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In observance of Earth Day, April 22, 2021
Pinto is recipient of SANS Award of Excellence
SANS students lauded at Honors Convocation
UMES researcher is DelmarvaLife guest to address fruit industry
MEES alum named Boren fellow
SANS students volunteer in the community
Online lecture series features innovations in agriculture
Message from the SANS Dean
COVID-19-UMES Updates & CDC Fact Sheet

MEES graduate student researches potential sites for oyster restoration
Natural Sciences receives funds to support students
Bicentennial celebration of U.S. House Committee on Agriculture
UMES Land-grant Scholarship Program

Graduate student and SANS recruiter chosen for national office
UMD offers Sustainable Food Systems Lecture Series
Ingenuity, Spring 2020
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New! Spring 2021-The Living Sea-LMRCSC newsletter
In observance of Earth Day, April 22 
SANS students lauded at Honors Convocation 
Award of Excellence
 
Gabrielle Pinto, who earned a bachelor's in human ecology with a concentration in child development in Spring 2020, was the recipient of the "Award of Excellence" for the School of Agricultural and Natural Sciences at the 68th annual Honors Convocation on April 1.  An undergraduate student is selected from each of UMES' schools as the top honor from that school for the past calendar year.   
Departmental Awards

Teemer Barry, a senior majoring in environmental science, received the most meritorious student award from the Department of Natural Sciences.
Gaibrielle Bressler, a senior majoring in general agriculture/animal science with a pre-vet track, received the top student award for the Department of Agriculture, Food and Resource Sciences.
D'nasia Jones, who graduated Fall 2020 with a bachelor's degree in human ecology with a concentration in child development and a minor in psychology was signaled out as the deserving student of the award for the Department of Human Ecology.





 
 
Click here for Departmental Distinction and Dean's List
UMES researcher is DelmarvaLife guest to talk about the Mid-Atlantic fruit industry and Asian vegetables
Click above image to watch WBOC DelmarvaLife's Jimmy Hoppa and Lisa Bryant chat with Dr. Naveen Kumar Dixit about his plan to help Delmarva's once-thriving fruit industry make a comeback and help small farmers enter the market for Asian vegetables.  Dixit is an assistant professor of horticulture in the Department of Agriculture, Food and Resource Sciences and a UMES Extension specialist.
UMES MEES alumna named Boren fellow
 

Nylah McClain, a first-year student in UMES' Marine-Estuarine-Environmental Sciences graduate program, will spend a year in Japan starting this fall representing her alma mater as the university's first Boren Award fellow. 

McClain, who in May 2020 completed her undergraduate studies by earning a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in environmental studies, will spend the 2021-22 academic year in an immersion program learning Japanese. 

The David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are sponsored by the National Security Education Program, a federal initiative designed to build "a broader and more qualified pool of U.S. citizens with foreign language and international skills."
 

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SANS students volunteer in the community
 


UMES American Fisheries Society members, from left, Enid Munoz, Teemer Barry, Shanelle Haughton and Maddie Farmer (president), spent a day of their weekend April 18 helping prepare a new area for alpacas at the Salisbury Zoo.


     
Online lecture series features innovations in agriculture
UMES Extension is offering a free online lecture series for produce growers and consumers, “Ingenuity and Innovation in Agriculture: Talk with a Farmer,” beginning Saturday, May 1.  The first installment features John McMahon, founder and farm manager of an organic, controlled-environment farm, Schuyler Greens Company near Charlottesville, Virginia.

UMES Extension Specialist and Assistant Professor of Horticulture Dr. Naveen Kumar Dixit invites McMahon to share his experiences establishing the growing operation and the selection of his product (hydroponic greens) through the five-year evolution of his business model from wholesale direct to restaurants to that of distributors, institutional customers, and grocery stores.

 

Dear SANS Stakeholders,

We are counting down the days to the end of the spring semester! I am very delighted that to date, things have moved along smoothly. Infectivity rates have remained below 0.5%, and in general students, faculty and staff have steadfastly continued to take necessary safety measures. A big thank you to all; we must keep this up.

Having said that, with the growing season getting into high gear, preparations for research and extension activities continue apace. I am thrilled and looking forward to the exciting work ahead as faculty continue to expand partnerships and the scope of research, education and extension work within SANS.

