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Author: Emma Macek

Graduate student Emily Nastase holding a sparrow in the field

Nov 27, 2023

CALS Graduate Student Studies Tiny Bird Species

Emily Nastase, a doctoral student in the Department of Applied Ecology, is uncovering the secret life of Henslow’s Sparrows, a rare, grassland species that only visits two locations in North Carolina every summer. 

McKenzie at the Dance of the Harvest Moon Powwow

Nov 14, 2023

CALS Student Grows Native American Unity and Community on Campus

In honor of Native American Heritage Month, meet McKenzie Cummings, a CALS senior and member of the Lumbee Tribe who has helped grow Native American communities at NC State. 

cals magazine cover against a wooded background

Nov 1, 2023

Adventure Awaits in the Fall Issue of CALS Magazine

Take a peek inside the new issue of CALS Magazine to see the CALS community at work, from providing expertise on agritourism ventures to graduates finding — and even creating — their dream jobs. 

Micaela Robson wearing a white lab coat looking into a microscope

Oct 27, 2023

Bacteria Could Help Build Structures in Space

CALS graduate student Micaela Robson is studying how to use bacteria to create “bio-bricks” in Outer Space as a research fellow with the NC Space Grant. 

a tarantula in an enclosure

Oct 19, 2023

Insect Ambassadors

Entomology graduate students at NC State teach the public about bugs and improve their science communication skills at outreach events. 

light pink, dark pink and orange flowers

Oct 10, 2023

Going for the Gold

After 12 months of preparation, CALS alumnus Kole Andrews hopes his flowers win big again this year at the North Carolina State Fair. 

Debbie Hamrick taking a selfie in a field of flowers

Oct 4, 2023

A Plant-Filled Career: Debbie Hamrick Honored as CALS Distinguished Alumna

From magazine publishing to the North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation, Debbie Hamrick has enjoyed an impactful career in horticulture. 

a camera trap picture of a black bear

Sep 26, 2023

Black Bear Project is a Roaring Success

The Coastal Black Bear Project is studying black bears in eastern North Carolina and providing students with hands-on research experience. 

Cole Smith in a field holding an irrigation tube

Sep 6, 2023

Field Tested

CALS alumnus Cole Smith brings pest management research to fields across the state as part of his role with the IR-4 Project. 

Four FBNS faculty and staff holding a new seafood product

Aug 23, 2023

Locals Seafood Partners with CALS Class on New Product Launch

After trusting NC State Extension’s seafood safety expertise for years, an alumni-owned company was excited to collaborate with Clint Stevenson and his graduate students on a food safety plan for their new frozen meal.