life sciences

Jul 31, 2010

Biologist sheds light on geography of human diseases

A recent study examining the geography of human disease, led by N.C. State University's Dr. Rob Dunn alongside an international team of biologists and social scientists, shows that one can predict the number of kinds of pathogens in a region just by knowing its climate or the number of birds and mammals found there.

Jul 15, 2010

Microbiologist traces contaminants in soil, water and food

What’s causing health-harming pollution isn’t always readily apparent. Finding a fecal contaminant in a river, for example, doesn’t tell you if you have a problem with your city wastewater treatment system, septic tanks, animal agriculture or wildlife. That’s why soil […]

Jul 31, 2010

CALS experience expands horizons for aspiring medical researcher

As he pursues his dream of helping stop the AIDS epidemic that killed one of his young cousins, New Orleans native Odell Isaac intends to see as much of the world as he can. Twice, his journey has landed him at N.C. State University, where he’s had the chance to meet with some of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ leading scientists and to spend 10 weeks conducting complicated genetic research with one of them.

Sep 2, 2010

College Profile: Rob Dunn

For Dr. Rob Dunn, the world remains a captivating place full of surprises. “Mystery,” the N.C. State University biologist likes to say, “still lurks around ordinary corners.” Exploring those corners through research and writing is perhaps what Dunn does best. An assistant professor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Dunn is by training an ant scientist who investigates, as he puts it, “small, strange and sometimes obscure interactions in the living world — but interactions that matter in some bigger way.”

Aug 12, 2010

Teachers work to make research real for students

Two Kannapolis teachers hoping to connect their students with real-world science at its best are spending their summer break at the N.C. Research Campus. Since the spring, they've been picking blackberries and raspberries at the Piedmont Research Station in Salisbury, assisting with a national study on watermelon health benefits, and learning in state-of-the-art labs with a horticultural science researcher.

Oct 1, 2010

Major research grant will help military combat infections

A new $1.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense will allow North Carolina State University researchers to further test the effectiveness of molecules that have shown great promise in combating antibiotic-resistant infections. The project will show the efficacy of molecules created by Drs. Christian Melander and John Cavanagh against different types of animal cells infected with bacteria –- like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), multi-drug resistant Acinetobacter baumannii (MDRAB) and Pseudomonas aeruginosa –- that wreak havoc across the globe.

Oct 6, 2010

In plants, small changes make big impact

You can’t see them or feel them, but right now countless biochemical interactions in your body affect your life in countless ways. Dr. Steven Clouse studies these kinds of biochemical interactions, and the mechanisms behind them, in plants.

Feb 3, 2011

Eaglecam eyes eagles

Two bald eagles are raising two chicks in a nest above Jordan Lake near Raleigh under the watchful eye of a webcam.

Mar 30, 2011

Guadalupe Arce-Jiminez: CALS scholar and activist

Freshman biological sciences major Guadalupe Arce-Jiminez, originally from Mexico, is among CALS' first class of Dale and Genia Bone Scholars. The scholarship goes to selected farmworkers or their dependents.

Apr 14, 2011

CALS students launch Life Sciences Awareness Day

On April 13, groups of College of Agriculture and Life Sciences students gathered to offer fact-filled presentations about their various life sciences curricula, in displays set up on the N.C. State University Brickyard.