Perspectives Online

Global perspectives

CALS Dean Johnny Wynne
Photo by Becky Kirkland

This summer issue of Perspectives offers, as usual, diverse topics among its feature and news stories, reflecting the wide range of College of Agriculture and Life Sciences endeavors. However, a common thread that seems to run through many of these stories - whether on extension, research, academic programs or student accomplishments - is a global perspective.

In the feature "Stellar Students," you meet five outstanding recent graduates of the College, one who is currently conducting zoological research in China and others who have traveled frequently as international scholars and volunteers in locations such as Ecuador, England, Belize, Honduras, Ghana and Tanzania.

In "Crossing Over," you get a first-hand account of a Cooperative Extension team's March fact-finding visit to Mexico. There the group hoped to learn about the forces that drive northward migration and the culture of the Mexican people so that they could bring a more informed approach to Extension Latino-related programming in North Carolina.

The international dimension also comes into play as we bring news that Robert Bishop, a New Zealand abalone farmer, is moving his aquaculture operation to North Carolina, thanks to the support and expertise he'll be receiving from the College. Dr. Tom Losordo, Extension specialist in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, led a workshop that Bishop attended at the 2004 World Aquaculture Society in Sydney, Australia. Now Losordo has connected Bishop to the resources of Extension, College researchers and the state agriculture department.

Among many stories of prestigious awards won by our faculty members, there is news that Dr. Trudy Mackay, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of Genetics, has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society, the United Kingdom's national academy of science. Inducted on July 14 at the academy's headquarters in London, Mackay is currently the only N.C. State faculty member among the approximately 1,400 Fellows and foreign members of the Royal Society.

Additionally, in April, the College's international programs office hosted an international tea - a culture-broadening event, where cuisine from places such as Turkey, Kenya, Ghana, Romania and Honduras was served to students and staff members from at least 15 countries. Guests included Canada's consul and senior trade commissioner in Raleigh.

These stories are interspersed with news of research activities and teaching programs that have statewide, national or global ramifications. In total they illustrate the significant opportunities available to our students, the unique expertise shared with our state's citizens and the extensive reach and effect of the College's research.

Johnny Wynne
Dean, College of Agriculture
and Life Sciences