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Summer 2011 Issue


Rising to the Top

Gary Cartwright with Howling Cow ice cream

The FBNS department, formerly known as Food Science, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. And it is fitting that the modernized dairy unit is the newest milestone in the department’s history – because it all started with a creamery.

Real Results for Real People

Real People, Real Results

Extension and research: You could call them North Carolina’s AgAdvantage. Because that’s what North Carolina’s producers are saying.

Unleashing the Power of Extension

Joe Zublena

To the role of state Extension director, Joe Zublena brings more than 30 years of experience, a commitment to strategy and a passion for bringing about positive changes for farmers, families and young people.

College Profile: Coby Schal

Coby Schal

When it comes to cockroaches and bed bugs, entomologist Coby Schal is the go-to guy in the battle to control insect pests.

Choice Cuts

Gregg Rentfrow

The Carolina Meat Conference in Concord brought together more than 250 players in the meat industry from 13 states.

Noteworthy News

NUTS for Nutrition

Harrison Riggs, Alice Raad and Musa Koroma

Student volunteers help low-income, low-resource parents and their children learn about the importance of good nutrition and healthy eating through a program called Nutrition NUTS. Developed by Suzie Goodell, assistant professor of food, bioprocessing and nutrition sciences, Nutrition NUTS (which stands for “Nutrition Understanding Through Service”) focuses on obesity prevention.

Better berries for a better economy

Jeremy Pattison is working to bread a better strawberry for North Carolina.

The N.C. Strawberry Project is a joint venture of N.C. State’s Plants for Human Health Institute at the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis and Johnson & Wales University, an internationally recognized culinary institution with a campus in Charlotte.

Family & Consumer Sciences celebrates 100 years of service to N.C. families

Jan Christensen and other actors at the FCS centennial

Beginning with home demonstration canning clubs, the FCS program has addressed needs of North Carolina families since 1911.

Faithful Families program promotes healthy lifestyles

Debbie Stephenson, Stephanie McDonald, Annie McIver and Sheilneil Feaster

The program is a partnership between Cooperative Extension and the N.C. Division of Public Health’s Physical Activity and Nutrition Branch.

Surry County’s Pilot Mountain Pride successfully markets local produce

Bryan Cave and Bill Imus

Pilot Mountain Pride helps local farmers to earn a living raising produce, while establishing the organization as a regional model for produce sales.

Graduate student examines invasive fish species and their ecosystem impacts

Marybeth Brey

A project designed to quantify the impact that introduced fish species can have on a lake’s ecosystem earned Marybeth Brey the top prize in the natural resources category of this spring’s Graduate Student Research Symposium at N.C. State University.

New degree program focuses on business … and land

The first students are expected to begin working toward a bachelor’s degree in soil and land development this fall.

Low-impact development project wins state award

An N.C. Cooperative Extension-led educational project on development practices to protect water quality recently won a top award from the N.C. Chapter of the American Planning Association.

BritParis trip is a special spring break experience

The BritParis 2011 tour group displays Wolfpack colors in London.

This past March, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences faculty members Melissa Hendrickson and Ron Campbell led a group of 35 participants for a European spring break to remember.

New International AgriBusiness Law course launched

Dr. Ron Campbell leads the new International AgriBusiness Law course.

The experimental distance education course ARE 495 is delivered through 'Elluminate Live' technology, which allows live participation by nearly two dozen students scattered throughout North Carolina.

CALS will support agricultural education in Liberia

Project partners

Faculty members in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will share their teaching expertise to help the West African nation of Liberia rebuild its agricultural education system following almost two decades of civil war and unrest.

Fred Gould elected into the National Academy of Sciences

Fred Gould

Gould becomes the ninth current N.C. State faculty member to be elected into the august scientific society.

Animal Science Club builds good fence for good neighbor

Animal Science Club at the CORRAL Riding Academy 2011

This spring, the CALS Animal Science Club donated money to farmers hurt by tornadoes, made valentines for nursing home residents and spent one spring Saturday building a 700-foot fence for the CORRAL Riding Academy in Cary.

Library exhibit tells the story of 4-H

Hugh Shelton display for the North Carolina 4-H exhibit

An exhibit at N.C. State’s D.H. Hill Library taught visitors about the links between N.C. State and 4-H, while showing how today’s 4-H continues the traditions of service through head, heart, hands and health.

Award-winning 4-H agent creates civics program to introduce high-school students to local government

Cabarrus teens learn the workings of government via role-playing activities.

Students, teachers and elected officials have praised Heather Jones’ Cabarrus 4-H Citizenship Focus program for its role in giving students a hands-on way to learn more about the principles they study in their semester-long civics classes.

Extension’s 4-H team perseveres in robotics competition

4-H'ers assemble a robot.

Teams of 4-H’ers from throughout North Carolina competed for the very first time in the North Carolina Regional FIRST Robotics Competition.

Noteworthy Alumni

CALS Career Expo 2011

Tailgate 2011

Stone balances family life, farm work and community involvement

CALS alumnus Bo Stone

Bo Stone says he’s glad that his alma mater pursues science-based answers aimed at making farming both economically and environmentally sustainable. In his activities, he strives to ensure that such research – and not emotion – inform the development of public policies affecting agriculture.

Alumnus Raymond Schnell maps cacao genome, leads international research

Raymond Schnell and fellow cacao genome collaborators

Plant geneticist Raymond Schnell is helping lead an international effort to make better cacao, which in turn not only bolsters an industry but also helps improve the livelihood of millions of small farmers.

Off to great places: World travels lead Caitlin Lowe in new directions

Caitlin Lowe

The new CALS alumna is off to graduate school with the determination to make a difference when it comes to agricultural policy and international development.

Noteworthy Giving

May Day arboretum gala celebrates spring in Raleigh

Susan Woodson

The annual Gala in the Garden fund-raiser at JC Raulston Arboretum is traditionally a beautiful herald of the spring season in Raleigh, whether the weather is fine, rainy, sweltering or windy. For this year’s May 1 festivities, it was more than fine.

Resource Development Awards presented, new endowments celebrated at 2011 joint foundations spring event

CALS Resource Development Award Winners 2011

The awards, sponsored each year by the N.C. Agricultural Foundation Inc., recognized CALS faculty and student organizations for efforts in raising funds to benefit College programs, as well as volunteer, corporate/foundation and commodity organization support activities.

Carlson Endowment created to fund annual award for outstanding ARE dissertation

Barbara Carlson, Dr. Ying Zhu, Dr. Keri Jacobs and Dr. Gerald Carlson

Dr. Gerald Carlson and his wife, Barbara, have created an endowment in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, where Carlson spent 35 years as a faculty member.