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Playing Computer Games can Lower Depression in Older AdultsNature World NewsAug. 6, 2014. A study by NC State researchers showed that senior citizens who play videogames report greater wellbeing than older people who don’t play such games. Jason Allaire and Anne McLaughlin, psychology, featured.

Motivation explains disconnect between testing and real-life …Medical Xpress, Health Canal, July 28, 2014. NC State psychology professor proposes new theory to explain why older adults show declining cognitive ability with age, but don’t necessarily show declines in the workplace or daily life. Tom Hess, psychology, featured.

Parenting Do-Over: Having Children Many Years ApartThe Root, July 22, 2014. One woman knows exactly how it feels to have a baby in the house again many years after her first. Blair L.M. Kelley, history, featured.

$50000 a day, but do you care?WRALJuly 19, 2014. According to NC State political scientist, people might care about what laws legislators pass, especially if those laws affect their daily lives, but the timetable doesn’t really matter. Steve Greene, political science, featured.

Kid FinanceWUNC, July 17, 2014. Children learn a great deal about money from their parents. Lynsey Romo, communication, featured.

Seeing the glass as half full: Taking a new look at cognition and agingScience Codex,, Medical Xpress, Health Canal, BioMedicine, etc. July 16, 2014. NC State psychology expert sets forth a motivational framework of “selective engagement” to explain the contradiction in age-related declines and the ability of many older adults to function well in their everyday lives. Thomas Hess, psychology, featured.

What the Book Place, Not Race Doesn’t Get: There’s Still a Place for …The Root, July 10, 2014. Before we phase out racial considerations in college admissions, remember that historically, affirmative action helped preserve the gains of the civil rights era. Blair L.M. Kelley, history, featured.

Sen. Kay Hagan hauls in $3.6 million in campaign donationsNews & Observer, July 10, 2014. According to NC State political scientist, North Carolina’s Senate race has the markings of being expensive if not the most expensive race in the country. Andrew Taylor, political science, featured.

Is there a DC dialect? It’s a topic locals are pretty ‘cised’ to discussWashington PostJuly 9, 2014. Sometimes, accents speak louder than words. Walt Wolfram, English, featured.

Talkin’ Tarheel gives voice to North Carolina, Daily AdvanceJuly 8, 2014. NC State linguistic professors know something about the – way you talk, and they recently published “Talkin’ Tar Heel: Our Voices Tell the – Story of North Carolina.” Walt Wolfram and Jeffrey Reaser, English, featured.

GOP Candidate defends comments on Social SecurityAZcentral.comJuly 7, 2014. According to NC State political scientist, protecting Social Security is a very strong position among Republicans. Steve Greene, political science, featured.

Red, White And Blue On The Silver ScreenWUNC, July 3, 2014. Host Frank Stasio talks with Laura Boyes, film curator at the NC Museum of Art, and Marsha Gordon, NC State film professor, about listeners’ favorite and least favorite patriotic movies. Marsha Gordon,  English, featured.

Wisconsin officials discuss streamlining civil service rulesMilwaukee Journal Sentinel, June 30, 2014. Wisconsin officials want to remove red tape that slows hiring for state jobs — protections that union officials see as safeguards against political patronage. Jerrell Coggburn, public & international affairs, featured.

Supreme Court Union Fee Restriction Ruling: A Step ForwardInternational Business Times, June 30, 2014. U.S. Supreme Court ruling favors Illinois home care workers and exempts them from paying public sector union dues. David Zonderman, history, featured.

GW Pharmaceuticals Closes US Public Offering; Cannabis-Based Medicines ProgressForbes, June 27, 2014. Many clinicians, family caregivers, and patient advocates are supportive of the ongoing sale of non-pharmaceutical CBD extracts or “hemp oils” like Charlotte’s Web. David Kroll, English, featured.

Children and FinanceThe Guardian, June 24, 2014. In our indebted, digital and cashless society, many children are growing up financially illiterate. Lynsey Romo, communication, featured.

Let’s Remember Chaney, Goodman, Schwerner—and All Those …The Root, June 20, 2014. Tragically, it took the deaths of white Northerners for the rest of the country to wake up to the violence of the civil rights struggle in the South. Blair L.M. Kelley, history, featured.

Intense Outreach Boosts Colon Cancer Screening RatesMedPage Today, June 18, 2014. An intensive outreach program more than doubled the rate of colorectal cancer screening among underserved populations. Debra Holden, psychology, featured.

Race for House majority whip divides N.C. lawmakersMerced Sun-Star; News and Observer, June 18, 2014. Several North Carolina lawmakers are front-and-center  but backstage in the effort to drum up votes for their preferred candidates in this week’s battle over a key spot on the House Republicans’ leadership team. Andrew Taylor, political science, featured.

NCSU digital project to re-create MLK’s 1960 speech in DurhamWRAL, June 16, 2014. NC State professors are working with a Durham church to digitally re-create a speech that Martin Luther King Jr. gave just as the sit-in movement was starting in the state. Humanities and Hunt Library, featured.

Saunders: Would I lie to you? If you try to poll meNews & Observer, The State, June 11, 2014. Column suggests that people who are polled about for whom they plan to vote and why simply lie or, as it’s known in politics, prevaricate. Steven Greene, political science, featured.

Surprising Psychology Can Make the Country HealthierScientific AmericanJune 10, 2014. As health care concerns and costs mount in the United States, the importance of integrating psychology with public health research is increasingly germane. Jeni L. Burnette, psychology, featured.

‘Strange Fruit’ Author Joel Christian Gill LIVEHuffington Post, June 9, 2014. In his new graphic novel “Strange Fruit,” author Joel Christian Gill celebrates the success stories of unsung heroes from African-American history that are not often found in books. Host Marc Lamont Hill  is joined  by author Joel Christian Gill and NC State’s Blair Kelley to discuss the novel and these untold stories. Blair Kelley, history, featured.

Bronx seniors get their electronic game on to boost coordinationNew York Daily News, June 9, 2014. An NC State 20013 study found that 61% of seniors sampled who play video games reported higher levels of “well-being.” Jason Allaire, psychology, featured.

How a Raleigh stamp and coin buff developed an international businessTriangle Business Journal (blog), June 9, 2014. Doug Mattox, a local stamp and coin expert, owns Mattox Coins & Stamps, tucked into a quiet corner above the post office in Cameron Village on Oberlin Road. Mattox grew the business into a part-time affair during college, and once out of school with a bachelors degree in history from NC State, he went at it full time. Now his company generates $1.5 million in revenue.

NC State to digitally re-create 1960 speech by MLKWSOC- Charlotte, WIlmington Star-News, WHNS-TV Fox Carolina, June 6 - 8, 2014. NC State professors are working with a Durham church to digitally re-create a speech that Martin Luther King Jr. gave just as the sit-in movement was starting in the state. Humanities and Hunt Library, featured. Victoria Gallagher and Matt May, humanities and social sciences, featured.

Vigilante or vindicator? One man’s bid to root out voter fraudCNNJune 6, 2014. The state enacted one of the most stringent voter ID laws in the country, requiring one of a limited number of forms of identification at the poll starting in 2016. Michael Cobb, political science, featured.

