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Spring 2012 Issue


Student Perspectives: Justin Hills

Justin Hills

Working in the laboratory of Dr. Rob Dunn has given N.C. State University biological sciences student Justin Hills insight into – and passion for – public health and science communication. This summer, he’s headed to Ghana to investigate liver cancer, a first step in his quest to help address health disparities that exist among different communities nationally and internationally. Hear more in this audio slideshow, with photos by Becky Kirkland, N.C. State University Communications.

Student Perspectives: Alex Johnson

Alex Johnson

A member of the Wolfpack's basketball team, Alex Johnson is a self-described go-getter with three career goals: playing basketball, working in sports communication and serving as a mentor for troubled youth. Hear more about this CALS graduate student in this audio slideshow (Photos by Becky Kirkland, N.C. State University Communications, and Mark McIntyre, N.C. State Athletic Media Relations)

Feeding future populations is the issue at 2012 Commissioner’s Series kick-off session

N.C. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler (center) and panelists (front, from left) Norris Tolson, John Vollmer, Julie Groce, Reggie Strickland and David Smith are backed by CALS student members of Alpha Zeta at the March 21 Commissioner's Series event.

The event was the first of two sessions in this year’s Commissioner’s Speaker Series, hosted by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Agricultural Institute, Agri-Life Council, Alpha Zeta and the CALS Alumni and Friends Society. The next session is April 11.

Student Perspectives: Rachel Turner

Rachel Turner and Dr. Matt Gerard

In this audio slideshow, CALS senior and aspiring conservation veterinarian Rachel Turner discusses her published research on equine colic as well as an internship that took her to Sri Lanka to work with elephants.

Wildly Popular

Students from Alabama's Tuskegee University receive commemorative bags at the APVMA Symposium registration.

VetPAC makes history as hundreds of pre-vet students travel to N.C. State to attend the largest and most activity-packed ever APVMA national symposium.

Garden classroom offers ‘endless possibilities’ in Caswell County

Brandi Boaz (right) and Spencer the Sweet Potato lead a class in the gazebo, part of the outdoor classroom gardens at Stoney Creek Elementary.

A new outdoor classroom on the grounds of Caswell County’s Stoney Creek Elementary School promises to be a healthy learning environment in more ways than one. The facility was built at the school through a project led by Brandi Boaz, assistant 4-H Extension agent.

Emily Meineke: Scaling up research on tiny pest

Emily Meineke

Will climate change make scale insects more abundant? That's one of the questions Ph.D. student Emily Meineke is trying to answer as she studies these tiny -- and abundant -- pests.

Kelly Bryant: Dancing with heart

Kelly Bryant

An award-winning dancer talks about her experience with NC State's Dance Program and as an animal science major in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Lifelong learners, lifelong leaders

Nutrition Leaders

Nutrition Leaders come together one last time as they wind up decades of service to N.C. State University’s seafood extension education program.

Noteworthy News

Tyre Lanier named IFT Fellow

picture of Dr. Tyre Lanier

Dr. Tyre Lanier, professor of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences, has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists.

CEFS receives regional Magrath Award

Two North Carolina land-grant universities affiliated with the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) – N.C. State University and N.C. A&T State University –were among those named regional winners of the C. Peter Magrath University Engagement Award for 2012, presented by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU).

USDA Under Secretary to help launch Produce Ped’lers program

U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary Kevin Concannon will be on hand in Goldsboro Wednesday for the launch of an innovative program designed to get fresh, local produce into city neighborhoods with limited access to fresh food.

Military youth, Wolfpack baseball team celebrate together

baseball players and youth

As N.C. State University’s baseball team took to the field against Duke University on April 28, military youth and their families -- representing all branches of North Carolina’s military -- were on hand to participate in the third annual Military Appreciation Day Baseball Game.

Dr. Randy Rose Memorial Garden dedicated

Shown is one of the four garden benches dedicated to the memory of Dr. Randy Rose and added to the Toxicology Building Plaza, along with landscape plants and crepe myrtle trees.

The garden is part of the scenic plaza in front of the Toxicology Building, home of the department where Rose, an internationally renowned toxicologist, taught and conducted research beneficial to human health.

