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North Carolina 4-H gets students charged up about bioenergy

Wilson County middle-schoolers follow the 4-H curriculum in conducting hands-on experiments on biofuel sources.

Interest in bioenergy has soared as concerns about petroleum’s limited resources and its environmental impact have risen. But what exactly is bioenergy, and what does it mean for America today and in the future? With its latest science-based curriculum, North Carolina 4-H is helping middle-school students answer these and other timely questions.

Rising phoenix is professor’s swan song

A vibrant phoenix, the latest bamboo sculpture created by students in CALS’ horticultural science landscape design studio, soars in front of the new home of the Gregg Museum of Art & Design at N.C. State University.

As Professor Will Hooker, of horticultural science, prepared to retire, he led his students in one more experience of designing and building. They crafted an appropriately avian-themed sculpture as the swan song project under Hooker’s direction.

Scenes from CALS Tailgate 2013

Fabulous food was just one feature of a successful CALS Tailgate.

Fabulous food. N.C. State ice cream. Face painting. The (food) science of beer-making. These were all part of the howling good time enjoyed by alumni, faculty, students and friends at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ annual tailgate, Aug. 31.

CALS came to the fair

Giant produce

A showcase of College of Agriculture and Life Sciences programs was on view at the 2013 North Carolina State Fair. Prominent in the fair’s Agriculture Today tent was a CALS exhibit focused on accessibility in agriculture, with displays from the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Research Shop, the North Carolina AgrAbility Partnership and Extension therapeutic horticulture programs.

Bruneau Golf Tournament sponsor gives back to turfgrass program

Teamed as a foursome at the tournament are (from left) Art Bruneau, Ken Heltemes, Paul Brooks and John Roberts.

When Ken Heltemes moved to Raleigh from Ohio in 1987 to start a new Barefoot Grass Lawn Service franchise, he didn’t know much about turfgrass. That changed when he crossed paths with Dr. Art Bruneau, namesake for an annual golf tournament that raises funds for CALS’ turfgrass program.

2013-2014 CALS Distinguished Alumni, Outstanding Alumni honored

Dr. E. Carroll Joyner stands next to a display honoring his and Dr. Ram Badan Singh’s selection as CALS Distinguished Alumni.

Dr. E. Carroll Joyner stands next to a display honoring his and Dr. Ram Badan Singh’s selection as CALS Distinguished Alumni.

Paving the way: CALS alumna Margaret Carter

Carter was one of the first women to earn a degree from CALS.

Hanging among the family photos and memorabilia that line the front hallway of Margaret Carter’s home is a framed letter from late N.C. Agriculture Commissioner Jim Graham, thanking Carter for her many years of service. The letter serves as a testament to her career, but it’s Graham’s handwritten note at the page’s bottom, signed “your friend,” that speaks volumes.

Duong, Green and FBNS alumni create Gharst Food Science Leadership Award Endowment

Duong, Gharst and Green enjoy a reunion near the N.C. State campus.

At the heart of the Duong, Green and Gharst Food Science Leadership Award Endowment is this simple principle: Being successful in college is about more than just making good grades. The leadership award, which recently attained endowment status, was established in 2009 by Drs. Tri Duong, Greg Gharst and Rodney Green — all alumni of [...]

Ada Dalla Pozza, groundbreaking Cooperative Extension educator, dies at 91

Ada Dalla Pozza was a pioneering Cooperative Extension agent, faculty member, administrator, mentor and volunteer for seven decades. In this 2011 photo, she celebrates the launch of the Extension & Community Association Foundation.

A pioneering educator who devoted decades to improving the lives of North Carolinians, especially its women and children, passed away Jan. 31 at the age of 91. Ada Braswell Dalla Pozza of Cary served North Carolina Cooperative Extension at N.C. State University for more than 70 years as an agent, faculty member, mentor and volunteer.

100 Days, 100 Tweets from Cooperative Extension

100 Tweets, 100 Days

As Cooperative Extension approaches the centennial of the Smith-Lever Act signing on May 8, 1914, Extension professionals and their clients nationwide are using social media to share their insights into the organization’s history and its impact.

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