Recent weeks have seen the announcement of a number of newly funded initiatives, including continued funding without full competition from NOAA for the Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center (LMRCSC) and $1.3 million from USDA NIFA to support the 1890 Center of Excellence for Global Food Security and Defense. UMES is highly honored to be coordinating this center on behalf of all 1890 universities.
 
April saw a record participation of students in national and local conferences and events: the MANRRS National Conference, the NOAA EPP 10th Biennial Science Forum, the UMES Research Symposium and others. As much as we have had to adapt to operate in the virtual environment, participation in these events is extremely important for the professional development and advancement of our students. Also in April, I had the honor of joining a panel on Earth Day to speak about climate change. There is no doubt in my mind about the need to take the issue of climate change seriously. Clearly, there are many opportunities for us to contribute innovative solutions to address this challenge in all our mission areas.
 
Nothing excites me more than to see the work of our students and faculty recognized. To this end, I was delighted to see the work conducted by Dr. Das and his students highlighted. This recognition speaks volumes to the dedication of our faculty to nurture our students to the highest level. I salute Dr. Das and his students and of course the dedicated faculty in SANS who continue to work assiduously to ensure the success of our students. Additionally, special congratulations to Gabrielle Pinto, SANS’ most outstanding student for 2020.
 
Finally, let me take this opportunity to extend my best wishes to our students as they prepare for finals. As I may not have another opportunity to write before they break for summer, let me extend my warm wishes for a delightful and productive summer wherever their plans may take them.
 
With very best wishes that you may continue enjoying a very rewarding spring . . .
 

Moses T. Kairo
SANS Professor and Dean

The health and well-being of our campus and the community is our highest priority. The University's Task Force is working diligently to stay informed of changing dynamics in the coronavirus outbreak. 
UMES Updates
CDC Guidelines
MEES graduate student researches
potential sites for oyster restoration
Budding marine biologist, Madeline “Maddie” Farmer, aims to contribute to the health of Maryland Coastal Bays through her research evaluating the distribution and abundance of spat, or oyster larvae.  The soon-to-be graduate of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore master’s program in Marine, Estuarine-Environmental Sciences hopes her work will help federal and state agencies evaluate the feasibility, scale and location of a restoration effort.
 
Natural Sciences receives funds to support students
UMES students in the Department of Natural Sciences can now benefit from two recent philanthropic donations totaling over $25,000 and earmarked for student training.
 
The Integral Scholarship Fund was established with a $7,500 gift from Integral Consulting Corporation to help students defray expenses associated with conducting research.  The international environmental consulting firm with an office in Annapolis, Maryland, contacted the department with a desire to help students that have the potential for becoming part of their future workforce. 

The department also received $20,000 from the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation to fund an internship program between UMES and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. Students in the internship program will work on NOAA programs for one or two semesters, giving them insight into the inner workings of agencies that protect marine ecosystems and protect citizens in coastal communities.

UMES joins in bicentennial celebration of
U.S. House Committee on Agriculture

Princess Anne Academy, Class of 1894, from left, are:  (seated) Estelle Stansberry, H. Alverta Waters Johnson, Annie Green, Annie Riley, Estena White, Ella Horsey (standing) Charles Winder, Joseph Hayman, John Waters, Walter Moore, Isaac Dennis and Robert Pinkett.
 

The U. S. House Committee on Agriculture is in the midst of celebrating its 200th anniversary. UMES’ School of Agricultural and Natural Sciences would like to help spotlight the significant moments throughout the committee’s history and mission of establishing federal agricultural policy and providing funding to ensure safe and affordable food, support agricultural research and development, and ensure the competitiveness of American agriculture.

 

To this end, The National Agricultural Library of the U.S. Department of Agriculture assembled a digital timeline highlighting significant events and people, along with farming, food and nutrition legislation in the committee’s history.                                                     
                                                                                               
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Graduate student and SANS recruiter
chosen for national office
Congratulations to Stephon Fitzpatrick for being elected the Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences national graduate student president for 2021-22.  Fitzpatrick is the advisor for UMES' MANRRS chapter, an organizational leadership doctoral student and the coordinator for recruitment, retention and experiential learning for UMES SANS.
UMD College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
offers free lecture series 
Click here for full list of lecture dates/topics
Shortcut to registration

Ingenuity, Spring 2020


The official research magazine of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore School of Agricultural and Natural Sciences.

