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Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
February 2013 Newsletter

Whether you’re a current or former student, faculty or staff member, administrator or simply someone who cares… you have a role to play in the future of our society. According to current projections, the global population will reach 9 billion by the year 2050 – just 37 years from now. With that enormous growth will come immense and complex issues… how will 9 billion people be fed properly and have access to water? What will that large of a population do the environment? How much more energy will they need and how can we sustain that level? How will they be affected by climate change?

Today, we begin designing a path to the future. No one person can solve the grand challenges ahead of us – it will require many disciplines working together. So I would like to start a conversation. What can we do to help solve these problems? How will we approach them together? The college is well positioned to address these issues, and I’m eager to get started.

This spring, I’d like to hear from each of you about the major issues facing our society. Through a variety of avenues, such as speeches from our Blue Bell Lecture Series and small group meetings across our college, we are scheduling events that will call upon each of us to address our grand challenges:
• Feeding Our World
• Protecting Our Environment
• Improving Our Health
• Enriching Our Youth
• Growing Our Economy

At the recent Texas A&M AgriLife Conference held in College Station, we began the conversation by breaking out into small groups focused on each grand challenge. Read more about those sessions by clicking below. And look for announcements about grand-challenge-related events this Spring.

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Making Headlines

A&M Selected for Federal Global Initiative

A new Conflict and Development initiative will lead the project “designed to develop innovative solutions to global development challenges.”
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Best of the Best Masters

The Department of Agricultural Economics master of agribusiness program has received a Top 10 ranking by Best-Masters.com.
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Big Event Goes Bigger

For the first time ever, The Big Event Conference at Texas A&M is going national… to The One Big Day Conference.
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What's New

Molly Jahn 

Wisconsin Professor Gives Unique View on Today’s Challenges in Agriculture and Sustainability

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Agriculture Students and Professors Gear Up to Take on the Growing Population

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Metcalf becomes first military land sustainability certificate graduate

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2013 AgriLife Conference Awards

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February 2013 Events

Mark Your Calendar

February 5
Orange & Maroon Legislative Day

February 6
Agricultural Career Expo (ACE) Day

February 16
Aggieland Saturday

February 16-17, 23-24
Aggie Replant

Now Thru July 5
Exhibit: "Genome: The Secret of How Life Works"

March 7
Want to boost your resume and learn more about the legislative process? Applications for FALL 2013 ANRP Internships are due MARCH 7th, 2013 by 5PM. Don't wait to turn yours in!

October 19
The 3rd Annual College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Tailgate will be taking place here on campus, so mark your calendar and get ready to BTHO Auburn!

Photo of the Month

Dr. Hussey recently visited Qatar, home to a branch campus of the A&M System’s flagship institution Texas A&M University, along with Chancellor John Sharp and the Board of Regents Chairman Dr. Richard Box.

Chancellor Sharp announced that The Texas A&M University System has signed a memorandum of cooperation with Qatar to work on a food security program for that Arab state.

“We all understand the importance of agriculture, and how vital it is to ensure the safety and security of the food we produce and consume,” Sharp said. “We look forward to working with our colleagues in Qatar to share ideas for joint programs that will address food security and other important agricultural issues.”
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