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Agademics, January 2012

Agademics, January 2012

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AES 2012 Competitive Grants awards $397,436 | AES announces Global Perspectives Grant winners | Professors, staff members receive college recognition awards | AES planning conference February 22-23 | Student claims top poster contest prize | Range students sweep regional range management competition
AES 2012 Competitive Grants awards $397,436 | AES announces Global Perspectives Grant winners | Professors, staff members receive college recognition awards | AES planning conference February 22-23 | Student claims top poster contest prize | Range students sweep regional range management competition

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January 2012

Professors, staff members receive college recognition awards T
om Thurow in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management and Karen Williams in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences received Outstanding Educator Awards during the college’s annual Faculty and Staff Recognition Program Professor Tom Thurow, left, of the Department of Ecosystem Science and in December. Each Management, receives an Outstanding received $2,500. Educator Award from Professor and An anonymous department head John Tanaka. donor established the award to recognize classroom and extension educators in the college. Nominations are peer-reviewed by a committee comprised of a dean’s office representative, an academic department head, and a previous award recipient. Other nominees Professor Karen Williams of the Dewere Dawn Sanchez, partment of Family and Consumer UW Extension educa- Sciences is presented an Outstanding Educator Award by Reed Scull, associtor in Uinta County, ate dean and division head of the Outand Professor Dave reach Credit Programs. Williams in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management. Two awards through the Office of Academic and Student Programs are presented by students. Naomi Ward, an assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Biology, received the Lawrence Meeboer Agricultural Classroom Teaching Award. Students also presented Urszula
Steven L. Miller, Senior Editor slmiller@uwyo.edu Room 123, Ag C (307) 766-6342

Norton, an assistant professor in the Department of Plant Sciences, the Outstanding Adviser Award. Ward, who was unavailable for a photograph, and Norton each received $500. Other Meeboer nominees by departments were Associate Professors Ed Bradley and Alan Schroeder, agricultural and applied economics; Assistant Professor Scott Lake, Associate Professors Paul Ludden and Warrie Means, and lecturer Amy McLean, animal science; Thurow, ecosystem science and management; Ward and lecturer Rachel Watson, molecular biology; Assistant Professor
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AES planning conference February 22-23
he second annual Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) planning conference is February 22-23 at the University of Wyoming Conference Center and Hilton Garden Inn. Representatives from the Laramie, Powell, and Sheridan research and extension centers and James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center near Lingle will discuss the direction of the centers and receive UW policies and procedures training. Attendees are invited to the research awards and appreciation banquet at which the AES Early Career Research Achievement Award and Outstanding Research Award winners will be announced. Also on the program is Professor K.J. Reddy, last year’s recipient of the Outstanding Research Award. Reddy will give a brief presentation of his work. A prime rib dinner will be prepared by the Animal Science Food Science Club. For more information, contact Joanne Newcomb in the AES office at (307) 766-3667 or at aes@ uwyo.edu.
Agricultural Experiment Station www.uwyo.edu/uwexpstn/ Room 111, Ag C (307) 766-3667

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Dean Frank Galey, right, presents Marce Vasquez of the Department of Veterinary Sciences an Outstanding Staff Award.

Assistant Professor Urszula Norton, left, of the Department of Plant Sciences, receives the Outstanding Adviser Award from student Sara Legg, who is vice president of Agricultural Community Resources for Everyday Sustainability. Urszula is the organization’s adviser.

BreAnna Bonner in the Department of Veterinary Sciences receives an Outstanding Staff Award from Dean Frank Galey.

