Department of Veterinary Population Medicine
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics for Minnesota Advancement
STEMMA (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics for Minnesota Advancement)
Stemma is a Latin root word that designates a tree-shaped representation of relations. Here we propose to build a tree of multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional faculty from four colleges that will interact towards a common objective (i.e., the trunk of the tree).
The program was first initiated in 2014 as part of the MnDrive initiative and it is now funded by a variety of sources (see research section). The figure that illustrates the STEMMA program depicts a tree, representing the stemma. Each branch illustrates the activities of different colleges, groups, researchers, as well as a number of species of veterinary interest, teaching and research activities, and people, which represents society. The selected tree is an Eastern Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis), which is considered one of Minnesota's rarest and most imperiled trees. Tsuga canadensis currently receives no legal protection in Minnesota, having only been listed as special concern in 1984, and its future is not bright. Elevating its status to endangered species is currently being considered.
The STEMMA crew includes people form a variety of countries, cultural background, and languages that believe that science may help to improve the quality of life of societies. By chance (or perhaps not), the STEMMA illustration was kindly designed by Dr. Eyal Klement, Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the Koret School of Veterinary Medicine, The Hebrew University, Israel, and our webpage was put together by our programmer, Gabe Al-Ghalith, an American with Palestinian heritage.
The goal of the STEMMA program is the development and implementation of near-realtime systems for the prevention and mitigation of disease impact. This objective will be achieved through a combination of research (to generate new to theoretical and applied knowledge), outreach (to transfer such knowledge to decision-makers working at the public and private spheres) and educational activities (to educate the new generation of decision-makers in the use and application of these technologies). The ultimate goal of the program is to protect and promote the health and economy of the people and the environment of Minnesota. The effort here will serve as a prototype that could be adapted or scaled-up to include other states, countries, and regions.