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MSU STEM-FEE Faculty

Program Director and Key Contact Person | Crop & Soil Sciences (Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences) | Dr. Eunice Foster | psm.msu.edu | fosteref@msu.edu 

A crop physiologist, Dr. Foster has researched drought resistance and nitrogen utilization in soybean, dry beans, Bambara groundnut, and cover crops in corn, conducting research in Michigan, Mexico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.   Dr. Foster currently focuses on student recruitment, retention, and graduation rate for STEM-FEE disciplines; increasing diversity in STEM-FEE disciplines; and K-20 STEM education.

Animal Science | Dr. Janice Siegford | ans.msu.edu | siegford@msu.edu

Dr. Siegford examines the impacts of management practices and environment on the behavior and welfare of production animals. She works with colleagues in animal science, veterinary medicine, computer science and engineering to use computer vision and body worn sensors (1) to recognize individual pigs and their behavior, and (2) to understand how laying hens adapt to cage-free housing systems.  

Entomology | Dr. Amanda Reaves | ent.msu.edu | lorenzam@msu.edu

Entomology education and outreach; human dimensions of entomology

Entomology | Dr. Gabe Ording | ordingga@msu.edu 

Director of the Center for Integrative Studies in General Sciences.  Integrative Studies programming at MSU is designed to enrich the education of MSU undergraduate students through courses in the arts and humanities, the social sciences, and the biological and physical sciences. Gaining knowledge in these interconnected areas is an essential component of meeting the university’s goal that all MSU students succeed as engaged lifelong learners.  As a member of the STEM-FEE team, Dr. Ording is a cohort leader and course instructor for the STEM-FEE scholars.

Fisheries & Wildlife | Dr. Brian Roth | fw.msu.edu | rothbri@msu.edu 

Aquatic food web ecology; trophic interactions between native and invasive species. Dr. Roth’s research seeks to identify factors that influence aquatic food web structure and function across multiple spatial and temporal scales. The overarching theme of this research is to understand how anthropogenic actions (e.g. management and harvest) can affect food web structure and function, and vice versa.

Fisheries & Wildlife | Dr. Jerry Urquhart | fw.msu.edu | urquhart@msu.edu 

Tropical wildlife ecology, natural history, and coupled natural and human systems. My research focuses on the impacts of globalization on tropical forests and their biodiversity. Dr. Urquhart has worked for over 20 years on the “Mosquito Coast” of Nicaragua in remote locations that are now feeling the impacts of globalization.

Food Science & Human Nutrition | Dr. Lorraine Weatherspoon | fshn.msu.edu | weathe43@msu.edu 

Director of Didactic Program in Dietetics. Dr. Weatherspoon researches the role of dietary, lifestyle and ecological factors in the risk, prevention and management of diet-related health disparities and chronic diseases. Special Interest in Type 2 diabetes, maternal and child nutrition, and nutrition in HIV/AIDS.

Forestry | Dr. Justin Kunkle | for.msu.edu | kunkleju@msu.edu 

Academic Specialist, Undergraduate Advisor

Horticulture | Dr. Steven van Nocker | hrt.msu.edu | vannocke@msu.edu   

Dr. van Nocker researches the developmental genetics of plants, traits important for production including flowering, chromatin regulation of gene expression. He investigates the underlying genetic mechanisms that determine plant form and how are these mechanisms are controlled; the key genes that influence agriculturally important traits such as flowering; the parallels that exist between plant and human development.

Academic & Student Affairs | Dr. Kelly Millenbah | millenba@msu.edu 

Dr. Kelly F. Millenbah is the senior associate dean for the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Additionally, Millenbah is the director of  academic and student affairs in the CANR at Michigan State University (MSU). In that role, she oversees the Office of Academic and Student Affairs (OASA) including the academic portfolio of the college (two-year certificate, undergraduate and graduate programs) and manages the college’s General Fund account. She is also a professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. 

Academic & Student Affairs | Mr. Phillip Seaborn | seaborn@msu.edu 

Phillip Seaborn is one of the Assistant Directors for Undergraduate Diversity in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR). In his role, Seaborn oversees three pre-college programs including the Multicultural Apprenticeship Program (MAP)ANR Institute for Multicultural Students (AIMS) and the ANR Institute for Multicultural Students Bilingual (AIMS-B). He also advices the MSU chapter of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS).

Academic & Student Affairs | Mr. David Howe | davehowe@msu.edu 

Specialist and Learning Designer, CANR. Howe is an experienced educational technologist and web consultant. As part of the CANR Office of Academic and Student Affairs, he is supporting college scholarship and student success initiatives related to academic technology.

Dr. Jim Lucas | Assistant Dean, Global Education & Curriculum | lucasjam@msu.edu

Dr. James Lucas is the Assistant Dean of Global Education and Curriculum in the Office of Undergraduate Education in the Provost’s Office. He consults with academic and student affairs units on issues related to diversity, intercultural, and global education; curriculum development and assessment; faculty and staff development; and global program development.

Bailey Scholars Program | Dr. Jennifer “Jeno” Rivera | jeno@msu.edu 

Director of the Liberty Hyde Bailey Scholars Program. she is the Director of the Liberty Hyde Bailey Scholars Program. Her recent scholarship identifies teaching and learning components that impend or foster learning through experience. She collaborates in the development, implementation and evaluation of innovative educational programs that promote self-directed learning.

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