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March 2021 Edition of the Official Newsletter of the
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Watch the 68th annual Honors Convocation
Growers partner with UMES for Industrial Hemp Pilot Program
Kairo featured in FedByScience podcast
Das receives USM 2021 Regents' Faculty Award
UMES pre-vet student destined for success
Message from the SANS Dean
COVID-19-UMES Updates & CDC Fact Sheet

SANS faculty receive shout-out by students
UMES joins in bicentennial celebration of U.S. House Ag Committee
National Science Foundation renews UMES REU Site
Khoza chosen for Fulbright Scholar Program
UMES Land-grant Scholarship Program
Area college students can apply to 2021 REEU summer internship
Science-minded high school student can get a leg up this summer
UMES 4-H STEM "Creative Science" virtual educational series
UMES Graduate Research Symposium goes virtual
UMES hosts 2021 Maryland Youth Institute
UMD offers Sustainable Food Systems Lecture Series
2021 AgDiscovery summer camp slated for June 13-26 at UMES
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Watch the 68th annual Honors Convocation 
Join the School of Agricultural and Natural Sciences  in celebrating some of its top students who will be recognized along with their peers representing other schools at the 68th annual Honors Convocation.  The real-time virtual event will be held on Thursday, April 1, at 11 a.m.

SANS students who achieved Dean’s List, Departmental Distinction and Departmental Honors during calendar year 2020 will be honored for their academic prowess.  An outstanding student will also be selected as the school's "Award of Excellence" recipient.

Please visit to show UMES students your support!
Growers partner with UMES for
Industrial Hemp Pilot Program
Dr. Sadanand Dhekney, an associate professor of genetics and plant breeding, talks about the UMES Industrial Hemp Program.  Click above video or here to view the video.  Click here for more information.

Video by Todd Dudek and Muhammad Khan, Agricultural Communications
Kairo featured in FedByScience podcast
Tune in (below) as Dr. Moses Kairo, the current chair of the Experiment Station Committee on Organization and Policy, discusses the highlights of 1890s agricultural research, education and extension.

Sharing "inspiring stories about efforts to ensure thriving farms and a healthy nation as we explore the importance and value of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s investment in food and agricultural research, education, and extension” is the goal of the podcast according to Andrea Putnam, senior vice president for the Supporters of Agricultural Research Foundation, its sponsor.

Watch podcast here
Das receives USM 2021 Regents' Faculty Award

Dr. Kausik Das, an associate professor of physics in UMES’ Department of Natural Sciences, is among an elite group of faculty members within the University System of Maryland recognized for their contributions to their individual institutions.  The 2021 USM Regents’ Faculty Awards include Das and Dr. Hoai-Truong, a professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administration at UMES, along with 16 peers across the state.  The announcement was made March 9.
Das was chosen in the category of scholarship, research or creative activity.  A faculty member for seven years, he is known for his research leading to 1.4 million in extramural funding.  His work includes studies in nano fluidics, creating on-chip graphene-based nano-inductors and work on light-activated resistive switches.  Among his collaborations, is one with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he and UMES undergraduates built a payload that flew a zero-gravity parabolic flight to collect data that will be valuable in future space missions.


UMES pre-vet student destined for success
Gaibrielle Bressler, a senior majoring in general agriculture/animal science with a pre-vet track at UMES, "scrubs in" to assist Dr. Kimberly Braxton, UMES alumna, assistant professor and veterinarian, during a spay and neuter clinic March 23 at the Humane Society of Wicomico County.

Hard work and determination are paying off despite the pandemic for Gaibrielle Bressler, a first semester senior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in general agriculture/animal and poultry science’s pre-vet program.  Bressler is on track to graduate a semester early, is eligible for early admission to veterinary school and has been selected to attend Purdue University, School of Veterinary Medicine’s Vet Up College internship this summer.  She was to have participated in the six-week internship last summer until COVID-19 delayed her plans.

Dear SANS Stakeholders,


Dear Stakeholders,
We are delighted that spring is here with all the accompanying natural transformations: insects chirping relentlessly, plants bouncing back to life as displayed by the multi-colored flowers that have begun to blossom and of course the warmer temperatures. As an entomologist, no spring goes by without me thinking of the book written by Rachel Carson nearly 60 years ago, titled “Silent Spring.” Although it was quite controversial when it was published, the discussion it engendered was good. When I first became aware of the book as a recent graduate conducting crop protection research, the imagery of a silent spring, a spring without a chirp as a consequence of human actions, was thought provoking.
Sixty years on, incredible scientific minds are conducting agricultural, natural resource and other related research themes to develop tools and technologies that ensure we can continue to produce food and be good stewards of our environment. I say all this to say how incredibly gratifying it is for me to see our talented faculty, staff and students here at UMES deliberately endeavor to find solutions and apply them for the benefit of communities here in Maryland and across the globe. These endeavors are at the heart of UMES as a land-grant university.

Rachel Carson was concerned about threats such as those posed by the widespread use of chemicals like DDT. Today, however, we face other challenges and perhaps none less than the continuing concerns posed by climate change and its consequences on our way of life. UMES researchers continue to focus on such current challenges as they strive to provide value to the citizens of Maryland. And of course an integral and important component of our mission is the development of talent to continue this legacy.

With this said, I am delighted that the spring semester continues to progress smoothly and would like to thank faculty and students for continuing to be diligent in following the guidelines to ensure we are all safe.
With very best wishes for a productive April!

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

SANS faculty receive
shout-out by students

SANS faculty members (pictured below in order), Candace Anderson and Drs. John Jacob, Lurline Marsh and Deborah Sauder, recently received the UMES Center for Teaching Excellence’s new “Student Choice for Teaching Excellence” award.  They are among 15 recipients across disciplines on campus hailed by students as deserving of the recognition for demonstrating excellent teaching in these challenging times.                       Read More>


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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National Science Foundation renews UMES REU Site
Undergraduates primarily from schools with limited research opportunities or those who are from under-represented groups will continue to be involved in marine and estuarine sciences research at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore thanks to a three-year renewal of a $323,985 National Science Foundation award.

“UMES’ Research Experience for Undergraduates in Marine and Estuarine Science is slated to train eight students, especially rising sophomores and juniors, for 10 weeks during the summers of 2021-23,” said Dr. Paulinus Chigbu, associate dean for research, development and graduate education; director of the NOAA Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center; and principal investigator for the program at UMES.  “They will learn how research is conducted and many will have the opportunity to present the results of their work at scientific conferences.”

The REU program operated through the university’s NOAA LMRCSC and the NSF Center for the Integrated Study of Coastal Ecosystem Processes and Dynamics has helped prepare 123 students interested in a career in the field over the past 12 years.  They represent more than 60 institutions in the marine and estuarine sciences, Chigbu said
Khoza chosen for Fulbright program promoting global collaboration and cultural awareness

Recent times have demonstrated the importance of understanding and accepting that there are those in the world that though they are different from us culturally, they are nonetheless equal and deserving of respect.  No one knows this more than Dr. Lombuso Khoza whose dedication to this mantra was rewarded recently by the Fulbright Scholar Program. 

The Fulbright program “is devoted to increasing mutual understanding of the people of the United States and other countries.” Fulbright is the world’s largest and most diverse international exchange program.
Khoza, the acting director of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s Center for International Education and professor in the Department of Human Ecology, was selected to participate in the U.S. Scholar Fulbright International Educator Administrator seminar program.  She will travel to Taiwan next year to investigate the potential for collaborative global experiences.

Area college students can apply for
2021 REEU summer internship.
College students in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington, D.C. that are interested in learning how their academic major can lead to a career in agriculture or food science can apply now through April 10 to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s Research and Extension Experience for Undergraduates summer internship.

Organizers plan for the 10-week summer experiential learning opportunity to be held on campus June 1-August 8, pending the status of the pandemic.

