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Teng Lim Receives Burch Extension Award as Part of 2020 Celebration of Excellence

Teng Lim, Extension professor in agricultural systems management, received the J.W. Burch State Specialist Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Award during CAFNR’s 2020 virtual Celebration of Excellence awards celebration.

Lim earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biosystems and agricultural engineering from the University of Kentucky. He received his PhD in agricultural and biological engineering from Purdue University. Lim joined the University of Missouri as an assistant professor in 2009. He held the title of associate professor of Extension starting in 2014, and was promoted to professor in 2020. Lim works with regulators, livestock specialists, producers and the agriculture industry to develop practical management and control.

Lim has received more than 30 grants, serving as the principal investigator for the majority of those projects. He has worked on many Extension and applied research projects, worth more than $2.6 million, of which he is the PI for more than $1.8 million. He has received numerous awards, including, most recently, the Ronald J. Turner Global Education Award, Brady J. Deaton Fellow in International Agriculture Award, and University of Missouri Extension Teamwork Award.

“I have been interacting with Dr. Lim since his interview here at Mizzou,” said Jinglu Tan, director of the Division of Food Systems & Bioengineering. “As his division director, I have been evaluating his work annually, and I am pleased to observe him grow from a research faculty, to excel in Extension and applied research. Dr. Lim is a great team player who can work effectively with colleagues in our division, college, university and other institutions nationally and internationally. I have been pleased to see Dr. Lim collaborating with many other Extension faculty over the years, and being active on many Mizzou Extension teams, including the Extension Swine and Dairy Focus Teams, Environmental Team, Inter-Technical Working group (Mizzou, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, and USDA-NRCS collaborate on regional animal farms and environmental issues). Dr. Lim has been leading the MU Biosecurity Team and recently won the MU Extension Teamwork award, which is well deserved.”

Laura Friedrich Receives Mumford Award for Outstanding Staff as Part of 2020 Celebration of Excellence

Laura Friedrich, senior student services coordinator in the CAFNR Office of Academic Programs, has received the Frederick B. Mumford Award for Outstanding Staff as part of the 2020 CAFNR Celebration of Excellence Week.

Friedrich has been part of the Office of Academic Programs for 10 years, impacting all CAFNR undergraduate students over the course of their studies. Her work on numerous campus committees, including the Summer Welcome Advisory committee, Early Alert Implementation team, and Decreasing Time to Diploma working group, impacts all MU undergraduates.

Friedrich shows prospective students how their transfer credits will work toward a CAFNR degree. She works with students, advisors and administrators alike to make sure expectations are understood and achievable plans are in place for students as well as academic programs to succeed. She communicates with every student regarding graduation plans, degree checks and requirements, and plans CAFNR commencement ceremonies. In addition, Friedrich advises undeclared and agriculture majors directly, and offers workshops on how to efficiently use academic advising time. She works with the MUConnect Early Alert system to reach out to students who need an intervention, and helps with a variety of contests including Missouri Farm Bureau Ambassador and Litton Leadership Scholars interviews.

“She is known across campus as someone who can find solutions for problems, and people both in CAFNR and all over campus reach out to her for help,” said Shari Freyermuth, CAFNR assistant dean and director of student services. “She sees the bulk of the students in difficult situations in her office. She is always positive and does her best to help a student even during stressful situations.”

“I’ve frequently admired her efficiency at accomplishing tasks, overall communication skills, and policy knowledge relative to both the college as well as the university,” said Trista Strauch, assistant teaching professor and advisor chair, animal sciences. “I frequently tell all new advisors in Animal Sciences that they just need to put Laura on speed-dial.

“Our college has a reputation of good advising, and a family atmosphere, and Laura is the backbone of that family atmosphere.”

Genevieve Howard Receives Outstanding Staff Award as Part of 2020 Celebration of Excellence

Genevieve Howard, web and social media strategist in the CAFNR Office of Marketing and Communications, received the Outstanding Staff Award as part of CAFNR’s virtual 2020 Celebration of Excellence awards celebration.

