The 2002 UK Livestock Selection and Evaluation Team, made up
of students in the UK College of Agriculture, was named high
team overall in livestock evaluation at the 2002 All-East Livestock
Evaluation Contest held April 11-14 at Purdue University, West
Lafayette, Ind. The team was also named high team in swine evaluation,
placed second in sheep evaluation, and placed fourth in beef
National Ranking The
Ag Magazines Spring 2002 Ambassador issue took second
place honors in publications competition sponsored by the National
Agricultural Alumni and Development Association. The award was
presented in June at the association's annual meeting in Park
Gwenda Adkins and William
Thomas, Extension agents in Elliott County, and Marcella
Szymanski, Extension specialist in forestry, are recipients
of the Florence Hall Award by the National Extension Association
of Family and Consumer Sciences for their What Is Forestry? program.
Roy Burris and Les Anderson,
animal sciences, and Jimmy Henning, agronomy,
received a $250,000 grant from the Kentucky Cattlemen's Association
for development of the master cattleman program.
Marsha L. Bush, of Cave City ('03, agricultural
biotechnology) is among recipients of the Outstanding Student
Charles Byers, community leadership and development,
received the Distinguished Service Award from the Kentucky Association
of Future Farmers of America.
Conley Chaney of Pine Knot ('03, public service
and leadership) has been awarded the prestigious Harry S. Truman
Scholarship. The $30,000 national award is a first for a UK
College of Agriculture student. Chaney was one of 64 winners
out of 590 candidates from 287 colleges and universities.
Glenn Collins, agronomy, received a grant
of $400,000 from the United Soybean Board to support the Soybean
Tissue Culture and Genetic Engineering Center.
Don Colliver, biosystems and agricultural
engineering, has been selected as a Distinguished Lecturer by
the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning
Nancy Cox, associate dean for research and
associate director, Agricultural Experiment Station, received
$500,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture on behalf of
the Experiment Station for a multi-investigator research program
concerning Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome.
Gary Cromwell, animal sciences, received the
American Society of Animal Science Morrison Award at the meetings
of the American Society of Animal Science and the American Dairy
Elisa D'Angelo, agronomy, received a National
Science Foundation grant for $225,000 to study microbial population
dynamics in soils.
Don Ely, animal sciences, received the American
Society of Animal Sciences Fellows Award in the teaching category
at the meetings of the American Society of Animal Science and
the American Dairy Science Association.
Matthew Gearhardt ('02, agricultural economics)
of Troy, Ohio, was among recipients of the 2002 Oswald Research
and Creativity Awards, which are given by UK Undergraduate Studies.
Richard Durham and William Fountain,
horticulture, John Hartman, plant pathology,
Monte Johnson received the Blue Ribbon Extension
Publication Award given by the Southern Region of the American
Society for Horticultural Science for the video Integrated Pest
Management in the Home Landscape-Trees and Shrubs.
Said Ghabrial, plant pathology, joined UK
professor Judy Lesnaw, biology, and others
at UK in securing and successfully hosting the prestigious American
Society of Virology national meeting held in July in Lexington.
In addition, Ghabrial has been elected as a Fellow of the American
Lenn Harrison, veterinary science, received
grants totaling $91,731 for surveillance of West Nile Virus
in horses and birds.
Clair Hicks, animal sciences, was one of six
faculty members to receive a coveted Great Teacher Award from
the UK Alumni Association. Hicks is also recipient of the American
Dairy Science Association Kraft Foods Teaching Award in dairy
manufacturing and the research and development award from the
2002 Institute of Food Technologists.
He and former graduate student Zeynep Ustunol,
(Ph.D., '88) have received a patent for their method of inhibiting
binding activity of immunoglobulins.
Zelia Holloway, minority recruitment director
for the College, has received the 2002 Evelyn Black Award from
the University of Kentucky for her commitment, service, and
support of African-American students at UK.
Craig Infanger, agricultural economics, has
been active in a project that recently received a USDA Secretary's
Honor Award. The Marketing Assistance Project in Armenia was
recognized for "exemplary leadership in strengthening the
links between the United States and Armenia, resulting in new
markets for American farmers and renewed hope for thousands
of Armenians." Infanger has been an on-site project director
in Armenia. The project, now involving 37 universities, began
Dewayne Ingram, chair of the department of
horticulture, and the horticulture commodity teams have received
a grant of $1,732,000 from the Kentucky Horticultural Council
to conduct research and Extension programs on new crop opportunities
for Kentucky farmers and a grant of $687,491 from the USDA for
Phase 3 of the New Crop Opportunities initiative.
