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Mark Your Calendar
December 24, 2014 - January 2, 2015
Texas A&M System Closed
January 5-7, 2015
January 13, 2015
The 84th Texas Legislative Session begins
January 20, 2015
First day of University Spring semester classes
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February 12. 2015
Texas A&M AgriLife Food and Nutrition Conference
In the News
International nuclear official praises Texas A&M's contributions
'Texas-bred' wheat traits headed to Africa
Texas A&M AgriLife Research carried across continents
The holiday season is an excellent time to reflect on the abundance that is available to some and the need that is prevalent among many others in the world. So, as we prepare for this eventful season, I’d like to draw attention to some of our scientists who are working to help improve global food availability. They are the epitome of our efforts to meet one of our Grand Challenges: Feeding Our World.
Silvano Ocheya, a Texas A&M University doctoral student, is bringing a high yielding, drought tolerant, ‘Texas-bred’ wheat to his native country of Kenya. In many developing countries, as in Texas, improved wheat varieties are much needed due to climatic variability and limited water resources.
Ocheya and his advisors, including Dr. Shuyu Liu, Dr. Amir Ibrahim, Dr. Jackie Rudd and Dr. Qingwu Xue – all Texas A&M AgriLife Research wheat program leaders – have been working to strengthen wheat varieties for the Texas industry. The team is very excited to see Ocheya partner with wheat researchers in Kenya and Mexico, and believe this international collaboration will add to the foundation required to tackle drought stress in wheat across the world and will directly support our Texas wheat breeding efforts.
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I am very proud to work at a place where improving the lives of others is intrinsic - tackling issues in areas like health, environment, food, economy and youth development. Our work is meaningful, resourceful and far-reaching. I appreciate all that you do and wish you and your family a joyous holiday season and happy new year!
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William "Bill" Dugas
Acting Vice Chancellor and Acting Dean
Agriculture and Life Sciences