MLK's 1960 speech at White Rock Baptist, retold. The Herald Sun, June 4, 2014. NC State researchers are recreating one of Martin Luther King's pivotal speeches from 1960 in Durham, NC. Victoria Gallagher and Matt May, communication, featured.

The Expansion of Video GamesWUNC – State of Things, June 4, 2014. Host Frank Stasio talks with NC State digital media expert Nick Taylor. Nick Taylor, communication, featured.

Mental Illness and Mass Murder: Is There A Link?FOX News RadioJune 2, 2014. Mental illness and violence. Is there a link? Mental health professionals say there can be a link between mental illness and violence when it comes to untreated and serious mental illness, but it’s less significant than you might think given. Sarah Desmarais, psychology, featured.

Outpatient Commitment and Its Alternatives: Questions Yet to Be AnsweredPsychiatric Services, June 1, 2014. Researchers review findings on outpatient commitment and alternative approaches, such as conditional hospital release and guardianship.  Sarah L. Desmarais, psychology, featured.

Geolas: Universities to play ‘significant’ role in new RTP planTriangle Business Journal (blog)May 22, 2014. According to Bob Geolas, CEO of the Research Triangle Foundation, universities are a big part of the success of the Research Triangle Park, including partnerships with UNC-Chapel Hill, NC State and Duke University. CHASS alum Bob Geolas featured.

Rhetoric of a Global EpidemicInside Higher EdMay 21, 2014. Book by NC State professor may play some role in how information about disease outbreaks will be organized and delivered in the future. Huiling Ding, English, featured.

Does Baker’s Yeast Really Prevent You From Getting Drunk?Forbes, May 19, 2014. David Kroll’s column on mitigating the effects of alcohol with baker’s yeast.  David Kroll, English, featured.

California farmer locked in battle with unionTriValley Dispatch (CA), May 14, 2014. The South remains at the bottom of national rankings for organized labor, although a few farms and food processors have recently unionized. David Zonderman, history, featured.

Teaching Kids About Money: Research Reveals The 5 Biggest …Forbes, May 13, 2014. According to researchers, kids pay more attention to money matters than you think. Lynsey Romo, communication, featured.

Clay Aiken Wins Dem Nod for Long Shot Challenge to GOPABC News (blog), May 13, 2014. Clay Aiken is officially the  Democratic nominee for the second congressional district in North Carolina. Stephen Greene, political science, featured.

California Fruit Farm Locked in Battle With UnionThe Street, May 11, 2014. In Southern states, such as North Carolina, a few farms and food processors have recently unionized. David Zonderman, history, featured.

NC State graduates urged to go into the world with a “Wolfpack swagger”News & Observer, May 10, 2014. NC State commencement speaker David Ferriero encouraged graduates to live their lives with a sense of urgency and hearts that “prove wise.” Chancellor Randy Woodson and  Jeffrey Braden, humanities and social science, featured.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Was Wrong: More White Americans Believe In Racism Than…Huffington Post, May 9, 2014. Polls show that relatively few white Americans say African-Americans experience “a lot” of racism.  Michael Cobb, political science, featured.

Talkin’ Tar HeelWUNC, May 8, 2014. Host Frank Stasio talks to Walt Wolfram about his book “Talkin’ Tar Heel: How Our Voices Tell The Story of North Carolina” (UNC Press/2014). Walt Wolfram, English, featured.

How Parents Fail Girls When They Talk About MoneyTIME magazineMay 7, 2014. Parents may be leaving their daughters behind when it comes to educating them about investing. Lynsey Romo, communication, featured.

Christensen: In NC battle for GOP soul, tea party lacks a strong voiceNews & Observer, May 3, 2014. According to NC State political scientist, the ability of much of the GOP to galvanize around a candidate is a sign of a mature, disciplined party that is large enough to put aside its differences. Andrew Taylor, political science, featured.

‘American Idol’ runner-up Clay Aiken winning political respect in …KFGO 790 AM (ND), May 2, 2014. Entertainer has gained respect as he seeks the Democratic nomination in his home state’s 2nd congressional district. Steven Greene, political science, featured.

Former Raleigh police officer is Obama nomineeNews & Observer, May 2, 2014. Gentry O. Smith, a senior State Department official and former Raleigh police officer, is President Barack Obama’s nominee as director of the State Department’s Office of Foreign Missions. Smith is an NC State graduate (Political Science '83) and a career member of the Foreign Service.

Study highlights importance of parents talking to kids about money, Medical News Today, Science Codex, Newsroom America, Newswise, Eureka! Science News,, Examiner,com, April 29 - May 1, 2014. New study finds that parents should make an effort to talk with their children about money. Lynsey Romo, communication, featured.

Analysts: No Knockout Punches In GOP Senate DebatesCarolina JournalMay 1, 2014. No candidates landed knockout punches or committed breathtaking gaffes in the Republican primary debates for U.S. Senate. Andy Taylor, political science, featured.

How Oklahoma’s execution drugs workNewsOK, April 30, 2014. According to pharmacologist and NC State English professor David Kroll, the three drugs used in a botched execution of convicted killer Clayton Derrell Lockett likely did not perform as intended. David Kroll, English, featured.

An NCSU professor’s ‘Jeopardy!’ experienceNews & Observer, April 28, 2014. NC State professor shares his experience on Jeopardy! Bob Kochersberger, English, featured.

Former Democratic Party director named interim leader at St. Aug’sNews & Observer, April 23, 2014. Everett Ward, who became interim president of St. Augustine’s University Wednesday, pledged to help put his alma mater on firm financial footing and restore faith among its students, alumni and faculty. He has a master’s degree from NC State.

Study: People pay more attention to the upper half of field of vision, Science Daily, Business Standard, Science Codex, Medical Xpress, Big News Network, Red Orbit, Webindia 123, Sun News NetworkApril 22, 2014 Researchers found that people pay more attention to the upper half of their field of vision – a finding which could have ramifications for traffic signs to software interface design. Jing Feng, psychology, featured.

The Trail of Tears, and of Damaged Skulls,  New York TimesApril 21, 2014. NC State research suggests that the stresses the Cherokee people endured interfered with the normal growth of their skulls. Ann Ross, anthropology, featured.

Research Shows The Civil War, Trail Of Tears Impacted Cherokees’ Physical DevelopmentWUNCApril 21, 2014. NC State research has found a connection between historical stressors and physiological development in the Cherokee nation. Ann Ross, anthropology, featured.

Fort Bragg sex assault reporting increases as help center opensABC-11, April 23, 2014. For more than a year, NC State professor has been working with Fort Bragg leaders on military sex assault research. Sarah Stein, communication, featured.

Tejanos played key role in Texas RevolutionHouston ChronicleApril 21, 2014. On this day 178 years ago, a restive, rag-tag army of Texans under Gen. Sam Houston set up camp on the coastal prairie between Buffalo Bayou and the San Jacinto River and settled in to ponder their fate. James Crisp, history, featured.

College Tours Demystify Campus Life for Parents New to Higher EdWRCB-TV 3 (TN), April 20, 2014. According to NC State expert, the earlier parents start talking about college with their children and setting that as a goal, the earlier kids will take on that goal for themselves. Toby Parcel, sociology and anthropology, featured.

