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NC State Chancellor Woodson Will Visit Eastern North Carolina

North Carolina State University Chancellor Randy Woodson will tour eastern North Carolina on Thursday, Feb. 23 and Friday, Feb. 24 to discuss how NC State research, extension and economic development efforts make a difference in the lives of North Carolinians.

On Thursday, Woodson will speak with community business leaders at Pamlico Jack’s Restaurant in Nags Head from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. He will talk about the university’s links with the region, including public/private partnerships, and will provide a general update on current activities at NC State.

From 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. on Thursday, Woodson and University of North Carolina system President Tom Ross will tour the Coastal Studies Institute, an inter-university research institute in Manteo, where NC State and other UNC system universities have marine science and environmental engineering programs. Research, education and community outreach programs at the institute address pressing coastal issues and marine-science research. The institute currently conducts $6 million in grant-funded research, focusing on projects such as renewable ocean energy, stormwater-runoff impacts and maritime history.

On Friday, Woodson will tour the North Carolina Estuarium in Washington from 3 to 3:30 p.m. The environmental center houses more than 200 scientific and historic exhibits and helps visitors explore the ecology of North Carolina’s estuaries (especially the Tar-Pamlico River and Pamlico Sound), as well as some of the threats facing our vital coastal rivers and sounds.

From 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Friday, Woodson will speak with local business leaders at the N.C. Estuarium. He will focus on public/private partnerships and the university’s links with the region, and provide a general update on current activities at NC State.

Media coverage of the talks in Nags Head and Washington, and the tours in Manteo and Washington, is invited.

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