Graduate Seminars

2020-21 Graduate Seminar
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September 14: Introductions, Andres Gomez

Besides the usual introduction to the seminar, in this session, we will also hold our department's 3-minute thesis competition. The department will hold an internal competition to select the candidate who will represent us at the CFANS 3-minute thesis contest, with awards provided by the Animal Science Graduate Club. We expect everyone to participate in selecting our winners by filling out this evaluation form. (Links to an external site.)

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  • September 21: Ecological Model of Racial Justice Organizing, Dr. Brett Grant.

Dr. Grant (Links to an external site.) is the director of research and policy at Voices for Racial Justice,  (Links to an external site.)a nonprofit organization in the twin cities that strives to promote long-term progress for racial equity, effective organizing and resources that build leadership, relationships, power, and vision in Minnesota’s racial and cultural communities. 

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  • September 28: Intergenerational Effects of in utero Arsenic Exposure on Mouse Physiology, Tia Colwell.

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  • October 5: Title of talk TBD, Dr. Jaime Slaughter-Acey.

Dr. Slaughter-Acey Links to an external site.is an assistant professor at the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health (UoM). Her research focuses on environmental (social and physical) and psychosocial factors that contribute to women’s health across the life course, with emphasis on the maternal and child health (MCH) of marginalized/underserved populations. Her research (Links to an external site.) has further uncovered the harsh realities of health disparities in MN and the US. 

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  • October 12: Horse Owner and Veterinarian Perceptions of Equine Mortality Composting, Hannah Lochner.

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  • October 19th: Title of talk TBD, Dr. Nic Jelinski and Mr. Melvin Giles.

Dr. JelinskiLinks to an external site. is an assistant professor at the department of Soil, Water, and Climate (UoM). His research interests focus on pedology, variation of soil properties at multiple spatial scales, and the use of isotopic tracers in studies of soil genesis. He is also interested in innovative approaches to teaching soil science (Links to an external site.) in classroom and field environments. Dr. Jelinski will be joined by Mr. Melvin Giles (Links to an external site.), they will both share their experiences working with urban gardens and farming (Links to an external site.) at the Rondo neighborhood in  (Links to an external site.)St. Paul, a once-thriving African American neighborhood torn apart by the Interstate 94.

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  • October 26: Title of talk TBD, Dr. Chris van de Ligt.

Dr. van de Ligt the Swine Technical Manager with Micronutrients USA (Division of Nutreco). He will present about his experiences in the global feed industry, considering industry stands towards diversity and inclusion.

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  • November 2nd: Title of talk TBD, Kaitlyn St. Charles.

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  • November 9: Title of talk TBD, Jody Gray, MS.

Jody Gray is the director of The Office for Diversity & Inclusion at CFANSLinks to an external site. (UoM). She will provide her views as to where we stand regarding racial justice and diversity at our college, the University and the US, while promoting a conversation about what we can do to contribute to a climate of inclusion from our field.

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  • November 16: Title of talk TBD, Meg Fletcher.

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  • November 23: Title of talk TBD, Corey Carpenter.

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  • November 30:: Title of talk TBD, Lekha Medida.

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  • December 7: Title of talk TBD, Athena Diesch-Chham, MSW, LICSW

Athena Diesch-Chham is a veterinary/clinical social worker at the UoM. Her professional interestsLinks to an external site. include crisis intervention and debriefing, group work, and family medical therapy. She delivers training on the topic of human-animal relationships to veterinary professionals, animal welfare organizations, and social service providers throughout Minnesota. She has focused extensively (Links to an external site.) on addressing the mental health challenges that veterinarians and personnel working on animal care face on a regular basis.

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  • December 14: Title of talk TBD, Jonathan L. Hamilton MA

Jonathan Hamilton  (Links to an external site.)is a professor at Macalester College (St. Paul, MN). His research focuses on Education Policy and Organization, with a concentration in African American Studies. He has worked extensively with school districts to focus on how school leaders negotiate the politics of race, equity, and social justice when they are in the process of developing and implementing school improvement policies and plans.