Four graduate students and four undergraduate CFANS students were awarded the President’s Student Leadership and Service Award (PSLSA). This award recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of outstanding student leaders at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. It is presented to approximately one-tenth of one percent of the student body for their exceptional leadership and service to the University of Minnesota and the surrounding community.
In March, Emily Dehn became part of the CFANS development team when she assumed the director of corporate and foundation relations position. In her new role she is putting her seasoned non-profit fundraising experience toward increasing financial support of CFANS education and research.
“Most people in CFANS think we’re the foundation. We’re not. We’re at the service of CFANS. We work for CFANS and CFANS interests,” says Amy Alch, newly promoted to the position of CFANS Senior Development Officer. She’s determined to correct that perspective. “I am fortunate to have found a career where people get joy from giving. The work that we do in CFANS promotes better health, a better environment, and a better economy in state, country, world.”
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has selected Molly Bergum, a double major in Plant Science and Biology, Society and the Environment, to receive an Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship. The Hollings Scholarships award 110 college sophomores up to $9,500 a year for their junior and senior years and a paid internship at a NOAA facility during the summer in between.
When it comes to managing our natural resources, the environment isn’t the only thing that benefits. By blending a novel mix of ecology and economics, researchers explored the extent that valuing nature can provide broad incentives to protect it.
Congratulations to Brett Barney and Simo Sarkanen, faculty in the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, who were recently awarded patents for their discoveries. Barney and graduate students Carolann Knutson and Mary Plunkett were awarded a patent for a genetically-modified diazotrophic microbe and methods involving the same microbe. Sarkanen and team members Yi-ru Chen-Sarkanen and Yun-Yun Wang were awarded a patent for lignin-degrading methods.
Wolves usually hunt by running down and outlasting their prey. They are not thought of as ambush predators. But new research is changing that and showing that wolves have more versatile hunting strategies than previously thought.
Good things happen when people who love trees get together. You can imagine how many tree jokes and puns “leaf out.” Every March, these tree-lovers gather for the Minnesota Shade Tree Short Course, the largest regional conference dedicated to tree care and urban forestry in the country. This year marked the 56th annual Shade Tree Short Course with a record attendance of over 1,300 people on the campus of Bethel University.
With Emerald ash borer being a new visitor to Minneapolis, the importance of urban forestation and the preservation of that new forest became even more important. Minneapolis plants thousands of trees each year, but has limited capacity to water all of them in their very important first couple of years. Brewing a Better Forest is a non-profit founded by U of M alumni who want to make sure these young trees get the water they need to survive.