Back to School - The New Normal
Fall 2020 - A Letter from Department Head Adam Davis
Dear Alumni and Friends,
Summer has gone by in a flash, and the fall semester is here. We look forward to welcoming students back, whether it be online or in-person. Our faculty have been working hard to make sure the quality of our educational offerings for Fall 2020 meet or exceed our usual high standard. Our campus leadership has created a carefully designed program to help protect the heath of university members who choose to return to campus this fall. Complete information on the campus plan and safety measures can be found at the COVID-19 resources page. Here are some key features of the plan:
- Regular testing: students, staff and faculty who plan on being on campus will be tested twice weekly
- Safer in Illinois app: health status, contact tracing, and building admittance will be coordinated with this phone app
- Safe spaces: classroom capacity determined by minimum of 6 foot distance between seats; all spaces sanitized throughout day, with deep overnight cleaning
- Building entry: requirement to wear a mask
We’re pleased to announce a new 4+1 degree program, in which students earn a BS and MS in Crop Sciences in 5 years! This program should be especially useful to those wishing to act early to accelerate their career advancement.
We are delighted to welcome two new Assistant Professors to the Crop Sciences Department. Dr. Kacie Athey and Dr. Hamze Dokoohaki will join us as we return this autumn. Read more about them below.
Finally, we will be holding our 63rd Agronomy Day as a series of online presentations, beginning on August 20, 2020. It’s worth checking back regularly on the Digital Agronomy Day site to view new material.
We wish you all a healthy, bountiful harvest season!
Adam Davis, Professor & Head, Dept. of Crop Sciences
New 4+1 Degree Program
We’re pleased to announce a new 4+1 degree program, in which students earn a BS and MS in Crop Sciences in 5 years! This program should be especially useful to those wishing to act early to accelerate their career advancement. Watch for more information as we launch this exciting new program.
Dr. Kacie Athey
Dr. Kacie Athey will begin her appointment as Assistant Professor of Specialty Crops Entomology on August 16th, 2020. She has a majority extension/research appointment, and brings expertise in management and biology of insect pests and beneficial species.
Dr. Hamze Dokoohaki
Dr. Hamze Dokoohaki will begin his appointment as Assistant Professor of Digital Agriculture on August 16th, 2020. He has a majority research/education appointment, and brings expertise in data aggregation and analysis, crop and soil modeling, and predictive ecosystem modeling for agricultural production systems.
When her sister came home to finish spring semester online because of COVID-19, Leah Erdmann had no idea the together time they gained would lead to changing her major before she even started college.
Leah’s sister was finishing up her senior year at the University of Illinois when she moved back home. She brought a bunch of plants with her and coaxed Leah to take care of some. Leah was finishing up her senior year at Hinsdale South High School in Darien, Illinois.
“My sister Allie loves plants. She told me I should get some, too, but I really wasn’t that interested at first. Then we started a garden. I started getting more and more interested in gardening until I was doing more than my sister was,” Leah says.
When it was time to choose classes for fall at Illinois, Leah realized she wasn’t as interested in biology as she thought she would be. That’s when she decided to research other majors and courses and happily stumbled upon crop sciences in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES). Read more about it here.
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