CALS Faculty Member Earns Distinguished Outreach Award

Friday, December 20, 2013

Two University of Arizona faculty members will be conferred with the title of University Distinguished Outreach Faculty on Saturday during the UA's 149th commencement ceremony.

This year, S. Peder Cuneo and Sally J. Reel were selected for the honor, which is given to recognize scholarship-based outreach to the state, nation and the world that has demonstrated sustained excellence in the University's outreach mission. The award carries a $5,000 increase to each faculty member's base salary.

The work of both Cuneo and Reel epitomizes the UA's outreach mission, one that is rooted in its land-grant heritage and is reflected in the University's Never Settle Strategic Academic and Business Plan, which advances creative and innovative collaboration with community partners for the benefit of both the campus community and communities beyond.

The commencement ceremony will be held Dec. 21 at 9 a.m. at the UA McKale Memorial Center. Doors will open at 7:30 a.m., and family and friends are asked to enter McKale through its south entrance.

S. Peder Cuneo, Veterinarian, UA Cooperative Extension Associate Director, University Animal Care

Over his nearly 30-year professional career, Cuneo has made critically important contributions toward improving the health of animals while protecting the nation's farm animals.

After completing his doctor of veterinary medicine at the University of California, Davis, in 1979, Cuneo became the veterinary medical officer for the state of California in 1986. He joined the UA two years later as the University's farm animal veterinarian.

Now serving as the UA Cooperative Extension veterinarian and associate director of University Animal Care, Cuneo works at the University's 180-acre Campus Agricultural Center, and oversees the care of the center's large animals.

Highly regarded for his efforts to improve the lives of both humans and animals and for translating scientific research into practical use, Cuneo works directly with livestock producers throughout Arizona, including those on tribal lands. His work, which has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is highly characteristic of the UA's land-grant mission: Cuneo facilitates agricultural development projects and educational programs in ways that are relevant and easily accessible.

Read the rest of this December 17 UANews article at the link below.

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