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Fabien Cousteau to Speak at NC State on April 6

10 hours 25 min ago

Ocean explorer and environmentalist Fabien Cousteau is coming to NC State! The grandson of legendary ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau and star of the acclaimed PBS Series, Ocean Adventures, will be delivering the 2015 Harrelson Lecture on Monday, April 6, 2015, at 3 p.m. in the Talley Student Union ballroom. Among Cousteau’s most recent exploits is Mission31, a 31-day underwater stay to research how climate change and pollution are affecting the oceans, which he described in a TEDGlobal talk in October 2014.
Many thanks to the university community for enthusiastically weighing in on Cousteau’s lecture topic via online voting that ended on Friday, February 27.  And the winner is… Oasis In Space: The Great Ocean Adventure

In order to understand future marine discoveries, we must first look back to the origins of modern ocean exploration. Environmental advocate Fabien Cousteau takes audiences on a three-generation journey of contemporary ocean exploration, starting with his grandfather’s first fin steps diving into the “Silent World”, underwater camera housings, and subaquatic habitats. Fabien also shares awe-inspiring stories from his family’s legendary adventures.

The Harrelson Lecture was established in 1961 with a bequest by the late Col. John Harrelson, NC State’s first chancellor and seventh chief executive.  Two-time presidential nominee and U.N. ambassador Adlai Stevenson gave the first Harrelson Lecture on March 7, 1962.  Other prominent lecturers include former President Bill Clinton (2009), civil rights activist Julian Bond (1999) and composer Aaron Copland (1976). The Harrelson Lecture is free and open to the public.

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Debra L. Currie

Chair, University Standing Committee on Harrelson Fund

Civets and Tarsiers and Tapirs (oh my!)

Tue, 2014-06-03 13:11

This post is contributed by Ashley Williams, Project Archivist, Animal Rights and Animal Welfare Collections.

Included in the Animal Welfare Institute Records is a collection of photographs by Ernest P. Walker. When I first encountered the photographs I was amazed by the sheer variety of animals photographed. There are pictures of lions, tigers, and bears (oh my!), but also several animals I had never heard of or did not know what they looked like: civets, lemmings, tapirs, and tarsiers (also known as bush babies), to name a few. I was intrigued to learn about these animals and curious as to the images I would come across. The collection did not disappoint.


Given the number and quality of the photographs, I realized this collection was likely not created by an average animal-loving person. My thoughts turned to “who in the world is Ernest P. Walker and why did he take all of these pictures?” I was quickly able to learn more about him: he worked as a warden and inspector for the United States Bureau of Fisheries in Alaska in the 1910s upon graduating from college. After a three year stint as a game warden in Arizona and California, Walker returned to Alaska in 1921 with the United States Biological Survey as a fur and game warden and executive officer for the Alaska Game Commission. In 1927, Walker moved to Washington, DC and assumed the role of assistant director of the National Zoological Park in 1930, where he remained until 1956.


Walker was more concerned with mammals as living animals rather than their individual biological components. Over the years, he observed their feeding habits, care of young, and other behavioral characteristics and began taking photographic portraits of many species. To observe certain small mammals more closely than his duties at the zoo would allow, he brought them into his home as pets. Most of the photographs date from his term as assistant director.


Upon retiring from the National Zoo, Walker, along with his qualified assistants, compiled data, prepared photographs, and arranged a manuscript into what would become the three-volume Mammals of the World. Two of his other works are Walker’s Bats of the World and Walker’s Primates of the World, all of which are available at the NCSU Libraries. Information about the animals’ breeding, habitats, food, and physical description, along with a photograph or illustration, is included for all but four animals. Additionally, Walker wrote two books for the Animal Welfare Institute: First Aid and Care of Small Mammals and Studying Small Mammals.

South American Tapir

To learn more about Ernest Walker’s photographs, or about the Animal Welfare Institute Records, be sure to check out the collection guide.

Providing feedback for Libraries’ collections and journals review

Tue, 2014-02-25 13:07

The Libraries needs your help in preparing for Fiscal Year 2014/2015 cuts to the collections budget of approximately $750,000. The list of potential journal cancellations is available for review at

The site provides instructions on how to rank journals and submit your feedback by the deadline of March 21, 2014. There is also an FAQ available that addresses a number of potential questions about the review, including the Libraries’ commitment to document delivery for canceled titles and the timeline for the overall process.

Under the guidance of the University Library Committee (ULC), and in consultation with the NC State community, the NCSU Libraries is preparing for reductions to the FY 2014/2015 collections budget. Cuts to the Library budget this year and continued price increases for journals and databases above standard inflation rates require a review of current collecting to identify up to $750,000 in potential cuts. This review will include reductions to the book budget and a comprehensive review of all journal and database subscriptions.

Your participation is critical in making the best possible decisions during this difficult period. As evidenced by the over 11 million uses of the collection over the past year, the collection is essential to research and teaching. We appreciate your guidance and collaboration.