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Sep 14, 2022

This Map Can Tell You When Fall Foliage is Peaking in 2022

"Sunny, but not hot, days and cooler nights provide the optimal conditions for fall foliage, with the lower temperatures slowing the production of chlorophyll — the pigment that gives plants their green color — and sunlight increasing sugar production," according to NC State's College of Natural Resources. 

Sep 14, 2022

Extreme Weather is Weakening U.S. Hydropower and Stressing Energy Grids

TIME Magazine
“If you’re in the middle of a terrible drought and you have way less hydropower than normal, that makes it harder to meet demand,” says Jordan Kern, an assistant professor in the College of Natural Resources at NC State. 

Afternoon sunlight streams through the fall foliage at Wolf Plaza.

Sep 14, 2022

Paper Science Alumni Establishes Scholarship to Honor Mother

Ed Melton '77 has long wanted to find a way to thank the woman who worked so hard to make sure he got an education. 

Aug 31, 2022

Grid Operators in Western States Brace for Another Prolonged Heat Wave

American City and County
In a study, NC State researchers considered 11 different climate scenarios between 2030 and 2060, drawing on scientific climate change models calculated to simulate a worst-case scenario and another, less severe scenario. 

Aug 30, 2022

Why Older People Love Pickleball So Much

TIME Magazine
Jonathan Casper, an associate professor at NC State who has studied the benefits of pickleball for older adults, views it “as a public health tool in many ways, both for achieving physical activity and for getting the psychological and social benefits that are so important as we age.” 

NC State professor Zakiya Leggett poses with the participants of the research program - Summer Program Exposes High School Students to Forestry - College of Natural Resources - NC State University

Aug 26, 2022

Summer Program Exposes High School Students to Forestry Research, Careers

The four-week program allowed students to learn about the scientific process, conduct field research on coarse woody debris, and more. 

Aug 25, 2022

Squash Spotted Lanternflies On Sight, Experts Urge

The invasive species may reach the West Coast as soon as 2027, warns a recent study from North Carolina State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

Aug 17, 2022

How the Western Drought is Pushing the Power Grid to the Brink

“There is concern, not this summer, but potentially next summer and moving forward, that water levels could be so low that Hoover Dam might not be able to produce electricity," said Jordan Kern, an assistant professor of forestry and environmental resources at NC State. 

Aug 16, 2022

Kentucky Disaster Shows How US is Ill-Prepared and Underinsured for Devastating Floods

“It’s expensive and time-consuming to update our flood maps,” said Georgina Sanchez, a researcher at NC State. “Many of the maps are quite old … and are not accounting for the changes we’re currently experiencing due to climate change.” 

Aug 15, 2022

What to Know About the Spotted Lanternfly, the Insect Experts Say to Squish

ABC News
The spotted lanternfly can be devastating to the multi-billion-dollar wine industry since they feed on grapes, reduce their crops and diminish the quality of grapes, according to NC State expert Kelly Oten.