ABE at UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center 100th Anniversary

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John K. Schueller, ABE affiliate professor, (right) receives a plaque as an invited speaker at the Citrus Research and Education Center’s 100th Anniversary celebration during Distinguished CREC Alumni Forum from Michael Rogers (left), director of UF CREC

ABE Affiliate Professor John K. Schueller was an invited speaker at the Distinguished CREC Alumni Forum as a part of the celebrations of the UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center’s 100th anniversary. It is UF’s first and biggest research and education center outside of Gainesville. Prof. Schueller’s presentation included descriptions of the cooperative research he has conducted with former ABE faculty Jodie Whitney, Bill Miller, Masoud Salyani, and Reza Ehsani at the CREC.

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From left to right:  Jodie Whitney, Masoud Salyani, Bill Miller, Larry Parsons

Former UF ABE faculty members Jodie Whitney, Masoud Salyani, and Bill Miller were also in attendance at the CREC anniversary celebration. All three are enjoying retirement and recently celebrated Jodie’s 80th birthday. They are shown at the center with fellow CREC retiree, Larry Parsons.

To learn more about the UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center, watch this video presented by UF/IFAS.

 

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Asseng named to AgMIP global leadership panel

 

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Senthold Asseng, Professor, Agricultural and Biological Engineering

 

Congratulations to Dr. Senthold Asseng for being named to the  global leadership panel for the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Program (AgMIP)! Dr. Asseng is known for his work using computer models to predict crop yields, has worked as co-leader of the AgMIP wheat team and has also lead American-based and internationally organized research projects.

AgMIP is an effort by agricultural scientists from around the world to improve the state of agricultural simulation and to understand climate impacts on the agricultural sector at global and regional scales.

“AgMIP scientists recognize that many of the climate change and global food security issues are beyond individual scientists and institutions to be solved,” Asseng said. “By creating collaborative research teams, AgMIP addresses research questions which require multi-disciplinary expertise including agricultural scientists, social scientists, modelers of crops, climate, agricultural economics, crop physiologists, field experimentalists, crop and animal breeders, nutritionists, biostatisticians and software engineers.”

For more information on Dr. Asseng’s appointment and AgMIP, visit UF/IFAS Blogs.

ABE Grad Student Wins UF 3MT

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Thiago receives 1st place award at UF 3MT competition

Congratulations to ABE graduate student Thiago Borba Onofre who won the UF Graduate School’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition! His thesis presentation is titled A Wireless Sensor Network for a Strawberry Disease Warning System. Thiago’s advisor is Dr. Clyde Fraisse, who specializes in the development of climate risk mitigation tools for agricultural and natural resources managers. Thiago advances to the regional competition at the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS) on February 22-25, 2018 held in Fayetteville, Arkansas, to compete again. Great job, Thiago!

 

 

2017 Water Institute Fellows

Congratulations to David Kaplan (left) and Sanjay Shukla (right) – this year’s Water Institute’s Faculty Fellow Award recipients. To learn more visit http://waterinstitute.ufl.edu/people/spotlight/index_detail.asp?ID=84

Mentoring Highlights: ABE Halloween

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We had a great time at our Halloween Social this year! This annual departmental event is hosted by the Mentoring Program and challenges mentor- mentee pairs to come in paired costumes.  Fun for all!

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Best Individual Costume: Ian Hahus – 70’s Basketball Star
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Best Mentor-Mentee Costume: Marco and Reginald – ABE Police

 

 

Check out some of the other costumes below!

 

 

ABE 3 Minute Thesis + Videos 2017

If you attended ABE’s Three Minute Thesis and Video Contest (3MT+V) last Thursday evening (Oct. 25, 2017), you know what a great job everyone did!

Congratulations to the following 3MT winners and participants:

  • Kirsten Paff
  • Ixchel Hernandez
  • Marcelo Calle
  • Victoria Morgan
  • Thiago Onofre- 1st place- $75
  • Kira Hansen- runner-up- $50

Congratulations to the following video (2V) winners and participants:

  • Hao Gan- People’s Choice Award- $75
  • Thiago Onofre
  • Nick Cavallaro
  • Marco Pazmino

 

 

 THANK YOU to the Graduate Professional Development Committee and Chair Thiago Onofre, our judges Amy Buhler and Stephanie Webster, Dr. Haman and the ABE Department for support and cash prizes, Daniel Preston for technical support, and most of all to the students for stepping out of their comfort zone and challenging themselves to present their research in 3 minutes or less!

 Stay tuned for more success as three of our grads move on to compete at the University 3MT with the first heat beginning tomorrow and the finals on November 9th at 2 pm. http://graduateschool.ufl.edu/about-us/events/3mt/

Next Leaders Reunion Program- CIGR

UF ABE professors Won-Suk “Daniel” Lee and John K. Schueller were of the academic faculty selected to participate in the “Next Leaders” reunion program of Section III (Plant Production) of the International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering.   The fourteen participants also included Prof. Daniel Marchal de Queiroz of Universidade Federal de Vicosa (Brazil) and Prof. Michihisa Iida of Kyoto University (Japan) who had spent year-long sabbaticals in UF ABE.   The group visited agricultural equipment manufacturers in Iowa and Illinois, various fruit orchards in Washington state, and participated in special events at the Annual International Meeting of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers in Spokane.

The attached photos are of their visits to John Deere, CNH Industrial and apple and cherry orchards in Washington State.