This year’s CEAC research retreat which will be held on Friday, August 19th, beginning at 10:00 a.m. to 12:00pm (PST). Approximately 15 faculty, students and staff will be making 5-minute presentations on the work they have been doing.


8:00 – 10:00 am CALS State of the College Webcast
10:00 – 10:10 AM: Introduction – Dr. Gene Giacomelli

10:10 – 10:20 AM: Research and Activity Report of Dr. Barry Pryor
10:10 Barry Pryor – “Myco-Culture”
10:15 Wrap-up/Discussion of Barry Pryor

10:20 – 10:30 AM: Research and Activity Report of Dr. Chieri Kubota Group
10:20 Karla Garcia – “Strawberry Production in Controlled Environment Agriculture”
Note: Chieri is out of town and Karla will represent this group
10:25 Wrap-up/Discussion of Kubota Group
10:30 Dr. Kitt Farrell-Poe - Address from department head of Agriculture & Biosystems Engineering

10:35 – 10:55 Research and Activity Report of Dr. Murat Kacira Group
10:35 Fei (Jeff) Jia - “Multi-wavelength Optical Sensor for Microalgae Monitoring”
10:45 Ying Zhang – “Computational Fluid Dynamics applications to improve climate uniformity in vertical farm systems”
Note: Murat is out of town and his students will represent this group
10:55 Introduction of Kensaku Okada, Wrap-up/Discussion of Kacira Group
10:55 – 11:05 AM: Research and Activity Report of Dr. Stacy Tollefson Group
10:55 TJ Johns - “Bell Pepper Variety Trial”
11:00 Stacy Tollefson – “Organic Hydroponic Tomato Project” & PLS 217
11:10 Wrap-up/Discussion of Stacy Tollefson
11:15 – 11:25 AM: Research and Activity Report of Dr. Pat Rorabaugh Group
11:15 Dr. Pat Rorabaugh - “Activities in the CEAC Teaching Greenhouse”
11:20 Wrap-up/Discussion of Rorabaugh Group

11:25 Mike Munday - “Sustainable Planet Project in Tucson”
11:35 – 12:25 Research and Activity Report of Dr. Gene Giacomelli
11:35 Dr. Gene Giacomelli -
11:45 Roberto Fufaro “Progress of the Mars Lunar Greenhouse Project”
11:55 Dr. Ajay Jones - “Environmental Modeling in a Corn Greenhouse”
12:05 Tilak Mahato - "Greenhouse Seed Corn Production Under Ebb and Flood System"
12:15 James Ebeling “School, Urban and Commercial Aquaponics”
12:25 Sean Gallenbeck -
12:30 Myles Lewis -
12:35 Aaron Tevik – “CEAC Short Courses”
12:40 Austin Smith – “Program Marketing of CEAC and ABE”
12:45 Wrap-up/Discussion of Giacomelli Group
The link to access the webcast is below – it will open 15 minutes before presentations begin: