humanities Reduces Belief in Pseudoscience

Teaching critical thinking skills in a humanities course significantly reduces student beliefs in “pseudoscience" unsupported by facts, according to new research from NC State.

Mar 20, 2017 | NC State News

Money, Not Access, Key to Resident Food Choices in ‘Food Deserts’

A new study from NC State and Campbell University finds that, while access to healthy foods is a significant challenge, the biggest variable limiting diet choices in so-called food deserts is limited financial resources.

Mar 9, 2017 | Pacific Standard

The Syrian Migrant Crisis You’ve Never Heard of — And Why It Matters Today

“We’ve been here a long time, and in fact we are very much part of the fabric of what makes this country what it is today,” says Akram Khater, a history professor at North Carolina State University. In an article by the Pacific Standard, Khater and others speak on the past and present of immigration from the middle east.

Mar 8, 2017

Revealing a Different Side of President Carter

In her new book, Jimmy Carter in Africa: Race and the Cold War, NC State Professor of History Nancy Mitchell draws on her research to reveal a side of the president few have seen. The American Academy of Diplomacy selected the book for its 2016 Douglas Dillon Award, a prestigious honor given to the best book about the process of diplomacy.

Mar 3, 2017 | MIT Technology Review

Big Questions Around Facebook’s Suicide-Prevention Tools

Facebook has rolled out a handful of tools it hopes will be helpful in preventing suicide. Will they help? Willa Casstevens, associate professor of social work at NC State, studies suicide prevention efforts. She's hopeful such intervention might be positively received by younger people in particular, since they’re used to interacting via social media. “In the moment, a caring hand reached out can move mountains and work miracles,” she says. “The question would then be if they would still be in a position to take advantage of it.”

Feb 27, 2017 | Sustainability News

Psychology Students Design Campus Composting Solution

As a project for a human factors psychology course, graduate students Jenna Darrah, Xing Huang and David Feltner researched, designed and tested a system to divert Talley Student Union’s estimated 34,000 pounds of annual paper towel waste from trash cans to compost bins.

Feb 23, 2017

NC State’s Poet in Residence Honored by National Association of Writers, Writing Programs

Retiring professor of English and poet in residence John Balaban has received the prestigious George Garrett award from the national Association of Writers and Writing Programs for outstanding community service in literature.

Feb 21, 2017 | NC State News

Sexual Minorities at Greater Risk of Suicidal Behavior, Being Victims of Violence

Sexual minorities are more likely than heterosexuals to be victims of physical violence and to exhibit suicidal behavior, according to a recently published study.

Feb 17, 2017 | The Hill

Op Ed: Restricting What Recipients of SNAP Benefits Eat Won’t Fix Nutritional Issues

In an op-ed, NC State Associate Professors of Sociology Sarah Bowen and Sinikka Elliott bring their research to bear on a federal public hearing over how food stamps can be used. The sociologists say talk of restricting what poor people eat ignores the heart of the problem: that many poor families are struggling and have inadequate resources and support.

Feb 15, 2017 | History News

Digital Exhibit Maps Life, Work of Charleston’s Septima P. Clark

A new digital history exhibit maps the life and work of Septima P. Clark, an American educator, civil rights activist and community organizer.