magazines and television and radio shows often feature
the teaching, research and outreach of NC State faculty
and staff. The media also quote university sources as
experts on scientific, academic, political, economic
and cultural topics. Here's a sampling of NC State personnel
whose research, achievements or awards have recently
been in the news.
Dr. Richard A. Lancia, University Alumni Distinguished
Professor of forestry and zoology, has been elected
vice president of The Wildlife Society, an international
nonprofit scientific and education association dedicated
to wildlife stewardship. He will become president in
next time you have a crisp salad or BLT sandwich, you
can thank Dr. Randy Gardner for helping make it so good.
The professor of horticultural science and tomato-plant
breeder has helped create and improve almost two-dozen
tomato varieties in North Carolina. Gardner has developed
18 named varieties during his career, many specifically
developed for growers in North Carolina.
Bhat, a doctoral student, and his mentor -- Dr. Jan
Genzer, assistant professor of chemical engineering
- published results of their research in the July 23
issue of Langmuir: The American Chemical Society
Journal of Surfaces and Colloids. The paper describes
their work creating a surface coated with "sticky"
molecules in a decreasing density. Like paint from a
roller that starts out thick and gradually thins out,
this sticky layer captures particles (in this case,
gold) in the same pattern of decreasing density - a
development of interest to the chemical, pharmaceutical,
and petroleum industries, among others.
genome of Magnaporthe grisea - the fungus that causes
rice blast - is now available online at http://www-genome.wi.mit.edu/annotation/fungi/magnaporthe/.
According to Dr. Ralph Dean, professor of plant pathology,
director of the university's Center for Integrated Fungal
Research, and principal investigator of the $1.8 million
grant that led to the sequencing of rice blast, it is
the first time that the genomic structure of a significant
plant pathogen has been made publicly available.
Gail McLaughlin of Raleigh, assistant professor of physics,
has been awarded an Outstanding Junior Investigator
Award by the U.S. Department of Energy's Division of
Nuclear Physics. She is one of only five recipients
this year. The award -- $213,000 over three years --
will help support McLaughlin's research in theoretical
nuclear and particle astrophysics, specifically the
way nuclear reactions and subatomic particles affect
astrophysical objects and vice-versa.
substance produced by tomatoes repels mosquitoes and
other insects more effectively and is safer than DEET,
the chemical most commonly used in insect repellents,
Dr. Michael Roe has discovered. Indeed, work by the
William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of Entomology
showed that the natural compound found in tomatoes is
so effective at repelling insects that the university
patented the substance. The patent describes how the
substance may be used to repel not only mosquitoes but
also biting flies, roaches, aphids and other insect
we can replace hips and knees with fabricated metal
joints that work nearly as well as the originals. Dr.
Ola L.A. Harrysson and Dr. Denis R. Cormier have taken
the technology even further through the use of rapid
prototyping, in which a computer image of an object
is transferred into two-dimensional cross-sections --
then, layer by layer, machines build a three-dimensional
model. The technique has several medical and industrial
applications, and is already in use in the College of
Elizabeth Kurz, vice chancellor and general counsel,
received the Distinguished Service Award from the National
Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA)
at its 42nd Annual Conference in Boston. The award recognizes
individuals who have given extraordinary service both
to NACUA and to institutions of higher education over
an extended time, in both legal and other capacities.
North Carolina Press Association (NCPA) named retired
Gen. Henry Hugh Shelton its 2002 North Carolinian of
the Year at the NCPA's 129th Annual Convention in Asheville.
The former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, currently
serving as executive director of the Shelton Initiative
for Leadership Development at NC State, is a native
of Tarboro, and received a bachelor's degree in textile
engineering from the university in 1963.
John Penick of Cary, department head and professor of
mathematics, science and technology education, has been
elected president of the National Science Teachers Association
(NSTA). His term will begin in June 2003; his one-year
term as president-elect began June 1. NSTA is the world's
largest professional science teacher organization.
Linda P. Brady, dean of the College of Humanities and
Social Sciences, has been appointed to the U.S. Army
War College Board of Visitors. She will serve a two-year
term ending in March 2004. The Army War College is a
pre-eminent military learning center based in Carlisle
Kathryn M. Moore of Raleigh, dean of the College of
Education, has been inducted into the Ohio State University
College of Education Hall of Fame. Ohio State's College
of Education Alumni Society bestowed its highest honor
on Moore for her contributions and achievements in higher
clinical laboratory at Student Health Services has received
formal laboratory accreditation by the Commission on
Office Laboratory Accreditation (COLA), a national healthcare
accreditation organization. Accreditation is granted
only to laboratories that apply strict standards of
quality in day-to-day operations, demonstrate continued
accuracy in the performance of proficiency testing,
and pass a rigorous on-site laboratory survey. "The
laboratory has earned COLA accreditation as a result
of a long-term commitment to provide quality service
to our patients," said Dr. Mary Bengtson, director
of NC State's Student Health Services.
R. Kendig of Cary has been named director of transportation
at the university. Kendig comes to NC State from the
North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT),
where he served the past 14 years as program analyst,
project manager and, most recently, consultant engineering
unit head for the Project Development and Environmental