College of Ag launches research seminar series

Agricultural research at Colorado State University takes many forms – identifying and preventing food borne illnesses; enhancing our soil for carbon sequestration; designing landscapes that use less water but remain beautiful. Not everyone at CSU, or even everyone in CSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences, has a complete picture of the range of research taking place in the college’s five departments. This February, the college launched a research seminar series designed to help both the college’s faculty, staff, and students, as well as other members of CSU community, gain a better understanding of the cutting-edge research taking place in agricultural labs, studios and fields.

CAS_seminars_cowsThe first seminar was held Feb. 3 and was delivered to a standing-room only crowd by Courtney Jahn, Kirk Broders, Todd Gaines, Ruth Hufbauer, Andrew Norton – all faculty members in the Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management.

“It was especially gratifying to have such a significant turnout for our inaugural session,” said Jan Leach, University Distinguished Professor and associate dean for research in the college. Leach is also a professor of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management. Video from the first seminar can be found here.

Addressing global challenges

“These research seminars will highlight the range of scholarship housed in our college as well as how our research can be applied to grand global challenges such as food security, food safety, and food sustainability,” said Leach. “There is no question that our research cuts across all of our departments and looking around the room at the first seminar, I saw faculty and staff representing many of the other disciplines in our college and from research centers throughout CSU.”

“Without a doubt, our college is well positioned to attain unquestioned global preeminence in food safety, food security and food sustainability,” said Ajay Menon, dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences. “I am convinced that these seminars will help all of our stakeholders, internal and external, realize that the work of our faculty and our researchers will ensure that food is safe, plentiful, and produced responsibly and that the spaces in which we live, work, and play are both beautiful and sustainable.”

CAS_seminars_beeRemaining seminars in the series

Animal Sciences
Tuesday, Feb. 16
Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Lory Student Center, Grey Rock Room
Horticulture and Landscape Architecture
Tuesday, Feb. 23
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Lory Student Center, Grey Rock Room
Agricultural and Resource Economics
Friday, March 4
Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Lory Student Center, Room 386
Soil and Crop Sciences
Tuesday, March 8
Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Lory Student Center, Grey Rock Room

Video available online

Video from each of the seminars will be available on the college’s website.