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Map shows urban heat islands in and around Raleigh and several other N.C. cities. Photo courtesy of Eleanor Lahr and Steve Frank.

Jul 19, 2018

Cities as Study Proxies for Climate Change

Cities can serve as useful proxies to study and predict the effects of climate change, according to a North Carolina State University research review that tracks urbanization’s effects on plant and insect species. 

Malt is stirred for a beer production run in a Schaub Hall lab.

Jul 3, 2018

From Process to Pint Glass

There’s something brewing in the basement of Schaub Hall. The hoppy aroma can be traced to the NC State Brewing Lab, which plans to increase production later this year. 

NC State Ph.D. student Lisa Montefiore

Jun 27, 2018

Student Spotlight: Data Analytics and Vulnerable Estuaries

Biological and agricultural engineering Ph.D student Lise Montefiore uses tools within data analytics to identify which estuarine ecosystems are most vulnerable to global and local change. 

Four flasks containing tiny brine shrimp

Jun 26, 2018

Fish Food

CALS postdoc Karen O’Connell studies the best ways to grow microalgae to feed tiny brine shrimp that could be the base of the food chain for higher-value farm-raised fish. 

Bill Aimutis in a lab

Jun 22, 2018

Aimutis Tapped to Lead N.C. Food Processing Innovation Center

An R&D expert with more than 30 years of experience in corporate and academic settings, Bill Aimutis has been named director of the North Carolina Food Processing Innovation Center (FPIC), a one-of-a-kind enterprise housed in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. 

Purple light in greenhouse with tomato plants.

Jun 19, 2018

Inside the Box: NC State Indoor Farming Research Gets Boost

CALS' Ricardo Hernandez breaks new ground when it comes to controlled environment agriculture, the increasingly popular practice of producing crops indoors. A recent gift boosts his research and teaching programs. 

David Tarpy with honey bees

Jun 6, 2018

David Tarpy Demonstrates Queen Bee Research on Capitol Hill

David Tarpy, CALS professor of entomology and Extension apiculturist, is participating in a national exhibition in Washington, D.C., on June 6 to help demonstrate to Congress the importance of agricultural research. 

Two women sitting in lawn chairs, talking.

May 30, 2018

N.C. Farm School Grows Supportive Network for Entrepreneurial Growers

Through NC Farm School, participants gain more than insight into the ABCs of agricultural business planning. They also forge new networks and new friendships. 

potato salad

May 25, 2018

It’s Not the Mayonnaise: Food Safety Myths & Summertime Food

When folks get sick after a picnic, people often blame the potato salad. Or the chicken salad. Or whatever other side dish was made with mayonnaise. But that’s usually not the culprit, says food safety expert Ben Chapman. 

Students work with turkey's at the Turkey unit off Lake Wheeler road. Photo by Marc Hall

May 22, 2018

“Don’t Be Afraid Of The Unknown”: Poultry Science’s Brooke Bartz

Graduate student Brooke Bartz studies the effects of LED lighting on bird behavior and performance — with fascinating results.