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Congratulation graduates

AREC - Fri, 2017-05-26 16:10
May 26, 2017Author: Katherine Faulkner

The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics congratulates all of our recent graduates.

Pictured above are doctoral graduates and dissertation advisors: assistant professor Sebastien Houde, Aaron Adalja, Romina Ordoñez, former assistant professor Vivian Hoffmann (now at the International Food Policy Research Institute), Ziyan Yang, and associate professor Ken Leonard. Aaron will be an assistant professor at Cornell, Romina has been working for the Inter-American Development Bank since she completed her Ph.D. last fall, and Ziyan will be an assistant professor at Xiamen University. Zheng (Jen) He, and Andrew Brudevold-Newman will also be graduating this summer. Jen will be a senior consultant for Ernst & Young and Andrew will be a development economist with the American Institute for Research.

 Over 30 undergraduate students graduated. One of the student speakers for the AGNR commencement was Sam Norris. Hailing from Frederick County, Maryland, Sam was an AREC major specializing in Business Management with a minor in Sustainability Studies. During his time at Maryland, Sam strived for success in all that he did and looked for every opportunity to get more involved with the Department. As a member of the AREC Student Advisory Board, Sam planned multiple events to promote the major and provide his fellow students with the resources they needed. This year, Sam moderated the long awaited and much anticipated return of AREC Alumni Career Panel Discussion. After graduation, Sam plans to take what he has learned and use it to follow his passion for conservation and sustainable community development, wherever that may take him.
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Farewell to Kevin Mathias, a “Jewel at Jull Hall”

IAA - Fri, 2017-05-26 16:10
May 26, 2017Author: Rob Ballenger

Kevin Mathias’s first day at his new job at the Institute of Applied Agriculture came shortly after New Year’s Day in 1979. This auspicious beginning for the young lecturer was initially met with cynicism from an industry colleague: “How long will you be there?” Mathias says IAA faculty turnover in his field – turfgrass instruction – was considered high back then, which made turf specialists hesitant to recommend it to prospective students. Mathias predicted he would be at the IAA for no longer than the length of the Ph.D. program he had just begun at the University of Maryland.

That doctoral program in entomology wound up lasting longer than expected, as did his IAA career. Mathias is retiring after 38 years of teaching and advising IAA students. “The longer I was here,” Mathias says, “the more I enjoyed the [golf/turf] program and wanted to stay – the more I wanted to strengthen the program.”

And strengthen it he did. IAA Director Glori Hyman credits Mathias “for single-handedly elevating the reputation of the IAA's golf/turf program. His success is due to his deep commitment to the students – academically, professionally and personally. Once you take a class with Kevin, he considers you a student for life.” His commitment to students is reflected in large part by the student scholarships he’s helped make possible.

Mathias is especially proud of helping raise money through the Shields Memorial Golf Tournament in coordination with IAA alumnus R. John Shields, Jr. (class of 1975). Inaugurated in 1980, the annual event has funded 113 scholarships for IAA Golf Course, Turfgrass, and Sports Turf Management students. Mathias is particularly happy that more scholarships will be awarded long after he retires. “Since the tournament began here, we’ve raised $200,000 for an endowment,” he says. In addition to scholarships, the fund has helped send IAA students to national competitions, such as GCSAA’s Collegiate Turf Bowl.

^ This 1983 photo shows John Shields (left) presenting the first Shields Memorial Golf Tournament check to then-Director of the IAA Dr. Ronald Seibel and Dr. Kevin Mathias.

Mathias also helped launch TESCO’s endowed scholarship fund, which has been supporting IAA students’ education since 2003.

Under Mathias’ leadership, several IAA Turf Bowl teams have made their mark – including a first-place finish in 2014. That success elevated the IAA golf/turf program’s reputation, Mathias says, as shown by the many congratulatory letters that soon arrived from industry professionals and proud alumni.

The IAA’s rise to Collegiate Turf Bowl fame began nearly two decades ago thanks to Mathias’ ambition for his students to compete and succeed. Mathias’s first team consisted of only two UMD students, including Steve Evans (class of 2001). As Evans recalls, “we had no idea what we were doing” at that first competition in New Orleans in 2000. Nonetheless, under Mathias’ leadership they finished in 7th place out of 45 teams. “That was a success,” Evans says. “Our next year at the Turf Bowl, we had a four-man team and finished 5th.” Over the years, Mathias’ teams have consistently placed in the top ten.

