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UW Extension specialist receives career achievement award | Latchininsky selected for Faculty Senate Speaker Series | UW scientist, state’s veterinarian lauded for animal health efforts | Franc remembered for service to Rocky Mountain ag producers | Cameron president-elect of national family and consumer sciences national honor society | UW Extension vehicle will run on compressed natural gas, gasoline | Agricultural students win, finalists in Wyoming Farm Bureau Collegiate Discussion Meet
UW Extension specialist receives career achievement award | Latchininsky selected for Faculty Senate Speaker Series | UW scientist, state’s veterinarian lauded for animal health efforts | Franc remembered for service to Rocky Mountain ag producers | Cameron president-elect of national family and consumer sciences national honor society | UW Extension vehicle will run on compressed natural gas, gasoline | Agricultural students win, finalists in Wyoming Farm Bureau Collegiate Discussion Meet

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november 2012
 Agricultural Experiment Station
 www.uwyo.edu/uwexpstnRoom 111, Ag C(307) 766-3667
Bernadette van der Vliet, Layout Design
bvanderv@uwyo.eduRoom 123, Ag C(307) 766-5157
Steven L. Miller, Senior Editor
slmiller@uwyo.edu Room 123, Ag C(307) 766-6342
Department of Animal Science Seminars
 Fridays, 12:10-1 p.m., Animal Science/Molecular Biol-ogy building, room 103
Lunch served for $4 beginning at 11:50 a.m. by the Ani-mal Science Graduate Student Association
November 2
: “Probing the Mechanics of Cell Division,”Jay Gatlin, molecular biology
November 9
: To be announced (TBA), animal scienceinterns
November 16
: TBA, animal science interns
November 23
: Thanksgiving break, no seminar
Department of Ecosystem Scienceand Management Research acrossDisciplines Seminars
 Fridays, 2:10-3 p.m., Agriculture C building, room 1030
November 2
: “21st Century Bison Conservation,” GlennPlumb, National Park Service
November 9
: “Dependency on the Microbial World,” Pa-tricia Colberg, civil and architectural engineering
November 16
: Open
November 23
: Thanksgiving break, no seminar
November 30
: TBA, Rajan Ghimire, ESM PhD student
Department of Molecular Biology Seminars
 Fridays, 2:10-3 p.m., Animal Science/Molecular Biol-ogy building, room 103
November 2
: “How the Lyme Disease Pathogen Adaptsto Diverse Host Environments,” X. Frank Yang, IndianaUniversity
November 9
: “Signaling in Plant Stem Cells, New Path-ways and Impacts on Crop Yields,” David Jackson, ColdSpring Harbor Laboratory
November 16
: “Building the Nucleus in Coordination withCell Division,” Katharine Ullman, University of Utah
November 23
: Thanksgiving break, no seminar
November 30
: “Telomere Dysfunction in Human CancerCells,” Lifeng Xu, University of California, Davis
UW Extension specialist receivescareer achievement award
proessor in the Department o Family and Consumer Sciences anddirector o Wyoming AgrAbility has received the Career Achieve-ment Award rom the National Family Lie Specialists’ Awards Commit-tee.“I was extremely honored and hum-bled,” says Randy Weigel, UW Extensionhuman development specialist. “In my 37-year extension career, I’ve had the privilegeo working with most o the past recipients.”Te Career Achievement Award hon-ors an extension state specialist in amily lie and human development who has madesignicant contributions with impacts at thenational level on extension program devel-opment, delivery, and evaluation.Weigel will be honored at 11 a.m.Tursday, November 15, during the Na-tional Update and Family Lie Specialists’Awards Presentation webinar hosted by the U.S. Department o Agricul-ture and National Institute o Food and Agriculture. Login inormationor the webinar will be available athttp://www.nia.usda.gov/.“Troughout his two decades o service, he has made signicantcontributions in developing, teaching, and evaluating extension pro-grams,” says Brian Higginbotham, amily lie extension specialist atUtah State University. “His contributions, including presentations andpublications, have had multiple impacts outside his home state.”Weigel will speak or 15 minutes during the webinar on topicsincluding the age-paced parenting newsletters he worked on duringhis time at Iowa State Extension; the Farm Crisis o the ’80s; WyomingExtension homemakers; Western Integrated Resource Education – Ag-riculture Help Wanted; the animal care project at the Wyoming GirlsSchool; and Wyoming AgrAbility.“I am proud o the proactive, integrated and comprehensive re-sponse o extension human development and amily lie specialists tothe emotional needs o arm amilies acing the arm crisis o the ’80s,and the inclusion o behavioral (mental) health into extension agricul-tural management education and the National AgrAbility project,” saysWeigel.
