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Food Truck Rodeo: Bike To Work Month Edition

May’s food truck rodeo has a special perk for those who cycle to lunch. As part of Bike to Work Month, cyclers that are spotted cruising  into the rodeo on two wheels will get special prizes, courtesy of  SmartCommute@rtp!

The following trucks are lined up to serve you goodness:

Pie Pushers
Twitter: @PiePushers

Only Burger
Twitter: @OnlyBurger

Chirba Chirba
Twitter: @ChribaChirba

Chick N Que
Twitter: @Chick_N_Que

the Parlour
Twitter: @parlourdurham

Sweet Traditions by LeAne
Twitter: @traditionssweet

Fahsyrah’s Lemonade
Twitter: @fahsyrahlemon

In the spirit of Bike to Work Month, throw on your spandex and don your helmet rather than riding in a car. If you must drive, please carpool! We’ll see you there!

Never been to a RTP Food Truck Rodeo? Check out this video from our April event!

The RTP Food Truck Rodeo is brought to you by the Research Triangle Foundation and is sponsored by RTP Company, Fidelity Investments.

Your Serve: RTP’s Newest Volleyball Courts

The Research Triangle Park has a growing reputation as not just a top-notch place to work, but a lively place to play. With such a dynamic and energetic workforce, it’s important to provide opportunities for recreation. And our community certainly takes advantage of them – during lunch, before and after work, even weekends.  League sports have grown by leaps and bounds in the past few years. That means we need more turf to play on!

One such success story has been the RTP Volleyball League, which had 12 teams in its Spring 2012 season and 10 games played every week. Several locations around the Park offer sand courts for the teams to use (as well as grass courts). The courts on Cornwallis Road adjacent to 2 softball fields are always a popular location. But as the league grows – not to mention the number of folks interested in pickup games – it’s obvious we need more room to play.

And now here we are: the grand opening of the RTP South courts! These 3 sand volleyball courts are on Louis Stephens Drive, south of Kit Creek Road and the NetApp campus. Care to try them out? You can make a reservation by contacting RTP Headquarters at 919.549.8181 or parkinfo@rtp.org. And it just so happens the league is on break until the end of July, so it’s a great time to play at your convenience…if you can beat the heat. Read more »

Entrepreneurs. Electronics. Elevators. Expansions. Oh my.

Phew! It’s Friday. And what a week! A week filled with excitement and energy in and around the RTP and the Triangle. Bear with me as I recap… I promise, I have an important point.

  • Entrepreneurs. As many of you know, we started the week with a bang as The Blackstone Charitable Foundation committed $3.6 million in 2011 to support a dense network of entrepreneurial support in this region.
  • Electronics. The RTP community through wind rain and sun came out in force to recycle old electronics and donate reusable computers to Kramden Institute, Inc., a 501(c)(3)not-for-profit charitable institution to refurbish. Kramden then empowers hardworking, less-advantaged students in the community by giving them home computers, allowing them to bridge the digital divide and advance their achievement.
  • Elevators. Elevator pitches that is – during a 2-minute lightening round from some of the most promising start-ups and some serial entrepreneurs at the CED Venture Conference. First, can I just say the coffee at the beautiful and expansive Raleigh Convention Center rocks! And second, we’ve got some serious rock-stars in this area. Michael Capps at Epic Games. You crushed it. Ben Weinberger at Digitalsmiths. Just to name a few.
  • Expansions. I told you. It was a busy week! RTI International held a grand opening event for their gorgeous, new 127,000 square-foot LEED Silver Building (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) on its main campus in the Park. And we celebrated with nearly 300 Biogen Idec employees and partners from the RTP and from around the region and broke ground for an 180,000-square-foot LEED office building, expanding their presence in the Park. Read more »

Cheer on your ACC Team in RTP this Friday, March 11

ACC 2011 Men's Basketball Tournament

One of my favorite things about living in the Triangle is college basketball season. Between Duke, N.C. State, and UNC – Chapel Hill, we are home to the most legendary -and rivaled- NCAA men’s and women’s basketball programs in the country, making March my favorite month of the year.

Considering that I’m in good company among passionate ACC basketball fans in RTP, the Research Triangle Foundation will open its doors for Park employees to watch the ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament at the RTP Headquarters over lunch this Friday, March 11 – just in time to catch the Tar Heels take on the winner of the Miami/Virgina game. The doors open at 11:45 and we will continue streaming the ACC Tournament through the Clemson vs. Boston College/Wake Forest University game at 2:00 PM.

The Foundation will serve pizza and soft drinks and provide wi-fi so you can login and work during the games.

Space is limited, so please RSVP at the link below if you plan to join the March Madness. See you there!


ACC Tournament RSVP

A Taste of South America in RTP

Spicy cheese, picadillo beef, or corn with currants stuffed inside your empanada. A side of fried plantains, a cup of gazpacho, or a bowl of steaming beans. Did someone say lunch break?