^ Dr. Mathias with his first-place Turf Bowl team in 2014. The "Turf Terps" consistently rank in the top ten at national turf quiz bowl competitions.

Around the time of the IAA’s first Turf Bowl, Mathias planted another seed that would grow into an annual event for his students. Evans remembers Mathias saying that he’d always wanted a golf tournament with a turf program rival, much like Penn State has with Michigan State. When Mathias told Evans that he wanted UMD to compete against Virginia Tech, Evans told him about a contact he had in that school’s program. “So I said let’s do it,” according to Evans, “and this became the Mid-Atlantic Challenge Cup.”

“I want to emphasize,” Evans adds, “that through the Turf Bowl & Mid-Atlantic Challenge Cup, I got to compare my education with other people’s. I came to find out that my education on insects was superior to every other program. Most other [programs’] courses might spend a couple of weeks on insects, whereas Kevin gave you the whole semester and a thorough working knowledge of turfgrass insects. That’s one of the things that set our IAA program apart.” 

Mathias brought his expertise to students in his Insects of Ornamentals & Turfgrass course, as well as other courses including Business Management Practices for Turf Facilities and Irrigation & Drainage Practices for Turf. Mathias’ curriculum at the IAA benefits his students the moment they enter their professions. “You can tell that he cares about teaching students things that they will apply in the field,” according to former student Michael Bostian (class of 2003), “and everything is relevant during his program.” Bostian, the course superintendent at Waverly Woods Golf Club, says Mathias “stays on top of research and new techniques in the field being applied by current superintendents, and he makes sure his students can put their best foot forward when they land their first job out of school.”

^ Dr. Mathias' commitment to researching industry trends is often acknowledged. His IAA curriculum benefits students the moment they join the workforce.

After so many years of preparing IAA students for a variety of turf jobs, Mathias heads into retirement with bittersweet anticipation. “I’ll miss the interaction with students, which I’ve always enjoyed,” he says. “Teaching is like performing in theater: when something goes well, you get a great sense of satisfaction – everything connects. You can say, ‘I hit a home run on that one’.” Despite retirement, Mathias isn’t completely done taking some home run swings. “I would still like to do some part-time teaching,” he says – “I’ve got to keep busy for the next four to five years.” With a lighter teaching role, though, “I will have time to smell the roses,” Mathias says with a smile.

While he enjoys retirement at his newly built home in central Virginia, Mathias’ legacy will endure at the IAA. It continues through the scholarship endowments, the golf tournaments, and the careers of hundreds of IAA graduates. As alumnus Steve Evans observes, “the professionalism that the IAA is turning out is very unique. There are lots of things Kevin has done for the turf industry as whole and the golf industry specifically. He’s a jewel at Jull Hall.”  

kevin mathiasGlori HymanRob Ballengerinstitute of applied agricultureUniversity of Marylandgolf course managementsports turf managementturfgrass managementagronomyentomologyShields Memorial Golf TournamentGCSAACollegiate Turf BowlSTMATESCOIAA Turf BowlTurf TerpsSteve Evansinsects of ornamentals and turfgrassBusiness Management Practices for Turf FacilitiesIrrigation and Drainage Practices for TurfMichael BostianMid-Atlantic Challenge CupDr. Kevin Mathias is retiring after 38 years of teaching and advising IAA students.
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2017 Research Day--Dietetics Internship

NFSC - Thu, 2017-05-18 10:57
May 18, 2017

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IAA Boasts Outstanding Educator and Top Student Leader

IAA - Tue, 2017-05-16 15:35
May 16, 2017Author: Glori Hyman

An Institute of Applied Agriculture (IAA) alumnus once described Roy Walls as a “big boy scout,” which aptly fits his trustworthy, prepared, and helpful nature. This year, the Student Council of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR) described him as “outstanding,” which is equally well-deserved.

On May 10, Walls was named 2017 Outstanding Educator by the AGNR Student Council at its annual banquet. Walls has over 40 years of teaching experience, 27 of them with the IAA. Students praise Walls for his endless patience and willingness to work with students outside of class hours. Many students express true amazement after learning to weld, wire electrical circuits, and work with metal in Walls’ Agricultural Mechanics class.