Lopsided U.S. House District 2 is fertile ground for Democratic primary contendersNews & Observer, April 20, 2014. It’s a lopsided U of a district that has candidates posing for selfies throughout the community. Andy Taylor, political science, featured.

5 most incredible discoveries of the weekUSA Today, April 19, 2014. NC State study, Cherokee Struggles Visible in Their Skulls, makes USA Today’s list of discoveries of the week. Ann Ross, sociology and anthropology, featured.

Make social media part of attracting younger fans to NC SymphonyNews & Observer, April 19, 2014. Symphony executives must think of how it can pull in a younger crowd. Bob Kochersberger, English, featured.

Review – ‘Talkin’ Tar Heel’ a hoot for language loversWilmington Star-News, April 18, 2014. Depending on how you count them, the Tar Heel state is home to more than 100 separate dialects and subdialects. Walt Wolfram, English, featured.

At The Movies: What Movie Have You Seen Over And Over?WUNC, April 16, 2014. Marsha Gordon, NC State film professor, and Laura Boyes, NC Museum of Art film curator, return to The State of Things to talk with host Frank Stasio about those films we have watched over and over. Marsha Gordon, English, featured.

Trials of the Cherokee were reflected in their skullsScience Daily, Cherokee Phoenix, Eureka! Science News,, Medical News Today, Heritage Daily, Newser, April 16, 2014. Researchers have found that environmental stressors – from the Trail of Tears to the Civil War – led to significant changes in the shape of skulls in the eastern and western bands of the Cherokee people. Ann Ross, sociology and anthropology, featured.

Domestic Abuse of New Mothers = Mental Health Problems, Science Codex, The British Psychological Society, Medical Xpress, Counsel & Heal,, April 15, 2014. A new study shows that domestic abuse is closely linked to postpartum mental health problems, including depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), in mothers. Sarah Desmarais, psychology, featured.

Hourly Job Seekers Bypass Logging Into Social Network …EntrepreneurApril 15, 2014. NC State study showed that the practice of using information from social networks to prescreen applicants resulted in decreased attraction to employers and increased intention to litigate. J. William Stoughton, Lori Foster Thompson and Adam W. Meade, psychology, featured.

6th District candidates try to stand out in crowded raceNews & Observer, April 12, 2014. There was no shortage of Republican candidates vying to replace retiring 83-year-old U.S. Rep. Howard Coble. Michael Cobb, political science, featured.

With history made, NC’s young black voters may pass on electionAl Jazeera AmericaApril 4, 2014. There are early indications that the Hagan campaign and Democrats will have to work much harder to get voters back. Steven Greene, political science, featured.

Study finds online gamers aren’t antisocial basement dwellersCNET, Oman Daily Observer, Free Press Journal, Jagran Post, GameSpot,, Siliconrepublic,com, etc. March 28, 2014. New research finds that online social behavior isn’t replacing offline social behavior in the gaming community. Nick Taylor, communication, featured.

The Book Was Better Than The Movie…Or Was It?WUNC, March 18, 2014. Marsha Gordon, film professor at NC State, and Laura Boyes, film curator at the North Carolina Museum of Art, return to The State of Things to talk with host Frank Stasio about literary adaptations in film. Marsha Gordon, English, featured.

Democratic challenger files ethics, elections complaints against NC Rep. Tim MoffittNews & Observer, March 14, 2014.  N.C. House candidate made accusations against state Rep. Tim Moffitt official. Steven Greene, political science, featured.

What happened to Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 a mystery only for nowNews & Observer, March 13, 2014. The mystery of the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 will be solved and potentially contribute to aviation safety in the future. Bob Kochersberger, English, featured.

Spurred by Paul, Kentucky Weighs Change to Ballot RuleNew York Times, March 12, 2014. According to NC State political scientist, it might not be far-fetched for Democratic lawmakers in Kentucky to support a change in the law that prohibits candidates from running for multiple offices in the same election. Andrew Taylor, political science, featured.

Why Everyone Has A Stake In The Chimerix Drug Offered To …Forbes, March 12, 2014. NC State professor discusses the issue surrounding making CMX001 available to ailing child. David Kroll, English, featured.

Experts Offer Insight Into Key Issues in 2014 Midterm Elections …Newswise,March 11, 2014. NC State experts offer insight into key issues facing House and Senate candidates in the 2014 midterm elections. Steven Greene, Andrew Taylor and Michael Cobb, political science;  Michael Walden, agricultural and resource economics, featured.

Women’s History Month: Remembering Pauli Murray — a heroine …The Grio,March 11, 2014. Advocate Pauli Murray honored during Women’s History Month. Blair L. M. Kelley, history, featured.

African trip teaches NC State students lessons on HIV/AIDSWNCT, March 6, 2014. An eye-opening trip to Africa is teaching some NC State students big lessons on how to combat HIV and AIDS. James Kiwanuka-Tondo, communication, and Sheila Smith McKoy, English, featured.

Language as a lightning rod: A call for respecting dialect diversity. News and Observer, March 4, 2014. NC State has started a language diversity program called "Educating the Educated" to ensure students are treated with fairness and respect, no matter which languages or dialects they speak. Walt Wolfram, English, featured.

 NC State students to shoot Ukraine documentaryWRAL, March 4, 2014. Two NC State students will spend spring break in Ukraine shooting a documentary detailing how people helped spark a revolution. NC State students Andriy Shymonyak (history and political science)  and Neel Mandavilli (communication and political science), featured.

Study shows mentally ill more likely to be victims, not perpetrators, of violence,Newsday, U.S. News and World Report, HealthDay, Medical News Today, Science Codex, Science Daily, Medical Xpress, Bio-Medicine, Science Newsline, etc.Feb. 25 - 28, 2014. New research shows that almost one-third of adults with mental illness are likely to be victims of violence within a six-month period. Sarah Desmarais, psychology, featured.

Hiring That Crosses Disciplines Can Create New TensionsChronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 24, 2014. NC State is one of a number of institutions that has recently focused on hiring professors to work on topics that cross fields and departments. Laura R. Severin, English; Montserrat Fuentes, statistics; Randy Avent, Office of Research, Innovation & Economic Development; Fred Gould and Gabriel Zilnik, entomology; Jason Delborne, forestry and environmental resources; Tsai Lu Liu, graphic & industrial design, featured.

Tarheel TalkWRAZ-TV, Feb. 23, 2014. Tarheel Talk host Sonya Williams discusses Lebanese  history in North Carolina with NC State professor Akram Kater. Akram Khater, history, featured.

New exhibit explores history of Lebanese immigrants in NCNews & Observer, Feb. 21, 2014. NC State history professor discusses how the first wave of Lebanese immigrants assimilated themselves in North Carolina. Akram Khater, history, featured.

How Bones Can Reveal Child AbuseLive ScienceFeb. 19, 2014. NC State researchers have published an overview of forensic research on child abuse and starvation with a focus on skeletal injuries. Ann Ross and Chelsey Juarez, sociology and anthropology, featured.

Christensen: McCrory weathers the snowstormNews & ObserverFeb. 19, 2014. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory literally suited up for his first big natural disaster crisis last week. Andrew Taylor, political science, featured.

Entrepreneur soothes cancer in the young, one headband at a time, News & Observer, Feb. 15, 2014. NC State CHASS alumna Jessica Ekstrom featured as Tar Heel of the Week.

Seahawks’ Russell Wilson: Former professor on what he’s really likeThe Seattle Times (blog), Feb. 8,2014. Jay Gerlach, political science, recalls his first meeting with Russell Wilson at NC State in the fall semester of 2008.

A return to crime after paroled more likely for murderers who killed during robberiesMedical News Today,, Science Daily, Targeted News Service, Feb. 3 - 5, 2014. According to researchers, murderers who committed homicide during robberies are more likely to commit crimes again when they are paroled, compared to murderers who committed homicide under other circumstances. Margaret Zahn, sociology, featured.

Guide on how to identify child abuse starvation compiled by forensic expertsBig News Network, Dublin News, Feb. 4, 2014. NC State forensic science experts are publishing a comprehensive overview of forensic research that can be used to identify child abuse and starvation. Ann Ross and Chelsey Juarez, anthropology, featured.

Wake schools pull slave essay after concerns raisedWRAL, Feb. 3, 2014.  NCState English professor says teaching about slavery is challenging with younger children, and  suggests that schools take advantage of visiting local historical sites and that teachers receive some sensitivity training before tackling such subjects. Sheila Smith McKoy, English, featured.

‘You Can’t Handle The Truth!’ The Appeal Of The Legal DramaWUNC, Jan. 29, 2014. The State of Things, host Frank Stasio talked with Marsha Gordon, professor of film studies at NC State and Laura Boyes, film curator at the North Carolina Museum of Art, about the appeal of legal drama. Marsha Gordon, film studies, featured.

The secret language of skullsThe Week, Jan. 22, 2014. The distance between your left frontomalare and left dacryon can reveal a whole lot about you. Ann Ross, sociology and anthropology  featured.

Study: CT scans could bolster forensic database to ID unidentified remains,Science CodexJan. 14, 2014. NC State study finds that data from CT scans can be incorporated into a growing forensic database to help determine the ancestry and sex of unidentified remains. Ann Ross, sociology and anthropology, featured.

Study: Facebook Snooping On Job Candidates May Backfire For Employers,Yahoo! News, Jan. 13, 2014. NC State researchers have found that when job applicants realize an organization has viewed their social media profile, they are less likely to perceive the hiring process as fair. Lori Thompson and Will Stoughton, psychology, featured.

Study Shows ‘Readability’ Scores Largely InaccurateScience Daily, Eureka! Science News, Jan. 8, 2014. NC State researchers show that the readability formulas are usually inaccurate and offer little insight into which age groups will be able to read and understand a text. John Begeny, psychology, featured.

Chemistry? It’s a natural, News and Observer, Charlotte ObserverJan. 5 - 6, 2014. North Carolinians are fortunate to have more than 4,000 species of natural chemical factories – plants. David Kroll, English, featured.

How Comedy Shapes Our RelationshipsWUNC, Jan. 2, 2014. Research from NC State and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill indicates that laughter may be good for far more. Joann Keyton, communications, featured.

Lower NC flat tax starts Wednesday, but many will still pay moreWNCT, WNCN, Dec. 31, 2013. Sweeping tax changes take effect  Jan. 1 in North Carolina, including a new, lower flat tax. Steven Greene, political science, featured.

Business & Economy’Tag-Team’ Parents Better Than 9 To 5 ParentsWUNC, Dec. 30, 2013. According to NC State research, Tag-Team parenting with non-traditional work schedules can be best for raising teenagers. Toby Parcel and Joshua Hendrix, sociology, featured.

Underage sex trafficking alleged in RaleighWECT-TV, WHLT-TV, WKRN-TV, WJTV-TV, Dec. 17, 2013. According to NC State expert, as many as 200,000 minors nationwide are at risk for sex trafficking. Michelle Kaufman, interdisciplinary studies, featured.

Social network spying could lead to low returnsScience Codex,, WebProNews, Big News Network, BioPortfolio, ScienceNewsline, Red Orbit, Business Standard, Cambodian Times, Dec. 17, 2013. According to NC State researchers, use of social networking sites to screen new recruits could be seen as a breach of privacy and create a negative impression of the company for potential employees. William Stoughton, Lori Foster Thompson and Adam Meade, psychology, featured.

Why We Need Both Science and the HumanitiesMoscow Times, Dec. 16, 2013. In the U.S., where most undergraduates bear at least part of the cost of their university education, political pressure is mounting to provide incentives like tuition discounts or loan forgiveness to students of science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) fields. NC State’s Benjamin Franklin Scholars program aims to produce well-rounded professionals who are analytical problem-solvers, ethical decision makers and effective. CHASS program featured.

Social entrepreneurship initiative launches at NC StatePhilanthropy Journal, Dec. 16, 2013. Student-founded groups such as Headbands for Hope and Triangle Youth Leadership Services are just two examples of what motivated and engaged NCSU students are doing to change the world. Elizabeth Benefield, Institute for NonProfits, featured.

Can You Match These Skulls? Many Experts Can’tSmithsonian (blog), Dec. 11, 2013. Also Red Orbit,, Eureka! Science News. NC State research shows that there is not enough variation in skull shapes to make a positive ID to make positive identifications of human remains. Ann Ross, sociology and anthropology, featured.

Academic Minute: Weight Loss and RelationshipsInside Higher EdDec. 6, 2013. NC State professor reveals why extreme weight loss can be rough on a romantic relationship. Lynsey Romo, communication, featured.

Working Odd Shifts Can Hurt Parent-Child RelationshipsScience Daily, Newswise, PsychCentral.comDec. 4, 2013. According to NC State researchers, working a job that doesn’t keep 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.hours can hurt the relationships between parents and adolescents. Toby Parcel and Josh Hendrix, sociology, featured.

Virtual model changes understanding of historyTech Page One, Dec. 2, 2013. Reconstructed cathedral sheds new light on historic sermon. John Wall, English, and David Hill, architecture, featured.

Screening social media alienates job candidates, Business News Daily, Business Standard, CTV News, Hispanic Business,,, etc., Nov. 25 - 27, 2013. According to NC State researchers, companies pry into applicants social media activities risk alienating potential employees and driving away the very top job candidates they hope to attract. Lori Foster Thompson, Will Stoughton and Adam Meade, psychology, featured.

Blacks, Hispanics Twice as Likely to Insist Doctors Do Everything Possible to Stave Off Death,, Nov. 21, 2013. Blacks and Hispanics are twice as likely as white Protestants, Catholics and people of no religious identity to insist that doctors do everything possible to stave off death, even in the face of incurable disease and great pain, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. Karen Bullock, social work, featured.

States Aim To Cure Hyperpartisanship With Primary ChangesNPR, Nov. 18, 2013. Several states are trying to do something about hyperpartisanship by changing the way congressional districts are drawn and the way elections are held. Steve Greene, political science, featured.

Nearly Half Of All Boomers Are Gaming, Survey ShowsHuffington Post, Hispanic Business, Games.comNov. 19, 2013. According to NC State psychology expert, the percentage of older adults playing video games will rise as baby boomers enter retirement. Jason Allaire, psychology, featured.

University Creates Program to Help US Doctors Communicate with Hispanic …Latin American Herald Tribune, Fox News Latino, Global Post, Nov. 7, 2013. NC State announced the ProSalud (ProHealth) project, a program designed to help healthcare professionals and students communicate with Hispanic patients. Ana Gray and Cheryl Block, foreign languages and literatures, featured.

Obama Defends Health Care Law in DallasVoice of America Television Network, Turkish Weekly, Nov. 6, 2013. According to NC State political scientist, the president’s decision to speak in Texas highlights some of the difficulties Obamacare has faced amid a lack of cooperation from a number of Republican-controlled states. Steven Greene, political science, featured.

Technology brings John Donne’s 1622 sermon alive again, Popular Science, Miami Herald, News and Observer, Charlotte Observer, The State, Kansas City Star, Newswise, Nov. 6 - 8, 2013. NC State researchers have brought to life two hours in 17th century London by re-creating the sights and sounds of an outdoor sermon by a famed English poet, cleric and political figure. John Wall, English, David Hill, architecture, and College of Design featured.

US Supreme Court to consider prayer caseNews 14 Carolina, Nov. 4, 2013. Localities in North Carolina have been told by the courts that prayers at the start of government business are unconstitutional. Jason Bivins, philosophy and religious studies, featured.

Weight loss not always beneficial for romantic relationships, US News and World Report, International Business TImes AU, Glamour, Yahoo! Health, WebMD, Medical News TOday, Science Codex, Medical Xpress, MedIndia, and more. Oct. 30 - Nov 5, 2013. According NC State researchers, there can be a “dark side” to weight loss, if both partners are not on board with enacting healthy changes. Lynsey Romo, communication, featured.

Kanye West’s Ego Can’t Change HistoryRoot, The Washington Post, Nov. 5, 2013. The Confederate flag has been getting a lot of press recently. Blair Kelley, history, featured.

Public Wants Labels for Food Nanotech — And They’re Willing to Pay …, Science 360 (NSF research news site), Big News Network, MediLexicon, Hispanic Business, Red Orbit, Kenya Star, Science Daily, Nanowerk, Phys.Org, Product Design & Development, Oct.28, 2013. According to researchers, people in the United States want labels on food products that use nanotechnology.  Jennifer Kuzma, public & international affairs, featured.

Six win North Carolina’s highest honor for civiliansNews & Observer, Oct. 23, 2013. NC State professor one of six new winners of the state’s highest civilian honor. Walt Wolfram, English, featured.

What Social Media Can (Really) Tell You About Job ApplicantsBusiness News Daily, Oct. 17, 2013. Most employers may have been inaccurately evaluating applicants’ online personas all along. Lori Foster Thompson and Will Stoughton, psychology, featured.

Cooper’s same-sex marriage stance sets up battle with Republican – WNCN: News, Weather for Raleigh. Durham, FayettevilleWNCN-TV, Oct. 15, 2013. According to NC State political scientist, North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper should be expected to defend the law despite his public opposition to it. Steven Greene, political science, featured.

Home Movie Day Returns To RaleighWUNC-FM, Oct. 16, 2013. Participants in Home Movie Day will drag old boxes of film from their attics to the State Archives for a screening. Marsha Gordon and Devin Orgeron, film studies, featured.

Cooper’s same-sex marriage stance sets up battle with RepublicansWNCT-TV, Oct. 15, 2013. According to NC State political scientist, North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper should be expected to defend the law despite his public opposition to it. Steven Greene, political science, featured.

The Science Of What The Dog KnowsScience 2.0Oct. 15, 2013. A growing body of scientific evidence suggest­s that the nose and its receptors have been a key evolutionary force driving the growing intel­ligence of mammals. Cat Warren, English, featured.

Uneven Enforcement Of Voter ID Law Could Be Its UndoingCarolina Journal, Oct. 4, 2013. The voter identification provision in North Carolina’s new election law has drawn considerable attention from across the country. Andy Taylor, political science, featured.

Mark Harris’ entry into GOP primary sets up an insider vs. outsider fight with Thom TillisNews & Observer, Oct. 2, 2013. NC State political scientist, not convinced that it’s a done deal that Tillis, the two-term N.C. House speaker, will get the nomination. Andrew Taylor, political science, featured.

Cat Warren’s memoir of canines and corpses, What the Dog KnowsIndependent Weekly, Oct. 2, 2013. NC State professor writes latest book, “What the Dog Knows: The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs.” Cat Warren, English, featured.

Service learning’s ripple effect: Millennials and public servicePhilanthropy Journal, Sept. 30, 2013. Service learning has likely shaped Millennials’ cultural attitudes and career inclinations, but it doesn’t have to be a marker of our generation alone. Amber Smith completed the Masters in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management.

The Man Who Makes Sea Level Rise Go AwayScientific American, Sept. 30, 2013. State planners cannot take future sea-level rise projections into account, thanks to a state law that citizen-activist. Tom Birkland, Public Administration, featured.

NC State professor writes book about the science of working dogsNews & Observer, Sept. 30, 2013. NC State professor writes latest book, “What the Dog Knows: The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs.” Cat Warren, English, featured.

Doing ‘Cluster Hiring’ RightInside Higher EdSept. 30, 2013. NC State defines a cluster hiring process that others can adapt and refine. Laura Severin, English, featured.

Republicans decry harsh rhetoric at ‘Moral Monday’ eventsWRAL-TV, Sept. 17, 2013. According to an NC State political scientist, giving attention to the Moral Mondayprotests shows the GOP is worried the demonstrations have become an “effective Democratic brand” that needs to be checked. Steve Greene,  political science, featured.

The Future of Partisan Politics in North CarolinaCarolina Journal, Sept. 17, 2013. Two competing parties with distinctly different programmatic approaches may increase citizens’ interest in state politics and provide them with meaningful and clear choices come election time. Andy Taylor, political science, featured.

What the Dogs Knows: The Science and Wonder of Working DogsPublishers Weekly, Sept. 16, 2013. In her new book, NC State journalism professor looks at the ways in which domestic animals have been able to assist humans, Cat Warren, English, featured.

'4 Little Girls’ remembered: The price of freedom after 50 years,, Sept. 15, 2013. According to NC State professor, we often white-wash the memory of the civil rights movement, playing the end of the “I Have a Dream” speech. Blair L. M. Kelley, history, featured.

Faces of Ancient Mexico Revealed in Newfound,, Sept. 11, 2013. According to NC State forensic anthropologist, there were clear differences between indigenous peoples before Europeans or Africans arrived in what is now Mexico. Ann Ross, sociology and anthropology, featured.

Governor 0-for-2 During Veto Override SessionCarolina JournalSept. 5, 2013. GOP governor, legislature still at odds after historic session ends. Andy Taylor, political science, featured.

Movie Series Looks At History Of America’s MusicWUNC, Sept. 4, 2013.  America’s Music, a film and performance series that traces the soundtrack of a nation, features documentary screenings and discussions about the history of 20th century American popular music from blues to Broadway and bluegrass to rock ‘n’ roll. Jonathan Kramer, music and arts studies, featured.

