Diversity and Inclusion News

March 1, 2018

The next advancement in intense pulsed light (IPL) technology may be coming in the form of non-thermal pasteurization. Roger Ruan, Bioproducts and Biosytems Engineering professor, is leading a research project using IPL technology to reduce harmful bacteria and other microorganisms in dry or powdered foods. 

February 8, 2018

Mark Bellcourt was one of four recipients of the 2018 John Tate Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising. The Tate Awards is one of the highest advising awards at the University of Minnesota.


Mark Bellcourt
December 13, 2017

CFANS recently welcomed Joseph Ballard II and Sandra Mitchell to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Ballard serves as Coordinator for Diversity Retention and Recruitment and Mitchell as Intercultural Education Program Specialist. We had a few moments to sit down with them both and discuss their individual goals within their respective positions. Here's what they had to say: 

September 27, 2017

With the global population expected to exceed 9 billion by 2050, the food, agricultural and natural resources community must empower youth and scientists to come together and strategize how to accomplish this feat. The Artemisia Leadership Initiative is designed to do just that.

Artemisia Leadership Initiative
September 13, 2017

CFANS hosted sixteen young women (grades 7-10) to participate in the first Gopher Girls in Agricultural STEM Scholars Program on the St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota, August 16-17. The program enlisted researchers and professors from across the agricultural disciplines to engage participants in the wonders of agricultural science. Participants learned about plant genetics and breeding, polymer chemistry, animal science, drones in agriculture, and more.

Young women and science
August 9, 2017

New administrators Joseph Ballard and Paola Rebellon join the CFANS Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Office of International Programs.

new cfans staff
July 12, 2017

Food Science and Nutrition Professor Chi Chen is one of this year’s UMN Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) Research Infrastructure Investment Program grant recipients for his project “A High-Resolution Quantitative Mass Spectrometry system for Collaborative Metabolomics Research.” Projects were chosen for their support of transdisciplinary research and encouragement of collaboration across the U’s colleges and campuses.

Chi Chen
May 10, 2017

Sujaya Rao, Ph.D., has accepted the position as head of Entomology. Professor Rao will bring to CFANS enthusiasm and passion for the position and is excited to chart the next course for the department.

Professor Rao will leave her position of IPM and Pollination Entomologist and Director of Undergraduate Research at Oregon State University (OSU), and will assume her position in CFANS on September 29, 2017.

Sujaya Rao
April 12, 2017

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) is committing an additional $5 million in new funding over the next two years to its Seeds of Native Health campaign. This raises the campaign’s funding total to $10 million and represents the single-largest coordinated philanthropic effort in American history focused on improving Native American nutrition.

March 22, 2017

Mercury is very toxic and can cause long-term health damage, but removing it from water is challenging. To address this growing problem, Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering Assistant Professor Abdennour Abbas and his lab team created a sponge that can absorb mercury from a polluted water source within seconds.

Super Sponge