Statistician Laber Named Goodnight Distinguished Professor
The College of Sciences has named Eric Laber of the Department of Statistics as a Goodnight Distinguished Professor in Statistics. Laber, who joined the NC State faculty in 2011, focuses his research on data-driven decision making to advance areas like precision medicine, artificial intelligence and management of infectious diseases. And his lab uses innovative methods that apply data science to video games.
Molecular Toxicologist Smart Named Goodnight Distinguished Chair
The College of Sciences has named Rob Smart of the Department of Biological Sciences as the Goodnight Distinguished Chair in Molecular Toxicology. Smart, who joined the NC State faculty in 1986, researches the identification and characterization of genes and signaling pathways that determine susceptibility to cancer, particularly as it relates to gene-environment interactions. His lab also studies mechanisms by which environmental stressors induce skin cancer and how cells respond to DNA damage and tumor stress to decide to live or die.
Statistician Reich Named Cox Distinguished Professor
The College of Sciences has named Brian Reich of the Department of Statistics as the Gertrude M. Cox Distinguished Professor. Reich, who joined the NC State faculty in 2008, is well-known for his work on spatial statistics, extreme value analysis, variable selection and dimension reduction. He applies these methods to environmental areas such as ecology, air pollution and climate change, as well as to data from the physical and materials sciences.
Regenerative Medicine Visionary Cheng Receives Endowed Professorship
NC State College of Veterinary Medicine’s Ke Cheng, whose groundbreaking stem cell research has led to promising new ways to repair damaged hearts and lungs, was named the Randall B. Terry Jr. Distinguished Professor in Regenerative Medicine in a Nov. 4 ceremony. The professorship is made possible through the R.B. Terry Charitable Foundation.
CNR Alumni Spotlight: Caroline Griffin
Caroline Griffin, 2017 alumna of NC State’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, didn’t always plan on getting a four-year degree. But after a conversation with her father, uncle and grandfather, she jumped into life at NC State as a transfer student, making the dean’s list, joining Rho Phi Lambda Honorary Society and receiving two scholarships.
A New Music Scholarship Honors Two Generous Men
Charles Zeugner '56 established the Kutschinski-Fulghum Music Scholarship Endowment to honor two men whose kindness helped him get by at NC State and to support students who reflect his own past profile -- with financial need, involved in the Department of Music and studying electrical or computer engineering.
Alumni Invest in North Carolina’s Future through Gifts to Fitts-Woolard Hall
Construction on the College of Engineering's new Fitts-Woolard Hall on Centennial Campus is more than 70 percent complete, with an opening date expected for June 2020. Get to know two alumni who have supported this state-of-the-art structure that will house two departments and the dean's administrative offices.
Filling the Gap
Learn more about opportunities to support the bold plans for Fitts-Woolard Hall, which is vital to uniting the College of Engineering on Centennial Campus and supporting innovative education and collaborative discovery. Thanks to generous commitments from more than 300 donors, the college has achieved 80 percent of its commitment of $60 million toward the public-private funding for the facility.
Advancing Hemp Research
NC State University’s efforts to help farmers realize the hemp crop’s potential recently got a funding boost from Pyxus International Inc., a global agricultural company headquartered in Morrisville. NC State Extension specialists Angela Post and Brian Whipker are undertaking extensive studies to identify and quantify how hemp plants' overall growth, as well as the quantity and quality of CBD found in the flowers, can be affected by different farming practices.
Shockley Named the College of Natural Resources 2019 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year
Terry W. Shockley '75 has been named the College of Natural Resources 2019 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year in recognition of his esteemed military career and his commitment to supporting military-affiliated students at NC State. He and his wife, Vicki, established a planned gift to create the Terry Shockley Scholarship Endowment to provide need-based scholarship support to CNR undergraduates, with a preference for students in Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs and veterans not already receiving scholarship or funding support.