Go Beyond: Perseverance
Article in University of Minnesota Recreational Sports Annual Report, 2009-2010.
Out of Africa – an article in CFANS Solutions magazine, Winter 2011
This article provides an update following the 2010 completion of the Tour d’Afrique
One professor, 7,500 miles
This article provides commentary on ‘Interactive Education’ at the University of Minnesota
By Ashley Dresser on 11/24/2009 in the Minnesota Daily.
Long Distance Learning – an article in CFANS Solutions magazine, Summer 2009
This article provides a brief summary of the 2009 course experience
Food and agriculture from Cairo to Cape Town at 10 mph
U of M prof to teach class at U while bicycling through ten African countries
( 12/17/2008 ) –Paul Porter, a professor in the department of agronomy and plant genetics at the University of Minnesota will be teaching a class at the U while traveling by bicycle through ten African countries — starting in Cairo, Egypt and ending in Cape Town, South Africa from Jan. 10 through May 9.
As he travels he will be studying the food, agriculture and agro-ecosystems of each African country. He will relate these observations back to a class through a satellite phone, e-mails and postings on a Web site. The course — “Food and Agriculture from Cairo to Cape Town at 10 mph” — will be managed on campus by grad student and teaching assistant Maggie Mangan. She will facilitate interaction with Porter and coordinate speakers and all other classroom activities. The class will take place from 8:05 to 9:20 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in Room 33 in McNeal Hall on the St. Paul campus.
For more information on Porter’s class and trip go to:
Contacts: Becky Beyers, CFANS, (612) 626-5754
Mark Cassutt, University News Service, (612) 624-8038
Off Campus – Road Trip
Science, 16 January 2009, 323:317
Plant geneticist Paul Porter of the University of Minnesota is taking his class on the road. For the next 4 months, the 52-year-old triathlete will be bicycling 11,300 kilometers across Africa and teaching agroecology to 34 undergraduate and graduate students. The students in Minneapolis will watch lectures via satellite as Porter explores local food production in 10 countries. Porter is joining a group of 50 riders on holiday, but he’ll be working. Porter will also be blogging at paulporter.wordpress.com.
U of M prof teaches while cycling in Africa
The Associated Press – Sunday, January 04, 2009
A University of Minnesota professor is teaching class at the school – while traveling by bicycle through 10 African countries.
Paul Porter is a professor in the department of agronomy and plant genetics.
His class, “Food and Agriculture from Cairo to Cape Town at 10 mph,” will cover his travels from Jan. 10 through May 9.
He’ll start in Cairo, Egypt and end in Cape Town, South Africa.
As he travels, he’ll study the food, agriculture and agro-ecosystems of each African country. He’ll share his observations with his class through a satellite radio, e-mails and the Internet.
From Cairo to Capetown: ECU grad bikes through Africa
By Kristin Day
The Daily Reflector, Greenville NC
Sunday, June 14, 2009