Stories From Jun 2015

Jun 16, 2015

Bacterial genome scalpel can identify key gene regions

In a study that twists nature’s arm to gain clues into the varied functions of the bacterial genome, North Carolina State University researchers utilize a precision scalpel to excise target genomic regions that are expendable.

Jun 15, 2015

Will the dollar keep its clout?

The world has changed dramatically in recent decades. In particular, the U.S. economy is not as dominant as it once was. Some say this may eventually mean the U.S. dollar will lose its elevated position in world finance. NC State University economist Mike Walden considers whether such a change is inevitable.

Jun 12, 2015

Walter A. Skroch Inducted into Western N.C. Agricultural Hall of Fame

As professor of Horticultural Science, Skroch developed management programs that have saved millions of tons of soil, reduced vegetation management costs, reduced pesticide use, increased wildlife habitat and increased species biodiversity throughout North Carolina and beyond.

Jun 9, 2015

SAVE THE DATE: ‘Stewards of the Future’ to focus on water

Stewards of the Future: Water for a Growing World, hosted by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, will provide international, national and state level perspectives on issues of water quantity and quality. Participants will explore how North Carolina and its global partners can provide leadership toward the goal of ensuring water resiliency for North Carolina and a growing world.

Jun 8, 2015

Funding supports digitization of transformative Extension documents

The North Carolina State University Libraries has been awarded a $98,997 grant to support the digitization project “Better Living in North Carolina: Bringing Science and Technology to the People,” a collaboration with North Carolina A&T State University’s F. D. Bluford Library.

Jun 7, 2015

Productivity disappointment

One of the many economic statistics released regularly is one on labor productivity. NC State University economist Mike Walden pays attention to this number and hasn't been happy with it recently. What's wrong?

Jun 5, 2015

CALS student heads to El Salvador

Helping poor farmers in Latin America develop effective soil management strategies is the goal of CALS crop science student Angel Cruz, who will be working this summer, courtesy of a Fulbright Fellowship and a Borlaug Fellowship, in El Salvador.

Jun 5, 2015

You Decide: Why Are We Eating-Out More?

A milestone in our collective personal spending was set this year: For the first time, Americans spent more on eating-out than on eating-in. Mike Walden discusses the socio-economic changes that brought this about.

Jun 5, 2015

Extension Master Gardeners blaze virtual trail with radio show

The first radio show in the nation to be produced solely by Cooperative Extension Master Gardener volunteers celebrates its one-year anniversary this month. The show, also available online, is produced by Durham County Master Gardeners.

Jun 3, 2015

Beef cattle field day set for Mountain Research Station

North Carolina’s annual Beef Cattle Field Day takes place July 18 at the Mountain Research Station in Waynesville. The event, designed for cattle producers and those interested in cattle production, will feature research-based educational sessions focusing on forage management, reproduction and nutrition.