Stories From 2015

Nov 18, 2015

First NC State Phytotron director passes away

Dr. Robert “Jack” Downs — who helped design NC State University’s Southeastern Plant Environmental Laboratory, or Phytotron, and served as its director for many years — has died.

Nov 16, 2015

Crystal clear

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences research related to water spans the basic to the applied. Here, Dr. Flora Meilleur of the Department of Molecular and Structural Biochemistry discusses her fundamental research using crystallography to better understand the three-dimensional arrangement of atoms in enzymes and what that could mean for water conservation.

Nov 16, 2015

Gas prices and home prices

One of the things that makes economics interesting is that surprising connections can be found. A recent study, for example, identified a link between gas prices and home prices. NC State University economist Mike Walden explains.

Nov 9, 2015

Amazing grazing

Grasslands cover a large area of the world's surface, and overgrazing can contribute to runoff. But with new technology, cattle farmers use fences to improve water management on their farms and water quality in nearby streams. Hear what College of Agriculture and Life Sciences animal scientist Dr. Matt Poore had to say on the topic at the college's recent Stewards of the Future: Water for a Growing World conference.

Nov 9, 2015

The gig economy

One of the latest terms being used to describe economics and business is the "gig" economy. Is that anything like booking bands for performances? NC State University economist Mike Walden answers.

Nov 6, 2015

You Decide: Can Efficiency Save Our Natural Resources?

Mike Walden considers how we could go about meeting the water and fuel needs of our future larger population – and the value of resource efficiency improvements in stretching what we have to accommodate more people.

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.

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.