February Events

Thursday, February 22nd
The Roy E. Blaser Distinguished Lecture
4:30pm – Inn at Virginia Tech in Assembly Hall

Dr. Jan Low will be the speaker and the title of her talk is Building the Evidence and New Methods to Make Biofortified Sweetpotato Viable in sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Low is currently a principal scientist with the International Potato Center (CIP), based in their regional office for Africa in Nairobi, Kenya.  She manages the Sweetpotato Action for Security and Health in Africa (SASHA) project and co-leads the Sweetpotato for Profit and Health Initiative (SPHI) with the director of the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA).  In 2016, along with two other CIP sweetpotato breeders and Dr. Howarth Bouis of HarvestPlus, Dr. Low was awarded the World Food Prize for her work on biofortification.

Reception following the Blaser Lecture
Approximately 5:30pm – Inn at Virginia Tech in Solitude

Will include heavy appetizers and a cash bar (one drink ticket per person will be provided on behalf of SPES)


Friday, February 23rd
School of Plant and Environmental Sciences Graduate Student Research Symposium
10am-noon in the Graduate Life Center’s Multipurpose Room
The three departments which will soon be the School of Plant and Environmental Sciences (SPES), will be hosting a Graduate Student Research Symposium. Graduate students from the three departments will showcase their research through a poster presentation. Light breakfast foods and refreshments will be available.

We hope you can join us for some or all of these events!
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