One of those students is Rebecka “Becky” Jones, a first-year Agricultural Business Management major at the IAA. Jones, who was also recognized during the banquet, proudly shared her welding story with the audience as she presented Walls with his award.

Outstanding in her own right, Jones currently serves as President of the Collegiate Farm Bureau at the University of Maryland. The Collegiate Farm Bureau at UMD is an advocacy group that helps students gain a greater understanding of the Maryland Farm Bureau, as well as the important role students play in ensuring that campus and government officials are aware of key topics and challenges within the agriculture industry. In addition to presiding over the University’s farm bureau chapter, Jones is the incoming President of the AGNR Student Council, making her the first IAA student to hold the position.

Congratulations to Roy Walls and Becky Jones, two outstanding members of the IAA family!

Roy WallsRebecka JonesBecky JonesAGNR Student CouncilCollegiate Farm BureauUniversity of MarylandMaryland Farm BureauGlori HymanOutstanding EducatorRoy Walls and Becky Jones: an outstanding educator and a top student leader.
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Congratulations to Dr. Solverson!

NFSC - Tue, 2017-05-16 10:57
May 16, 2017

Dr. Solverson Patrick (Dr. Castonguay's Ph.D. student) was taking first place in the American Society for Nutrition’s “Emerging Leaders in Nutrition Science Poster Competition” under the Dietary Bioactive Components research interest section. The title of his poster was “Seven Day Blackberry Feeding Lowers the Respiratory Quotient in Males And Improves Insulin Sensitivity.” The cash prize for first place is $300.

The following hyperlink will take you to the award announcement by ASN:


Congratulations to Dr. Solverson!

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Celebrating the End of the Semester

AREC - Tue, 2017-05-09 10:40
May 9, 2017Author: Sarah Fielder and Katherine Faulkner

Over twenty AREC undergraduates, faculty, and staff attended an end-of-the-semester luncheon on May 2, 2017.

Several students who attended are also enrolled in the Global Poverty minor or the China 2+2 Program.

The faculty members who attended the event were Department Chair Jim Hanson, associate professor and chair of the undergraduate program Howard Leathers, professor and chair of the graduate program Erik Lichtenberg, and professional track faculty members Paul Goeringer and Mayhah Suri (Agricultural Law Education Initiative) and Taryn Devereaux (International Women in Agriculture).

It was a fun opportunity to get together and discuss everyone’s interests and upcoming plans.

The Department wishes all of the students the best of luck with finals and term papers as the spring semester comes to an end. We hope everyone has a wonderful summer.

Front row L to R : Carrie Lewey, Rakia Habi, Mayhah Suri (Ag Law Education Initiative professional track faculty)
Back row L to R: Jim Hanson (AREC department chair), Jill Janofsky (AREC assistant director, undergraduate program) , Tong Wu, Howard Leathers (AREC associate professor), Yin Yu

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Winners of 2017 NFSC Research Day

NFSC - Mon, 2017-05-08 13:27
May 8, 2017Related Photos:  Winners of 2017 NFSC Research Day

On behalf of the Annual Research Day Committee, we would like to thank all of the judges and students for their hard work and dedication, and for contributing to the success of the 2017 NFSC Annual Research Day. For those of you who were not able to stay for the awards ceremony, here is a list of the winning students and posters in each of the categories:

First Year Nutrition Graduate Student


Gupta, Nabyendu “Characteristics of food insecure individuals: A case study of Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA)”


First Year Food Science Graduate Student


Karanth, Shraddha “Applicability of Omics Data in Predicting Serovar-specific Salmonella Incidence  ”


Continuing Nutrition Graduate Students


1st place

Ashour, Fayrouz Ahmed Sakr “Congregate meals, home-delivered meals, diet quality and hospital service utilization”

Lee, Jihye “Anti-adipogenic effect of 3,3’-diindolylmethane in 3T3-L1 preadipocytes and Caenorhabditis elegans”


2nd  place

Goswami, Rishov “TRPV4 calcium permeable channels regulate oxidized LDL-induced

macrophage foam cell formation”

Nadaud, Perrine “Formative Research to Assess Key Determinants Affecting Diet Quality of Home-packed Lunch in School Children Age 5-8”


Continuing Food Science Graduate Student


1st place  Pang, Hao “Evaluation of Cover Cropping and Meteorological Factors on the Survival of Generic E. coli and Listeria innocua in Produce Fields”


2nd place  Yu, Lu “Antioxidant, anti-inflammation and anti-proliferation potentials of cold-pressed chia, broccoli, cucumber and tomato seed oils”



Congratulations again to all the winners! 


