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About Research in LU SAAS

Research is one of the pillars of LU SAAS. Research results feed into both the academic and extension/outreach programs. The goal of the research program is to create greater short-term and long-term impact in food, agriculture, and consumer issues to people and communities. The primary initiatives are to:
i. Enhance research activities by establishing new facilities and improving existing facilities.
ii. Build on the good research output of small ruminant, crop, biotechnology, agribusiness and other scientists.
iii. Encourage interdisciplinary research among faculty and staff within LU SAAS from other Langston University Departments (e.g. biology, chemistry, education, sociology, etc.), as well as from other institutions.
iv. Promote faculty/staff professional development and networking opportunities to increase grants development, funding opportunity, international collaboration, and student/staff recruitment.
v. Effectively monitor, evaluate, and encourage the dissemination of research findings for efficient resource utilization to improve people’s quality of life and to promote economic development.

Contact Information:
Wesley Whittaker, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences
Vernon Jones, Ph.D.
Associate Dean
(405) 466-6151

E (Kika) de la Garza American Institute for Goat Research (AIGR)

The mission of the E (Kika) de la Garza American Institute for Goat Research is to develop and transfer enhanced goat production system technologies, with impacts at local, state, regional, national, and international levels. The Institute strives to fulfill this mission through excellence in a results-driven, highly productive research program; an effective, client-oriented extension approach; and dynamic international activities that stress development and human capacity building. Cutting-edge research focuses on providing new information relevant and usable by producers and researchers alike.

For more information or registration refer to:

Contact Information:
Arthur Goetsch, Ph.D.
Acting Director, American Institute of Goat Research
(405) 466-6148

Contact Information:
Terry A. Gipson, Ph.D
Acting Extension Administrator/Administrator of Research
(405) 466-6126

Center for Horticulture and Agronomy Research and Extension (CHARE)

The Center for Horticulture and Agronomy at LU SAAS is the newest of the research facilities and it provides a central place for studies related to production, biological, economic, and social challenges related to food and agriculture. Research conducted at the center helps inform farmers, consumers, and industries, both locally and internationally. Scientists work closely with cooperative extension and outreach specialists to disseminate research results that improve production practices and enhance economic circumstances of people and communities.

Contact Information:
Wesley Whittaker, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences
(405) 466-6155

LU Horticulture Facility Environmental Assessment
Aquaculture and Aquaponics

The Aquatic Resources Center at Langston University is a multidisciplinary research, extension and education facility. The research conducted in aquaculture, aquaponics, and water quality crosses traditional boundaries of natural resources, environment, production agriculture, and human dimensions. The extension program strives to extend the findings and resources of the center for the public good. The education program ensures students at Langston University acquire innovative tools to compete in the modern world of agriculture, natural resources, and the environmental sciences.

Contact Information:
Malcolm McCallum, Ph.D.
Research Scientist/Assistant Professor
(405) 466-6127

Yonathan Tilahun, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
(405) 466-6105

Center for Biotechnology Research and Education (CBRE)

This program is integral to plant research and education activities in LU SAAS. It is designed to conduct innovative plant biotechnology and plant research, work with students, and perform outreach activities. Program activities are carried out in laboratories, greenhouses, and in experimental fields. Plant biotechnology research ranges from gene isolation, sequencing and sequence analysis to gene expression in vitro and in vivo, and tissue and organ culture. It has recently established the largest daylily genetic stock (250 varieties) in the Midwest of the US aimed at developing a universal protocol for in vitro cell manipulations and plant regeneration. The complementary molecular activities will foster efforts to answer fundamental biological questions on molecular mechanisms that control the day lily’s famous “one day flowering period” or its rich array of flower colors, among other aspects of this unique plant.

It encompasses, research, production, and outreach activities. All in the effort to aim at developing more efficient methods for crop production, farmers and student technology transfer, and more sustainable supplies of a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables to the local markets. General activities are planned year-round.

Contact Information:
Kanyand Matand, Ph.D.
Acting Chairperson, Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources
(405) 466-6145

Agribusiness and Economic Development

Agribusiness and economic development research focuses on the allocation and use of scarce resources. Research is designed to improve the capacity of people, businesses, and communities to develop and manage resources efficiently, fairly, and sustainably. Research also emphasizes and seeks to understand rural/urban labor markets, the dynamics of food insecurity, and income inequality and poverty. The aim is to always find ways by which to improve people’s quality of life and promote economic growth. Interdisciplinary research is conducted with various partners in LU SAAS.

Contact Information:
Wesley Whittaker, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences
(405) 466-6155

Family and Consumer Sciences

Faculty in Family and Consumer Sciences seek to better understand and promote the positive development of children and adolescents from diverse backgrounds with a focus on building resilience. Emphasis is placed on research on childcare settings, parent involvement and parenting, childhood obesity prevention, emotional regulation, school performance, and youth programs.

Contact Information:
Emisha Young, Ph.D
Acting Chairperson, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences
(405) 466-6107

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