Millennials care about causes over organizations: The good news and the bad newsInside Philanthropy, Sept. 3, 2013. Amber Smith completed the Masters in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management program at NC State University in December 2011. She founded the Raleigh-based Activate Good at 21 and serves as its executive director.

McCrory may benefit from vetoes no matter outcomeNews & Observer, WCNC-TV (Charlotte), WXII-TV 12 (Winston-Salem), WCTI-TV 12 (New Bern), Fort Mill Times, Sept. 2, 2013. According to NC State political science professor, the vetoes may help portray McCrory as independent from the legislature. Andrew Taylor, political science, featured.

Southern DiscomfortNew York Times, Sept. 1, 2013. The New York Time’s book review of  Wilton Barnhardt’s ‘Lookaway, Lookaway’. Wilton Barnhardt, English, featured.

Let NC lead the way on treating addictsNews & Observer, August 30, 2013. Until a few days ago, I could not imagine agreeing with Gov. Pat McCrory on anything. But I have found some common ground. Bob Kochersberger, English, featured.

The Evolving Labor Movement in North CarolinaThe State of Things, WUNC Radio, Aug. 29, 2013. Across the country today, thousands of fast food workers are walking off their jobs to demand a living wage and the right to unionize. David Zonderman, history, featured.

Notes from the National Association of Black Journalists Conference: Science Journalism 101Scientific AmericanAug. 29, 2013. A small but passionate crew of journalists and communicators is very interested in communicating science, health, and environmental news to broader and more diverse audiences. David Kroll, English, featured.

States overhaul civil service rules, USA TODAY, Aug. 27, 2013. NC State professor of  public administration worries that changes to civil service rules will make public employment a less attractive option for highly skilled workers.  Rick Kearney, public & international affairs, featured.

We are on a breakthrough’ Remembering the March on, Aug. 25, 2013. This August the nation will celebrate fifty years since the historic 1963 March on Washington. Blair L. M. Kelley, history, featured.

Is it Time for Scientist Activism Against GMO Fear-Mongering?,, Aug. 25, 2013. Scientists have a responsibility to hold forth on societal solutions where they have the expertise to educate the public and policymakers. David Kroll, English, featured.

Connecting The Dots On the News Roundtable, WUNC-FM State of Things, Aug. 23, 2013. From the topic of civil rights, the conversation on the State of Things turned to the right of privacy.  Marsha Gordon, film studies, featured.

3 signs you're phishing bait, Information Week, IT Business Edge, Aug. 15, 2013. Findings from the research paper "Keeping Up With the Joneses: Assessing Phishing Susceptibility in an E-mail Task," which was authored by five NC State researchers, is part of a phishing-defense research project funded by the National Security Agency. Kyung Wha Hong, computer science-engineering, and Christopher B. Mayhorn, psychology, featured.

Bills on immigration and drug-testing welfare recipients draw McCrory’s first vetoes, News & Observer, Charlotte Observer, Aug. 15, 2013. NC State political scientist says the welfare veto portrays the governor as pragmatic – for saying similar bills have not worked in other states – and not mean-spirited. Andrew Taylor, political science, featured.

College Sex: Yes at Parties, No on First DatesYahoo! News,, Aug. 15, 2013. According to NC State researchers, among college students, hooking up at a raucous party is acceptable, but having sex on the first date is still taboo, a new study suggests. Sinikka Elliott, sociology & anthropology, featured.

Anti-Obamacare ad campaign debuts before key provisions take effectWJTV-TV (MS), Aug. 8, 2013. Obamacare ad now raises questions about the healthcare overhaul as final pieces begin to take effect. Steven Greene, political science, featured.

Charlotte Stars in Wilton Barnhardt’s “Lookaway, Lookaway”, Charlotte Magazine, July 26, 2013. Wilton Barnhardt’s new novel, Lookaway, Lookaway, hits stores in August. Lookaway, Lookaway could be Charlotte’s breakout role. Wilton Barnhardt, English, featured.

Who’s susceptible to email phishing attacks? Study says everyoneLos Angeles Times, July 26, 2013. Also Baltimore Sun, WA Today (Australia), Brisbane Times, The Age. The results from a new study by NC State researchers found most people are overconfident in their ability to spot phishing attacks directed at them. Christopher Mayhorn, psychology, featured.

GOP voting changes will turn back N.C. turnoutNews & Observer, July 25, 2013. Proposal to dramatically shorten the early voting period and eliminate the ability to register when early voting will mark a huge step backward for citizen participation in our state. Steven Greene, political science, featured.

Is Higher Education Still Worth It?,  WUNC-FM - State of Things, July 17, 2013. Student loan debt has reached a trillion dollars, and Congress has been unable to prevent the interest rates of some federally subsidized student loans from doubling. David Zonderman, history, featured.

NC governor brushes off criticism amid weekly protestsCNN, July 16, 2013. Much of the nation’s political rancor has spread to statehouses across the country. And the weekly demonstrations outside the North Carolina legislature, dubbed “Moral Mondays,” are only the latest example. Andy Taylor, political science, featured.

Screening Out Job Candidates With Facebook? Don’tAmerican Public Media – Marketplace Tech (NPR), US News and World Report, Slate, et al, July 3, 2013. NC State researchers say corporate managers should stop worrying if  job applicants have photos of themselves drinking or doing drugs on on their social media profiles. Lori Foster Thompson, psychology, featured.

Former Bush White House aide to work as McCrory advisorNews & Observer, June 28, 2013. NC State alum Jonathan Felts (Eng '94), is being hired as senior advisor to bring some experience and increased political savvy into the governor’s office.

Better mental health treatment is key to reducing jail population, new study saysNews & Observer, June 24, 2013. NC State study shows that providing medication and counseling for psychiatric patients after they are released from hospital stays could significantly reduce the number of mentally ill inmates in jail. Sarah Desmarais, psychology, featured.

Tarheel TalkTarheel Talk – WRAZ-TV, June 23, 2013. Host Sonya Williams talks about the Lebanese in North Carolina Project,  established in 2010 to research and preserve and to publicize the history of the Lebanese-American community in North Carolina and the south. Akram Khater, history, featured.

One More Push for Redistricting In NCGA SessionCarolina JournalJune 20, 2013.  The N.C. Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform is touting an NC State study showing how gerrymandering leads to the majority party having a disproportionate share of the membership of the General Assembly. Mark Nance, international and public affairs,  featured.

GOP Majorities Built To Last, But Not InvincibleCarolina JournalJune 18, 2013. This is the first time in over a century that the Republican party has controlled the governor’s mansion and both chambers of the General Assembly. Andy Taylor, political science, featured.

State Legislature Majorities Drive Sweeping ChangesHuffington Post, June 10, 2013.  Colorado and North Carolina stand out for their wide-ranging action, but they are part of a broader trend: In 37 states, one party now controls both the statehouse and governor’s mansion, the most in 60 years. Steven Greene, political science, featured.

Treatment of mental illness lowers arrest rates, saves moneyScience Daily, Newswise, et al June 10, 2013. Research shows that providing mental health care is not only in the best interest of people with mental illness, but in the best interests of society. Sarah Desmarais, psychology, featured.