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NFSC Students Tour Moorenko’s Ice Cream Factory

NFSC - Mon, 2017-05-08 12:58
May 8, 2017Author: Kristi KanRelated Photos:  NFSC Students Tour Moorenko’s Ice Cream Factory

On April 30th, Food Science and Nutrition students had the exciting opportunity to tour Moorenko’s Ice Cream Factory located in Silver Spring, Maryland. Owner Susan Soorenko was kind enough to provide the group of 24 students with a private tour of the facility. Afterwards, students learned how to make ice cream the Moorenko way, participating in each step of the process, from measuring ingredients to melting chocolate to filling pints. Minutes after the Vanilla Stracciatella, a gelato variety similar to American chocolate chip ice cream, was churned, students were treated to fresh samples.

Food Science senior Xhulio Shyti grew up on a farm with a variety of animals. Although he does not see himself becoming an ice cream maker, he is exploring careers in dairy science. He said, “It was really cool to see how [ice cream is] made and the food safety that goes behind it. I really liked that aspect.”

Soorenko attended Ice Cream University before starting her own shop in 2002. While the ice cream was churning, she spoke about the importance of egg yolks in ice cream, how to make a chocolate slurry, and what overrun is. She said, “I'm so glad everyone enjoyed it! I love doing the tours.” At the conclusion, each student got to take home a souvenir - a pint of ice cream!



Moorenko's Ice Cream Cafe is located at 8030 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD. Moorenko’s ice cream can also be found at Giant, Safeway, Whole Foods, and many other local, independent stores. For a full list of locations, please visit here.

 Image Credit: Wendy Guan
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NFSC Dietetic Interns participate in Maryland Day

NFSC - Mon, 2017-05-08 12:54
May 8, 2017Author: Phyllis McShane

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Recent Dietetic Program and FAN Club Events

NFSC - Mon, 2017-05-08 12:46
May 8, 2017Author: Dr. UdahogoraRelated Photos:  Recent Dietetic Program and FAN Club Events

2017 Maryland Day – Thank you for Joining us!

Maryland Day is a time where the larger Maryland community gets the opportunity to learn about our outstanding academics and see all that Maryland has to offer. The Food and Nutrition Club/Dietetic Program hosted a table where the participants had their nutrition related questions answered. AGNR Dean Craig Beyrouty joined us to promote the event.  GO TERPS!


Senior Dietetic Students Share Their Experience Successful Matching To Dietetic Internship

Dietetic Program Director Dr. Margaret Udahogora and UMD’s Food and Nutrition Club hosted the annual meeting where seniors had the opportunity to share their experience when applying to dietetic internship. Presenters stressed the importance of work experience, high GPAs, and gave insight on the competitive nature of the application process and how to succeed. Freshmen, Sophomore and Juniors had their questions answered. Our special thanks go to our Seniors (on the right side of Dr. Udahogora) Bradshaw, Gwyneth Lynnette;  Allie Hosmer;   Unal, Yasemin Beste.

The senior meeting was preceded by a professional presentation by two seasoned dietitians Kathleen Pellechia, RDN, LDN, Nutritionist Consultant for Panum Group, LLC and Perisphere Media, and our Alumna Andrea Troutner, RDN, LDN, CDE. Andreas is a Diabetes Education Coordinator and Certified Diabetes Educator at Providence Hospital and the current State Policy Representative for the Maryland Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The speakers highlighted the various professional opportunities available for registered dietitian and how to successful transition from college into workplace. We sincerely appreciated their invaluable time and sharing their expertise.  

Kathleen Pellechia

Andrea Troutner


Image Credit: Dr. Udahogora
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From College Degree to Successful Career: UMD AREC Hosts International Development Program Professionals

AREC - Fri, 2017-05-05 19:07
May 5, 2017Author: Sarah Fielder and Katherine Faulkner

The Global Poverty Student Advisory Board hosted a nonprofit career panel to inform students about the impact nonprofit organizations have on the developing world. The event took place on May 4, 2017, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Tawes Building. There was a capacity crowd of 100 people in the audience.