Nigerian agriculturist visits CALS

Nnaemeka C. Ikegwuonu

Smallholder farmers in southeast Nigeria don’t have access to expertise from an extension service. But thanks to an enterprising journalist, farmers there can learn basic lessons about agriculture simply by turning on their battery-powered transistor radios to FARM 98.0 FM.

Dairy Science Club hosts regional American Dairy Science Association meeting

N.C. State Dairy Science Club members Ashley Fairchild (seated) and Amber Snyder prepare to check in participants at the ADSA regional meeting.

Student members of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Dairy Science Club played host to 120 students and faculty advisers from nine colleges and universities.

CALS’ Fred Gould is 2012 O. Max Gardner Award winner

Dr. Fred Gould

Gould brings to 27 the number of O. Max Gardner Award winners from N.C. State University since 1949, when the awards program began. It is the most significant honor given to faculty members by the UNC Board of Governors.

Ken Esbenshade receives Friend of Great Plains Idea Award

Dr. Ken Esbenshade

Esbenshade was a key player in creating AG*IDEA, a program of agriculture-related online degrees, certificates and course shares among a consortium of universities.

Save the date for CALS Tailgate 2012!

Mr. Wuf will be there to greet you at CALS Tailgate 2012!

Get ready to kick off the season right on Sept. 15, 2012 in Dorton Arena, before the N.C. State versus South Alabama game!

Landscape design students’ bamboo creation adds whimsy to sustainable farm

The landscape design studio group installed "Pond Promenade" at the South Carolina farm during spring break.

The latest project, a bamboo weathervane called “Pond Promenade,” depicts an 8-foot orange fish that appears to be jumping to catch a dragonfly with a wingspan of 11 feet.

CALS faculty members named outstanding teachers

The subject matter with which three College of Agriculture and Life Sciences faculty members who have been chosen to receive 2012 North Carolina State University Outstanding Teacher Awards is disparate, ranging from economics to leadership and human-animal interactions. But all three share a commitment to imparting knowledge.

Farm Animal Days puts children, animals in proximity

Picture of children and a rabbits.

March may have come in like a lamb this year, but for more than 10,000 children and adults who attended Farm Animal Days, it went out like chickens and turkeys and horses and cows, rabbits, pigs and, well, there were lambs too.

CALS students among N.C. State’s latest Goldwater Scholars and NSF Fellows

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has seven students among the university's four Goldwater Scholars and 20 National Science Foundation Fellows recently selected.

Morrow receives AASV Meritorious Service Award

W.E. Morgan Morrow

Dr. W.E. Morgan Morrow has been named the 2012 recipient of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians’ Meritorious Service Award. Morrow is a professor in the CALS Department of Animal Science.

Crop Science Department head named

Picture of Dr. Jeff Mullahey

The director of a University of Florida research and education center has been named head of the North Carolina State University Department of Crop Science.

Lecturer shares USAID experience of feeding the world

Guest lecturer Iowa State University Professor Dr. Max Rothschild has spent the last year as a Jefferson Science Fellow at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Washington, sharing his ideas on how healthy livestock can play a key role in helping feed the world.

North Carolina communities receive planning support for incubator farms

Elma Lomax Farm

Several North Carolina communities will receive support in establishing incubator farms, thanks to the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) and the Bringing New Farmers to the Table Project. Incubator farms provide new farmers with plots of land to begin their operations and hone their farming skills before they make an investment in a more permanent location.

Simunovic honored with Tung Award

picture of Dr. Josip Simunovic

Dr. Josip Simunovic, research associate professor in the Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences, has been honored with the Marvin A. Tung Achievement Award given by the Institute for Thermal Processing Specialists.

Lowes Foods pledges support to 10% Campaign


Lowe’s Foods Stores, Inc. of Winston-Salem has signed on as a major partner of the 10% Campaign, a North Carolina initiative designed to encourage consumers to spend 10 percent of their food budget on locally-produced foods.

College names sustainability coordinator

Danesha Seth Carley

Dr. Danesha Seth Carley, a 2006 doctoral graduate of the North Carolina State University departments of Crop Science and Plant Pathology, recently was named coordinator for sustainability programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. She is the first person to hold this new position.

Schulman recognized as mentor

picture of Dr. Michael Schulman

Dr. Michael Schulman, William Neal Reynolds Professor and Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor, has been honored by the North Carolina State University Sociology Graduate Student Association with its Lifetime Mentorship Award.

