Merry Monday

Monday is being made merry this season, as CAES Interim Dean Shirley Hymon-Parker hosts her annual holiday reception. The fete is scheduled from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11, in the student lounge area of Webb Hall.

Refreshments will be served. Music will be played. Spirits are expected to be festive. All CAES faculty and staff are encouraged to attend the floating reception to celebrate the successes of the semester and fellowship with one another.

Dr. Antoine J. Alston completes prestigious program

Dr. Antoine J. Alston, associate dean of academic studies

Dr. Antoine J. Alston, CAES associate dean for Academic Studies,  graduated from the Food Systems Leadership Institute (FSLI) in November. The program offers leadership development to upper-level leaders in higher education, government and industry. Alston has taught, advised and mentored countless students in his teaching and administrative career. Through the FSLI, he proved that he also is a life-long learner.

The program provides fellows with strategies to handle leadership challenges and opportunities for the future. Alston was a member of the FSLI’s cohort 11 and participated in the program from 2015-2017. He was presented with a special acknowledgement at the annual meeting of the Association for Public and Land-Grant Universities held in Washington.

Dr. Misty Blue-Terry receives APLU Top Honor in Extension Excellence

The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) has awarded Dr. Misty Blue-Terry, 4-H STEM specialist for Cooperative Extension at N.C. A&T, the 2017 Excellence in Extension Regional Award at its annual meeting in November in Washington.

At A&T, Blue-Terry provides statewide direction for 4-H programs. She specializes in educational strategies for increasing the technical and soft skills to succeed in STEM careers for limited-resource and socially disadvantaged audiences. She delivers effective training and educational support materials for Extension field staff and their clientele.

Longtime early childhood professor honored in a major way

Dr. Valerie Jarvis McMillan, an early childhood professional with 25 years of experience, was honored by Guilford Child Development at the 2017 Early Childhood Champions Luncheon in October.

An associate professor in childhood development and family studies in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, McMillan was feted for her legacy of training other early childhood educators. She was honored at the luncheon by none other than Gov. Roy Cooper, who delivered the keynote address, and by A&T Chancellor Harold L. Martin Sr., who presented the award to her.

“The people in this room get it,” Cooper told a crowd of nearly 600 people, as reported by the Greensboro News and Record. “You know what it takes to start early in the life of children, many of whom are born into circumstances that are difficult.” Continue reading Longtime early childhood professor honored in a major way

Dr. Meeshay Williams-Wheeler receives grant to encourage healthy lifestyles

Dr. Meeshay Williams-Wheeler has received a $500 grant from the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences for a project to combat the childhood obesity epidemic through gardening.

The project, FCSfitKIDS: Promoting Healthy Eating and Physical Activity in a Family Mentor Experience, will teach undergraduates how to use gardening education and activities to encourage young children to eat healthy and stay active. Continue reading Dr. Meeshay Williams-Wheeler receives grant to encourage healthy lifestyles

DeShawn Blanding thrills National FFA Convention

Biological Engineering major DeShawn Blanding concluded his yearlong term as Southern region vice president of the National FFA with an electrifying speech.

The South Carolina native delivered his retiring address at the 90th annual National FFA Convention and Expo, an event held Oct. 25-28 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Among the messages he shared with the audience was the importance of hope Continue reading DeShawn Blanding thrills National FFA Convention

CAES students shine at Undergraduate Research Symposium

CAES students La’Neesa Holmes-Cobb and Courtney Richard won first and second place, respectively, for their poster presentations at the university’s Undergraduate Research Symposium on Oct. 19.

Holmes-Cobb, a senior majoring in Laboratory Animal Science, presented “Comparison of Immunoglobulin M and Degranulated Neutrophil Levels in the Serum and Lung Lavage of Indoor and Outdoor Reared Pigs.” Dr. Jenora Waterman, associate professor in the Department of Animal Science, mentored Holmes-Cobb. Continue reading CAES students shine at Undergraduate Research Symposium

Williams writes chapters on diabetes for book series

Dr. Leonard Williams, director of the N.C. A&T Center for Excellence in Post-Harvest Technologies (CEPHT), has written seven chapters for the book series “Recent Progress in Medicinal Plants” from Studium Press.

He has written the chapters on Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes for the “Metabolic Disorders” volumes of the series. Five of the chapters were written in collaboration with Dr. Yogini Jaiswal Yerke, a postdoctoral fellow at the CEPHT. Dr. Mohd. Farooq Shaikh from the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Monash University, Malaysia, co-authored two of the chapters. Continue reading Williams writes chapters on diabetes for book series

CAES food pantry opens to students in need

What started out as a conversation about hunger among graduate students and faculty has turned into the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences food pantry, open to any student in need.  For some graduate and out-of-state students, the expense of tuition and housing leave little money left for food.

“We found out that some CAES students were having to make the choice between paying for books or buying food,” says Dr. Jane Walker, interim chair of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.

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Smith named Cooperative Extension associate administrator

Dr. Claudette Smith, who has more than 35 years of experience in program planning, development and implementation, has been appointed associate administrator of Cooperative Extension at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, effective Oct. 1.

As the Cooperative Extension associate administrator, Smith’s responsibilities include providing leadership to county operations and state programs. She will guide the development and maintenance of a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, issue-based programming agenda that addresses the complexity of issues faced by North Carolina’s small, limited-resource farmers, communities, youth, families and individuals.

