Campus News

Dr. George Annor Joins Food Science & Nutrition Faculty

Dr. George A. Annor joined the Food Science & Nutrition (FSCN) faculty as an Assistant Professor and General Mills Endowed Professor in Cereal Chemistry and Technology. Dr. Annor obtained his Ph.D. in Food Science in the Department of Food Science at the University of Guelph, Canada with former FSCN professor Koushik Seetharaman. Dr. Seetharaman held the same Endowed Professorship in Cereal Chemistry and Technology in FSCN before his passing in 2014. Dr. Annor’s Ph.D. research focused on characterizing the fine structure of millet starches and also understanding why millets are slowly digestible. Prior to coming to Minnesota, Annor obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Food Science in 2001 in the Department of Nutrition and Food Science at the University of Ghana, Legon-Accra and went on to receive a Master’s in Food Science in the same department, where he also became a faculty member in 2008. Annor has several research interests, including: non-thermal modifications of cereals and cereal products, cereal grain quality and functionality, ingredient interactions, starch structure and digestibility, gluten/proteins, b-glucan functionality and phenolics/antioxidants. More information about Dr. Annor can be found here

Soil Judging Team ready for another year

As the semester kicks off, the University of Minnesota Soil Judging team is back at it! Interest is higher than it has ever been this year, with 19 students enrolled in the course (of which a subset will travel to Lincoln, Nebraska October 9th-14th for the 2016 Regional Soil Judging Contest). Follow the team blog's weekly posts until the week of the contests and daily posts thereafter! 

Bee Research Facility Complete

The Kraus-Anderson Construction Company has completed construction on a new $4.8 million bee research facility on the University of Minnesota's St. Paul campus! The 10,875-square foot academic research laboratory consolidates lab space, honey extraction, observation hive space, offices and equipment space. Check out this article to learn more about the completed project. 

Dr. Beth Ventura joins Animal Science Faculty

Dr. Beth Ventura joins the Department of Animal Science as the Animal Behavior and Welfare Teaching Assistant Professor. Originally from San Diego, California, Beth obtained a Ph.D. in Animal Welfare from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada in 2015. Her dissertation research sought to understand stakeholder priorities and concerns in the dairy industry, with the goal of identifying policy solutions that work for both farmers and animals. She holds a B.S. in Animal Science from Michigan State University and an M.S. in Animal and Avian Science from the University of Maryland, College Park. Beth looks forward to developing a teaching program that will equip students with the foundational skills to navigate the issues facing the animal industries in a rapidly changing society. Read on...

Dr. F. Abel Ponce de León Retires

After 19 years at the University of Minnesota and 37 years total in higher education Professor F. Abel Ponce de León retired July 1, 2016. Dr. Ponce de León received his Ph.D. in Animal Science at the University of Massachusetts and then completed his postdoctoral training at Amherst College. He went on to serve as a faculty member with the University of Massachusetts where held teaching, research, and administrative positions. He came to the U of M in 1997 to serve as the Department Head for the Department of Animal Science as well as the Co-Director of the Animal Biotechnology Center. Read on...

Faculty Members Awarded at American Dairy Science Association® Awards

This July at the 2016 American Dairy Science Association® Awards two of Department of Animal Science faculty members were presented with awards. Dr. Leslie Hansen was awarded Hoard's Dairyman Youth Development Award and Dr. Marshall Stern was awarded the Nutrition Professionals Inc. Applied Dairy Nutrition Award. Former faculty member and department head Dr. Jim Linn was named as an ADSA Fellow as well. Read on...

University of Minnesota Repeats as National Champions in Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest

The University of Minnesota’s dairy cattle judging team did it again! It placed 1st overall in the national intercollegiate contest for a second year in a row on October 3 at World Dairy Expo, Madison, WI. The Minnesota team was also 1st in Ayrshire, 2nd in Holstein, 2nd in Red & White, and 4th in Milking Shorthorn. Furthermore, team members place 2nd overall in oral reasons with all four team members among the top 8 individually. University of Minnesota team members were Dane Thompson, Turtle Lake, WI; Crystal Siemers-Peterman, Cleveland, WI; Ethan Dado, Amery, WI; and Gabriella Sorg, Hastings, MN. Individually, Thompson was 2nd overall, 7th in reasons, 2nd in Guernsey, 2nd in Holstein, and 5th in Ayrshire. Siemers-Peterman was 11th overall, 4th in reasons, 3rd in Ayrshire, and 3rd in Red & White. Dado was 15th overall, 8th in reasons, and 4th in Ayrshire, and Sorg was 16th overall, 6th in reasons, 1st in Holstein, and 4th in Red & White.

Coaches for the University of Minnesota were Dr. Les Hansen (B.S. Animal Science '73, M.S. Animal Science '78), Scott Ellinghuysen (B.S. Animal & Plant Systems '95), Alicia Thurk (B.S. Animal Production Systems '02), and Eric Houdek (B.S. Animal Science '16).

Admissions Priority Deadline of November 1 Draws Near

High school students interested in enrolling at CFANS and the University of Minnesota are encouraged to submit their applications by the November 1 priority deadline! Priority consideration for admissions, Honors, and scholarships is given to students whose applications are completed by November 1. Applying by the regular deadline of December 15 means that consideration for scholarships will be on a funds-avaiable basis and consideration for the University Honors Program will be on a space-available basis. Find the application online at

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Stern Award

Dairy Judging Team