Carrie Lewey, an AREC senior and a global poverty ambassador, organized the event and worked with the other global poverty minor students to prepare a list of four broad questions to help facilitate the discussion.

“The Global Poverty Ambassadors were looking for a way to spread the word about how fantastic and diverse the minor is,” said Lewey. “We were all also interested in learning how we can impact the world using the minor since many of us would love for it to be our major.”

Speakers at the event included Melanie Sany from the Education Development Center, Geroldine Sicot from Millennium Challenge Corporation, Diether Beuermann from Inter-American Development Bank, Pat Corrigan from Deloitte and Maggie McDonough from Souktel.

The first topic of discussion focused on the skills and experiences that stand out when an applicant is applying for a job with an international development organization.

All of the panelist agreed on the value of pursuing study abroad and experiential learning opportunities, as well as language learning and teaching. Options range from the Peace Corps, to school-based internships and study abroad programs, to gaining experience through organization-based or faith-based international aid programs, or a US domestic aid program such as Habitat for Humanity. According to Geroldine Sicot, “Employers are looking for a solid cross-cultural background, as well as having been in situations where you had to make do with whatever you had available to get through a difficult situation.” Pat Corrigan added, “A volunteer or intern who goes on to a successful career certainly does have a clear purpose and passion for the work, then the person has the added ability to morph and to adapt. Every project has unique challenges.”

The second topic was related to involvement of both non-profit and for-profit organizations in international development projects. The panelist described their experiences with a wide variety of aid groups and projects. Maggie McDonough shared, “Whether it’s a non-profit or for-profit organization, choose to work for a group that has a mission you believe in and an approach that resonates with you.”

The final couple of questions posed to the panel were what Carrie Lewey called “the fun questions.” She asked the panel to talk about their favorite memories, as well as to say a few words about what career they almost chose.

A recurring theme in the stories about their favorite projects was that sometimes smaller projects made more lasting memories. They spoke of sustainable, affordable programs that continue successfully year after year.

An example of a project with a research component that lead to a published scholarly journal article for Diether Beuermann had to do with prenatal health care in Peru; many pregnant women were not going to free doctor’s office appointments, or accepting free nutrition counseling and vitamins. The program helped set-up electronic medical records to streamline the application process, as well as a system of text message reminders. “I was fairly confident that there would be an increase in attendance for the visits to the doctors,” said Beuermann. “I was more pleasantly surprised by the noticeable improvement in the overall health of both the mothers and the infants. It’s a sustainable, affordable program that has had positive results.”

The evening concluded with a Q & A session to get the audience involved. A couple of questions that lead to similar replies were related to how to build an effective staff and how to continue to advance in a career.

The panelists discussed gathering a team with a good mix of “visionaries” and “implementers,” or finding individuals who have a good mixture of different skills. Melanie Sany noted that she originally started on a path to work for an insurance company. Due to her combination of skills, she was offered an assignment to build a social entrepreneurship program. That eventually lead to international development work. Sany advised, “Ask yourself where you think you will be most likely to grow. Look for the organizational culture that suits you. Do your best to keep a mix of managerial and technical skills. Then, opportunities will be available.”

The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics would like to thank all of the panelists, as well as the students, staff, and faculty who contributed towards making this event a success.

ARECGlobal Poverty
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Air Pollution, Climate Change, and Their Effects on Human Health

AREC - Thu, 2017-05-04 16:52
May 4, 2017Author: John Powers

Dr. Joe Spadaro shared some statistics regarding climate change’s effect on human health with Anna Alberini’s new course, Economics of Climate Change (AREC454).

With research experience with the World Health Organization, World Bank and the European Union, Spadaro shared with the students his in-depth knowledge of the intersection of our changing climate and our health. The impact is more complex and far-reaching than one might think.

Extreme weather events, rising sea levels, temperature increases, air pollution, vector-borne disease, malnutrition and other consequences of climate change have a broad scope of impact, and these results end up harming certain groups of people far more than others.

Spadaro listed several major influencing factors as having the potential to shield people from the above mentioned adverse effects. Societal infrastructure, access to healthcare, socioeconomic status and even geography can be a major factor when determining the risk one is at for health problems from climate change.

A poor person with no healthcare living in New Orleans is more likely to be hurt by climate change compared to a rich person from Toronto. Though these factors along with many others show that people in Southeast Asia are at the highest risk, the whole world will be affected by the health issues that come with our changing climate.