4,000+ Extension Master Gardeners help make N.C. a greener place

Darcey Martin and R.N. Harris Elementary School students.

With spring on its way, Extension Master Gardeners across the state are working in full gear, helping fellow gardeners – beginners and experts, young and old – enhance their landscapes, grow their own fruits and vegetables and learn about the science behind gardening.

Extension Master Gardener, Master Messenger

Over the past several years, Bob Kellam (right) has hired four N.C. State University horticultural science graduates, including Farm Manager Beau Wagoner (left), to help on his farm. “They get the benefit of some hands-on experience, and we get the benefit of what the latest research that's being taught in the classroom,” Kellam says. “So it’s cross-fertilization for us.”

Wake County grower practices on his farm what he preaches as N.C. Master Gardener Volunteer Association president.

People, pigs and infant formula

Picture of Dr. Dr. Lin Xi, research assistant professor in animal science; Brynn Seabolt, research associate; and Dr. JackOlde.

People, pigs and infant formula would seem a strange combination, but a study involving baby pigs reveals much about what makes a nutritious (human) infant formula.

North Carolina home economics legend Ada Dalla-Pozza honored by NC State University Alumni Association

Ada Dalla-Pozza

Ada Dalla-Pozza received the 2011 North Carolina State University Alumni Association Award of Merit. The Alumni Association awards honor alumni and friends of the university for their professional and personal accomplishments and their continuing support of NC State.

Klaenhammer honored with Harris Award

Picture of Dr. Todd Klaenhammer

Dr. Todd Klaenhammer, university distinguished professor and William Neal Reynolds professor of food, bioprocessing and nutrition sciences, is the 2012 recipient of the Harris Award for Excellence in Food Science and Technology given by the Ohio State University Department of Food Science and Technology.

CALS lab nurtures high school student’s interest in science

Rodrigo Olarte, Dr. Ignazio Carbone and Jacobo Rozo Posso

Jacobo Rozo Posso developed an interest in science and plants as an 8-year-old. He’s 17 now, a junior at Cary High School. Science is still his passion and an interest that is being nurtured in a College of Agriculture and Life Sciences laboratory.

Virus discovery holds mystery, potential

Espirto Santo virus

A previously unknown virus discovered by North Carolina State University scientists may hold keys to managing another virus that causes a debilitating disease.

Mike DeGruy, CALS 2010-11 Distinguished Alumnus, has died in helicopter crash

Mike DeGruy

Michael V. DeGruy, award-winning nature cinematographer and marine scientist, died Feb. 3 in a helicopter crash in Australia.

Micropropagation and Repository Unit recognized with McLaughlin Award

Picture of Dr. Daryl Bowman and Dr. Zvezdana Pesic-van Esbroeck

N.C. State's Micropropagation and Repository Unit has been recognized with the 2012 Foil McLaughlin Award, which notes work that impacts North Carolina's seed industry.

Daubert named department head

picture of Dr. Christopher Daubert

Dr. Christopher Daubert has been named head of North Carolina State University’s Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences.

CALS entomologist John Meyer honored as top Envirothon mentor

Dr. John Meyer (right) is congratulated by Robin Hammond, Friends of Wake district president, for his mentoring efforts.

Meyer has been named the 2011 Envirothon Mentor of the Year by the Wake County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Foegeding, Gould named AAAS Fellow

Pictures of Dr. Fred Gould and Dr. Allen Foegeding

Dr. Allen Foegeding and Dr. Fred Gould have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Students’ State Fair garden earns Commissioner’s Award

State Fair garden

What started as a learning opportunity for a landscape class at N.C. State University resulted in some new, permanent landscape features for the State Fair’s garden area. The effort also received the Commissioner’s Award for the fair’s garden area this year.

Right as rain

Rain garden installation

When it comes to lessening the effects of water pollution, residential and commercial rain gardens are becoming increasingly popular in North Carolina, thanks in large part to N.C. State University and its Cooperative Extension Service.

Noteworthy Alumni

Alumnus Richard Brooks awarded Honorary American FFA Degree

Richard Brooks receives the Honorary American FFA Degree from Katie Cauthen, an NC State agricultural education student and state FFA vice president.

CALS alum Richard Brooks recently received the Honorary American FFA Degree during the 58th annual State FFA Land Judging Career Development Event in Robeson County. The award is given to those who advance agricultural education and FFA through outstanding personal commitment.