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Huchette Wins ASHS Early Career Award

Odile Huchette, a lecturer in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Design, won second place in the Early Career Competition at the annual meeting of the American Society for Horticultural Science.

The Early Career Competition allows new faculty and professionals to communicate the impact of their Extension, research, teaching and other scholarly activities. Twenty-one faculty submitted entries to the competition; six finalists were chosen to make presentations at the ASHS meeting, Sept. 19-22 in Waikoloa, Hawaii.

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Wang on biofuels research team

Dr. Lijun Wang, professor in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, is part of a University of North Carolina system research team that recently snagged a $2 million grant to convert animal and food waste into carbon-neutral gasoline. Awarded by the UNC System’s Research Opportunities Initiative (ROI), the project will vet technology that uses solar energy to convert biogas to gasoline.

The research team is led by N.C. A&T chemistry professor, Dr. Debasish Kuila. He is also the research director of the National Science Foundation CERST Bioenergy Center, and an adjunct professor at both the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN) and the Wake Forest School of Medicine.

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Dr. Godfrey Gayle Secures $400,000 NRCS Contract

Dr. Godfrey Gayle, a professor of biological engineering, has secured a $400,000 contract with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service to provide scholarships and other support to students studying biological engineering at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

The two-year contract seeks to increase enrollment and improve retention of undergraduate and graduate students studying biological engineering, especially natural resources and agricultural engineering programs in the CAES. The contract has multiple goals, including to:

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Kudos for Carver’s new look

Carver Hall, one of N.C. A&T’s oldest buildings, is poised to show off its new makeover—one that increases its face value and provides a more functional environment for students and faculty. The improvements will be formally celebrated by the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4. Carver is located at the intersection of Sullivan and Lindsay streets, and is one of the gateways into campus.

Renovations at Carver during the past several months include a new patio plaza with seating, at the front of the building, and a first-floor classroom that was transformed into a student lounge with new furniture. The new amenities are accessible to physically disabled people, and round out a series of improvement projects performed on Carver Hall over the last few years that include upgrading a class for smart-classroom technology.

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N.C. A&T Scientist Patents Additional Cancer-Fighting Compounds

Dr. Shengmin Sang, a food scientist with North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, has received another patent for compounds comprising aspirin and ginger derivatives that have shown promise for preventing and treating cancer. This patent supplements a patent Sang received in 2015 for other novel aspirin-derived compounds.

“N.C. A&T is working with Dr. Sang to build a robust patent portfolio around this ground-breaking research, and we are delighted by this most recent recognition,” says Dr. Laura Collins, director of intellectual property development within A&T’s Division of Research and Economic Development.

Combining aspirin and ginger derivatives with anti-cancer properties, the newly patented compounds are more effective than their individual components in killing colon cancer cells in laboratory tests. The compounds are prodrugs, which become pharmacologically active when they are metabolized.

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Dr. Radiah Minor mentors undergraduate researchers

Dr. Radiah Minor, an associate professor in the Department of Animal Science, mentored four students in an undergraduate research program funded by the National Science Foundation. The four students – Lauren Blackwell, Christina Bradshaw, Maya Brooks and Zavier Eure – completed swine-related research projects during the 2016-2017 academic year.

The program, North Carolina Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (NC-LSAMP), seeks to increase the number of talented students completing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) bachelor’s degrees and enrolling in STEM graduate programs.

“Participation in research such as that supported by LS-AMP allows students to ‘see’ the real world applications for and put into action the concepts that they learn in class,” Minor says. “As the students continue to perform experiments, collect data and present to peers, I have witnessed increased confidence and greater interest and excitement about the research process.

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CAES Celebrates Alumni with Homecoming Cookout and Food Drive

The Greatest Homecoming on Earth is approaching, and as always the CAES will host the greatest welcome-back-alumni cookout on Earth during its annual CAES Homecoming Celebration.

This year, the celebration is 1-3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, on the lawn of B.C. Webb Hall. In store are fun games; door prizes; great food by Abrams Inc. of Tarboro; entertainment by DJ Courtney Lawrence (Class of 2009); and, as always, the opportunity to reconnect with old friends, faculty and students. The CAES also will have a table for donations to the college and/or the department or program of your choice.

All campus faculty and staff are also encouraged to bring non-perishable food donations to support a CAES Food Pantry being established for students. Donation boxes will be onsite for each of the four academic departments.

Please pre-register online through your CAES alumni web page. Alumni can show up without reserving in advance — but those who do so online will be privileged with a first-class “boarding pass” for seating, and for the buffet line.

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Extension employees recognized for excellence

Cooperative Extension campus-based and field staff have received numerous awards and recognitions in recent months, including ones for:

  • Michelle Eley, community and economic development specialist at N.C. A&T, served as a member of a rapid response team on Civil Disclosure on Race Relations within N.C. Cooperative Extension, which received the Excellence in Teamwork Award at the National Association of Community Development Extension Professional Conference in June.
  • Misty Blue-Terry, 4-H STEM specialist at A&T, has received the 1890 Excellence in Extension Award for 4-H Youth Development from the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy and the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. She provides statewide direction with special emphasis on educational strategies for increasing technical and soft skills needed to succeed in STEM careers for limited-resource and socially disadvantaged audiences.

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