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February 2018

Head and shoulder image of Chris Gunter in his Kilgore Hall office.

Feb 27, 2018

Faculty Focus: Gunter Gears Up for Yet Another Challenge

Chris Gunter talks about his unique role as an extension vegetable production specialist, researcher, teacher and, soon, administrator with NC State’s Department of Horticultural Science. 

Photo of charcuterie

Feb 26, 2018

NC State Charcuterie School Teaches Art, Science of Cured Meats

NC State Extension Meat Specialist (and connoisseur of cured meats) Dr. Dana Hanson and his team offer a unique course on how to make tasty -- and safe -- charcuterie. 

NC State belltower on a sunny day

Feb 23, 2018

2018 Economic Outlook: A Shift to a Higher Gear?

In the latest issue of the NC State Economist, Mike Walden highlights why 2018 should be a year of further economic growth for North Carolina, but beneath the generally positive statewide picture, lingering economic disparities are yet to be closed. 

NC State belltower on a sunny day

Feb 23, 2018

Electricity Generation in North Carolina: Explaining the Trends

Total electricity generation has remained flat in the U.S., but the way we as a nation generate electricity has changed dramatically. In this issue of The NC State Economist, Harrison Fell, Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, discusses the market forces and policies that are driving the rapid changes in electricity generation and how that may affect North Carolina’s energy future. 

Bee on yellow flower

Feb 23, 2018

Flowers Aren’t Enough: How Urban Heat Affects Bee Populations

Simply adding flowers to otherwise hot sites with lots of impervious surface cover is unlikely to restore pollinator communities, says CALS Entomologist Steve Frank. In NC State's science blog, the Abstract, Frank describes recent research in and around Raleigh that shows urban heat is a factor. 

Student surrounded by tropical plants

Feb 23, 2018

Student Spotlight: Hooked on Horticulture

David Denton’s quest to become a plant scientist started, humbly enough, with curiosity over backyard weeds. Now, the NC State senior in horticultural science is well on his way to a plant breeding career. 

red flower growing near water

Feb 22, 2018

‘Demographic Compensation’ May Not Save Plants Facing Climate Change

An in-depth look at how plants respond to climate change shows mixed results for the phenomenon of “demographic compensation” as a way for plants to avoid severe population declines. 

NC State Biochemistry Department Head Melanie Simpson

Feb 21, 2018

Faculty Focus: Cancer Researcher Aims to Alleviate Suffering

Melanie Simpson, head of the Department of Molecular and Structural Biochemistry, is internationally recognized for her research on mechanisms of prostate cancer progression and metastasis. But it’s her determination and passion for her work that continue to move her research forward. 

Group shot between two MyPI posters.

Feb 20, 2018

CALS Professor Leads Statewide Youth Disaster Preparedness Initiative

The first NC delegation of trainers for MyPI, a program that prepares youth to become safety leaders in their homes and communities, completed training at NC State last week. 

Student standing by a large tree-like plant.

Feb 19, 2018

Wait a Minute: Is That a Tree?

Remember Lupin, the corpse flower that put up a big stink at NC State University’s plant conservatory about a year and a half ago? Well, he’s changed -- big time.