Professors, staff members receive college recognition awards (continued from page 1)
Urszula Norton, plant sciences; and Assistant Professor Brant Schumaker, veterinary sciences. Other adviser nominees were Associate Professor Roger Coupal and Assistant Professor Dannele Peck, agricultural and applied economics; Professor Doug Hixon and Means, animal science; and Associate Professor Steve Herbert and Norton, plant sciences. In other honors, BreAnna Bonner and Marce Vasquez, laboratory technicians in the Department of Veterinary Sciences, received Outstanding Staff Awards from Dean Frank Galey. Each received $500. Other nominees were Lorraine Harrison, Janet Marsh, agricultural and applied economics; Kelli DeCora, animal science; Tracy Bennett, Patricia Hysong, family and consumer sciences; Thoa Pham, plant sciences; Marie Hanson, UW Extension; Steve Mack, Ann Roberson, Wyoming 4-H Program Office; Rebecca Ashley, Tammy Jones, and Rod Rogers, veterinary sciences.

AES 2012 Competitive Grants awards $397,436


even projects have received full or partial funding through the Agricultural Experiment Station Competitive Grants program. AES received 28 applications. Those receiving funds, amount, and research title are: • Jeffrey Adamovicz, Brant Schumaker, Walter Cook, Scott Lake – $51,544, “Evaluation of the role of cell-mediated immunity in efficacy of experimental alternative schedule of live attenuated RB51 vaccine against Brucellosis in cattle” • Matthew Andersen, Nicole Ballenger, Stephen Herbert, Steven Prager, Anne Sylvester – $30,000, “The evolution of crop science in the United States: Integrating scientific metrics and economic models” • Alex Buerkle, Monia Haselhorst – $60,000, “Species delimitation and distribution models for spruce in western forests”

• Kristiana Hansen, Ginger Paige, Esther Duke, Tina Willson – $51,392, “Landowner survey for a ‘Payments for Ecosystem Services’ program in the Green River basin” • Kristina Hufford, Pete Stahl – $75,000, “Improving marginal habitat restoration in western rangelands: ecological genetic and landscape approaches to mountain mahogany shrubland reclamation” • Andrew Kniss, Cynthia Weinig, Lee Panella, Louise Lorent – $54,500, “Utilizing shade avoidance responses to increase sugarbeet yield” • Daniel Wall, Gary Franc – $75,000, “Myxobacteria as biocontrol agents against crop pathogens” Grants are awarded once a year with applications due in the fall. Go to www.uwyo.edu/uwexpstn/ and click on Links on the left-hand side of the page, then see AES Competitive Grants Program RFP for application information.


Professor Peter Thorsness

Professor Donal O’Toole

Professor Sonya Meyer


College faculty members selected Top Profs
ive members of the college were named Top Profs by members of the University of Wyoming Cap and Gown Chapter of Mortar Board. They are Professors Peter Thorsness, Donal O’Toole, and Sonya Meyer, and Associate Professors Warrie Means and Chris Bastian. Members of the senior honor society select professors who have made a positive impact on their lives at UW. “Being selected as a Top Prof is a great honor for professors because they are chosen by the students,” says College of Engineering and Applied Science Professor David Whitman, one of Mortar Board’s advisers. Hometown and name of student nominator, Top Prof, and department are: Big Horn – Melissa Hoyer, Peter E. Thorsness (molecular biology) Burbank, California – Saralyn van Knapp Jennings, Donal O’Toole (veterinary science) Casper – Katie Stoll, Sonya Meyer (family and consumer sciences) Cheyenne – Callie Rulli, Warrie Means (animal science) Pine Bluffs – Randa May, Chris Bastian (agricultural and applied economics) Upperville, Virginia – Amanda Thomas, Warrie Means (animal science)

Associate Professor Warrie Means

Associate Professor Chris Bastian


AES announces Global Perspectives Grant winners
wo research projects have received Global Perspectives grants through the Agricultural Experiment Station. Those receiving awards are: • Axel Garcia y Garcia, Department of Plant Sciences – $4,000, “Impact of climate variability on winter wheat overwintering and frost kill in two major production regions: the USA west mountain region and northern Europe” • Alexandre Latchininsky, Department of Ecosystem Science and Management – $4,000, “Remote sensing applications to grasshopper monitoring in Argentina” Grants are awarded in the spring and fall, and multiple grants may be awarded. The program seeks to foster globalization of College of Agriculture and Natural Resources programs and personnel. Go to www.uwyo.edu/uwexpstn/ and click on Links on the left-hand side of the page, then Global Perspectives Grant to see how to apply.