Anthony H. Koch of Paris ('02, agricultural
economics) was among recipients of the 2002 Maurice A. Clay
Award, given by the Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honor society.
Gary Lacefield, agronomy, a co-author of the
book Southern Forages, has now seen that book translated into
Chinese and put into use in that country. The book's third English
edition is being released this year.
Dennis Liptrap, '62 (former UK Extension specialist,
animal sciences) received the American Society of Animal Science
Fellows award in the Extension category and the Master Builder
of Men Award from FarmHouse Fraternity.
David Maehr and Jeffery Larkin,
forestry, received the Outstanding Edited Volume international
award from The Wildlife Society for their editing of the book
Large Mammal Restoration: Ecological and Sociological Challenges
in the 21st Century.
Leigh Maynard, agricultural economics, and
Sharon Franklin, animal sciences, gained national
recognition for their study of cancer-fighting dairy products.
Their work is one of only 20 activities highlighted in the USDA's
summary of the President's fiscal year 2003 budget proposal
for the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension
Robert Miller, agronomy, received a Philip
Morris Inc. grant for $1,000,000 to study burley tobacco breeding
Peter D. Nagy, plant pathology, won two research
and development program awards from the Kentucky Science and
Engineering Foundation for his work in biotechnology.
William C. Nesmith, plant pathology, received
the Southern Division Outstanding Plant Pathologist Award from
the American Phytopathological Society.
Fred Payne, biosystems and agricultural engineering,
received a USDA teaching grant of $207,000 for a National Needs
Graduate Fellowship in Bioprocess Engineering.
Jerry Skees and Aslihan Spaulding,
agricultural economics, traveled to Turkey as part of a World
Bank mission to examine that nation's potential for agricultural
insurance as part of the Agricultural Reform Initiatives Program.
Skees is a primary advisor in the development of governmental
policies on agricultural insurance in Turkey.
William Snell, agricultural economics, has
received the Tobacco Economics Award from the Tobacco Merchants
Association. He also received an award for Outstanding Extension
Program from the Southern Agricultural Economics Association.
Jeff Stringer, forestry, was presented the
2002 National Outstanding Extension Forester of the Year award
by the Forest Landowners Association at its annual meeting in
South Carolina. He was also elected to the association's board
for at three-year term.
In addition, he was awarded three Exceptional Programming awards
by the Cooperative Extension Service Southern Region.
Rodney Tullock, community and leadership development,
received a Distinguished Service Award from the Kentucky Association
of Future Farmers of America.
Eric Vanzant, John Johns, Keith Schillo and
Darrh Bullock, animal sciences, and Larry
Turner and Richard Gates, biosystems
and agricultural engineering, received a $100,000 grant from
the Kentucky Science and Engineering Foundation for their project
on remote continuous temperature detection in beef cattle.
The late Patch G. Woolfolk, a well-known and
respected animal sciences professor in the College from 1953
until his retirement in 1986, has had a laboratory named in
his memory. (He died in May 2001.) The Patch G. Woolfolk Laboratory
is located at UK's state-of-the-art sheep facility at the Animal
Research Center in Woodford County.
2002 Livestock Selection and Evaluation Team The Team
includes from left to right: UK graduate student Carrie Armstrong,
meats coach; Seth Boortz ,'03, Russellville; Connie Hall ,'03,
Allen; Rebecca Rassenfoss ,'03, Paris; Bryan Carroll ,'04, Vine
Grove; Kylen Douglas ,'03, Pleasureville; and UK graduate student
Aaron Arnett, team coach.
Design Team Takes Honors A student team in the Biosystems
and Agricultural Engineering Department tied for third place
in a national competition for quarter scale tractor design.
The team, left to right, includes Wanda Jones, '03 of Holy Cross;
Brandon McDonald, '04 of Henderson; Jason Ward, '02 of Ashland;
Tim Smith, team advisor; William Simpson, '02 of Cox's Creek;
Scott Shearer, team advisor; Ryan Figgins, '04 of Falmouth,
graduate student Jeremy Hudson, '03 of Bremen; graduate student
Adam Garrison, '03 of Manchester; Evan Conrad, '04 of Dry Ridge,
and Tim Greis, ' 03 of Fort Thomas. Team members not pictured
are Matt Peake, '03 of Hodgenville and John Cole, '02 of Fulton.
Seth Simpson, William Simpson's son, is on the tractor.
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Ag Alumni Association
December 3, 2002
Noon 5 p.m., Hyatt Regency, Lexington:
Second annual professional development conference for ag alumni
(co-sponsored by the UK Alumni Association).
Hyatt Regency: Reception & buffet.
Rupp Arena: UK Wildcats vs. High Point. Wear your Wildcat blue!
to come by mail in early November.)