Study Highlights Importance of Multimodal Communication in Higher Ed
Research from NC State finds that "multimodal" communication — using a mix of words, images and other resources — is important for students and faculty in higher education, a finding that argues for increased instruction in multimodal communication for undergraduates.
Academic Press Fosters Global Conversations
Through collaboration and innovation, the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures is home to an academic press that publishes books from leading scholars throughout the Americas.
The Scoop on Dog Poop: Grad Student’s Research Informs the Public
Clodagh Lyons-Bastian is well aware of the dog poop conversation in Raleigh. After noticing more and more of her neighbors lamenting about unpicked-up poop, she decided to research attitudes and behaviors around dog waste removal while earning her master’s degree in communication this year. Now the recent graduate and public speaking lecturer is sharing her findings, both with area residents and a municipal advisory board, to help create a cleaner city.
Psychologist Expands Postpartum Adjustment Work to Community
Betty-Shannon Prevatt, a doctoral student in NC State’s Applied Social and Community Psychology graduate program, is surveying new moms in the Triangle about how they’ve dealt with postpartum adjustment. Through the survey of adult women who have delivered a baby since January 2012, Prevatt said she hopes to learn more about social support, access to health care, coping strategies, domestic violence, substance abuse and mood changes after having a baby.
Digital Humanities: Get Certified
A brand-new graduate certificate in digital humanities will support a growing interdisciplinary community of thinkers and do-ers. Now accepting applications.
The Trials of the Cherokee Were Reflected In Their Skulls
NC State forensic anthropologist Ann Ross and other researchers have found that environmental stressors – from the Trail of Tears to the Civil War – led to significant changes in the shape of skulls in the eastern and western bands of the Cherokee people. The findings highlight the role of environmental factors in shaping our physical characteristics.
Alum Returns to Coordinate NC Lit Fest
Jason Jefferies (MA, English, '08) is the programming coordinator for the NC Literary Festival taking place April 3 - 6 in and around NC State's Hunt Library. The Lit Fest theme is "the future of reading." And the future is looking very bright indeed. Visit the festival website to get all the details about this free event for all ages.
Working Odd Shifts Can Hurt Parent/Child Relationships
Research from NC State's Department of Sociology and Anthropology indicates that working a job that doesn’t keep 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. hours can hurt the relationships between parents and adolescents, increasing the likelihood that children will engage in delinquent behaviors. In some circumstances, though, an unconventional work schedule can be a benefit for children.
Robot Builders Form Emotional Bond to Their Creations
Research led by an NC State doctoral student in psychology indicates that people who build robots form an emotional bond to their creations – though the bond is different from the sort of attachments people form with other people or pets.
MSW Alum Raises Awareness of Birth Defects
Kayte Thomas (MSW 2013) is a recent graduate of the master's of social work program. In addition to being a mother, she is also a national award-winning advocate and a published researcher on the education and prevention of birth defects.