Howard joined CAFNR 14 years ago, after working two years in the College of Education. She received a Master’s in Education: Information Science and Learning Technologies in 2008 from Mizzou, and has worked as an adjunct faculty member in CAFNR, teaching “Communicating on the Web.” She is an award-winning public speaker and often offers training at Mizzou and in Columbia on a variety of topics. She received the “Best-of-Track” award at the HighEdWeb annual conference in 2016.

Howard participated in the Mizzou Chancellor’s Emerging Leaders Program in 2012-13. She has served on many CAFNR and Mizzou committees, helping to set the university’s shared leave policy and social media guidelines, for example.

In CAFNR, she develops web content strategy and manages college websites. She facilitates and enriches CAFNR’s social media presence and creates event promotion campaigns for the college. Over the past couple of years she worked to update the design, structure and content of all six of the CAFNR divisional web sites. In her time in CAFNR, social media engagement has grown consistently. Howard also works closely with Mizzou’s social media managers to amplify CAFNR news and events.

“Genevieve works with offices across CAFNR to keep their web pages current and consistent,” said Michelle Enger, director of the CAFNR Office of Marketing and Communications. “She keeps current with best practices and accessibility guidelines for web content, and helps offices across the college make their content and content delivery work best for their goals. She always makes time to answer questions from others in the college, no matter how full her plate already is.”

“Genevieve reflects the university’s core values of Respect, Responsibility, Discovery, and Excellence in all her interactions with faculty, alumni, staff and students,” said Secley Kennedy, executive assistant in the Division of Food Systems and Bioengineering. “Genevieve routinely goes above and beyond her job assisting with great ideas and prompt response.”

“She is a true collaborator across campus and a tireless ambassador for CAFNR,” Enger said.

Rebecca North Receives Outstanding Early Career Teaching Award as Part of 2020 Celebration of Excellence

Rebecca North, assistant professor of water quality in the School of Natural Resources (SNR), received the Outstanding Early Career Teaching Award during CAFNR’s 2020 virtual Celebration of Excellence awards celebration.

North joined the University of Missouri in 2016 as an assistant professor of water quality in the School of Natural Resources. Before coming to MU, she served as a research associate for the Global Institute for Water Security at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatchewan, Canada. North earned her bachelor’s degree (environmental science) and PhD (limnology) at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. She was a postdoctoral fellow for four years at Trent University in Ontario before joining the University of Saskatchewan.

North teaches a handful of courses related to water quality, natural resource management and limnology (the study of inland aquatic ecosystems). Her teaching philosophy is focused on fostering learning environments that are sustainable, motivating and application-based. North has been a faculty mentor with the MU Preparing Future Faculty Postdoctoral Fellowship for Faculty Diversity program since 2017.

North is also part of the limnology laboratory in SNR. Her research focuses on the effects of multiple stressors on nutrient cycling, bioavailability, and primary production in Missouri water bodies with particular attention to the source and timing of nutrient loading and the response of the receiving water body

“Dr. North is an enthusiastic and very knowledgeable teacher who has demonstrated her commitment to striving for excellence in her teaching program and to innovation in developing opportunities for student learning,” said Peter Motavalli, emeritus professor of soil fertility and plant nutrition. “Based on my observations and the student letters of support in the application materials for this award, the most impressive accomplishment she has achieved already early in her career is developing an integrated teaching, research and outreach program in her discipline that mentors, provides learning opportunities, and prepares both undergraduate and graduate students for professional careers. Her limnology program is a hub of activity that centers around students who she motivates by example and who she engages in far-ranging activities from field experiences to scholarly presentations at professional meetings.”

Felix Fritschi Elected as 2020 Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy

Felix Fritschi, C. Alice Donaldson Professor in Bioenergy Crop Physiology and Genetics in the Division of Plant Sciences, was recently elected as a 2020 Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy (ASA). The award was presented during the ASA-CSSA-SSSA annual meeting in November.

