Daniel Larkin has been hired by the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MAISRC) as its new Aquatic Plant Management and Restoration Assistant Professor/Extension Specialist. Larkin, who will start in August, is currently an associate conservation scientist with the Chicago Botanic Garden and an adjunct assistant professor of plant biology and conservation at Northwestern University.
Jeffrey Peterson, a professor at Kansas State University, has accepted the position of director of the Water Resources Center, beginning in late August. In that role he'll guide the interdisciplinary center, encourage and strengthen the links among University water resources research and extension, and strengthen graduate education and training in water resources science.
The University of Minnesota has selected the team that will lead the design of a new Bell Museum and Planetarium. Serving as lead architect on the project is the Minneapolis office of international architectural firm Perkins+Will.
About one-half of Minnesota residents vacation in the state, and 78 percent said they plan to spend as much or more of their money on leisure travel in 2015 as they did in 2014, a new survey by the University of Minnesota Tourism Center reveals.
Two CFANS faculty members have been selected as residential fellows in the Institute for Advanced Study at the U of M. The fellows spend a year or a semester at the Institute as part of a supportive interdisciplinary intellectual community in which fellows work intensively on their own research and creative projects and meet regularly to discuss their work and exchange ideas.
Associate professor Kyungsoo Yoo, Department of Soil, Water and Climate, will study “Agrarian Expansion, Immigration and the Emergence of Earthworm-Engineered Forests: 9,000 years of Human-Natural History in Glaciated Regions of Northern Europe and North America.” His appointment is for Fall 2015.
Assistant professor Marc Bellemare, Department of Applied Economics, will study “The Political Economy of Food Price Stabilization.” His appointment is for Fall 2016.