College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Category
Daryl Liles and his brother, Derek, have always done everything together. They were born together, as twins, so that’s only natural.
Derek Liles paints one end zone of Carter-Finley Stadium. Photo by Ted Richardson.
They grew up rooting for the Wolfpack together with their parents. They came to NC State and graduated from the Agricultural Institute in 1998 together.
And now they work to protect the sacred grounds of NC State athletics for coaches, players and fans. Daryl is the turf supervisor for athletics grounds, and Derek is facilities supervisor.
This fall will be their 15th full season working athletic events, from double-headers at Doak Field to game-day Saturdays at Carter-Finley Stadium.”With the pressure that comes with college athletics, it puts pressure on coaches to win,” Derek says of his job. “That puts pressure on everybody else. We work a lot of hours. You like to see a season come in, but you like to see them end, too.”
Daryl Liles raises a net for an extra point attempt at Carter-Finley Stadium. Photo by Ted Richardson.
The twins told themselves when they were at the Agricultural Institute that they would graduate and own their own landscaping business. “We cut grass all of our lives and grew up on a farm in Knightdale,” Daryl says. But they both got an internship with the athletics facilities division on campus that presented them with options, one of which stood out.
“In turf grass, you’re either on the golf course, athletic fields, landscaping or sales. [But with athletic fields] you get satisfaction of how your field looks,” Daryl says. “And you’re getting paid to watch Division I athletics. But at the same time, you’re here if something goes wrong to deal with it.”
That something could be an assortment of trouble. It might be an airplane liquor bottle shoved in a urinal during a game. It might be managing an array of contests across campus on a Saturday afternoon. It might be a breaker going out on a scoreboard. Or it might mean having to delay painting the football field for a Saturday game all week because of a tropical storm, as was the case when the University to South Carolina came to town one year.
“Friday morning, there was no paint on the field,” Daryl says. “We came in at 4 o’clock that morning, painted throughout the day and finished at seven that night.”
Of course, as Derek points out, sometimes something going wrong could bode well for NC State fans. “Early on, we dealt with tearing down goal posts,” he says. “It seems like every week, we’d beat Florida State or East Carolina, and we’d scramble to get a new set of goal posts up.”
The Liles brothers love being near college athletics every day on the job, even if it does mean they can’t use their two season tickets to football games (they give them to their parents). But they do get to enjoy their season tickets to the Carolina Hurricanes.
The ice is the one place where they can just be fans.
NC State magazine was granted full access in fall of 2013 to see all the behind-the-scenes work that goes in to putting on a game at Carter-Finley on Saturdays. We included a feature about what we saw in the summer issue, which should be in mailboxes very soon. We also produced a video to show how the stadium comes alive.
Visitors to Washington, D.C., will get their first look at the planned Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial in 2017 when the memorial commemorating the 34th president of the United States opens across from the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.
While architect Frank Gehry was chosen to design the memorial, landscape architect and soil scientist Barrett Kays is concerned with a much deeper question — what in the world will go on underneath Eisenhower Square?
Kays, who graduated from NC State with a design degree in 1973 and with a Ph.D. in soil science in 1979, is one of the country’s leading experts in integrating soil science in the design of landscape architecture projects in urban areas. (NC State magazine profiled Kays in 1996 when he took on a project in New York City’s Central Park.)
He recently completed the construction documents for the manufactured custom soils and drainage system for the memorial’s site.
“At the Eisenhower Memorial, we have to control the moisture,” says Kays, president of the consulting firm Landis Inc. in Raleigh. “So we have to remove about 35,000 cubic yards of material from the site.”
A planned view from Eisenhower Square. (Photo courtesy of Eisenhower Memorial Commission.)
Kays will replace it with a custom blend of soils that, as he describes it, will drain well when it’s extremely wet and keep in enough moisture when it’s dry.
“Typically in the past, the way urban parks get destroyed is when you have these large events with a lot of people, when they occur after a large rainstorm event,” Kays says. “The National Mall was destroyed over and over in the 1960s. In Central Park, behind The Metropolitan Museum of Art, they would have a million people there at a time.”
But with technology and a focus on landscape architecture in urban planning, Kays says scientists have been able to have a large rain event with no runoff.
NC State magazine originally ran this story in summer 2012. We thought it was worth revisiting as Pinehurst No. 2 hosts the 2014 U.S. Open this week and the U.S. Women’s Open Championships next week.
Photo by John Gessner.
