CFANS Connections - May 2017
The CFANS Alumni Society and CFANS Student Board co-hosted this special annual recognition event on Wednesday, April 19, in the North Star Ballroom of the St. Paul Student Center. The evening honored Alumni Society scholarship recipients, Mentor Program honorees, the recipients of the Student Board Awards and Alumni Society Awards, and the newly inaugurated members of the Borealis Circle. The memorable evening recognized incredible individuals for their service to the college and for their professional achievements. See the list of 2017 honorees, learn more about them, check out some photos from the event on Facebook and see a full collection of event photos here.
Connect and learn! Events include:
- May 5 - Star Party with MIfA
- May 7 - BUD BREAK 2017
- May 12 - CFANS Undergraduate Student Commencement Ceremony
- May 13 - Native American Medicine Garden Phenology Walk
- May 17 - Drip Irrigation for Your Garden
- June 13 - Midwest Farm Energy Conference
- June 19 - Minnesota 4-H Foundation Golf Classic
- July 27 - Horticulture Night
- August 24 - NCROC 2017 Visitor's Day
- More events here.
The support of the Minnesota Legislature is a critical component in our overall funding. This year we are faced with a significant challenge. The University is requesting a biennial total of $68.2 million in core funding to support research, education and outreach. This funding from the state represents the second largest portion of CFANS’ funding resources. The Legislature has, on a preliminary basis, chosen to fund approximately just 20 percent of the 2018/2019 request. The lack of state support will translate to increased tuition expense for our students and decreased opportunities for research from our world-class educators and researchers.
In April, Bob Bossert of the Minnesota Ornithologists Union (MOU) presented a gift in support of the new Bell Museum of Natural History to Executive Director Denise Young. The connection between the Minnesota Ornithologists Union and Bell Museum dates back to the founding of the group and continues to this day.
The new Bell Museum of Natural History and Planetarium features “fritted glass”, a type of glass with 1/16” lines screen printed on its surface. This custom patterned glass has been found to help birds avoid deadly collisions and is also designed for energy efficiency.
Representatives from the U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC’s) office in Southeast Asia participated in two regional conferences in April to provide context, industry insights and actionable market intelligence to customers of U.S. agricultural commodities. Among those representatives was Dr. Jerry Shurson '81 (B.S. Animal Science), professor in the Department of Animal Science.
David Baumler, professor of molecular food safety microbiology, was recently featured in the StarTribune as an expert in chili peppers and foodborne pathogens and for winning a $40,000 piece of equipment for his lab because of a YouTube video submission.
Former department head and professor Frank Busta '61 (M.S. Dairy Science) was recently named the recipient of the International Food Technologists (IFT) Myron Solberg Award. The award honors an IFT member for providing leadership in the establishment and successful development and continuation of industry/government/academia cooperative organization.
George Weiblen, who serves as the scientific director and curator of plants at the Bell Museum of Natural History and Planetarium, is the recipient of the University of Minnesota’s 2017 President’s Community-Engaged Scholar Award. This is the highest award the University of Minnesota bestows for scholarship conducted in partnership with external communities. Weiblen was chosen for the system-wide award for his community-engaged research and partnerships in Papua New Guinea which have advanced the field of biodiversity on the global level.
Several Water Resources Science (WRS) students and faculty spent Earth Day at the Audubon Center of the Northwoods for a traditional WRS Retreat. The retreat provided time for participants to share the progress of their research and to brainstorm ways to enhance the program.
On April 18, the Department of Food Science and Nutrition hosted a special panel discussion focused on cultivating entrepreneurship in Food Science & Nutrition students and preparing them for the 21st Century. The panel featured Department Head Kumar Mallikarjunan, Gabe Gusmini, R& D Director of Agro Discovery at PepsiCo, Eric Gugger, Program Lead of Technolgoy Creation at General Mills, Mindy Hermann of Hermann Communications, and Jeff Casper, Co-proprietor of Dumpling & Strand. The panel was followed by the annual graduate student research poster showcase.
Sujaya Rao '91 (Ph.D. Entomology) has accepted the position as head of Entomology. Professor Rao will bring to CFANS enthusiasm and passion for the position and is excited to chart the next course for the department. A CFANS alumna and postdoctoral researcher at the University of Delaware and the University of California, worked as an Extension Advisor for UC's Cooperative Extension before she moved as Assistant Professor to OSU. At OSU, she blended basic and applied research, integrated research into educational programs, and provided leadership for Entomology, campus-wide Undergraduate Research, NSF-funded educational programs and the Entomological Society of America.
