2016 Classes Without Quizzes Speakers

Jay Bell, Department of Soil, Water and Climate 

Jay BellJay Bell is originally from southwestern Virginia, where he obtained his BS and MS degrees in Agronomy from Virginia Tech. He worked for four years on surface mine reclamation research for Virginia Tech before completing his Ph.D. at Penn State University in 1990. Dr. Bell joined the faculty in the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate at the University of Minnesota as an assistant professor of soil science in 1991 and was promoted to full professor in 2002. His research and teaching programs focus on pedology, genesis and morphology of wetland soils, soil mapping, and application of geographic information science for soil and environmental sciences. Bell is also passionate about finding innovative approaches to soil science education. He has authored numerous book chapters and published 50+ scientific articles. He has also worked internationally in Australia and Morocco on issues of land resource assessment and soil degradation. Bell has received numerous teaching awards and has been named a Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Minnesota.


Baumler CWQDavid Baumler, Department of Food Science & Nutrition

Dr. David J. Baumler is an Assistant Professor of Molecular Food Safety Microbiology in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Minnesota. His research program is focused on experimental and computational Systems Biology methods to study pathogenic and commensal microorganisms during interactions with hosts and in environments such as foods. He is also a chili pepper consultant for farmers and the food/beverage industry in the Midwest. Aside from his research, he is also a family fun musical entertainer named Davey Doodle and often incorporates music into his "super active learning" approach of teaching. Dr. Baumler received a B.S in Biochemistry, a M.S. in Food Microbiology and Safety, and a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His Post-doctoral research at the Genome Center of Wisconsin focused on Microbial Comparative Genomics, Bioinformatics, Pedagogical Teaching Methods, the Evolution and Cultivation of >100 types of Chili Peppers, and the Systems Biology of Infectious Disease.


Cuomo CWQGreg Cuomo, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs

Greg Cuomo is the associate dean for research and graduate programs in CFANS. He oversees the college's research portfolio and serves as deputy director of the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station. He is responsible for planning and policies related to graduate programs, research collaborations and grants administration. Cuomo began his faculty career at Louisiana State University in 1992 and in 1996 joined the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics in CFANS. He holds degrees from University of Nebraska, Texas Tech University and Texas A&M University.


Davenport CWQ

Mae Davenport, Department of Forest Resources

Mae Davenport is an Associate Professor of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Environment in the Department of Forest Resources and the Director of the Center for Changing  Landscapes at the University of Minnesota. Her research emphasis is in two primary areas:  (1)  human beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors related to natural systems and landscape change  and (2) community capacity for sustainable environmental management. She is particularly interested in cultural and natural system interactions including individual and community-level responses to ecological problems and threats such as non-point source water pollution, stormwater runoff,  aquatic invasive species, wildfire, and climate-related impacts. 


Endres CWQMarcia Endres, Department of Animal Science

Marcia Endres is a Professor in the Department of Animal Science at the University of Minnesota with an extension/research appointment. Her research interests include dairy management, welfare and behavior. In recent years, she has also conducted research and outreach on precision dairy technologies, including individual cow behavior sensors, automated calf feeders and robotic milking systems. Marcia also teaches two classes in dairy herd management. She has published over 280 popular press articles, 90 scientific abstracts, 100 conference proceedings and 40 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts. Dr. Endres received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, M.Sc. from Iowa State University, and a Veterinary Medicine degree from University Federal of Parana, Brazil.


Erwin CWQJohn Erwin, Department of Horticultural Science

John Erwin is a Professor in the Department of Horticultural Science who works with the greenhouse ornamental and vegetable industries in Minnesota, Colorado, California, Texas and Florida. His research focuses on environmental physiology of plant flowering, photosynthesis, reducing chemical inputs, and new crop development. New research also focuses on growing vegetables in greenhouses and homes. He got into horticulture as a kid with his interest in cacti and succulents growing up in Pennsylvania; things have come full circle with his current research on developing new crops for a hotter and drier world. John is also a Commissioner on the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.


Orshinsky CWQAngela Orshinsky, Department of Plant Pathology

Angela Orshinsky is an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in the Department of Plant Pathology. She works with researchers across the Midwestern USA on diseases of hops, vegetables, turfgrass, and ornamentals. She received her Ph.D from the University of Guelph in Ontario Canada and conducted postdoctoral research at The Ohio State University in Columbus and at Agriculture Canada in Saskatchewan. Her work is focused on characterizing the nature of plant diseases associated with horticultural crops and how to manage them in cost-effective, low input methods.


Hikaru Peterson, Department of Applied EconomicsPeterson CWQ

Hikaru Peterson is professor of food marketing and consumer economics in the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota, where she joined in 2015 after a 15-year career at Kansas State University. She holds a B.A. in economics from University of Tokyo, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in agricultural economics from Cornell University. Her training is in market analysis, and she works on issues related to food, as it is produced on the farm and travels through the system. A few of her ongoing projects deal with economic viability of independently owned grocery stores in rural areas and models of supply chains that are designed to create and share values to everyone along the chains from farmers to consumers.


Venturelli CWQ 200Paul Venturelli, Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology

Paul Venturelli is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology. He was educated in Canada, and conducted postdoctoral research at Louisiana State University. Research in his lab focuses on fish growth, reproduction, and survival as they relate to temperature and our ability to harvest, control, or conserve a population. He chaired Blue Ribbon Panel review of Mille Lacs Lake walleye data, and sits on the Mille Lacs Fisheries Advisory Committee.