Around the famed No. 2 course at Pinehurst are features that contradict modern golf course design and maintenance: Rough-hewn bunker edges, hardpan sand littered with stray pine cones and needles, and odd strands of wire grass peeping through sandy bunkers. The course is in stark contrast to the one that [four] years ago was enveloped in a thick blanket of Bermuda grass and dotted with smooth, rounded bunkers.
“It’s a totally different mindset from what we learned in school, what we did on other courses,” says Kevin Robinson ’92, course superintendent of No. 2. “It’s a different look altogether. I can remember [in earlier jobs] sweating over every brown spot, trying to get it watered fast and get it green. Our goal now is to have a more natural-looking course.
Robinson, John Jeffreys ’00 and Tom Lineberger ’11, who focused their studies on turfgrass at NC State, are on the firing line in day-to-day maintenance of Pinehurst No. 2. The course has undergone a daring restoration project in 2010-11 to recapture the character and natural look of the original design as it prepares to host the men’s 2014 U.S. Open this week.
Left to right: Kevin Robinson, John Jeffreys and Tom Lineberger. Photo by John Gessner.
Jeffreys, an assistant superintendent on No. 2, nods toward a smattering of pine cones and odd tidbits of organic matter strewn about the edges of the fairways. [Four] years earlier, the pine cones would have been picked up by maintenance staff and the clumps of decayed plant matter dispersed by a backpack blower. “Now we leave the debris that accumulates,” Jeffreys says. “Some guys at the beginning wanted to keep cleaning it out. You have to say, ‘Stop, don’t do that.’ We’ve grown accustomed to the change. It took a while. You’d turn around and see a guy blowing and raking because he thought that’s what looked good, looked clean. Without a doubt, it’s more interesting to play the golf course now, and it’s certainly more interesting to maintain it.”
No. 2 opened as 18 holes in 1907 and was designed by Donald Ross, the Scottish golf professional who immigrated to America in 1899. He found Pinehurst to his liking because of the similarity of the sandy, bumpy ground to that of Scotland. Ross expanded and tweaked the course often through the years, and No. 2 was ranked perennially among the nation’s top courses. It was known for its difficult greens, wide fairways and the peripheral areas of bunkers, wire grass, pine cones and pine needles.
As the use of water and chemicals in golf maintenance burgeoned and tastes for more lush, greener courses grew throughout the 20th century, the look of No. 2 evolved into one of a slicker, smoother sheen of emerald. Pinehurst officials were listening and watching in recent years as No. 2 fell to 32th in Golf Digest’s semi-annual ranking of America’s top courses from its perch at ninth best in 2001. And as players who knew No. 2 from its earlier glory criticized the burnished look. In early 2010, a firm was hired to supervise removal of nearly 40 football fields worth of Bermuda grass, cutting the number of sprinkler heads by more than half and planting of some 90,000 wire grass plants. With the new approach less dependent on water and chemicals, it’s environmentally friendly.
Many in the world of golf will offer an opinion [the next two weeks] when No. 2 is the venue on consecutive weeks in June 2014 for the U.S. Men’s and Women’s Opens. It will be a different look to players, spectators and TV viewers accustomed to the radiant green look promulgated by Augusta National Golf Club and its annual Masters Tournament. “People will think they’ve skipped a month and are actually watching the British Open,” Jeffreys adds, referring to the brownish tint shown on telecasts each July from British golf courses.
“You think of all the aerial shots of golf courses they show at the U.S. Open, the lush green look,” Robinson says. “We’ll be anything but that.”
One arm of the dairy industry was declining in the late 1980s as people were eating fewer eggs.
But on this day 26 years ago, NC State researchers announced a process they hoped would reinvigorate business and make distribution of liquid eggs to restaurants “over easy.”
Food scientists Kenneth Swartzel, Hershell Ball and Mohammed Samimi developed a process they called Easy Egg. A machine would break the egg, beat it and heat the resulting liquid at higher temperatures and for shorter periods than had been used in conventional processing. That ultra-pasteurization process allowed the researchers to keep the eggs refrigerated for six months without spoilage.
“Currently mass-food outlets such as restaurants and cafeterias use frozen eggs to make omelets and cakes,” the Technician reported. “Swartzel and the other researchers say the new product does not need to be frozen and so will take less energy and money to store and distribute.”
Researchers described Easy Egg as a yellow liquid resembling orange juice and smelling like egg. Morning Glory Eggs, which is based in Richfield, N.C., purchased the license rights to the product, with its parent company, Michael Foods, owning exclusive licensing rights.
