Bridging Disciplines, Breaking New Ground
Research in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences confronts 21st-century issues: safety and security; access to healthy foods; sustainable growth; and managing ethnic, religious and gender differences.
Scientific discovery and technical innovation are essential in facing these challenges, but they aren't sufficient. Our faculty are innovators in their own fields, advancing our understanding of how people think and act, both now and in the distant past. They include internationally renowned experts in digital humanities, linguistics, forensic science, foreign languages, communications, psychology, English history, archaeology and more.
Technical problems are never just technical. They have important social dimensions as well.
Kathleen Vogel, Director, Science, Technology and Society Program
Our researchers work with colleagues across the academic spectrum — from engineers and scientists to veterinarians and statisticians — to investigate how emerging technologies can address enduring problems. Their insights shape the way leaders and policymakers use new technologies.
Online Tool Aims to Help Researchers Sift Through 15 Centuries of Data
Digital humanities scholars from NC State University and Texas A&M University are launching BigDIVA, a powerful new system designed to help researchers more quickly and accurately sift through hundreds of thousands of archives and articles related to materials dating from 450 A.D. to the 20th century.
Advancements in science and technology generate social, ethical and political issues. Programs in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences are teaching students how to navigate these changing waters as they strive to make the world a smarter — and safer — place.
Research aims to reduce HIV/STD risk factors among teenage girls
Research led by NC State psychology professor Laura Widman aims to reduce young people’s risk of HIV and other STDs through a new web-based intervention program she developed for teen girls. Starting this fall, she and other researchers will see how effective the program, Project HEART, is with up to 300 teenagers in North Carolina.
Do You Read Me?
Engineers have their own way of talking about their work. Computer scientists often speak a different kind of code. Statisticians employ yet another specialized language. Get them all together and it can feel like a veritable Tower of Babel. That's why NC State’s Laboratory for Analytic Sciences invited experts in communication, social science, management and design to join them. Our communication researchers are working to improve collaboration among interdisciplinary teams analyzing big data projects.
When our research yields important results, the benefits of that work spread far and wide. Humanities and Social Sciences faculty play key roles at the Laboratory for Analytic Sciences and the Consortium for Nonproliferation Enabling Capabilities — NC State-led partnerships that are making the United States and the world more secure. As part of the Genetic Engineering and Society Center, we're exploring the ethical considerations around applying new technologies in nature.
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Our students also benefit from — and contribute to — our robust research culture. Working alongside faculty researchers, our graduate and undergraduate students apply classroom lessons in the real world, from studying ways to prevent child abuse in homeless shelters to uncovering medical errors. Engaging in research prepares our students for the world after graduation, whether they’re entering careers or going on to graduate school.
Our network of government, industry and community partnerships puts the results of our research into the public’s hands. Through a series of centers and institutes, we work closely with the societal actors who confront grand challenges: nonprofit organizations; local, state and federal agencies; and everyday citizens.
Institutes and Centers
The Institute for Nonprofits leverages the expertise and commitment of faculty, students, staff and community partners to bolster the work of nonprofit agencies. Through research, education and engagement, the Institute builds capacity and develops future nonprofit leaders.
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The Khayrallah Center is dedicated to research about the Lebanese diaspora in the United States and throughout the world, and to disseminating this knowledge to the scholarly community and general public.
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The Center for Family and Community Engagement supports safe, healthy and productive families and communities. The center provides training, program support and evaluation on family-centered meetings as it partners with organizations throughout the state, nation and world.
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The Forensic Sciences Institute is an affiliated program that advances forensic science methods and technologies; educates and trains students, law enforcement professionals and K-12 educators; and promotes public understanding of the role and impact of the forensic sciences on society.
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Reinforcements for Researchers
Research begins with a question and ends with new insights. The path in-between can be a long, arduous one where progress is incremental and challenges abound. We've built an infrastructure at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences that supports faculty through every step of the research process, from crafting grant proposals to sharing results.
The Office of Research and Engagement includes experienced professionals who can offer financial and administrative guidance during proposal preparation, examine proposals before submission and ensure compliance with regulations set by funders, including the university and state and federal agencies.
Humanities and Social Sciences Research Blog
May 24, 2016
Institute for Emerging Issues: Emerging Leaders Fellow
The Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) at NC State University is seeking a recent graduate to work as an Emerging Leaders Fellow. The Emerging Leaders Fellow program is an unparalleled opportunity for young leaders to learn about public policy and economic development and work with stakeholders across the state to make a difference in North Carolina communities. IEI is looking for applicants who are still in the beginning stages of their professional life with great potential for leadership and who would benefit from receiving a broad range of experiences and guidance from staff at IEI. We offer competitive salary and benefits.Applicants must apply by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, June 13, 2016. For more information about the position and how to apply, please visit our website.
May 19, 2016
Ford Foundation: Fairness By Design: How Can Big Data Advance Opportunity for All?
Fairness by DesignHow Can Big Data Advance Opportunity for All?LIVE WEBCASTMonday, May 23, 20169:00 am - 2:30 pm (ET)Today, it's easier than ever to make predictions and decisions by analyzing an unprecedented wealth of data. While corporate use of "algorithmic decision-making tools" is widespread, government agencies at all levels are also using these techniques to guide decisions, increase efficiency, inform policy, and shape service delivery. Yet with these advances come risks: Without careful design, application, and oversight, these tools could be used to harm vulnerable populations and reinforce existing inequities.Please join us for a live webcast about how to ensure these technologies are applied in ways that serve all Americans. Speakers will include Domestic Policy Council Director Cecilia Muñoz, US Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith, US Chief Data Scientist DJ Patil, and Ford Foundation President Darren Walker.Register hereJoin the conversation: #BigDataClick here for more information. IN PARTNERSHIP WITH All our content may be republished or reused for free, except for most photographs, illustrations, and videos. © 2016 Ford Foundation, some rights reserved.
May 19, 2016
NEH's Humanities in the Public Square grant program
We received this notification from the National Humanities Alliance, of which we are a member.Please join us for a conversation on NEH's Humanities in the Public Square grant program with Jeff Hardwick, Assistant Director of the Division of Public Programs at NEH. The Humanities in the Public Square program funds projects that draw on humanities scholarship to deepen public understanding of today's most challenging issues and pressing concerns. The first awards were announced in December 2015, and awardees included colleges, universities, associations, and state humanities councils. A new call for proposals will be issued in the coming months.Read more »