Grand Challenge Grants Awarded, Mini-Symposia Selected

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Dear College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Faculty:

As 2014 comes to an end, I would like to update the College on the substantial progress we’ve made this semester with the Grand Challenges. I am pleased to announce the College has awarded Grand Challenge Grants to three integrative faculty teams. Each team will receive $75,000 per year for a two-year period.

The teams receiving funding are:

  • The Root/Rhizosphere Interface: Key to Feeding Our World, Protecting Our Environment, Improving our Health; Project Director: Dr. Leland S. Pierson III
  • Feeding Our World: Seminal Genetic Gain in Sustainable Crop Productivity; Project Director: Dr. Wayne Smith
  • Formation of Texas A&M Nutrition Obesity Research Center (TAMNORC); Project Directors: Dr. Choadong Wu and Dr. Boon Chew

We have also selected three NEW big idea mini-symposia topics. As we have done in the past, the spring 2015 mini-symposia will encourage networking among Texas A&M AgriLife faculty and increase awareness of related faculty research. Be on the lookout for the release of the mini-symposia dates early next year.

Topics will include:

  • Reducing Food Waste; Leader: Dr. Steve Searcy
  • Soil Security; Leader: Dr. Christine Morgan
  • The STEM Challenge: Feed Nine Billion People by 2050; Leader: Dr. Kim Dooley

Interested in learning more about the Grand Challenges and how you can get involved? Join us at the Texas A&M AgriLife Conference’s College Session, where we will give a Grand Challenges update, review the current cycle, and prepare for the next mini-symposia. The session will be held on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. in MSC 2400. To view the entire conference program, click here.

Thank you to each of our faculty members that helped make 2014 a HUGE success for our Grand Challenges efforts. I am excited to see us make even more progress toward our Grand Challenges in 2015!

Happy Holidays,

Alan Sams
Executive Associate Dean

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Dr. Alan Sams
Executive Associate Dean
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Texas A&M University
Phone: 979-845-6464
Email: asams@tamu.edu.
http://college.agrilife.org

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