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Statewide Agricultural Biosecurity Curriculum for High School Students

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2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Minneapolis, MN

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August 23, 2022

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June 26, 2022

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June 29, 2022

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Biological and Agricultural Engineering Division Technical Session 1

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Iftekhar Basith Sam Houston State University

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Dr. Basith is an Assistant Professor in Engineering Technology at Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX. His research focus is in Engineering Education, Automation and Robotics.

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Richard Ford Sam Houston State University


Ashley Morgan-Olvera

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Ashley Morgan-Olvera, M.S. is the Director of the Texas Invasive Species Institute (TISI) located at Sam Houston State University (SHSU). She received her M.S. in Parasitology from SHSU in December 2011 and joined TISI shortly thereafter. She has developed Education and Outreach programs for TISI and to engage K-12 students, hobbyists, stakeholders, and citizens of all ages and backgrounds over various topics regarding invasive species prevention and native species protection. She provided her expertise of USDA Biosecurity protocols and invasive species identification, biology and management to help develop this Biosecurity Curriculum for High School students in Texas.

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Jacob Brandon Sam Houston State University

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Doug Ullrich Sam Houston State University

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When managing invasive species, it is paramount to focus on educating the community, essential stakeholders, and future generations. The primary focus of any grassroots program is to create high quality educational materials to those that can quickly and widely disseminate knowledge and skills. The paper describes the effort between the School of Agricultural Sciences, the Department of Engineering Technology, and an Invasive Species Institute at SHSU utilizing a grassroots-program regime to create educational units of instruction for use in public and private schools. To deliver action packed lessons quickly and efficiently in classrooms across the state, the authors plan to provide the Unit of Instruction through several virtual platforms and offer professional development to the 2000+ Agriculture, Food and Natural Resource (AFNR) teachers in the 1100+ programs in Texas. Unit topics are related to Agriculture biosecurity and sustainability, including an overview of USDA-APHIS-PPA, priority pests, the agricultural and economic impact of invasive species in Texas, crop pest identification, reporting procedures, and mitigation practices. These units of instruction will follow a lesson-discussion based model.

Basith, I., & Ford, R., & Morgan-Olvera, A., & Matthews, D., & Brandon, J., & Ullrich, D. (2022, August), Statewide Agricultural Biosecurity Curriculum for High School Students Paper presented at 2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Minneapolis, MN.

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