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Atchley Honored for Service to N.C.

Genetics professor William R. Atchley has been awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, one of North Carolina’s most prestigious honors.

The award recognizes those with a record of extraordinary service to the state, including community, professional and organizational contributions. State Rep. Maggie Jeffus presented the order to Atchley on the governor’s behalf during a reception in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Atchley, the William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of Genetics, has made substantial contributions to computational biology and molecular evolution during his 20 years at NC State. More recently, his research group has been interested in modeling the structure and evolution of transcriptional regulators. Atchley has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as a Chinese Academy of Sciences distinguished international professor. He also holds an Alexander von Humboldt Senior Research Award from the Max Planck Institute in Mathematics in Leipzig, Germany.

Atchley earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Eastern New Mexico University and master’s and doctoral degrees in entomology from the University of Kansas. He was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Melbourne before joining the faculty of Texas Tech University. He subsequently moved his research laboratory to the University of Wisconsin before joining NC State in 1986.

In addition to his scientific achievements, Atchley is an accomplished saxophone player. He founded the 17-piece Jazz Alliance and the jazz sextet Unit 7.

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  1. I am so very proud to call you my first cousin. Your accomplishments are many, but most of all, you are a wonderful, generous, kind and loving man. Congratulations for this and for the man inside.

  2. Well, just look at that! Again, congratulations…proud to know you! Hope you are doing well. Keep in touch!
    Best regards!

  3. Bill – Wow, I’m impressed (and so’s my hubby, John, the DNA lab director). Wonder why our dufuss classmates didn’t select you as “most likely to succeed,” since you certainly did.

  4. Way to go Bill–great career–those were the good old days out there in cowboy country at TTU!

  5. Bill, congratulations. You deserve it. I hope you are feeling better than the last time I saw you. Sherry