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Brendan Tumpey stands in graduation robe by NCSU Pulp and Paper Labs sign

Graduation to Vocation

Our students are ready to provide real-world solutions to real-world problems.

We are feeling pine today. 🎄 It may only be June, but it’s never too early to pay homage to the Christmas tree industry, especially the work of #NCStateCNR’s Christmas Tree Genetics program at @ncstate. 

Our genetics program, led by Dr. Justin G.A. Whitehill in @ncstatefer, works hard to advance North Carolina’s Christmas tree industry through the application of genetic and genomic principles. North Carolina is the second leading Christmas tree producer in the United States, with an estimated 40,000 acres dedicated to Christmas tree production.

📸: A variety of Christmas tree saplings in front of the Centennial Campus’ Plant Sciences Building, which just opened this past spring. Featured are Fraser fir, Momi fir and Leyland Cypress.
Happy first day of summer, #NCStateCNR Wolfpack! 🌞 How are you spending your break?

📸: @dixpark
Happy Father’s Day to all of our Wolfpack dads out there, like recent #NCStateCNR alum and dad Austin Cross who graduated from our @ncstateprtm program. 🎉🐺🐾

📸: @biograve93
Clothing dyes are one of the world’s largest sources of pollution that can be found in streams and rivers. To solve this problem, our researchers are working with @ncstatewilson on a textile process involving nanocrystals from wood. 

“Textile mills use dyes and other coloration agents that are very toxic. Using nanocellulose is a way forward to sustainable processing.

Researchers have known how to make iridescent films with these nanoparticles. But until now, there was no way to apply these particles to textiles.” -Nathalie Lavoine, an assistant professor in @ncstatefb

To learn more, visit the "Research and Innovation" section of the news link in our bio.

📸: Using this sustainable process, Lavoine and her collaborators can print iridescent designs on clothing items.
Next week, @ncstatesustain is hosting a workshop, “Sports Sustainability and Higher Education,” featuring our own Dr. Jonathan Casper (@jonnycasper). Learn about Dr. Casper’s research to address climate change through sports in @ncstateprtm, as well as breakout sessions on:

♻️ How to start a sports sustainability team on your campus
🏀 How to involve students and fans around sports sustainability
💻 How you can access the ACC Sports Sustainability network and resources
♻️ Your best practices, resources and tips for sports sustainability

📅 Wednesday, June 22, 1-2 p.m.

To register, visit the link in our bio.
Happy #GetOutdoorsDay! Nature is a great form of medicine and getting outdoors can greatly contribute to mental health wellness. 🥾🌳

"People who spend more time in nature enjoy enhanced cognitive functioning and attention and reduced stress. They are also less likely to display anxiety disorders and depression and more likely to report high levels of happiness and well-being.

Connection to nature and green spaces has also been shown to enhance positive youth development. Parks provide benefits to broader communities too, providing spaces where people gather and interact to build social cohesion and foster social capital." - Drs. Lincoln Larson and Aaron Hipp, associate professors of parks, recreation and tourism management at NC State.

📸: Big Lake along Sal's Branch Trail at William B. Umstead State Park in Raleigh
Happy #WorldOceansDay 🌊

At #NCStateCNR, we believe the ocean is a vital resource we must work to protect. That is why our researchers in @ncstatefb are working on a plastic alternative to save our oceans, which are polluted by an estimated 12 million tons of waste from single-use plastic products.

To solve this problem, Drs. Lokendra Pal and Lucian Lucia have developed a biomaterial which has been converted from leftover sawdust powder and agro-residues into a Styrofoam-like packaging material. 

“Items made from Styrofoam aren’t used very long before they’re discarded. But they pose a major threat to human and ecosystem health. The lightweight composition and buoyancy of Styrofoam allows it to float for long distances in water. It also can absorb and transport toxic pollutants, such as mercury." 

As researchers conduct pilot and trials of their material over the next six months, they plan to further test its biodegradability and biocompatibility and to scale production for industrial partners. They will also explore the use of 3-D printing in the production process, with the goal of eventually creating eco-friendly household items.

📸: Drs. Pal and Lucia have created several proof-of-concept items from their newly developed biomaterial, including LEGO bricks and chess pieces.
Congrats to our own Dr. Fred Cubbage for recently receiving the 2022 Jackson Rigney International Service Award! 👏 The award recognizes the distinguished contributions of a faculty or staff member for the promotion of international understanding and service to the university and/or to the international community.

Since 1994, Cubbage has played an instrumental role in the college, with global research in numerous areas, including forest economics, silvopasture systems, and forest policy. He has served as @ncstatefer department head from 1994 to 2004 and has been a lecturer, Ph.D. advisor, and graduate committee member in countries across Latin America, including Brazil, Chile, Peru, Costa Rica, Mexico, Argentina, and Uruguay Argentina and Uruguay.

In 2004, Cubbage was also a Fulbright Lecturing/Research Environmental Scholar in Argentina and Uruguay, and he has maintained deep and enduring research interactions with colleagues both there and throughout Latin America. His research program on global forest economics has substantially expanded in the 15 years since his Fulbright exchange and involved cooperation with more than 20 individuals from countries around the world.
In 2020, a new social media movement was born, with a mission of activism and bringing awareness to the experiences of Black people working in ornithology and the outdoors. This year marks the third anniversary of #BlackBirdersWeek, a movement that aims to highlight Black bird watchers, naturalists and outdoor enthusiasts.

One of the movement's co-organizers is Deja Perkins, who is a current Ph.D. student in #NCStateCNR's Center for Geospatial Analytics and co-founder of @blackafinstem, which seeks to uplift Black STEM professionals in natural resources. In 2020, Deja earned her master’s degree in fisheries, wildlife and conservation biology within @ncstatefer.

"The idea behind #BlackBirdersWeek was started by Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman and more than 30 organizers in #BlackAFinSTEM after Christian Cooper, a Black bird watcher and board member of NYC Audubon, was threatened with police violence after informing a white woman that she had her dog off-leash in a wildlife protected area of Central Park called ‘The Ramble.'

The idea was initially to raise awareness, not only of the incident but that Black people are and can be voices of authority in outdoor spaces. We exist in this space as ornithologists, researchers, managers, educators, naturalists, outdoor enthusiasts and more. As a group of young Black STEM professionals, we knew the experiences of Christian Cooper were not an isolated incident, and many of us had our own similar stories.

It was our version of activism and bringing awareness to the unique shared experience of Black people working in ornithology and the outdoor field in general. Since its initiation, #BlackBirdersWeek has transformed to become not only a virtual space for connection, discussion and healing, but a space for learning and a celebration of Black joy in the outdoors." -@naturallywild__

👀 Check out the link in our bio for details on #BlackBirdersWeek2022 events.

📸 Photo by @murryloub