The following Animal Sciences students and postdocs received awards at the 2019 Society for the Study of Reproduction annual meeting held July 18-21 in San Jose, California:
Karl Kerns and Grace Wiley were awarded SSR Trainee Travel Awards. Karl is a recent PhD graduate and is working as a postdoc under Peter Sutovsky. Grace is an undergraduate research assistant, also under Sutovsky.
Master’s student Caroline Pfeiffer won an USDA NIFA-AFRI Merritt Award. Caroline is advised by Rod Geisert.
Harriett Fitzgerald, a postdoc under Tom Spencer, was also awarded a Trainee Travel Award and placed 3rd in the trainee poster competition.
Andrew Clarke, associate professor of food science, has been named to the UM System Presidential Engagement Fellow Class of 2019-20. This cohort will begin their term in July 2019. The Presidential Engagement Fellows program was established to share accomplishments in teaching, research, creative achievements and engagement with the citizens of Missouri in their own communities. This effort allows faculty to make personal connections and deliver on the system’s important mission to disseminate and apply knowledge for the benefit all Missourians. To participate in the Presidential Engagement Fellows program, faculty members are nominated or can self-nominate at the campus level based on their demonstrated excellence, as well as their ability to communicate their research to the public. Fellows participate in a training and orientation session and represent the UM System at a minimum of three-five speaking events per year. 2018-19 was the inaugural year for the program.
Lisa Webb, cooperative associate professor in the School of Natural Resources, has received the U.S. Geological Survey, Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Scientific Excellence Award for 2018. This award is given to one Cooperative Research Unit faculty member nationwide (out of about 85 scientists) and is based on research productivity, student engagement and placement, and collaboration with cooperators. In addition to Webb’s research productivity (more than nine publications this year), her students and postdocs have recently received jobs throughout the country with organizations and agencies such as Ducks Unlimited, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the University of Missouri, and the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. Her nomination packet included letters of support from the Missouri Department of Conservation, The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, and The Nature Conservancy. These letters indicate how Webb’s research is being used by their agencies to benefit wetland management, endangered species and waterfowl harvest regulations. She was surprised with the award June 17 when meeting with the Missouri Department of Conservation.
Secley Kennedy, executive assistant, Food Systems and Bioengineering, has been named the recipient of the May 2019 Service Champion Award from Mizzou Staff Advisory Council. The MU Service Champion Award is given monthly to an employee who goes above and beyond the four core values of the University: Respect, Responsibility, Discovery and Excellence.
Brenda Peculis, associate professor of biochemistry, received the 2019 MU Connect Champions Faculty Award from the Provost’s MU Connect Early Alert Advisory Board. Peculis was honored at the Celebration of Teaching Awards Luncheon in May. The MU Connect Champions Award recognizes excellence in the efforts of faculty, staff, teaching assistants and students involved in using MU Connect and the Early Alert tools to meaningfully improve teaching and learning, as well as student success at Mizzou.
Jenna Fusinatto, senior academic advisor, School of Natural Resources, was named Region 2 Advisor of the Year by the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS). NSCS is an honors organization that recognizes and elevates high-achieving students. Benefits include scholarships, access to career resources and internship positions, and leadership opportunities as both the campus and national levels. With active chapters at more than 300 colleges and universities across the country, including all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, the NSCS has as its goal to honor, inspire and engage. Fusinatto advises the Mizzou chapter of the society.
The Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) has selected Michelle Segovia, assistant professor of agricultural and applied economics, to participate in the Early Career Mentoring Workshop, a two-day event scheduled to follow the AAEA annual meeting and intended for professionals who have no more than five years of professional experience. Workshop participants will learn strategies to achieve research and teaching success, and they’ll benefit from working with mentors to develop their research programs and overall careers. Details about the workshop are available on the Association’s website.
Jamille Palacios, agricultural and applied economics assistant teaching professor, received a 2019 Writing Intensive Teaching Excellence Award from the Campus Writing Program. (Palacios is pictured at left.)
The Campus Writing Program also recognized Madison Byrd, agricultural leadership, communication and education graduate student, and Betsy Smith, agricultural and applied economics graduate student, with the joint 2019 TA Writing Intensive Teaching Excellence Award.
The Community and Regional Economics Network (CRENET) of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association recently announced Sarah A. Low, associate professor of regional economics, as its chair-elect. The three-year commitment will involve Low serving as chair-elect, chair and immediate past-chair. Learn more about CRENET at the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association website.
Judy Stallmann has received the Mary Phillips Faculty Award from the Truman School of Public Affairs to recognize her service to the school. With the award, the Truman School honors faculty for their research, teaching or service work. Stallmann serves as a professor of agricultural and applied economics and rural sociology and is an affiliated faculty member with the Truman School.