With health problems naturally come economic costs- Spadaro reported that Africa could stand to lose 4-5% of its GDP due to the health issues of climate change alone, not even factoring in non-health related issues.

He also noted that mitigation, i.e., reducing emissions of greenhouse gases, effectively also reduces emissions of conventional air pollution. The health benefits of improved air quality easily add up to 1-2% of the world’s GDP—and that’s without even counting the other avoided health damages of climate change.

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Tea-rific Student Entrepreneurs

IAA - Wed, 2017-05-03 16:19
May 3, 2017Author: Glori Hyman

Agriculture students typically don’t think of themselves as innovators or entrepreneurs, but a group of Institute of Applied Agriculture (IAA) freshmen and a new College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR) initiative are changing that perception. Following UMD President Wallace Loh’s lead to “expose every student in every field to education and hands-on experience in innovation and entrepreneurship,” the Institute of Applied Agriculture is infusing entrepreneurship into its curriculum. 

During their first semester, IAA students take Agricultural Entrepreneurship, a course that introduces them to start-up models and concepts related to launching profitable agricultural businesses. “The course simulates what agricultural entrepreneurship looks like in the real world, including idea generating, feasibility studies, new venture financing and assembling an entrepreneurial team,” says the course instructor Larisa Cioaca. “The course culminates with student teams making Shark Tank-type pitches for their new products or services.”

One team of IAA students took their classroom pitch to the next level. Nicolas Tardif, Becky Jones, and Eric Michol are growing Terrapin Tea, a calming, organic herbal tea, on the UMD campus. Led by Tardif, an Ornamental Horticulture major, the team pitched its business venture at the first-ever AgI2C Undergraduate Ideation Competition on April 19, 2017. AgI2C (which stands for Agriculture Innovation to Commercialization) is the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources’ initiative to strengthen innovation, entrepreneurship, and commercialization across the agricultural ecosystem in Maryland.

According to AGNR Dean Craig Beyrouty, “One of the entry points into incorporating a more robust and organizational approach to innovation and entrepreneurship is through our educational enterprise, by teaching our students the processes, pitfalls, and benefits of taking an idea from the abstract to the marketplace.” 

Cioaca agrees. “Our students certainly benefited from the process and the pitch experience. Although they did not win the ideation competition, our students are moving forward with the Terrapin Tea project. They are currently growing herbs at the UMD Community Learning Garden, and plan to have bags of Terrapin Tea ready to sell during the fall semester.”

“Ideas are only ideas,” says Beyrouty, “until you take them to market and commercialize them.”

IAA students are learning that agriculture is ripe for entrepreneurial initiative, and that they are uniquely qualified to join the campus movement to solve real-world problems fearlessly. 

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Global Poverty Ambassadors host professional panel

AREC - Tue, 2017-05-02 10:43
May 2, 2017Author: Sarah Fielder

The Global Poverty Student Advisory Board is hosting a nonprofit career panel to inform students about the impact nonprofit organizations have on the developing world on April 4, 2017.

Carrie Lewey, an AREC senior and a global poverty ambassador, organized the event.

“The Global Poverty Ambassadors were looking for a way to spread the word about how fantastic and diverse the minor is,” said Lewey.  “We were all also interested in learning how we can impact the world using the minor since many of us would love for it to be our major.”

Speakers at the event include Melanie Sany from the Education Development Center, Geroldine Sicot from Millennium Challenge Corporation, Diether Beuermann from Inter-American Development Bank, Pat Corrigan from Deloitte and Maggie McDonough from Souktel.

The ambassadors met several times to prepare for the panel. They created fliers, discussed potential panel ideas and created a list of questions to be asked. At the panel, speakers will discuss their field and road to success.

Lewey secured the speakers and venue, and will moderate the event.

“I’m really hoping to be inspired by their stories and to learn about new avenues for entering the job market in the nonprofit sector,” said Lewey.

The event will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Tawes Building in room 0320. To attend, RSVP at Dinner will be provided.

 ARECGlobal Poverty
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Thank you for joining us on Maryland Day!

AREC - Mon, 2017-05-01 16:34
May 1, 2017Author: Sarah Fielder

On Saturday, April 29, Maryland Day started with the Egg-citing Breakfast for AGNR in the Animal Sciences Courtyard. AGNR alumni and guests were invited to the event where members of the college helped prepare omelets. One omelet chef was AREC Department Chair Jim Hanson.

