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Wolfpack Wellness

Join us the third Friday of every month at 2 p.m. for a series of short talks (30 minutes on average) about the research conducted by NC State faculty and staff, and its connection to health and well-being.

Each talk will be recorded and available on the Wolfpack Wellness YouTube channel.

2022 Speakers

December 16 | Michelle Schroeder-Moreno

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Crop and Soil Sciences; Center for Environmental Farming Systems
Wellness Focus:
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Dr. Schroeder-Moreno, founder and director of the NC State Agroecology Education Farm, provides leadership and teaches for the agroecology education programs and courses. Agroecology integrates ecology with agriculture for the development of sustainable agricultural practices and food systems. In other words, agroecology is the science behind sustainable agriculture. Dr. Schroeder-Moreno’s goal is to train students as ‘future food system leaders’ that can critically analyze agriculture and food challenges from a multidisciplinary and holistic lens and develop sustainable solutions that are environmentally sound, socially and culturally acceptable and economically viable.

Dr. Schroeder-Moreno also serves as the Assistant Director of Educational Programs for the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS), as a NC State Community Engaged Faculty Fellow, and was one of the founders and served as a previous chair of the national Sustainable Agriculture Education Association (SAEA). She has been recognized for her innovation in teaching and received the NC State Alumni Association Outstanding Teaching Award in 2010, Teacher Fellow award from the North American College Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) in 2014, NC State Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor Award in 2016, and was a Fulbright Scholar in Croatia in 2015.

POSTPONED: TBD | Jocelyn Taliaferro

College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Social Work

Wellness Focus: Black Women’s Mental Health Study
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Dr. Jocelyn DeVance Taliaferro is an Associate Professor in the North Carolina State University School of Social Work. Dr. Taliaferro’s current research interests include nonprofit lobbying and teaching using contemporary television. Her work appears in the Journal of Child and Family Social Work, Journal of Policy Practice, Administration in Social Work and Education and Urban Society. She recently completed a book on teaching social policy using the HBO special The Wire. She currently serves as Principal Investigator for the Opioid Workforce Expansion Program grant where students are provided addiction prevention and treatment training and education and receive a $10,000 stipend. Dr. Taliaferro has served the NC State School of Social Work as faculty but also held the administrative positions of Director of the Graduate Program (DGP), Director of Field Instruction, and Interim Associate Department Head. In addition to her work in academia, she spent more than 25 years in the field of social work and nonprofit administration, which included Middle and Senior Management positions. Dr. Taliaferro has been an active member on several nonprofit boards of directors in Washington DC, Maryland, Delaware, and North Carolina. She has been teaching face-to-face, online, and hybrid courses since 2003.

POSTPONED: TBD | Matthew Bahnson

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Wellness Focus: Discrimination and Wellness
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Matthew Bahnson completed his Ph.D. in the Applied Social and Community Psychology program in at North Carolina State University. His previous training includes a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Northern Iowa and an M.A. in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. Matthew’s research focuses on sociocultural inequality in engineering graduate education with the intention of increasing diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in STEM graduate education. He is currently a postdoctoral research scholar in engineering education with the Engineering Cognitive Research Laboratory with Dr. Catherin Berdanier at Pennsylvania State University.


Speaker: Lindsey Haynes-Maslow (Nov. 2021)

Speaker: Bob Patterson (Dec. 2021)

Speaker: Cheri Granillo (Feb. 2022)

Speaker: Carli Arendt (April 2022)

Speaker: Vanessa Volpe (May 2022)

Speaker: Annie Hardison-Moody (June 2022)

Speaker: Jonathon Casper (Sept. 2022)

Speaker: Robert Clark (Oct. 2022)

Speaker: Traci Rider (Nov. 2022)


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