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Kessel Wins Nebula for 'Pride and Prometheus'

As a fledgling science fiction author in the early 1980s, John Kessel got a boost when he won the prestigious Nebula Award for science fiction and fantasy writing. Twenty-six years and eight nominations later, the NC State English professor has done it again, taking home one of the most highly esteemed awards a science fiction author can receive.

Kessel won the Nebula Award for Best Novelette for "Pride and Prometheus," a tale involving characters from Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" and Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein." "It's a story about the difficulty of finding the proper mate," Kessel says, "and how initial impressions are not always the most trustworthy." The award was presented April 25 in Los Angeles.

"I have achieved overnight success," Kessel says. "I believe I now hold the record, 26 years, for the length of time between winning my first Nebula and my second." He won his first Nebula for the novella "Another Orphan," in 1982.The Nebula Awards are given to the best science fiction and fantasy novel, novella, novelette and short story, as voted on by active members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc.

Kessel has also found success as a mentor to aspiring writers at NC State, where he teaches American literature and fiction writing. One of his students, Josh Eure, won this year's highly coveted Dell Magazines Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing (formerly the Isaac Asimov Award).

Poultry Science Club donates money 

The club's donation will buy poultry for farmers in developing nations.

Poultry Club Funds Flocks

The Poultry Science Club raised $2,000 to buy flocks of poultry for farmers in developing countries.

Club members, who had been collecting donations since last fall, gave their money to Heifer International, a charity that works to end hunger and poverty by providing livestock, including poultry, to small-scale farmers and communities, said Crystal Mitchell, the group's treasurer.

Raising money for Heifer International was one of the club's service projects. The club was named the top poultry science club in the nation during the International Poultry Expo in January.

Mexico Travel Canceled Because of Swine Flu

Following the advice of the U.S. State Department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), NC State is restricting all official travel to Mexico because of an outbreak of H1N1 swine flu.

The State Department issued an alert for U.S. citizens of the health risks of travel to Mexico, and the CDC also issued a notice recommending that American citizens avoid all nonessential travel to Mexico. This travel alert expires July 27.

University officials recommend that if you're returning from abroad, closely monitor your health for seven days. If you become ill with fever and other symptoms of swine flu, such as coughing, sore throat and possibly vomiting and diarrhea during this period, call your doctor or clinic for an appointment right away.

When you make the appointment, tell the doctor your symptoms, where you traveled and if you have had close contact with a person infected with swine flu.

As of Wednesday, there were no suspected cases of swine flu on campus or confirmed cases in North Carolina. Check the university home page and student health services page regularly for updates.

Food Scientists Win National Award

The Institute of Food Technologists honored a team of NC State, federal and corporate scientists with an Industrial Achievement Award for a significant advance in applying food science to food production. NC State collaborated with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Industrial Microwave Systems to develop continuous-flow microwave sterilization.

This type of food processing preserves quality and nutritional value in low-acid, shelf-stable foods. After several years of research and development with NC State and the USDA's Agricultural Research Service, Yamco, a commercial food processor in Snow Hill, N.C., has built a facility to use patented technology to produce sweet potato puree.

NC State is the first university to win the award twice and only one of four universities to receive it in the 50 years it's been given, according to Prabhat Kumar, a doctoral student in the Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences. NC State won in 1994 for developing ultra-pasteurized liquid whole eggs with an extended shelf life. The university has completed development work to enable preservation of berry purees, low-acid vegetable purees and multiphase products such as soups and sauces, the IFT Web site noted.

Lumberjack Falls Short of Final

Forestry student Logan Scarborough dominated the lumberjack competition at the Southeastern Conclave, missing an invitation to the championship by two points.

Scarborough, the favorite, finished first in three of four events: underhand chop, standing block chop and single buck. But he misjudged a cut in the fourth event, stock saw, earning no points. He was among seven competitors disqualified in that event.

ESPNU plans to air the competition in July as part of the Stihl TimberSports Collegiate Challenge. Winner Brad Sears of the University of Arkansas-Monticello will compete in June in Columbus, Ga.

Hill Honored for Post-Disaster Housing Design

David Hill, assistant professor of architecture, received one of four 2009 Faculty Design Awards from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA). The award, presented at the annual meeting in Portland last month, recognizes a post-disaster housing project that Hill completed with Professor Laura Garofalo of SUNY Buffalo and Nelson Tang.

