Are you interested in topics relating to sustainability? Curious about the role of sustainable agriculture in the food you eat or the environment? If so, you are invited to join the Institute of Applied Agriculture (IAA) for Sustainable Agriculture Tuesdays.
The IAA's Sustainable Agriculture Tuesdays series consists of several free lecture events for the University of Maryland community. Join us at 6:00 p.m. in Room 1123 of Jull Hall for open discussion on one or all of the following topics:
February 21, 2017
Beekeeping 101 Workshop
1123 Jull Hall, 6:00 p.m.
- Bob Borkowski, B&B Apiaries
February 28, 2017
Food Access Programming and Urban Empowerment
1123 Jull Hall, 6:00 p.m.
- Nick Stavely, Community Foodworks
- Mary Alice Reilly, Dreaming Out Loud
March 7, 2017
Sustainable Agriculture’s Role in Saving the Chesapeake Bay
1123 Jull Hall, 6:00 p.m.
- Rob Schnabel, Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Maryland Grazers Network
March 14, 2017
Cannabis Production as a Local Agricultural Enterprise
1123 Jull Hall, 6:00 p.m.
- Natalie Carver, Buds Organic
March 28, 2017
Regulatory Pathways for Genetically Engineered Organisms
1123 Jull Hall, 6:00 p.m.
- Kate Rappaport, USDA APHIS Biotechnology Regulatory Service
- Bill Doley, USDA APHIS Biotechnology Regulatory Service
April 4, 2017
Fermentation Demo and The Local Food Movement
1123 Jull Hall, 6:00 p.m.
- Meaghan and Shane Carpenter, HEX Ferments
April 18, 2017
Starting a Sustainable Farm
1123 Jull Hall, 6:00 p.m.
- Shannon Dill, University of Maryland Extension
- Sarah Sohn, Future Harvest – Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture
May 2, 2017
History on the Half Shell: The Decline and Restoration of Maryland Oysters
1123 Jull Hall, 6:00 p.m.
- Donald Webster, University of Maryland Sea Grant
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Sustainable Agriculture Tuesdays are part of the campus-wide Sustainable Tuesdays lecture series co-sponsored by the Institute of Applied Agriculture, the School of Architecture, and the UMD Office of Sustainability.
Garden your way through 2017 with this series of free workshops at UMD! All four events are free and open to the public.
Want to garden but not know where to start? Come learn the basics of starting your own garden at home or joining a community garden in your area. We'll cover what plants need to thrive and how you can make the best home for them wherever you are.
Learn the basics of starting your own vegetable garden seeds. We will cover direct seeded and transplanted crops, the best containers and potting mix, watering guidelines, and greenhouse/cold frame use, as well as tips for seed storage. Participants will get to start their own spring seedlings to take home.
Take home great feelings!
Good Neighbor Day is a service event that brings the community together to beautify spaces, engage in sustainable practices, and take pride in #GreaterCollegePark. Volunteer in a garden on or off-campus!
Take home a compost guide, work gloves and a Leafgro Gold sample!
It is shocking to learn that 40% of all food produced in the US is wasted and 20% of the material in US landfills is food. Wondering what else you can do with your food waste? Join us for an introduction to composting to "talk trash" and learn the composting basics. The workshop will include an overview of compost and composting, share how the UMD campus collects its organic material and PG County composts. We will also include the basics of how you can expand your recycling efforts at home to include your kitchen scraps and yard debris. Become a part of the solution to fight food waste by putting leftovers to work in your garden.
Spring workshops organized by:
- University of Maryland (UMD) Arboretum and Botanic Garden
- UMD Dining Services
- The Institute of Applied Agriculture
- UMD Office of Community Engagement
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Sponsorship generously provided by:
AREC would like to welcome its newest assistant professor, Dr. Jing Cai.
She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 2012. Previously, Cai worked at the University of Michigan as an assistant professor for the Department of Economics.
