This summer, Erin Adair and Patti Woodbury, two staff members with the College of Natural Resources, were among those honored as Award for Excellence recipients at NC State University – the most prestigious honor bestowed upon non-faculty employees.
The award recognizes notable contributions that are above and beyond an employee’s normal job responsibilities. Recipients have demonstrated excellence in serving their departments or divisions, the NC State campus community, the State of North Carolina, or the lives of others.
Dean Mary Watzin joined Chancellor Randy Woodson at a campus-wide ceremony to confer the honors. In addition to the award itself, each received eight hours of paid time off and a $250 check.
Erin Adair is an Instructional Technologist for the Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management. Patti Woodbury is a Program Manager with the college’s Development Office.
Forest Biomaterials junior and former Marine Tyson Huffman in NC State University’s College of Natural Resources, is working in Rwanda with Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE). The work he is doing is changing lives.
In the developing world, the absence of affordable sanitary pads is more than a health and hygiene issue — it’s an economic and educational problem, too.
The solution to that problem is a cheap, sustainable, locally sourced sanitary pad that could be a game-changer for Rwandan girls and women.
“This guy went over there and did what I don’t think any other faculty member or student could have done,” said Med Byrd, associate professor of paper science and engineering at NC State. “In the space of about three months, with no tools, he took them from two machines in the middle of a parking lot to a dedicated crew making fluff pulp.”
When a retired colleague asked Dr. Elisabeth Wheeler, an NC State University professor emeritus in the Department of Forest Biomaterials, to add his collection of 1200 photomicrographs showing the wood anatomy of 400 Madagascar tree species to her InsideWood collection, she knew she had to find a way to get it done.
Dr. Wheeler’s work is featured in an exhibit in the visitor center at the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument in Colorado.
Why? Once added to the InsideWood collection in the NC State Libraries, the micrographs will
– be an invaluable resource for archaeologists and paleontologists who are studying the environmental and cultural history of Madagascar – one of the world’s “biodiversity hotspots.”
– help with enforcing trade regulations that apply to Madagascar woods and hopefully contribute in some way to stopping illegal logging
– provide data useful to understanding how the flora of Madagascar evolved and provide insight into the relationships between environment and wood anatomy.
Her goal: To conserve and make freely available digital versions of a unique decades old collection of photomicrographs of Madagascar woods.
Her Solution: Creative – Use Kickstarter, the world’s largest crowdfunding platform to raise the funds needed to pay a student for the hundreds of hours required to properly digitize the photos and upload them.
As winter melts away and we begin the spring in North Carolina, the College of Natural Resources is sponsoring a photo contest to try to capture the research, teaching, extension, and service that we do. Attached is a flyer describing the photo contest and how the photos will be used.
If you are an avid photographer, we hope that you will enjoy this photo assignment. If you are looking for a new activity to take you outside, pick-up your camera and head out to capture an image of the natural resources around us.
All faculty, staff and students in CNR are welcome to take part in this contest. Please feel free to share this with others in the CNR community.
Due date for the photos is April 18, 2014. Check out the flyer for more details.