GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Gregg Nuessly, a professor of entomology and nematology at the University of Florida’s Everglades Research and Education Center in Belle Glade, has been named interim director of the center.
Nuessly has worked at the Everglades research center since 1989 and has served as associate center director for the past two years. The center is part of UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
“As interim center director, I will work to broaden statewide cooperative efforts for research and extension while continuing the mission of the EREC and UF,” Nuessly said. “The strength of the EREC lies with the diverse faculty and staff collaborating in interdisciplinary research and extension to solve local and regional agricultural and wildlife issues. Our strong relationships with local growers and groups are also key to past and future successes for the EREC.”
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Teri C. Balser, dean of the University of Florida’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, this week was elected to the board of the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS). The board governs the 66-year-old scientific association, headquartered in Reston, Va.
“I’m pleased to have an opportunity for national service,” Balser said, noting that the organization and its publication, BioScience, are dedicated to promoting new ideas and also has a focus on education. “I’m committed to supporting biology education and creating leadership in it. I think we really need more space for innovation and education in the life sciences.”
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences this week named Wes Wood, an expert in nutrient management, to head its West Florida Research and Education Center in Jay and Milton, Fla.
Wood is currently a professor of soil science at Auburn University, where he is also the coordinator for the university-wide environmental science undergraduate major. In addition to teaching classes in nutrient management, soils and environmental quality, Wood conducts research on carbon and nutrient cycling in managed and natural ecosystems.
GAINESVILLE – Renowned scientist Michael Mann will give the keynote address at the 2013 E.T. York Lecture Series Nov.19 at the Emerson Alumni Hall at the University of Florida.
Mann, a distinguished service professor of meteorology at Penn State University, will address the “Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines.”
In his recent book “The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars,” Mann discusses his experiences in the center of the climate change debate resulting from a graph he and his co-authors published 15 years ago, demonstrating the unprecedented nature of modern climate change. The line of the graph charted global temperatures over the last 1,000 years, starting to spike upward in about 1850, resulting in a graph that resembled a hockey stick. (more …)
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Caleb Cheng, an 18-year-old 4-H member from Palm Beach County, has been selected to serve on the National 4-H Board of Trustees, which governs the National 4-H Council, a panel that supports national and state 4-H programs with a focus on fundraising, brand management, communications and legal and fiduciary services.
The teenager is going to Washington, D.C., Nov. 13, for his official three-year appointment to the board.
“I am extremely excited to serve on the National 4-H Council’s Board of Trustees,” Caleb said in an email. “Service is undoubtedly a characteristic I hold dear and view with utmost importance in making the best better in the world around me.”
Al Wysocki, associate dean for the University of Florida’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, has been accepted for the fall 2013 Food Systems Leadership Institute, an executive leadership development program for academia, industry and government.
The institute emphasizes leadership, organizational-change skills, and a broad, interdisciplinary perspective on food systems. The organization works to prepare scholars for upper-level leadership roles in food system programs and to assume leadership responsibilities within their own organizations.
The two-year program includes intensive executive education residential learning sessions at three university locations, where scholars learn to increase awareness of their own leadership style, and aided by a professional coach, implement a personal development plan. During the second year, they work to apply what they’ve learned while carrying out an individual leadership project. More information about the program is available at www.fsli.org.
Rob Gilbert, director of the University of Florida’s Everglades Research and Education Center, will be the agronomy department’s next chairman, UF/IFAS’ top official announced this week.
Jack Payne, UF senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources, said Gilbert will begin his new position Jan. 15, allowing him time to wrap up his responsibilities at the center in Belle Glade.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A number of people were honored for their contributions to UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the annual Dinner of Distinction, held at the UF Hilton Conference Center the evening of Friday, Oct. 4.
This was the second year of the awards banquet established to recognize individuals and organizations that support and advance the UF/IFAS Mission. It is held on the same weekend as the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences’ TailGATOR event, which serves as both a celebration of alumni achievements and an opportunity for students to learn more about CALS while networking with alumni.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has announced $4.5 million in grants to launch the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at universities across the country – including a $1.5 million grant to the University of Florida.
The program will provide undergraduate students with training and mentored research activities in conservation biology and other disciplines relevant to land, water and wildlife conservation.