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April 2013

Apr 30, 2013

Who has less debt?

The recession forced many households to cut down on their debt. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden considers how successful this effort has been and who has been most successful. 

Apr 29, 2013

Climate center names 2013-14 Global Change Fellows

Seven N.C. State University graduate students, including one from the College of Agriculture and Life Science have been named Global Change Fellows for 2013-14 by the SE Climate Science Center, based in CALS. 

Apr 29, 2013

Do bans on texting while driving work?

Smartphones help us in many ways, but like many things, they also can be used in ways that can create problems. One of these ways is to text while driving. Many states, including North Carolina, now have bans on this activity. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden considers whether these bans have been successful. 

Apr 26, 2013

Good news on pollution

Data show that since 2008 air pollution linked to carbon emissions has been on the decline and are now at 1995 levels. This is good news for concerns about global warming. What’s behind this trend? And will it continue? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden responds. 

Apr 25, 2013

Pardue named to lead CALS academic programs

Dr. Sam Pardue has been named associate dean and director of academic programs for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, effective May 1. Pardue, former head of the Prestage Department of Poultry Science, has been serving as the interim director of academic programs in CALS since July 1, 2012. 

Apr 25, 2013

Explaining the housing bubble

The tremendous run-up in housing prices from 1997 to 2006, which ultimately led to the housing crash, has been blamed on many things: Lenders, rating agencies, insurers, government burocracy and cheap money providers have all had fingers pointed at them as causing the housing bubble. Do we know who is to blame? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden answers. 

Apr 25, 2013

Seymour: Preserve forests in the name of food security

Preserving international forests, providing food security and addressing issues of global climate change will require a coordinated effort, Frances Seymour told an audience at N.C. State University for the 2013 Borlaug Lecture. 

Apr 24, 2013

New Cabarrus Extension director named

Robert “Robbie” Furr, director of North Carolina Cooperative Extension programs in Mecklenburg County since 2009, has been named to direct the Extension program in Cabarrus County. 

Apr 24, 2013

YOU DECIDE: How should North Carolina fund roads?

Gas taxes are used to pay for road construction and maintenance in most states, but there are cracks appearing in the system. Mike Walden discusses possible alternatives. 

Apr 24, 2013

Military youth honored at Wolfpack baseball game

As N.C. State University’s baseball team took to the field against Virginia Tech in early April, military youth and their families -- representing all branches of North Carolina’s military -- were on hand to participate in the fourth annual Military Appreciation Day Baseball Game. April is Month of the Military Child.