Blue and sunny skies took care of an early spring snow to make for a perfect setting on the 8th Annual Ag Awareness Day, April 11, at Northrup Outdoor Plaza. The event drew 1,500 visitors to increase awareness of the work being done by CFANS students and partners and to learn more about what goes on at the St. Paul campus's CFANS labs and classroom.
The 101st Minnesota Royal took place on St. Paul Campus from April 17-22. Events during the week included skits, quiz bowl, the Royal Run, Johnny Holmes concert, Ag Olympics, and a showmanship contest for both students and alumni to wrap up the week.
The University of Minnesota’s student chapter of the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) recently wrapped up another successful year. This year the team’s project was Heartbeet Vodka, a product distilled from Minnesota grown sugarbeets and sold locally.
The 88th annual State FFA Convention was held April 23-25 at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, with CFANS as a home base. More than 3,600 high school students from across Minnesota came to campus for a program that included career development events, awards and the election of new officers for the statewide organization. A sea of blue jackets could be found on both the St. Paul and Minneapolis campuses as students participated in competitions, workshops, business sessions and tours of the campuses. Under the theme “All In,” participants made key connections with agriculture and CFANS leaders.
Did you know that a limited number of lucky students within the Pre-Vet LLC have had the opportunity to assist with the training of service dogs? The FETCH (Fostering Education and Training Canines) program gives four students full responsibility for the care of one service dog for 2-5 months.
When Emily Jerve '00 (B.S. Science in Agriculture) first came to the University of Minnesota, she aspired to become a veterinarian. Like any freshman student would, she changed her major when she realized vet school was not the path for her. She then focused her studies on international agriculture, state government, and policy. Jerve was able to travel abroad during her time at the university, fueling her passion for international agriculture. "My education exposed me to new places and cultures. I had never been beyond North America before my first study abroad experience my junior year in Cork, Ireland. I met amazing people and realized there was an entire world to explore."
More than 100 faculty, students, and fans of CFANS Animal Science (AS) attended the first "Connecting with U—Animal Science Showcase," April 11 in the St. Paul Campus Cargill Building. Accomplishments by faculty, students, and alumni were celebrated during the program, highlighted by the presentation of the Golden Alumni Award to University of Kentucky Professor Merlin Lindemann '77 '81 (B.S. Animal Science, Ph.D. Animal Science).
Adjunct Professor and Alumnus, Dr. Terry Kreeger '88 (Ph.D. Wildlife), was elected a Lifetime Honorary Member of The Wildlife Society . Honorary Memberships recognize "continuous outstanding service to any area of concern to The Wildlife Society by a TWS member who is a practicing or retired wildlife professional.”
Dave Rizzo '92 (Ph.D. Plant Pathology) was awarded the 2017 UC Davis Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarly Achievement. This university-wide award is funded through philanthropic gifts managed by the UC Davis Foundation and, at $45,000, is believed to be the largest recognition of its kind in the nation.
Datica, the industry platform for digital health success, announced Kevin Lindbergh '99 (B.S. Bio-Based Products) will lead the company’s revenue generating efforts and execute on an aggressive product development strategy begun in late 2016. As the Chief Revenue Officer (CRO), Kevin will provide strategic direction for the sales, marketing, and product teams that help drive the company’s revenue streams, as well as identify new opportunities for growth.
Adjunct Assistant Professor and alumna Olivia LeDee '05 '08 (M.S. & Ph.D. Conservation) has been selected by the Minnesota Climate Adaptation Partnership to receive an Award for Climate Adaptation in the Individual Category.
Dallas Dornink '07 (B.S. Animal Science) and Sarah (Tesmer) Dornink '06 '10 (B.S. & M.Ed. Agricultural Education) welcomed Evelyn Arlene to their family on April 22, 2017.
CFANS 2017 Undergraduate Commencement ceremony speaker Alise Sjostrom '09 (B.S. Agricultural Industries and Marketing) represents the enriching possibilities for a CFANS graduate as a rising star in the growing specialized food market. In July 2014, Sjostrom launched Redhead Creamery, an artisan cheese maker, located on the dairy farm where she grew up.
The monthly alumni trivia question gives alumni and friends an opportunity to test their U of M knowledge. Are you up for the challenge?
May alumni trivia question:
Each year the Department of Forest Resources hosts a fun-filled Foresters' Day celebration, which includes a pancake breakfast cooked by faculty and staff, tree climbing with the Tree Ascension Group, lumberjack games and timbersports with the Forestry Club, and an evening banquet.
How many years has the department hosted the Foresters' Day celebration?