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Agademics, September 2011

Agademics, September 2011

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UW College of Agriculture and Natural Resources honors 2011 award recipients | ‘Pills, Potions and Profits’ is UW’s 2011 Consumer Issues Conference Theme | State Fair 2011 photos | Head of animal science, extension range specialist receive honors during Wyoming State Fair and Rodeo | Family and consumer sciences students earn national honors
UW College of Agriculture and Natural Resources honors 2011 award recipients | ‘Pills, Potions and Profits’ is UW’s 2011 Consumer Issues Conference Theme | State Fair 2011 photos | Head of animal science, extension range specialist receive honors during Wyoming State Fair and Rodeo | Family and consumer sciences students earn national honors

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September 2011

UW College of Agriculture and Natural Resources honors 2011 award recipients


n agricultural producer, the owner of a wool fiber testing business, a donation of a ranch to the University of Wyoming, and a long-time sponsor of research will be honored by the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources during Ag Appreciation Weekend Sept. 9-10. Outstanding Alumni Award recipients Gary Darnall of Harrisburg, Nebraska, and Angus McColl of Denver, Legacy Award recipient Tim Mellon of Riverside, and Syngenta will be recognized during the weekend and at the Wyoming vs. Texas State University football game Sept. 10. Festivities include the annual barbecue and ag weekend group football tickets. Feature stories and photos about the recipients are at http://bit.ly/pEMTDK. Outstanding Alumni Award recipient Gary Darnall said he always intended to return to the livestock and farming operation that grew from his great-grandfather’s homestead nestled against the Wildcat Hills near Harrisburg. Darnall graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1960 and a master’s degree in 1962, both in agricultural economics. “My whole goal was to come back to production agriculture and, hopefully, to the ranch,” says Darnall, who attended UW on a track scholarship. His return to fulltime at the farm/ranch had to wait until farm economics changed in the early 1960s. The family was not sure if the operation would support Darnall, his wife, Emilie, two children, Lisa and Lane, and his parents, Harvey and Mattie. After teaching classes at Western Nebraska College in Scottsbluff, Neb., and as a vocational agricultural teacher – all the while working at the farm/ranch – the economics changed and Darnall was able to join his father. Darnall said he could not accomplish what he has done without advice and expertise from many others. The operation, which includes Darnall Feedlot, now employs 16, including three part-time employees, and Lisa and Lane, who have joined the operation full time.
Steven L. Miller, Senior Editor slmiller@uwyo.edu Room 123, Ag C (307) 766-6342

Gary Darnall has instilled procedures such as scraping pens each day for fly control and a system of lagoons and pumps so feedlot effluent never reaches nearby Pumpkin Creek.

Wool Fiber Testing Business Within nine years of emigrating to the United States in the 1950s, Angus McColl became co-owner of YocumMcColl Testing Laboratories Inc. fiber testing service in Denver that became and remains the center of wool testing activity in the United States. McColl graduated in 1960 with a bachelor’s degree in animal production.

Angus McColl is the goto person for wool fiber industry testing standards. (continued on page 2) Agricultural Experiment Station http://uwadmnweb.uwyo.edu/uwexpstn/ Room 111, Ag C (307) 766-3667

Bernadette van der Vliet, Layout Design bvanderv@uwyo.edu Room 123, Ag C (307) 766-5157

UW College of Agriculture and Natural Resources honors 2011 award recipients
“The Angus McColl-led transition to an internationally accepted standard was instrumental in stopping the extinction of the wool business in the USA,” states Terry Martin of Anodyne Inc. of San Angelo, Texas, in his nomination letter. Adds Rick Powers, trading manager at Lempriere USA Inc., “Without his testing house, our business would completely stop. I just want to thank Angus for his dedication over the years.” And one more – “For nearly 50 years, the entire U.S. wool industry has depended upon Angus as contracts are written and value is determined,” writes Larry Prager, president of the UW Alumni Association and general manager of Center of the Nation Wool Inc. of Belle Fourche, South Dakota. “Millions and millions of pounds of wool have gone to market with the stamp of Yocum-McColl test results. Few can comprehend the importance of Angus’ role.” Ranch Donation Boosts Research Tim Mellon’s donation of the Riverbend Ranch west of Laramie to UW will dramatically affect wildlife-livestock disease research in the college and across the Intermountain region. The college will use the proceeds of the sale to fund the Riverbend Ranch Endowed Chair in WildlifeTim Mellon Livestock Health. “The gift is a tremen(continued from page 1)

dous opportunity for UW to further the great work our folks are doing in the wildlife-livestock disease area,” notes Frank Galey, dean of the college, who also chairs the Wyoming Brucellosis Coordination Team. Long-Time Research Partner Pesticide and seed researchers in the college nominated Syngenta for the college’s 2011 Outstanding Research Partner Award. Plant sciences Professor Gary Franc and Assistant Professor Andrew Kniss have worked closely with the company, especially with research and development scientist Pete Forster, who is based in Eaton, Colo. “Pete has been such a big supporter of a lot of our programs at the Powell Research and Extension Center and also at the James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center near Lingle,” notes Kniss. “He’s always there with information when you need it.”