“My interest in economics started in college,” said Cai. “I was majoring in computer science at that time. During one summer I did a survey with my uncle, a bank manager, about rural finance.”
The survey Cai did with her uncle resulted in her becoming interested in studying economics and how financial development influences a rural household's behavior and welfare. In graduate school, she switched her major to economics.
Cai’s primary areas of research include development economics, Chinese economics, and household finance.
“My current research focuses on the diffusion and impact of financial innovations, identifying ways to improve the growth of micro, small and medium enterprises, and impacts of industrial policies on firm behavior,” said Cai.
In the future, she hopes that the policy interventions she designed and implemented will improve economic outcomes.
Cai will teach her first class, Chinese economy, at the University of Maryland in spring 2018.AREC
AREC held its first study abroad program this past winter from Jan. 7 to Jan. 20, 2017, focusing on climate change and traveling through Germany and Italy.
The course was AREC457, Energy Climate Change and Options for a Low-Carbon Economy. Lectures took place at the Ecologic Institut in Berlin, Germany and the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM)/Euro-Mediterranean Center Climate Change (CMCC) in Venice, Italy.
An array of topics related to climate change were covered by the course, including atmospheric and physical sciences, economics and climate policy, international law, engineering and history/anthropology.
Content wise, the goal of the program was for students to gain knowledge about climate policy and the technical facts that are linked to it, according to the the staff representative Jeff Cunningham who attended the trip.
“Also to experience going abroad and seeing different countries and cities and see how they are dealing with it [climate change],” said Cunningham.
Ten students participated in the study abroad program, which lasted 13 days. Students were not required to be an AREC major to join the trip.
“Some were engineering majors, and they knew the technical side, but I hope they gained exposure to things that are important for policy purposes and in Europe,” said Professor Anna Alberini who organized the course and the trip. “Germany is going through an energy transition.”
Two field trips were organized as a part of the curriculum.
“The field trips were amazing!” said Meg Tubridy, a junior agricultural economics and German double major. “Each of our field trips gave us the opportunity to get up close and personal with renewable energy such as wind and solar farms or to engage with locals regarding environmental issues. It was a good opportunity to see our daily lectures come to life outside the classroom.”
In Berlin, students toured a lignite coal farm, wind turbine farm and solar farm. They also visited several museums, including the The Neues Museum, Deutsches Historisches Museum, and the Deutsches Technikmuseum.
“The students enjoyed the lectures and enjoyed themselves , and so did I. The only thing that didn’t work out was that it was bitterly cold,” said Alberini. “But that let us plan visits around museums and indoor places.”
In Venice, the group learned about the MOSE Project, and saw portions of it, i.e., the barriers put in place along the barrier islands and inlets of Venice. These gates lift up to protect the city from high tides and flooding.
Alberini organized the program so that each day the students would have a different lecturer who was an expert in their field.
“Especially for the first time, the trip went very well,” said Cunningham. “The content was good, the facilities were great, it was better than we could have hoped for.”
The program will likely occur again next year, according to Alberini.AREC
Hunger is not only a food shortage problem, Environmental Science & Technology’s adjunct professor, Dr. Prabhakar Tamboli says. Waste, post-harvest loss, and inefficient production are among the factors contributing to food insecurity. The cost of fertilizers, seeds and energy also effect production and price.
While we think of hunger and food insecurity as the result of shortages, it is not the only cause. Dr. Tamboli designed ENST 100 “International Crop Production - issues and challenges of the 21st century” to teach students how to look not just at food production, but other factors such as population, storage, the role of governments, and International donors like the World Bank and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). “Even if enough food is secured in a country, it is not accessible to people living below the poverty line,” he says.
Dr. Tamboli brings first hand knowledge to the class. He was a World Bank agronomist for nearly 20 years, traveling to the world’s poorest countries. He helped many countries in Africa and Asia improve their agricultural performance by designing and implementing projects. In addition, he was a Soil Fertility specialist at the FAO, the United Nations agency leading hunger and malnutrition relief programs. At the FAO, he conducted agronomic trials on important crops and developed fertilizer recommendations.
