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Winter 2012 Issue


Foundations for Intervention

Dr. Sophia Kathariou and colleagues

Each year, foodborne microbes make millions sick, lead to hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and kill more than 3,000 people in the United States alone. In her Schaub Hall laboratory, N.C. State University’s Dr. Sophia Kathariou works to reduce that toll by unraveling the molecular mysteries of two particularly problematic pathogens.

College Profile: Fred Yelverton

Dr. Fred Yelverton

Weed science specialist Fred Yelverton’s sphere of influence spans the globe but is most felt at home in North Carolina.

Fresh off the Bench

Teaching postdoc Dr. Heather Miller

Eager instructors, ‘cool courses’ and the very latest from the lab are the benefits of the Biotechnology Program’s unique teaching postdoctoral fellowship.

Healthy Connections

Amanda Draut

CALS graduate student Amanda Draut and fellow Kannapolis Scholars host conference to improve communication about childhood obesity.

It’s Muscadine Time!

The partners in a project related to muscadine grapes walk through a Cottle Farms vineyard. Pictured are Keith Harrris, Ron Cottle and Sanja Cvitkusic (in front), and Whit Jones and Amanda Draut (behind).

A grape smoothie is just one of many products with powerful potential, thanks to a CALS partnership with muscadine growers.

Bringing science to life

CALS life science researchers are rapidly advancing our understanding of plants, animals, people and the world they live in.

It’s an exciting time in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, a time when researchers are rapidly advancing our understanding of plants, animals, people and the world they live in – and a time when this knowledge is generating innovative solutions to some of the greatest challenges that face our state, nation and world.

Noteworthy News

Protecting poultry from Salmonella

Drs. Hosni Hassan and Dr. Matt Koci

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences researchers are working to develop a vaccine that would protect poultry – and by extension people who eat chickens and eggs – from Salmonella.

Biodiversity project maps urban ants

Andrea Lucky

An innovative project from the CALS Department of Biology is tapping into the curiosity of young and old -- and all ages in between -- in an attempt to map the ants living in urban areas across the United States.

April Wynn chosen for Preparing the Professoriate program

April Wynn

As a CALS doctoral candidate in genetics and one of the newest fellows of N.C. State University’s Preparing the Professoriate program, April Wynn is a giant step closer to living her dream.

Coming in April: ‘Stewards of the Future’ research conference

Nobel Laureate Dr. Phillip A. Sharp and Juan Enriquez of Excel Venture Management will headline the conference “Stewards of the Future: Research for Human Health and Global Sustainability.”

Specialist shows how ‘Ozzie and Harriet’ scenario was not norm

Dr. Kimberly Allen

Amidst hectic family lives, it is tempting to recall the days of “Ozzie and Harriet” families, where Dad returned home from work each day to sit down to dinner with Mom in a dress and pearls and 2.3 kids. But a study by an N.C. State University faculty member shows that the nostalgic family of television fame was not the norm of American society that we believe today.

Student conducts research to address issues of HIV in South Africa

Sindhu Ravishankar

When Sindhu Ravishankar first came to N.C. State University four years ago to major in biology and international studies, she thought she might like to become a doctor. But by the time she met a boy in South Africa, a different future – one spent addressing community health through anthropology research – was unfolding.

ARE students travel to East Asia

ARE students travel to East Asia

Casey Skinner, a College of Agriculture and Life Sciences senior agribusiness management major who grew up on a tobacco farm in rural North Carolina, had never owned a passport before last spring. In fact, he had hardly set foot outside the state. So it’s no surprise that his experience in East Asia, as part of a new study abroad course in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, was life-changing.

Noteworthy Alumni

Kimberly Spence studies potential effects of fracking

Kimberly Spence

After her summer internship with Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), College of Agriculture and Life Sciences alumna Kimberly Spence is more certain than ever of her decision to pursue a career in public health.

Alumnus brings solutions local and global, old and new to farmers both big and small

James M. Matson

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences graduate James M. Matson has worked the world over, helping farmers and agribusinesses find solutions to their most pressing challenges.

College honors 2011-2012 Distinguished Alumni and Outstanding Alumni

Dr. Elizabeth George and Conner Kennett

CALS names Dr. S. Elizabeth George and H. Connor Kennett Jr. as its 2011-2012 Distinguished Alumni and recognizes Outstanding Alumni and Outstanding Young Alumni.

CALS alumna marks special anniversary as agriculture teacher

Clark was honored by her students and colleagues for her 25 years of teaching.

Gwen Gentry Clark celebrated her 25th year as an agriculture teacher at Avery County High -- and the achievement of a significant career goal.

Noteworthy Giving

Donor generosity is the top story as CALS newsmakers are on display at 2011 Donor Recognition Event

Bone Scholars

At the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ 2011 Donor Recognition Event, exhibits were themed around programs and activities that have been newsmakers in the pages of Perspectives.

CES foundations announce new endowments

Despite a slow economy, the three foundations that support North Carolina Cooperative Extension had something to celebrate at their last meeting: 14 new endowments and enhancement funds.

Troxler and Rouzer honored at CALS joint foundations event

Steve Troxler and David Rouzer

North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Troxler and state Sen. David Rouzer are the 2011 recipients of the Distinguished Service Awards, presented by the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation. The awards are given annually to individuals who provide outstanding support to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and N.C. State University.