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Scanning electron micrographs of a manganese oxidizing fungus (Fusarium sp.) isolated from the treatment system.

Jan 20, 2017

Manganese Oxides in Treatment System Could Be Mixed Blessing

In a “bad news, good news” scenario, researchers at North Carolina State University have found that some black sludge growing in a water-treatment site could have redeeming benefits. 

Liz Gillispie working in a lab.

Mar 4, 2016

Protecting drinking water in Cambodia

The joy Liz Gillispie feels in her research is evident in her face, her smile and in every statement. The soil science doctoral student has returned from two weeks of research in Cambodia, where she gathered sediment samples for experiments addressing arsenic contamination of drinking water. 

Aug 19, 2015

Crops on the ground, eyes in the air

CALS scientists are launching a better future for agriculture through unmanned aircraft. 

Aug 10, 2015

Seeding North Carolina’s future

CALS and its partners strive to make North Carolina the world’s leader in plant sciences innovation. 

Aug 10, 2015

Study helps farmers along Dan River make decisions following coal ash spill

When 39,000 tons of coal ash entered the Dan River in 2014 from a ruptured pipe at a Duke Energy steam plant near Eden, farmers who grow crops and graze cattle along the river banks turned to Cooperative Extension with questions about contamination. And NC State University soil scientists provided research-based answers. 

Aug 10, 2015

Ph.D. student sheds light on wellwater contamination here and abroad

NC State University soil science alumna and Ph.D. student Elizabeth Gillispie wants to help and positively impact as many people as she can through water and soil quality research. 

May 8, 2015

For the dirt on soils, check out “Dig It!”

Soil: It’s much more than dirt. It’s a dynamic resource that supports nearly every form of life on Earth, and an exhibit at a Raleigh museum is aimed at raising the public’s awareness of its value and complexity. CALS scientists have been heavily involved. 

May 6, 2015

Student Perspectives: Elizabeth Gillispie

CALS Ph.D. student Elizabeth Gillispie has gotten a mix of experiences at NC State – experiences she hopes to build upon in her career as a soil scientist. Her current research sheds light on arsenic contamination of groundwater, which can cause serious human health problems. 

Feb 5, 2015

CALS research sheds light on toxic arsenic problem in Southeast Asian well water

Every day, more than 100 million people throughout South and Southeast Asia drink well water contaminated by toxic levels of arsenic. But two NC State University scientists are conducting fundamental research aimed at changing that. 

Feb 5, 2015

Barrett Kays breaks new ground in career spanning soil science and landscape architecture

Dr. Barrett Kays may never have outgrown the near-universal childhood love of playing in the dirt, but he’s not out making mud pies. Instead, the NC State University alumnus is designing soils that support some of the nation’s most complicated landscape architectural projects.