Annual Barbecue, Football Tickets
the 29th annual Ag Appreciation Day barbecue is 2-3:30 p.m. September 10 at tailgate park. tickets can be purchased at the event or prior to the event by contacting Laurie Bonini in the Office of Academic and Student programs at (307) 766- 4034 or lbonini@uwyo.edu. Ag Appreciation Weekend group football tickets are also available. the tickets are in section G – adults $22, children $10. Go to www.wyomingathletics.com and scroll over tickets and click promotions; click Here to enter the promotion code, which is AGDAY, then follow instructions.


‘Pills, Potions and Profits’ is UW’s 2011 Consumer Issues Conference theme
The marketing of drugs, both prescription and over-the-counter, is becoming more pervasive but raises special issues for consumers, says Dee Pridgen, distinguished professor in the UW College of Law and a planner of the conference. Those include prescription drug advertising, counterfeit drugs, the culture of drugs in American society, drug enforcement at the Wyoming borders, effective substance abuse prevention strategies, prescription drugs in medical practice, alcohol and Wyoming law, and medical marijuana. A showing of the documentary film Big Bucks, Big Pharma: Marketing Disease and Pushing Drugs is 7 p.m.
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lecturer in psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine will describe how psychiatry medicated a nation during his plenary speech to open the “Pills, Potions and Profits” Consumer Issues Conference October 5-7 at the University of Wyoming. Charles Barber, author of Comfortably Numb: How Psychiatry Medicated a Nation, will also have a session of the same name. The consumer conference each year examines issues of concern to public safety and pocketbooks. Speakers, the program, and more are at www.uwyo.edu/ consumerconference. On Facebook, search UW Consumer Issues Conference.


State Fair 2011

Tyler Lamb of Green River preps his sheep for showing.

Ag college Dean Frank Galey (left) walks the fairway with Jacque and Tom Buchanan.

Showmanship Judge Roger High of Richard, Ohio, talks with Emily Balfour of Natrona County.

Right to left, Ron Cunningham and Kellie Chichester directed the sheep showmanship competition.

Alex Malcolm visits during a beef show. Anne Leonard, director of College Relations, talks with a future scientist at the college’s state fair booth.

Flying pigs.

Off to compete!

Their show was amazing!

Brittany Schaneman, left, and Anne Leonard staffed the state fair booth all week.

Judge Roger High talks with Stephanie Klein of Platte County. They don’t quite believe what they’re hearing.

Judge Roger High surveys this showmanship class.

Tom Buchanan visits with Douglas Budget reporter Colin McRann.

Professor Donna Brown, head of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, and Glen Whipple, associate dean and director of the UW Cooperative Extension Service, at the college’s state fair booth.

Wool project supervisor Rita Redig of Glenrock and Ian Schofield of Gillette wash wool together. Kallen Mohr of Michigan works with Jewell Reed of Bill at the wool exhibit.

Jacque and Tom Buchanan and Frank Galey relax watching dogs perform stunts (they were awesome!) on the fairway.

Dennis Switzer of KKTY-AM radio of Douglas greets UW President Tom Buchanan for an interview.

Corson Kerbs of Saratoga won the sheep showmanship competition.


Doug Hixon, left, receives the Pacesetter Award from Jason Fearneyhough, director of the Wyoming Department of Agriculture.

Rachel Mealor, left, is presented the Friend of Agriculture Award from Jessica Crowder of the Wyoming Department of Agriculture.


