Campus news

josh.kc.jpgResearch spotlight on Ph.D. student Josh Kielsmeier-Cook, Department of Plant Pathology

Plant Pathology Graduate Student Josh Kielsmeier-Cook (photo right) has had the unique opportunity to explore Yasuní National Park in Ecuador and partner with CFANS alumni Charles Barnes and Maria Ordoñez (Universidad de las Américas Quito and Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, respectively) to classify the vast diversity within the fungal genus Xylaria. This group of fungi could prove useful in pharmaceuticals and bioenergy production. Read more in the spotlight found here.

University of Minnesota students participating in agricultural education summer internship

Minnesota will be offering a brand-new Agricultural Education Summer Internship as part of a State Teach Ag Results (STAR) program initiative, which is coordinated by the Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council (MAELC) in Minnesota. Three students majoring in Agricultural Education at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (Traci BlockMichaela Gallup, and Jack Roessler) are participating in the program and have been paired with a current agriculture teacher for the summer. The participating agricultural education instructors also include alumni Tim Uhlenkamp (B.S. '04), Shawn Linder (M.S. '07), and Paul Aarsvold (B.S. '94). Click here for more information on this internship opportunity.

- University of Minnesota Professor Jerry Cohen, Ph.D., recognized as ASPB (American Society of Plant Biologists) Top Author

Jerry Cohen, Ph.D., is a distinguished graduate teaching professor, holds the Bailey Endowed Chair in the Department of Horticultural Science and is a member of the Microbial and Plant Genomics Institute, University of Minnesota. He has been recognized as a top author for the American Society of Plant Bioloist's journals Plant Physiology and The Plant Cell. He has been a fellow of ASPB since 2008 and is past president of the International Plant Growth Substances Association.

While Cohen's lab is probably best known for studies of auxin metabolism, its current research aims to understand the basic biology of plant growth, signaling systems that regulate growth and development, and plant responses to biological and physical stresses. The group focuses on the application of modern biochemical analysis supplemented by metabolomics and proteomic systems biology ap- proaches to look at complex biological processes. Jerry's spotlight can be found on page 33.

naada.jpg-CFANS recognized at 2015 NAADA (National Agricultural Alumni Development Association) Conference

CFANS was recognized with two awards at the 2015 NAADA Conference (National Agricultural Alumni and Development Association), held June 15-18 at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. Past CFANS Alumni Society board president Val Aarsvold (‘94) received the 2015 NAADA Volunteer Service Award in recognition of her initiative, teamwork, and service to the college's students and supporters. The CFANS Policy Engagement Program placed 2nd in the 2015 Publications & Projects Competition in the Society Programming category! Tracy Fallon ('96), Coordinator of Recruitment and Outreach, Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, was elected to serve on the NAADA Board of Directors as the Student Professional Track Representative. NAADA provides education, support and recognition for individuals dedicated to expanding resources for land-grant and other colleges of agricultural sciences and related programs.

Employer Registration open for St. Paul Campus Job & Internship Fair

Is your company looking for quality interns or full time employees? Attend the St. Paul Campus Job & Internship Fair at the University of Minnesota on Wednesday September 30, 10a.m.-3p.m.  Students love to talk with CFANS alumni to hear about your job and how you got it.

- CFANS Staff Transitions

Starting in July, Holly Klinger will be transitioning out of Alumni Relations and taking on the role of Academic Programs Coordinator for the CFANS Student Services Office. She will be responsible for coordinating scholarships, a number of faculty affairs programs and processes, and other assorted projects for Student Services. Holly has worked with CFANS Alumni Relations since 2009. In her role as Alumni Relations Associate she has supported Alumni Society programming and operations, coordinated Classes Without Quizzes and the Norman Borlaug Science Achievement Award, and edited/published the monthly Alumni & Friends eNews. Please direct any alumni-related inquiries to Mary Buschette at or 612-624-1745.

Meet Casey Kuenn, our new College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) Freshman Admissions Counselor! Casey is a recent University of Minnesota graduate and is originally from Holmen, WI. He comes to our CFANS team with a great sampling of student work experiences from throughout the University to include working as an orientation leader, a student program board coordinator (which included event-planning for Homecoming and Spring Jam), an admissions tour guide, a student caller for the University of Minnesota Foundation, and a undergraduate student researcher. He says the one experience that students shouldn't miss is the Homecoming Lip Sync Competition!