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UF/IFAS strawberry breeder to receive new faculty research award

Topic(s): Announcements, Honors and Appointments, IFAS, RECs, Research

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – University of Florida strawberry breeder Vance Whitaker has been named the recipient of the Richard Jones Outstanding New Faculty Research Award for 2013.

The award, named for a former UF/IFAS dean for research, is presented to untenured faculty who have a distinguished record of research since joining UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

The award’s purpose is to recognize the development of the recipient’s research program and its recent contributions to the scientific field, as well as provide incentive for continued excellence in research.

Whitaker is an assistant professor in horticulture at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center in Balm. His research program works to develop strawberry varieties for Florida growers that have desirable traits, including great flavor, high yield, disease resistance and more.

The award includes a one-time, $2,500 salary supplement and a $2,500 grant to support Whitaker’s research. The award will be presented at the sixth annual Florida Agricultural Experiment Station awards ceremony on April 25.

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Contacts

Writer: Robert H. Wells, 352-273-3569; rhwells@ufl.edu

Source: John P. Hayes, 352-392-1784; hayesj@ufl.ed

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University of Florida strawberry breeder Vance Whitaker has been named the recipient of the Richard Jones Outstanding New Faculty Research Award for 2013.

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