Congratulations to Princess Kay Finalists Emily Annexstad ‘20, Madelin Lindahl ‘18, and Ashley Warren ‘20. These three outstanding CFANS students were selected as finalists due to their communication skills, personality, and general knowledge of the dairy industry and its products.
With a refreshing new look and even more opportunities to engage, the CFANS wing of the Agricultural/Horticulture Building at this year’s Minnesota State Fair will be sure to impress.
In addition to numerous information kiosks, the exhibit will offer a wall-sized spin on connect-the-dots, a Post-It® note board for sharing CFANS stories, and an engagement table where visitors can dive deep into conversation with experts about our path-leading programs and developments, from sustainable turf management to soil erosion mitigation. You’ll have the chance to learn from Master Gardeners, chat with current students, and hear about incredible experiences at the new Bell Museum + Planetarium, opening in 2018 on the St. Paul campus.
Student success is determined by far more than test scores or evaluations. A great college education equips students not only with declarative knowledge, but with the skills to pursue and excel in a career they’re passionate about. The CFANS Mentor Program was created to help students prepare for their future careers and discover their professional preferences. Matching about 200 students and professionals yearly, the program provides mentees with networking experience, career insights, and professional growth opportunities.
Mary Peterson has some sage advice for CFANS students: "Find a career that allows you to live in environments that nourish you and that give you opportunities for lifelong learning."
What does climate change mean to you? Share your story in the Climate Chaser. This mobile trailer that is run by Backyard Phenology, a collaboration of artists, CFANS faculty and students, and engaged citizens who are working to understand how places and their seasonal cycles are affected by our changing climate.
Food Science and Nutrition Professor Chi Chen is one of this year’s UMN Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) Research Infrastructure Investment Program grant recipients for his project “A High-Resolution Quantitative Mass Spectrometry system for Collaborative Metabolomics Research.” Projects were chosen for their support of transdisciplinary research and encouragement of collaboration across the U’s colleges and campuses.
It’s about perfect timing. Karen (Swanson) Dewanz ‘83 came to the University of Minnesota ready to pursue chemical engineering, but it didn’t take long for her to realize she could better follow her passion in natural resources as a resource economics major in the Department of Applied Economics.
The Midwest Perennial Forage Working Group (MPFWG) has released a new Grazing Educator Slide Library at greenlandsbluewaters.net/Perennial_Forage/. The slide library originated from a 2015 project that produced a series of six webinars for grazing educators in the Upper Mississippi River Basin.
Farm safety is an important topic, and Agricultural Education, Communication and Marketing (AECM) students and faculty are currently working on research to identify best communication practices that support the adoption of new safety behaviors. Graduate student Emily Wilmes presented this research in Logan, Utah, at the International Society for Ag Safety and Health Conference.
For University of Minnesota (UMN) researchers, scum is a word packed with profitable promise. College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) professor and Center for Biorefining director R. Roger Ruan and doctoral candidate Erik Anderson are converting scum into high-quality biodiesel.