Throughout the day, AREC hosted activities and had a table located near the university’s farm, in the courtyard of the Animal Sciences building. Anyone could come by and create sustainable handbags from t-shirts or participate in the bean bag toss to win candy or a bag of heirloom vegetable seeds.

Students form the Global Poverty minor also had a Jeopardy style trivia game that people could play to win candy or heirloom vegetable seeds. Categories included Women and Poverty, Education and Poverty, and Global Initiative and Poverty.

Thank you for having joined us!

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Terrapin Soil Judgers Win National Championship

ENST - Sun, 2017-04-30 03:13
Apr 30, 2017

On April 27 and 28, the University of Maryland Terrapins took first place with an impressive showing in the 57th National Soils Competition hosted by the Northern Illinois University and held in the vicinity of Dekalb, Il, where twenty four universities from seven regions around the country were competing for the prize.

The Terps finished 4th in the group portion of the competition on Thursday, and then had a spectacular showing in the individual portion of the contest on Friday, with the four MD contestants finishing in the top 11 (among a field of 93) – Kristi Persing 1st place; Philip Schwartz 5th place; Shelley Porter 9th place; and Daniel Smith 11th place. The combined individual and group scores put Maryland in 1 st place overall, ahead of Kansas State (2nd), Univ. of WI Platteville (3rd), Purdue Univ. (4th) and Univ. of WI Stephens Point (5th).

The practice and contest pits included an interesting collection of soils that were mostly Argiudolls, Hapludalfs, Endoaquolls, and Hapuldolls. These were formed in variety parent materials including loess, till, outwash, alluvium, colluvium, residuum, and eolian sands. Other schools representing the NE region at the contest in Illinois included Rhode Island (10th), Bloomsburg University and Delaware Valley College. This is the 4th time Maryland has won the national title over the 57 year history of the event. Coach Martin Rabenhorst was a member of the 1972 National Championship team that won in Blacksburg, VA and then was coach of the 1984 team that won in San Luis Obispo, CA. Assoc. Professor Brian Needelman was coach when the team won the contest held in Plattesburg, WI in 2013. Terp Judger Chenlin Zhu began an MS program in ENST at UMD this semester, and five of the other team members will be graduating this May (Porter, Smith, Persing, Agee, and Kramer.) The others will hopefully be back on the team this coming Fall when they head to Rhode Island for the NE regional contest. In the meantime, they will be enjoying the this victory.


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IAA Super Student: Lillian Kahl

IAA - Mon, 2017-04-24 15:00
Apr 24, 2017Author: Glori Hyman

Lillian “Lilli” Kahl may not be faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, or able to leap tall buildings in a single bound; yet the Institute of Applied Agriculture (IAA) student is likened to Superwoman by her classmates and instructors.

“Nothing scares her,” says Kahl’s advisor Meredith Epstein. “She climbs trees, wields chainsaws, operates tractors, drives snowplows, and welds like a pro.”

But those are not the only reasons Kahl was named this year’s Outstanding Two-Year Student by the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources’ (AGNR) Alumni Association. With a 3.97 GPA, Kahl also happens to be one of the IAA’s top performing students. During her time as a Terp, this Sustainable Agriculture student has excelled in the classroom, provided service and leadership to the campus, and implemented a cut flower enterprise at the University’s Terp Farm.

^^Lilli Kahl accepts her Outstanding Student award at the 2017 AGNR Alumni Awards Banquet.

According to Kahl, she entered the IAA with a love for the environment and a desire “to be a positive aspect of our community and Earth.” And she meant it. During her first semester at the IAA, she increased the UMD Campus Pantry’s food supply by thousands of canned goods. As the recipient of a $4,000 grant, Kahl procured canned goods which she used as building material to “can-struct” a Testudo the Terrapin sculpture. The sculpture served to bring awareness to the Campus Pantry, which provides emergency food to members of the campus community who are in need.

Kahl’s initial interest in growing specialty crops led her to the Community Learning Garden, where she planted tomatoes, peppers, basil, zinnias, and cosmos. Then, she landed an internship at Terp Farm, where cut flowers won her heart.

