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Allison Nolker ‘13 Inspires Young Musicians with Birdsong Studies

“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” - Maya Angelou Allison Nolker ‘13 is currently a master’s student at NC State studying zoology with concentrations in anthrozoology and bioacoustics. Nolker, who has had a lifelong interest in animals and human-animal interactions, piloted the accelerated dual bachelor’s/master’s program in zoology. Her current research focuses on the evolution of bird songs, particularly mockingbirds.

Justin Hills ’14 Conducts Childhood Cancer Research at St. Jude

Justin Hills ‘14 recently completed the Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) program at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. The eleven-week program affords the opportunity for sixty students from across the country to interact with scientists and physicians in their related departments. As a senior in biology with a concentration in human biology, Hills plans to attend medical school after graduation.

Caroline Ellington ’13 Conducts Textile Research in Germany

posted 2012.12.13 Caroline Ellington ‘13 recently completed a research internship in Aachen, Germany. The internship, sponsored by UROP International, consisted of 40 students from the United States and Canada and involved individual research projects and intensive German language instruction. As a senior in textile engineering with a concentration in product development, Ellington developed biocomposite yarns from renewable, raw materials. As petroleum continues to become scarcer, the environment could potentially be affected in a variety of ways. A lack of petroleum could
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Hayley Stowe ’14 Committed to Battling Cancer

“I watched a dear friend of my family fight melanoma for six years,” says Hayley Stowe ‘14. “That experience shaped my goal to be an oncologist and make a difference in the lives of people battling cancer.” Stowe, a biological sciences major with a concentration in human biology, traveled to El Remate, Guatemala during her first year at NC State. While working in a medical clinic on an alternative service break trip sponsored by the Center for Student Leadership, Ethics, and Public
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Kristoph Kleiner ’09 Holds Research Internship at Federal Reserve Bank of New York

posted 2012.07.09 Kristoph Kleiner ‘09 is spending his summer as one of three doctoral research interns with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Kleiner’s responsibilities include conducting independent research, holding seminars for other research economists, and writing reports for economists on various statistical analyses. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York is one of 12 banks, along with the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., which comprise the Federal Reserve System. Beyond the traditional responsibilities of a Reserve Bank,
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Andriy Shymonyak ’15 Spending Summer Researching the Polarization of Ukraine

Andriy Shymonyak ‘15, a student in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Poole College of Management, is a recent recipient of theAtlantic Coast Conference Inter-institutional Academic Collaborative (ACCIAC) Creativity and Innovation Fellowship. Shymonyak is using his award to fund a two month research trip to Ukraine this summer. Shymonyak will spend time in the cities of Kharkiv, Kyiv, Lviv, and Odessa conducting interviews with professors and students to determine the causes of the increasing polarity in Ukraine,
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Anne Watson ’12 Uncovers Buried Interfaces of Organic Thin-Film Transistors

posted 2012.06.06 Anne Watson ‘12 has been investigating how certain organic materials play a role in devices including solar cells and transistors. Funded by a Park Enrichment Grant this past spring, Watson has been able to examine a system of locally constructed thin-film transistors composed of all-polymer materials that are cost-effective and environmentally friendly. Using techniques developed by fellow members of the Ade Research Group in the Department of Physics, new information has been obtained that correlates transistor device performance
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Inspired by Work in Dunn Lab, Justin Hills ’14 to Conduct Research in Ghana

posted 2012.04.18 Garnered by his commitment to disband misconceptions about public health and promote knowledge in that field, Justin Hills ‘14, a biological sciences major with a concentration in human biology, has been named a participant of the Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) Program. Hills will spend 12 weeks this summer in Kumasi, Ghana through the MHIRT Program. The MHIRT Program is part of a long-term strategy to establish a group of biomedical, behavioral, and social science researchers working to reduce, and ultimately
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Rachel Turner ’12 Engages in Colic Recovery Research with College of Veterinary Medicine Professor

posted 2011.09.08 With the support of a Park Enrichment Grant, Rachel Turner ‘12 attended the 10th Annual International Colic Research Symposium in Indianapolis where her research on colic recovery was presented by Dr. Matthew Gerard, a clinical associate professor of large animal surgery in the NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine.   Rachel Turner analyzes equine colic data with Dr. Matthew Gerard. For the past year, Gerard and Turner have collaborated to determine risk factors that lead to the failure of
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Tea Party Research by John Coggin ’09 and Fellow Harvard Scholars Adds to National Debate on Government Spending as Debt Ceiling Deadline Looms

posted 2011.07.11 Despite the fact that his grandfather cautioned him against mixing religion and politics, John Coggin ‘09 recently graduated from Harvard University with a Master of Theological Studies in Religion, Ethics, and Politics.   “I am convinced that, while church and state should remain separate, religion and politics have always gone together and they always will,” says Coggin, a Sanford, North Carolina native who received degrees in communication media and interdisciplinary studies while at NC State. “They both give us ways
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