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Elaine Turner named dean of UF’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

Topic(s): Agriculture, Announcements, CALS, Honors and Appointments, IFAS

 

Elaine Turner has been named dean of the UF College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

Elaine Turner has been named dean of the UF College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida faculty member and administrator often lauded for her outstanding teaching skills has been named dean of the university’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

Elaine Turner, senior associate dean for UF’s third -largest college, often known as CALS, has been interim dean of the school since early January, but becomes its dean effective April 11, said Jack Payne, UF senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources.

“Dr. Turner is a person who gets things done,” said Payne. “She is organized, she’s tireless, she never drops the ball and she’s got a career-long commitment to the highest-quality teaching.”

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Nuessly named interim director of UF’s Everglades Research and Education Center

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

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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.”

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Everglades REC director to chair UF/IFAS Agronomy Department

Topic(s): Announcements, Departments, Honors and Appointments

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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.

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UF/IFAS thanks supporters during second annual Dinner of Distinction

Topic(s): 4-H, Announcements, CALS, Honors and Appointments

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.

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UF/IFAS faculty named ASA, SSSA Fellows

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

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The American Society of Agronomy and the Soil Science Society of America will honor three members of the Soil and Water Science Department with the title of Fellows in November.

This title is the highest honor given by these professional societies, and is received by only a few select scientists and educators each year.

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UF/IFAS faculty named ASHS Fellows

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

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The American Society for Horticultural Science bestowed its highest honor upon two IFAS faculty at their annual meeting in July.

The professional association named Jude Grosser and Robert Stamps as Fellows of the Society, an honor given to only a few outstanding scientists and educators each year.

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UF/IFAS’ Phil Kaufman to be lauded as Illinois 4-H alumnus

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

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UF/IFAS veterinary entomology Associate Professor Phil Kaufman will be honored at the 2013 Illinois State 4-H Awards ceremony in Champaign on Sept. 6.

Kaufman is one of three who will receive the Illinois 4-H Alumni Award during the ACES College Connection event. He was a 10-year member of 4-H from Grundy County, Ill. His fellow winners are Brian Basting, an advanced trading commodity research analyst from Bloomington, Ill., and Brian Moeller, a senior vice president with U.S. Bank Food Industries Group.

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IFAS staff members receive productivity awards from UF

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

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Staff with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences were among the winners of this year’s Prudential Financial Davis Productivity Awards.

The awards luncheon, held in June at the Straughn IFAS Extension Professional Development Center honored staff who have significantly increased productivity in their workplace. The awards program is a joint effort between Florida TaxWatch, the Florida Council of 100 and the State of Florida.

The two winners from UF/IFAS, out of the four recipients this year, were Maria Bernal, office manager with the Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead, and the IFAS Shared Services team.

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Recent studies by UF professor highlighted by scientific journal

Topic(s): Crops, Environment, Honors and Appointments, IFAS, New Technology, Research, Safety

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Two papers co-authored by a University of Florida professor have been highlighted by a leading science journal.

The science journal Plant Physiology recently named the studies “Crop Genome Plasticity and Its Relevance to Food and Feed Safety of Genetically Engineered Breeding Stacks” and “Evaluating the Potential for Adverse Interactions within Genetically Engineered Breeding Stacks” as Editor’s Choice papers.

The papers were co-authored by Curtis Hannah, an professor with the horticultural sciences department, part of the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

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UF/IFAS professor wins 11th Jakob Erikkson Prize for plant pathology work

Topic(s): Announcements, Honors and Appointments

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — UF/IFAS professor Jeff Jones will receive the 11th Jakob Eriksson Prize for Plant Pathology at an international academic gathering in Beijing in August.

The prize is among the most important awards given to plant pathologists and brings with it a gold medal, to be given at the International Congress of Plant Pathology. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences administers the Jakob Eriksson Prize fund.

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