NDSU President Bresciani just concluded his first annual State of the University address. In his opening he looked backwards over the last 100 years and began with the work of chemist Edwin Ladd. He described Ladd’s development of paint chemistry at NDSU and how that has parlayed into two research active departments (Chemistry and Biochemistry; Coatings and Polymeric Materials). This legacy has carried through to the even broader Red River Research Corridor involving both NDSU and UND as anchors. Dr. Bresciani challenged us to envision the next 100 years and how both research universities will be instrumental in the continued success of North Dakota. It was a good speech. I would encourage you to read the entire thing.