Head of animal science, extension range specialist receive honors during Wyoming State Fair and Rodeo
Jessica Crowder from the WDA’s Natural Resources and Policy section presented Mealor the Friend of Agriculture Award. She says Mealor was recognized for her work on several projects that demonstrate her expertise and dedication to Wyoming producers and land managers and her ability to work well with agricultural producers and natural resource professionals. “She has been an asset to the WDA through her work on the Rangeland Health Assessment Program development committee and her strong support of the program, the pilot projects, and role as the leader in UW’s active involvement with the program,” notes Crowder. “She tirelessly promotes agriculture, teaches others about range management, and is always willing to help the WDA with special projects,” she says. “Along with this, she played an instrumental role in updating the Coordinated Resource Management (CRM) workbook to make it a valuable resource for CRM groups through her contributions and insights as well as her work on the committees throughout the process.”

xcellence in agriculture awards were presented to a professor in animal science and an extension range specialist by the Wyoming Department of Agriculture (WDA) during the Wyoming State Fair and Rodeo. Professor Doug Hixon in the Department of Animal Science received the Pacesetter Award, and extension range specialist Rachel Mealor in the Department of Renewable Resources received the Friend of Agriculture Award. WDA director Jason Fearneyhough says Hixon, head of the animal science department, received the Pacesetter Award for his innovative thinking, progressive management, and cooperation between users of public lands. “Our staff members would like to recognize Doug for going above and beyond these standards through his extended career at UW and all of his efforts to help the cattle industry,” says Fearneyhough. “As one of the most respected cattle minds in the country, he has represented UW and Wyoming throughout North and South America. His work has helped Wyoming develop markets in Argentina and Brazil as well as the rest of the world. He is a true friend and confidant to producers all over the state.”

‘Pills, Potions and Profits’ is UW’s 2011 Consumer Issues Conference theme (continued from page 2)
Wednesday, October 5, in the Family Room of the Wyoming Union followed by discussion. The film is free and open to the public. “This conference will bring to the forefront many business, health, and legal issues associated with consumer drugs in ways that can be used by consumers, businesses, attorneys, educators, and policymakers,” says Pridgen. “The conference features speakers on business/legal, health and criminal aspects of drugs and consumers. There will also be a panel discussion on medical marijuana.”  Many topics addressed at the conference can help make consumers safer, help them save money, and be healthier, notes Virginia Vincenti, conference planner and a professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences. “The more we got into planning this conference, the more fascinating it became,” she says. “This theme has something for everyone regardless of age, health status, income level, and political orientation.”


Family and consumer sciences students earn national honors


Kati Stoll models her dress that won Undergraduate Best of Show at the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences annual convention this summer.

ne student in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences received the Undergraduate Best of Show award and another was a finalist in the design competition at the June American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) annual convention in Phoenix. Kati Stoll submitted Splatter and Spikes, a garment she completed fall semester of 2010 in the design submissions course taught by Professor Donna Brown. As part of the course, students were required to enter competitions. “I entered into the AAFCS competition because the theme was Linking Cultures,” says Stoll, a senior from Casper. “My garment was made with prairie points, which were commonly found in the quilts made by pioneers who settled in our state. I was able to link my garment with the rich history of Wyoming.” She said the honor has encouraged her to continue designing and entering competitions. “Being accepted into a national competition was truly amazing, but it was even more of an honor to be named best in show,” she says. Molly Janak, who graduated in December, 2010, was a finalist in the exhibit and was asked to present her garment La Donna Che Brucia. It is a one-shouldered sheath dress made of faux textured leather with a tulle and net collar and feather neckline detail. “The garment was inspired by the use of leather in Italian culture as well as the stories and pictures I had heard and seen from my good friend who has attended The Burning Man Project for several years,” says Janak of North Platte, Nebraska. “This festival takes place in the desert of Nevada and is a cultural, musical, and spiritual art celebration.” Her garment, with an inspiration board and abstract, will be on display this fall in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences. “I was very honored to be selected to show my garment at the national showcase,” she notes. “Also, I am very proud of my good friend, Kati, for receiving the best of show award. She is incredibly talented and hard working, and I cannot think of another person who would deserve this more.”

September 5: Labor Day, UW offices closed September 6-9: Sustainable Management of Rangeland Resources Initiative Team meeting and range tour, Lander area September 9: Agricultural Experiment Station competitive grants due September 12-15: UW Cooperative Extension Service new employee orientation conference, Laramie September 19-22: Extension Secretary Conference, a Professional Event (ESCAPE), Sheridan September 26-30: National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences annual meeting, Albuquerque, New Mexico September 27-30: 4-H Initiative Team in-depth training, White Pines Resort, Pinedale For a statewide calendar, please access the ag collegeWeb site at www.uwyo.edu/UWAG/



Laramie Research and Extension Center tour

pproximately 70 attended the tour of the Laramie Research and Extension Center (LREC) greenhouse complex in August. “We have research into very practical things like gardens and flowers to very cutting-edge scientific experiments,” says Kelli Belden, director of the greenhouse. “For example, we have genetic engineering of corn by Professor Anne Sylvester and Associate Professor Steve Herbert growing algae.” The greenhouse complex has seen recent improvements; structures were re-sided to improve light intensity inside the structures, and ventilation has been enhanced. Belden says space is at nearcapacity and that departments from across the UW campus use the greenhouse. Doug Zalesky is the LREC director. “I was extremely pleased with the turnout, and I think with the variety of research and projects carried out at the greenhouse
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A bank of sugar beets shows research by graduate student Louise Lorent and Assistant Professor Andrew Kniss.

