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Aug 18 2011

Fabulous Faculty – Dr. Rob Dunn

Picture of Rob Dunn

Professor Rob Dunn

book coverJoin us for our first Fabulous Faculty talk of the semester:

Fabulous Faculty – Dr. Rob Dunn
Tuesday, August 30 at 4:00 p.m.
Assembly Room, 2nd floor, East Wing, D. H. Hill Library

Dunn, a professor of biology at NC State, will read from and discuss his new book The Wild Life of Our Bodies. The book explores the how the influence of wild species—including parasites, bacteria, and predators—underpin humanity’s ability to thrive and prosper. Booklist says the work is, ““Nothing less than an every-person’s handbook for understanding life, great and small, on planet Earth.”

Rob Dunn is an assistant professor of biology at NC State University whose writing has appeared in Scientific American, Smithsonian Magazine, National Geographic and other magazines. His first book, Every Living Thing, was awarded the National Outdoor Book Award for natural history writing.

Books will be available on-site for purchase and signing. This program is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served. The NCSU Libraries Fabulous Faculty Series is made possible by a grant from the Tom Russell Charitable Foundation, Inc. For more information, contact 919-513-3481 or

Feb 02 2011

Fabulous Faculty – Dr. Craig Brookins

Upandaji Milima: Reflections on Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro

In celebration of Black History Month, come learn about the majestic Mt. Kilimanjaro as Dr. Craig Brookins, NC State associate professor of psychology in the public interest, describes his preparation for and climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2009.

Tuesday, February 15 at 4:00 p.m.

Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, East Wing, D. H. Hill Library

Upandaji Milima is the Kiswahili phrase for “climbing mountains.” In 2009 I climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. I reached the Uhuru summit on the 27th. In preparation, I studied as much as I could about the mountain, the people on the mountain, and the climb. I wanted to know the mountain in as many ways as possible. What I learned was at times delightful and surprising.  The history of Africa is now being rewritten through African eyes and at least a couple of writers have provided some very intriguing accounts of their treks. Very little of the these accounts on Kilimanjaro, however, has been told by those of us from the African Diaspora. This photographic narrative provides a colorful accounting of my journey and reflects on the meaning of the mountain in the context of our modern global community. — Craig Brookins

This program is free and open to the public and is made possible with support from the Tom Russell Charitable Foundation, Inc. For more information, contact Marian Fragola at 513-3481 or

Oct 25 2010

Making Gumbo in the University

handout for Rupert Nacoste event“Daddy liked his conversation the way he liked his gumbo.” So begins Rupert Nacoste’s memoir, Making Gumbo in the University. Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor of Psychology Dr. Rupert W. Nacoste has been on the NC State faculty since 1988. Drawing on his Louisiana black-Creole roots for the guiding metaphor, the book chronicles Nacoste’s life of work on diversity, especially his two years as the ranking university administrator responsible for diversity at North Carolina State University.

Join us for the next program in the libraries’ Fabulous Faculty series when Nacoste discusses how universities, especially NC State, have struggled and failed to manage the diversity of a college campus.

This event is part of the ongoing the NCSU Libraries Fabulous Faculty Series and is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. The Fabulous Faculty Series is generously sponsored by a grant from the Tom Russell Foundation, Inc.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010
4:00 p.m., D. H. Hill Library
Assembly Room, (2nd Floor, East Wing)

Sep 02 2010

Director of Program Planning and Outreach Appointed

The NCSU Libraries is pleased to announce the appointment of Marian G. Fragola as Director of Program Planning and Outreach, effective September 7, 2010.

Marian FragolaAs Director of Program Planning and Outreach, Fragola will provide programming that builds connections and networks between the NCSU Libraries and the university community. She will plan and manage the Fabulous Faculty Series, the Student All-Star Series, the Amazing Alumni Series, develop new programs, and serve as Director of the North Carolina Literary Festival when that event is next hosted by North Carolina State University.

