From the high plains of Mongolia to the purple mountain majesties of Colorado, Maria Fernandez-Gimenez is working to help ensure the land is kept sustainable – safeguarding food security – for generations to come.
When it comes to raising rice and other grains, the general rule is that smaller plants produce more seed – or food – while larger plants, with their bulky stalks, generate more biomass. Crop plants rarely do both. They put their limited energy into growing bigger or bearing more seed.
Professor Chávez of civil and environmental engineering specializes in an emerging area known as “precision irrigation.” Chávez collects and analyzes a wealth of real-time data – ground-, airborne-, and satellite-based multispectral information – gathered by remote sensors to help farmers determine when and how much to irrigate crops throughout their growing cycles.
Michael Carolan, head of Colorado State University’s Department of Sociology in the College of Liberal Arts, has spent more than a decade studying food security and its role in feeding the world’s 7 billion-plus residents. And he keeps coming back to the same place.
For decades, Colorado has boasted that it produces the juiciest, sweetest cantaloupes in the world. They are the ultimate summertime treat and a state agricultural legend on par with peaches from Palisade and sweet corn from Olathe until events in 2011 threatened that long-standing reputation.
According to United Nations estimates, the world population will be in 2050 will be nine billion people. To be a bit more precise, the U.N. actually predicts that the world population will be closer to 9.6 billion in 2050, a staggering number of people who will need to be clothed, housed, and most importantly, fed.
The Feed the Future Innovation Lab is one example of CSU’s One Health work from the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. The project is notably collaborative on a global scale and is meant to promote public health by improving agriculture and addressing environmental concerns.
Trang Tran has a few modest goals for the business she started at Colorado State University: help rice farmers in her native Vietnam stay on the land by growing an additional profitable crop; reduce air and water pollution by turning waste into mulch; and reform the country’s market for a staple item.
Within days of the start of the High Park Fire on June 9, 2012, the call went out to the CSU community: Our students, friends, and current and retired co-workers needed help. The response from donors was immediate and heartfelt: Nearly $60,000 was raised by 430 generous donors.
The Rams, under the direction of second-year coach Jim McElwain, trailed for all but 33 seconds and appeared finished when they fell behind by 22 points. CSU, though, offered a preview of what was to come at game’s end by scoring 10 points in the final 59 seconds of the second quarter to close within 35-23 at halftime.
Mary Wagner, the senior vice president of global research and development, quality and regulatory and concept innovation at Starbucks, spoke at the first Innovation Leadership Series lecture, sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research. Wagner ensures Starbucks maintains a consistent line of product innovations for its retail locations and consumer packaged goods while also strengthening core products.
As a gift to the Fort Collins community in honor of the city’s 150th birthday, President Tony Frank announced the creation of a free community lecture series that highlights the University’s outstanding programs and faculty.
Last month, “Marley” and 16 fellow inmates from a foreclosed “bear park,” where the animals were kept in cramped concrete pits and fed apples and bread by tourists. The bears were released into 15-acre natural habitats, but sanctuary keepers noticed Marley, a 7-year-old female, would not put weight on one of her front legs.
On February 11, the Colorado State community honored Tom and Jean Sutherland with the prestigious Founders Day Medal in recognition of their exemplary service to the University, Fort Collins, and higher education worldwide.
This year, CAM the Ram is celebrating his 60th year as the official mascot of Colorado State University. Though he’s always been popular, CAM’s fame over the years has made him a campus celebrity. He always attracts a crowd, and getting a photo with CAM the Ram is #2 on the list of “70 Things to Do Before You Graduate.”
They envisioned a place where students could learn forestry and other disciplines in a living classroom. Today, 100 years later, Pingree is home to a campus and conference center that hosts more than 5,000 annual visitors. Cabins, classrooms and labs are utilized by more than 200 students in CSU’s Warner Collage of Natural Resources.
When Russ Schumacher (M.S. ’03, Ph.D. ’08) isn’t studying intense weather events, he hangs out with Alex Trebek. The assistant professor of Atmospheric Science makes his fourth appearance on Jeopardy! on April 2, playing for a chance at more big bucks.
CSU Alum Leading Project to build a bigger, better Lory Student Center. As the renovation and expansion of Colorado State University’s Lory Student Center continued through the bitter cold of January and February, it was difficult to visualize a finished product, let alone a grand building in the heart of campus.