Sarah’s Empanadas has offered these tasty options – and more – for over 20 years in a bustling eatery in Greenwood Commons, a commercial center right outside of The Research Triangle Park. “Sarah’s”, as regulars affectionately call the lunch spot, is owned by Sarah – go figure – a Bolivian woman who is often seen at the restaurant eating lunch herself, surrounded by her kids and grandchildren. The place rarely has an open table for long as the hard working staff quickly juggle plates of warm empanadas to satisfy hungry RTP employees on their lunch break.

Two empanadas with rice and beans

Sarah’s is one of my top spots for grabbing lunch with colleagues and friends who work in and around the Park. The delicious food comes out fast and the staff take care of their regulars. The menu is simple, but filling. Patrons chose from a variety of empanadas and side dishes, or can order the special of the day – typically a traditional Bolivian meal with meat, rice and spices. The somewhat-sweet, homemade salsa is one of the best parts of grabbing lunch here, and is well worth the $0.50 charge for extra. They also offer authentic Bolivian juices, soups, and desserts. All at reasonable prices.

For those who prefer empanadas for dinner, Sarah’s is only open for lunch on weekdays from 11am to 2pm. But don’t worry, there is a way to enjoy those delicious half-moon pastries whenever the craving hits. Frozen empanadas are available by the dozen at the checkout counter. Don’t forget to grab a jar of salsa to go if you really want to recreate Sarah’s magic at home.

Supporting the NC Nonprofit Community

The North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation announced that it has awarded $25,000 grants to nine nonprofits this year, around the state to support activities that establish or expand programs that further science, education and health in local communities.

Today’s announcement brings 59 nonprofits under the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation Ribbon of Hope program since 2008. The GlaxoSmithKline Ribbon of Hope provides one-time $25,000 grants that establish or expand local programs in the areas of health, science and education.

The program’s goal is to have a positive impact on the lives of North Carolina’s citizens in each of the state’s 100 counties. The Foundation, chartered in 1986, began awarding grants in 1987. To date the Foundation has paid out $37.4 million in grants with another $0.6 million to be paid in multi-year grants. The Foundation typically supports programs in North Carolina that help to meet the educational needs of today’s society and of future generations.

Reinventing How We Communicate Science

Most people are aware The Research Triangle Park (RTP) and the Triangle region in general has a plethora of science and technology related companies, people, and activities. Images of lab coats, techie start-ups, and research universities abound. But, innovation and science doesn’t operate in a silo, and it takes more than a test tube and a fume hood to create a successful research firm.

When you think of the support organizations needed to nurture the region’s innovation, thoughts of venture capital firms, incubator space, and professional service firms come to mind. However, as we were reminded last week at the annual ScienceOnline event, the RTP region is also a landing ground for science communicators, journalists, and bloggers who support and market the scientific community to the world.

As the members of this journalist community continue to expand, we are also witnessing the demise of print media outlets nationwide. This becomes a contradiction of sorts, and every journalist across the nation has their own hard-luck story. However, the fall of print journalism also presents communicators with the opportunity to jump on a whole new set of social media/Web 2.0 based tools to harness their efforts and expand their audience.

Which brings me to a list of five innovative ways our RTP science communicators are reinventing the nature of journalism right here at home:

1. Conferences, unconferences, and online collaboration. The recent ScienceOnline event is a testimony to the strength of organic gatherings as a way for science communicators to learn, share and collaborate with their peers.

2. Science in the Triangle. Science in the Triangle is an evolving experiment in community science journalism and scientific-community organizing. Launched online in April 2008, Science in the Triangle informs research park companies and employees about the advancements their neighbors are making through the internet and new media tools.

3. Science Communicators of North Carolina (SCONC). SCONC is a professional organization founded in April 2007 providing fellowship and networking among communicators who bring science to the public. The organization includes science writers, journalists, public information officers, teachers and institutional communicators from academia, government labs, industry, museums and schools — just about anyone interested in communicating science. SCONC President Ernie Hood also runs a stellar radio show highlighting interviews with science leaders from the region.

4. Networking 2.0. Communicators are taking interest in innovation-based events like never before with the benefit of creating connections and networking their way to the science scoop. The Triangle Area Research Directors Council (TARDC), Innovation in RTP, and American Scientist Pizza Lunch are just starters in a line-up of interesting programs being covered by freelance journalists across the region.

5. Blogs, blogs and more blogs. Traditional print media presented journalists with a number of challenges, not limited to scope and speed to market. With the access to online tools such as blogs, journalists now literally have the world as an audience at their fingertips. Some of our favorite blogs to follow:

A Blog Around the Clock

Bull City Rising

Cree LED Revolution Blog

Man in Ranks

Mister Sugar

Science in the Triangle

Social Wayne on the Social Web

Wake County Economic Development

*This list is in no way comprehensive. Please suggest additional blogs we should be watching!