NCSU prof wins top teaching award for UNC system

Posted April 13, 2012 4:01 p.m. EDT

— Fred Gould, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of Entomology at North Carolina State University, on Friday received the O. Max Gardner Award as the top instructor in the University of North Carolina system.

Widely recognized as one of the top entomologists in the world, Gould studies the ecology and genetics of insect pests in order to improve food production and human and environmental health.

His early research focuses on genetically modifying crops to be more resistant to insects. Over the last five years, he has transitioned to genetically modifying insects to create strains that cannot pass along diseases like malaria and dengue fever.

Gould's efforts have culminated in the development of an interdisciplinary graduate program in genetic pest management at N.C. State. It involves the study of genetics, ecology, molecular and cell biology, ethics and economics and is the first program in the world designed to train students in both the science and the social issues associated with biological and genetic interventions. The new program is supported by a five-year, $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

Gould was elected last year into the National Academy of Sciences, and he was awarded the 2010-11 Alexander Quarles Holladay Medal for Excellence, N.C. State’s highest award for faculty achievement.