2017 Classes Without Quizzes Speakers
Department of Applied Economics
Michael Boland received his B.A. in Business Administration from the College of St. Thomas, his M. Ed. In Agricultural Education from the University of Minnesota, his Master’s in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University, and his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University in 1996. Boland is a Professor of Applied Economics and the Director of The Food Industry Center. He is particularly interested in agribusiness, cooperatives, and industrial organization. Dr. Boland's research focuses on economic issues affecting managerial decisions of agribusiness and food industry managers. These include issues related to occupational health and safety, cooperative governance and finance and case studies of managerial decision-making and the industrial organization of the industry in which they operate.
Department of Plant Pathology
Jim Bradeen is a Professor and Department Head of Plant Pathology. He is also Co-Director of the Stakman-Borlaug Center for Sustainable Plant Health, an interdisciplinary center that solves complex plant health problems at home and around the world. Jim and his research group study how crop plants recognize and defend against pathogens. Jim is especially interested in the potential to sue genes from wild plant species to develop disease - and environmental stress- resistant crop plants that need fewer chemical inputs. Jim’s research was featured in the University’s Driven to Discover campaign this past fall. Jim teaches or co-teaches several graduate courses in molecular plant pathology and scientific communication. An avid Twitter user, you can follow him @JimBradeen. Jim is also passionate about issues of diversity and inclusion in higher education and he has been an active advocate at the University and in his professional society.
Benjamin Campbell '16 (Ph.D. Plant Breeding and Genetics)
Postdoctoral Associate - Kurle Lab
As a postdoctoral associate in the University of Minnesota's Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics, Ben's research is focused on soybeans, gene mapping and cloning, phenotyping, crossing, and plant breeding. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Plant Breeding and Genetics in 2010 from Purdue University, pursuing the same program for his Masters Degree, which he was awarded in 2011. Ben then served as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow while pursuing his Ph.D. at CFANS. His research primarily focused on improving soybean canopy architecture and improving soybean seed composition.
Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology
Susan M. Galatowitsch is a Professor and Head of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Galatowitsch teaches courses in restoration ecology and wetland ecology at the University of Minnesota. She also serves as co-director of the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MAISRC). Dr. Galatowitsch has led a research team at the University of Minnesota for over twenty years focused on ecosystem restoration; primarily wetlands, riparian corridors, and lakeshores. Her research has focused on developing invasive control strategies for wetland plants (e.g., reed canary grass, common reed), enhancing post-control ecosystem recovery (e.g., prairie potholes, South Africa headwater streams, Minnesota lakeshores), and assessing the risks of introduced aquatic plants. In addition to many research publications, she has authored two books, Ecological Restoration (Sinauer Associates) and Restoring Prairie Wetlands: An Ecological Approach (with Arnold van der Valk).
Department of Animal Science and the West Central Research and Outreach Center
Brad Heins is an Associate Professor of Dairy Management at the University of Minnesota’s West Central Research Center in Morris, Minnesota. Currently, Dr. Heins conducts his research at the University of Minnesota’s West Central Research and Outreach Center. The Center has a 130-head herd in a certified organic system, and a 150-head herd in a conventional grazing system. His research and extension program focuses on best management practices for organic dairy production, management intensive grazing, supplementation strategies for organic cattle, crossbreeding, group rearing of calves in an organic system, and renewable energy for dairy production systems. He also serves on the Minnesota Organic Advisory Task Force.
Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics
Candice Hirsch is a DuPont Young Professor and McKnight Land Grant Professor in the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics. She received her PhD in Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and conducted postdoctoral research at Michigan State University. He research involves the integration of big data including high throughput genome and transcriptome sequencing, high throughput phenotyping, and extensive environmental measurements with the end goal of produce more food on less land while mitigating risk to farmers associated with environmental conditions.
Department of Animal Science
Dr. Johny is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Animal Science. He joined the department in December 2013 after completing his postdoctoral research/teaching training at the University of Connecticut. He has a doctorate in Animal Science from the University of Connecticut, a Masters in Veterinary Science, and a Bachelors in Veterinary Medicine. His research interests include investigating alternatives to antibiotics in poultry production, multi-drug resistant bacteria and antibiotic resistance mitigation, and environmentally friendly and sustainable poultry production. He teaches ANSC 1201 - Backyard Chickens: Science and Practice, a completely online course that has received campus-wide interest and enrollment.
Department of Horticultural Science
For the past 35 years Tom Michaels has tormented undergraduate students in courses ranging from edible landscapes to plant breeding and genetics. He is particularly keen on incorporating computer technologies and active learning strategies in his classrooms. Tom's research focuses on breeding crops like dry beans, potato and lettuce for organic production systems. He is currently enthusiastic about helping establish local food marketing chains that connect breeder, grower, chef and eater. Because of a a big black walnut tree in his backyard that was interfering with vegetable production, he developed a simple and convenient hydroponic system for growing salad greens and other vegetables. If you dare ask him about it he'll bend your ear for an hour.
MN Landscape Arboretum
Peter Moe is Director of the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Peter has been directly involved in the world class, fruit and landscape plant breeding programs at the Arboretum as well as the design, construction and operation of new gardens, ecological restorations, model landscapes, buildings and facilities at the Arboretum since 1973. Peter has worked with rare and endangered plants at the Arboretum for many years and started a formal program in Plant Conservation in 2013. Peter has a B.S. in Horticulture and a Masters of Agriculture from the University of Minnesota College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences.
UMN Extension Forestry Team & Cloquet Forestry Center
Eli Sagor manages the University of Minnesota’s Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative, based at the Cloquet Forestry Center. In that role, he organizes and delivers continuing education programs related to forest ecology and management for professional natural resource managers. Eli led the development of Extension’s MyMinnesotaWoods website and the Great Lakes Silviculture Library. He holds degrees from McGill University (B.S. '96), Yale University (M.F. 1999) and the University of Minnesota (Ph.D. 2013). He is currently chairman of the Minnesota Society of American Foresters and has been with the University of Minnesota since March 2000, based in Cloquet and on the St. Paul Campus.
Myah Walker '10 (B.S. Animal Science)
CFANS Alumna & CFANS Alumni Society Past President
Myah serves as a Compliance Specialist with Sparboe Farms, an egg production company based out of Litchfield. After graduating with her degree in Animal Science, Myah pursued her Masters in Public Health at the U. As a student Myah was involved as a St. Paul Ambassador, a member of CFANS Student Board, and a volunteer for Classes Without Quizzes. She served as President of the CFANS Alumni Society Board of Directors from 2015-16. She is passionate about sharing her story of a “city girl gone ag” in hopes of inspiring youth to pursue a career in agriculture.