Dr. Tamboli has a passion for development agriculture and has traveled to over 30 countries. His experience in developing countries started in India, where he was born 88 years ago. He is from a modest background but his parents valued education. He wanted to become a doctor and help poor people and was admitted to medical college in Gwalior, India. But his family could not afford to pay the tuition, so instead, Dr. Tamboli worked at a part-time job and majored in chemistry and biology. He worked hard and was awarded a government merit scholarship for a Masters in Soil Science and Rockefeller Foundation Scholarship for Ph.D. in Agronomy at Iowa State University.
Dr. Tamboli hopes to inspire and motivate his students to learn and he believes a good teacher can ignite an interest in a student who may have been unaware of his talents or direction. His caring attitude and popularity with students has earned Dr. Tamboli the Excellence in Teaching award from the Dept. of Environmental Science and Technology (2010) and from the Maryland Chapter of Gama, Sigma, Delta Honor Society of Agriculture (2008).
So this is Retirement?
Until a few years ago, Dr. Tamboli traveled to India each winter to lecture at universities and study India’s higher education and agricultural extension systems. In a 5 -year period, he visited more than 15 agricultural campuses with the goal of examining the state of agricultural education in India. The result was a book he co-authored with Y. L. Nene, “Revitalizing Higher Agricultural Education in India: Journey Towards Excellence,” (2011) that examines many of the problems plaguing India’s agricultural universities, including low faculty pay, funding, and governance issues. He says that the Indian agricultural universities will not improve without giving full autonomy to the Vice Chancellors and integrating three functions of teaching/research/extension under one umbrella.
Dr. Tamboli also actively participated in developing AGNR’s International Training Proaram and establishing collaboration between University of Maryland and the State Agricultural Universities in India. Dr. Tamboli has not run out of projects. He continues to collaborate on journal articles, mostly about India’s agricultural outlook, and he stays active in the large Indian community in the DC area.
He has, though, turned his attention to a personal project that is part memoir and part gift to his granddaughter. He is writing about 5 generations of Indian women in his family, from his grandmother, to his granddaughter. His grandmother was widowed and according to the local culture, was looked down on. She raised her children in poverty and was not able to rise out of it because of the constraints of her culture. She was married at age 7 and died at 50. Dr. Tamboli’s mother had 12 children and was illiterate, but because she was a married women, enjoyed the approval of society even though her family struggled financially. His wife, now deceased, earned a Master’s degree, and his daughter is a medical doctor. His granddaughter is in college and has independence and a bright economic future.
His hopes for the future? Dr. Tamboli says he encourages his students develop skills critical to learning the challenging issues of the 21st century and how they can address the issues.
The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources recently convened the first gathering of Dean Beyrouty’s Global Leadership Council, and Benjamin Zimmitti, a junior AREC major, was invited to participate.
“The dean has created the Global Leadership Council to represent and engage key leaders in the state’s agriculture industry and beyond,” said Graham Binder, the director of communications for the college. “The dean convened the group as an advisory body and sound board to talk about ideas for the future and the college’s impact throughout the state on consumers, producers and residents.”
Several students were invited to the meeting during the luncheon to introduce themselves and speak with the council. The students spoke about their involvements and experiences with the college and the university.
“I can say that it would seem that the purpose of having a few undergraduates come in during lunch to mingle with the various distinguished guests, was to bring the student voice into the room a bit, in order to help slightly inform the dean and the council’s process,” said Zimmitti.
Zimmitti is a peer mentor in the AGNR Academic Programming office, and an Ambassador for AGNR.
“At another point while we were there, the Dean asked us for our opinions about things we really enjoyed about the college and maybe things we were critical of,” said Zimmitti. This event also served as a networking opportunity for the students.
