Diversity and Inclusion News
We are pleased to announce that Sandra Mitchell will serve as interim director for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) in CFANS, while we initiate an important search process for a new leader. This search will be conducted in close partnership with the University of Minnesota’s Office of Equity and Diversity. We expect to name a new director within the next few months.
Anup Kollanoor Johny, Ph.D. (pictured, right), an Assistant Professor in the Department of Animal Science, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences at the University of Minnesota was selected for the Outstanding Service Award (Food Microbiology Division) from the The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). This award annually recognizes one of its active members who strive to advance the division specialty’s field of research or industry or has a long history of service to the Division.
Forest Resources’ Youth Engagement in Arboriculture (YEA) is a new outreach program that is bringing young people to great heights. The program aims to inspire youth to envision themselves in careers in arboriculture and urban forestry, starting with an education in CFANS. Department of Forest Resources staff partner with professional arborists, many of whom are CFANS alumni, to provide day-long tree climbing experiences for elementary through high school students.
On this day, fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr.’s voice could be heard across the outdoor mall on the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus, proclaiming that “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” We encourage University of Minnesota alumni, friends, staff, and faculty who had the privilege of attending the 1967 rally here at the St. Paul campus to remember and reflect upon Martin Luther King Jr.’s visit—a moment that will forever hold a unique place in University of Minnesota history.
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.
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.
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:
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.