UW students Sarah Legg and Mike Curran led the tour of the ACRES student farm project.

Maureen King of Laramie peeks at plants in a high tunnel. What is it for? This bicycle-washing machine tub quickly gets rid of water on large amounts of lettuce after rinsing.

Plant sciences graduate student Shayla Burnett looks into a tank of algae.

Laramie Research and Extension Center tour (continued from page 7)
complex we can provide something for about everyone,” he says. “We look forward to expanding the program and, hopefully, the number of people who attend next year.” To view the 2011 Field Days Bulletin, which contains two-page synopses of research projects at UW’s research and extension centers near Powell, Sheridan, Lingle, and Laramie, see http://bit.ly/odHzZV.

Agricultural Experiment Station Director Professor Bret Hess is interviewed by Alexandra Cockar of the Laramie Boomerang newspaper.

Associate Professor Steve Herbert, head of the plant sciences department, holds a large container of algae during his discussion of algae research at UW. The project will examine how applying algae to soil affects soil properties. A second objective is to determine how the treatment alters the structure and functions of soil microbes.

Ph.D. student Nate Storey talks about his hydroponics project.

Extension horticulturist Karen Panter talked about high tunnels and her green roof project. The Robert and Carol Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center on campus has a roof-top garden planted with Rocky Mountain native plants. Panter had been asked to grow 27 species of native plants for the project. Vegetable towers in Nate Storey’s hydroponics greenhouse facility.

Assistant Professor Anowar Islam makes a point during his fescue research discussion.

Associate Professor Robin Groose describes a trial of field peas.


Bastian, C.T., A.M. Nagler, D.J. Menkhaus, M.D. Ehmke, J.B. Whitaker and C.E. Young. “Decoupled Programs, Payment Incidence, and Factor Markets: Evidence from Market Experiments,” selected paper presentation at the 2011 Joint Meeting of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association and Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association, Pittsburgh, PA, July 2426, (presented by Bastian). Nagler, A.M., D.J. Menkhaus, C.T. Bastian and M.D. Ehmke. “Subsidy Incidence in Agricultural Land Markets: An Experimental Investigation,” selected paper presentation at the 2011 Joint Meeting of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association and Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association, Pittsburgh, PA, July 24-26, (presented by Menkhaus). Skrabut, Stan. “Reaching Audiences: Beyond Bullet Points – An Overview,” and “Reaching Audiences: Beyond Bullet Points,” presented at the 2011 National Pesticide Applicator Certification and Training Workshop, Portland, OR., August 9-11. Weigel, Randolph, Cole Ehmke and Juliet Daniels. “Enhancing the Leadership Capacity of Wyoming’s Citizens: An Evaluation of the EVOLVE Leadership Program and Its Development Into an Online Format,” presented at the 74th Annual Meeting of the Rural Sociological Society, Boise, ID, July 28-31, (presented by Daniels). Reddy, K.J. “Coalbed Natural Gas (CBNG): Energy and Environment,” presented as keynote presentation at the Western Society of Soil Science Conference, University of Wyoming, Laramie, June 20 . Reddy, K.J. “Energy Water Connection,” invited presentation at 2011 Annual Conference of University Council for Water Resources, Boulder, CO, July 13. Reddy, K.J. “A Novel Arsenic Removal Method for Water,” invited presentation at Idaho National Laboratory and Mountain West Water Institute Workshop, Salt Lake City, Utah. July 18. Reddy, K.J., Morris Argyle, Tex Taylor, and Jim Sedey. “Simultaneous Capture and Mineralization of Coal Combustion Flue Gas CO2 Demonstration Study,” invited presentation at the Clean Coal Research Symposium, School of Energy Resources, University of Wyoming, Laramie, August 25.

