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.
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
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
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.
Lee Briese receives ICCA Award
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
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.
Joshua Miller, DPH, PhD accepts position at BASF
Joshua Miller, DPH, PhD recently accepted a position with BASF for the role of Technical Market Manager – Crop Protection/Fungicides. The position is based out of Research Triangle Park, NC. Joshua will be working at the intersection of biology, marketing, sales, and regulatory to develop recommendations for product positioning and communicate technical information internally and externally. He will also support Technical Service Representatives across the country. Joshua, along with his wife Lindsay and three children, Ruby Lyn, Jude, and Jo Rae, are excited for the next chapter in their lives, but will miss the “Nebraska family” they are leaving behind. "Go Big Red!”.
Congratulations to the UNL Crops Judging Team!
Congratulations to the UNL Crops Judging Team on their recent success at competition! The team is coached by our current DPH student, Adam Striegel; check out the article below for more information on how they did:
On April 6th, the UNL Crops Judging Team traveled to the "Little Apple”- Manhattan, KS to compete at the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) conference. Hosted by Kansas State University, the team competed in three of the thirteen contests: Crops Judging, Precision Agriculture and the Knowledge Bowl in the four-year university division.
UNL placed 2nd in the Precision Agriculture contest where students were quizzed over harvester settings as well as planter and sprayer calibration, and agronomic math. Official team members were seniors Cody McClellan, Blake Anderson, Jonathon Jahnke and Junior Bryant Biskup.
UNL placed 3rd in the Crops Judging contest where students were quizzed over plant and seed identification of 140 species of crops and weeds, general agronomic knowledge, agronomic math, and a lab practical covering the identification of insects, diseases and machinery, machinery components, agronomic inputs and pesticides, abiotic damage identification, plant staging and grain staging. Official team members were seniors Cody McClellan, Blake Anderson, Jonathon Jahnke and Cody Kuester. Also competing were juniors Bryant Biskup and Bryan Wietjes, and sophomores Samantha Teten, Collin Thompson and Kolby Grint which were unsecured to maintain eligibility for next year.
Senior member Jon Jahnke was also recognized for first place overall individual in the Math Exam component. Over 140 students competed in the crops judging contest.
UNL placed 3rd in the Knowledge Bowl where students were quizzed over questions relating to agronomy, food science, animal science, agricultural economics, and other related disciplines. Official team members were seniors Cody McClellan, Blake Anderson, Jonathon Jahnke, Junior Bryant Biskup and Sophomore Collin Thompson.
“Overall, I don’t think I could have asked for a better NACTA” Coach Striegel stated, “This was our freshman appearance as an organized crops team. To immediately compete with other programs which have been established for many years is remarkable, and I for one am extremely excited to see how we compete next year”.
Students interested in the crops judging team are encouraged to reach out to Adam Striegel Adam.Striegel@huskers.unl.edu
Salvador Ramirez II Invited to Production Agriculture Symposium
Salvador Ramirez II, a current DPH student, was invited to speak at the Production Agriculture Symposium February 22nd, 2017 at the University of Minnesota. Salvador’s presentation, “Biofuels or Biology, Can We Have Both?” was one of the breakout sessions offered. Additionally he presented a poster titled “Increasing Diversity of Crop Rotations Alters Soil Microbial Communities under Variable Rates of Nitrogen Fertilization”, placing 1st in the competition and receiving a cash prize. The featured topic at the symposium was “Increasing Cropping System Diversity While Maintaining Yield & Profit”.
National Needs Fellowship Opportunity!
Check out the National Needs Fellowship Opportunity the DPH Program has available; contact us for more information!