GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Two faculty members and a county Extension director exemplify UF/UFAS’ efforts to help solve global issues and have earned the UF/IFAS International Awards for 2014.
Edward “Gilly” Evans, Muthusami Kumaran and Basil Bactawar have won this year’s honors, as announced by Jack Payne, UF senior vice president of agriculture and natural resources.
“This is a great distinction and honor for each that reflects the global stature of their career accomplishments and the high esteem in which they are held not only here in IFAS but also worldwide,” Payne said.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Nick Place, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences dean and director for Extension, was accepted for the Food Systems Leadership Institute, an executive leadership development program for high-level academia, industry, and government officials. (more …)
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida Agricultural Extension Agent Cesar Asuaje is the recipient of the 2014 National Extension Diversity Award, given by the Cooperative Extension and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. (more …)
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Three veteran University of Florida Extension agents have earned national recognition for outstanding leadership, diversity and international service.
Epsilon Sigma Phi, a national honorary fraternity that encourages professional development for the nation’s Extension agents, recognized Mary Keith, Mary E. “Betsy” Crisp and Adrian Hunsberger at its annual conference in Indianapolis in October.
Keith, Crisp and Hunsberger have worked for UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, collectively, for about 50 years.
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A consortium of scientists and researchers, led by the University of Florida, has received the prestigious National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Partnership Award for Multistate Efforts.
The Southeast Climate Extension project is comprised of 19 researchers from half a dozen universities. They engage agricultural producers and help them implement management strategies to protect crops from weather extremes. In addition, they conduct research aimed at reducing climate and weather risks in agriculture and natural resources in Florida, and cooperate with similar programs through the Southeast Climate Consortium. (more …)
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences honored some of its most ardent supporters at its annual Dinner of Distinction, held at the UF Hilton Conference Center Friday evening.
This was the third year for the awards banquet that recognizes individuals and organizations that support and advance UF/IFAS in its research, teaching and Extension efforts.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A strawberry monitoring web system that will soon expand to South Carolina is one of many reasons a University of Florida faculty member has won the Lee M. Hutchins Award from the American Phytopathological Society (APS).
The Hutchins award goes to the author or authors of significant published research on basic or applied aspects of diseases of perennial fruit plants, according to the society’s website.
“APS is probably the most prestigious society worldwide in our field of plant pathology, so I am very honored with the nomination and the award,” said Natalia Peres, an associate professor of plant pathology at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center in Balm.
UF/IFAS Horticultural Sciences chairman Kevin Folta will advise the Pennsylvania House of Representatives’ Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee Monday, Oct. 6 on the use of transgenic crops, or GMOs.
The committee will have an informational meeting at 9 a.m. with nationally recognized scientists offering presentations about GMO foods. The legislators are gathering information in advance of debate over a bill that would require labeling of genetically engineered food.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida Professor Vimala Nair has been named a Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America, the highest recognition of the association.
“Members of the society nominate worthy colleagues based on their professional achievements and meritorious service,” said Jan W. Hopmans, SSSA president. “Less than one percent of the society’s 6,000 active and emeritus members may be elected fellow.”
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida today named Jackie Burns, the current director of UF’s Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred, as its new dean for research for the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. (more …)