Hill and Don Kranbuehl, adjunct professor of architecture, also spoke at a recent meeting of the Construction Specifications Institute's Raleigh/Durham chapter. They made a presentation on building information modeling and collaborative practice.

Students collect recyclables.

Students sort through tons of trash collected for the "Landfill on the Lawn" event.

Campus Ranked 23rd in Recycling Contest

NC State finished 23rd in a national Recyclemania competition in its second year of participation. In the 10-week contest, NC State amassed 484,497 pounds of recyclables in the Gorilla Prize division for collecting the highest tonnage of recyclables, regardless of campus size.

For Landfill on the Lawn, one of the featured events, student volunteers compared trash from two residence halls: Lee, which has a trash chute, and the Honors Village, which does not.

"Sixty and 50 percent of the waste thrown into the dumpster was recyclable, reusable or compostable at Lee Residence Hall and the Honors Village, respectively," said Analis Fulghum, education and outreach coordinator for Waste Reduction and Recycling. "We still have a lot of room for improvement."

See Sculpture Class' Work in Cary

Rooftops peek from the ground at Cary's Bond Park on High House Road. The sculptures – tips of six house roofs – are the creation of Dana Raymond, art and design associate professor, and his basic sculpture students. Class members were commissioned to design, build and install temporary public sculptures, which were installed for the Spring Daze Festival on April 25. The sculptures will remain on display for 30 days.

This commission is the third one in Raleigh's surrounding communities for Raymond and his students during the past six years. The other two are permanent sculptures in Knightdale and Garner.

Graduate Students Invest Time in Training

Graduate students who completed two specialized training programs in teaching were recognized April 22.

Thirty-one students completed the Certificate of Accomplishment in Teaching and 18 took part in Preparing the Professoriate. Provost Larry Nielsen thanked them for devoting time to learning how to teach effectively. Nearly 70 of their colleagues, friends, family members, faculty and staff attended an ice cream social to celebrate.

Both programs are part of the Graduate School's Preparing Future Leaders (PFL) initiative, designed to offer training, support, and professional development experiences for graduate students. More than 2,100 graduate students have taken professional development workshops and seminars since PFL was established in 2007, said Dr. Duane Larick, dean of the Graduate School.

Certificate of Accomplishment in Teaching recipients are Amit Awekar, Computer Science; Eric Bancroft, Mathematics; Erin Bancroft, Mathematics; Dr. Geoffrey Bell, Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences; Steve Bernacki, Plant Biology; Karen Bliss, Mathematics; Christian Casper, Communication, Rhetoric and Digital Media; Jeff Dalton, Liberal Studies; Jeremy Green, Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences; Janine Haugh, Mathematics; Andrea Hunt, Sociology and Anthropology; Brenda Johnson, Zoology; William Johnstone III, Zoology; Ali Kefeli, Industrial and Systems Engineering; Taylor Krohn, French; Lucas Layman, Computer Science; Louis Levy, Mathematics; Hosun Lim, Textiles; Brandon Mayes, Computer Science; Colleen Munro-Leighton, Chemistry; Kylie Parrotta, Sociology and Anthropology; Ryan Pekarek, Horticultural Science; Christin Phelps, Communication, Rhetoric and Digital Media; Brandon Puckett, Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences; Leigh Samuel, Technical Communication; Scott Sink, Forestry; Derek Sollenberger, Computer Science; Summar Sparks, English; Stephanie Teixeira-Poit, Sociology and Anthropology; Lisa Tichavsky, Sociology and Anthropology; Robert Watson, Mathematics; Stacy Weiss, Curriculum and Instruction; and Li Yang, Industrial Engineering.

Preparing the Professoriate fellows are Ali Kefeli, Industrial and Systems Engineering; Alex Capaldi, Mathematics; Amy Gaffney, Communication, Rhetoric and Digital Media; Angela Shores, Counselor Education; Bilgen Yuncu, Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering; Callie Prater, Entomology; Cary Rivard, Plant Pathology; David Padgett, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Eric Tucker, Chemistry; Jessica Springer, Industrial and Systems Engineering; Joseph Burdis, Mathematics; Katie Liszewski, Mathematics; Mary Bridget Kustusch, Physics; Matthew Krachey, Zoology and Biomathematics; Michael Allocca, Mathematics; Dr. Shawn Holmes, Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education; Dr. Travis Breaux, Computer Science; and Tarek Aziz, Civil Engineering.