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Darcy Wells, second from the left, poses with her CAFNR Office of Advancement team during the 2019 CAFNR Column Award banquet. Wells is retiring as the CAFNR senior executive director for advancement after a 30-plus-year career in higher education. Her final day was July 3.

A Lifelong Learner

Two United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) grants, totaling almost $900,000, will allow Henry Nguyen to build on his research focus related to abiotic stress tolerance and disease resistance in plants, primarily soybeans. The grants will help Nguyen and his team tackle important issues related to soybeans, including waterlogging tolerance and soybean cyst nematodes (SCN). Flooding and SCN cause billions of dollars worth of damages every year.

Studying Soybeans