Department of Molecular Biology Seminars
Fridays, 2:10-3 p.m., Animal Science/ Molecular Biology building, room 103 September 2: “Exploring Promoters and the Transcription Factor Proteome,” Harry Jarrett, University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio September 9: “To Build a Biofilm,” George O’Toole, Dartmouth September 16: “Similarity Measures, Similarity Searches, and Network Inference on Genome-wide Datasets,” Arcady Mushegian, University of Kansas September 23: To be announced, Alice Barkan, University of Oregon September 30: “The Asymmetry of Female Meiosis,” Frank McNally, University of California-Davis

Changing Faces, Changing Places
(effective date in parentheses)


Johnson, Louise: Animal science, accountant (8/5) Keto, David: Communications and technology, producer/director (8/31) Navarro, Tracy: Laramie County UW Cooperative Extension Service (CES), administrative assistant (8/22)


Ackerson, James: Communications and technology, computer support specialist (8/16) Anderson, Randy: Communications and technology, website designer/ developer (9/2) Augustin, Shirley: Ag Business Office, accounting associate, senior (9/2) Bertoncelj, Kathleen: Agricultural Experiment Station, office associate, senior (9/30) Colson, Lisa: Sweetwater County UW CES, extension educator, assistant (6/30) Gade, Gene: Crook County UW CES, extension educator, senior (7/31) Heald, Thomas: Natrona County UW Cooperative Extension Service, extension educator, senior (6/30) Murakami, Aya: Molecular biology, research scientist, assistant (8/5) Rosa, Linda: Animal science, accountant (7/15) Vanderpool-Mobley, Tory: Weston County UW CES, 4-H educator (8/18) Wilson, David: Plant sciences, lecturer, senior (6/30)


Applying for a grant? Consider this


lanning to submit a proposal to the Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) Competitive Grants program? Let your department head/chair know well ahead of the Friday, September 9, deadline. The RFP and budget pages are posted under Links at http://www.uwyo. edu/UWEXPSTN/. Fall 2011 Global Perspectives proposals are due electronically in a single PDF file to AES by Friday, October 14. The RFP has been posted under Links at http://www.uwyo. edu/UWEXPSTN/. Faculty members are encouraged to apply both to the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AES) Global Perspectives program and UW’s International Travel Grants (ITG) program. UW International Program information is at http://www.uwyo.edu/intprograms/Grants/ index.html, and ITG submissions are due to department heads/chairs/directors by Friday, September 23. National Science Foundation (NSF) is requesting preliminary proposals for the Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE). The solicitation is available at http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11564/nsf11564. htm. NSF allows a single organization to submit one preliminary proposal as the lead institution. Since UW is only allowed to submit one proposal on behalf of the institution, the Office of Research and Economic Development is requesting those interested in submitting a preliminary proposal under this solicitation submit a two-page abstract to the research office by September 6. Abstracts should be emailed to Farrell Rapp (fgraf@uwyo.edu) by 5 p.m. September 6. For more information, contact Rapp by email or at 766-2047.


ollege personnel are reminded to be cautious and drive according to conditions as they travel to and from their research sites, notes bret Hess, associate dean for research and director of the Wyoming Agricultural experiment Station. For what to do if in an accident, see Section XIV – Accident reporting procedures near the bottom of page 8 at http://www. uwyo.edu/auxserv/Fleet/Official-Vehicle-Policy/OVP.pdf

Be careful out there

Bastian, C.T., J.P. Ritten, M. Smith and S.I. Paisley. “Dealing with Drought.” Reflections (June 2011): 24-27. (Awarded second-place article in this issue). Ritten, J.P., C.T. Bastian and W. Marshall Frasier. Considerations for Preparing a Drought Management Plan for Livestock Producers. Bulletin B-1220. Cooperative Extension Service, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Wyoming, Laramie (June 2011): 1-3. Shepherd, Craig, and Stan Skrabut. “Rethinking Electronic Portfolios to Promote Sustainability among Teachers.” TechTrends 55, no. 5 (2011): 31-38, http://www.springerlink.com/openurl.asp?genre=article&id=doi:10.1007/ s11528-011-0525-5.

Monies Awarded
Collier, Timothy: $28,000 from Wyoming Weed and Pest Council for “Support for Biological Control Position.” Fox, Jonathan: $140,140 from National Institutes of Health for “Oxidation-dependent Mutant Huntingtin Oligomers and Huntington’s Disease Pathogen.” Freeburn, Jim: $15,001 from USDA NIFA for “2010 Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Professional Development Program State Implementation Grants.” Geiger, Milton: $100,000 from USDA Rural Business Cooperative Service for “Addressing Cost and Uncertainty Opportunities through Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy for Energy.”

Proposals Submitted
Despain, Jonathan, Dawn Sanchez, Colleen Campbell and Mary Louise Wood: $82,000 to Department of Justice for “Wyoming 4-H Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention – Youth Mentoring Project.” Ferrell, Mark: $10,000 to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) for “Pesticide Safety Education.” Meyer, Allison, Kristi Cammack and Scott Lake: $149,957 to USDA NIFA for “Programming of Metabolic Efficiency in Beef Cattle: Impacts and Interactions of Maternal Efficiency and Gestational Nutrition.”

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