- Forrest Melton, adjunct faculty member, was recently featured in a Monterey County Weekly Article: “Leaders in the realms of local food and ag talk about how we can eat according to our values”.
Forrest currently serves as a Senior Research Scientist at CSUMB and with the NASA Ames Cooperative for Research in Earth Science and Technology (ARC-CREST). With a strong background in Earth Science, he values the ability to ethically choose the food his family eats.“To me, ethical eating means trying to learn and be informed about my choices, and using what I know to pick the most nourishing and sustainable options for myself and my family.”
His family aims to eat fairly low on the food chain, buy local produce, and minimize food waste. Although they do their best, Forrest’s stresses that his family is far from perfect. Food isn’t the only factor when trying to make ethical choices, water also is an important resource to keep in mind.“One of the biggest issues locally is ensuring that we leave enough water for future generations of farmers. A number of local agricultural companies are working hard on water efficiency, and hopefully the development of the groundwater sustainability plan for the Salinas Valley Basin will accelerate this trend.”
To read more, check out Forrest Melton's feature in the Monterey County Weekly.
This summer, the College of Science hosted its first Virtual Wine with a Scientist event. Although this most recent instalment in the Wine with a Scientist series followed a new virtual format, the goal of the series remains the same: to provide members of the community the opportunity to become better acquainted with the College of Science in an interactive setting and to highlight faculty research, student success, and College programs.
In the first virtual event of the series, Dr. Judith Canner, a Professor of Statistics in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics discussed practical ways to evaluate data visualizations and how to become a better consumer of information. Her talk, Visualizing the Virus: Evaluating Evidence in the COVID Era, explored visualizations from the current Covid-19 pandemic while explaining how we, the public, can learn to “sort through the noise”.
Following her talk at the Virtual Wine with a Scientist, Dr. Canner spoke further about the importance of understanding data in the COVID Era in an interview with KAZU’s Erika Mahoney. To listen to a recording or read a transcript of the radio interview, visit KAZU's website.
Dr. Elizabeth Mosqueda, a Bob and Sue Johnson Assistant Professor of Crop Management at CSUMB, was featured in Ag Net West highlighting her research evaluating the effectiveness of autonomous weeders in Salinas Valley.
Dr. Henrik Kibak, former College of Science Professor of Biology, was recently awarded the 2021 President's Award and honored during the Employee Appreciation Virtual Event.
Dr. Aparna Sreenivasan, Associate Professor in the Department of Biology and Chemistry, is currently serving as the Principal Investigator (PI) on a collaborative program between California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) and the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC).
Dr. Kevin Johnson was recently appointed as the new California Sea Grant and Cal Poly Aquaculture Specialist and Research Scientist.