DEIR Spotlight

This page is a collection of stories that highlight AGNR DEIR efforts. The monthly DEIR@AGNR newsletter is linked below.

University President Darryll J. Pines drapes a Maryland scarf on Piscataway Tribal Chairman Francis Gray at the dedicationUniversity of Maryland marked the start of Native American Heritage Month by dedicating Yahentamitsi Dining Hall, the first building on campus to honor Maryland’s Native American Indian heritage.

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Jose-Luis Izursa in front of his early stage edible forestJose-Luis Izursa, a senior lecturer in Environmental Science & Technology, is turning a parcel of land at University of Maryland into an edible forest, to increase campus green space and improve community health.

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Grace in the field with Cedric Grace Nalugwa, a Ugandan entrepreneur and fellow from the Mandela Washington Fellowship program was introduced to a new career path in renewable energy and sustainability through her work with ENST's Dave Tilley.

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Puneet SrivastavaThe Journal of Hydrologic Engineering selected a research paper by Puneet Srivastava, professor and associate dean for research and associate director of Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of Maryland, to receive the 2022 Best Technical Paper Award.

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Dr. Jinhee KimThe College of Agriculture and Natural Resources has announced the selection of Dr. Jinhee Kim as the new associate dean and associate director of University of Maryland Extension (UME).

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Hands holding up soilRay Weil, a professor in Environmental Science and Technology shared his knowledge in Uganda, where he gave science-based guidance for better yields to 120 small farmers looking to expand.

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Pride FlagIn celebration of Pride Month, Dean Beyrouty recognizes the modern-day impact that LGBTQ+ members are having upon the agriculture industry.

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Wanda MacLachlanFor more than three decades Wanda MacLachlan, the first black, female, agriculture extension agent in Maryland, has inspired thousands of people to care for the land and the Bay. 

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Beatrice Pfefferkorn holding an awardBeatrice Pfefferkorn broke barriers for women agriculture in the State of Maryland in 1944. Today nearly half of the UME extension agents are women. 

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Dr. Nia Imani FieldsFor the last several decades, 4-H programs around the country have committed to a promise to remove barriers and increase access for all youth to experience what 4-H has to offer.

 

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Samara holding up a fish on a boat. Samara Nehemiah (’15 ENSP) uses prestigious Sea Grant fellowship to continue important research assessing fish populations in Maryland.

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Mikayla NaSya LewisMikayla NaSya Lewis, president-elect of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS), helps shape a more inclusive future in agriculture related fields. 

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Map of MarylandStudent mapping highlights food access problems in Prince George’s County and provides policy recommendations in ENSP interdisciplinary capstone project.

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Jennifer Dixon Cravens and after-school program studentsJennifer Dixon Cravens helps youth groups in the region understand how environmental health is important to the health of their community with hands-on workshops.

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Gold Street Park dedication ceremony with attendees sitting in a circleGold Street Park in Baltimore is transformed into a sustainable, public oasis by Landscape Architecture Students using a thoughtful, inclusive partnership with the local community.

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