Study: Treating mental illness prevents crime, saves taxpayers, June 10. A new study shows that investing in treatment isn’t just good mental health policy, it makes economic sense, too. Sarah Desmarais, psychology, featured.

Seniors, skip the shuffleboard, grab the PlayStationChicago Tribune, June 2, 2013. Across Illinois and the country, the elderly are increasingly getting their electronic game on, a trend that researchers say helps keep seniors sharp and may help stave off depression and improve overall well-being. Jason Allaire, psychology, featured.

Music, Mayans, Maps: Citizen science and the digital humanitiesPLoS Blogs (blog), June 3, 2013. Citizen science projects are helping to challenge the division between the humanities and the sciences, while valuing the different traditions. Ashley Rose Kelly, English, featured.

Civil protections curtailed for state workers under McCrory billSmithfield HeraldNews & Observer et al, May 20, 2013. The legislature is poised to curtail civil-service protections for state employees. Rick Kearney, public & international affairs, featured.

Brain Teaser Games May Slow Aging MindHuffington Post, May 2, 2013. Challenging yourself with a brain-teasing game for just two hours a week may help slow the degree of mental decay associated with the natural aging process. Jason Allaire, psychology, featured.

It s a Good Thing, Y all, We Don t All Talk AlikeThe Pilot, April 17, 2013. There persists a remarkable – though shrinking – degree of regionalization in the way we speak. Robin Dodsworth, English, featured.

Jill McCorkle’s Disappearing Act, Memphis Flyer (blog), April 15, 2013. The new novel Life After Life from Algonquin Books, by Jill McCorkle who teaches creative writing at North Carolina State University, is the center of McCorkles’s 28-city tour.  Jill McCorkle, english, featured.

Writing Professors Question Plagiarism Detection Software, Inside Higher Ed, April 15, 2013. Software to detect student plagiarism is faced with renewed criticism from the faculty members who may confront more plagiarism than do most of their colleagues - college writing professors. Chris Anson, English, featured.

Nesting Is Better Back HomeNew York Times, April 3, 2013. Even when she was living near Boston, teaching at Harvard and Brandeis, married to a Northerner and raising two small Yankees, Jill McCorkle never left the South — in her mind, at least. Jill McCorkle, English, featured.

210th National Guard learns Dari culture, Macon County News (blog), Feb 28, 2013. A new partnership with the NC National Guard is part of a larger joint endeavor connecting the UNC system and the military across the state. Dwight Stephens, foreign languages and literatures, featured.

Few pre-med students hope to go into primary care. U.S. News University Directory, Feb 27, 2013. A 2012 study by researchers from NC State University, East Carolina University and Yeshiva University's Albert Einstein College of Medicine found that students who valued earning a high salary or anticipated having a lot of student debt were significantly more likely to enter a medical specialty, even if they went to medical school with the intention of becoming a primary care physician. Research by Lori Foster Thompson, psychology, featured. (See also NC State's related newsroom story.)

Working from home: the end of productivity or the future of work? Organizational Communication in the News, Feb. 25, 2013. Internet giant Yahoo has reportedly notified its employees they'll no longer be allowed to work from home. Joann Keyton, communication, suggests some key takeaways on the story. 

Study findings support release of mosquitoes. Solares Hill, Feb. 23, 2013. A controversial proposal to release genetically engineered mosquitoes has been met with some very vocal opposition in the past, but a new study has found that a majority of Florida Keys residents support using the technology. Michael Cobb, political science, featured.

When mutant mosquitoes attack. New York Times, Feb. 19, 2013. Scientists consider using genetically modified mosquitoes to combat deadly diseases in the developing world. Nora Haenn, anthropology, featured.

New flexible classroom design breaks out of rigid row-column design. Before It's News, Feb. 9, 2013. NC State researchers have developed a classroom design that gives instructors increased flexibility in how to teach their courses and improves accessibility for students whil slashing administrative costs. Susan Miller-Cochran, English, featured.

When presidents say 'y'all': the strange story of dialects in America. The Atlantic, Feb. 8, 2013. From Appalachian hollows to urban neighborhoods, the ways people speak can bring them together or cause social isolation. A language expert explains why. Walt Wolfram, English, featured.

Dark Charms, The Writer’s Almanac, Jan. 10, 2013. Garrison Keillor celebrates the birthday of CHASS faculty member Dorianne Laux, English.

Ten Reasons Being a University Professor is a Stressful Job,,, Jan, 2013. A response to a controversial article stating that college professors have the least stressful job in America. David Kroll, English, author.

GOP's full control in long-moderate North Carolina may leave lasting stamp, New York Times, Dec. 11, 2012. North Carolina will soon have its most conservative government in a century. Steven Greene, political science, featured.

North Carolina's Triangle will have a louder voice in next U.S. Congress, Kansas City Star, Dec. 10, 2012. Because of redistricting, the area's three-member delegation in the House of Representatives will grow to six. Andy Taylor, political science, featured.

Bill to rename federal building for Sen. Jesse Helms stirs controversy, National Public Radio (blog), Dec. 7, 2012. Like the polarizing late senator himself, a bill to name a federal building in North Carolina after Jesse Helms is proving controversial. Steven Greene, political science, featured.

NC team exlores 'lost city' of Petra, Charlotte Observer, Nov. 18, 2012. A guest column by Tom Parker about his most recent archaeological dig in Jordan. Tom Parker, history, featured.

A Jane Doe gets a back story, New York Times, Nov. 15, 2012. A forensic criminal investigation can now involve scientists form an array of fields, including anthropology and chemistry. Ann Ross, anthropology, featured.

Conservatives get things wrong, too. Carolina Journal, Nov. 13, 2012. A guest column by Andy Taylor says that as painful as it is to admit, conservativs sometimes take the wrong positions on policy. Andy Taylor, political science, featured.

Which way, North Carolina? News and Observer, Nov. 10, 2012. David Zonderman's op ed says history shows that when we embrace the challenges and opportunities of our changing nation, North Carolinians prosper economically and culturally. David Zonderman, history, featured.

GOP's new control signals a conservative shift in state politics, News & Observer, Nov. 7, 2012. Republicans took the reins of NC state government for the first time since horse and buggy days Tuesday, likely signaling a conservative shift in policies ranging from education to taxes. Andy Taylor, political science, featured.

From blue to red, Winston-Salem Journal, Nov. 7, 2012. President Barack Obama picked up all but one battleground state: North Carolina. Steven Greene, political science, featured.

What went wrong for North Carolina's Democrats? The Independent Weekly, Nov. 7, 2012. To some degree, the 2012 election results were set in motion when the NC legislature was elected in 2010. Steven Greene, political science, featured.

GOP record top issue in NC General Assembly election, Fayetteville Observer, Nov. 4, 2012. In 2010, Republicans took control of the NC General Assembly for the first time in 140 years on promises to rein in government and improve the state's economy. Andy Taylor, political science, featured.

Will the gridlock on Capitol Hill shift post election?, ABC News, Nov. 1, 2012. In the United States, all eyes are on the presidential contest, but senators and members of Congress are also fighting to keep their seats. Steven Greene, political science, featured.

