Tag: outreach

Public Engagement and Science Communication at NC State

Monday, June 9th, 2014 | Tags: ,

Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Nicolas Canete, an international student from Paraguay who recently earned his master’s degree in communication at NC State. Most NC State researchers are involved in some form of public engagement when it comes to science communication, but that public engagement takes a variety of forms. I know

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A Wealth of Wildlife, Right in the Backyard

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014 | Tags: , , , ,

Zoologist Roland Kays travels the world to study rare species, so he calls it a “cool surprise” to find a wealth of wildlife in the suburban backyards of Raleigh and Durham, N.C. “As scientists, we’ve traditionally thought of residential areas as non-habitat,” says Kays, a faculty member at NC State University and the North Carolina

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Navel-Gazing Researchers ID Which Species Live In Our Belly Buttons (But Don’t Know Why)

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 | Tags: , , , , ,

Researchers have discovered which bacteria species are most commonly found in our bellybuttons, but have still not discovered what governs which species will be found on which people. These are the first published findings of the Belly Button Biodiversity project led by NC State’s Dr. Rob Dunn. The researchers swabbed the belly buttons of 66

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Vote For This! ‘Self-Folding Origami’ is Finalist in SciVis Contest

Monday, November 5th, 2012 | Tags: , ,

I think there’s something amazing about watching a two-dimensional (2-D) sheet of plastic fold itself up into a three-dimensional (3-D) object. The National Science Foundation (NSF) and Science apparently agree, having selected a video (see above) about this self-folding materials research as a finalist in the International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge (SciVis). Why would

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Bringing Bugs into the Classroom

Friday, October 5th, 2012 | Tags: , , ,

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Dr. David Buchwalter, a researcher in NC State’s Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology. Every so often, The Abstract likes to highlight outreach efforts by NC State researchers. This one sounded like fun. Last month, I teamed up with other biological researchers to conduct a workshop for

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