NCSU Libraries will honor the 1960 founding of NC State’s College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences in an exhibit that opens this week. “A Legacy of Discovery: Celebrating 50 Years of the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences” runs through Dec. 18 in D.H. Hill Library’s exhibit gallery. Check it out the next time you’re on campus.
The “Nostalgia” piece in NC State magazine’s Autumn 2010 issue is on PAMS’ 50-year history and includes five of the college’s legacies since its founding in 1960. Those legacies, with links to more information about each one, include:
Research conducted by former statistics professor Jim Goodnight ’65, ’68 ms, ’72 phd and student John Sall provides the groundwork for their founding in 1976 of SAS, the world’s largest private software company.
- “Forecasting the Future” (NC State magazine profile of Jim and Ann Goodnight, Autumn 2003
PAMS becomes home to the State Climate Office in 1980. The office is the primary resource for weather and climate research, education and extension services in North Carolina.
In 1990 PAMS opens The Science House, a national model of K-12 science outreach today that reaches 40,000 K-12 students and teachers annually.
- “Gee Whiz!” (NC State magazine profile of The Science House, Fall 1995)
Mary Schweitzer, professor of marine, earth and atmospheric sciences, leads a research team in the mid 2000s that discovers soft tissue in dinosaur fossils.