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Month: September 2016

Sep 30, 2016

Lupin Blooms!

The stinky flower bloomed and it only took 13 years!  Brandon Huber, a horticultural science master’s student, was thrilled to see and smell his Amorphophallus titanum bloom recently. Known commonly as a corpse flower, the bloom created quite a stink. Many spectators came for the smell alone, but the titum arum is also known for… 

Dr. Brian Whipker in a plant nursery.

Sep 30, 2016

Whipker Wins National Award

An NC State University professor who's an internationally acclaimed expert in the fields of plant growth regulators and plant nutrition recently won the Society of American Florists' Alex Laurie Award. 

NC State Extension co-PIs on CDC obesity grant

Sep 26, 2016

NC State Wins $1.5 Million CDC Grant to Combat Obesity

Efforts to combat obesity in eastern North Carolina just got a big boost, thanks to a new $1.5 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Photo of waterfall flowing over moss-covered rocks

Sep 22, 2016

NC State to Study Economic Value of Improving Water Quality

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced this week that NC State University is one of six universities awarded a total of $4.8 million in funding to work with local communities to better understand the economic value of water quality. 

worker scoops Howling Cow ice cream

Sep 20, 2016

Get the Scoop! New Howling Cow Flavor to Debut at N.C. State Fair

Does it have chocolate? Is it fruit-based? Crunchy? Swirly? Get a sneak peek of Howling Cow’s new ice cream flavor, created exclusively for the N.C. State Fair! 

wheat field under a blue sky

Sep 20, 2016

Scientist Honored for Work in Pakistan

For their work on a five-year project to enhance Pakistan’s wheat productivity, Marshall and others in the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and Foreign Agricultural Service received the 2016 Abraham Lincoln Honor Award in global food security. 

Brandon Huber works with corpse flower

Sep 20, 2016

Plant Prepares to Put Up a Big Stink at NC State University

Scientists at NC State University are closely watching a tropical plant this week as it prepares to bloom, sending out not just a big flower – one of the largest in the plant kingdom – but a big stink, as well. The rare titan arum (Amorphophallus titanum) is also known as the corpse flower because it can smell like rotting flesh. 

Tommy Carter, smiling, in a campus greenhouse.

Sep 19, 2016

Carter Leads Collaboration for High-Yielding, Drought-Resistant Soybeans

Only a day of rain could bring Dr. Tommy Carter in from the research fields to his greenhouse on NC State University’s campus. This persevering dedication is largely responsible for his success in the research partnership that has resulted in the first drought-resistant soybean cultivar. 

Student riding a horse in an equestrian competition

Sep 19, 2016

Student Spotlight: Shelby Lanier Pioneers International Relationships

A former race horse named Floyd and a spring break trip to England transformed senior Shelby Lanier’s thinking into doing. A Thomas Jefferson Scholar pursuing a dual degree in animal science and history, Lanier says anything is possible through hard work. 

Close-up of a stink bug.

Sep 15, 2016

Project Promises New, Sustainable Tools for Fight Against Stink Bug

U.S. specialty crop growers will benefit from a new $3.7 million grant won by NC State University to find sustainable control options for the invasive brown marmorated stink bug.