Library Exhibit Celebrates 50 Years of PAMS

August 17, 2010
By Cherry Crayton
A PAMS student in 1984.

A PAMS student in 1984.

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:

Legacy One

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.

Legacy Two

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.

Legacy Three

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)

Legacy Four

Mary Schweitzer, professor of marine, earth and atmospheric sciences, leads a research team in the mid 2000s that discovers soft tissue in dinosaur fossils.

Legacy Five

Astrophysicist Stephen Reynolds and his research team identify a 140-year-old supernova remnant—the youngest in the Milky Way—in 2008.

View a detailed timeline of PAMS’ history here. Several photos from the exhibit and university archives related to PAMS are after the jump. See more photos here.

Students study electronics in an introductory physics lab.

Students study electronics in an introductory physics lab.

Students in a PAMS computer lab in the 1980s.

Students in a PAMS computer lab in the 1980s.

A student in the plasma physics lab in 1971.

A student in the plasma physics lab in 1971.

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