The Department of Agronomy and Horticulture Graduate Student Association hosted the Women in Science Workshop–Challenges in Academia and Industry, on Aug. 5 in Plant Sciences Hall. This one-day workshop brought together students, faculty, staff and industry representatives to bring awareness of the opportunities available to women in science to further their studies and achieve more representation in academia and industry.
Samantha Teten, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln agronomy major, has been recognized as the Helena Chemical Company's 2016 Outstanding West Central Division Intern Award winner. Teten, a sophomore from Johnson, Nebraska, was selected from a competitive group of 59 interns throughout the Midwest for her outstanding performance.
James Schnable, assistant professor of agronomy and horticulture, co-authored a study published in the Aug. 18 issue of the journal Science. His research focuses on methods to combine genomic data from different grain crops — like corn, sorghum, and millet — to make it easier to figure out the function of genes in individual crops.
Undergraduate Research and Extension Experiential Learning Fellowship in Integrated Agronomic Systems provided a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to work directly with experts and faculty mentors in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture.
Agronomy Ph.D. student Caleb Roberts has been named a Great Plains Graduate Fellow. The Graduate Fellows Program of the Center for Great Plains Studies provides space for selected graduate students to work, meet, obtain support, learn from fellow students, engage with the Center for the Great Plains Studies faculty and staff, benefit from the center's resources and progress in the degree programs in their home departments.
Research: Eastern redcedar may affect School Land Trust
Thursday, August 11, 2016
A new article authored by agronomy and horticulture students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln indicates that the expansion of eastern redcedar into grasslands reduces grazing capacity and therefore could reduce funding available for public school education in Nebraska.
The American Floral Endowment has awarded Jaclyn Nelson, a University of Nebraska–Lincoln horticulture major, the Jacob and Rita Van Namen Marketing Scholarship for 2016. Nelson, a senior minoring in agribusiness, is the owner of Marie's Floral in Wallace, Nebraska. She interned last summer at Tessfresh Flowers in San Diego, California and this summer interned at Bachman's in Minnesota as part of the AFE Mosmiller Internship Program.
Twenty-eight UNL students participated in the North Central Weed Science Society Student Weed Contest, July 27–28, and brought home top honors. Ryan Langemeier, an agronomy major, won the undergraduate Herbicide ID category.
Restoring prairie and fighting wildfire with drone-launched fire balls
Thursday, August 4, 2016
Ecologist Dirac Twidwell wants to change the way we think about prescribed burns. The University of Nebraska professor says he can harness extreme fire to restore grasslands on the Great Plains. And, with the help of the Nebraska Intelligent MoBile Unmanned Systems (NIMBUS) Lab, he has created a small drone that launches ping-pong balls-sized "dragon eggs" of fire to help him do it safely and cheaply.
More than 40 people from Nebraska, Kansas and South Dakota attended the UNL Mechanization and More Viticulture Field Day held at Old Cellar Vineyard on July 16 in Arapahoe, Nebraska. Owner Gary Thompson and his staff were the consummate hosts, according to University of Nebraska Viticulture Program Director Paul Read.