8 - 11 am
Fall 2015 Cohort will meet with admin staff and senior students to discuss the many facets of GDPE.
9:30 - 11 am
Lory Student Center Ballrooms C & D
Orientation will be offered for all new graduate students with a continental breakfast at 9 am. Registration is not required. Contact Sandy Dailey at 970-491-6817 with questions.
4:30 - 8 pm
Club Tico, City Park
GDPE community comes together to kick off the new year.
The summer solstice is upon us and plants are happily soaking up the maximum amount of sunlight on the longest day of the year. Inside the Colorado State University Horticulture Center, however, plants don't know the difference between the summer solstice and the winter solstice - especially the hops. A collaborative partnership with Philips Lighting allows Bill Bauerle, professor of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at CSU, to produce and harvest hops five times a year - something unique in the United States. "This is the only location in the United States that is able to produce the product five times a year," said Bauerle. CSU's Horticulture Center is one of the only growing facilities in the country using the specialized Philips Horticulture LED Solutions lighting, which supports a much quicker growing cycle. "I had the idea to grow hops in our new facility," said Bauerle. "The timing was right because the new Horticulture Center provided a high-class facility to work in."
In tropical climates, animals and plants aren't adapted to surviving freezing temperatures - and why would they be? It's never all that cold near the Equator, even at altitude. But in places like the Rocky Mountains, where temperatures can climb into the 100s and dip below freezing, species are hardier and more equipped to deal with such fluctuations. These divergent climate tolerances play crucial roles in how species evolve. Colorado State University research offers new insight into this long-held understanding of species diversity. The study, published online June 15 in Proceedings of the Royal Society London B - Biological Sciences will be featured on the journal's printed cover. The lead author is Brian Gill, a graduate student co-advised by Chris Funk in the College of Natural Sciences' Department of Biology and Boris Kondratieff in the College of Agricultural Sciences' Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management. Gill led a field team that traversed watersheds in the wilds of Colorado's Rocky Mountains and in the remote Ecuadorian Andes to collect and analyze thousands of mayflies at comparable elevations.
Data from an extensive multi-year Colorado State University study of air emissions from natural gas operations in Garfield County, Colorado have been presented publicly by a CSU research team. The study, Characterizing Air Emissions from Natural Gas Drilling and Well Completion Operations in Garfield County, Colorado, was commissioned in 2012 by Garfield County. It was aimed at characterizing the extent of air emissions from natural gas extraction activities. The western Colorado county contains the Picean Basin and has some of the highest oil and gas activity in the state. Collett and other researchers, including co-principal investigator Jay Ham, CSU professor in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, obtained air samples for scientific data surrounding well pad activities. Air Resource Specialist, a company that offers air quality monitoring and modeling, also contributed to the project. The CSU researchers collected and characterized emissions from three activities during new well development: drilling, hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") and flowback - all processes typical of unconventional natural gas extraction. They quantified air emission rates and dispersion of air toxins, ozone precursors and greenhouse gases during each of these processes.[Archive]