Alumni Spotlight: Traveling Across the Country with Stacey Noble

July 22, 2015

For alumna Stacey Noble (B.S. Horticulture ’11) there is no typical workday. Her home base is in Chicago, but about half of her time is spent traveling. Where to? At the beginning of May she flew out for a conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. However, as a Burpee home gardens program representative for Ball Horticultural Company, her work spans the western U.S., Midwest and Great Lakes — which adds up to roughly half the country.

Funding the Future: The Forever Green Initiative

July 20, 2015

A spring drive through Minnesota leaves travelers looking at barren dirt fields over rolling hills. Come October, all that remains of the lush summer greenery is broken brown cornstalks and burning wheat fields. In the future that image could change. The Forever Green Initiative aims to make the state green from snowmelt to snowfall through funding a collective of researchers and graduate student working in sustainable agriculture.

Student Spotlight: Lauren Innes is Getting Real Food on Campus

July 15, 2015

As a native of the Twin Cities metro, undergraduate Lauren Innes (B.S. Food Systems ’17) had little interest in agriculture or food systems when she started as a pre-nursing student at the University. Yet, all it took was a class project about Urban Oasis and founder Tracy Sides to completely change her focus. After switching to a major in food systems, her new interest led her to join the University of Minnesota chapter of the Real Food Challenge.

Research in Collaboration: Unifying Metabolomics with Galaxy-M

July 15, 2015

In a world where Google can teach anyone about the aerodynamics of a golf ball or 5 million strangers can see the same Facebook post, it’s hard to imagine that scientists often struggle to process and share their data. Thanks to a fellowship from the University of Minnesota Informatics Institute, Associate Professor Adrian Hegeman is working to create a software platform called Galaxy-M to address this issue in the field of metabolomics.

Sharing a Vision for the Future of Horticultural Science

November 14, 2014

From a wooden podium in front of a buzzing audience of 900 plus horticulturalists from around the world, Professor Mary Meyer reflects on the essential role plants play in our everyday lives.

Remembering Former Faculty James Bartz and Harold Pellett

October 24, 2014

The legacies of James Bartz and Harold Pellett will be remembered and celebrated by the department through the continuation of research initiatives begun under their tenure.

Boundless Energy, Unwielding Generosity: Celebrating Christian Thill

October 24, 2014

If you’ve ever crunched on a salty Frito Lay potato chip or cut into a tender and fleshy RuneStone Gold, you’ve tasted a piece of Christian Thill’s legacy. On August 7, 2014 Christian passed away unexpectedly from a heart-related issue at age 53.

A Quest for Clammy Azalea: Susko Journeys throughout the U.S. South

October 20, 2014

Machete in hand, clad in a pair of work boots, blue jeans, and a black oilskin hat, Alex Susko scans the landscape slowly and methodically for any sign of his quarry. Halfway down along the sloping stream bank, he successfully finds his mark. 

Student Spotlight: The Most Magical Internship on Earth

October 20, 2014

Many children grow up dreaming about taking a trip to Disney World to meet their favorite characters and experience the thrills of an animated world full of music, rides, and spectacular shows. And while scores of people visit the theme park each year (over 52.5 million, to be more precise), few have the privilege of spending an entire summer within Disney’s magical borders.