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Researchers Working to Abolish Hunger

Portrait of Philip Pardey.

Philip Pardey

Professor — College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences

I am driven to sustainably feed the world

Philip G. Pardey is professor of science and technology policy in the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota. He is also the director of Global Research Strategy for the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences and the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station and directs the U of M’s International Science and Technology Practice and Policy (InSTePP) center. His research deals with productivity measurement and assessment, the finance and conduct of R&D globally, methods for assessing the economic impacts of research, and the economic and policy (especially intellectual property) aspects of genetic resources and the biosciences.

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Candice Hirsch

Assistant Professor — College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences

I am driven to help crops adapt to changing environments

Candice Hirsch is an assistant professor in the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics, where she focuses on maize translational genomics. Her research involves the integration of big data including high throughput genome and transcriptome sequencing, high throughput phenotyping, and extensive environmental measurements with the end goal of improving corn as a crop plant. She and her team have projects in the lab examining the maize pan genome including dissecting natural mechanisms that create genome content variation and the impacts on phenotypic variation. She’s also interested in the molecular mechanisms underlying heterosis in maize.

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Vipin Kumar

Professor — College of Science and Engineering

I am driven to use big data to reinvent how we feed the world

Vipin Kumar is a Regents Professor and the William Norris Endowed Chair in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. His current research interests include data mining, high-performance computing, and their applications in climate/ecosystems and biomedical domains. Kumar is the Lead PI of a five-year, $10 million project—"Understanding Climate Change—A Data Driven Approach," funded by the NSF's Expeditions in Computing program and aimed at pushing the boundaries of computer science research. He also served as the head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering from 2005 to 2015 and the director of Army High Performance Computing Research Center (AHPCRC) from 1998 to 2005. 

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James Bradeen

Professor — College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences

I am driven to grow more food with fewer resources

James Bradeen is professor and department head in the Department of Plant Pathology and co-director of the Stakman-Borlaug Center. His research focuses on the genetics and genomics of plant resistance to major pathogens. He and his team conduct research in the Solanaceae (potato, tomato, tobacco) and Rosaceae (apple, peach, strawberry, rose) families, working toward sustainable genetic solutions to important crop diseases, resulting in reduced grower and environmental costs associated with frequent pesticide applications. Using molecular and applied research techniques, they are identifying, characterizing, isolating, and deploying previously unknown or under-utilized sources of natural genetic resistance. 

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Rob Proulx

Lecturer — University of Minnesota Crookston

I am driven to create smarter tools for farming

Rob Proulx is a lecturer in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department at the University of Minnesota Crookston. His research focuses on the feasibility of biomass production within the cropping systems of the Northern Great Plains. Utilizing agronomic, economic, and hydrologic models, he aims to develop interactive tools to support agricultural decision-making. He also served as site agronomist for the Minnesota Canola Production Center from 2010 to 2011 and investigated soybean crop physiology and management as a graduate research assistant at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities from 2006 to 2008.

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Adam Pine

Associate Professor — University of Minnesota Duluth

I'm driven to end hunger in our communities

Adam Pine is an associate professor of geography at the University of Minnesota Duluth and the director of the Urban and Regional Studies Program. His research centers on the question, “How do marginalized groups push for greater empowerment, and how can the actions of individuals, organizations, and universities support these efforts?” Pine engages in this project through building partnerships with community organizations to produce scholarship that does not dictate specific answers to community problems, but instead provides space for students, activists, and scholars to effectively collaborate in order to agitate for change.