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Luke Gatiboni at the Tidewater Research Station

Sep 18, 2021

STEPping Up Phosphorus Research

NC State Soil Fertility Specialist Luke Gatiboni took over a longtime study that relied on traditional research technologies and methods. But as of last week, that work is set to get amplified at nearly every level. 

Richard and Marcia Reich

Sep 14, 2021

Deeply Rooted

From an early age, the concept of extension struck a chord with Richard Reich, especially after his father passed away at an early age. Now Reich and his wife, Marcia, honor their fathers - and NC State Extension - by supporting the N.C. Plant Sciences Initiative. 

A portrait of Jacob Jones, Jacob Jones, director of the STEPS Center and professor of materials science and engineering at NC State

Sep 9, 2021

New NSF Center Will Advance Phosphorus Sustainability

A new interdisciplinary center will advance ambitious goals to reduce phosphorus dependence — with the support of a five-year, $25 million grant. 

Sep 8, 2021

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

Adrian Percy, respected agricultural R&D leader, is set to become the first executive director of the North Carolina Plant Sciences Initiative. Percy says he was drawn to N.C. PSI for its strong potential to positively impact agriculture and society. 

Allen James

Sep 4, 2021

‘We Can All Do Our Part’

Among the many efforts in which distinguished alum Allen James and his wife, Ann, helped support, the N.C. Plant Sciences Initiative was one of the most important. With their support comes a special message: We can all do our part for efforts we believe in, and we can do it at all levels, big and small. 

Alan Ayers

Aug 12, 2021

Unregulated Support

No matter where he hung his hat, Alan Ayers always carried forward the advice of his family: “If you’re going to be a part of a community, be a part of it.” Nowhere else has Ayers applied that advice more than at NC State. 

Woman standing behind plants in a lab

Jul 2, 2021

CALS Researcher Awarded NSF Grant to Study Activation Domains

Associate Professor Ross Sozzani is one of the principal investigators on a new NSF grant to study activation domains on Arabidopsis plants. 

Amanda Hulse-Kemp

Apr 28, 2021

Faculty Focus: A Breed Apart

Amanda Hulse-Kemp, a USDA assistant professor in computational biology, helps NC State plant and animal scientists elevate their research by incorporating some of the latest computational advances, data-based research methods, and tools. 

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.