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Distinguished Professorship

Julie Swann speaking at a podium

Jul 28, 2020

All Systems Go

From her active research on pandemic disease spread to leadership as the head of the Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, A. Doug Allison Distinguished Professor Julie Swann thinks beyond boundaries and puts solutions into action to build a better world. 

Amy Grunden kneeling in wheat grown in a greenhouse

Jul 28, 2020

Grunden Named Assistant Director of North Carolina Agricultural Research Service

Amy Grunden, a William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of Microbiology, has been named assistant director for the life sciences for the service. As part of her new role, she will serve as a liaison and advocate for faculty and staff members. Since arriving at NC State in 2000, Grunden has led numerous microbial biotechnology-focused research projects; mentored early career faculty; taught hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students in general microbiology and microbial metabolic regulation, respectively; and advised dozens of graduate and undergraduate students. 

Wolf Plaza copper wolf statues

Jul 21, 2020

College of Sciences Surpasses Campaign Goal

The College of Sciences has surpassed its $60 million goal for NC State’s Think and Do the Extraordinary campaign more than 18 months of schedule. As of May 31, the college had raised more than $62.3 million during the Campaign, including funding for 61 new scholarships and fellowships and 13 new professorships. These funds have supported the Campaign priorities of creating extraordinary opportunity, purpose and experiences for students and faculty throughout the college with funding for current operations, facilities and endowment. 

Becky Boston speaking to a fellow event attendee

Jul 21, 2020

A Distinguished 30-Year CALS Career

After dedicating the last three decades to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at NC State, Rebecca “Becky” Boston, a William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor and former assistant director of the North Carolina Agricultural Research Service (NCARS), has entered the ranks of professor emerita. Her impactful dedication to research and science started at an early age. 

Akram Khater posing in his office

Jul 21, 2020

We Are the Wolfpack: Meet Akram Khater

Akram Khater is a University Faculty Scholar and professor of history at NC State, holds the Khayrallah Chair in Diaspora Studies and serves as director of the Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies, which he helped create. Learn more about Khater and his work spearheading a massive effort to preserve the history and culture of Lebanese Americans. 

small wood stick samples tied with orange string

Jul 10, 2020

NC State Spin-off TreeCo To Breed a Better Forest

Rodolphe Barrangou, NC State's Todd R. Klaenhammer Distinguished Professor in Probiotics Research, and Jack Wang, an assistant professor in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, have co-founded TreeCo, a new company that aims to revolutionize the forestry industry by combining insights from tree genetics with the power of genome editing. 

Gateway to campus

Jul 6, 2020

Metabolite Analysis of ALS Patient Blood Plasma Could Reveal, Rule Out, Possible Biomarkers for Disease

NC State's David Muddiman, Jacob and Betty Belin Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, and Michael Bereman, associate professor of biological sciences, have co-authored a paper that sheds further light on a pathway involved in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) disease progression and appears to rule out the role of one environmental neurotoxin. 

Craig Yencho and Bernard Yada survey sweetpotato vines at a research farm in Uganda  

Jul 6, 2020

NC State Researchers Continue Improving Sweet Potatoes for Africa

Craig Yencho and Zhao-Bang Zeng, both William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professors at NC State, are developing new genomic tools to improve sweet potato breeding while focusing on the needs of farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa. 

Dr. Hiller Spires of the College of Education

Jul 6, 2020

We Can’t Put the Genie Back in the Bottle: Designing Next-Generation Education in the Time of Crisis

Dr. Hiller A. Spires, executive director of the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation and Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor at NC State, shares her insights about equitable remote learning. 

Kellie Burris working with plants in a greenhouse

Jun 23, 2020

Securely Studying Salmonella to Advance Produce Safety

Kellie Burris, a staff fellow microbiologist with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration based in the Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Science, is using NC State’s secure, BSL-3 greenhouse to study how fresh fruits and vegetables become contaminated with foodborne pathogens before harvesting. Lee-Ann Jaykus, a William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor in the same department, led the collaboration between NC State and the FDA.