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Fungus as a Fuel

By Noah Wisch and Colby Lanham When someone first thinks about bacteria and fungi, they don’t often consider them as resources to produce fuels from things such as plants. Dr. Michael Henson in the Department of Biological Sciences and his Creative Inquiry students are conducting research in order to one day build bio-refineries that can […]

Improving Wheel Traction in Sand and Lunar Terrain

Alyssa Glazener In a warehouse, a team of mechanical engineering students is conducting research to be implemented where few undergraduate endeavors venture: the moon. Their work involves improving a wheel that must roll smoothly through sand, gracefully manage rock piles and scale daunting inclines. The project, led by seniors Steven O’Shields and Zach Satterfield is […]

Dr. Michael Childress receives 2015 Phil & Mary Bradley Award for CI Mentoring

Dr. Michael Childress received the 2015 Phil and Mary Bradley Award for Creative inquiry Mentoring at the may 7 general Faculty meeting. Dr. Childress, an associate professor in biological sciences, has hosted a Creative Inquiry team since the early days of the program, serving as mentor to 44 undergraduates and involving his graduate students as […]

CI Student Wins Norris Medal

Brittany Anne Avin of Greenville, North Carolina was awarded the 2015 Norris Medal for being voted the best all-around student by the university scholarships and awards committee. Brittany spent several semesters on a Creative Inquiry team researching the Biochemical and genetic approaches to understanding acetate fermentation in pathogenic fungi with Doctors Cheryl and Kerry Smith and participating […]

2015 CI Adobe Scholars Begin Their Journey

The second year of the CI Adobe Scholars program got underway this week. We have 10 students working throughout the summer learning the Adobe Creative Cloud suite of programs in order to produce the 2016 issue of Decipher, the Creative Inquiry Magazine. As the summer progresses the students will utilize their skills in InDesign, Photoshop, […]