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Senior Spotlight: Libby Orr

Orr will graduate with a degree in environmental sciences

When she was young, Libby Orr said she remembers watching her local weatherperson share the upcoming forecasts and being interested in how the weather could change at a moment’s notice. As she got older, her interest in tracking storms continued – and when it was time to choose a college degree Orr knew it would be related to weather. Orr,…

Kristen Veum and Tim Reinbott Elected Officers in the American Society of Agronomy

Kristen Veum, assistant adjunct professor in the School of Natural Resources and research soil scientist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service, has been elected to serve as president of the American Society of Agronomy (ASA). She will begin in this position as president-elect in January 2023. Tim Reinbott, director of field operations for Missouri Agricultural Experiment…

Robin Rotman Receives Provost’s Junior Faculty Teaching Award

Robin Rotman, assistant professor in the School of Natural Resources (SNR), has received the 2022 Provost’s Junior Faculty Teaching Award. The award recognizes junior faculty for superior teaching and advising on the MU campus. Faculty colleagues, departments, schools/colleges, or recognized campus organizations may nominate…

Connecting the Dots Between Soils and Plants

A double major, Khader Saleh is pursuing his passions for plants and horticulture

As a high school student at Centralia High School, Khader Saleh found himself spending a lot of time at Chance Gardens, a horticultural attraction listed on Missouri’s National Historic Registry. Saleh’s family lived 20 minutes outside of Centralia, so as he waited for them to pick him up after school or football practice, he would kill time by taking in…

Charlie Nilon Receives Sustainability Science Award

Charlie Nilon, William J. Rucker Professor in the School of Natural Resources, received the Sustainability Science Award from the Ecological Society of America (ESA). The Sustainability Science Award recognizes the authors of the scholarly work that makes the greatest contribution to the emerging science of ecosystem and regional sustainability through the integration of ecological and social sciences. The 2022 Sustainability…

CAFNR Teaching Academy Inducts Three New Members

Three new members were inducted into the CAFNR Teaching Academy as part of the college’s Celebration of Excellence event April 19. Membership in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Teaching Academy will be reserved for CAFNR faculty who have received a distinguished teaching award on a national, regional, or university level that crosses disciplines. The inductees are: Alba…

Robin Rotman Receives 2021 Outstanding Early Career Teaching Award at Celebration of Excellence

Robin Rotman, assistant professor in the School of Natural Resources (SNR), received the 2021 Outstanding Early Career Teaching Award at CAFNR’s 2022 Celebration of Excellence awards ceremony, held Tuesday, April 19. Rotman earned her bachelor’s degree in geology from Sewanee: The University of the South, in Tennessee; her master’s in water science, policy and management from The University of Oxford,…

Pursuing His Passions for Research

Evan Aljundi's passion for white-tailed deer has led to graduate research focused on Chronic Wasting Disease

He grew up in a family of avid white-tailed deer hunters, and now Evan Aljundi has spent a good portion of his collegiate career studying the most popular game in North America. A graduate student in the School of Natural Resources, Aljundi’s research is focused on Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), a fatal, neurological illness that affects cervids, which are members…

CAFNR Students Present During Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol

Four CAFNR students participated in the Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol on Monday, April 11, in Jefferson City. A total of 11 projects were shared with legislators during the event. Brogan Eyre, a senior majoring in plant sciences, presented on the efficacy of selected fungicides for the protection of wine grapes in Missouri. Lydia Jefferson, a senior studying environmental…