Ten NFSC graduate students competed with students from other AGNR departments in the annual AGNR Open House Poster Competition held in October 2016. The students presented their research to a large audience of students, faculty and the Maryland public. Their posters and presentations covered a wide range of topics typical of AGNR research. On February 1st, the Dean and Associate Dean for Academics announced the poster award winners. Four NFSC students won a certificate and a monetary award. They were:
First place: Rishov Goswami, advised by Dr. Shaik Rahaman
Second place: Andrea Gilbert, advised by Dr. Rohan Tikekar
Second place: Zhiyuan Lou, advised by Dr. Seong-Ho Lee
Third place: Hao Pang, advised by Dr. Abani Pradhan
Congratulations to all of you!
Congratulations to the winners of the Edward M. Bowman Family Scholarship for Spring 2017: Cameron Smith, Emily Novak, and Rebecka (Becky) Jones.
The Edward M. Bowman Family Scholarship is awarded to full-time IAA students who possess strong leadership skills and demonstrate enthusiasm for experiential learning. Recipients are innovative self-starters with solid academic standing. Cameron, Emily, and Becky demonstrate these qualities on a daily basis through their outstanding efforts at the IAA.
Rebecka (Becky) Jones
Agricultural Business Management
Keep up the strong work, IAA Terps!
To learn more about scholarship opportunities specifically for IAA students, click here.Edward M. Bowman Family ScholarshipIAA ScholarshipsIAA TerpsRebecka JonesEmily NovakCameron Smith2017 scholarships
For 10 years, Meg Smolinski worked as an executive assistant with Smithsonian Associates. Working for the largest museum-based education program in the world put Meg in an environment where a career in art history could thrive.
Although Meg “loved, loved, loved, art and history,” something was missing. That something, it turns out, was horticulture.
How does one blend a career in art history to include horticulture? Meg sought her answer at the IAA, in the concentration of Ornamental Horticulture. “Art and science come together in horticulture,” claims Meg.
But, changing careers can be costly, so Meg set out to find a way to finance her academic endeavor. The result of her efforts yielded an impressive list of scholarships, internships, and work experiences with minimal impact on her personal bank account. With a handful of scholarships, Meg landed enough award money to finance her studies at the IAA.
The largest of her awards was given by the Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS), a national organization that provides scholarships to students in horticulture or related fields. As a recipient, Meg was invited to attend two national events, the annual PGMS conference in San Antonio last June, and the GIE+EXPO in Louisville last October.
The Maryland Nursery Landscaping and Greenhouse Association (MNLGA) provided Meg with another merit scholarship, as well as the chance to attend and network with more than 11,000 horticulture enthusiasts at the Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show (MANTS) in Baltimore last winter.
Lastly, the Turf Equipment and Supply Company (TESCO) maintains a scholarship fund specifically for IAA students. Although Meg already holds a B.A. in Art History, her desire to pursue horticulture earned four consecutive TESCO scholarships during her studies. “TESCO is a Maryland-based company and a big advocate for the IAA,” states Meg. “I am so grateful for their support.”
Additionally, Meg’s financial planning included helpful hints from IAA faculty and staff. “The emails and social media posts directed me to many scholarship and internship opportunities,” says Meg.
“The IAA was what I needed to make a career change,” states Meg. “I had a four-year degree and I didn’t want to go further into debt with a master’s degree. I knew I needed specialized education in horticulture, and at the IAA I discovered it was affordable.”
In addition to garnering scholarships, Meg also took on several internships: she worked for Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, the University of Maryland’s Research Greenhouse, and the U.S. National Arboretum.
In December, Meg Smolinski joined the graduating class of 2016. But, she is not leaving UMD. Instead, she is launching her new profession as the Volunteer Coordinator for the University’s Arboretum and Botanical Garden.
