CFANS Connections - March 2017

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Volunteer for the Norman Borlaug Science Achievement Award program and help the CFANS Alumni Society honor a junior at your favorite high school for their academic achievements. Serving as a volunteer is a rewarding way to strengthen the ties between CFANS, local high schools, educators, and students, and to encourage and acknowledge academic excellence in science.



Professor Neil Anderson grew up on a small Vermont dairy farm that instilled in him a love for plants early on. As early as 5 years old, Prof. Anderson was interested in horticulture, botany and floriculture—teasing apart flowers in his mother’s garden. By second grade he began crossbreeding flowers and tracking the yearly winter survival of native spring ephemerals (plants that flower for a brief time in the spring).

Neil Anderson

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Molly Bergum has a deep invested interested in the water that we drink. "I'm really interested in studying freshwater sources because their security is crucial to the health of the environment and human population. In Minneapolis, our drinking water is sourced from the Mississippi River, so learning more about how we are affecting it is critical." Upon graduation, Bergum hopes to enter graduate school for environmental toxology. 

Learn more about Bergum here. 

Did you know BBE students & Aitkin County Project are tackling pervasive algal blooms? Steve Hughes, district manager of the Aitkin County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is teaming up with 40 students from the Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering students to clean Fleming Lake.


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Coming to the University of Minnesota was an easy decision for Lars Loberg (B.S. Environment and Natural Resources '05): the college offered programs that were ranked nationally and he would be close to home, where he could hunt and enjoy the outdoors on weekends. His love of law, the outdoors, and the education he received at the university helped him continue his schooling and further his career.  "The top notch education that I received at the U of M gave me the skills to excel at law school. Having a science background is uncommon in my field of practice. The conflict resolution and policy courses offered to forestry and natural resource students provided me with the skillset to succeed in my study of the law. I finished at the top of my law school class in Alternative Dispute Resolution, Environmental Law, and Land Use courses."

Lars Loberg

March 2017

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