Henry Nguyen, Curators’ Distinguished Professor of Plant Genetics, was recently elected one of the 2020 fellows of the India National Academy of Agricultural Sciences. Fellows of the Academy are recognized for excellence in agricultural science, research, technology and innovation. Nguyen has made several significant contributions in drought tolerance research, especially in the root architecture in rice, as well as the stay green trait in sorghum. His research laid a foundation for genomic discovery and applications to rice and sorghum breeding for improved drought tolerance in India and worldwide.
Christine Jie Li, assistant professor in the MU School of Natural Resources, was one of the first recipients of the Connecting With Missouri grant from the Connector, a UM system resource. She specializes in environmental education research and teaching; her project is titled, “Climate Youth Engagement: Enhancing Climate Literacy and Community Resilience through Science-Based Deliberative Forums and Actions.”
The North Central Weed Science Society of America honored three MU Plant Sciences graduate students with awards in the Graduate Paper Contest during the recent annual meeting in Columbus, Ohio.
- Will Tubbs, master’s student, received first place in the Agronomic Crops Section
- Eric Oseland, doctoral student, placed second in the Agronomic Crops Section
- Jerri Lynn Henry, doctoral student, earned second place in the Equipment and Application Methods Section
Plant science graduate students have received a variety of recent awards.
The American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and the Soil Science Society of America honored MU Plant Sciences graduate students at the society meeting, Nov. 10-13 in San Antonio.
Those receiving awards included:
- Savannah Burnett, master’s student, placed second for her poster presentation and received fifth place for an oral presentation
- Caio Canella, master’s student, was honored with first place in the C1 poster competition
- Stirling Stewart, master’s student, earned second place in the first-ever Share Your Science by Video competition
The Entomological Society of America honored the following Division of Plant Sciences students at a society meeting Nov. 17-20 in St. Louis:
- Jess Kansman, doctoral student, received first place and the President’s Prize for an oral presentation
- Katie LaPlante, doctoral student, placed second and received the President’s Prize for an oral presentation
Bryan Garton, senior associate dean and director of academic programs for CAFNR, was honored during a ceremony at the annual meeting of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) for being a Food Systems Leadership Institute (FSLI) Fellow. The Fellows were recognized for their accomplishments in completing the FSLI executive leadership development program and for contributions they have made to their individual organizations and the broader higher education and food systems. Garton’s FSLI project was titled, “Enhancing Community College Student Access to Baccalaureate Degrees in Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment,” with a goal to collaborate with strategically selected community colleges within the state to increase student access to baccalaureate degree programs in food, agriculture, natural resources and the environment. Visit the FSLI site for more.
On November 6, the School of Natural Resources celebrated its third annual SNR Appreciation and Awards Dinner.
Those receiving awards included:
- Amber Edwards, program and project support coordinator, Outstanding SNR Citizen
- Emily Tracy-Smith, senior research specialist, Tiger Award
- Jennifer Wentz, assistant teaching professor, Outstanding Faculty
- Lalith Rankoth, natural resources Ph.D. student, Outstanding Graduate Student
- Mitchell Moon, senior majoring in parks, recreation and sport, Outstanding Undergraduate Student
- Greg Snellen, Black and Gold Alumni Award
Lee Miller, associate professor in the Division of Plant Sciences, was honored with the 2019 Donald W. Fancher Provost Award for Outstanding Achievement in Extension and Continuing Education. The award recognizes a faculty member who has made outstanding contributions to Extension and in continuing education efforts of campus. Miller was recognized for his work providing disease diagnosis and control recommendations for turfgrass at the annual University of Missouri Faculty Awards Dinner in fall 2019.
Kerry Clark, Director of CAFNR International Programs, was selected for MU’s International Faculty of the Year award. The MU International Engagement Awards recognize outstanding work carried out by faculty, staff and students to internationalize MU. Recipients have made concrete impact on scholarship students or MU programs by their international work. Clark’s achievement was announced at the International Engagement Reception on Nov. 19.
Vicki Bryan, coordinator for the Interdisciplinary Plant Group at the University of Missouri, was selected for MU’s International Engagement Award – Outstanding Staff category. The MU International Engagement Awards recognize outstanding work carried out by faculty, staff and students to internationalize MU. Recipients have made concrete impact on scholarship students or MU programs by their international work. Bryan’s achievement was announced at the International Engagement Reception on Nov. 19.
Mark Langworthy, senior director for development in the Office of Advancement, was honored with the Agriculture Leaders of Tomorrow (ALOT) Workhorse Award, during the ALOT Annual Meeting on Nov. 1. ALOT is an organization that provides advanced leadership experiences to make a positive impact on the future of agriculture and agribusiness in Missouri and beyond.