Diversity and Inclusion News
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In October 2016, Mateus Batistella began a 12 month assignment as a visiting scholar in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences at the University of Minnesota, St Paul. In addition to his Belmont Forum and related research activities, Mateus is serving as the founding local facilitator of Labex-Flex, a novel University of Minnesota-Embrapa collaborative research partnership. Embrapa is the Brazilian equivalent to the United States Department of Agriculture.
The University of Minnesota Departments of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Chemical Engineering and Bioproducts and Biosystems, Mechanical Engineering and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science are part of a national consortia seeking to address key challenges in energy intensive manufacturing process industries in the United States by bringing its expertise in pulp and paper, food and bio-based industry to the country's 10th Manufacturing U.S.A. Institute.
A new research study led by CFANS professor Paul Glewwe seeks to understand how Vietnam "got it right" in creating an education system that has led its students to achieve learning levels exceeding those of their peers in far wealthier nations.