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Perspectives in Integrated Applied Sciences

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About This Course

This course serves as an introductory anchor for students in the Master of Professional Studies in Applied Sciences Leadership. It will introduce the applied sciences leadership framework and how it relates to the disciplinary focus areas in the program. The course will improve science-based communication skills, introduce applied research techniques, and sharpen critical thinking skills through exploration of current scientific inquiry. 


Jennifer Van de Ligt
Jennifer van de Ligt

PhD, nutrition, University of Kentucky 

Jennifer van de Ligt, PhD, is the director of the Integrated Food Systems Leadership program, director of the Food Protection and Defense Institute, and associate professor at the University of Minnesota. Dr. van de Ligt works to assure productive and effective public-private partnership and stakeholder engagement focusing on building multisectoral collaboration and perspectives to inform research design and implementation of extension and education activities. She has held numerous leadership positions at a global food company operating in 70 countries and provided nutrition and regulatory expertise for a variety of food and feed novel ingredient and claims innovations.