Jennifer Lutes received the Achievement Award from the National Association of County Agriculture Agents during the 2022 Annual Meeting and Professional Improvement Conference in West Palm Beach, Florida, on July 19. The National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA) is a professional Extension organization geared toward Extension educators and other professionals who work in agriculture, horticulture, forestry and natural resources, 4-H youth development, community development, and related disciplines. The Achievement Award is awarded to Agents with fewer than 10 years of service in the Cooperative Extension Service who have exhibited excellence in the field of professional extension. Jennifer was one of several honorees who represent the top 1 percent of the membership selected by their peers.
Jennifer is a field specialist in agricultural business and joined the University of Missouri Extension in 2016. Her passion projects include: small ruminant economic outlooks and farm profitability; value-added meats team – working with producers and processors; Annie’s project and inspired programs; agriculture business counseling; and farm business management. Jennifer also coordinates a Master Gardener chapter, sits on two soil and water boards and is a board member of University of Missouri Extension Association.
Amie Schleicher received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of County Agriculture Agents during the 2022 Annual Meeting and Professional Improvement Conference in West Palm Beach, Florida, on July 20. NACAA is a nation-wide professional Extension organization geared toward extension educators/agents and other professionals who work in agriculture, horticulture, forestry and natural resources, 4-H youth development, community development and related disciplines. The award is conferred on members who have worked in extension for at least 10 years, are held in high esteem by their fellow workers, and have developed and put into effect an outstanding extension program which includes carrying to completion constructive and outstanding work. Amie was one of several honorees who represent the top 2 percent of the membership selected by their peers.
Amie has served as a field specialist in livestock with University of Missouri Extension for 21 years. She is based in Atchison County and covers five counties in northwest and west-central Missouri. She serves as committee chair for the Three-State Beef Conference and is a founding member of the Pearls of Production: Women in Agriculture conference. She was also secretary, vice president, and then president of the Missouri Agricultural Extension Professionals.
Abed Rabbani is part of a team of authors named Outstanding Paper Award recipients in the 2022 Emerald Literati Awards. The winning article was “A test of the association between the initial surge in COVID-19 cases and subsequent changes in financial risk tolerance,” in the journal Review of Behavioural Finance.
Rabbani is an assistant professor of personal financial planning. His coauthors on the paper were Wookjae Heo, South Dakota State University, and John E. Grable, University of Georgia.
The University of Missouri Board of Curators has named Ron Mittler, professor of plant science and technology, as a Curators’ Distinguished Professor. A Curators’ Distinguished Professorship is the highest and most prestigious academic rank awarded by the Board of Curators. It is awarded to a select few outstanding scholars with established reputations.
Mittler holds a joint appointment in the Department of Surgery in the MU School of Medicine, and he is also a principal investigator in the Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center. His research interests are focused on the role Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) play in the regulation of different biological processes and has been on the cover of various journals, including Plant Physiology, Science Signaling, New Phytologist and Trends in Plant Science. His work was most recently published in Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology, a journal of Nature, showcasing a new way of measuring stress in plants. The project was supported by funders including the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.
He joined Mizzou in 2018, and has received awards for being a highly cited researcher and for teaching. Mittler is part of the editorial board for The Plant Journal, and is a member of the American Society of Plant Biologists. He received his Ph.D. from Rutgers University.
Michael Stambaugh, an associate professor of forestry, was recently awarded the Charles Bullard Fellowship in Forest Research from Harvard Forest. Established in 1907, Harvard Forest is
While in residence at Harvard, Fellows interact with faculty and students, give seminars, participate in conferences and symposia and avail themselves of the University’s research resources. Stambaugh will spend his time at Harvard Forest completing a text describing environmental changes associated with changes in fire regimes across North America.
Stambaugh’s research primarily concerns changes in forest ecosystems, both in time and space. Stambaugh is interested in documenting past changes in forests as a means for understanding potential future scenarios. His research commonly utilizes tree-rings because they are excellent archives based on their ability to: span long time periods (millennia), be precisely dated, and provide information at a sub-annual resolution. Stambaugh supervises research conducted by the Center for Tree Ring Science.
Anthony Lupo has received the 2022 Special Appreciation Award from the National Weather Association (NWA) for accomplishments in meteorological research with implications for sub-seasonal to seasonal forecasting, and for his continued support of his student’s involvement in the NWA. The award was presented during the NWA Awards Luncheon on Aug. 24.
Lupo is a professor of atmospheric science in the School of Natural Resources.
The American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) and Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) has announced that MU Crop Scientist Kerry Clark will receive the Emerging Leader for African Agricultural Transformation Award at the ASA Awards Ceremony in November during the scientific society’s Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland. The annual awards are presented for outstanding contributions to agronomy, crop science, and/or soil science through education, national and international service, and research.
Prior to receiving her PhD in 2016 in soil science, Clark developed new soybean varieties for Missouri’s small seedsmen. A member of the Feed the Future Soybean Innovation Lab (SIL), she leads a team that is strengthening soybean production across Africa by building local capacity for manufacturing and utilization of agricultural mechanization. In addition to serving as an assistant research professor, Clark is the director of CAFNR International Programs.
Clark Gantzer is one of 10 2022 Fellows in Sigma Xi, an international scientific research honor society of science and engineering. Founded in 1886, the organization has more than 200 Nobel Prize winners and honors excellence in scientific investigation and encourages cooperation among researchers in science and engineering fields. Fellows are awarded by their peers for their significant contributions to research or development, outreach, teaching and curricular innovation, mentorship, science advocacy and leadership.
Gantzer is a professor emeritus of soil science in the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. His research and teaching involve soil and water conservation, applied soil physics, ecology and renewable resource management.
Recognition of Gantzer and the other nine 2022 Fellows will take place at the inaugural International Forum on Research Excellence (IFoRE), taking place Nov. 3-6, in Alexandria, Virginia.
Four scholars in the Division of Animal Sciences received awards for presentations given at the Society for the Study of Reproduction (SSR) Annual Meeting held in Spokane, Washington.
Alexis Jones, master’s student, was awarded the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Merit Award. This award recognizes research that most benefits or enhances scientific understanding of reproduction in agriculturally important species.
Lauren Hamilton, postdoctoral fellow; Jason Rizo, doctoral student; and Edgar Miranda, visiting scholar; each received the SSR Trainee Travel Award. This award recognizes the three best pre-doctoral and post-doctoral posters and the three best pre-doctoral and post-doctoral platform presentations.
CAFNR Marketing & Communications brought home two awards in the 2022 National Agricultural Alumni Development Association (NAADA) Publications & Projects Competition at the annual conference, held in Fayetteville, Ark., in June. NAADA annually celebrates the achievements of its members through Individual Achievement Awards and awards for exemplary publications and projects in several divisions.
CAFNR Connected, the college’s alumni newsletter, received first place in the Multimedia category, which includes media such as websites, electronic newsletters, videos, animation, podcasts, and social media.
CAFNR’s biennial report, On the Drive, took first place in the Print Media Division – Annual Reports/Strategic Plans Category.