Grand Challenge Grants Awarded, Mini-Symposia Selected


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


Dr. Alan Sams
Executive Associate Dean
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Texas A&M University
Phone: 979-845-6464

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