CALS students, faculty, alumnus among 2012 GSD honorees

From left are Dr. Candace Haigler, president of the N.C. State GSD chapter; James Howie, 2012 alumni initiate; and CALS Dean Johnny Wynne.

On April 25, the N.C. State University chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta, the Honor Society of Agriculture, recognized academic achievement and contributions to agriculture.

Dr. Clyde Chesney, former Extension administrator, dies

picture of Dr. Clyde Chesney

Dr. Clyde E. Chesney, former North Carolina Cooperative Extension district director who from 1998 until his retirement in 2009 was an administrator at Tennessee State University, died April 18 in Nashville, Tenn.

Environmentalist Tom Quay, one of the first to receive a Ph.D. from N.C. State, has died

Dr. Thomas L. Quay, professor emeritus of zoology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, died April 16 at the age of 97.

Alumnus-owned Tull Hill Farms wins award from NC Department of Labor

Pictured at the event, from left to right, are: Dale Hudler, Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry, Jimmy Hill and Kendell Hill.

Tull Hill Farms, co-owned by Kendall Hill, a 1962 graduate of the College's Department of Horticultural Science, received the Hudler Safety Training Award from the North Carolina Department of Labor. The award is given each year to a North Carolina grower who demonstrates excellence in farm safety.

Bob McGuire, CALS grad and former Extension agent and specialist, has died

Dr. Robert L. "Bob" McGuire, professor emeritus at Auburn University, died February 27. McGuire, a native of Brevard, received his 1957 bachelor’s degree in animal husbandry and his 1960 master’s in animal science from N.C. State.

Williams is Watauga Medalist

Cassius Williams

Cassius Williams, a College of Agriculture and Life Sciences alumnus and a former member of the N.C. State University Board of Trustees, has been named one of three recipients of the 2012 Watauga Medal.

Harrell, historic CALS alumna and Duke microbiology professor, retires

Dr. Lizzie J. Harrell

Dr. Lizzie J. Harrell, the first African-American to receive a Ph.D. in microbiology from N.C. State, recently retired after 33 years of service at Duke University Medical Center, where she was associate director of Clinical Microbiology.

CALS grad leads People’s Garden program

Picture of Livia Marques

CALS grad Livia Marques leads the U.S. Department of Agriculture's popular and growing People's Garden Program.

Noteworthy Giving

2012 Dock of the Bay event is a seaside success

Waterfront dining was among the amenities available to guests at the ninth annual On the Dock of the Bay fund-raiser.

More than 300 guests enjoyed an evening of casual elegance May 5 at the ninth annual On the Dock of the Bay fund-raiser at the Eastern 4-H Environmental Education Conference Center in Columbia.

JCRA’s 2012 Gala in the Garden is a red, white and green celebration

Event chair Charlie Kidder walks through Gala in the Garden site at JC Raulston Arboretum just prior to the arrivals of more than 500 guests.

The annual garden party and fund-raising event doubled as a birthday party for N.C. State.

Wynne, College supporters honored at spring joint foundations event

Dean Johnny Wynne (right) receives the CALS Foundations' Distinguished Service Award from Steve Smith, N.C. Tobacco Foundation chairman.

Award recipients include the Animal Science and Food Science clubs, the Student Organization Resource Development Award winners, recognized for their efforts in support of the Dairy Foundation Campaign for Excellence.

Campaign for beloved North Carolina FFA center gets jump start from Murphy-Brown LLC

Murphy-Brown LLC, livestock production subsidiary of Smithfield Foods Inc. and the world’s largest producer of pork products, kicked off a fundraising drive for the North Carolina FFA Center at White Lake with a $50,000 gift.

The 10% Campaign receives $5,000 gift from Carolina Farm Credit

Carolina Farm Credit, based in Statesville, has given $5,000 to support the 10% Campaign, a North Carolina initiative designed to encourage consumers to spend 10 percent of their food budget on locally produced foods.

Scholarship to honor innovative agribusinessman

Once manager of Open Grounds Farm, the late Livio Ferruzzi was an international agribusiness consultant and innovator.

The late Livio Ferruzzi, an agricultural business entrepreneur and innovator with a global reach and local presence, was honored Dec. 8 when family, friends and associates gathered at the Center for Marine Science and Technology in Morehead City to establish an N.C. State University scholarship endowment in his name.