Agronomy and Horticulture seminar series starts Sept. 9

Charles “Chuck” Francis
Charles “Chuck” Francis

This fall’s Agronomy and Horticulture seminar series begins with “Exploring Co-learning in Agroecology” presented by Nebraska’s Charles “Chuck” Francis on Sept. 9.

Francis, professor emeritus of agronomy and horticulture, will present on co-learning — an educational strategy to build ownership among teachers, students, farmers and administrators in the learning process. He will discuss how to involve everyone in decision-making to discover optimum course content and activities and how to evaluate supporting and hindering forces in making this transformational change in education.

All seminars are free and open to the public. Seminars will be in person, streamed live and recorded at 3:30 p.m. CST/CDT in Keim Hall, Room 150, unless otherwise noted.

Dates and topics for the rest of the series are as follows:

Sept. 16: “What’s Light Got To Do With It? Exploring the Role of Plant-reflected Light in Crop Yield Loss and Weed Management,” Andrew Kniss, department head and professor of weed science, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Wyoming, Laramie.

Sept. 23: “We Are Growable: Developing Systems Thinking Through Games,” Jenny Keshwani, associate professor, Department of Biological Systems Engineering and a science literacy specialist, Nebraska Extension, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Sept. 30: “Transforming Agriculture Research Through Digital On-farm Research,” Laura Thompson, extension educator, Nebraska Extension, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Oct. 7: “Communicating Science to Public Audiences,” Heather Akin, assistant professor, Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Oct. 14: “Attaining Efficacy, Crop Safety, and Sustainability in Cropping Systems: What’s New in the Weed Management Toolbox?” Ramdas Kanissery, assistant professor and weed scientist, Department of Horticulture Sciences, Southwest Florida Research & Education Center, University of Florida, Gainesville.

Oct. 21: “Tackling Nitrogen as Necessary Evil: Impacts on Nebraska’s Cropping System and Water Quality,” Javed Iqbal, assistant professor and extension specialist of soil nutrient management and water quality, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Oct. 28: “Collaborative Learning in Plants, Landscapes, and the Environment (PLAS 100) Online,” McKinzie Sutter, online lecturer, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Note: This presentation will be in person and streamed, but not recorded.

Nov. 4: “How Do They Survive That? Stress Response in Agrostis,” Keenan Amundsen, professor of turfgrass genetics, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Nov. 11: “Computational Agronomy to Support Farmer Decision-making,” Juan Rattalino, digital agronomy development lead, Global Seeds at Syngenta Group. Note: This presentation will be in person only.

Nov. 18: “Using Incentive-based Management Tools to Help Achieve Groundwater Sustainability Goals,” Renata Rimsaite, water markets program manager, Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute, National Drought Mitigation Center, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Dec. 2: Derek Heeren, associate professor and irrigation engineer, and Saleh Taghvaeian, associate professor and irrigation and water resources engineer, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Dec. 9: “Omic Approaches to Decipher Crop Responses to Arthropod Pests,” Lise Pingault, senior research associate, Department of Entomology, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Contact: Mamie Boerner, Digital Support Associate, Agronomy and Horticulture Seminar Committee

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