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Apr 5, 2022

Building Dedication Marks Milestone for N.C. Plant Sciences Initiative

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will dedicate the NC State University Plant Sciences Building on Tuesday, April 12, 2022, at 11 a.m. The event is free to attend, and the public is invited to join state officials, university leaders, donors and friends to celebrate this exciting milestone for the N.C. Plant Sciences Initiative. 

Dr. Jean Ristaino stands next to a potato plot in the backyard of Down House, Charles Darwin's home.

Mar 29, 2022

Plant Science Pioneer Fights Late Blight of the Past and Future

Jean Ristaino has made history by tracking late blight’s origins, and she is making history again by fighting future late blight outbreaks as a scientist with the N.C. Plant Sciences Initiative. 

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Oct 8, 2021

A Chance to Match Your Excitement for N.C. PSI

CALS has received a very special set of gifts that enables us to match the gifts of donors who name a space in the NC State University Plant Sciences Building. Time is limited, so please contact us with your interest as soon as possible. 

Incoming N.C. PSI Director Adrian Percy

Sep 8, 2021

Globally Recognized Agricultural Leader to Become First N.C. PSI Director

Respected research and development leader Adrian Percy will become the first executive director of the North Carolina Plant Sciences Initiative. 

Drones and other devices have the capacity to collect immense amounts of data.

Jun 4, 2021

Bridging the Big Data Divide

The new and innovative Ag Data Science Certificate course is training students to meet the high demand for data science expertise in agriculture. 

The new NC State Plant Sciences Building, scheduled for completion in early 2022.

May 28, 2021

Pushing the Energy Efficiency Envelope

The NC State Plant Sciences Building, North Carolina’s new hub for next-generation research in the plant sciences, is now a nationally recognized hub for energy efficiency. 

Ross Sozzani headshot

Feb 8, 2021

PSI Profile: Ross Sozzani, Platform Director for Plant Improvement

The plant improvement platform director for the North Carolina Plant Sciences Initiative shares her vision: collaboration, innovative crop technologies and students ready for the workforce. 

A man wearing a white hard hat at the construction site of the new N.C. PSI building.

Jan 18, 2021

PSI Profile: Geoff Bock, Interim Director of Operations

One of the first people tapped with turning the N.C. Plant Sciences Initiative vision into a reality was CALS alumnus Geoff Bock. Hired in 2016 as the project manager, Bock now also serves as the interim director of operations. 

Cranos Williams in front of Hunt Library

Nov 18, 2020

PSI Profile: Cranos Williams, Platform Director for Data-Driven Plant Sciences

Cranos Williams, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been named the director of the Data-Driven Plant Sciences platform for the North Carolina Plant Sciences Initiative. 

Hannah Burrack in front of a corn field.

Oct 21, 2020

PSI Profile: Hannah Burrack, Director of Education and Outreach

Hannah Burrack, a professor and Extension specialist in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, was recently appointed the Director of Education and Outreach for the N.C. Plant Sciences Initiative.