Kristine Callis-Duehl and her husband, Adrian, received the usual gifts a couple having their first child would expect to receive when their son, Joey, was born three and a half years ago. Cute outfits. New toys.
But the two scientists — Kristine, a botanist, and Adrian, an entomologist — were a bit unnerved by the books they kept receiving, books they saw filled with information they didn’t want young Joe to ever confront.
“We were given a lot of natural science books,” says Callis-Duehl, who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in botany at NC State. “And almost all the books contained scientific errors. There were things like lizards and earthworms and snails in bug books. Why am I going to read him something that is wrong? That’s not the legacy I want to give him.”
So Callis-Duehl set out to create her own books for young children. She spent her maternity leave writing her first manuscript and found an illustrator. In 2012, she started Budding Biologist, an education company focused on producing fun and accurate learning materials for children, and published her first book, Am I an Insect? And Budding Biologist has just released their first app, a game called Lizard Island.
Callis-Duehl and her team received a National Science Foundation grant to produce the game, which is aimed to enhance observation, hypothesis-building and experimentation in children who are in kindergarten through fifth grade. It also let Callis-Duehl think about computers again, something she hasn’t done since she switched from computer programming to botany at NC State early in her academic career. She received a bachelor’s in 2002 and master’s in 2005. She also went on to get a Ph.D. in biology from the University of Florida. Her husband, Adrian, earned his Ph.D. in entomology at NC State in 2008.
Budding Biologist is an attempt to reinvigorate the stress placed on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines at an early age. Callis-Duehl, who now lives in Woodland, Calif., with Adrian, Joey and her second son, Leo, says kids begin with an interest in those fields, but that interest wanes in almost 50 percent of those students by the time they reach middle school and in another 30 percent by the time they reach high school. Callis-Duehl believes if she can be part of a movement to undo the wrongs in the books kids read at an early age, she can help get some of those students back.
Kristine Callis-Duehl and her son, Joey.
“I think there’s two things going on,” she says. “One is that they underestimate children. Kids are quick to understand complex concepts. …And the people who write children books don’t have the scientific background to know those misconceptions, themselves. They include a spider in a bug book because they think a spider is a bug.
“But we think we can change those misconceptions from day one. We love when we do a book signing and the parents come up and say, ‘I didn’t know an earthworm wasn’t an insect.’”
Visitors to the Dorothy and Roy Park Alumni Center can now enjoy artwork previously displayed at the Gregg Museum of Art & Design. With the renovation and expansion of Talley Student Union underway, the Gregg has had to put a vast majority of its collection into storage until a new facility for the museum is completed.
As a part of the fundraising effort to convert the former chancellor’s residence into an art museum, the Gregg Museum put together a campaign committee. One member of the committee, Bing Sizemore, a 1971 textile chemistry graduate, thought it would be a great idea to get some of the art from the Gregg to be displayed at the Alumni Center.
“He thought that if some people who visit the Alumni Center saw some of the pieces of our collection, they might be more likely to donate to our cause,” says Roger Manley, director of the Gregg Museum.
The Park Alumni Center had very little art on display when it opened in 2006. The only art initially was portraits of contributors who donated $1 million or more toward the construction of the Alumni Center. There are nine framed portraits in various rooms throughout the building.
“During the building process, it was kind of a ‘thank you’ to those contributors,” says Randy Ham, associate executive director of outreach and data at the Alumni Association. “The portraits hang in the rooms that were named after them.”
Choosing additional art for the public spaces on the first and second floors was set aside until a few years ago, when the Alumni Association reached out to the Gregg Museum about displaying artwork done by alumni. Those efforts were dropped until about a year ago, when Sizemore approached The State Club and the Alumni Association again. A final agreement was reached last year to get some of the art that would have gone into storage put up in the Alumni Center.
“Manley was given free reign to pick what he thought was appropriate,” Ham says.
The pieces he chose are everything from photographs to landscape paintings. Nearly all of the art is related to NC State or North Carolina in some way. Many of the pieces are from artists who are alumni of NC State.
U.S. soldier in rotor wash of Blackhawk helicopter, Afghanistan, 2002,archival pigment print, gift of Getty Images
The abstract paintings on the first floor were done by George Bireline, a professor at the College of Design from 1955 to 1986. The first floor also features several photographs by NC State alum Chris Hondros, an acclaimed war photographer who was killed in Libya in 2011.