Click on the image above for 47 abc's interview with Dr. Victoria Volkis, associate professor of chemistry at UMES and principal investigator for its Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, Education and Workforce Development, Research and Extension Experience for Undergaduates  (AFRI-EWD-REEU).
Science-minded high school students
can get a leg up this summer at UMES
Delmarva high school students interested in pursuing a degree in chemistry-related majors can apply now through April 26 to the American Chemical Society’s virtual 2021 Project SEED summer program.  The program, June 21 to July 30, offers participants a $1,000 fellowship and the potential for an ACS scholarship covering the first year of college tuition.  Previous Project SEED fellows have received scholarships to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. 

In-person research for this year’s summer experience has been suspended due to the pandemic and ACS’ desire to uphold its core values of professionalism, safety and ethics,” said Dr. Victoria Volkis, associate professor of chemistry and ACS Project SEED coordinator at UMES.  “It will still take place, but in a virtual format following last year’s model.”
"Creative Science" art and science lessons offered though UMES Extension 4-H STEM and In The Art Room 
UMES Extension 4-H STEM agent associate for Wicomico County, Bradley Hartle, has teamed up with In The Art Room to offer virtual art/science lessons for ages 8 and up.  The classes are from 6-8 p.m. and cost $40 per youth participant.  Non 4-H members are welcome to participate. 

Their Paint by Science series includes: "Bull Shark" on April 1, "Shiitake Mushroom" on April 14, "Narwhal" on April 29, "Short-Eared Owl" on May 12, "Chesapeake Bay Cutaway" on May 27, and "Queen Conch" on June 9.  Participants learn about the subject while painting it on canvas.

The Art Exploration series includes:  "Shrinking Turtles" on April 15, "Seed Dissection" on April 28, "Owl Pellet Dissection" on May 13, "Fossil Hunt" on May 26 and "Paper Circuit (Angler Fish) on June 10.  Hands on activities in art and science, including experiments, arts and crafts and combined projects await registrants.

Register here!  Use promo code (EARLYBIRD) for 10% off now through June 3.  Registration closes one week prior to the lesson date in order for supplies to be shipped to the participant's provided address.
UMES' Graduate Research Symposium goes virtual
"Global Approaches:  Multidisciplinary Research in the 21st Century" is the theme for UMES' virtual 11th annual Graduate Research Symposium slated for April 22, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.  Click here for more information.
UMES hosts 2021 Maryland Youth Institute 

The Maryland Youth Institute is a life-changing experience where high school students engage with local leaders and experts on critical global challenges, participate in hands-on activities and explore exciting ways to make a difference in Maryland and around the world.

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore hosts the 2021 edition on May 8.  Registration and essay submissions are due online by April 22.

Students research issues they care about and propose their ideas to solve these grand challenges.                                                                                   Read More>

UMD College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
offers free lecture series 
Click here for full list of lecture dates/topics
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Registration is now closed for the 2021 AgDiscovery summer program slated for June 13-26 at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.  Students will be notified within the next few weeks of their acceptance into the program.

"We were particularly satisfied with the interest in UMES' program this year," said  Corrie Cotton a research assistant professor in UMES’ Department of Agriculture, Food and Resource Sciences and the program director for the annual summer camp.  "The USDA's  Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service received over 57 applications for UMES, which placed it among the top hosting institution's for applicants."

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.

Read all about it ►

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.

To get your copy, subscribe today!
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

Creative Science by UMES Extension 4-H STEM and InTheArtRoom

Paint by Science Series
April 1, 14, 29, 6-8 p.m., virtual
May 12, 27, 6-8 p.m., virtual
June 9, 6-8 p.m., virtual

Art Exploration
April 15, 28, 6-8 p.m., virtual
May 13, 26, 6-8 p.m., virtual
June 10, 6-8 p.m., virtual


SANS in the News

How Florida left farmworkers out of its COVID-19 pandemic response
Pensacola News Journal, March 29, 2021

UMES Extension offers free growing ginger webinar
Crisfield-Somerset County Times (Som. Co. Bay to Bay News), March 9, 2021

Teens can explore careers in agriculture-related fields
Cumberland (Md.) Times-News, March 4, 2021

UMES’ summer internship applications available for local college students
WMDT, March 4, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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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
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The SANS Monthly Digest- May 2020
The SANS Monthly Digest - April 2020
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