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.
Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering (BBE) Professor Gary Sands assumes his position of BBE department head August 28. A native of Delaware, Sands came to CFANS BBE as an assistant professor and Extension engineer in 1998 and currently serves as director of graduate studies for the program. He has devoted more than 30 years to teaching, research, and Extension in agricultural engineering throughout the U.S. and abroad, in the areas of irrigation, drainage, hydrology, water quality, and sustainable agriculture.
Members of the UMN Board of Regents and President Kaler gathered June 7 to hear about the current ahead-of-schedule and under-budget status of the new Bell Museum + Planetarium. Progress was detailed by construction, architectural, and landscaping team members, with insights provided by Executive Director Denise Young and Scientific Director George Weiblen. The tour highlighted how the building’s eastern exposure provides a constant visual connection to the plant research taking place in CFANS, how the domed planetarium screen will appear seamless, and how landscaping features draw from Minnesota materials.
CFANS took prominent position at the annual Heritage Society Dinner, June 14, at McNamara Center on the Minneapolis campus. Prior to the dinner, guests learned how gifts to UMN are breaking new ground and visited with students who are working on sustainability projects throughout the university--and especially in CFANS. Exhibitors included aerial remote sensing, Cornercopia Student Organic Farm, monarchs in a changing landscape, a water bar, and native plants.
Recently, the University of Minnesota hosted the 25th Symposium of the Equine Science Society in Minneapolis. More than 100 graduate and undergraduate students from across the U.S. and world competed in various student research presentation competitions.
Austin Dobbels was awarded second place at the Science in Seconds held June 1. Modeled after the well know 3 minute thesis competition - graduate students have 3 minutes and 1 slide to present their research in clear and concise terms that non-scientists can understand. The event was hosted by the College of Veterinary Medicine in conjunction with the College of Biological Sciences and College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. Associate Dean for Graduate Programs Mark Rutherford provided all the necessary support from coordinating judges to connecting with the CBS and CFANS associate deans.
“Coming to the University of Minnesota was the best decision I ever made in my life,” declared Mike Wingfield, Ph.D. Plant Pathology ‘83, upon receiving the 2016 University of Minnesota Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals during a ceremony, presentation, and reception event held June 2. The award was presented to him by Professor of Plant Pathology Department Head Jim Bradeen (left) and Dean Brian Buhr. His presentation focused on “Global Tree Health: Can We Win the Battle Against Invasive Pests and Diseases,” during which he underscored how “people and trees are similar in how they respond to disease.” He emphasized that future biosecurity depends upon engaging and collaborating with politicians and social scientists more than ever.