Perspectives Online

Inspiring interest and pride

Dr. Johnny Wynne (left), College Associate Dean Jon Ort, 4-H Development Fund Director Sharon Rowland and interim State 4-H Leader Thearon McKinney (behind Rowland) attended closing ceremonies of a summer camp for military children at Millstone 4-H Center. Photo by Daniel Kim
Dr. Johnny Wynne (left), College Associate Dean Jon Ort, 4-H Development Fund Director Sharon Rowland and interim State 4-H Leader Thearon McKinney (behind Rowland) attended closing ceremonies of a summer camp for military children at Millstone 4-H Center.
(Photo by Daniel Kim)
It is the mission of our College to provide an academic environment that will prepare our students for the future, to conduct research that solves problems and makes life better in North Carolina and beyond, and, through extension programs, to provide educational opportunities to the state's citizens. We continuously evaluate our programs and how well they affect the world we live in. Through Perspectives, we also seek to give readers the opportunity to scrutinize many of our activities through vividly presented news of our research, extension and academic endeavors. We want you not only to be informed but interested in the College's achievements and to take pride in its strong programs.

There's a lot in this Fall issue to inspire both interest and pride:

The College's Dr. Nina Allen was elected in spring to be the next chair of the N.C. State University Faculty Senate. Allen, an internationally renowned cell biologist and a professor in the Department of Botany, is among the university's most distinguished faculty members and is this issue's College Profile.

This past June, College faculty helped launch N.C. State's Summer College in Biotechnology and Life Sciences, a pilot program to bring gifted high-school students to the university for intensive instruction in molecular biology and use of biotechnology equipment. Carol Cutler White of the College's Center for Integrated Fungal Research developed the program.

At our Animal and Poultry Waste Management Center, efforts have been under way to identify and evaluate swine waste management systems that can serve as alternatives to the lagoon and spray field methods. In July, Dr. Mike Williams, director of the center, announced two new technologies that have met environmental performance criteria to be considered potentially viable alternatives.

Also announced in the summer: A member of our Entomology Department faculty, Dr. Fred Gould, received the prestigious 2004 Alexander von Humboldt Award for agricultural research. Plant Pathology's Dr. Ralph Dean and Soil Science's Dr. John Havlin were on teams receiving 2004 U.S. Department of Agriculture Honor Awards.

In our Department of Food Science, Dr. Leon Boyd is conducting research on blueberries that may hold promise of producing juice products that are rich sources of antioxidants and that would extend the marketing possibilities for the fruit. In the Crop Science Department, Dr. Godfrey Nalyanya is leading education efforts to encourage more public schools to use integrated pest management as a means to control pests with minimal use of pesticides. In the Family and Consumer Sciences Department, Dr. Wayne Matthews and a team have developed Workable Wellness, a program that sends extension agents to workplaces to help employees there address issues of personal wellness.

In western North Carolina, grants from the Tobacco Trust Fund Commission have helped fund farmers' crop diversification and agricultural tourism projects. The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service administers the funds, and Extension personnel and College alumni are among those involved in diversification projects.

The details follow in these pages. Whether your interests lie in production agriculture or the life sciences; in student opportunities, faculty accomplishments, alumni programs or advancement efforts, we hope your reading of this issue will enhance your knowledge of and your pride in the College.


Johnny Wynne
Interim Dean, College of
Agriculture and Life Sciences