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Posted on Aug 29, 2014

Lawyer Up With Howling Counsel

Have you ever had to:

  • Decide whether you could make “fair use” of a movie clip in one of your classes?
  • Travel internationally with sensitive data on a laptop or flash drive?
  • Evaluate the merits of forming a startup company around your invention?
  • Comply with FERPA without really knowing what FERPA is?

Dealing with situations that require specialized legal knowledge or resources can be challenging. Fortunately, many NC State departments are available to help faculty members navigate these and similar situations.

A special faculty edition of the Howling Counsel newsletter presents FAQs related to teaching, supporting students, conducting research, and other common scenarios, and provides hotlinks to offices that can provide assistance and to relevant Web-based information.

The goal is to make it easy for you to locate information and obtain assistance that will support you in your work as a faculty member at NC State. The Howling Counsel welcomes your comments, suggestions and questions at

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Posted on Aug 29, 2014

Watauga Nominations Sought

NC State is accepting nominations for the Watauga Medal, the university’s highest nonacademic honor, now through Sunday, Sept. 14. You can find the nomination form and additional information on the selection criteria online.

The Watauga Medal, authorized by the NC State Board of Trustees in 1975, is awarded annually to no more than three individuals, not currently employed by the university or UNC General Administration, who have rendered notable and significant services for the advancement of teaching, research and extension at the university.

watauga-420The medals will be presented at the Founders’ Day dinner on Monday, March 2, 2015.

Nominations will be screened by a selection committee, which will forward recommendations to Chancellor Randy Woodson and the Board of Trustees. Nominations should provide members of the committee a full understanding of the nominee’s achievements and contributions to NC State.

A complete nomination will include a transmittal letter, nomination form and the nominee’s resume.Two additional letters supporting the nomination are encouraged.

Send nominating materials to:

Brian C. Sischo
Chair, Watauga Medal Selection Committee
NC State University
Campus Box 7004
Raleigh, NC 27695-7004

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Posted on Aug 29, 2014

Events Celebrate Postdocs

Six NC State postdocs will speak at the Nature Research Center in September as part of the university’s celebration of National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week. The lunchtime presentations are scheduled over two days in the SECU Daily Planet, a three-story, high-definition multimedia space.

On Monday, Sept. 15, three postdocs will discuss their research on mathematical modeling for HIV cures, self-propelling particles, and “sticky” nanoparticles.

On Tuesday, Sept. 16, three postdocs will discuss their work on city ants and junk food, smart bandages, and the physiological limits of space exploration.

The presentations are scheduled to run from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days.

For the second year in a row, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and the university’s Postdoctoral Association will organize several events throughout the week to honor and celebrate postdocs, including a potluck, awards ceremony and ice cream social. The full schedule is available online.

NC State has more than 350 postdoctoral research scholars, postdoctoral teaching scholars and postdoctoral fellows – with more than half from outside the United States – in nine different colleges across the Raleigh and Kannapolis campuses. Postdocs lead research projects, manage labs, teach courses, mentor undergraduate and graduate students, and write grants, publications and book chapters. Many go on to become research and teaching faculty, leaders in the public and private sectors and other research professionals.

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