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Summer 2012 Issue


A Philosophical Approach

Dr. Deanna Osmond

Deanna Osmond carries on the Extension traditions of improving lives and using science to help people make informed decisions.

New and better ways

Dr. Bob Patterson with class at field lab.

In a milestone year, Bob Patterson reflects on the differences made by the land-grants through ag education — yesterday, today and tomorrow.

From the Morrill Act, research; from research, prosperity

David Smith

The Morrill Act helped make publicly funded research possible, and that research ushered in an era of American prosperity. For that reason, retiring CALS research director and associate dean Dr. David Smith calls the act "the single most impactful economic development legislation in the history of this country."

Accessible to all

N.C. College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts in 1890

Vision and tenacity marked the efforts of those who laid the groundwork for the founding of N.C. State and its missions of teaching, research and extension.

Catching evolution in the act

Two Gambusia fish in a Bahamian blue hole.

CALS biologist Dr. Brian Langerhans explores predictability of evolution in Bahamian blue holes.

A vanguard


Six CALS students – beneficiaries of the land-grant university education — make their mark in academics, arts, research and more.

College Profile: Johnny Wynne

Dr. Johnny C. Wynne

Dean Johnny Wynne seeds College’s future success as he cedes the leadership reins.

Noteworthy News

FoodCorps marks first year

Leah Klaproth with Guilford County students

At Oak Hill Elementary School in High Point, third graders have spent time this year learning how to plant a garden, harvest the plants and eat what they grow. The school is one of five FoodCorps sites in Guilford County where FoodCorps service member Leah Klaproth has worked with students and teachers since the beginning of the 2011-12 school year.

CEFS keeps adding to its record of successes

CEFS Field Day

Faculty and staff at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems have been busy this year. Hardly a week goes by without news of how CEFS is expanding some already successful programs, starting new ones and collecting awards recognizing their work.

Drop by drop: Soil scientists investigate ways to safely treat wastewater for reuse

Bill Fenner and Dr. Sushama Pradhan

CALS scientists use an innovative the field lab site to demonstrate how new decentralized technologies can be used to produce non-potable waters -- those that aren’t used for drinking, cooking, showering or bathing -- at the point where the water is initially used, whether it be in an individual home, a small business or small communities.

Research symposium highlights evolution of life sciences

Dr. Phillip Sharp

From evolution to the economy, the “Stewards of the Future: Research for Human Health and Global Sustainability” conference covered an array of topics and drew more than 400 participants representing science, industry and academia.

Extension’s Garner is Onslow’s Woman of the Year

Peggie Garner

As Peggie Garner rushed in the pouring rain to the Onslow County Chamber of Commerce “Woman of the Year” luncheon, her biggest concerns were arriving on time and staying dry.

Turning the tide on poverty in Hertford County

Representatives of the Delta Academy mentoring program receive bags of books from Cooperative Extension's Turning the Tide program.

In Hertford County, public school students aren’t lugging heavy book bags home. Though literacy is a problem there, the county schools don’t have enough textbooks to go around, so students share books during the school day, rather than taking them home. But an anti-poverty effort of N.C. Cooperative Extension in Hertford County is improving young people’s access to books.

Sam Pardue to lead CALS Academic Programs

Sam Pardue

Dr. Sam Pardue, head of the Department of Poultry Science at N.C. State University, has been appointed as Interim Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, effective July 1. He replaces Dr. Ken Esbenshade who is returning to the Animal Science Department after 11 years as associate dean.

Noteworthy Alumni

Trailblazing alumna makes her mark in clinical microbiology

Dr. Lizzie Harrell

For nearly as long as Lizzie Johnson Harrell can remember, she has been, in some form or fashion, a teacher – whether she was leading a make-believe classroom at home with some of her 12 brothers and sisters, instructing first-year medical school students, or serving as a mentor to emerging microbiologists.

Alumni couple work to ensure the success of their community college students

Marianne and Don Herring

He’s known fondly on campus as “Dr. Don.” She lights up a room with seemingly boundless energy. Together, they’re two of the top administrators at Coastal Carolina Community College (CCCC). Each is a force of nature driven by a single goal: student success.

Noteworthy Giving

Mowrey endowment established to support 4-H horse program

Dr. Bob and Peggy Mowrey

After 30 years of service to the N.C. 4-H Horse Program, Dr. Bob Mowrey retired in January and established an endowment that will continue to provide support for the program and young people he nurtured for many years.

Innovation fund announcement among highlights of gala celebration for Dean Johnny Wynne

The newly created Wynne Fund for Innovation will support activities to address future agricultural and life sciences challenges. From left with the check showing the current fund-raising total are Jim Oblinger, Randy Woodson, Johnny Wynne, Bill Collins, Kendall Hill, Charles Davenport, Lawrence Davenport and Bill Culpepper.

Dr. Johnny Wynne, who retired this summer as dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, was honored June 12 at a gala celebration at N.C. State University’s McKimmon Center.

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.