COLLEGE NEWS - Achievements
Debra Aaron, Animal Sciences, has been named
president of the Southern Section of the American Society of Animal
Science for 2002-2003.
The late Kurt Anschel, agricultural economics,
was posthumously awarded the 2002 Lifetime Achievement Award from
the Southern Agricultural Economics Association. He was recognized
in the August 2002 issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Applied
Sharon Franklin, Animal Sciences, is the 2002-2003
president of Midwest Section of the American Dairy Science Association.
She was also elected to the board of directors for the Midwest
Section of American Society of Animal Science/American Dairy Science
Clair Hicks, Animal Sciences, and Peter
Crooks, Pharmacy, received a $15,000 grant from the Kentucky
Science and Engineering Foundation for the development of bioactive
probes derived from bacteriophage.
The Kentucky Center for Cooperative Development, Agricultural
Economics, has been awarded a grant for $269,500 from USDA to
continue its business development work. Heath Hoagland
'98, center coordinator, and Lionel Williamson
and Tim Woods, Agricultural Economics, continue
to provide support for the center.
Craig Infanger, Agricultural Economics, recently
completed a 27-month stay in Armenia as the director/project coordinator
for the Armenia Marketing Assistance Project, USDA. He won several
awards for his efforts.
Tony Pescatore, Animal Sciences, has been named
first vice-president of the national Poultry Science Association
Scott Smith, Nancy Cox, Joseph Chappell, Glenn Collins,
Leigh Maynard, Herb Strobel, Ernest Bailey, and Sue
Nokes in the College of Agriculture and Joseph Fink,
UK Corporate Relations and Economic Outreach, received a $600,000
grant from the National Science Foundation for a project titled
"A Partnering for Innovative Commercialization of Technology:
University of Kentucky Natural Products Alliance." (See Grant
Should Spur New Products, also on this page.)
Aslihan Spaulding, Agricultural Economics, who
received her Ph.D. in agricultural economics from UK in May, 2002,
was awarded the 2002 William Applebaum Memorial Scholarship Award
for the outstanding Ph.D. dissertation on food distribution and
marketing. She presented her research and received the award at
the annual meeting of the Food Distribution Research Society in
Miami in October.
Craig H. Wood and Ashley Griffin, Agricultural
Communications Services, have received a $45,000 grant from the
USDA to develop and implement a searchable, expandable knowledge
base about horses for the Web. The project is being developed
cooperatively with equine Extension specialists in 13 Southern
National Ag Ed Association Moves to Campus
The board of directors of the National Association of Agricultural
Educators (NAAE) has selected Lexington as the new location for
its national office. It will be on the University of Kentucky
campus in collaboration with the UK College of Agriculture.
The College edged out several other universities and organizations
to be the board's final choice.
The association is the main professional organization for more
than 7,500 agriculture teachers, statewide ag ed coordinators,
and university ag ed faculty and students. Previously, its headquarters
were in the Washington, D.C. metro area.
Scott Smith, dean of the College, said the relocation "will
provide our faculty, in cooperation with NAAE, an opportunity
to assume an even greater leadership role in agricultural education
programs at the national level."
The move will also benefit students.
"It's going to give our students a chance to be associated
with a national organization and meet people and hear about issues
and cutting edge trends that will make them aware of how ag education
is changing," said Gary Hansen, chair of the Community and
Leadership Development department.
The association's director is Jay Jackman '85, former director
of student relations for the College.
Grant Should Spur New Products
Through a $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation,
UK will be able to form more partnerships with entrepreneurs and
scientists in private industry to develop new products.
The grant, called Commercialization of Technology: The UK Natural
Products Alliance, will be administered through the College.
"Our college has always worked closely with private sector
partners, historically farmers, to translate research into practical
technologies and new enterprises," said Scott Smith, dean
of UK's College of Agriculture. "The only difference in this
case is that we are working on cutting-edge applications of biotechnology."
Project teams may include pharmaceutical and biochemical scientists,
entrepreneurs, economic development agencies, high-tech startup
firms, and a host of other participants. In some cases farmers
will be partners for developing new products.
"These natural products could be plant-derived pharmaceuticals,
animal food additives, or any number of other new products with
potential for commercial application," said Gabriel Wilmoth
in Agronomy, coordinator of the grant project for the College.
Scientists, students and other potential partners who are interested
in the Natural Products Alliance programs are encouraged to contact
Wilmoth at 859-608-1421 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kentucky 4-H'ers Are
No. 2 Overall in
The Kentucky 4-H Meat Judging Team finished second place overall
in last fall's National Roundup in Kansas City, Kansas.
The Harrison County team had competed successfully against six
other counties to take state honors and go to the national competition.
Two sets of twins were on the five-person team from Harrison CountyShelley
and Shannon Wade and Mike and Jon Welch. Michael Meyers was also
on the team. Coach was Benjy Mikel, UK Extension meat specialist.
The team had competed successfully against six other counties
for the chance to go to national competition.
"This year's team was one of the best we have had,"
Mikel said. "They finished third last year and second this
year at the Western Invitational nationals, which is very competitive
considering they are much younger than youth from most states."
The team also placed first in retail cut judging, second in oral
reasons, and second in retail identification.
College Plays Host
The College helped host two groups of agribusiness professionals
from Russia that visited Kentucky last fall.
Russian dairy product entrepreneurs were trained by the College,
several Kentucky dairy processing businesses, and the Dairy Farmers
of America at farms and processing plants over a three-week period.
The entrepreneurs are directors of dairy processing businesses
in Russia that employ from 25 to 480 employees.
The Russian delegation spent a day at the UK Dairy Farm and then
went to two farms in Washington County.
A second Russian group, of agribusiness professionals, was hosted
for a day by the UK Research and Education Center at Princeton,
where they got an overview of the center's research and extension
activities and toured the farm and its facilities.
Some members of the group produce and process grain crops, while
others are involved more in buying and storing grain. Many also
have other agricultural interests in addition to grain enterprises.
Both groups came to Kentucky through the Productivity Enhancement
Program of the Centers for Citizen's Initiatives, which has offered
training visits to the United States for Russian business people
since the 1980s.
Spanish Radio Programming Now Offered
The College has long provided Kentucky radio stations with taped
programming on a wide range of topics through the Cooperative
Extension Service. Now, it is offering public service announcements
The announcements are provided to station WYGH-1440 AM in Paris,
a station that has listeners in 15 counties in Central Kentucky.
They are used on a bilingual Monday-through-Friday show.
Nara De Sa Guimaraes, a student intern in Agricultural Communications
Services who was born in Brazil, has helped with the scripts and
promotion of the programming on the College's Web site.
The Cooperative Extension Service provides information for both
the English and Spanish programming.
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