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SANS Seminar Series - Fall 2019

  • The purpose of the SANS seminar series is to provide a forum for faculty and other invited guests to speak on a broad range of contemporary issues germane to the land-grant mission of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore as fulfilled within the School of Agricultural and Natural Sciences. The seminar series provides a forum for sharing knowledge and encouraging excitement and debate. Additionally, it is a forum where faculty from across the school can meet in an informal interdisciplinary setting to exchange ideas and/or generate new ones and to build new or strengthened collaborative partnerships.

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    Glycobiology of Schistosoma mansoni Immunity and Bladder Cancer Oncogenesis  -- March 30, 2017

    Dr. Anthony Nyame joined the UMES faculty in 2004 and serves as a professor of biochemistry in the Department of Natural Sciences. Prior to his UMES appointment, he served as research associate, assistant professor of research and associate professor of research in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

    Dr. Nyame earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Science and Technology in Kumasi Ghana, a Master of Science degree from Tulane University and a doctorate from the University of Georgia. His research interests are centered on Schistosoma mansoni synthesizes glycoproteins containing terminal O- linked N- acetylglucosamine resideues, the characterization of the high mannose-type asparagine–linked oligosaccharides in glycoproteins synthesized by Schistosoma mansoni adult male worms, and the characterization of the N- and O–linked oligosaccharides in glycoproteins synthesized by schistosoma.

    Falls and Physical Performance in Older Adults: How Far Have We Come?  -- March 16, 2017

    Dr. Dennis Klima joined the faculty in the fall of 2002. Prior to his UMES appointment, Dennis served as program director of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Baltimore City Community College for 13 years.

    He received his Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy from the Medical College of Virginia and began clinical experience at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institution in Baltimore, Maryland. He completed a Ph.D. in physical therapy from Temple University, where his dissertation focused on physical performance and fear of falling in older men. He has continued to practice clinically at the University of Maryland Rehabilitation and Orthopedic Institute in Baltimore for the past several years, including working on the stroke and traumatic brain injury units. He currently leads Stepping On fall prevention classes on the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland. 

    Dr. Klima received his geriatric and neurologic clinical specializations from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. His APTA experience also includes serving as an on-site reviewer for both PT and PTA programs with the Department of Accreditation since 1990. He has presented geriatric and neurologic continuing education courses both nationally and internationally. Areas of research include both management of adults with TBI, fall prevention in older adults, and interprofessional collaboration.

    Citrus Greening is Not Green in Florida  -- March 9, 2017

    Dr. FNU Naveen Kumar is assistant professor of horticulture and Extension specialist at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES). His research is trained on phosphorus phytoremediation, the rejuvenation of the fruit industry on the Eastern Shore, community horticulture and marine horticulture.

    Dr. Kumar earned a Ph.D. in plant physiology from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute in New Delhi, India, in 2006 and began his career as a lecturer of biochemistry at Amity University, Noida, Utter Pradesh, India. In 2008, he came to the states to serve as a post doctorate research associate in the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences South West Florida Research and Education Center. He continued his work in Florida, having taught at Polk State College, Valencia College, Florida SouthWestern State College until 2016. Before leaving Florida, he served as a post doc research associate within the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Citrus Research and Education Center for two years. As a researcher, he has authored 21 refereed publications and a book chapter and several articles for popular trade magazines like Agriculture Today and Science Reporter.

    In addition to rejuvenating the lost fruit industry on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, he is working to establish an apple orchard at UMES.

    Changes in the Seagrass and Macroalgae Habitats of the Maryland Coastal Bays  -- March 2, 2017

    Dr. Maurice Crawford has been appointed Associate Professor in the Department of Natural Sciences.

    He is a fish ecologist whose research interests include: estuarine habitat conservation and restoration; fisheries, and the interface between science and policy.

    Dr. Crawford holds a B.S. degree in Biology from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth; an M.S. degree in Ecology from Rutgers University, and a Ph.D. in Zoology from North Carolina State University.
    He was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship in Science and Diplomacy with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and has served as a technical consultant to the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Climate Change efforts.

    He also helped coordinate research activities on coral ecosystems with Conservation International’s Marine Management Area Science Program, and was the Science Coordinator with  NOAA’s National Estuarine Research Reserve System. 
    Dr. Crawford came to UMES from Elizabeth City State University. 

    Research Update: Meat Science and Food Chemistry Lab  -- February 23, 2017

    Dr. Byungrok Min earned his doctorate in meat science and food science and technology at Iowa State University. At Soul National University in the Republic of Korea, he earn a Bachelor of Science degree as well as a Master of Science degree in animal science and meat science, respectively. He began his career as a food technologist in 1995 at the R&D Center of the Haitai Confectionery Co. Ltd., in Seoul, Republic of Korea.

    In 2007, he served as a postdoctoral food technologist for the USDA ARS Aquaculture Systems Research Unit in Pine, Bluff, AR. In 2008, he served as a postdoctoral research chemist for the ARS Rice Research Unit in Beaumont, TX before coming to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in 2010 where he now serves as assistant professor in the Food Science and Technology Ph.D. Program.

    Dr. Min is well published, having produced some 34 peer-reviewed journal articles.

    Ecosystem Effects of Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) in the World's Oceans  -- February 16, 2017

    Dr. David Die earned his doctorate in biology and living resources from the University of Miami, Florida, in 1989. He currently works as research associate professor in marine ecosystems and society at the University and as director of the Cooperative Unit for Fisheries and Education Research.

    Dr. Die's research interests include marine population dynamics, marine ecosystem modeling, statistics, the ecology of pelagic ecosystems, and marine resource management. In addition to his appointments, he serves as chair of Scientific Committee Research and Statistics for the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), associate director of the Cooperatie Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies at the University of Miami (expert, IUCN group on tuna), and adjunct professor/graduate faculty at UMES and at the University of Pais Vasco.