Fragola most recently served as Adult Programming and Humanities Coordinator at the Durham County Library where she envisioned and delivered programs in literature, history, and the arts, reflecting the diverse constituency of Durham County. Working with scholars from institutions across North Carolina and with well-known authors, she created a humanities program for the library from the ground up. She brings a strong background in marketing, promotion, and fundraising to this position. In a previous position she was Associate Campaign Director at the Atlanta firm of Coxe Curry & Associates, providing campaign counsel and management services for nonprofit fund-raising campaigns ranging from $1.5 to $13 million. Earlier, she served as Development Associate for the Carolina Theatre of Durham and as broadcast coordinator/copywriter for Belk in the Triad.

Fragola’s program “Poetry for Everyone” was awarded the Achievement Award by the National Association of Counties, and the Outstanding Adult Program Award by the North Carolina Public Library Directors Association. In 2009, her article, “Intergroup Dynamics: Librarians and Paraprofessionals in the Workplace” was published in Library Leadership and Management. Fragola holds the M.S.L.S. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Bachelor of Arts in English, magna cum laude from Washington University, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Mar 29 2010

March of the Fossil Penguins

Giant five-foot tall penguins?  Fearsome, spear-beaked penguins? Flocks of penguins flying through the ancient sky?

Perudyptes-a 42 million year old penguin from the equator

Perudyptes-a 42 million year old penguin from the equator.

There’s a lot about the history of these consummately cute birds that most of us don’t know.  But we can find out as Dr. Dan Ksepka, a paleontologist in the Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences at NC State, speaks April 6 at the NCSU Libraries.

Penguins have thrived in the southern oceans since the dawn of the Cenozoic Era, more than 60 million years ago. In the past few years, dozens of spectacular new fossils have shed light on the early part of their evolutionary history and revealed a new whole new cast of characters who preceded today’s cuties.

Dr. Ksepka’ talk, “March of the Fossil Penguins: 60 Million Years of Seabird Evolution,” will examine the fossil record of Earth’s most completely aquatic birds. Drawing on his research trips from South America and New Zealand, Dr. Ksepka will explore how avian paleontologists are trying to answer the question: how did penguins evolve from a flying ancestor to the flightless marine diving birds so familiar to us today?

March of the Fossil Penguins is the latest in the NCSU Libraries’ Fabulous Faculty series. It is free to the public, and non-fish refreshments will be served

4 p.m.,  April 6, 2010
Assembly Room, D. H. Hill Library
NC State University
Contact: David Hiscoe (919) 513-3425

Feb 23 2010

Fabulous Faculty: Partners in Purpose

For over thirty years, Michael Stoskopf and Suzanne Kennedy-Stoskopf—professors of wildlife health at NC State’s College of Veterinary Medicine—have worked together to make an impact on the health of wild animals.  As veterinarians who have clinically specialized in zoological medicine, they have dedicated their lives to studying health issues of wildlife around the world and to teaching the next generation of wildlife veterinarians. Although her friends sometimes call her the Carnivore Queen because of her intense interest in large carnivores, her work on infectious diseases has benefitted a wide range of species from invertebrates to elephants. He is known for his groundbreaking text on fish medicine but, like Suzanne, is interested in solving problems for all wildlife species.

Hear their story at the next NCSU Libraries’ Fabulous Faculty talk.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010
4:00 p.m.
Assembly Room (2nd Floor, East Wing) of NCSU’s D. H. Hill Library

Nov 24 2009

How Do 80 Million Christmas Trees Happen?

The holiday season is upon us! Come join John Frampton, professor in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources and December’s Fabulous Faculty, as he discusses one of the season’s most popular traditions, the Christmas tree.

The display of forest trees to celebrate the holiday is a centuries-old tradition. But today, most trees aren’t dragged from the wilderness. Instead, they are produced in specifically established and managed plantations, resulting in a vibrant enterprise to meet the needs of a worldwide consumption exceeding 80 trees million annually.

Dr. Frampton leads the Christmas Tree Genetics Program whose mission is to advance North Carolinas’s Christmas tree industry through the application of genetic principles. Specific activities of the program include: tree improvement of Christmas tree species important to the state; screening of new species; development of propagation systems for Christmas trees; development of pest resistance in Fraser fir; and genetic conservation of Fraser fir, a globally threatened species.

Join us to learn about the history of Christmas trees, the industry and technology behind tree production, and current research efforts to improve the quality and growth of holiday trees.

Thursday, December 3, 4 p.m.
Assembly Room
D. H. Hill Library