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A Life of Service and Innovation

CAFNR alumnus has made career of educational and scientific advances

Robert J. Jones, chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has an inspiring list of professional accomplishments over his years in higher education, first as a researcher and teacher, and now as a leader. Still, he says the achievement of receiving an honorary degree from the University of Missouri last December was near the top of that list. Jones…

SCN Coalition Wins NAMA Award

The SCN Coalition, a national awareness campaign targeting soybean cyst nematode management, has won the Best of NAMA (National Agri-Marketing Association) Award this year for its successful campaign launch. The Coalition is a diverse group of University researchers, Extension specialists and agricultural company representatives who are concerned about the evolving threat from soybean cyst nematode. Since the Coalition’s launch, University of…

Christa Smith Receives Mumford Award for Outstanding Staff at 2019 Celebration of Excellence

Christa Smith, executive assistant for the Division of Plant Sciences, received the Frederick B. Mumford Award for Outstanding Staff at CAFNR’s 2019 Celebration of Excellence awards ceremony Thursday, April 11. Smith has served as executive assistant in plant sciences since 2008. She supports the division in numerous ways, including supporting undergraduate and graduate programs. Smith helps advance the Division of Plant…

Robert Sharp Receives Deaton Fellow Award at 2019 Celebration of Excellence

Robert Sharp, director of the Interdisciplinary Plant Group (IPG) and professor of plant sciences, received the Brady J. Deaton Fellow in International Agriculture Award at CAFNR’s 2019 Celebration of Excellence awards ceremony, held Thursday, April 11. Sharp has a research/teaching appointment in plant physiology. His research focuses on the regulation of root and shoot growth responses to drought, using maize…

Michelle Brooks Receives Outstanding Staff Award at 2019 Celebration of Excellence

Michelle Brooks, greenhouse coordinator in plant sciences, received the Outstanding Staff Award at CAFNR’s 2019 Celebration of Excellence awards ceremony, held Thursday, April 11. Brooks is responsible for the upkeep and safe operation of approximately 80,000 square feet of greenhouse space at the University of Missouri. She has spent her 20-plus years in CAFNR keeping the structures functioning at a high…

John Lory Receives J.W. Burch Award at 2019 Celebration of Excellence

John Lory, extension associate professor of plant sciences, received the J.W. Burch State Specialist Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Award at CAFNR’s 2019 Celebration of Excellence awards ceremony, held Thursday, April 11. Lory has a commercial agriculture extension/research appointment in environmental nutrient management. His objective is to promote the efficient use of nutrients from manure and other sources for crop production…

Lesleighan Cravens Receives Outstanding Early Career Teaching Award at 2019 Celebration of Excellence

Lesleighan Cravens, instructor of plant sciences, received the Outstanding Early Career Teaching Award at CAFNR’s 2019 Celebration of Excellence awards ceremony, held Thursday, April 11. Cravens joined CAFNR as a floral design instructor after earning her bachelor’s degree from MU in agricultural education, with an emphasis in plant science and agricultural economics. She teaches five floral design courses at Mizzou. Cravens…

Mizzou SAIFD Named Outstanding Student Organization at 2019 Celebration of Excellence

The Mizzou Student Chapter of the American Institute of Floral Designers (Mizzou SAIFD) was named Outstanding Student Organization at CAFNR’s 2019 Celebration of Excellence awards ceremony, held Thursday, April 11. The University of Missouri Student Chapter of the American Institute of Floral Designers (Mizzou SAIFD) is an organization that works to prepare those wanting to pursue a career or interest…

Ed Coe and Doug Randall Honored at St. Louis Academy of Science Awards

Two CAFNR researchers were honored at the 25th Annual Outstanding St. Louis Scientists Awards Thursday, April 4. Ed Coe, professor emeritus, plant sciences, was awarded the 2019 Peter H. Raven Lifetime Achievement Award. Doug Randall, professor emeritus, biochemistry, and director emeritus, Interdisciplinary Plant Group, received the 2019 Trustees Award. Since its inception in 1856, the Academy has promoted connecting science…

Gary Stacey Receives 2019 President’s Award for Sustained Career Excellence

Gary Stacey, Curator’s Distinguished Professor of Plant Sciences and investigator at the Bond Life Sciences Center, has received the 2019 President’s Award for Sustained Career Excellence. Each year, the UM System President’s Awards are presented on behalf of President Mun Choi to faculty members across the four campuses of the UM System. These highly competitive awards recognize faculty who have made exceptional…