CFANS Alumni & Friends eNews - January 2017

When Paul Aarsvold (B.S. Agricultural Education '94) transferred back from the U.S. Air Force Academy, there was only one school that he had in mind: the University of Minnesota." I chose the University of Minnesota as I had already done some ROTC work there and there was a pretty special young lady (my now wife Val) attending there as well." He was introduced to Dr. Roland Peterson by his now-wife and "the rest is history." 


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Elisabeth King, a freshman studying Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, has her eyes set on solving a big issue. King is working on a project that aims to reduce nitrate in contaminated water. The materials she is using might be a little surprising: "I hope to see if molasses is an effective source of carbon and how it compares to other sources with removing nitrate from the water." Learn more about King's project here. 

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Alumni Society Awards
Nominations due February 6, 2016
CFANS Alumni Society awards recognize graduates, students, faculty, staff, and friends who have made significant contributions to the college, the Alumni Society, their professions or the community. Eight awards are given annually in a variety of categories

Department of Animal Science Golden Graduate Award
The Department of Animal Science is proud to announce a call for nominations for the first annual Golden Alumni Award. The award is intended to recognize and honor an outstanding alumna or alumnus of the Department of Animal Science. The award will be presented during the Department’s annual showcase which highlights the work of our faculty, students, and alumni.



Register now for MinneCollege 2017, taking place this February in Florida and Arizona, which features CFANS professors John Erwin of the Department of Horticultural Science and Karen Oberhauser of the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology! The University of Minnesota has enlisted some of the most exciting, innovative, and ambitious faculty to share their research with you. At each of these events, participants will attend a keynote and three breakout sessions, followed by a University reception.


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The CFANS & CEHD Alumni Global Learning Adventure to Italy, taking place November 2017, is the greatest way to experience and learn about Italian people and culture. This unique program takes you on an eleven day journey through the most spectacular areas of Italy. You will learn and experience a unique variety of subjects all brought to you by expert local guides and university program leaders. Whether you are a fan of Italian cuisine, an architecture buff or agriculture addict, this program is perfect for you. This adventure is open to all who are interested. 


CFANS Group in Italy 2014

On December 2, CFANS staff, students, and graduates gathered along with representatives from Land O’Lakes, Inc., to celebrate the naming of the Land O’ Lakes Collaboration Center in Borlaug Hall and to experience the advanced teaching technology in the Land O’ Lakes Active Learning Classroom in Ruttan Hall.



Read the latest about events happening on campus and in partnering departments as well!

Features this month:
-Minnesota Youth Institute - know a high school student who might be interested?
-Building Horticulture in North High
-New face in CFANS Admissions
-UMN announces scholarship program for CFANS
-Get the latest news from around CFANS!


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Check out these great opportunities for alumni and friends! 

-Wang '12 Publishes Book on Pediatric Nutrition 
-Visiting MAST International Alumni in Sweden
-University of Minnesota launches Alumni, Parents, and Friends Network in Brazil


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There are a lot of exciting event opportunities for students, staff and alumni coming up.  Check them out!

-Monday, January 9- Chinese Career Fair
-Wednesday, February 8 - Environmental Internship & Career Fair
-Friday, February 10 - Big Ten Alumni Night at the Minnesota Timberwolves
-Saturday, February 18 - Minnesota 4-H Celebration
-Wednesday, March 29 - HortSci Grows Event
-Tuesday, April 11 - The Conservation Biology Graduate Program’s 3rd Annual Research Spotlight Fundraiser
-June 13-14 - Midwest Farm Energy Conference


This month, we remember the lives of three individuals who had specific ties to CFANS. 

-Vilis Kurmis (M.S. Forestry '63, Ph.D. Forestry '69)
-Nick Lilleberg (B.S. Animal & Plant Systems '97)
-Gertrude Esteros (School of Agriculture '31, B.S. High School Education ’36, M.S. High School Education ’41)  
-Donald White 



The monthly alumni trivia question gives alumni and friends an opportunity to test their U of M knowledge. Are you up for the challenge?

January alumni trivia question:

Even though the lakes are frozen, researchers at the University of Minnesota will be growing and studying a specific type of invasive species at the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center.  This invasive species was discovered in 2 Minnesota lakes in 2015. This past summer, it was found in 7 more.  What type of species will they be growing in the lab? 


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A University of Minnesota professor hopes to reel in invasive species in the state by implanting fish with electronic tags.Fisheries and wildlife professor Peter Sorensen is tracking the movement of carp in the Rice Creek Watershed District in Blaine, Minn. His research is part of a project funded by the National Science Foundation that aims to reduce the carp population by tracking their movements. Monitoring carp movement will help researchers to control the species’ population, said Nate Banet, fisheries and aquatic biology graduate student and research assistant.