A Healthy World

Imagine...A Healthy World

Our planet’s health requires efficiency and sustainability all along the continuum between production and consumption—of food, energy, and the myriad resources we need to live. Work in the College of ACES lies at the center of inquiry into the interactions among the Earth’s natural and managed ecosystems. After all, Midwestern agriculture is among the largest managed ecosystems in the world.

Our expertise is put to work tackling critical environmental challenges—in water and land use, soils, air quality, climate and weather, and natural resource management. We focus on the role of proper nutrition in plant, animal, and human health; prudent management and conservation of living environments and habitats; and effective economic incentives and public policy frameworks.

Through interdisciplinary collaborations, we are finding innovative ways to solve real-world problems. We are training the next generation to integrate these discoveries to improve healthy living for the world’s many species while bettering the environment in which they can all thrive.

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Highlighted Research

Dr. Hong Chen
Reducing cancer risk
Dr. Hong Chen

Dr. Hong Chen’s lab investigates the fundamental mechanisms of how colon cancer develops at very early stages of one’s life. By understanding how food interacts with our body on a daily basis, her lab hopes to eventually optimize the nutrient intake at each time period of a person’s life to reduce one’s risk in developing cancer.


Robert Petrea

TSM 422, Ag Health–Illness Prevention, provides a basic overview of anatomy and physiology, then applies that information to specific situations in the production farm environment. A one-of-a-kind course offered in the College of ACES, TSM 422 gives students the needed tools to help keep agricultural producers safe on the job.

“Many of these situations are found in other work