Start your own scholarship and internship search by following these helpful links:Meg SmolinskiJoEllen Barnhartiaa alumniornamental horticultureSmithsonian AssociatesProfessional Grounds Maintenance SocietypgmsU.S. National ArboretumMaryland Nursery Landscaping and Greenhouse AssociationMNLGAMid-Atlantic Nursery Trade ShowMANTSTurf Equipment and Supply CompanyTESCOThomas Jefferson's MonticelloUniversity of Maryland Arboretum and Botanical Gardentwo-year certificateapplied agricultureIAA TerpsMeg (back row, third from left) with a group of fellow U.S. National Arboretum interns, enjoyed the opportunity to weed and harvest at The White House vegetable garden. Meg found many internship and scholarship opportunities during her time at the IAA.
January 27 was 2017 Chinese New Year. The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources International Program Office invited NFSC Chinese students in 2+2 program to New Year's Eve dinner. Our Department Chair Dr. Jackson and Student Program Director Sara Kao also participated in the dinner. On behalf of the Department of Nutrition and Food Science, they gave the best wishes to our students.
We hope all of our Chinese students enjoy your life here. Best wishes for all of you!
Happy New Year!
You're invited to an Open House at the Institute of Applied Agriculture (IAA)! Learn about our areas of study, get to know faculty and staff, and tour agricultural facilities on campus.
Open House will be held from 9:30am to 12:00pm on Monday, February 27, 2017, in Room 1123 of Jull Hall. Seats are limited and registration is required; sign up today!
With questions, please contact Student Services Coordinator Randie Hovatter.
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Although the Latino community is a pillar of Maryland's agriculture industry, there is a shortage of bilingual English/Spanish professionals who are qualified for middle management jobs in the green industries, such as Assistant Golf Course Superintendents and Landscape Account Managers. The goal of the workshop was to demonstrate how professionals in these key industries can benefit from completing formal education in the field.
The day began with a turfgrass lecture from Golf and Turfgrass Lecturer Dr. Kevin Mathias. The lecture was followed by a practice lab test with Ornamental Horticulture Lecturer Ken Ingram and bilingual Golf Course Management alum, Marvin Martinez. After a hearty lunch, the workshop concluded with a tour of educational facilities, including the Agricultural Mechanics laboratory and the University of Maryland's turfgrass research farm.
^Two classmates observing a turf sample as part of Dr. Mathias' lecture.
"This workshop will launch successful careers for Latino professionals, and it will help us recruit a diverse student body at the University of Maryland, College Park," stated Agricultural Business Management Lecturer Larisa Cioaca. Workshop participants are now eligible to apply for grant money to cover all fees for completing the Pesticide Use and Safety course at the IAA during the Spring 2017 semester.
Through its ongoing collaboration with the DC-area branch of the Professional Grounds Maintenance Society (PGMS) and the Mid-Atlantic Association of Golf Course Superintendents (MAAGCS), the IAA looks forward to hosting more programs that benefit the green industries and their Latino workforces.
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This workshop was made possible by a "Moving Maryland Forward" grant from the University of Maryland’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
The DC-area branch of the Professional Grounds Maintenance Society (PGMS) and the Mid-Atlantic Association of Golf Course Superintendents (MAAGCS) were sponsoring organizations on the grant application. applied agricultureprofessional developmentMoving Maryland ForwardpgmsMAAGCSturfgrass managementgolf course managementornamental horticulturepesticide use and safetyGlori D. HymanLarisa CioacaKen IngramDr. Kevin MathiasMarvin MartinezRandie HovatterChris HarrimanChristopher Erblatino professionalsgreen industry careersIAA workshopsdiversityIAA alum Marvin Martinez (pictured at far right) provided valuable assistance and expertise throughout the event.
UMD Alumnus Casey Wichman, Technical Consultant for New National Academies Report on Estimating the Social Cost of Carbon
AREC alumnus and Resources for the Future Fellow Casey J. Wichman (Ph.D. '15) served as the Technical Consultant for a report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine which recommends a new framework for estimating the social cost of carbon (SC-CO2).
