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SANS Seminar Series - Fall 2019-Spring 2020

  • Student Services Center
    The purpose of the SANS Seminar Series is to provide a forum for faculty and other
    invited guest speakers to speak on a broad range of topical subjects that are germane to the school’s programs. It is anticipated that the seminar series will provide an opportunity to share knowledge and encourage excitement and debate. Additionally, it is hoped that the seminar series will engender a better understanding of contemporary issues among participants. Another goal is to provide a forum where faculty from across the school can meet in an informal interdisciplinary setting to exchange ideas and/or generate new ones, and build new or strengthened collaborative partnerships.  

    -- Dean Moses T. Kairo


     Speaker Consent Form 

     SANS Seminar Speaker Nomination Form


    Spring 2020



    Dr. Aaron PersadDr. Aaron Persad
    Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    February 27, 2020, 4 p.m., 1116 Henson Center
    Dynamics of Solid and Liquid in Zero Gravity

    Dr. Persad is Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Mission:  Space.  His research interests lie in space physical and life sciences.




    YuHunang WangDr. YuHuang Wang
    Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Maryland

    TBA 2020, 4 p.m. 1116 Henson Center
    Light Matters:  From Quantum Defects to Heat Gating in a Textile

    Dr. Wang’s research interests include quantum defects, Tube^2, materials and physical chemistry of nanocarbon, collective properties of super nanostructures, nanofabrication, energy science and biomedical technology.   His research group has recently made breakthroughs in developing methodologies/technologies to enable single defect spectroscopy in the shortwave infrared, quantitative infrared measurements, and dynamic gating of infrared radiation in a textile that allows for adaptive self-regulating thermal radiation and heat exchange through the fabric.

    His doctorate in chemistry from Rice University in Texas was done under the supervision of 1996 Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry Professor Richard Smalley for the discovery of buckyball fullerenes.  He also holds a master's from Emory University. Dr. Wang is currently the doctoral supervisor of UMES SANS alumnus Benjamin Barnes (’17).

    Dr. Wang serves as the Deputy Scientific Director of The Center for Enhanced Nanofluidic Transport, a DOE Energy Frontier Research Center.  He is also the recipient of the 2019 Kirwan Faculty Research and Scholarship Prize, the 2019 NBC4 News AAPI Working for the Community Award and a NSF CAREER Award. 


    Ms. Tara WymanMs Tara Wyman
    Laboratory and Production Manager, Algafeed, Jupiter, Fla.

    TBA 2020, 4 p.m. 1116 Henson Center
    Growing and using Microalgae as Live Feed for Shellfish and Shrimp Farms

    Ms. Wyman currently works in the aquaculture field using patented photobioreactors with submersible lights and 24/7 multiple parameter controls to grow large volumes of high density microalgae. The algae is then used by hard clam, oyster and shrimp farmers to feed their larval animals, as well as broodstock.

    “Our mission is to support the ever-growing need for available and sustainable food sources (especially protein) using natural feed,” she said. 


    Dr. Naveen Kumar Dixit(1)Dr. Naveen Kumar Dixit
    Assistant Professor of Horticulture and Extension Specialist

    TBA 2020, 4 p.m. 1116 Henson Center
    Local Empowerment for Better Tomorrow

    Dr. Dixit splits his time equally between extension and teaching/research.  On the extension side, Dr. Dixit helps county extension faculty, commodity groups, regulatory agencies and fruit growers find solutions to producer and industry problems on Delmarva.  His research focuses on providing statewide leadership on critical issues facing the fruit and vegetable industry on the Maryland’s Eastern Shore.


    Dr. Lombuso KhozaDr. Lombuso Khoza
    Professor, Department of Human Ecology, Interim Director of the Center for International Education, UMES

    TBA 2020, 4 p.m. 1116 Henson Center
    Unpacking the Sustainability Curriculum in Textiles and Apparel: From Princess Anne, Md., USA to Pretoria, South Africa

    As a 2019 Carnegie Diaspora Fellow, Dr. Khoza worked in collaboration with Dr. Nadine Sonnenberg of the University of Pretoria, Department of  Consumer and Food Sciences on curriculum co-development for sustainable clothing and textile undergraduate courses. Dr. Khoza is a current participant in the NAFSA Academy Class 17. Her extensive research interests lie in the human sciences and address sustainability in global textiles and apparel industry, material culture, and international trade’s impact on individuals. Dr. Khoza is a proud alumna of UMES.

    Fall 2019


    Mr. Aaron AultMr. Aaron Ault
    Senior Research Engineer
    Co-Founder, Open Ag Technology and System Center
    Purdue University

    December 5, 2019
    Technology Breakthroughs for the Future of Ag Data and the Food Supply Chain


    Dr. Kevin Morris and Emily KuehnDr. Kevin Morris and Emily Kuehn
    Walter Reed Army Institute of Research
    Silver Spring, MD

    November 21, 2019
    Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Novel-in-Classroom Approach to Improve Science Education



    Dr. Robert EtgenDr. Robert Etgen
    Executive Director of the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy

    November 14, 2019
    The Future of Conservation on Delmarva




    Mr. Richard CampbellMr. Richard Campbell
    Founder of To Soil Less

    November 7, 2019
    UMES:  Welcome to Geological Agriculture




    Dr. Jimmy AdegokeDr. Jimmy Adegoke
    Professor of Geosciences
    Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences
    University of Missouri-Kansas City, MO

    October 31, 2019
    Minimizing Vulnerabilities of Coastal Cities in Africa Through Adaptation to Climate Change Impacts



    Dr. Christopher J. GrimDr. Christopher J. Grim
    Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration

    October 24, 2019
    Advancing Food Safety Through the Use of Next Gen Sequencing



    Dr. Roman JesienDr. Roman Jesien
    Science Coordinator
    Maryland Coastal Bays Program

    October 17, 2019
    Fish Migrations in the Maryland Coastal Bays




    Dr. Shaban KotobDr. Shaban Kotob
    Vice President
    Global Biotechnology Solution, VA

    October 10, 2019
    Diagnostic Molecular Microbiology:  Principles and Applications in Food Safety
    Case Studies:  Methods and Trends of Pathogen Detection 



    Dr. Patricia MillnerDr. Patricia Millner
    Research Microbiologist
    Environmental Microbial and Food Laboratory, and 
    Sustainable Agricultural System Laboratory
    USDA-ARS, Beltsville, MD

    October 3, 2019
    Farm-to-Fork:  Salad in a Bag!  Can Aquaponics Fit the Supply Chain


    Dr. Eric McLamoreDr. Eric McLamore
    Associate professor
    Dept. of Agricultural & Biological Engineering 
    University of Florida

    September 26, 2019
    SmartPath:  Grower-Directed Convergence of Nanotechnology and Smart
    Decision Analytics for Irrigation Water Quality Management Related to Pathogen