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A portrait of Jacob Jones, Jacob Jones, director of the STEPS Center and professor of materials science and engineering at NC State

Sep 9, 2021

New NSF Center Will Advance Phosphorus Sustainability

A new interdisciplinary center will advance ambitious goals to reduce phosphorus dependence — with the support of a five-year, $25 million grant. 

Sep 8, 2021

Globally Recognized Agricultural Leader to Become First N.C. PSI Director

Adrian Percy, respected agricultural R&D leader, is set to become the first executive director of the North Carolina Plant Sciences Initiative. Percy says he was drawn to N.C. PSI for its strong potential to positively impact agriculture and society. 

photo shows four different structures: a rectangle made up of many small cubes, which can turn into two different complex structures, one of which can turn into a large structure with cubes joined at the corners, with gaps between them.

Sep 8, 2021

Inspired by Metamorphosis, Researchers Create Materials For Shape-Shifting Architecture

The researchers envision applications ranging from construction to robotics. 

hands in latex gloves twist a piece of clear, elastic material that contains liquid metal

Aug 31, 2021

Using Liquid Metal to Turn Motion into Electricity – Even Underwater

To generate electricity, just squish it, stretch it, twist it, or stomp on it. 

The campus gateway from underneath, against a blue sky

Aug 30, 2021

Geneticist Heil Awarded $1.9M NIH Grant for Genome Evolution Research

Caiti Smukowski Heil of the Department of Biological Sciences received a grant through the Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award program. 

The NC State Belltower at dusk and night. Photo by Marc Hall

Aug 19, 2021

Partition Function Zeros are ‘Shortcut’ to Thermodynamic Calculations on Quantum Computers

A new method enables quantum computers to measure the thermodynamic properties of systems by calculating the zeros of the partition function. 

multi-colored shards of material, resembling a stained-glass window

Aug 19, 2021

Envisioning Research Winners Capture the Beauty in Their Work

Research shows us the beauty of our world – and helps us understand it. 

diagram of metamaterial in cross-section explaining how its properties can be manipulated

Aug 17, 2021

Using Bioinspired Microvasculature to Control Material Properties

A vascular metamaterial can be reconfigured to modify its thermal and electromagnetic properties. 

faculty member and grad sstudent look at a piece of equipment

Aug 11, 2021

New Genomics Facility to Elevate NC State’s Plant Science Research

The global plant science community will soon have a new focal point for plant genetics and genomics research: the NC State University Plant Sciences Building. Learn how its new satellite Genomic Sciences Lab will help elevate our science. 

A portrait of NC State professor James Lester, against a stylized background.

Jul 29, 2021

NC State, NSF Unveil Institute Focused on Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Education

A new NSF-funded institute will focus on creating AI tools to help people learn.