The Fellow recognition is the highest bestowed by ASA. This honor follows Fritschi’s election as a Fellow of the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) in 2018. Fritschi is a member of the Interdisciplinary Plant Group (IPG) at the University of Missouri. IPG is one of CAFNR’s Programs of Distinction, a select collection of programs that exemplify CAFNR’s drive to distinction. Those programs define CAFNR’s current impact on Missouri’s agriculture and natural resource economies, providing understanding for how CAFNR is addressing challenges facing Missouri agriculture and natural resources.

Fritschi has published more than 100 refereed papers throughout his academic career and received more than 70 funded research grants, from entities such as USDA-AFRI, NSF, United Soybean Board and MSMC. Fritschi is part of several large grants, including one worth $15 million from the Department of Energy related to climate adaption in switchgrass.

Fritschi joined the University of Missouri as an assistant professor in the Division of Plant Sciences in 2007. He became an associate professor in 2013 and a professor in 2017. He has been the C. Alice Donaldson Professor in Bioenergy Crop Physiology and Genetics since 2018. In addition to his research and teaching activities, he also serves as interim director of the Plant Transformation Core Facility and as interim director of the Missouri Soybean Center.

Rebecca North Serves as Editor of Special Issue in Prestigious Journal

Rebecca North, assistant professor in the School of Natural Resources, recently served as an invited editor of a special issue in Frontiers in Environmental Science and Frontiers in Marine Ecosystem Ecology. The focus of the special issue was on climate change and light in both freshwater and marine ecosystems, including the variability and ecological consequences.

Along with serving as a guest editor, two of North’s graduate students published papers in the Environmental Science section in the issue.

“The goal of this research topic was to provide a broad overview of how aquatic light environments are changing at present, and how they may change in the future,” North said. “Light is a master variable in aquatic ecosystems. Because of light’s central role, it is important to understand how global climate and other environmental changes are affecting light in all aquatic environments including inland, coastal, and marine ecosystems.

“For example, there have been shifts in circulation and stratification related to warming water temperatures and shorter winters, all of which can alter the underwater light environment. This issue highlights factors contributing to changes in transparency and the resultant impacts on ecosystem processes. We need a better grasp of the implications of both the timing and the magnitude of altered light conditions on our aquatic ecosystems on a global scale.”

Jacob Gaskill, a PhD student in water resources, published a paper titled, “Phytoplankton Community Response to Changes in Light: Can Glacial Rock Flour be used to Control Cyanobacterial Blooms?

“Cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms (HABs) are one of the most prominent threats to water quality in freshwater ecosystems and are expected to become more common as the climate continues to change,” Gaskill said. “While traditional strategies to manage HABs have focused on controlling nutrients, manipulating light as a way to reduce cyanobacteria is less frequently explored. Here, we added glacial rock flour, a fine particulate that floats on the water’s surface and remains suspended in the water column, to reduce light availability and in turn, phytoplankton biomass dominated by cyanobacteria.”

Erin Petty, a master’s student in water resources, published paper is titled, “Filling in the Flyover Zone: High Phosphorus in Midwestern (USA) Reservoirs Results in High Phytoplankton Biomass but Not High Primary Productivity.”

“In lakes and reservoirs, climate change increases surface water temperatures, promotes thermal stability and causes dead zones,” Petty said. “Increased anthropogenic land-use and precipitation enhance nutrient and sediment supply. Together, these effects alter the light and nutrient dynamics constraining phytoplankton biomass and productivity. Given that lake and reservoir processes differ, and that globally, reservoir numbers are increasing to meet water demands, reservoir-centric studies remain underrepresented. Here, we explore influences of nutrients and land-use on the light and nutrient status of phytoplankton communities in 32 Missouri reservoirs. If agricultural midwestern reservoirs are precursors of future inland waters affected by climate change, our crystal ball indicates that both phosphorus and light will be important regulators of phytoplankton dynamics and subsequent water quality.”

North’s lab is focused on addressing the question of why inland waters are turning green. Her team focuses on the effects of multiple stressors on nutrient cycling, bioavailability, and primary production in Missouri water bodies with particular attention to the source and timing of nutrient loading and the response of the receiving water body.