Kahl took charge of Terp Farm’s cut flower production during her internship, but felt that one summer was simply not enough time. She continued to work at the farm for academic credit during the fall semester so she could expand the cut flower production for on-campus sales at the Farmers Market at Maryland. She developed an extensive project proposal that included survey results and a marketing plan, in addition to a crop plan. This semester, Kahl is completing the IAA’s Cooperative Education program at the Terp Farm as she implements the new project, which includes a cut-flower CSA.

As a high school student in Makawao, Hawaii, Kahl may not have envisioned herself as an entrepreneur in Maryland, but that is now her vision. After graduating from the IAA in May, Kahl plans to launch her own specialty cut flower business in Maryland.

Congratulations to Lillian “Lilli” Kahl, the IAA’s 2017 Outstanding Student.

LillianGlori Hymansustainable agricultureagricultural business managementMeredith EpsteinTerp FarmCut Flower CSAfarmers market at marylandUMD Community Learning GardenLillian "Lilli" Kahl - A super student and budding entrepreneur at the IAA.Image Credit: Meredith Epstein
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Spring 2017 Scholarship Winners

IAA - Mon, 2017-04-17 16:19
Apr 17, 2017Author: Randie Hovatter

The following exceptional students were awarded scholarships through the IAA for the Spring 2016 semester:

Cecil Massie Scholarship
Kossi Bassinan
Sustainable Agriculture
Gaithersburg, MD

TESCO Scholarship
Robert Blake
Golf Course Management
Washington, DC

IAA Enhancement Scholarship
Frank Bohne
Sustainable Agriculture
La Plata, MD

Shields Memorial Scholarship
Robert Jeffrey
Golf Course Management
Waldorf, MD

Congratulations, winners!

All applications are reviewed by the IAA scholarship committee on a variety of criteria, including major, cumulative IAA grade point average, financial need, extracurricular involvement and professional activities.

Read more about IAA scholarships and apply at this link.

Kossi BassinanRobert BlakeFrank BohneRobert JeffreyIAA Scholarships2017 Spring scholarship winnersgolf course managementsustainable agricultureClockwise from left: Kossi Bassinan, Robert Blake, Frank Bohne, and Robert Jeffrey. Congratulations!
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The Art of Climate Change

AREC - Fri, 2017-04-14 19:50
Apr 14, 2017

Students in Anna Alberini’s Economics of Climate Change course (AREC454) took a break from deriving equations and evaluating policy this past Wednesday to hear Dr. Brendan O’Donnell speak about the intersection of climate change and art.

O’Donnell is based at Ecologic Institute in Washington, DC, where he works on local initiatives to communicate the adverse effects of climate change on the planet and in our own lives. He noted that so much information on climate change is not having the impact on people that it truly ought to. For example, people are likely to find a “2 ° C temperature increase” or “sea level rise” difficult to grasp.

O’Donnell knows that these issues are real, and he acknowledged that the communication of these crises could be improved—if for example it were possible to convey notions that normally appear in peer-reviewed scientific papers through art.

Walking the class through several striking pieces of art, he identified each artists’ unique representation of climate change. While several were visual, some used sound as the medium. Some of the pieces of art even promoted sustainable energy use through solar and wind power production.

One of the many examples given was Ice Watch, which featured actual two-meter-tall chunks of ice from a glacier melting on a street corner in Paris. They melted in a matter of days in December of 2015 during the UN Climate Change Conference that led to the Paris Agreement, putting the audience face-to-face with the impact of global warming.

“All art is but imitation of nature,” said O’Donnell quoting Lucius Seneca. It’s fitting that we now see art giving back.

ARECIce Watch by Olafur Eliasson and Minik Rosing, Place du Panthéon, Paris, 2015Image Credit: Martin Argyroglo © 2015 Olafur Eliasson
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Publication Spotlight: The World Food Problem

AREC - Fri, 2017-04-14 15:59
Apr 14, 2017

A new edition of the book by Prof. Howard Leathers, The World Food Problem: Toward Understanding and Ending Undernutrition in the Developing World, is now available.

The fifth edition of The World Food Problem reflects nearly a decade of new research on the causes and potential solutions to the problems of producing and distributing food in developing countries.

With extensively updated data and new case studies throughout, this edition includes new or expanded discussions of such issues as:

     • genetically modified food
     • the impact of climate change
     • the quality of agricultural land and water
     • the significance of globalization
     • implications of changes in demographic policy, such as the reversal of China's "one-child rule"

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