Mahesh N Nair, Ph.D.

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Role: Assistant Professor of Animal Sciences, CSU Fort Collins

How are you connected to CSU Spur?

I am involved with the development and design of the Global Food Innovation Center (food lab) at CSU Spur.

When did you get involved with Spur and why is it important to you?

I started getting involved in the design of the Global Food Innovation Center (food lab) at CSU Spur in 2018. I believe that the establishment of Spur will facilitate in accomplishing the College of Agriculture’s goal of unquestionable global preeminence by creating new opportunities for our researchers and students, expanding our capability to meet our commitments to the stakeholders, and providing extension services to the community with a focus on improving the quality and safety of all foods.

What outcomes have you seen or do you expect from work at Spur? 

I hope that GFIC will serve its mission of ensuring that consumers worldwide have access to a dependable supply of safe and high-quality food products.

What would you like others to know about Spur?

The GFIC at Spur is a unique opportunity to engage urban consumers in agricultural production and processing activities while providing services to promote entrepreneurship. This aligns perfectly with the land grant mission of CSU and can help to develop a sense of community around the Spur campus.

BIDTAH BECKER

Associate Attorney, Navajo Tribal Utility Authority

Ms. Becker has dedicated her career to the Navajo Nation and its natural resources.  She is currently serving as an Associate Attorney for the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority.  Prior to this position, she had the honor of serving as the Director of the Navajo Nation Division of Natural Resources from May 2013 to January 2019, as an appointee of President Begaye and Vice-President Nez, after serving eleven (11) years as an attorney for the Navajo Nation focusing on water rights and natural resources issues.  Continuing her deep interest and passion for water, she serves on the Leadership Team for the Water and Tribes Initiative in the Colorado River Basin, as a Commissioner on the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission, as an appointee of Governor Lujan Grisham, and on the Navajo Nation Water Rights Commission, as an appointee of Speaker Damon.  Ms. Becker is equally passionate about supporting artists and serves as a Trustee for the Institute of American Indian Arts and Culture (IAIA), as an appointee of President Obama.  Ms. Becker is a member of the Nation and lives on the Navajo Nation in Fort Defiance with her husband and two school age children.

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