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October 15, 2013

From CFANS dean Allen Levine: Hunger work needs youth

Where in the world is CFANS? Everywhere, that's where

Stick a pin almost anywhere on a map of the world and you can find a CFANS connection. That’s what you'll find on this new interactive global map: the incredible breadth and depth of the global research, teaching and outreach by CFANS faculty, students and staff. This map is the online version of one you'll find in the fall edition of Solutions, which is available both online and in print.

New Natural Resources Library opens to rave reviews

The new Natural Resources Library, which opened in June, celebrated its grand opening on Oct. 10 and so far is a hit with students. The new library consolidates high-use print materials from the Forestry Library and the Entomology, Fisheries, and Wildlife Library in a remodeled space in Hodson Hall. Library officials made the change because of diminishing demand for print materials and to be more cost-effective. Low-use print materials (many of which are available electronically) were transferred to the Magrath Library or other libraries' facilities.

Grant recognizes growth in STEM diversity graduations

CFANS and its partners in the North Star STEM Alliance have been awarded an additional five years of funding totaling $2.5 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program. The additional funding was awarded as the Alliance approaches its initial five-year goal of doubling the number of underrepresented minority students receiving bachelor’s degrees in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields from 2007-12. The Alliance is a partnership among Minnesota colleges and universities and two community organizations. Its goal was to increase from 136 (the number of underrepresented students graduating in 2004-05) to 272 the number of African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Alaska Native and Pacific Islander students who graduate with STEM degrees in 2012.  


soilDig into the secrets of soil

"Dig It! The Secrets of Soil," a new exhibition at the Bell Museum of Natural History will take visitors into the world of this complex and variable mixture of air, minerals, water, decaying items and living organisms. The exhibit, originally created by the Smithsonian Institution, opens to the public on Nov. 10 and runs through early next year. "Dig It!' is co-sponsored by the Soil Science Society of America and features interactive displays, hands-on models, videos, and monoliths like the one pictured at left that represent soils from U.S. states and territories.


Kuehnast Lecture features crash course in climate

This year's Department of Soil, Water and Climate Kuehnast Lecture will feature a mini-climate school with lectures from three world-renowned scientists. David Phillips, senior climatologist with Environment Canada (Ottawa) will present “Canada: No Longer the Cold, White North;" Sue Grimmond from King’s College (London, UK) will present “Current Advances in Monitoring and Modeling Urban Climates;" and Harold Brooks, research meteorologist who heads the Modeling, Observation, and Analysis Team at the NOAA National Severe Storms Lab in Oklahoma will present “Severe Thunderstorms and Climate Change.” The 20th annual lecture is part of the department's centennial celebration; after the lectures, participants can also get a sneak peek at the Bell Museum's "Dig It!" exhibition.

Food Science and Nutrition celebrates 40 years

Alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students from the Department of Food Science and Nutrition will celebrate the 40-year anniversary of the department next month with a research expo, social gatherings, tours and historical presentations. The department was established on July 1, 1972, when the Department of Food Science and Industries in the College of Agriculture merged with the Divisions of Foods, and of Nutrition and Food Service Administration in the College of Home Economics. The celebration begins at 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2 and runs through noon on Nov. 3; registration is required for various events.


Nominations open for 2013 Siehl Prize for Excellence in Agriculture

Siehl Prize sculpture.Nominations are open for the 2013 Siehl Prize for Excellence in Agriculture. The prize recognizes outstanding contributions to agriculture and the alleviation of world hunger. Recipients are chosen in three categories: knowledge (teaching, research and outreach), production agriculture and agribusiness. Each laureate receives $50,000 as well as a sculpture and lapel pin designed by Minnesota artist Thomas Rose. Nomination instructions are available online. Deadline is January 15, with winners expected to be announced on National Ag Day, March 19, 2013.

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Special events

"Landscape Health: Diverse Traditions," a Solution-Driven Science Symposium. Thursday, Oct. 18, St. Paul Student Center
U of M Food Day, Tuesday-Wednesday, Oct. 23-24, Coffman Memorial Union, U of M Minneapolis campus.
Ghouls and Goblins in the Garden, Oct. 27-28, University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chanhassen.

For a complete list of events, visit the CFANS Events Calendar.


nieburJohn Niebur has been named interim head of the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering while Shri Ramaswamy is on sabbatical.

meyer_maryHorticultural science professor Mary Meyer has been elected president of the American Society for Horticultural Science.

CFANS-News-Archive-e-newsletter-2007-June-image-jacobsonDepartment of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering professor Larry Jacobson was awarded Distinguished Campus-Based Faculty honors by University of Minnesota Extension.

"Saving Wheat: Rusts Never Sleep," a documentary produced by the Department of Plant Pathology and TPT, won a Midwest Emmy Award.

The U of M soil judging team recently took top honors in the Region V American Society of Agronomy soil judging contest in the group judging category.