In this edition of Ingenuity, you will find stories about  research and key linkages we hold with our community.  It means we care about what's important to you.  From one story, you will learn how UMES is paving the way to a newly legalized hemp industry. And as usual, we like to tell you about outcomes concerning some of the activities of our students, faculty, alumni and Extension agents over the last year.

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UMES Extension launched its e-newsletter Connections in November last year! 

Subscribers will be privy to opportunities available to the public as well as those only available to our subscribers.

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The NOAA Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center (LMRCSC) trains and graduates students from underrepresented communities in marine science for careers in research, management, and public policy that support the sustainable harvest and conservation of our nation's living marine resources. With its partner institutions, the LMRCSC conducts research on marine and estuarine systems congruent with the interests of NOAA Fisheries. The Center is supported by the NOAA Education Partnership Program with Minority-Serving Institutions (EPP/MSI). Click on the image to read its latest newsletter.
 
Upcoming Events
 
Fruit and Asian Vegetable Cultivation webinars-FREE!

Cultivating Strawberries-May 8, 10 a.m.

Bottle Gourd Cultivation-May 22, 10 a.m.

The Basics of Growing Grapes-June 12, 10 a.m.

Establishing an Apple Orchard-July 3, 10 a.m.
 

Creative Science by UMES Extension 4-H STEM and InTheArtRoom

Paint by Science Series
May 12, 27, 6-8 p.m., virtual
June 9, 6-8 p.m., virtual

Art Exploration
May 13, 26, 6-8 p.m., virtual
June 10, 6-8 p.m., virtual

 

SANS in the News


Crabs fell on Alabama:  The new seafood shacks taking over the state(Dr. Bradley Stevens)
Alabama Life & Culture, April 29, 2021

Free UMES Extension online lecture featuring John McMahon on organic, controlled environment farming
Bay to Bay News, April 28, 2021

Delmarva & The Ethnic Food Market/Fruit Cultivation
DelmarvaLife, WBOC TV 16, April 14, 2021 with video

Webinar series geared to fruit growers, enthusiasts
The Star Democrat, April 14, 2021

Webinar series geared to fruit growers, enthusiasts
The Cecil Daily, April 14, 2021
 

New Research Publications



Alah Jahandideh Mahjen Abadi, V., Sepehri, M., Khatabi, B., Rezaei, M., 2021. Alleviation of zinc deficiency in wheat inoculated with root endophytic fungus Piriformospora indica and rhizobacterium Pseudomonas putida.  Rhizophere 17. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rhisph.2021.100311

Noell, K., Pitula, J., 2021. A dual omics approach to evaluate transcriptional and metabolic responses during lipid deprivation in an oyster parasite, Perkinsus marinus. Omics.   https://doi.org/10.1089/omi.2020.0172

Sepehri, M., Reza Ghaffari, M., Khayam Nekoui, M., Sarhadi, E., Moghadam, A., Khatabi, B., Hosseini Salekdeh, G., 2021. Root endophytic fungus Serendipita indica modulates barley leaf blade proteome by increasing the abundance of photosynthetic proteins in response to salinity. Journal of Applied Microbiology. https://doi.org/10.1111/jam.15063

Sun, L., Liang, X., Xia, M., 2020. Developing the coupled CWRF-FVCOM modeling system to understand and predict atmosphere-watershed interactions over the Great Lakes region. https://doi.org/10.1029/2020MS002319
 

Previous Editions . . .


The SANS Monthly Digest-March 2021
The SANS Monthly Digest-February 2021
The SANS Monthly Digest-January 2021

The SANS Monthly Digest-December 2020
The SANS Monthly Digest-November 2020
The SANS Monthly Digest-October 2020
The SANS Monthly Digest-September 2020
The SANS Monthly Digest- August 2020
The SANS Monthly Digest - June 2020
The SANS Monthly Digest- May 2020
The SANS Monthly Digest - April 2020
The SANS Monthly Digest- March 2020
The SANS Monthly Digest - February 2020
The SANS Monthly Digest - January 2020

The SANS Monthly Digest - December 2019
The SANS Monthly Digest - November 2019
The SANS Monthly Digest - October 2019
The SANS Monthly Digest - September 2019
The SANS Monthly Digest - August 2019
The SANS Monthly Digest - July 2019
 
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