Stories From May 2011

May 12, 2011

The man-cession

'Man-cession' is a play on the words man and recession, because this recession has apparently hurt men much more than women. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden gives some statistics and then the reasons why.

May 11, 2011

Two CALS Extension faculty honored for their programs

Two College of Agriculture and Life Science faculty members, Dr. M. Cassandra Wiggins and Dr. Richard McLaughlin, were among nine faculty and professionals from N.C. State University recently inducted into the university’s Academy of Outstanding Faculty Engaged in Extension.

May 11, 2011

Commercial real estate comes back

After the residential real estate market crashed a couple of years ago, many were worried about the other real estate shoe dropping. That is, there was concern that the commercial real estate market would also plunge. But things are much better now with this important part of our economy, says N.C. State University economist Mike Walden.

May 10, 2011

Caitlin Lowe: Off to great places

When Caitlin Lowe came to N.C. State University four years ago, she never imagined the places she’d go or how those travels would influence her future. But now, with her head full of brains and her shoes full of feet, as Dr. Seuss would put it, the graduating senior is off to graduate school with the determination to make a difference when it comes to agricultural policy and international development.

May 10, 2011

The surging South

One economist recently said that people equal power when it comes to business and commerce. When we look at how different regions of the country have changed in population during recent decades, what does this say about the economic clout of those regions? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden weighs in.

May 9, 2011

JC Raulston Arboretum presents 'Superhero Plants' program for kids

It’s a tree! It’s a shrub! It’s a superhero plant! It's the JC Raulston Arboretum’s “Superhero Plants: Protectors of Clean Water” program for children.

May 9, 2011

CALS lab is learning experience, but . . .

Credit Dr. Julie Grossman with creating a degree of uncertainty in Malik Oliver’s plans for the future, of adding the word “but” to the high school senior’s vocabulary.

May 9, 2011

Is inflation really 10 percent?

There’s a new study that suggests the main inflation gauge, the consumer price index, is understating the real inflation rate by showing a 5 or 6 percent annual rate. This study says the real annual inflation rate is near 10 percent. Is the report correct? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds.

May 6, 2011

How will we cope with gas prices

We’re already beginning to see consumers change their behaviors in response to high gas prices. Mainly, says N.C. State University economist Mike Walden, our major strategy is to buy less.

May 5, 2011

The problem with North Carolina . . . and turfgrass

North Carolina is not the best place in the world to establish a luxuriant lawn, or to cover a football field or golf course with turf, and therein lies Dr. Susana Milla-Lewis’ challenge.