Keske, C.M., D.L. Hoag, D.M. McLeod, C.T. Bastian, and M.G. Lacey. “Using Mixed Methods Research in Environmental Economics: The Case of Conservation Easements.” International Journal of Mixed Methods for Business and Policy Research 1, 1 (2011): 16-28.

Changing Faces, Changing Places
(effective date in parentheses)

Hilgert, Chris: UW Extension, state master gardener coordinator/horticulture specialist (12/19) Madden, Stacy: Weston County UW Extension, extension educator assistant (1/4) Corcoran, Amanda: Academic and Student Programs, office associate senior (12/6)

Du, Min: Animal Science, associate professor (12/9)


Monies Awarded
Baumgartner, Robert: $2,000 from various sponsors for “Crop Research.” Brown, Donna: $1,920 from various sponsors for “Family and Consumer Sciences Support.” Ford, Stephen: $6,732 from various sponsors for “Fetal Programming.” Freeburn, James: $59,525 from USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture for “2011 Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education/National Association of County Agricultural Agents Fellows Program.” Geiger, Milton, and Jeffrey Edwards: $17,448 from Wyoming Department of Agriculture (WDA) for “Incorporating Enhanced Solar Energy Collection and Storage in Hoop House Design and Production.” Islam, Anowar: $4,200 from Forage Genetics International for “Alfalfa Forage Variety Yield Trials.” Kniss, Andrew: $4,900 from various sponsors for “Biology, Ecology, and Management of Weeds in Agronomic Crops,” and $26,200 from FMC Corporation for “Weed Control in Agronomic Crops.” Krall, James: $1,530 from various sponsors for “Sustainable Crop Research.” Miller, Myrna, Todd Cornish, and Brant Schumaker: $56,550 from WDA for “Risk Analysis of Bluetongue Virus Infection in Domestic Sheep and Wild Ungulates in Wyoming using GIS Technology.” Norton, Jay: $20,000 from University of California, Davis for “Norman E. Borlaug International Science and Technology Fellows: The Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program (LEAP).” Stahl, Peter: $3,000 from TRC Environmental Corporation for “Seed Germination and Plant Growth in Phosphate Minesoil.” Stayton, Mark: $569 from various sponsors for “COBRE Microscopy.” Thompson, Jennifer: $4,300 from various sponsors for “Wyoming Barnyards and Backyards: An Educational Newsletter for Wyoming’s Small Acre Enthusiast.” Williams, Stephen: $4,000 from various sponsors for “Bighorn Sheep Survival.”

Matt Hayes, right, and Associate Professor Scott Miller conduct research on beaver ponds in the Happy Jack and Vedauwoo areas. (UW Photo).

Student claims top poster contest prize


att Hayes, a Department of Ecosystem Science and Management master’s student, won the best student paper award at the Wyoming Chapter of the Wildlife Society conference in Jackson December 6-9. The paper was entitled, “Beavers, Water and Vegetation: A project update from southeastern Wyoming.” Hayes, from Hastings, Michigan, received his bachelor’s degree in wildlife and fisheries biology and management from the Department of Zoology and Physiology. He is working toward a dual master’s degree in rangeland ecology and watershed management/water resources from the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management. He is advised by Associate Professor Scott Miller.

January 12-15: Western Regional Leaders Forum, Cheyenne, at the Historic Plains Hotel January 29-February 3: Society of Range Management annual meeting, Spokane, Washington For a statewide calendar, please access the ag college Web site at www.uwyo.edu/UWAG/

Department of Plant Sciences Graduate Seminars
Fridays, 1:10 p.m., Ag C building, room 4041 January 20: “Vertical Aquaponics Production Performance,” Nathaniel Storey, Ph.D. candidate January 27: “Effects of Sequential Herbicide Applications and Grazing Exclusion on Cheatgrass and Native Rangeland Vegetation,” Shayla Burnett, MS candidate



