Class Notes

First Animal Science Showcase honors Lindemann '77 '81

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). 

Posted on: May 3, 2017

Alumni Spotlight: Emily Jerve '00

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."



Posted on: May 1, 2017

Rizzo wins 2017 UC Davis Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarly Achievement

Plant Pathology alumnus Dave Rizzo (Ph.D. Plant Pathology '92) 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.


Posted on: April 28, 2017

CFANS hosts 127th annual meeting of U of M School of Agriculture

The 127th annual meeting of University of Minnesota School of Agriculture will take place on the St. Paul campus on Saturday, April 22. The school, which closed in 1960, was established on March 6, 1888, thirty years after Minnesota achieved statehood. The Board of Regents approved the school and its first term took place on October 18, 1888. The Board of the School of Agriculture still meets on an annual basis, led by its president, Marvin Johnson  (B.S. Animal Science '73, M.S. & Ph.D. Veterinary Medicine '80, '82).


Posted on: April 26, 2017

Lei Wang '16 named finalist in ASN Emerging Leader Competition

Post-doctoral associate Lei Wang (Ph.D. Nutrition '16 ) was named a finalist in the American Society for Nutrition (ASN) Emerging Leader Competition and will present his research at Experimental Biology 2017. Wang, who received his Ph.D. in 2016 under the tutelage of Dr. Chi Chen, was selected from hundreds of applicants to present his research as part of ASN's Scientific Sessions at Experimental Biology April 22-26 in Chicago.


Posted on: April 26, 2017

Margaret Krause ('14) receives 2017 Jeanie Borlaug Laube Women in Triticum Early Career Award

Margaret Krause (B.S. Applied Plant Science '14) was named a recipient of the 2017 Jeanie Borlaug Laube Women in Triticum Early Career Award. The award, which was named after the daughter of Nobel laureate and University of Minnesota alumnus Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, aims to create development opportunities for female scientists working in wheat research in the early stages of their career.


Posted on: April 15, 2017

Rylee Ahnen '14 accepts consulting position with New Partners

Rylee Ahnen (B.S. Nutrition '14) is excited to share that he has accepted a consulting position with New Partners, a political and private-sector consulting firm that works to bring the cutting edge communications, grassroots, grasstops, and fundraising strategies employed by political campaigns to the corporate world. 


Posted on: April 13, 2017

Plant pathology grad student Garrett Beier '08 '13 offered assistant professor position

A current Ph.D. student in the Department of Plant Pathology, Garrett Beier  (B.S. Environmental Horticulture '08, M.S. Applied Plant Sciences '13) was recently offered an Assistant Professor position in the Department of Urban Horticulture and Design at Farmingdale State College, which is located on Long Island, New York.


Posted on: April 2, 2017

Alumni Spotlight: Brian Huberty '82 '89

The University of Minnesota’s central location and diverse landscape of forests, waters, agriculture, mining, and urban developments made an “invaluable outdoor classroom” for Brian Huberty. Huberty’s education at the University of Minnesota has prepared him for a fascinating career that has led him across the country facilitating resource assessment for the agricultural, forestry and environmental sectors. Huberty says he had never imagined his career would remain focused on resource assessment, but credits the U for having the best forestry inventory and remote sensing program in the world that was was able to lay the groundwork for how best to quantify forest resources.


Posted on: April 1, 2017

Rebecca Leighton '15 starts campus food pantry

After a year of planning and networking, the Nutritious U Food Pantry  student group headed by U of M student Rebecca Leighton (B.S. Nutrition ‘15), is now piloting a food pantry event for food insecure students. 


Posted on: March 13, 2017