You may watch an abbreviated recording of the forum at the video link above. We are unable to include Astronaut Anderson's talk in the recording but hope you enjoyed it during the live forum.
This annual event celebrated the important research of University of Nebraska students working toward food and water security and supported by the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute. The forum showcased examples of their work, focusing on the theme “Creating Impact through Science.” We enjoyed hearing from five University of Nebraska students, as well as Astronaut Clayton Anderson and Nebraska State Climatologist Martha Shulski.
We were very pleased to host astronaut Clayton –“Astro Clay”– Anderson, Nebraska’s only astronaut, as our keynote speaker this year. Clay spent 167 days in space and 38 hours and 28 minutes in executing 6 spacewalks. He applied 15 times before NASA selected him as an astronaut in 1998, and he spent 30 years working for NASA; 15 as an engineer and then 15 as an astronaut.
Nebraska state climatologist Martha Shulski also joined us. A native of Nebraska, Martha is also a DWFI Faculty Fellow, associate professor of Applied Climate Science at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, director of the Nebraska State Climate Office and self-proclaimed “weather nerd.” She was one of the contributing authors on the Fourth National Climate Assessment released in 2018.
Since 2014, DWFI’s student support program has made more than 80 awards supporting postdocs, graduate and undergraduate students on all four University of Nebraska campuses and invested $2.7M — of which $2.1M has been matched one-to-one by faculty.
- Welcome from Peter McCornick, Ph.D., DWFI Executive Director
- Remarks from Christopher Neale, Ph.D., DWFI Director of Research
- Keynote: Astronaut Clayton Anderson (not available in recording)
- Martha Shulski, Ph.D., Nebraska State Climatologist
- Student Presentations and Q+A
- Closing Remarks from Rachael Herpel, DWFI Assistant Director