The N.C. State University Department of Poultry Science will use a $10 million gift to recruit students and hire a professor.
The Department will look for someone with expertise in turkey physiology, immunology, and other poultry-related areas.
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Chancellor Woodson, Poultry Science Dept. Head Mike Williams (above) and donor Bill Prestage discuss the importance of the gift in video interviews.
"A $10 million naming gift will help transform NC State’s Department of Poultry Science, a department that supports an important North Carolina – and national – industry.
"The new Prestage Family Department of Poultry Science is named in honor of Bill and Marsha Prestage and their family, who are longtime supporters of NC State and owners of Prestage Farms, a poultry and pork production company headquartered in Clinton, N.C.
"The gift comprises two endowments that will provide income in perpetuity to support a strategic combination of teaching, research and extension programs."
The innovative project of strawberry breeder, Dr. Jeremy Pattison, & the PHHI team brings high school agriculture teachers and their students into the field for giving hands-on experience in cultivation, laboratory experiments, and statistical analysis of the field data, making STEM much more appealing and real-world to students.
The PHHI staff hope the project will become a national model for teaching agriculture in a way which shows students the relevance of science, technology and mathematics to everyday life, including berries!
Video is about 10 minutes long.
Dr. David Buchwalter, of our Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, blogs about his most recent classroom outreach program. He writes:
"Last month, I teamed up with other biological researchers to conduct a workshop for high school teachers and science educators in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Titled “The Ecophysiology and Evolution of Aquatic Insects: A Workshop for High School Teachers,” the workshop was designed to give educators the scientific background and physical tools/supplies needed to bring interdisciplinary and inquiry-based study into the classroom with a focus on aquatic insects. The workshop was funded by a grant I received from the National Science Foundation.
"Aquatic insects provide a great springboard into various scientific topics because they are ecologically important and widely used as ecological indicators. They also have fascinating adaptations for aquatic life. Also, they are everywhere and very easy to collect out in nature, providing an opportunity for students to learn more about their immediate environment. My primary goal for the workshop was to stimulate curricular development that combined both field based collections and hands on activities in high school classrooms."
"Dole developed the only comprehensive research program on greenhouse & field-cut flowers in the US, with work ranging from new crop development to postharvest handling and marketing.
"He serves as executive advisor for the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers and is a frequent speaker nationally and internationally on cut flowers.
"In addition, his research includes the physiology and handling of propagative plant materials & potted flowering plants, especially poinsettias."
Dr. Brian Langerhans discovers a new Gambusia (mosquitofish) with unusual morphology in Mexico.
Full paper may require subscription:
"Gambusia quadruncus (Cyprinodontiformes: Poeciliidae): A new species of mosquitofish from east-central Mexico published online ahead of print in September 2012 issue of Journal of Fish Biology
Through dynamic research, education and outreach programs, North Carolina Sea Grant links university researchers to the people, businesses and governments that manage, use and enjoy coastal and marine resources.
"Ecologist Susan N. White, currently director of the Hollings Marine Laboratory in Charleston, S.C., will be the new executive director for North Carolina Sea Grant and the Water Resources Research Institute of the University of North Carolina upon the retirement of Michael P. Voiland in December.
"Susan brings a strong science background, as well as leadership working with a mix of partners and stakeholders," notes Vice Chancellor Terri L. Lomax of North Carolina State University, where the two state/federal partnership programs are headquartered.
"She will be a great leader for Sea Grant and WRRI programs here that have strong traditions of assisting and guiding communities, businesses, organizations and the public," Lomax adds. Sea Grant focuses on the ecosystems and economies of the coastal region, while WRRI supports research and training related to freshwater topics statewide."
NC Sea Grant web site
Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI), of the University of North Carolina System, at NC State web site
North Carolina State University’s Poultry Science Department has been renamed for the Prestage Family. Chancellor Randy Woodson announced a $10 million gift that will name and endow the department in N.C. State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
The Prestage Family Department of Poultry Science was renamed in honor of Bill and Marsha Prestage and their family, longtime supporters of N.C. State and owners of Prestage Farms, a poultry and pork production company headquartered in Clinton. Home to one of only six poultry science departments in the nation, N.C. State produces job-ready graduates in an important domestic industry.
One of the warmest winters on record in the Upper Southeast played havoc with virtually every crop grown in the region, and often not in ways clearly visible to growers or understandable to the experts.
Weed specialist, Wes Everman, explains which weeds may be controlled efficiently, which ones are difficult, and which compounds and mixtures work the best. He discusses horseweed, and palmer amaranth control in several crops.
Sponsor: Chatham County Center of NC Cooperative Extension
Time: 7:00-9:00pm, Wed. Nov. 7, 2012
Where: Agriculture Building Auditorium, Pittsboro, NC
Presenters: NCDA Apiary Inspector Nancy Ruppert & Agent Debbie Roos
Cost: $10.00, includes CD of resources
Registration: Advance Registration Required by Nov. 5
Click URL above for downloadable registration form.
Download registration form & mail with check.
More info: 919-542-8202 or email Debbie Roos
What Do Honey Bees Need & Why? (carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, minerals, water, etc.)