De Los Reyes wins Astronaut Scholarship
Junior applied mathematics and physics major Mithi (Mia) De Los Reyes has been named the 2014 NC State Astronaut Scholarship winner. Astronaut Scholarships are awarded annually by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation to one student at each of 27 leading US universities. They are intended "to ensure that the United States would maintain its leadership in science and technology by supporting some of the very best science and engineering college students." Mia is also a Park Scholar and has been awarded a Goldwater Scholarship.
NSF features work of Jenkins and Fowler
The National Science Foundation's Mathematical Discoveries web page features several NSF-funded projects each year to help demonstrate how "NSF's public investment in science, engineering, education and technology helps to create knowledge and sustain prosperity." The latest story describes mathematical modeling work by five mathematicians, including NC State Ph.D.'s Lea Jenkins (Clemson University) and Katie Fowler (Clarkson University), that is helping California berry farmers use water more efficiently during California's current drought. Dan Balbas, a berry grower, says, "You've got a given resource, so how do you maximize it to maintain sustainability and do the right thing from an economic and environmental standpoint, marrying the two. It's math. It really is math."
Duca wins Outstanding Teacher Award
Mathematics Professor Alina Duca is one of 19 NC State faculty to win
a 2013-2014 Outstanding Teacher Award. The award recognizes
excellence in teaching at all levels, and confers membership in NC
State's Academy of Outstanding Teachers.
NC State awarded nonproliferation grant
NC State has been awarded a five-year, $25 million federal grant to lead the new Consortium for Nonproliferation Enabling Capabilities, a group of universities and national labs that will conduct research and education relevant to preventing the spread of nuclear weapons. Nine NC State faculty are involved in the project, including Mathematics Professor Ralph Smith and Statistics Professor Alyson Wilson. At NC State the grant will annually support two undergraduates, 13 graduate students and five post-doctoral fellows. NC State was selected by the National Nuclear Security Administration over 22 competitors.
November 2012 Alumni Newsletter
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