The Ag e-Dispatch The newsletter of the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences en Copyright 2013 Wed, 27 Jul 2011 16:44:38 -0500 Plant hormone savants to converge on Windy City Dr. Guochen Yangleaf iconA plant biotechnologist on the SAES faculty, Dr. Guochen Yang, will be in Chicago at the Plant Growth Regulation Society of America’s (PGRSA) 38th Annual Conference, July 24-28, and while there Yang will make a poster presentation covering SAES research into “Balanced Seedling Development of Alexandrian laurel under Different In Vitro PGR Treatments.” Yang will also be attending to duties as part of the twelve-member steering committee, composed of elected officers who guide the organization.

In what has become an annual prelude to the PGRSA conference, Yang’s post-academic year visit to his mother and siblings in China became an occasion to mix business with pleasure, as he was invited by Jilin Agricultural University’s School of Horticulture to serve as the chair of the thesis defense and evaluation committee for eight graduating master’s students at one of his alma maters. Yang received his bachelor’s degree from Jilin Agricultural University in 1982, before moving on to the University of Nebraska for his master’s and doctorate. ]]> Biological Engineering Natural Resources and Environmental Design Wed, 27 Jul 2011 16:44:38 -0500 Biotech connectivity research iconOn Aug. 11, from 10-11:30 a.m., the Division of Research and Economic Development (DORED) will host a workshop that will bring representatives from the N.C. Biotechnology Center to campus (Room 410 Fort IRC ) to discuss the specific nuances of writing grant proposals for submission to the N.C. Biotechnology Center. Presenters from the Center will also provide looks into three of the Center’s major research grant programs: the Multidisciplinary Research Grant, the Biotechnology Research Grant, and the Institutional Development Grant.

The Biotechnology Research Grant program has a Sept. 21 deadline for prepropsals, and lists "Biotechnology applications to Agriculture, Nutrition and Food Safety" among its specific areas of focus for the next round of grants. The program award maximum is $75,000.

Faculty and staff registrations for the Aug. 11 workshop offering advice for writing proposals for N.C. Biotech Center funding are handled at DORED's website.]]> Academic Departments Agricultural Research Biological Engineering Natural Resources and Environmental Design Wed, 27 Jul 2011 16:40:43 -0500 RAP up The SAES's 2011 Research Apprentice Program for 20 top-notch high school students came to a grand finale on Friday, July 24. The research apprentices, who have been working closely with SAES research scientists on a project  for the past four weeks, made presentations and discussed what their new grasp on a branch of science few high school students are exposed to.

This year's RAP geographic range was from Maryland to Georgia, with the spike in North Carolina, home state of 17 of the 20 RAP students.

The range of subjects for research projects was equally broad: from agroforestry to genetic markers for livestock apt to produce twins, to dietary fiber, biodiesel and antimicrobial properties of onions. The closing ceremonies program listing of 2011 RAP students — complete with projects, hometowns and faculty mentors — is now available on the SAES website. ]]> Academic Departments Agribusiness, Applied Economics and Agriscience Education Agricultural Research Animal Sciences Biological Engineering Child Development Dietetics Family and Consumer Sciences Fashion Merchandising and Design Food Sciences Natural Resources and Environmental Design Wed, 27 Jul 2011 16:34:57 -0500