UNL Graduate Commencement - May 3rd, 2019 DPH Graduates - Photo Credit: Craig Chandler, Office of University Communication

May 2019 Commencement

Congratulations to our most recent DPH graduates!

Dr. Christopher Wynn, Dr. Lee Briese, Dr. Sarah Blecha, & Dr. Salvador Ramirez II

(photo credit: Craig Chandler, Office of University Communication)

Adam Striegel

Striegel receives Holling Family Award for Teaching Excellence

Adam Striegel, a University of Nebraska–Lincoln Doctor of Plant Health student and an agronomy master's student specializing in weed science, received a Teaching Excellence Award.

The award is one of ten Holling Family Awards for Teaching Excellence given to Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources senior faculty, junior faculty and teaching assistants each year. All three award categories honor outstanding teaching with an emphasis on imaginative and creative teaching efforts in carrying out IANR educational programs.

Full story at: https://agronomy.unl.edu/news/striegel-receives-holling-family-award-teaching-excellence

2018 Summer Internships

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Salvador Ramirez II—USDA-NRCS, Lincoln, NE

Salvador will be working with the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) for the summer of 2018. He will split his time working in the Kellogg Soil Survey Laboratory conducting chemical, physical, and biological soil tests and shadowing State Soil Scientist Neil Dominy. He plans to create a set of lectures describing soil test methodology and interpretation to either enhance existing UNL undergraduate soil and soil fertility courses, or design a course himself, drawing from his extensive teaching experience as a graduate student.

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Emily Stine—Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver, CO

Emily Stine is working at Denver Botanic Gardens as the Doctor of Plant Health Horticulture Intern. Her duties include collecting data for the Arboreal Arthropod Diversity Study, hosting a weekly Plant Health Science Chat in the Science Pyramid, along with surveying and diagnosing pathogen, arthropod and nutritional concerns, including assessing tropical plant nutrition protocols in the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory within the Gardens. She will be providing support to Master Gardeners along with posting regular Plant Health Highlights on the Gardens’ blog highlighting her experiences and developing resource sheets for common issues found within the Gardens. Beyond all of these tasks, she will be participating with the other interns learning about horticulture in Colorado with field trips and guest lectures. She is excited and ready to learn as much as she can over this summer.

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Christopher Wynn—Centrol Ag Consulting, Edgeley, ND

Chris is working with DPH student Lee Briese this summer scouting fields for weeds like kochia, pigweed, common lambsquarter, dandelion, Canada thistle, and more. He’ll also be checking for plant emergence and taking stand counts in corn and soybeans. They will also be setting and checking wireworm traps to see what kind of pressure they may have moving forward. With all this information they will create recommendations for the growers.

Chris reported: “The other day I had a shining moment. While scouting a field I noticed an area that didn't look right.  I was able to quickly diagnosis the issue as herbicide damage. Further investigation led me to know that it was a growth regulator herbicide that wasn't fully rinsed out of the sprayer tank. How did I know it was from the sprayer? The affected area was around the border of the field and approximately 120 feet across, the size of the boom for many sprayers out here.  Because of the DPH and the extensive training and learning we go through I was able to piece together what was going on. Knowing that we found this area, we'll keep a close eye on it and we'll see how the crop will react moving forward. There's a good chance this area will be a complete loss”.

Lee and Chris usually start their work day at 7:30am and run all day long until about 8pm or until there’s not enough light on the field to properly see what's going on-too many shadows.

Sarah Blecha

Sarah Blecha Interning in Morocco

DPH student Sarah Blecha is in Morocco doing her internship with the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA).

Sarah's plan of study includes: disease scoring wheat, visiting and helping with wheat pathologist and entomologist, help with wheat selection, wheat quality lab, learn more about pulses such as crossing and diseases, attending part of a 20 day wheat training (other breeders from around the world tour the facility and fields) and finally attend the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative (BGIR) in Marrakech. Sarah will also give a 30-40 minute presentation about her studies and research in the US to the trainees and/or ICARDA staff towards the end of her time there.