The first floor is also the home for a few contemporary pastel paintings by Will Henry Stevens. While he wasn’t directly associated with the university, Stevens was known for his pastels that depicted rural Southern nature abstracts and landscapes. He used to vacation in the mountains near Asheville, which is where he spent most of his time painting these works.
House with Red Roof, ca. 1921-1948, pastel on paper, gift of Will Henry Stevens Memorial Trust
Another notable artist is Cora Kelley Ward, whose pastel abstracts are located on the second floor. She went to Black Mountain College, a well-known art school at the time. “When they decided to start a college of design here, they looked to that college and tried to make ours the same way,” Manley says.
The last artist showcased at the Alumni Center, on the second floor, is Maud Gatewood. Her abstract landscape paintings were chosen because they are meant to remind alumni of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
“We wanted people to have different kinds of art that they could walk around and gravitate toward and enjoy in different ways,” Manley says.
The artwork is expected to stay in the Alumni Center for at least a few years. Ham and Manley would both like for collections to rotate, much like they do at the Gregg Museum, to keep the aesthetics fresh and interesting inside the Alumni Center.
“Our whole goal here is to make this a warm, welcoming, beautifully-decorated building for alumni to visit and consider their home on campus when they’re visiting,” Ham says.
– Sam O’Brien ’14
On Sept. 11, 2001, Robert Zachary Vinci was on a conference call from his office in the American Museum of Natural History on the Upper West Side of Manhattan,
talking about an upcoming exhibit on the history of baseball. The conversation ended quickly. From his office window, Vinci could see clouds of smoke and dozens of fire trucks headed downtown.
Nine years later, Vinci, who graduated from NC State in 1990, found himself in the middle of one of the most important and challenging museum projects in the world. As exhibition project manager for the National September 11 Memorial Museum for two years, Vinci was in charge of coordinating construction schedules, budgets and exhibition designs.
Robert Zachary Vinci
The museum opens to the public Wednesday.
The decade of planning and construction has been a difficult journey, with nearly every decision prompting a public discussion. Families of victims were concerned about how artifacts would be displayed. A video on the rise of Al Quaida created controversy. At one point, some family members raised questions about whether to show the faces of the 12 terrorists who hijacked four planes that day.
For Vinci, who had worked in museum planning since 1998, it was an emotional journey as well. “There were days when it was managing budgets and schedules and exhibition space, how much glass we would need,” he says. “And there were days when we in meetings to review exhibits as they were being created and designed. You’re hearing phone calls from Flight 93 passengers to their families or radio transmissions from first responders as they were trying to fight the fires and rescue people. Those were the days that were more difficult.”
The steel tridents. (Photos by Jin Lee, National September 11 Memorial Museum)
Much of Vinci’s job involved figuring out where and how to display some of the huge artifacts that resulted from the attack. Two huge steel tridents that formed the distinctive façade of the Twin Towers are the first thing visitors see before descending to the museum, which is mostly 70 feet below ground.
There are other massive pieces: A 36-foot steel beam that became known as the Last Column, which was tagged with photos and handwritten messages during the recovery operation. An elevator engine salvaged from one of the towers and a Ladder Co. 3 fire truck, its front end deformed into shards of curled metal.
“Some of these things were several stories tall,” Vinci says, and it was a challenge to figure out where to display them.
For smaller artifacts, the museum designed cases that allowed the exhibits to change, both for preservation purposes and to allow more of the museum’s vast holdings to be displayed. On display now are such things as a pair of lens-less eyeglasses, a burned wallet accompanied by credit cards and a Brooklyn library card, as well as scores of the “missing” posters that papered the city after the attacks.
Vinci says allowing for the changing of displays is important. “We’re still collecting history,” he says. “This is just over a decade old.”
The museum has an area where visitors can contribute to that collection of history — in a recording booth, they can respond to questions and talk about where they were, and why it’s important to remember.
The “Survivors’ Stairs”
Another of the larger artifacts is the so-called Survivors’ Stairs, a remnant of the remains of the Vesey Street staircase that was used by survivors to escape.
Vinci and the museum designers placed it in the center of the museum alongside the last leg of the descent from the pavilion. “It’s the best place to see it. You walk down the staircase, and you are beside the stairs. You can study the tread and the construction,” Vinci says. And it’s an important part of the story the museum tells. “It’s the way some people survived,” he says.