The report recommends that to estimate the social cost of carbon dioxide for use in regulatory impact analyses, the federal government should use a new framework that would strengthen the scientific basis, provide greater transparency, and improve characterization of the uncertainties of the estimates.
The report also identifies a number of near- and longer-term improvements that should be made for calculating the social cost of carbon.
The social cost of carbon (SC-CO2) is an estimate, in dollars, of the net damages incurred by society from a 1 metric ton increase in carbon dioxide emissions in a given year. The SC-CO2 is intended to be a comprehensive estimate of the net damages from carbon emissions —that is, the net costs and benefits associated with climate change impacts such as changes in net agricultural productivity, risks to human health, and damage from such events as floods.
As required by executive orders and a court ruling, government agencies use the SC-CO2 when analyzing the impacts of various regulations, including standards for vehicle emissions and fuel economy, regulation of emissions from power plants, and energy efficiency standards for appliances.
Wichman recently received the Wallace E. Oates Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Association of Environmental and Resource Economics (AERE). The award was named for Wallace E. Oates, a distinguished University of Maryland professor emeritus and a university fellow of RFF. Oates died on October 30, 2016.
Wichman previously won the Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award from the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) in 2016.
His dissertation, Information and Environmental Policy, is available from the University of Maryland Libraries.ARECAlumni
The Department would like to congratulate all of our recent graduates. The ceremony, held on December 20th, recognized both summer semester and fall semester graduates.
Attending the ceremony were three AREC Ph.D. recipients. Seen here in the photo (left to right) are professor Anna Alberini, Patrick Fleming, Elina Page (née Tselepidakis), and professor Erik Lichtenberg.
Currently, Fleming is an assistant professor of economics and public policy at Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania.
Page works as an agricultural economist for the with in the Food Economics Division of the United States Department of Agriculture.
And Cerruti works in energy and public economics at ETH Zurich, a technology, engineering and mathematics university in Switzerland.
A complete list of the graduate students who received degrees is available on the AREC graduate program web site.
Over ten AREC undergraduates also graduated, with many of them receiving latin honors.Anna Alberini, Patrick Fleming, Elina Page, Davide Cerruti, Erik Lichtenberg
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I would like to appreciate the Dietetics Students creativity in contributing to our local and international communities.
Stay fearless in your innovative community outreach activities. Go Terps!
—From Dr. Udahogora
The Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) annual meeting was held on December 11-15, 2016, in San Diego, California. In the meeting, Abhinav Mishra and Hao Pang received the student merit award from the Microbial Risk Analysis Specialty Group. In addition, Yinzhi Qu, received one of the best poster awards. Dr. Abani Pradhan is the advisor of all three students.
On December 21, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources held college 2016 winter graduation ceremony. Congratulations to our excellent graduates!
Stay fearless! And go terps!
Barret Wessel, a soil and watershed sciences Ph.D. student in the Department of Environmental Science and Technology, obtained several awards to attend the 5th International Soil Classification Congress and field tour held in Bloemfontein, South Africa from 1-7 December 2016.
Funding for the conference was obtained through a Love of Learning Award from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, a Jacob K Goldhaber Travel Award from the UMD Graduate School, and the ENST Pedology Lab.
Wessel attended to present soil classification recommendations from the 8th International Acid Sulfate Soil Conference, held in College Park, MD in July 2016. At this conference, he led a portion of a field tour to teach attendees about his work on the subaqueous soils of the Rhode River, and participated in discussions on other types of acid sulfate soils. These soils can generate sulfuric acid if managed incorrectly, posing a significant environmental hazard in Maryland and other parts of the world. By presenting these recommendations to the international soil classification community, these soils can be better identified and managed.
