Our faculty and students are working on thousands of projects that will ultimately benefit North Carolina and the nation. Here are just a few examples of cutting-edge research results from the past year.

Dr. Michael Purugganan’s laboratory has succeeded in identifying genes that control natural variation in flowering time, helping scientists and crop breeders understand how plants respond to global climate change and adjust harvest times.
2003 NSF Presidential Young Investigator awardee Dr. Carla Mattos and her biochemistry research group have developed innovative procedures to study the binding surface of proteins, facilitating the development of drugs targeted preferentially to cancer cells.
Distinguished professor V. Kerry Smith has been elected to the esteemed National Academy of Sciences, bringing the total number of national academy members at NC State to nineteen.

The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Universal Design and the Built Environment, under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, is working with builders and manufacturers to develop new design solutions to improve accessibility and usability of homes, public buildings, and communities for the widest diversity of users.

Distinguished professors Joseph DeSimone and Ruben Carbonell have established the one-of-a-kind Triangle National Lithography Center with its showcase 193-nanometer lithography stepper—a $12 million state-of-the-art tool for fabricating computer chips, molecular electronics devices, and opto-electronics devices.
Dr. Christine Grant, associate professor of chemical engineering, has received the 2003 NSF Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring in recognition of her efforts to enhance the participation of underrepresented groups.

Through the “Nurturing Mathematics Dreamkeepers” project funded by the National Science Foundation in the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, Dr. Ron Tzur is developing and evaluating new ways to understand how K-2 teachers learn and use cutting-edge approaches that impact African American student math achievement.

Dr. Joan Pennell and her team in the Department of Social Work are providing training to child welfare workers in 52 county social services departments as part of the Multiple-Response System child welfare reform effort in North Carolina.
Sociology professor Donald Tomaskovic-Devey and his UNC-Chapel Hill collaborator have completed a pathbreaking National Science Foundation study on U.S. workplace race and sex desegregation, examining the pace, location, and barriers to equal employment opportunity in the U.S.

Statistics professor Anastasios “Butch” Tsiatis has received the highly prestigious National Institutes of Health MERIT Award in recognition of his group’s research on the relationship of HIV patient reactions to treatment interruptions. With support from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Drs. Len Pietrafesa and Lian Xie in the Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences have made significant advances in remote sensing to give more accurate flooding predictions under severe storm conditions along the coastal regions of the Carolinas.

Professor Vincent Chiang and researchers in the Forest Biotechnology Group have developed a revolutionary gene probe to help scientists eliminate inaccuracies in targeting and modifying genes in trees and plants.

Led by College of Textiles professor Roger Barker, the Textile Protection and Comfort Center won the first-ever research contract from the Department of Homeland Security and has developed its first prototype of firefighter turnout gear offering thermal as well as chem/bio protection.

Dr. Jim E. Riviere, distinguished professor of pharmacology in the College of Veterinary Medicine, has been elected to the prestigious Institute of Medicine of the National Academies—one of the highest national honors in the field of medicine and health. Dr. Jennifer Davis, a resident in the Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology Program, is conducting groundbreaking research on identification of factors that often prevent effective absorption of antibiotic and antifungal drugs in horses.