One the artifacts that resonated most with Vinci was a large piece of the grillage — I-beams set in concrete that were used to create the foundation of the towers. Two pieces survived. “I spent a couple of days down there with a guy with a jackhammer, working to expose the ends of the beams. You could see how the thing was constructed,” Vinci says.
“It was an element that survived that day, it was there before the construction of the building, and that jackhammer was a lesson to show just how strong it was….We chipped away so you could see the ends of the beams going one way. Here was this amazing architectural element I never knew about, and it was strong enough to survive that day.”
Vinci didn’t plan a career in museums. At NC State, he majored in zoology and genetics, but always had a love of history. In New York, he started doing environmental education for the New York City Parks Department and then later got a job at the American Museum of Natural History, where he was an exhibition developer. He later was director of exhibitions at the Museum of American Finance, which opened in 2008 in the old Bank of New York building on Wall Street. After leaving the 9/11 museum staff in 2012, he was worked as a consultant and event planner.
At the natural history museum, the baseball exhibit that Vinci was discussing on the morning of the attacks eventually came together. And among the items displayed was a player’s cap from the 2001 World Series (the Yankees lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks), which took place six weeks after the attacks. During the series, the Yankees wore caps bearing the emblems of New York City’s emergency services.
“So it came full circle,” Vinci says.
—Sylvia Adcock ’81
A native of Costa Rica, Luis Felipe Arauz earned his doctorate in plant pathology from NC State in 1990. Until last week, he was a professor of plant pathology and agroecology at the University of Costa Rica and dean of its College of Agricultural and Food Sciences. Today, he is the Minister of Agriculture and Livestock of Costa Rica after being appointed by the country’s new president, Luis Guillermo Solís. Here, he talks about his new responsibilities and how he has remained connected with the university over the past 20 years, both personally and professionally.
What led to your appointment as minister of livestock and agriculture? We just had an election in which Luis Guillermo Solís was elected the new president of Costa Rica. During the campaign and before, I was in charge of coordinating the committee that wrote the agriculture program for Mr. Solís’ eventual administration. After he won the election, he asked me if I wanted to be in charge of implementing the program as the Minister of Agriculture and Livestock.
What will your main responsibilities be? To implement a program that will bring well-being to agricultural producers, especially small and poor farmers. To provide food safety and sovereignty to the country and to produce a healthy environment. To create opportunities for the rural youth, and to foster a vigorous agro-exporting sector.
What are the particular challenges that you would like to address? How to combine the above. People say there is a conflict between social, environmental and economic issues in agriculture. I do not see it as a conflict but as complementarities that, if well managed, can result in a truly sustainable agriculture.
Describe some of your recent research. I have been in administration for the past 10 years, but I still kept a foot on research and teaching. I have been collaborating on research related to the epidemiology and biocontrol of plant diseases, such as the American leaf spot of coffee and downy mildew of cucurbits. The latter is in collaboration with Dr. Peter Ojiambo from NCSU’s plant pathology department and Dr. Ojiambo’s Ph.D student, Katie Neufeld.
How did your education at NC State prepare you for the position you have now? First, it provided me with a solid scientific foundation that helps in the way I analyze problems and look for a solution. Second, it fostered critical thinking. Third, it helped me develop a holistic approach to problems. I believe holistic approaches are embedded in the way plant pathology works. It is a very holistic discipline, and this approach can be translated to many aspects of life.
How have you managed to stay connected with the university over the years? There have been several factors. I maintain a personal friendship with my former adviser, Dr. Turner Sutton. My wife, Melanie Hord Arauz, is also an NC State graduate, and her family lives in North Carolina so I have remained connected with the state as a whole. Also, several Costa Ricans throughout the years have obtained advanced degrees at NC State, which in turn resulted in a good group of potential collaborators for student exchange. Dr. Jean Ristaino took the initiative of bringing NCSU students to Costa Rica, and as a result she found ways to reciprocate and we were able to bring a group of students from UCR to NCSU as well. I also did a six-month internship in 2009 with Dr. Ojiambo in the Plant Pathology Department.
The Alumni Association is honoring 26 NC State professors with the 2014 Faculty Awards for their outstanding work in the classroom, in the laboratory and in the field. We talked (via email) with some of the recipients about their work and the keys to being a successful professor.
Today we’re visiting with Dennis J. Werner, JC Raulston Distinguished Professor in the Department of Horticulture Science. Werner is one of seven professors being recognized as a Distinguished Undergraduate Professor.
