Daily Archives: May 21, 2012

Joint A&T-NCSU sustainable local food initiative named a finalist for national engagement award

Logo for Center for Environmental Farming SystemsNorth Carolina A&T and N.C. State University have been named as finalists for a national community engagement award thanks to a joint project of the universities’ Center for Environmental Farming Systems.

The C. Peter Magrath University Community Engagement Award is presented annually by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. A&T and N.C. State were both nominated for “Building a Sustainable Local Food Economy in North Carolina through Partnership and Engagement.” The two universities and the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences, through the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS), entered a brewing crisis between agricultural and environmental groups and found positive ways to tackle emerging environmental issues. The program led to the creation of NC Choices, which promotes the advancement of local, niche and pasture-based meat supply chains.  The overall program is jointly headed by Dr. John O’Sullivan, farm management specialist with the N.C. A&T Cooperative Extension Service, and Nancy Creamer, professor of horticultural sciences at N.C. State University.

CEFS was created in 1994 by A&T, N.C. State University, and the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services at the Cherry Farm facility near Goldsboro.  The center works with state and federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, farmers, and residents to provide agricultural research, extension, and education.

As finalists, each institution will receive a cash prize of $6,000 as regional award winners and move on to compete for the national award during the National Outreach Scholarship Conference at the University of Alabama Sept. 30 through Oct 2.  The national winner will be announced at the APLU Annual Meeting, Nov. 11-13, in Denver, Colorado.

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Aug. workshop on teaching ethical dimensions of coupled natural and human systems

National Science Foundation logoFaculty members from North Carolina A&T and Penn State will conduct a two-day workshop for A&T faculty, post-docs, and doctoral students in the sciences and engineering who are interested in integrating the ethical dimensions of coupled natural and human systems into their classes.

The “Ethical Dimensions of Coupled Natural and Human Systems Research” workshop will be held on campus August 13-14. Location and times will be announced soon. Details on the event are here. Funding is provided by the National Science Foundation.

The workshop is designed to improve pedagogical methods and capacity-building strategies.  Researchers will learn how to incorporate research ethics content into existing curriculum and will acquire the ability to develop content tailored to their area of expertise.

A&T faculty members sponsoring the workshop are Dr. Keith Schimmel, chairman of the Department of Energy and Environmental Systems (EES); Dr. Luba Kurkalova, Department of Economics and EES; and Dr. Yengeniy Rastigeyev, Department of Mathematics and EES.

Contact Schimmel, schimmel@ncat.edu, 285-2329, by July 15 to register or for more information. You must reserve a spot to attend.  There is no charge for the workshop.  It is open only to N.C. A&T researchers.