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Faculty and Staff Notes

Doctoral Student Earns Grant

Lee Miller, a doctoral student in plant pathology, has been awarded a $5,000 postgraduate grant by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) as one of three winners of the 2008 Watson Fellowship Program.

The Watson Fellowship is funded by a partnership between The Toro Co. and The Environmental Institute for Golf. It is named after James R. Watson, Ph.D., a retired vice president for Toro who pioneered turfgrass research. The winners, students working toward master's degrees and doctoral degrees, have been identified as promising future teachers and
researchers in the field of golf course management.

Miller, who is from Jacksonville, Fla., holds a bachelor's degree in science from NC State and a master's in science from the University of Georgia. His master's thesis focused on the characterization of fungicide sensitivity in populations of the casual fungus of dollar spot in Georgia. Miller's dissertation aims to identify the fungi involved in fairy ring biology and determine the soil temperatures at which they are active and assess their sensitivity to fungicides and other management practices. His future career plans entail working as a turf pathologist within an academic setting in research, extension and teaching.

Branoff to Lead Association

Dr. Ted Branoff, an associate professor in the College of Education's Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, was recently elected to a four-year term as president of the International Society for Geometry and Graphics. The ISGG is a worldwide academic association concerned with geometry and engineering graphics in the areas of theoretical research, applications in industry and design, and education. This organization sponsors the biannual International Conference on Geometry and Graphics and the Journal for Geometry and Graphics. More information on the ISGG can be found at

Clayton Honored

Dr. Patti Clayton, director of the Center for Excellence in Curricular Engagement in the Office of the Provost, has been named one of five finalists for Campus Compact's inaugural Leadership Award for Campus and Community Engagement. This national award recognizes the work of a community engagement professional for "exemplary leadership in advancing his or her campus's civic vision and the field by creating and coordinating high-quality engagement initiatives, contributing significantly to the development and sustainability of strong, reciprocal partnerships between higher education and communities, and fostering a deep culture of engagement on campus."

Snyder to Chair IEEE Conference

Dr. Wesley Snyder, a professor of electrical and computer engineering, will be the 2010 general chair of the IEEE's International Conference on Robotics and Automation. The IEEE, the Institute of Electrical and Computer Engineers, is the largest technical society in the world. In 2007, the chair of the group's Intelligent Robotics Systems Conference was another professor of electrical and computer engineering at NC State, Dr. Eddie Grant.