Archive for the ‘Media Releases’ Category

CALS experience expands horizons for aspiring medical researcher

Odell Isaacs

As he pursues his dream of helping stop the AIDS epidemic that killed one of his young cousins, New Orleans native Odell Isaac intends to see as much of the world as he can. Twice, his journey has landed him at N.C. State University, where he’s had the chance to meet with some of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ leading scientists and to spend 10 weeks conducting complicated genetic research with one of them.

Scientist searches for plants that help human health


From Bhutan’s rugged Himalayas to Ecuador’s cloud forest to Alaska’s frozen tundra, Dr. Mary Ann Lila searches high and low for what could be called pharmaceutical plants — and not the brick-and-mortar kind that make medicines. She seeks the leafy kind, full of chemical compounds that can stave off human disease, promote endurance and strength, improve metabolism and erase signs of aging.

Economists find that tax could cut consumption of sugared drinks

Michael Wohlgenant

Americans would buy fewer sugared drinks if a tax drove up the price, says N.C. State’s Dr. Michael Wohlgenant.

Biologist sheds light on geography of human diseases

Dr. Rob Dunn

A recent study examining the geography of human disease, led by N.C. State University’s Dr. Rob Dunn alongside an international team of biologists and social scientists, shows that one can predict the number of kinds of pathogens in a region just by knowing its climate or the number of birds and mammals found there.

Altered virus could become vaccine

Drs. Raquel Hernandez and Dennis Brown

What Dr. Dennis Brown and Dr. Raquel Hernandez, a husband-and-wife research team in the Department of Molecular and Structural Biochemistry, are learning about a virus called Sindbis could lead to vaccines for a range of diseases.

Daubert is interim head of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences

Dr. Christopher Daubert has been named interim head of the Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Turfgrass is topic of field day


A Turfgrass Field Day at which experts from North Carolina State University will discuss the latest research on growing and maintaining turf for residential lawns, golf courses and athletic fields will be held Wednesday, Aug. 11, at the Sandhills Research Station in Jackson Springs.

You Decide: Are we still competitive?

Dr. Michael Walden is William Neal Reynolds professor of agricultural and resource economics at N.C. State University.

To many, the recession of the last two years is a symptom of a larger economic problem in the nation — that we just can’t compete anymore. Economist Mike Walden comments on that viewpoint in his latest You Decide column.

Fred Webb honored with creation of scholarship endowment

The family of the late J. Fred Webb Jr., a well-known Greenville businessman, has established an endowment at North Carolina State University that will provide scholarships for students who are studying in a traditional agricultural department in N.C. State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Bilderback named J.C. Raulston Arboretum director

Dr. Ted Bilderback, a professor of horticultural science at North Carolina State University, has been named director of the university’s J.C. Raulston Arboretum. He has served as interim director since 2009.

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