This Is What Science Looks Like At NC State: Edgar Lobaton


Editor’s note: This is the first entry in an ongoing series of posts called This Is What Science Looks Like At NC State that we hope will highlight the diversity of researchers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The series is inspired by the This Is What A Scientist Looks Like site. This submission comes

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Do People and Pigs Share Salmonella Strains?


If antimicrobial-resistant Salmonella is showing up in pigs, then are bacon-loving people also at risk?  In his latest research, NC State population health and pathobiology professor Sid Thakur looks at serotypes, or groups, of antibiotic-resistant Salmonella in people and pigs, to try to determine whether these strains are being passed from pork to people. Sid

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What’s Eating You?


It’s a jungle out there. Humans can be infected by more than 1,400 parasites – viruses, bacteria, fungi, etc. It can be bad enough when one nasty parasite takes hold – it’s certainly no fun to be stricken with tuberculosis – but what happens if you have two simultaneous infections? If one infection is diagnosed

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Countering the Caregiver Placebo Effect


How do you know that your pet is benefiting from its pain medication? A new clinical trial design  could help overcome pet owners’ unconscious observation bias and determine whether the drugs they test are effective. When animals are recruited for clinical trials, particularly for pain medications, researchers must rely on owner observation to determine whether

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New NSF Dielectrics Center Ties Research Efforts to Product Development


If you want to do research that solves problems facing global industries, it helps to form partnerships with the industries you want to help. That’s the idea behind the National Science Foundation’s new Center for Dielectrics and Piezoelectrics, being led by NC State and Penn State. “Broadly speaking, our goal is to work with industry

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