Mason Pharr Seminar: Reviving the American Chestnut

On March 30, 2017, the Horticultural Science Graduate Student Association’s (HSGSA) Mason Pharr Seminar is featuring Dr. Paul Sisco, of The American Chestnut Foundation and its Carolinas Chapter. Dr. Sisco will present the research and progress of reviving the American chestnut tree in North Carolina forests. Continue reading

Julieta Sherk Wins Fulbright Award

For NC State University’s Julieta Trevino Sherk, a recent visit to the North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants Veteran Memorial Garden in Durham was a chance to both look back and think ahead.

While there on a rainy February morning, Sherk recalled practicing with a local landscape architecture firm to develop the gardens and grounds in 2005. Then, last spring, as an associate professor of horticultural science, she and her undergraduate landscape construction studio students worked to incorporate a remembrance wall and patio to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the physician assistant profession, which originated in North Carolina in 1967 when three former Navy hospital corpsmen completed studies at Duke University. Continue reading

‘Visionary Gift’ to Bolster Plant Breeding Program

For more than 50 years, Dr. Charlie Stuber has blazed a trail in genetics and plant science, pioneering research that transformed techniques in plant breeding worldwide.

At the same time, he’s dedicated himself to training students, preparing the next generation to blaze trails of their own. Continue reading

Cisneros on CALS’ International Impact

Mr. Jose Cisneros

Visit CALS International Programs online, and you’ll get an idea of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ presence around the globe. You’ll see our students visiting the Czech Republic, our researchers working in farm fields in Peru and Kenya, and delegations of scientists and agriculturists from all over the world visiting our college. Continue reading

Wehner Honored with Career Award

Dr. Todd C. WehnerDr. Todd Wehner was presented with the career award at the international meeting of EUCARPIA VI, the European plant breeding organization, in Warsaw, Poland.

Dr. Todd C. Wehner is leader of the cucumber and watermelon breeding project at North Carolina State University-Raleigh. He also does research on melon and Asian gourds. His research has emphasized improved selection methods; recurrent selection for fruit yield, earliness and quality; resistance to chilling, nematodes, anthracnose, belly rot, gummy stem blight, powdery mildew, downy mildew and potyviruses; and germplasm evaluation. His objectives are to provide industry with new traits for the development of improved cultivars, research information, and graduate students who can run field plant breeding programs. Continue reading