8 - 11 am
Fall 2015 Cohort will meet with admin staff and senior students to discuss the many facets of GDPE.
9:30 - 11 am
Lory Student Center Ballrooms C & D
Orientation will be offered for all new graduate students with a continental breakfast at 9 am. Registration is not required. Contact Sandy Dailey at 970-491-6817 with questions.
4:30 - 8 pm
Club Tico, City Park
GDPE community comes together to kick off the new year.
Colorado State University is putting diversity directly into the classroom through the Faculty Institute for Inclusive Excellence, a collaboration between the Office of the Vice President for Diversity and TILT, The Institute for Learning and Teaching. The purpose of the Institute is to transform teaching in ways that integrate awareness regarding diversity and inclusion into classroom practices, and in turn positively influence campus climate to promote equity and social justice. Fellows of the inaugural Faculty Institute for Inclusive Excellence were recognized in May with plaques presented by CSU President Tony Frank. Among the 2015-2016 cohort are Ruth Hufbauer, professor in the College of Agricultural Sciences, who developed and presented a women in science departmental seminar and Maria Fernandez-Gimenez, professor in the Warner College of Natural Resources, who developed a comprehensive diversity plan for the Department of Forestry and Rangeland Stewardship.
A new "Global Soil Biodiversity Atlas," which has its roots (ahem) at Colorado State University will be officially unveiled May 25 in Nairobi, Kenya, at a symposium at the United Nations Environment Assembly. Did you know that there are approximately 30,000 earthworm species in the soil around the world, yet only one-quarter have been identified and described by scientists? There are also as many as 5 million fungal species; researchers have only categorized 6 percent of them, at most. More than 1 million types of bacteria are in soil, yet less than 2 percent have been described in detail. Colorado State University's Diana Wall, University Distinguished Professor and director of the School of Global Environmental Sustainability, is among those who spearheaded the project through her role as scientific chair of the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative. She will discuss how soil biodiversity contributes to sustainability during a panel discussion in Nairobi.
Agriculture now produces more than enough calories to meet basic human dietary needs worldwide. Despite this seeming abundance, one out of eight people do not have access to sufficient food. A new study, "Realizing Resilient Food Systems," published in the journal Bioscience May 4 and led by Meagan Schipanski, assistant professor of soil and crop sciences at Colorado State University, presents a set of strategies to address these complex challenges of producing food for a growing global population, while reducing environmental impacts and increasing resilience in the face of climate change. Using case studies from Africa, India, and Brazil, the study highlights the importance of integrated food system strategies. "Meagan's food system study is a clear example of global knowledge converging from the three dimensions of sustainability: economics, society and the environment. It is a novel and useful effort by her integrating team," said Diana Wall, director of the School of Global Environmental Sustainability and a professor in CSU's Department of Biology.[Archive]