Addressing Biomedical Science's PhD Problem

This article notes the need for students seeking graduate degrees to evaluate future employment opportunities & seek diverse educational experiences during their graduate education. The DPH degree offers excellent opportunities to address these concerns.

Addressing Biomedical Science’s PhD Problem

AgPro podcasts featuring three DPH students

In the recent Farm Journal's AgPro podcasts, they asked three professionals, ”How is interdisciplinary training preparing consultants for today’s agronomic challenges?” The three professionals they asked were DPH graduates Dr. Josh Miller, Technical Market Manager at BASF and Dr. Justin McMechan Eastern Nebraska Extension/Assistant Professor at UNL and current DPH student Lee Briese.

To listen to the podcast featuring Dr. Josh Miller click here: AgPro Podcast: Details on the Doctor of Plant Health (DPH) Degree.

To listen to the podcast featuring Dr. Justin McMechan click here: AgPro Podcast: Benefits of completing a interdisciplinary program like the DPH program.

To listen to the podcast featuring Lee Briese click here: AgPro Podcast: Ag Consultants Seek Out Interdisciplinary Training.

DPH Students Attend Sustainable Agriculture Summit

Jacob Nikodym, Lee Briese, Lindsay Overmyer, Zach Rystrom, Chris Chen, Sarah Blecha, Emily Stine, Amy Hauver and Dr. Gary Hein
Students meeting with Jamie Powers, Environmental Defense Fund, Sustainability Project Manager

Dr. Gary Hein, DPH Director and eight DPH students attended the Sustainable Agriculture Summit in Kansas City November 15-16. The students attending were: Jacob Nikodym, Lee Briese, Lindsay Overmyer, Zach Rystrom, Chris Chen, Sarah Blecha, Emily Stine and Amy Hauver. The vision of the Sustainable Agriculture Summit is to strengthen the supply chain network of producers, agribusinesses, retailers, and influencers who drive continuous improvement in agricultural sustainability. The event provided opportunities for members of the agricultural supply chain to engage with leading experts and learn more about key sustainability challenges and opportunities.

Students recognized at the Distinguished Fellowship Award Luncheon

Amy Hauver and Tiffany Heng-Moss, Interim Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
Jacob Nikodym and Tiffany Heng-Moss, Interim Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

Congratulations to our Doctor of Plant Health students that were recognized at the Distinguished Fellowship Award Luncheon, Monday, November 6th. Amy Hauver and Jacob Nikodym were recognized for receiving the National Needs Fellowship and Salvador Ramirez II received the 2017 NACTA Graduate Student Teaching Award.

Salvador Ramirez II and Tiffany Heng-Moss, Interim Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

Lee Briese receives ICCA Award

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Congratulations to DPH student Lee Briese on receiving the International Certified Crop Adviser (ICCA) of the Year award at the ASA/CSSA/SSSA Conference in Tampa, FL, October 21-25th, 2017.

The award recognizes a Certified Crop Adviser who delivers exceptional customer service, is highly innovative, has shown leadership in their field, and has contributed substantially to the exchange of ideas and the transfer of agronomic knowledge in the agriculture industry.

Dr. Gary Hein and students attend ASA/CSSA/SSSA Conference

Gary Hein speaks at the recruitment table
Dr. Gary Hein at the Doctor of Plant Health and Agronomy/Horticulture recruitment table along with Richard Ferguson, Interim Dept Head, Agronomy & Horticulture.
Salvador Ramirez speaking at a podium
Salvador Ramirez II, DPH student

Dr. Gary Hein, DPH Director, attended the ASA/CSSA/SSSA 2017 Annual Meeting in Tampa, FL this week, October 22-25th. This year it hosted more than 4,000 scientists, professionals, educators, and students at the annual meeting, "Managing Global Resources for a Secure Future".

Salvador Ramirez II, DPH student, also attended and presented three oral presentations: Soil science education, crop rotation and organic study.