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Kenneth R. Barker oral history, 3 March 2015

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Kenneth R. Barker oral history, 3 March 2015
University History
Plant pathologists
College students
College teachers
Plant diseases
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Digital video recording; 1:24:15
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This interview was conducted at the D.H. Hill Library of North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. In the interview, Dr. Barker discusses: discovering the field of plant pathology in high school through a tobacco disease clinic led by North Carolina extension agent Dr. Howard Garriss; NC State Plant Pathology Professors Arthur Kelman and J.N. Sasser; conducting research under J.N. Sasser for Dr. Barker’s master’s thesis on an alfalfa stem nematode; studying under Dr. John Charles Walker at the University of Wisconsin; returning to NC State to teach; applying for grant funding to support research; NC State Plant Pathology department heads Don Ellis and Robert Aycock; buying the first computer for the department; changing research trends in Plant Pathology, from crop-oriented descriptive approaches to genomics, molecular biology, and genetic engineering; his memories of growing up on a tobacco farm and helping his father work the fields and prepare the tobacco for market; collegial relationships between Plant Pathology departments at NC State and the University of Wisconsin; historic contributions to the profession by faculty members in the Plant Pathology department; memories of being an undergraduate student in Arthur Kelman’s classes; arriving at NC State as the first member of his family to attend college; participating in mandatory ROTC service as an undergraduate; unrest on campus at the University of Wisconsin and NC State during the Vietnam War; growing numbers of women students and faculty in the 1960s; Dr. Hedwig Hirschmann, female faculty member in Plant Pathology; the Plant Disease and Insect Clinic; and the department’s relationship with extension and the agriculture industry in North Carolina
Oral histories (Document genres)

Raleigh (N.C)
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NC State Institutional Histories
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