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August 2020

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Aug 31, 2020

A New IDEA:

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented researchers with a host of new challenges. For researchers in NC State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, one way of overcoming those challenges was to expand their research into the computational arena. This April, while research in the lab and the field was largely paused in order to reduce the… 

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Aug 31, 2020

A New IDEA: Pairing Trainees with Computational Experts During the Pandemic

This spring in the midst of a pandemic, a committee of CALS faculty members matched graduate students and postdocs with data they needed to analyze or model computationally to computational experts with the necessary expertise. Learn more about how the collaboration is going for three trainees. 

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Aug 28, 2020

New Grants Support Microbiome and Resiliency Studies

Christine Hawkes and Kevin Garcia recently received separate federal grants to study plant and soil microbiomes to understand how the soil captures carbon and how symbiotic root fungi help legumes get potassium. This research will improve the resiliency of agriculture. 

Foreground: grassland with native flowers. Background: three metal and tarp structures with dark clouds overhead.

Aug 28, 2020

New Grants Support Microbiome and Resiliency Studies

Two CALS researchers recently received grants from federal agencies to continue their work studying the communities of microorganisms that live on, in and near plants, also known as the plant microbiome. Christine Hawkes, a professor in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, is co-investigator on a three-year, $1.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation… 

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Aug 28, 2020

Student Awarded AKC Humane Fund Scholarship

The class of 2024’s Safari Richardson is one of just five veterinary students nationwide to receive the honor. 

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Aug 27, 2020

Allen Named CALS’ Associate Director of Academic Programs

The youth, family and community sciences professor will coordinate student success programs, lead graduate programs and manage distance education, summer school and non-credit course programs. 

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Aug 26, 2020

Curtis Appointed to USDA Food Safety Advisory Committee

Patricia Curtis, professor and department head of the Prestage Department of Poultry Science with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, will provide years of knowledgeable expertise and experience in a new appointment with the USDA. 

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Aug 26, 2020

Climate Change, Crop Yields and Risk Management for Farmers

Helping farmers adjust to how climate change is affecting crop yield. 

Aug 25, 2020

Community Gardens: To Plant Is To Believe (Example)

At a garden on a former North Carolina plantation, refugees from Myanmar are reconnecting with their agrarian roots, producing the kinds of Asian vegetables that they and their ancestors grew before a long civil war caused them to flee. Download file | Download transcript (PDF) |  RSS feed | Subscribe on Apple Podcasts |14m:31s Want to learn more about community gardens? Dig… 

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Aug 25, 2020

Community Gardens: To Plant Is To Believe

Community gardens can give people who don’t have land the chance to grow healthy food while connecting with others. At a garden on a former North Carolina plantation, refugees from Myanmar are reconnecting with their agrarian roots.