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People at Plant Pathology International Ag Event- CFANS International Agrigulture Showcase highlighted what Plant Pathology is doing for international agriculture
On the evening of August 8, approximately 100 guests gathered at the Cargill Building for Microbial and Plant Genomics on the St. Paul campus to hear about challenges in international agriculture and what the U of M, CFANS, and the Department of Plant Pathology are doing to address those issues. Guests for the event included many U of M alumni, representatives from commodity groups and agribusinesses, U of M administrators, faculty, staff, and students, and delegates from USDA-ARS and USAID.  Speakers included U of M Provost Karen Hanson, CFANS Dean Brian Buhr, USDA-ARS Midwest Area Director Robert Matteri, USAID Senior Science Advisor and Cereals Lead Nora Lapitan, USDA-ARS Cereal Disease Laboratory Research Leader Shahryar Kianian, and Department of Plant Pathology Head Jim Bradeen. Highlights from the evening included announcement of the newly formed Stakman-Borlaug Center for Sustainable Plant Health, creation of a new MNDRIVE-funded undergraduate program in Sustainable Plant Health, and dedication of a new, USAID-funded biocontainment research greenhouse at the USDA-ARS Cereal Disease Laboratory on the St. Paul campus. 

Jeni Haler- (Photo, left) CFANS student Jeni Haler, from Carver County, MN, was crowned the 61st Princess Kay of the Milky Way on August 20! Haler is a double-major in animal science and Spanish/ Portuguese studies. Over the next year, she'll serve as the official goodwill ambassador for more than 3,600 Minnesota dairy farm farmilies. Read more!

MAST reunion group photo- (Photo, right) On August 18, over 80 students, alumni and friends gathered on the St. Paul campus for a MAST International 65th Anniversary Celebration. Since 1949 more than 8,000 students from 80 countries have participated in the program. Keep connected with the program through the MAST International Facebook page and the MAST LinkedIn group. Visit the website to learn more about opportunities about international training or to host international MAST International participants.

- At the Arboretum - Hot Topic: Water (or lack thereof)
For homeowners
There is so much you can do beyond building a simple raingarden; learn tips and tricks from the experts on how to assess your own home landscape and manage your water usage for a healthy, sustainable future through all seasons. Featuring renowned author and journalist Charles Fishman. Beyond Raingardens: Creating a Water-Wise Home Landscape, Wednesday, September 10, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, $20 Arboretum members • $25 Master Gardeners/Master Water Stewards • $30 non-members

For professionals
Learn to leverage the costs and benefits of green infrastructure development projects in our communities. The Clean Water Summit is designed to add value for public and private sector professionals, including municipal stormwater managers, engineers, public agency staff, landscape architects, policy makers, private land owners, contractors and builders, property managers, community planners, designers and educators. 2014 Clean Water Summit: Green Infrastructure for Clean Water, Costs & Benefits to Our Communities, Thursday, September 11, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, $60 members and conference affiliates • $70 general registration

- At the Bell Museum of Natural History
Saturday with a Scientist: Life Under the Canopy and Fantastic Figs!
Saturday, September 13, 11 a.m. - 2p .m., free with museum admission
Ever wonder what it is like being suspended 100 feet up in the rainforest canopy? What kind of tools you would need? What are you looking for? What kind of wildlife you might encounter? Get the answers at September's Saturday with a Scientist when we dive under the canopy and discover the fantastic world of figs!

Café Scientifique: Carp and Culture
Tuesday, September 16, doors 6 p.m., program at 7 p.m.
at Bryant Lake Bowl, tickets $5-$12, available online or at the door
The relationships between humans and carp are complex and surprisingly varied in different cultures around the world. At September's Café Scientifique, professor Andrew Simons will discuss the biology and aquaculture of carp and challenges for controlling its spread in the Great Lakes and Mississippi River, while also exploring the cultural importance and symbolism of carp in art and folklore across the globe.

- 2014 Kolshorn Lecture and Fisheries, Wildlife & Conservation Biology Awards Ceremony
October 6, 4 - 6 p.m., 33 McNeal Hall
This year’s lecture is “The Science of Catch-and-Release Fishing,” presented by Steven Cooke, an Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair of Environmental Science and Biology at Carleton University (Ottawa, Ontario), in the field of fish ecology and conservation physiology. The awards ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. and lecture at 5 p.m. A reception follows in the Fireside Room, 274 McNeal Hall. Cooke is also giving a research talk, “Physiology, Behavior, Social Science and Conservation: Solving Freshwater Fish and Turtle By-Catch Problems through Mechanistic, Integrated Research,” on October 7 at 11:30 a.m. in the St. Paul Student Center Cherrywood room. Both lectures, the awards ceremony and the reception are open to the public. See more information about the Kolshorn Lecture series.

Chris Phillips- The Department of Entomology has welcomed a new faculty member! Chris Philips (photo, left) is a Fruit and Vegetable Entomologist and will be working at the North Central Research and Outreach Center in Grand Rapids, MN. Philips comes from Washington State University, where he was a postdoctoral research associate studying the ecological basis of natural pest control in organix and conventional farming systems.