Professor Randy Weigel
Changing Faces, Changing Places
(efective date in parentheses)
Benepe, Carolyn
Sheridan County Extension, projectcoordinator, senior (10/1)
Rakness, Michelle
Carbon County Extension,administrative assistant (10/1)
Latchininsky selected forFaculty Senate Speaker Series
xtension entomologist Alex Latchininsky is the Fall2012 Award Recipient or the Faculty Senate SpeakerSeries and will present at 4:10 p.m. Tursday, November 29,in room 133 Classroom Building.Latchininsky will dis-cuss “Te Aral Sea catas-trophe: Is one o the world’sgreatest environmental di-sasters reversible?”Latchininsky receivedhis bachelor’s and master’sdegrees in entomology at St.Petersburg State University,Russia. In 1995, he came toUW to pursue his Ph.D. inentomology. He joined theaculty o the Departmento Ecosystem Science andManagement in 2003 andwas promoted to associate proessor in 2008.He has published 33 peer-reviewed articles and 14monographs and book chapters in ve languages. He hasserved as president o the U.S. National Grasshopper Man-agement Board and received the International IntegratedPest Management Award o Excellence in 2012 or devel-oping and delivering rangeland grasshopper managementstrategies in the West.He has also served as an international consultant orthe U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization. Latchinin-sky has traveled to 40-plus countries including Argentina,Australia, Mexico, anzania, Ethiopia, Senegal, China andCentral Asian countries, and he has been eatured on theDiscovery Channel and History Channel television pro-grams about locusts.
Associate Professor AlexLatchininsky
UW scientist, state’sveterinarian lauded foranimal health efforts
University o Wyo-ming proessor and theWyoming state veterinarianhave received awards romnational animal health orga-nizations.Proessor Donal O’oolein the Department o Veteri-nary Sciences received theDistinguished Career ServiceAward rom the AmericanAssociation o Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians(AAVLD) at the association’sannual meeting October18-24 in Greensboro, NorthCarolina.State veterinarian JimLogan received the NationalAssembly Award rom theU.S. Animal Health Associa-tion (USAHA), which met jointly with the AAVLD. TeNational Assembly is thecollaborative body o all U.S.state animal health ocials,according to the USAHA.Logan was recognized by allstate veterinarians or hiscontributions to advanceanimal health programs na-tionally.O’oole, in the College o Agriculture and NaturalResources, was honored or his long-term service to vet-erinary diagnostic medicine in the United States, includingpeer-reviewed papers, teaching related to diagnostic medi-cine, service on the associations executive board, includingas president 2005-2006, and as chair o its pathology com-mittee.He joined the Department o Veterinary Sciences in1990 as an associate proessor and diagnostic pathologistand served as department head and as director o the Wyo-ming State Veterinary Laboratory or ve years. He teachesundergraduate courses in diseases o livestock, equinehealth and disease, and mammalian pathobiology. His re-search ocus is spontaneous diseases o ood and compan-ion animals and atal viral disease o bison.
Professor Donal O’TooleJim Logan
Gary Franc, 56, proessoro plant pathology in the De-partment o Plant Sciences,died Wednesday, October 17,rom health complications.“Proessor Franc was aconstant and steady presencein the Department o PlantSciences and will be missed,says Steve Herbert, associateproessor and head o the de-partment. “He was a dedicat-ed scientist who was nonethe-less powerully devoted to hisamily and a strong believerin academic principles. Gary was always a serious and ex-perienced member o aculty committees and took his votes very seriously, whetheron graduate student progressor on aculty governance pro-cedures.”Gary joined the Depart-ment o Plant Services in1991 as an associate proes-sor o plant pathology andbecame a proessor o plantpathology in 2001. Gary had worked as an area extensionagent or Colorado State University Extension rom 1986-1991, and was a research associate and general aculty member in the Department o Plant Pathology at CSUrom 1980-1986.He received his bachelor’s degree rom the University o Wisconsin, Madison, in 1978, his master’s degree romthe University o Minnesota, Minneapolis-St. Paul, in 1982,and his Ph.D. in plant pathology rom CSU in 1988.Herbert says two priorities drove Gary’s long hours inhis oce and laboratory.Te rst was service to agricultural producers in theRocky Mountain region.“Gary’s research group continuously monitored cropplant samples rom Wyoming, Colorado, and elsewhereor signs o plant disease so that nascent epidemics couldbe identied and stopped,” notes Herbert. “His diseasemonitoring and prevention work included development o methods to identiy resistance o pathogenic ungi to thepesticides that are used to control them.
Franc remembered for serviceto Rocky Mountain ag producers
His other research inter-est was more global and moreesoteric, though still appli-cable, notes Herbert.Gary had a long-terminterest in how bacteria andother microbes are distrib-uted around the Earth by weather. He sampled waterrom clouds or mountainsnow to nd evidence o mi-crobes that had been carriedthere rom great distances.“In very recent years,Gary’s cloud bacteria work was supported by the Nation-al Science Foundation andbrought scientists rom Aus-tralia, Ireland, and Germany to Wyoming or research inhis laboratory,” says Herbert.“Te Franc lab was always ahub o activity on the ourthoor o the agriculture build-ing but especially in the lastyears o his lie. Tese col-leagues now continue Gary’swork, and it will go orwardor years to come with the energy he created or it.Herbert says Gary was also deeply devoted to his am-ily.“No visitor to his oce could ail to be distracted by the extraordinary artwork, posters, and amily pictures thatwere plastered on every wall,” he notes. “When Gary Francwas not at work, he was oen engaged in adventures withhis loved ones in the Colorado mountains. Beore her re-cent death, Gary took time rom work to escort his motherto the Hawaiian Islands or a long-imagined vacation. ell-ing stories o his adventures with amily to colleagues atwork was one o Gary’s greatest pleasures.”Herbert says Gary’s work at UW will continue to besupported by his current grants and by renewal proposalsthat are already being draed by his colleagues.“Te uture is always unknown and the Franc groupwill change over time, but his vision and ideas will propel itorward or years to come,” notes Herbert.
Professor Gary Franc

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