Current Interim Director Peter Moe has been named Director of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. He'll officially take the helm on Sept. 16.
A nearly $5 million state investment in agricultural productivity at the University of Minnesota will be used this year to hire scientists and improve infrastructure across seven areas of collaboration spanning three U of M colleges and at research and outreach and Extension sites across the state.
A veteran university-based museum and planetarium administrator will become executive director of the Bell Museum + Planetarium at the University of Minnesota this fall. Denise Young, director of education and planning for the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will assume her new role at the Bell on September 12.
Imagine an agriculture field. Most are planted with row upon row of tidy cash crops. Now imagine that same field with rows of trees between the rows of crops. This forested field concept is called alley cropping. Alley cropping helps farmers diversify by growing long-term tree crops alongside short-term cash crops like wheat.
"For so long farmers have been taking trees off farmland," said Josh Gamble, an agroforestry researcher in CFANS, "so the idea of putting trees back on is a little bit of a barrier."
A new research study led by CFANS professor Paul Glewwe seeks to understand how Vietnam "got it right" in creating an education system that has led its students to achieve learning levels exceeding those of their peers in far wealthier nations.
Six Minnesota high school students have been selected to participate in the Global Youth Institute, part of the annual World Food Prize International Symposium from Oct. 13-15 in Des Moines, Iowa. They earned the honor by participating in the Minnesota Youth Insitute sponsored by CFANS.
Mike Kilgore, professor in the Department of Forest Resources, will become interim head of the department effective June 27.
Plants speed up their respiratory metabolism as temperatures rise, leading to a long-held concern that as climate warms the elevated carbon release from a ramped-up metabolism could flip global forests from a long-term carbon sink to a carbon source, further accelerating climate change. However, a new University of Minnesota study with more than 1,000 young trees has found that plants also adjust – or acclimate - to a warmer climate and may release only one-fifth as much additional carbon dioxide than scientists previously believed.