8 - 11 am
Fall 2015 Cohort will meet with admin staff and senior students to discuss the many facets of GDPE.
9:30 - 11 am
Lory Student Center Ballrooms C & D
Orientation will be offered for all new graduate students with a continental breakfast at 9 am. Registration is not required. Contact Sandy Dailey at 970-491-6817 with questions.
4:30 - 8 pm
Club Tico, City Park
GDPE community comes together to kick off the new year.
Agriculture now produces more than enough calories to meet basic human dietary needs worldwide. Despite this seeming abundance, one out of eight people do not have access to sufficient food. A new study, "Realizing Resilient Food Systems," published in the journal Bioscience May 4 and led by Meagan Schipanski, assistant professor of soil and crop sciences at Colorado State University, presents a set of strategies to address these complex challenges of producing food for a growing global population, while reducing environmental impacts and increasing resilience in the face of climate change. Using case studies from Africa, India, and Brazil, the study highlights the importance of integrated food system strategies. "Meagan's food system study is a clear example of global knowledge converging from the three dimensions of sustainability: economics, society and the environment. It is a novel and useful effort by her integrating team," said Diana Wall, director of the School of Global Environmental Sustainability and a professor in CSU's Department of Biology.
The Pre-Catalyst for Innovative Partnerships (PRECIP) program, sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research, was created to provide seed funding and support for new, early-stage research partnerships to explore transformative, interdisciplinary ideas. The 2016 PRECIP teams have been announced. The goal of the PRECIP program is to encourage and support high-impact, interdisciplinary research collaborations that have strong potential to lead to major funding opportunities. "The PRECIP program was created to benefit interdisciplinary research teams and assist in a strategic formation in anticipation of groups applying for the Catalyst for Innovative Partnerships program proposal in 2017," said Alan Rudolph, vice president for research. Among the team members are Meagan Schipanski, Matthew Wallenstein, and Paul Meiman (Rural Wealth Creation: Exploring Food Systems-Led Development Strategies); Meena Balgopal (Dare to Know and Commit to Change: Addressing Gender Equity in the Classroom); Francesca Cotrufo, Keith Paustian, and Matthew Wallenstein (Improving Agricultural Carbon Sequestration with High-Throughput Root Phenotyping and Soil Carbon Quantification); Ken Carlson and Mary Stromberger (Transforming Urban Redevelopment with Water Sensitive Design Principles); and Stephanie Kampf (Develop an Integrated System to Maximize the Return of Investing in Fire Resilient Watersheds in the Interior West).
Passion, generosity, and diligence create a great recipe for success. This recipe closely resembles the life path of Theresa Barosh, a 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship recipient and a second-year PhD student in the Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management at Colorado State University. Designed to support graduate students at CSU who excel academically and contribute to the education of underrepresented students, the scholarship is awarded to only one CSU student each year and consists of tuition coverage for one year and $9,000. "Much of my life I have benefited from the generosity of others," said Barosh. "Scholarships and grants allowed me to attend Willamette University as an undergraduate student, as my parents could not afford to put my nine siblings and me through college." Barosh's passion for making the world a better place started at an early age. She worked to help her community overcome inequalities by starting the Young Artists and Scholars, a non-profit that focuses on outreach, research, and student mentoring.[Archive]