NASHVILLE, Tenn. (TSU News Service) – Hemp research. Robotics. Innovative programs. They’re just some of the excellence Tennessee lawmakers will experience at “TSU Day at the Capitol” on Tuesday, Feb. 12.
Tennessee State University administrators, faculty, students and alumni will be showcasing the university’s research and other innovative initiatives at the annual event.
TSU President Glenda Glover will kick it off with a ceremony at 10 a.m. in Senate Hearing Room II in the Cordell Hull Building. TSU visitors will have a chance to meet with lawmakers, who will see displays from some of the school’s various colleges and departments on the 8th floor of the building.
Dr. S. Keith Hargrove, dean of TSU’s College of Engineering, said TSU Day at the Capitol is “always an exciting day for TSU.”
“It allows us to display Tennessee’s investment in higher education, and the great things that are happening here at TSU.”
One highlight at this year’s event will be TSU’s nationally recognized hemp research. The university’s College of Agriculture has hosted several workshops on industrial hemp, cannabis plants with little of the chemical that can cause a high.
The College of Agriculture has charged a team of scientists to develop hemp production practices for Tennessee. The research projects include developing hemp nutritional products for human consumption and studying the economic viability of hemp production in Tennessee. Currently, the university is growing and evaluating 10 varieties of hemp.
“TSU wants to be at the forefront of this new interest that’s cropping up across the country,” said Dr. Chandra Reddy, dean of the College of Agriculture. “If it’s ever approved for large scale use, we have some knowledge about it and can work with the farmers.”
In November, several legislators toured TSU’s campus. The lawmakers received briefings and slide presentations from administrators on the university’s 2019 Legislative Priorities for funding consideration by the General Assembly. The priorities included the creation of a STEM Institute.
“With the heightened demand for diversification in the STEM work force, an institute would provide research, professional development and training in recruiting and retaining minorities in STEM programs in Tennessee and nationally,” said Dr. Lesia Crumpton-Young, vice president for Research and Institutional Advancement.
Rep. Harold Love, Jr., whose district includes TSU, said he hopes young people attending this year’s TSU Day at the Capitol will become more interested in the legislative process, and even try to have a voice in policymaking.
“When we talk about active citizen engagement and forming policy, this is a prime example of what we would like to see from all of our students at colleges and universities across the state,” said Love, a TSU alum. “This is what citizens are supposed to do, come down and be actively involved in policy formulation when laws are being passed or proposals considered.”
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