2012 Governors' Races: Republicans Poised for Gains, Huffington Post, Oct. 31, 2012. Republicans are in position to extend their recent gains among governors as they compete for seats they haven't won in a quarter century. Steven Greene, political science, featured.

Zombies! (audio) WUNC-FM, The State of Things, Oct. 31, 2012. Zombies want a little respect: A discussion of the social and aesthetic significance of zombie films. Maria Pramaggiore, English, featured.

For NC and PA, a role reversal from '08 presidential election, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Oct. 28, 2012. In 2012, NC voters are being courted, while PA -- a center of attention in 2008 -- is largely ignored. Andrew Taylor, political science, featured.

Could Obama still win NC? One local expert says "Yes!" (audio) The Progressive Pulse, Oct. 25, 2012. It's still plausible that Obama could repeat his 2008 performance and capture the state's 15 electoral votes. Steven Greene, political science, featured. 

McCrory holds lead over Dalton ahead of final debate WRAL-TV, Oct. 24, 2012 For 20 years, Democrats have controlled the NC governor's office. Unless something unexpected happens, that streak will end in January. Andy Taylor, Political Science, featured.

Wake School Board Member Named Another in Theft Charlotte Observer, Oct. 23, 2012. Debra Goldman, Republican candidate for NC state audior, named a man who is now a state House candidate as a suspect in a home burglary. "It's bizarre, I guess. It's certainly not going to help the Republicans." Andy Taylor, Political Science, featured. 

NCSU poll shows political divide between faculty, students News & Observer, Oct. 23, 2012. A recent survey of NC State University students and faculty shows a huge political divide between those who listen to lectures and those who deliver them. Mike Cobb, Political Science, featured. 

An Old-School Notion: Writing Required Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 15, 2012. What if colleges, in their search to more clearly demonstrate how much students are learning, insisted on an old-fashioned requirement: writing? Chris Anson, English, director of NC State's writing and speaking program, featured. 

Local governments take budget knife to retiree health plans Reuters, October 15, 2012. As cash-strapped U.S. cities and states struggle to address gaping budget holes, a long-honored benefit for public-sector workers has come into the cross-hairs of budget cutters: retiree health insurance. Dennis M. Daley, public administration, featured. 

Parent involvement may be more important than school qualities Time Magazine, Oct. 24, LiveScience, Oct 10, 2012. Good schools make a difference, but parent involvement is a better predictor of a child's academic performance than the qualities of the school s/he attends, a new study suggests. Toby Parcel, sociology, featured.

Will black voters give Obama what he needs in Southern swing states? Christian Science Monitor, October 5, 2012. Black voters who do go to the polls are near-certain to vote for Obama. But in Virginia and North Carolina, concern is rising that hte black voters who sealed the deal for Obama in 2008 will stay home. Andy Taylor, political science, featured.

Dalton stays on attack after debate, Oct. 4, 2012. With five weeks until Election Day, NC gubernatorial candidate Walter Dalton had to go on the attack when he debated Pat McCrory. Steve Greene, political science, featured. 

How parents, teens handle talking about sex USA Today, Oct. 2, 2012. The bigger issue isn't simply whether these conversations are happening, but what's being conveyed through them.  Sinikka Elliott, sociology, featured.

White mayor petitions for release of black man sentenced a life behind bars The Grio, Sept. 19, 2012. The mayor of Wilson, NC, has reached out to the governor of Georgia in a bid to help secure the release of a black businessman who is serving a life sentence for killing a trespasser who threatened his family. Andrew Taylor, political science, featured.

NC employees’ group envisions ally as lieutenant governor, WRAL-TV, Sept. 17, 2012. SEANC has been flexing its muscles in state politics, thanks in part to its affiliation with SEIU. Rick Kearney, political science, featured.

NC employees’ group envisions ally as Lt Gov, Charlotte Observer, Daily Journal, Sept. 16, 2012. While North Carolina has the nation’s lowest rate of union membership, SEANC has been flexing its muscles in state politics. Richard Kearney, political science, featured.

Looking into the solar, News & Observer, Sept. 16, 2012. Solar energy has gone through several iterations as photovoltaic cell efficiency has improved and as a new way of thinking about it took over. Bob Kochersberger, english, featured.

Dalton’s TV ad campaign comes at critical time in his quest for governor’s office, News & Observer, Charlotte Observer et al, Sept. 12, 2012. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Walter Dalton began his television advertising campaign Wednesday, in what could be a critical moment in his race against Republican Pat McCrory. Andy Taylor, political science, featured.

Chicago Strike Emblematic Of Union Struggle, NPR – Online, Sept. 10, 2012. The strike that shut schools in Chicago on Monday illustrates a larger, national trend: Teachers unions are having a harder time getting what they want. Richard Kearney, political science, featured.

Politicians love to talk about family. But maybe not yours, Washington Post, Sept. 7, 2012. Odes to families — their values, their struggles to make ends meet, their efforts to protect their children — have been broadcast in nearly every political campaign in recent times. Steven Greene, political science, featured.

Southern Dialects: Talkin' Tar Heel, NPR - The Kojo Nnandi Show, Sept. 6, 2012. Language can be political, as Yankee politicians quickly find out when they try to pepper speeches with Southernisms like "y'all." Exploring the dialects of a changing South -- including North Carolina -- where transplants are influencing the language. Walt Wolfram, english, featured.

Taxpayers pick up tab for political pep rallies at conventions, WRAL, Aug. 31, 2012.From the venues to the security to transportation, the Republican and Democratic conventions cost a lot of money, and taxpayers pick up a chunk of the tab. Steve Greene, political science, featured.

European Woes Could Portend Problems for U.S., Carolina Journal, Aug. 28, 2012. It wasn’’t supposed to be this way. When Jean Monnet and Paul-Henri Spaak conceived of the European Economic Community in the mid-1950s, they may not have wanted a European superstate. Andy Taylor, political science, featured.

Deadlock –, New York Post, Aug. 25, 2012. With President Obama and Mitt Romney in a months-long dead heat, the hope for Romney is that the Republican National Convention, which kicks off tomorrow, provides a bump. Andrew Taylor, political science, featured.

Mental Health Challenges Facing Homeless Parents And Children Living In Shelters And Transitional Housing, Medical News Today, Aug. 23, 2012. A new paper from NC State University calls for more research on how to help homeless families with children who are facing mental-health problems. Mary Haskett, psychology, featured.

First-Ever National Survey on Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes Shows Mixed Support,, Mountain Xpress – Online, August 8, 2012. NC State researchers conducted the first nationally representative survey in the United States to gauge public opinion on the use of genetic manipulations to drive down mosquito populations and related diseases. Michael Cobb, political science, featured.

Presidential ad spending blossoms in NC ::, WRAL-TV, August 8, 2012. North Carolina’s status as a presidential campaign swing state has brought with it a deluge of television advertising that most Tar Heel voters have never experienced. Steve Green, political science, featured.

What Impact Will Health Care Have on 2012 State Elections?, Governing, August 7, 2012. In many respects, despite being a federal law, the onus of implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) falls on the states. Andrew Taylor, political science, featured.