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As a land-grant institution, NC State was born as an idea: that higher education should bring economic, societal and intellectual prosperity to the masses. From our origins teaching the agricultural and mechanical arts, we’ve grown to become a pre-eminent research enterprise that advances knowledge in science, technology, engineering, math, design, the humanities and social sciences, textiles and veterinary medicine.

Our students, faculty and staff take problems in hand and work with industry, government and nonprofit partners to solve them. Our 34,000-plus high-performing students apply what they learn in the real world, through research, internships, co-ops and world-changing service. That experiential education ensures they leave here with career-ready skills. And those skills come at a reasonable cost: NC State consistently rates as one of the best values in higher education.

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Contact with nature reduces stress and aggression, one reason scholars say urban green space may reduce violence. Shutterstock

Can parks help cities fight crime?

Some parks reduce violence in the local vicinity. Other parks attract crime. The difference has to do with how these urban green spaces are designed, programmed and managed, experts say.
Civil rights activist Dorothy Cotton teaches a student in one of her Citizenship Education Program classes. Bob Fitch Photography Archive, Department of Special Collections, © Stanford University Libraries

The civil rights activist so close to Martin Luther King Jr. she was thought of as his ‘other wife’

Dorothy Cotton never publicly spoke about her intimate relationship with King. But no woman – not even King's wife – was closer to the civil rights icon during the last years of his life.
Getting a healthy meal on the table every night is a challenge for many mothers. ESB Professional/Shutterstock.com

Time to cook is a luxury many families don’t have

Celebrity chefs often preach about the ease of home cooking and meal planning. But for most mothers juggling a job, child care, housework and meal prep, this is virtually impossible.
Artist’s depiction of a moon base with a view of Earth in the distance. Pavel Chagochkin/Shutterstock.com

Mining the Moon

Scientists are figuring out how to reduce the cost of space travel – to and from the Moon and possibly to Mars. One approach is to mine the Moon for resources necessary for interplanetary travel.
Ash tree killed by the invasive emerald ash borer. K Steve Cope

Can genetic engineering save disappearing forests?

Forests in the US face many threats: climate change, invasive species, pests and pathogens. Could genetically engineering trees make these plants more resilient?

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