Distinguished Professorship

Jun 23, 2020

Securely Studying Salmonella to Advance Produce Safety

Kellie Burris, a staff fellow microbiologist with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration based in the Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Science, is using NC State’s secure, BSL-3 greenhouse to study how fresh fruits and vegetables become contaminated with foodborne pathogens before harvesting. Lee-Ann Jaykus, a William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor in the same department, led the collaboration between NC State and the FDA. 

Jun 23, 2020

Ask the Expert: How Can Teachers Use Technology in the Classroom?

Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor Karen Hollebrands shares how using technology in the classroom can enhance learning and motivate students.

Jun 16, 2020

Plant Aid: A Big-Data Project to Detect Plant Diseases Faster

Jean Ristaino, a William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor in Entomology and Plant Pathology, is leading an interdisciplinary team of researchers working to combine small sensors with big data to detect diseases plaguing tomato fields. The resulting Plant-Aid database will alert farmers about the cause of the stress and suggest possible mitigation strategies — all before symptoms are visible to the naked eye.

Jun 2, 2020

There’s an ‘I’ in Team: Why 3D Team Leadership is Necessary in Uncertain Times

Bradley Kirkman, General (Ret.) H. Hugh Shelton Distinguished Professor of Leadership and head of NC State's Department of Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, recently discussed his co-authored book "3D Team Leadership: A New Approach for Complex Teams."

May 26, 2020

How Habitat Destruction Enables the Spread of Diseases Like COVID-19

Roland Kays, a research professor in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, and Erin Sills, the Edwin F. Conger Professor and associate head of the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, explain how increasing human pressure in wildlife habitats leads to the emergence of new animal-to-human transmitted diseases like COVID-19.

May 19, 2020

Meeting the Demand for Supply Chain Expertise

As COVID-19 creates a surge in demand for certain products, there's also a demand for experts to help us understand the global supply chain. Robert Handfield, executive director of the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative and the Bank of America University Distinguished Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management at NC State University, shares his knowledge across industries and trains the next generation of supply chain experts.

Apr 21, 2020

Custom Clotting Particles Could Help Heal Chronic Wounds

New technology could transform the way doctors treat chronic wounds, which affect more than 6 million people in the U.S. each year. Chronic wounds, such as diabetic ulcers or deep-tissue burns, heal slowly or not at all and are thus prone to infection -- which can lead to severe consequences. Ashley Brown, the leader of NC State’s Advanced Wound Healing Lab, has teamed up with Fran Ligler, the Lampe Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering at NC State, on the patent-pending technology to address this challenge.

Apr 21, 2020

What We Know – And Don’t – About Food Safety and COVID-19

As the world grapples with COVID-19, people have a lot of questions about how to best protect themselves. Many of those questions have to do with food. NC State experts Lee-Ann Jaykus, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor, food science, and Ben Chapman, professor and food safety Extension specialist, address common questions.

Apr 13, 2020

Visualization Tool Tracks COVID-19

Christopher Healey, NC State professor of computer science and Goodnight Distinguished Professor at the university’s Institute for Advanced Analytics, and Susan Simmons, teaching professor, have created a visualization dashboard that shows comparisons and predictions for COVID-19 cases and fatalities across regions.

Apr 7, 2020

A Necessary Filter: Nonwovens Institute Steps Up to Combat COVID-19

Behnam Pourdeyhimi, executive director of the Nonwovens Institute, Wilson College of Textiles associate dean for industry research and extension and William A. Klopman Distinguished Professor, explains how the institute is ramping up two research and training pilot production lines to create mask filters — and masks for health care workers on the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak.