Seminars & Discussions

Spring & Summer 2021

Increasing Representation in Academic Environment One Step At A Time

Main Speaker: Renata Rimsaite

Water Markets Analyst, National Drought Mitigation Center

Date: 1/28/2021
Time: 4:00 PM
Location: https://unl.zoom.us/j/94145655124

Renata Rimsaite
Renata Rimsaite

Abstract

As we are trying to work on our New Year resolutions, reflect on the wins and missed opportunities of the historically hard 2020, and become better versions of ourselves, we keep waking up in a society aching from injustice. Despite the overall cautious hope that perhaps we will start healing and focusing on unity, many in our society and community remain unheard. Challenges associated with inclusivity and diversity representation in many academic areas, including natural resource and agricultural sciences, stay persistent. The stagnation around solving the problem seems to be around the how, as the task is hard, complex, and uncomfortable. Splitting this task and focusing on the achievable next step might help the progress be less intimidating and maybe less impossible. In my talk, I will share my experiences from serving on the SNR diversity and inclusion committee (NRDI), including lessons learned from using a book club format to discuss the equity, inclusivity, and diversity issues with SNR students, postdocs, faculty, and staff. It would be great to use this opportunity on Thursday to have a discussion, to listen and learn from each other’s stories, and collect suggestions for the step that NRDI or each of us personally could take on next.

Speaker's Contact Information

mail iconrrimsaite@unl.edu

A Climatological Analysis of Convective Storm Initiation

Main Speaker: Stephen Shield

Date: 2/4/2021
Time: 4:00 PM
Location: https://unl.zoom.us/j/94145655124

Abstract

Convective storms were responsible for over 27 billion dollars in damage across North America in 2019 and are also the primary source of precipitation for the great plains of the United States. An import aspect of convective storms is their initiation, a process which is currently not well understood. Despite these facts, limited work has been done on convective storm initiation from a climatological perspective in part due to the difficulty in identifying convective storm initiation points. This research utilizes an algorithm called thunderstorm observation by radar (ThOR) to identify thunderstorm initiation points for a study domain in the Central Plains of the United States. Preliminary findings will be presented based on the 5+ years of convective storm initiation points identified thus far, with a focus on identifying climatologically favorable and unfavorable areas for convective storm initiation as well as areas that have the largest interannual variability in convective storm initiation.

Sandhills Conservation: Successful Landowner-led Partnerships

Main Speaker: Ty Walker

Holistic Ranch Planning Coordinator, Sandhills Task Force

Date: 2/23/2021
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Zoom Webinar (Check with Andy Little, alittle6@unl.edu for information)

Speaker's Bio

Coffee and Conservation

Video

Nebraska Invasive Species Program

Main Speaker: Allison Zach

Program Director, Nebraska Invasive Species Program

Date: 3/30/2021
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Zoom Webinar (Check with Andy Little, alittle6@unl.edu for information)

Speaker's Bio

Coffee and Conservation

Speaker's Contact Information

mail iconazach3@unl.edu

Video

Wetland Conservation in Nebraska: Beyond Ducks

Main Speaker: John Denton

Nebraska Manager of Conservation Programs, Ducks Unlimited, Inc.

Date: 4/27/2021
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Zoom Webinar (Check with Andy Little, alittle6@unl.edu for information)

Abstract

Coffee and Conservation

Video

Diversifying a Corn and Soybean Desert

Main Speaker: Nathan Pflueger

Precision Ag Coordinator , Pheasants Forever

Date: 5/25/2021
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Zoom Webinar (Check with Andy Little, alittle6@unl.edu for information)

Abstract

Coffee and Conservation

Video

A Future with Fire: The Rise of Prescribed Fire Usage in Nebraska and the Great Plains

Main Speaker: Brian Teeter

Prescribed Fire Coordinating Wildlife Biologist, Pheasants Forever

Date: 6/29/2021
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Zoom Webinar (Check with Andy Little, alittle6@unl.edu for information)

Abstract

Coffee and Conservation

Video

Conservation Funding in Nebraska, Show Me the Money

Main Speaker: Eric Zach

Agricultural Program Manager, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

Date: 7/27/2021
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Zoom Webinar (Check with Andy Little, alittle6@unl.edu for information)

Abstract

Coffee and Conservation

 

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