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In his interview series, Red Chair Chats, NC State Chancellor Randy Woodson catches up with high-profile alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the university. No matter who joins him in the red chairs — an athletics icon, a major musician, an alum entrepreneur — you can expect a thoughtful conversation showcasing the strength, talent and innovation of our Wolfpack.

Red Chair Chats with Chancellor Randy Woodson NC State University

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In his interview series, Red Chair Chats, NC State Chancellor Randy Woodson catches up with high-profile alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the university. No matter who joins him in the red chairs — an athletics icon, a major musician, an alum entrepreneur — you can expect a thoughtful conversation showcasing the strength, talent and innovation of our Wolfpack.

    NC State Distinguished Professor Rodolphe Barrangou | Red Chair Chats with Chancellor Woodson Episode 10

    NC State Distinguished Professor Rodolphe Barrangou | Red Chair Chats with Chancellor Woodson Episode 10

    Rodolphe Barrangou, Todd R. Klaenhammer Distinguished Professor in the Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences at NC State University, joins Chancellor Woodson in the Plant Sciences Building for this episode of Red Chair Chats. A pioneer in the discovery of the adaptive bacterial immune system known as CRISPR, Barrangou was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2023. In their conversation, Barrangou discusses CRISPR applications ranging from correcting genetic diseases to changing the fiber content in trees.

    • 26 min
    North Carolina Zoo's Dr. Jb Minter | Red Chair Chats with Chancellor Woodson Episode 9

    North Carolina Zoo's Dr. Jb Minter | Red Chair Chats with Chancellor Woodson Episode 9

    As the director of animal health at the North Carolina Zoo, no two days are the same in Dr. Jb Minter’s world. The NC State College of Veterinary Medicine alumnus oversees the care of 250 different species among the 1,700 animals at the zoo, the largest natural habitat zoo in the world. Chancellor Woodson takes the red chairs and his family on the road to visit the zoo in Asheboro for this episode of Red Chair Chats.

    • 21 min
    NASA Astronaut Christina Koch | Red Chair Chats with Chancellor Woodson Episode 8

    NASA Astronaut Christina Koch | Red Chair Chats with Chancellor Woodson Episode 8

    NASA astronaut and three-time NC State graduate Christina Koch joins Chancellor Woodson for the first live episode of Red Chair Chats, filmed at NC State’s Stewart Theatre as part of Red and White Week 2023. In their conversation, Koch shares a glimpse into her 328-day stay on the International Space Station and discusses why she chose NC State for her undergraduate and graduate career. Koch holds the record for the longest continuous space flight for a woman and participated in the first all-female spacewalk. She is one of four members of NASA’s Artemis II mission, slated to orbit the moon in fall 2024.

    Read more about Christina Koch’s visit to campus: https://news.ncsu.edu/2023/10/do-what-scares-you-says-astronaut-alumna/ 

    • 27 min
    NC State Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Coach Laurie Henes | Red Chair Chats with Chancellor Woodson Episode 7

    NC State Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Coach Laurie Henes | Red Chair Chats with Chancellor Woodson Episode 7

    In episode 7 of Red Chair Chats, Chancellor Randy Woodson is joined by Laurie Henes, head coach of women’s cross country and men’s and women’s track and field. As a student-athlete, she won two ACC championships in cross country and an NCAA championship in track and field for the Wolfpack. Now, she’s one of the winningest coaches in NC State history, with eight championships with women’s cross country and back-to-back NCAA team titles. Chancellor Woodson visited Coach Henes in her home to discuss her success at NC State.

    • 17 min
    321 Coffee's Lindsay Wrege and Michael Evans | Red Chair Chats with Chancellor Woodson Episode 6

    321 Coffee's Lindsay Wrege and Michael Evans | Red Chair Chats with Chancellor Woodson Episode 6

    In episode 6 of Red Chair Chats, Chancellor Randy Woodson is joined by NC State alumni Lindsay Wrege and Michael Evans to discuss their company, 321 Coffee. Founded during their time at NC State, 321 Coffee is on a mission to provide meaningful employment to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We visited Lindsay and Michael in their downtown Raleigh shop to learn more about how they Think and Do.

    Read more about 321 Coffee and its partnership with NC State: https://news.ncsu.edu/2023/03/nc-state-announces-321-coffee-partnership/

    • 15 min
    NC State College of Design Professor Kofi Boone | Red Chair Chats with Chancellor Woodson Episode 5

    NC State College of Design Professor Kofi Boone | Red Chair Chats with Chancellor Woodson Episode 5

    In episode 5 of Red Chair Chats, Chancellor Randy Woodson sits down at Raleigh’s historic Chavis Park with distinguished professor of landscape architecture Kofi Boone. During his 20 years with the NC State College of Design, Boone has worked to bridge the discipline of landscape architecture with social and environmental justice — and was recently awarded the Jot D. Carpenter Teaching Medal from the American Society of Landscape Architects.

    • 18 min

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