Range students sweep regional range management competition
tudents in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management swept competition at the joint meeting of the Wyoming Section of the Society for Range Management (SRM) and the Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts. The groups met November 14-17 in Lander. Nineteen students from UW participated. Students from Chadron State College and Sheridan College also competed. Competition, description, and UW results were: Extemporaneous speaking – Students draw three topics and have two hours to prepare a six- to 12-minute speech on one of those topics. First, Tate Smith, Rye, Colorado. Plant identification contest – Students identify 50 Wyoming rangeland plants and report scientific name, family or tribe, native or introduced, and if annual or perennial. First, Bailey Terry, Newcastle; second, Sage Askin, Douglas; third, Evan Hathaway, Fairview. Undergraduate Range Management Exam – Students are given an exam on topics that include range ecology, grazing management, range improvement, range regions, range inventory, and analysis and multiple-use relationships. First, Sage Askin; second, Amanda O’Donnell, Spring Creek, Nevada; third, Tate Smith; fourth, Kayla Bish, Longmont, Colorado; fifth, John Wagner, Sterling, Colorado. Rangeland Cup – This problem-solving competition promotes critical thinking and cooperative, collaborative work on current topics and/or topics of historical importance to rangeland ecology and management. First, University of Wyoming: Katie Schade, Fort Sumner, New Mexico, Tyrell Perry, Clearmont, and Tate Smith. Wyoming Section of SRM Undergraduate Scholarship recipient – Tyrell Perry. The team competes next against students from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico at the International Society for Range Management meeting January 29-February 3 in Spokane, Washington.

Proposals Submitted
Andrews, Gerard: $84,500 to Wyoming Department of Agriculture (WDA) for “Identification and Characterization of Pasteurellaceae and Mycoplasma Virulence-associated Proteins Up-regulated during Infection in Sheep Using In Vivo-induced Antigen Technology.” Bastian, Chris, Kristiana Hansen, Dannele Peck, John Ritten, Jacqueline Shinker, Bryan Shuman, James Krall, and Steven Paisley: $607,235 to U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) for “Improving the Economic Resilience and Sustainability of Livestock and Cropping Systems in the Face of Climate Change.” Beck, Jeffrey, and Anna Lisa Chalfoun: $189,800 to Wyoming Game and Fish for “Response of Greater Sagegrouse to Treatments in Wyoming Big Sagebrush.” Edwards, Jeffrey: $17,760 to WDA for “High Tunnel Construction and Use for Specialty Food Production.” Feuz, Bridger: $3,780 to Washington State University for “Economic Impact of the Wyoming Master Cattleman Program: A Study for the Western Center for Risk Management Education.” Mealor, Brian: $14,200 to DuPont Pharmaceuticals Company for “Integrated Management of Invasive Weeds in Rangelands,” and $4,000 to Wilbur-Ellis Company for “Ecology and Management of Exotic Weeds in Wildlands.” Meyer, Allison, and Scott Lake: $7,588 to Agri-Best Foods for “Effects of a Novel Block Supplement (SweetPro 16) on Beef Cow Performance and Hay Intake during Late Gestation.” Murphy, Melanie, Sam Cushman, and Donelle Schwalm: $90,275 to Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) for “Assessing Current and Future Grassland Connectivity in Association with Climate Change and Land-use Patterns with Landscape Genetic Data.” Murphy, Melanie, and Jeffrey Evans: $64,899 to FWS for “Semi-permanent Wetlands as Indicators of Water Availability in the Context of Climate Change.” Russell, Justina, and Jonathan Despain: $28,821 to Department of Justice for “4-H Tribal Youth Mentoring Program on the Wind River Indian Reservation.” Schätzl, Hermann: $1,768,750 to National Institutes of Health for “Elucidating the Cellular Mechanisms of Prion Propagation and Clearance for Devising New Targets for Intervention in Prion Disease.” Sebade, Brian: $8,280 to WDA for “Assess Rangeland Health Changes with the Implementation of Solar Livestock Water Tanks to the Ogden Allotment.”

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