Donald C. Slack, professor of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, a professor of Watershed Management and Eco-Hydrology and Cecil H. Miller, Jr., & Cecil H. Miller, Sr., Families Dean’s Chair for Excellence in Agriculture and Life Sciences was awarded the Dr. Samuel Trueba Coronel National Award of Professional Merit in Irrigation and Drainage for 2016. The award is presented annually by El Colegio Mexicano de Ingenieros en Irrigación, A.C.—the Mexican College of Engineers in Irrigation—to those who exemplify the profession and demonstrate passion for their work, along with knowledge, commitment and an innovative vision in developing professional activities. Slack received the honor for “professional merit in serving Mexican irrigation and drainage engineers, students, professors and administrators for the past 25+ years.” The award was presented at Chapingo Autonomous University in Texcoco, Mexico, in September and came with a cash prize of 30,000 Mexican pesos (about $1,500 US), which Slack donated to the Chapingo Irrigation Engineering Department to support four student fellowships to be awarded in his name.
Don Slack, National Award of Professional Merit in Irrigation and Drainage
William B. Showers, ESA Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
William B. Showers, adjunct scientist in the Department of Entomology, received the 2016 Plant-Insect Ecosystems Lifetime Achievement in Entomology Award from the Entomological Society of America. This prestigious national award recognizes the career of an entomologist who has greatly contributed to the advancement or promotion of entomology and has been an inspiration to others. Showers – who earned his bachelor's degree in entomology from the UA in 1957 – is renowned for his research on the dispersal, diapause, mating and population genetics of insect pests of corn. He was project leader of Insect Ecology at the USDA-ARS Corn Insects Research Unit in Ames, Iowa, for more than two decades and trained many of today's leaders in the field. The award was presented at the International Congress of Entomology in Orlando, Florida, last month.
Steven Archer, Fellow of Ecological Society of America
Steve Archer, professor in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment, has been named a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America. Elected for life, fellows are members who have made outstanding contributions to advancing or applying ecological knowledge in academics, government, nonprofit organizations and other areas. Archer was recognized for his novel integration of ecological, remote sensing and the earth science theory to advance the conservation and management of the word’s grassland and savanna ecosystems. The honor was presented in August at the ESA annual meeting in Florida.
“This is a most well-deserved honor for Steve. He is clearly one of the world’s top scientists and his critical research into the global phenomena of shrub proliferation into grasslands bridges basic and applied research,” said Stuart Marsh, SNRE director and professor. “He has made a very significant impact on our understanding of these changes, particularly within the context of drought and global climate change.”
Caroline Geisler Named 2016 University Fellow
Caroline Geisler is a doctoral student in the School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences. Geisler was raised outside Dayton and earned a B.S. in zoology at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She then joined the University of Arizona, completing an M.S. in Animal Sciences. Geisler's primary research interest centers around the impacts metabolism and endocrinology have on systemic health and liver physiology. Geisler's master's thesis investigated how signaling by ketone bodies affects the hepatic (liver) adaptation to fasting. Her Ph.D. research focuses on how lipid accumulation in the liver drives pathophysiologies—changes in the body that accompany disease—that are common to obesity and diabetes, such as insulin resistance and hypertension.
Joel Cuello Elected to National Academy of Science and Technology of the Phillipines
Professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, Joel Cuello was elected a corresponding member of the National Academy of Science and Technology of the Philippines. He was chosen because of his significant contributions in sustainable biological and agricultural engineering systems. He has also done significant work for NASA on hybrid solar-electric lighting systems. The National Academy of Science and Technology Philippines elected Cuello during its 38th meeting in July. Cuello has served as technical adviser to the Philippine Congressional Commission on Science, Technology and Engineering. He was also elected to the Philippine American Academy of Science and Engineering in 2012.
Kristy Gilman of Nutritional Sciences Named University Fellow
This year, Kristy Gilman was named one of two University Fellows attending the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Gilman is a doctoral student in the Nutritional Sciences program. She was born and raised in Oregon and attended Oregon State University for her undergraduate studies where she graduated with a B.S. in Nutrition and Health Sciences and a minor in Chemistry. Her research interests are in bioactive compounds and nutrients and their impact on cancer development.
Read the CALS news article about Kristy Gilman here.
Mohammad Pessarakli Wins AAFSAA Outstanding Faculty Award
The Asian American Faculty, Staff and Alumni Association has recognized Mohammad Pessarakli, Ph.D. as the 2015 AAFSAA Outstanding Faculty Award Recipient. Pessarakli is a professor in the School of Plant Sciences, and also an adjunct professor in the UA Honors College. He won this award because of his overall dedication and contributions to the University. Pessarakli is known for his high number of publications, in addition to semi-yearly scholarly articles, he has written nine books and his 10th book will be available next spring.
Sophia K Leone, National Dairy Award recipient
Sophia K Leone, an undergraduate in Veterinary Science and Business Administration has been honored as a recipient of the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board Scholarship for the 2015-2016 academic year. This $1,500 award is based on academic performance, involvement in extra-curricular dairy related activities, commitment to a career in dairy, and evidence of leadership ability, initiative, character and integrity.