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Faculty granted tenure, receive promotions - 2016

We would like to extend congratulations to each of these individuals receiving promotion and/or tenure within the College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources (CAFSNR).


Marisol Berti

Marisol Berti, Department of Plant Sciences, has been promoted to professor with tenure, effective July 1, 2016. Berti conducts research on forage and biomass crop production. She is the lead investigator for a USDA-AFRI grant to study the use of cover crops to improve cropping systems in the region. She teaches principles of forage production, sugarbeet production (coordinator), professional development II, and sustainable agriculture and renewable energies in Europe (study abroad course).


Robert Brueggeman

Robert Brueggeman, Department of Plant Pathology, has been promoted to associate professor with tenure, effective August 16, 2016. Brueggeman’s research specialty is the genetics and molecular biology of cereal disease resistance. His applied research focus is the genetics and functional analysis of resistance against wheat stem rust, net blotch, spot blotch and Fusarium head blight of barley. He teaches a course on host-parasite genetics.


Carl Dahlen

Carl Dahlen, Department of Animal Sciences, has been promoted to associate professor with tenure, effective July 1, 2016. His research program is focused on beef cattle management, nutrition, and the implementation of reproductive technologies into commercial beef herds. Dahlen has extensive contact with beef producers and leads educational programming to develop solutions to problems currently faced by beef producers. He also has been instrumental in developing innovative training methods that empower Extension personnel and industry reps to better serve their beef-producing clientele.

Luis del Rio Mendoza

Luis del Río Mendoza, Department of Plant Pathology, has been promoted to professor effective July 1, 2016. Del Río Mendoza’s research focuses on the epidemiology and management of fungal diseases affecting canola. His program's current emphasis is on identification of sources of resistance against Sclerotinia stem rot, blackleg and clubroot. He developed and manages an online disease-warning alert program for Sclerotinia stem rot and teaches a graduate course on plant disease epidemiology.

Greta Gramig


Greta Gramig
, Department of Plant Sciences, has been promoted to associate professor with tenure, effective July 1, 2016. As part of NDSU’s weed science program, Gramig conducts research about ecologically-based approaches to weed management in annual cropping systems, including grain/oilseed crops, vegetables and fruit. She teaches weed identification and weed biology and ecology.


Jason Harmon
Jason Harmon
, School of Natural Resource Sciences – Entomology, has been promoted to associate professor with tenure, effective July 1, 2016. Harmon is program leader in entomology with research interests in environmental change and ecological interactions, pollinators and insect ecology. He teaches courses in insect ecology and scientific writing.

 

Jeremy Jackson


Jeremy Jackson
, Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics, has been promoted to associate professor with tenure, effective August 16, 2016. Jackson’s research focus is on strategy as it is applied to topics that lie within the intersection of public economics and political economy, and in industrial organization/regulation.  He teaches courses in microeconomics, public economics and game theory and strategy.

John McEvoy
John McEvoy
, Department of Veterinary and Microbiological Sciences, has been promoted to professor effective August 16, 2016. McEvoy’s major research focus is on Cryptosporidium, a protozoan parasite that causes cryptosporidiosis, a potentially life threatening diarrheal disease affecting humans and animals.  His teaching interest is in clinical parasitology.

 

David Newman


David Newman
, Department of Animal Sciences, has been promoted to associate professor with tenure, effective July 1, 2016. Newman conducts research on pork quality, swine nutrition, meat grading technology and other factors that affect swine production profitability. Newman provides Extension programming on issues such as porcine epidemic diarrhea, H3N2 virus, and other swine production issues. He teaches a course on advanced pork industry systems.

Birgit Pruess
Birgit Pruess
, Department of Veterinary and Microbiological Sciences, has been promoted to professor effective August 16, 2016. Pruess’ ongoing research project involves the development of novel strategies to prevent E. coli from forming biofilm, a social form of bacteria that form on numerous surfaces such as teeth, medical supplies or food safety equipment.  She teaches bacterial physiology and advanced bacterial physiology among other courses.

David Roberts
David Roberts
, Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics, has been promoted to associate professor with tenure, effective August 16, 2016. Roberts’ research focus is the impacts of agricultural production methods on the environment and natural resources. His particular interest is in the economics of precision ag technologies and the response of cropping patterns and land use change to emerging biofuels policy at the federal level. He teaches quantitative methods and decision making, principles of microeconomics and environmental economics.

Jane Schuh
Jane Schuh, Department of Veterinary and Microbiological Sciences, has been promoted to professor effective August 1, 2016.  As an immunologist, Schuh researches the interaction between inflammatory cells and the resident cells that make up the architecture of the allergic lung when a person is repeatedly exposed to mold spores. She teaches a course on the immunology of chronic infections.

 

Kim Vonnahme
Kim Vonnahme
, Department of Animal Sciences, has been promoted to professor effective July 1, 2016.  Vonnahme’s research interests lie in reproductive physiology, nutritional impacts on fetal and placental growth and placental vascularization.  She teaches courses on physiology of reproduction and an independent study course on research in reproduction.


Sarah Wagner
Sarah Wagner
, Department of Animal Sciences, has been promoted to professor effective July 1, 2016.  Wagner’s research interests lie in pharmacology, behavior and well-being in livestock species, particularly swine and dairy cows.  She teaches courses in dairy production, veterinary pharmacology and large animal nursing.

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