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November 2015

Nov 4, 2015

Urban environments boost pathogen pressure on honey bees

Urban environments increase pathogen abundance in honey bees and reduce honey bee survival, according to a recently published report on NC State University research. The finding raises significant questions as urban areas continue to grow at the expense of rural environments and as urban beekeeping becomes more popular. 

Nov 2, 2015

Scientists evaluate food safety practices to help support nonprofit food pantries

Researchers from NC State and UNC-Chapel Hill have done an in-depth analysis of food safety at nonprofit food pantries that distribute food directly to people in need. While the work has identified shortcomings at many such pantries, the goal was to identify how food safety experts can help these pantries best meet the needs of their clients. 

Brandon Glover with Clydesdales

Nov 2, 2015

Giant opportunity

Each year during the Super Bowl, the competition on the field is matched closely by the competition among advertisers to create the most original and impressive commercials. And usually the most heart-warming (or tear-inducing) are those commercials featuring the Budweiser Clydesdales. Last summer, NC State University student Bradley Glover essentially got to inhabit that soft-glow pastoral world of the gentle giants in the ads. 

Nov 2, 2015

Reforming Medicaid

Medicaid is the joint federal-state program to help pay the medical expenses of limited-income households. It takes about 17 percent of North Carolina's general fund budget and has been one of the fastest-growing programs in recent decades. Many groups have talked about restructuring Medicaid. NC State University economist Mike Walden explains the options.