The University of Minnesota recently recognized researchers whose groundbreaking research and entrepreneurial spirit have led to new technologies that hold the potential to address major societal challenges, and among them were two CFANS researchers from the Department of Horticultural Science.
In the summer of 2018, after his freshman year, Matt Bluhm traveled over 6,000 miles to Beijing to study Mandarin. He didn’t wait to study abroad until later in his college career, as most students do. A University of Minnesota (UMN) sophomore double majoring in environmental science, policy and management, and Chinese, Matt hopes to pursue a career in international sustainability. After this experience, he is well on his way.
Black and Hispanic Americans bear a disproportionate burden from air pollution caused mainly by non-Hispanic white Americans, according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
The University has announced its top teaching awards for 2019, and CFANS is honored to have one of the recipients of this prestigious honor. Department of Agricultural Education, Communication and Marketing Assistant Professor Rebecca Swenson has received the 2018-19 Horace T. Morse-University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education.
On a snowy night in January, over 80 students, faculty, staff and friends of CFANS gathered for the first “Women in Natural Resource Sciences Career Panel.” Planned entirely by students from four different CFANS student groups, the event was organized to illuminate stories of female professionals in natural resource related fields and to highlight women’s perspectives on what it’s like to work in these historically male-dominated fields. The panelists included Kathryn Fernholz, President and CEO of Dovetail Partners Inc.; Angela Grill, Wildlife Biologist at Three Rivers Park District; Krista Jensen, Lead Naturalist at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Fort Snelling State Park; Gail Nozal, Assistant District Manager at S&S Tree, a Davey Company; and Lark Weller, Community Planner and Employee Engagement Coordinator for the National Park Service.
In 2014, Dr. Krishona Martinson of Animal Science led a team to develop Healthy Horse, the first for-profit mobile app sold by the University of Minnesota Board of Regents.
A new method for discovering and cloning genes could accelerate the development of rust resistance in wheat and other crops.
A dozen university-level science majors interested in learning about all aspects of the biodiesel industry, including CFANS Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering (BBE) student Kelly Martichuski, received travel scholarships to attend the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in San Diego this January. Some of the students, who are members of the Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel, also received invitations to present on their research.