An AGNR Cornerstone Event: Improve Human, Animal, and Environmental Health

The College of Agriculture & Natural Resources (AGNR) invites you to our third annual Cornerstone event, which will be hosted virtually throughout the week of November 9-13. There will be two sessions held each day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, with a focus on our college’s strategic initiative, Improve Human, Animal, and Environmental Health.

Dr. Cheryl Stroud, Executive Director of the national One Health Commission will offer the keynote, supplemented by other speakers, presenters and contributors across UMD and other prominent institutions. 

This year's event focus is incredibly timely given the global pandemic and associated topics like mental health, zoonotic diseases, water quality, and much more. We hope you're able to attend as many of this year's virtual sessions as possible.

Register for this FREE event


Monday, November 9 (Morning Session: Keynote Speaker, Afternoon Session: Mental Health)

9:30-9:50am      Welcoming Remarks: Dean Beyrouty and Provost Mary Ann Rankin

10:00-11:45am   Keynote: Dr. Cheryl Stroud, Executive Director, One Health Commission

11:45-12:00am   Discussion and Q & A

12:00-2:00pm     Poster Session

2:00-3:45pm       Afternoon Session: Mental Health
Moderators: Alex Chan, Agent, Family & Consumer Sciences and Amanda Wahle, Senior Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Amy Lang and Amanda Wahle - "Nature Deficit Disorder and 4-H" 
2. Stephanie Hutter-Jackson - "Maryland Rural Opioid Technical Assistance: Purpose, Accomplishments, and Ongoing Work"
3. Jesse M. Ketterman, Jr., PhD, AFC, UMD Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, Financial Capability

Tuesday, November 10 (Morning Session: Animal Production, Afternoon Session: Zoonotic Diseases/ Pandemic Diseases)

9:30-11:15am        Morning Session: Animal Production 
Moderator:  John Moyle, Senior Agent, Lower Eastern Shore Research and Education Center

1. Dr. Deirdre Johnson, Mountaire Production Veterinarian, Mountaire Farms - "First Company to Carry the One Health Certified Label"
2. Dr. Nancy J. Chapman, DVM MPH, Assistant State Veterinarian, Animal Health Program, Maryland Department of Agriculture - "View from the Ground: Controlling Disease and Antimicrobial Use in Maryland Agriculture​​​​​​​"

11:00am-2:00pm   Poster Session

2:00-3:45pm           Afternoon Session: Zoonotic Diseases/ Pandemic Diseases
Moderators:  Nat Tablante, Professor, Veterinary Medicine and John Song, Professor, Animal & Avian Sciences

1. Dr. David Swayne, Laboratory Director, USDA Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory- “Using a One Health Research Strategy to Understand and Reduce Human Exposure to Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Virus in Low Income Countries”
2. Dr. Mark Jackwood, Professor and Department Head, Department of Population Health, Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center, University of Georgia- What we know about avian coronavirus infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) in poultry — and how that knowledge relates to the virus causing COVID-19 in humans”
3. Dr. Laura Hungerford, Professor and Chair, Department of Population Health Sciences, VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine- "The importance of public health education and how we handle epidemics in veterinary medicine vs. human medicine"

Wednesday, November 11 (Morning Session: Vector-borne Diseases, Afternoon Session: Chronic Disease/Food & Nutrition)

9:30-11:15am         Morning Session: Vector-borne Diseases
Moderators:  Paul Leisnham, Associate Professor, Environmental Science and Technology & Sean Riley, Assistant Professor, Veterinary Medicine 

1. Dina Fonseca, Director of Center for Vector Biology at Rutgers- "Neighbors help neighbors control yard mosquitoes"
2. Jennifer L Murrow, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland- College Park- "Wildlife-tick dynamics in space and time"
3. Joseph Gillespie, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore- "Flea genome"

11:00am-2:00pm    Poster Session

2:00-3:45pm           Afternoon Session: Chronic Disease/Food & Nutrition
Moderator: Nishanth Sunny, Assistant Professor, Animal & Avian Sciences
1. Liqing Yu, M.D., Ph.D. Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Nutrition, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore
2. Kevin Harvatine, Ph.D., Professor of Nutritional Physiology, Department of Animal Science, Penn State University
3. Samer El-Kadi, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Nutritional Physiology, Department of Animal & Poultry Sciences, Virginia Tech

Thursday, November 12 (Morning Session: Climate Change, Afternoon Session: Food & Water-Borne Diseases)

9:30-11:15am        Morning Session: Climate Change
Moderators:  Charlie Apter, Lecturer, Animal & Avian Sciences
1. Dr. Stephanie Yarwood, Environmental Science and Technology- "NO2 and Soils"

2. Austin Patrick Hope, Atmospheric and Oceanic Science- "Climate change and Health"

11:00am-2:00pm   Poster Session

2:00-3:45pm          Afternoon Session: Food & Water-Borne Diseases
Moderator: Yanjin Zhang, Associate Professor, Veterinary Medicine 

1. Jianghong Meng, Director, Joint Institute for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition - "One health and One water: Surface Water as Potential Reservoir of Foodborne Pathogens"
2. Debabrata Biswas, Associate Professor, Animal & Avian Sciences - "Prevalence of Foodborne Pathogens in Integrated Farms and control strategy"
3. Megan Baldridge, Assistant Professor, Washington University School of Medicine - "Regulation of norovirus infection by the intestinal microbiota and interferon-lambda"

Friday, November 13 ( Morning Session: Water Quality, Afternoon Session: Closing Speaker)

9:30-11:15am        Morning Session: Water Quality
Moderator: Andy Lazur, Water Quality Specialist, University of Maryland Extension

1. Barry Glotfelty, Director of Environmental Health for the Frederick County Health Department - Major Drinking Water Quality Issues in MD Counties

2. Dr. Tiffany VanDewerker, Hydrologist, MD Geological Survey, and Dr. Andy Lazur, Principal Agent, University of Maryland Extension, Road Salt Impacts on Groundwater and Water Quality

3. Dr. Rachel Rosenberg Goldstein, Assistant Professor, Institute of Applied Environmental Health 

11:00am-2:00pm   Poster Session

2:00-2:45pm          Closing Speaker: Dr. Boris Lushniak, Dean, University of Maryland School of Public Health

2:45-3:00pm          Discussion and Q&A

3:00-3:30pm          Poster Awards

3:30-3:45pm          Closing Remarks: Dean Beyrouty