CFANS graduate Alise Sjostrom realized that her family farm couldn't sustain two or more families unless they found another way to add value - so she decided to expand into cheese making. Read more about Sjostrom's story, including her time at the University of Minnesota, her path to becoming CEO of Redhead Creamery and more.
Plants are responding in unexpected ways to increased carbon dioxide in the air, according to a twenty-year study conducted by researchers at the University of Minnesota. For the first 12 years, researchers found what they expected regarding how different types of grasses reacted to carbon dioxide. However, researchers' findings took an unanticipated turn during the last eight years of the study.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.