What prompted you to become a professor? That I became a professor was not a consequence of a “grand scheme” that I planned early in my life. My path to becoming a professor was simply an inevitable consequence of a life-long pursuit of doing what I love to do. I have always enjoyed studying and experiencing the natural world, especially plants. In my childhood and youth, I engaged in gardening with my parents and grandparents, and developed a passion for horticulture. Going to a university to pursue these interests seemed like a good opportunity and the natural thing to do. My undergraduate and graduate school pursuits were in horticultural science, and at the time, I was thinking that I would pursue a position as a plant breeder in the private sector after I graduated. As I had very little opportunity to teach during graduate school, being a teacher in a university was something I had not given much thought to. When the opportunity arose to apply for a position at NCSU, one which I subsequently garnered, it included a significant teaching responsibility, which I have thoroughly enjoyed during my 35 years here at NCSU.
What are the keys to being a successful professor? As a firm believer in the old adage that “actions speak louder than words,” I like to think that my philosophy about teaching and instruction is demonstrated through my actions in the classroom, and that this philosophy is clearly and positively perceived by the students I teach and the colleagues with whom I work. My philosophy is simple. The best teachers are those who are highly knowledgeable in a particular subject, and who have the passion and commitment to share that knowledge with others. Effective teaching is really about caring and respect: care and respect for students and the institution such that one does the very best they can do each and every day, and putting students first in one’s daily list of priorities, even when other activities such as research may be more visible departmentally and university wide.
I am a firm believer that teaching can be enhanced by technology, but that technology is no substitute for effective teaching. Some of the best classes I have had were with instructors who had nothing more than a blackboard, a piece of chalk, and an eraser. What they had were passion about their discipline, and a love of teaching. If one doesn’t have those ingredients, no amount of technology will substitute. Sharing one’s passion and love of learning with student’s is critical, for doing such often instills passion in students for the subject matter.
I strongly believe that it is important to communicate to students during the first class of a semester that one enjoys and is committed to teaching, and then to back up those words with actions throughout the entire semester. I am also a strong advocate of communicating to students the shared responsibility that exists in the classroom: the responsibility that I have to them to do my best job, and the responsibility they have to themselves, to the instructor, and to society to do the best they can. I try to develop in them a sense of responsibility and a sense of purpose. They need to appreciate that to be recognized as a professional, they need to develop and exhibit professional work habits, professional skills, and a professional attitude, and that each class is a new opportunity in which to do this. I believe strongly that in the classroom, the instructor needs to set high standards for himself and for the students. Students need to be challenged academically in order for them to reach their full potential. I believe that many students often don’t realize the full benefits of being challenged in the classroom, or the true value of a course, until they have departed NCSU and entered the profession. I have found many times that a student will raise their personal level of commitment if the instructor sets high standards in the classroom.
In the classroom, it is important for an instructor to try to minimize or remove any barriers between himself and the students. Yes, an instructor is in a position of authority in the classroom, and must make it clear through their words and actions that they are in charge of the course and the classroom. However, I feel it is important as an instructor to convey to students, either individually or collectively, that you care about them, and their academic and professional progress. This can be accomplished by getting to class early, or staying after class, and speaking with students on a very informal basis, or taking advantage of the informality of laboratory sessions to inquire about their other classes, their past professional experiences, and their professional goals. Many students who are struggling to find a sense of purpose and identity respond very positively to simple faculty attention and interaction. Lastly, with all due respect to research and outreach programs, I believe that teaching is the most important function of a university. We have a professional obligation individually as educators and collectively as an institution to give as much of ourselves to students as we possibly can. They and their families deserve nothing less.
What gives you the greatest satisfaction as a professor? My greatest satisfaction is to see that students have responded positively to my passion for the discipline of plant science and horticulture, and have themselves developed a greater passion for the subject matter throughout the semester. I like it when they say “WOW.” “Wow moments” are wonderful!
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) recently went through a bit of upheaval, with some of its disciplines moving last year to the newly renamed College of Sciences (formerly known as the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences).
The moves came almost 50 years after another big change for the college. On this day in 1964, the college underwent a name change, from the School of Agriculture to the School of Agriculture and Life Sciences. It would be another 23 years before all the university’s schools became known as colleges.
The name change in 1964 happened “without incident,” according to an account in the Technician.
University officials said the new name would more accurately reflect what the school had to offer. The new School of Agriculture and Life Sciences included a new Institute of Biological Sciences, the result of a $2 million grant that was described as the largest ever awarded for mathematical genetics.