The field tour portion of the Congress was a four day trip through South Africa to visit farms, contaminated sites, geologic formations, and historic monuments. It was an opportunity to learn about how food can be produced on such dry soils in a region where food security is of great concern. The group visited several soils developed on deposits of radioactive gold-mine tailings, at which Wessel was able to help lead a discussion with his expertise on acid sulfate soils. The group spent two nights in the Vredefort crater, one of the largest impact craters in the world. There, they visited a deposit of pseudotachylite, one of the oldest and rarest rock formations on the surface of the Earth.
Barret Wessel is beginning his third year of PhD study as a student of Martin Rabenhorst. His research focuses on subaqueous soils and acid sulfate soils. He is presently spending a year studying abroad with Erik Kristensen at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense, Denmark as a Fulbright Fellow. Upon his return to the U.S., Barret plans to complete his dissertation, pursue a professorship or extension career, and continue to research geographically diverse marine ecosystems, particularly in Nordic countries.Barret Wessel.
Annual Dietetics Program Open House in the Department of Nutrition and Food Science at the University of Maryland
Our dietetic students work extremely hard for four years and in their senior year, they prepare for the Dietetic Internship program application. The internship is extremely competitive, with a national acceptance rate of 50%, requiring that students understand and are well equipped for the application process. With the Support of the Department of Nutrition and Food Science, the Director of the Dietetics Program, Dr. Margaret Udahogora, RD, is dedicated to helping our students succeed and our matching rate remains more than 20% higher that the national average.
Every year, we host an Annual Open House and invite Dietetic Internship Directors from the area, who come to speak with students about their programs, the application process and how to prepare for success. We extend the invitation to neighboring dietetic programs with students interested in applying to the Dietetic Internship. This year, the event was held on Dec. 9th at the National Agricultural Library. We were very pleased to have students attend from UMD, University of District of Columbia, James Madison University, and University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Students are extremely grateful for this event during which they are able to build their network and take home valuable information to support them in the application process.
The Chair of the Department of Nutrition and Food Science, Dr. Robert Jackson held the opening remarks and expressed our gratitude, on behalf of the Department and of the University, for the continued support and invaluable commitment of the Internship Directors in preparing students for internship and as excellent entry level registered dietitian. The following Directors were present during the Open House Event;
Marcy Kane, MBA, RD (Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Dietetic Internship)
Janet Debelius, MA, RD (Sodexo Dietetic Internship)
Jessica Representing Marilou Wieder, MS, RD (Cedar Crest College, Dietetic Internship)
Amy LaFalce, MS, RD (Virginia Tech, Northern Virginia Site Dietetic Internship)
Merel Kozlosky, MS, RD (NIH Dietetic Internship)
Cathy Ferraro, MS, RD (University of Maryland, Eastern Shore Dietetic Internship)
Avis Graham, PhD, RD (Howard University, Clinical Coordinated Dietetic Internship)
Phyllis McShane, MS, RD (University of Maryland, College Park Dietetic Internship)
Ellen Loreck, MS, RD (University of Maryland, Medical Center Dietetic Internship)
Internship Directors: Marcy, Marcy, Janet (with Mic), Jessica (Representing DI Director), Amy, Merel, Cathy, Avis, Phyllis, Ellen
Students asking questions to the directors and interns.
We are also grateful to the following : Kirsten Zambell, PhD, RD (NIH Clinical Center) and our Alumni:
Leila Crosby ( Virginia Tech Intern)
Douglas Kerr (Sodexo Intern)
Melissa Roberts (Sodexo Intern)
who kindly came to assist in responding to students questions. We can not miss to acknowledge and thank Lauren Pavone who coordinated this event and Gwyneth Hazel who assisted her in preparing tasty refreshment. Their contribution was essential for the success of this event.
Douglass and Melissa - NFSC Dietetic Program Alumni and Interns at Sodexo Dietetic Internships
Some of the students from UDC
Dr. Margaret Udahogora (second on the right) with UMES, UMD Senior Dietetic StudentsDr. Robert Jackson Welcoming Participants and Dietetic Internship Directors for the 2016 Dietetics Program Open House