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New CALS scholarship honors Richard Canady and his love for family, friends and agriculture

David and Jean Canady, parents of Richard Canady, and his brother, Andrew, sign into creation a scholarship endowment in memory of Richard. Behind them are (from left) Dr. Jon Brandt, ARE Department head; Dr. Johnny Wynne, CALS dean; and Dr. Ken Esbenshade, CALS Academic Programs director.

It’s not typical that an endowment signing draws a standing-room-only crowd, but when word went out that a scholarship was being created in memory of Richard Canady, 2002 graduate of N.C. State University, nearly three score family, friends and colleagues made a point to be there Oct. 1 for the creation of the David “Richard” Canady Scholarship Endowment.

Floriculture researchers test pink poinsettias

Pink poinsettias being tested by NCSU

The late Kay Yow, N.C. State University women’s basketball coach who died in 2009, forever linked N.C. State with breast cancer awareness through her annual Hoops for Hope women’s basketball game. During Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, N.C. State’s floriculture program has unveiled a new symbol of the fight against breast cancer – pink poinsettias.

DeGruy and Pingali honored as CALS Distinguished Alumni

Michael V. deGruy and Dr. Prabhu L. Pingali

A world-renowned underwater cinematographer and an international leader in agricultural economics are the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Distinguished Alumni for 2010-2011. Michael V. deGruy and Dr. Prabhu L. Pingali have received the award for their outstanding career achievements.

Students featured on YouTube


“Student Perspectives” — stories from some of the best students from N.C. State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences — are now available on YouTube at

Chancellor Woodson, meet CALS

picture of Chancellor Randy Woodson meeting with College of Agriculture and Life Sciences faculty.

North Carolina State University Chancellor Randy Woodson is getting acquainted with North Carolina (the state) and N.C. State (the university). On Aug. 27, he visited the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

In plants, small changes make big impact

Arabidopsis plants of different sizes.

You can’t see them or feel them, but right now countless biochemical interactions in your body affect your life in countless ways. Dr. Steven Clouse studies these kinds of biochemical interactions, and the mechanisms behind them, in plants.

Anastas believes science, technology offer ‘green’ solutions

Dr. Paul Anastas

Today, most people have biochemical substances in their systems that weren’t even known before 1945, Dr. Paul Anastas of the Environmental Protection Agency told an audience at N.C. State University during the fifth Borlaug Lecture held Oct. 4. Known as the “Father of Green Chemistry,” Anastas told the audience that innovation is required to help society reduce its dependence on products and processes that rely on toxic substances.

College honors its 2010-2011 Outstanding Alumni

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at N.C. State University recently held its annual Alumni Awards reception, recognizing 14 graduates as Outstanding Alumni and two as Outstanding Young Alumni.

YOU DECIDE: Is the recession really over?

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

How can the recession be over when the unemployment rate is over 9 percent and 15 million people nationwide — including 430,000 here in North Carolina — are unemployed? Mike Walden explains.

Major research grant will help military combat infections

John Cavanagh and Christian Melander

A new $1.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense will allow North Carolina State University researchers to further test the effectiveness of molecules that have shown great promise in combating antibiotic-resistant infections. The project will show the efficacy of molecules created by Drs. Christian Melander and John Cavanagh against different types of animal cells infected with bacteria –- like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), multi-drug resistant Acinetobacter baumannii (MDRAB) and Pseudomonas aeruginosa –- that wreak havoc across the globe.

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