Amy Moum Receives CAFNR Above and Beyond Award

On Nov. 1, Amy Moum, program support coordinator in the Division of Applied Social Sciences, received the Above and Beyond Award from CAFNR Staff Advisory Council. This award recognizes staff who have gone the extra mile in their jobs. She was nominated by Jaelyn Peckman, instructor, Division of Applied Social Sciences.

Hua Qin Wins National Excellence Award as Part of Research Team

Hua Qin, associate professor of environmental and resource sociology/demography in the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Division of Applied Social Sciences (DASS), is part of a multidisciplinary, multi-institution research team that was recently awarded the National Excellence in Multistate Research Award from the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). This prestigious and highly competitive award recognizes scientists who conduct exemplary research and outreach efforts across multiple states and in doing so enhance the visibility of USDA multistate programs. The team was awarded the Western Region Excellence in Research Award this summer.

The project, known as W4001: Social, Economic and Environmental Causes and Consequences of Demographic Change in Rural America, conducts research on the most pressing demographic, economic, social and environmental challenges faced by rural communities in the United States. Rural areas make up 72 percent of the nation’s land area, house 46 million people, and are essential to agriculture, natural resources, recreation, and environmental sustainability. These areas are constantly changing, and many face challenges such as limited access to healthcare, education, broadband Internet, and jobs. Events like the COVID-19 pandemic have highlighted how such challenges can lead to major disruptions to the environmental, economic, social and physical wellbeing of rural communities. The team’s findings have contributed to numerous local, state and national policies that support rural sustainability and well-being.

The team includes 39 investigators across 28 colleges and universities spanning all regions of the U.S. In just the last three years, the group has produced hundreds of peer-reviewed publications, developed numerous public briefs, secured over $13 million in research funding, led workshops for community organizations, delivered more than 200 presentations to stakeholders (including the U.S. Congress and the National Institutes of Health), and consulted for experts in multiple state and federal agencies. Matthew Foulkes, associate professor of geography at MU, also contributed to the project.

Qin is an environmental and resource social scientist with emphasis on human population dynamics and sustainable development. He has been an official member of this multistate research team since 2014. Qin’s interdisciplinary training and research experience focus on analyzing social and cultural aspects of natural resources and environmental systems. His specialties include population (migration) and the environment; vulnerability and adaptation; community and natural resources; and research methods and data.

“We feel really excited about the national excellence award as this is the first time it has been given to a social science multistate project,” Qin said. “The award is a nice endorsement of the intellectual and applied values of rural demographic research.”

The group received their award at the APLU/USDA national award ceremony, which took place virtually on Oct. 28.

Matthew Lucy Serves as Editor-in-Chief of New Journal

The first issue of JDS Communications, a new journal from the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA), is now available. Matthew Lucy, a professor in the Division of Animal Sciences, serves as the editor-in-chief of the new publication.

JDS Communications will offer a fresh and different publication option for dairy scientists,” Lucy said. “We are interested in high-quality research studies that are focused, hypothesis-driven and designed to answer a specific question on the production or processing of milk or milk products intended for human consumption.”

Lucy added that the publication will serve as a home for short communications, technical notes and hot topics that are currently published in the Journal of Dairy Science, where he served as the editor-in-chief for the previous six years.

“Our vision is much broader than a simple transfer of articles from one journal to another,” Lucy said. “We plan to expand the short research paper type through the creation of this unique journal. JDS Communications will be specifically designed for today’s authors who have limited time and a need to publish their focused, high-impact research. Our goal is to create a publication home for succinct, well-designed studies that are limited in scope but nonetheless important to the dairy sciences.”

Along with serving as editor-in-chief for an ADSA publication, Lucy received the ADSA Award of Honor earlier this year. The award recognizes unusually outstanding and consistent contributions to the welfare of the Association or distinguished service to the Association. The award is primarily for services to the American Dairy Science Association.

John Tummons Receives 2020 NAAE Region IV Outstanding Service Citation

John Tummons, assistant agricultural education and leadership teaching professor, received the 2020 Region IV Outstanding Service Citation from the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) earlier this summer. The award, sponsored by Goodheart-Willcox, recognizes those who have provided services to agricultural educators, agricultural programs or agricultural student organizations and have attained leadership in professional organizations.