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USDA Hispanic-Serving Institutions Education Grant Program
 
Project Directors’ 2012 Conference
 
May 30 – June 1, 2012
 
 Agenda

 

Science Building

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 

 
2:00 pm -5:00 pm           Meta Analysis Group Meeting for ROCN projects. SCIE 2.108
                                       (Closed to Public for ROCN Project Directors only)
 
5:00 pm 7:00 pm            Opening Mixer and Poster Setup. Science building lobby 1st floor
 
Posters will be displayed throughout the conference from Wednesday night to Friday evening.
 
Thursday, May 31, 2012 Education Day
 
Science Bldg Lobby 1st floor
7:30 am                          Registration
 
Engineering Bldg Auditorium Room 1.300
 
8:30 am - 9:00 am          Welcome
 
                                       Dr. Robert Nelsen
                                       President
                                       University of Texas Pan American
 
                                       Dr. John Trant
                                       Dean College of Science and Mathematics
                                       University of Texas Pan American
 
                                       Dr. Irma Lawrence
                                       National Program Leader
                                       National Institute of Food and Agriculture
 
9:00 am - 9:30 am          Keynote Education Speaker
 
                                       Beyond the Content: Cultivating Future Scientists
                                       JoAnn Canales, Texas A&M Corpus Christi
 
9:30 am - 10:00 am        Grantee Presentation
 
                                       IMPACT: Innovative Means of Promoting
                                       Agriscience Career Tracks
                                       A. Tineke Berends, Houston Community College
 
                                       Agroecology and Biofuel Science Education at Florida International
                                       University: Through Curricular Innovation, Collaboration, and
                                       Community Engagement
                                       Mahadev Bhat, Florida International University
 
10:00 am – 11:00 am      Break and Poster session 1st, 2nd, 3rd Floor Science Building
 
Engineering Bldg Auditorium Room 1.300
 
11:00 am - 11:30 am      Grantee Presentations
 
                                       The Food Safety Program at Universidad Del Este
                                       W. Colon-Guasp, Universidad del Este
 
                                       Preparing Students for Career Paths With the USDA Forest Service by
                                       Linking Student Success With Experiential Learning Opportunities.
                                       M.J.Desmond,  New Mexico State University
 
11:30 am - 1:00 pm        Lunch (South Texas BBQ) 1st Floor Science Building Lobby
                                       Lecture Hall 2.106 and 2.108 (eating areas)
 
Engineering Bldg Auditorium Room 1.300
 
1:00 am - 2:30 pm          Grantee Presentations
 
                                       The Three’s E’s Model: Education, Experience, and Employment
                                       Diana Doan-Crider,Texas A&M University
 
                                       Agroecology Program at Florida International University:
                                       An Interdisciplinary Approach
                                       Krish Jayachandran, Florida International University
 
                                       Collaborative for Foodshed Development: Summer Field School
                                       Bruce T. Milne, University of New Mexico
 
                                       UPRM: Center for Education and Training in Agriculture and Related Sciences
                                       Félix R. Roman, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez
 
                                       SABOR-Culinary Arts Program
                                       Roxanne Vedia, Laredo Community College
 
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm          Break and Poster session 1st, 2nd, 3rd Floor Science Building
Science Bldg Lecture Hall 2.102
 
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm          Focus Group Workshop on Agricultural Careers JoAnn Canales
 
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm         Focus Group Workshop USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service
 
UTPA Dining Hall
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm          Banquet Dinner, Poster Awards Announced
 
Friday, June 1, 2012 Research Day
 
Engineering Bldg Auditorium Room 1.300
 
8:30 am                          Welcome
 
9:00 am -9:30 am           Keynote Research Speaker
 
                                       True Fruit Flies: Economic Pests That Make for Great Research
                                       Norman Barr, USDA-Animal and Plant Health Inspection
                                       Service – Plant Protection and Quarantine – Center for Plant Health Science and Technology
 
9:30 am -10:00 am         Grantee Presentations
 
                                       STEP UP to USDA Career Success
                                       Shad Nelson, Texas A&M University
 
                                       An Initiative to Increase Research and Education in Sustainability
                                       Engineering; Building Expertise on Energy Sustainability
                                       Jose F. Espiritu, University of Texas at El Paso
 
10:00 am -11:00 am       Break and Poster session 1st, 2nd, 3rd Floor Science Building
 
11:00 am -11:30 am       Information on in town food options and Coastal Studies Lab Tour
 
11:30 am -1:00 pm         Lunch (On Your Own)
 
Engineering Bldg Auditorium Room 1.300
 
1:00 pm -2:30 pm           Grantee Presentations
 
                                       Factors that may Influence the Distribution of Heliotropium tenellum in
                                       Central Texas Cedar Glades
                                       Anna Boeck, University of Texas-San Antonio
 
                                       Cloning and Sequencing an Actin Gene from Thalassia testudinum
                                       Megan Dupnik, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
 
                                       Sanos y Fuertes (Healthy & Strong) Pilot Study to Test the Efficacy of a
                                       Culturally Tailored Childhood Obesity Prevention Intervention
                                       Melawhy Garcia-Vega, NCLR/CSULB Center for Latino Community     Health, Evaluation, and Leadership Training
 
                                       Culturally Relevant Childhood Obesity Prevention Within Latino
                                       Families: Findings From 10 Focus Group Discussions in Los Angeles County
                                       Britt Rios-Ellis, NCLR/CSULB Center for Latino Community Health,                Evaluation, and Leadership Training
 
                                       Can Oil Of Chenopodium and Alka-Seltzer Washes Reduce Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Salmonella Enterica on Spinach?
                                       Anabel Rodriguez, St. Edward's University
 
                                       Examining Microsatellites as a Tool for Pathway Analysis in Asian Citrus
                                       Psyllid
                                       Terrance Todd, United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service PPQ CPHST Mission Laboratory
 
Science Building
 
2:30 pm- 3:30 pm           Break and Poster session 1st, 2nd, 3rd Floor
 
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm         Focus Groups USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and
                                       USDA-Agricultural Research Service
                                       Science Bldg Lecture Hall 2.102
 
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm         Focus Group Workshop General Discussion of Student Experiences
                                       Science Bldg Lecture Hall 2.102
 
Engineering Bldg Auditorium Room 1.300
 
5:30 pm - 6:00 pm          Closing Remarks
 
Saturday June 2nd 2012 Visit to Coastal Studies Lab (Must Have Pre-registered for this).
 
8:00 am                          Leave for Coastal Studies Lab (From Parking Lot F)
 
9:30 am -11:00 am         Tour of Coastal Studies Lab
 
11:00 am-3:30 pm          Lunch on South Padre Island (On Your Own)
 
3:30 pm                          Leave back to Edinburg/McAllen Area
 
5:00 pm                          Arrive at UTPA (To Parking Lot F)