2017 ESS/SAES/ARD Fall Meeting: A Question of Balance

Agenda

  • Monday, September 25, 2017
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    4:00 PM  -  7:00 PM
    Registration
    Opening Reception
    5:30 PM  -  7:30 PM
    Welcome Reception
     Optional 
    7:05 PM  -  10:05 PM
    Phillies Baseball Game
    You may register for the optional baseball game on Monday evening and see the Philadelphia Phillies take on the Washington Nationals!
    Fee  Optional 
  • Tuesday, September 26, 2017
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    6:30 AM  -  8:00 AM
    Breakfast
    8:00 AM  -  10:00 AM
    Regional Association Meetings
    10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM
    Networking Break
    10:30 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Penn State Welcome
    10:45 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Tour of Civil Rights Reviews and Discovery of State Best Practices
    Institutions supported by federal funds are required to have Civil Rights audits of their programs and practices in line with national and state standards, data and demographics. These audits have evolved from merely compliance to being interactive, sharing innovations, enhancing programs and providing additional outreach to AES leaders within a state. Summaries of national findings and sharing of best practices will provide new information and help to ensure the implementation of meaningful and long-lasting results to SAES.
    Speakers:
    12:00 PM  -  1:30 PM
    Networking Lunch
    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Alternative Sources of Funding: Balancing the Tab for Science Research
    Public research universities serve an indispensable role in a national R&D effort. However, rising expenses and diminishing state and federal support has compelled institutions to explore innovative strategies for identifying and securing new funding streams for research. In this session, we’ll explore strategies for building relationships with foundations and other private entities. In addition, we’ll also examine strategies for tech transfer and faculty idea commercialization to improve the institutional research environment.
    3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
    Networking Break
    3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM
    BIG DATA: Balancing Impacts, Investments and Education
    Big data is the next revolution in agriculture and natural resources. Emerging technologies for accelerating plant breeding, monitoring crop growth, fertilization, soil conditions, water availability, pests and other management aspects are creating enormous amounts of heterogeneous data at increasingly granular scales. Data analytics are optimizing supply chains, reducing waste within the system, correlating consumer food choices with health outcomes, and allowing researchers to integrate the broad array of geospatial and –omics data in creative ways. This workshop will shed light on approaching big data as powerful research and educational tools to address fundamental challenges facing our food supply and natural resources.
    6:00 PM  -  9:00 PM
    Taste of Philadlephia Dinner
  • Wednesday, September 27, 2017
  •  
    6:30 AM  -  8:00 AM
    Breakfast
    8:00 AM  -  10:00 AM
    The Balance Between a Compliance Mentality and an inclusive Mindset
    To strategically accomplish long-term change in the diversity of our students, faculty, administrators and staff and to create an inclusive environment, we must move from a compliance mentality (we have to do it) to an inclusive mindset (we embrace these opportunities to change). This session will be dedicated to the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) which each director will have taken. Results from the IDI will form the basis for a group discussion focusing on cultural differences and commonality from the ESS leadership group.
    10:00 AM  -  10:30 AM
    Networking Break
    10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Experiment Station Section Business Meeting
    12:00 PM  -  1:30 PM
    Networking Lunch
    1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Experiment Station Section Business Meeting
    3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
    Networking Break
    3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM
    The Balance of University Research and Teaching
    The session will focus on the appropriate balance between research and teaching within the context of the current Agricultural Experiment Station system and the University. Split appointment issues will be discussed, as will position expectations, evaluation, P&T decisions, and adjusting the balance from the perspective of the university, college, and director levels.
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