Campus news

Mike White ('80, B.S. Wildlife; '86, Ph.D. Animal Sciences) has accepted the position of Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Faculty Affairs in CFANS, effective November 3; he is replacing Jay Bell in this role. White will provide leadership and administrative responsibility for undergraduate, continuing, and distance education programs, including associated recruitment, admissions, student services, and faculty development initiatives aligned with collegiate and university priorities. For the past three years, he's been head of the Department of Animal Science.

Philip Pardey ('86, Ph.D. Agricultural & Applied Economics) has been named the first director of global research strategy for CFANS. In this newly created position, Pardey will work internationally to create new opportunities and partnerships between the U and private companies, commodity organizations and non-governmental organizations. He will also bring together researchers from different disciplines and those at partner universities and research agencies to find solutions to complex bio-physical and economic challenges. See the full press release.

- Congratulations to CFANS food science student, Ariel Garsow, who is one of three U of M students chosen for the Land O'Lakes Global Food Challenge Emerging Leaders fellowship. The fellowship supports students as they work to identify innovative and practical ways to meet the world’s need for a 70 percent increase in global food production. Sophomores at the University of Minnesota, Purdue University, Iowa State University, Northwestern University, and George Washington University, will be matched with university professors who will help guide the research they conduct. Throughout the 2014-2015 academic year, the students will participate in a series of “challenges” designed to spur their thinking about food security issues. The experience will culminate with an 11-week paid summer internship and includes travel to Africa, Washington, D.C., and key Land O’Lakes locations. Read the full press release.

- Congratulations to the AgEd Club for honors received during the 2014 Alpha Tau Alpha Conclave and National FFA Convention in Louisville, KY. Honors include:

  • Program of Excellence Contest - 1st Place Overall
  • Program of Excellence Contest - 1st Place (Fundraising)
  • Team Essay Contest - 1st Place
  • Debate Contest - 3rd Place
  • Parliamentary Procedure Written Test High Score - Michaela Gallup
  • A.W. Nolan Award - Gold

See photos and results on the AgEd Club Facebook page!

- Career and Internship Services (CIS) is proud to announce a $130,700 Career Ready Internship Grant from the Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation to fund unpaid internship opportunities for students. 18 students have already received funding for internship opportunities from this grant.  If your organization is interested in starting an internship program or hiring an intern, contact CIS at 612-624-2710.

- Eyes on the Universe at the Bell Museum of Natural History
This new exhibit at the Bell explores how researchers and citizen scientists can work together to make new discoveries in our vast universe - you can even join the effort!

- The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum invites you to join U of M researchers and industry professionals for Pollinators³, a new three-part series that will dig deeper into the social, political, and environmental impacts of bees and other pollinators. Choose to attend an individual session, or bundle them all!

Session 1: Plants & People - Thursday, November 6, 2014 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Session 2: Pesticides & Other Problems - Thursday, March 26, 2015, 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Session 3: Policies & Politics - Thursday, May 21, 2015, 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
See more information, pricing, and registration.

- Henderson Lecture: Epigenetics, Diet and Cancer Prevention
Friday, November 14, 2 p.m., Cargill Building
Featuring Roderick H. Dashwood, Professor and Director, John S. Dunn Endowed Chair, Center for Epigenetics & Disease Prevention. Co-hosted by the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics and the Department of Food Science and Nutrition. A reception will follow the lecture.

- The Phoenix Ag Club's Fall Tour will be November 18-19 in Arizona. The two-day tour includes stops at the Abengoa Solana generating station, the Greengate Salad Plant, Yuma Territorial Prison, field tours for various crops and more. See the schedule and registration details.