As we all set off for our Holiday adventures, I want to acknowledge my wonderful graduate students, Kayla Griffith, Briana Otte, and Dani Weissman. It has been a busy Fall Semester for all of us! Some highlights include: Kayla winning the Merit Fellowship from the Graduate School of Agriculture and Natural Resources; Briana's presentation at the Tri-Society Annual Meeting in Minneapolis; and Dani writing her first grant to the Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board (not to mention learning how to navigate in the marshes - Marco? Polo!).
The Spring will bring on lots of exciting field and lab work for our new digestion system, flow injection colorimeter and atomic absorption spectrophotometer.
In the meantime, enjoy the winter break and Happy Holidays!
- by Kate Tully
On November 15-18, I visited Minneapolis, Minnesota to attend the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America’s Annual International Conference, informally named the Tri-Societies Annual Meeting. In preparation for the Annual Meeting I prepared my first poster presentation about allelopathy in cereal rye, which is the focus of my graduate research. As this was my first poster, and first conference attendance, I was unsure what to expect upon arrival. The conference was a terrific learning experience. I created a schedule designed to further my knowledge about cover crops and allelochemcials, as well as to give myself time to speak with professionals and ask questions to ensure that my research is not only relevant for application in agriculture but would make a strong contribution to the science community as well.
As I stood at my allotted poster time to present my research at the Tri-Societies Annual Meeting, I became increasingly nervous that I would not know how to engage with peers asking questions about my poster. However, I encountered a great deal of people who were not only interested in my research but provided me with insight into other methods, materials, and articles I could look to for guidance. After the first ten minutes, I found that I was much more comfortable being able to talk about my research project than I anticipated.
Viewing other scientist’s posters and presentations, as well as networking with professionals provided a great deal of insight into the current research trends, my research, and my career. Overall, the Tri-Societies Annual Meeting was a great experience and I am looking forward to attending my next conference, the Northeastern Weed Science Society Meeting!
- Briana Otte