Grad Education Shows Its Stuff!

2011 Graduate Education WeekThe North Carolina Council of Graduate Schools celebrated Graduate Education Week during May 23-27. The highlight of the week's events was the first statewide Education Day when a poster session was held at the State Capital Legislative Complex on Wednesday, May 25.

With students representing 16 graduate schools from across the state, the poster session underscored the importance of the benefits that graduate education brings to North Carolina:

  • - create a highly skilled professional workforce in key areas from nursing and education to biotechnology, engineering, business and public service;
  • - provide workers with opportunities to retool, advance their skills and improve their employability;
  • - attract new business, revitalize existing ones, and encourage the creation of start-up companies, while generating new jobs and increasing state revenues;
  • - enhance the quality of life for all North Carolinians through improvement to all levels of education and addressing health, social and environmental issues throughout the state; and
  • - nourish the creative spirit, enhancing connections and improving understanding through cultural and artistic performances, literature, poetry, and other forms for creative expressions.

NC State was represented by three graduate students, who were also winners in the this year's Graduate Student Research Symposium.

Marybeth K. Brey (Biology) introduced her work, Quantifying the Effects of Introduced Species on a Reservoir Food Web, which focuses on introduced species and how they alter the aquatic systems. The management of introduced species cost millions of taxpayer dollars every year. By predicted the impact of multiple introductions earlier, North Carolina will not only be better prepared to manage them, but will save money and promote conservation.

Fadi M. Jadoun (Civil Engineering) presented his poster, Local Calibration of the Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide for North Carolina. His study recalibrated the performance prediction models to allow for the design of more efficient and reliable pavement structures. In turn, the new models could potentially save millions of dollars in constructions and maintenance costs over years.

Christoph Konradi (Architecture) represented the other team members, Eric Goldman, and Matteo Rapallini, with their poster, Dynamic Building Facades: A Study on the Mediation Between Double Skin Construction, Daylighting, and Design. The economic health and well-being of North Carolinians is directly tied to providing buildings that perform efficiently while still offering spaces that improve people's quality of life. The study explores how investing in building science and design 'green' technologies -- specifically, methods to increase energy efficiency -- can impact both human well-being and the economy.

Education Day also gave students an opportunity to meet with the elected Senate and House legislators from their districts. Guest speakers were Rep. Jonathan Jordan, a Wake Forest graduate, and Sen. Richard Stevens, a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill graduate.

In addition, the closing session included the reading of the Governor's Proclamation for announcing the week of May 22nd as Graduate Education Week and May 25th as Graduate Education Day, extolling the virtues of graduate education, including its centrality to the state's economy and societal well-being.

Thanks to all our NC State representatives who made this a very special day!

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