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Department of Horticultural Science

Twig Bender—News from
the Department of Horticultural Science


bullet Apr. 21: APS Seminar, Emily Conley, "Genome-wide prediction of Fusarium head blight resistance and agronomic performance traits in Minnesota wheat lines," 3:30pm, 306 Borlaug.
bullet Apr. 22: PBS Colloquium Seminar, Dr. Karin Schumacher, Universitaet Heidelberg, 3:30pm, 335 Borlaug.
bullet Apr. 23: Wednesday Seminar, Don Wyse, "The Forever Green Initiative: Filling Minnesota's brown period," 3:30pm, 310 Alderman
bullet Apr. 23: Borealis Night of Excellence, 5:30-7:30pm, North Star Ballroom at the St. Paul Student Center.
bullet Apr. 25: WUSA Seminar, Laura Hayes, "Day-neutral strawberries research," 1pm, 306 Borlaug.
bullet Apr. 25: Ph.D. defense seminar, Michael Nelson, "Experimental and simulation studies of the population genetics, drought tolerance, and vegetative growth of Phalaris arundinacea," 1:30pm, 105 Cargill.
bullet Apr. 27-29: Annual Minnesota FFA Convention. More info.
bullet Apr. 28: Philip C. Hamm Memorial Lecture and Scholarship in the Plant Sciences Presentation, featuring Dr. Susan Singer, 3:30pm, 105 Cargill. More info.
bullet May 1-2: Hort Club Plant Sale, 9am-5pm. More info.
bullet Go here for a complete list of CFANS events.


Congratulations to Jim Luby and Neil Anderson who both won awards from the American Society for Horticultural Science. Dr. Luby won the 2014 Outstanding Researcher Award, and Dr. Anderson won the 2014 Outstanding Education Publication Award.

CFANS undergrads: Be sure to take the SERU survey. It's a way to anonymously share opinions about your U of M experiences. What you tell us can make a real difference. You can also win prizes for completing it!

On May 1, 2014, the U of M will transition to a new P-Card, a Visa supplied by US Bank. New cards will be mailed out on approximately April 15. Cardholders should continue using their current P-Card until May 1. More info.

Complete an information technology survey to provide feedback to help shape the future of IT at the U of M.

Hort Club Plant Sale May 1-2

The Hort Club will be hosting their annual spring plant sale on May 1-2 from 9am-5pm and will feature a host of unique plants as well as common shrubs and trees. Succulents, houseplants, and DIY mushroom kits will also be available. Look for a white tent on the corner of Gortner Avenue and Larpenteur Avenue. More info.

St. Paul Campus Exterior Door Upgrades

Is your U Card up to date??? Did you get it after June 2008? Does it have yellow numbers above the magnetic strip on the back? If the answer to either question is NO, you need a new card.

There's no cost to upgrade, but you must bring your current U Card and another ID to the U Card office. Visit the U Card office before April 30 so you are ready for new building security upgrades.

Kermit Olson Awards and Photo Album

Thank you to everyone who attended last week's Kermit A. Olson Memorial Lecture and Award Ceremony and contributed to making the event a success! A photo album from the event is available here.


Say happy birthday to Calvin Peters (April 25) this week! Send your birth date to Samantha Grover ( so we can wish you a happy birthday!

Alumni Newsletter

The Department now publishes a bi-annual Alumni & Friends Newsletter to share news and happenings throughout the year. Check your mailboxes in March and October for new issues; email to get on the mailing list.

Read the Fall 2013 Issue now!

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