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COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M AgriLife faculty and staff received the Vice Chancellor’s Awards in Excellence honors during a ceremony Jan. 7 on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station.
The awards, established in 1980, recognize the commitment and outstanding contributions displayed across Texas A&M AgriLife and allow for the opportunity to celebrate those contributions and achievements of faculty, students and staff members.
“We are extremely proud of each of these recipients who have demonstrated a high level of excellence across Texas A&M AgriLife,” said Dr. Patrick Stover, vice chancellor and dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M and director of Texas A&M AgriLife Research.
“It is an honor to recognize the commitment and contributions these students, faculty and staff members put forth to enhance our university system that has far-reaching effects across the state, nation and worldwide.”
The categories, specific awards and names of recipients were:
Teaching – Dr. Steve Hague, professor, department of soil and crop sciences, College Station.
Graduate Student Teaching – Sarah Hartman, graduate teaching assistant and doctoral candidate, department of biochemistry and biophysics, College Station.
Research – Dr. Ping He, professor, department of biochemistry and biophysics, College Station.
Early Career Research – Dr. Muthu Bagavathiannan, assistant professor, department of soil and crop sciences, College Station.
Graduate Student Research – Zane Taylor, graduate research assistant and doctoral candidate, department of biochemistry and biophysics, College Station.
– Extension Education
Specialist/Program Specialist – Dr. John Jacob, professor and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist, department of recreation, park and tourism sciences.
County Agent – Joan Gray-Soria, county agent-family and community health, Gray County.
Sarah Eide, assistant section head for clinical pathology, Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory, College Station.
Joel Hambright, regional forester, Texas A&M Forest Service, College Station.
– Special Services
Dr. Ronald Lacewell, assistant vice chancellor, Office of Federal Relations, Texas A&M AgriLife, College Station.
Office Administrative Staff – Tina Vega, business coordinator II, department of recreation, park and tourism sciences, business and operational staff; Ronda Fisher, administrative associate II, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Amarillo.
Teaching and Programmatic Staff – Li Paetzold, senior research associate, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Amarillo.
– Climate and Diversity
Bennett Trust Women’s Land Stewardship Conference
Dr. Larry Redmon, associate department head and AgriLife Extension program leader, department of soil and crop sciences, College Station; Dr. Robert Lyons, professor and AgriLife Extension specialist, department of ecosystem science and management, Uvalde; Dr. Megan Clayton, associate professor and AgriLife Extension specialist, department of ecosystem science and management, Corpus Christi; Roy Walston, AgriLife Extension county agent-agriculture and natural resources, Kerr County; Brad Roeder, AgriLife Extension county agent-agriculture and natural resources, Gillespie County; Todd Swift, AgriLife Extension regional program leader, South Region.
– International Involvement
Dr. Alejandro Castillo, associate professor, department of animal science, College Station.
Dr. Larry Redmon, associate department head and AgriLife Extension program leader, department of soil and crop sciences and department of wildlife and fisheries sciences, College Station.
AgriLife Water University, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Dallas Included were Clint Wolfe, program manager; Dr. Dotty Woodson, AgriLife Extension program specialist-biological and agricultural engineering; Patrick Dickinson, project coordinator; Daniel Cunningham, project manager; Gabe Saldana, communications manager; and Tamaron Hunt, program coordinator.
Earth-Kind Environmental Plant Evaluation and Educational Outreach Team
The team consists of Jeff Floyd, AgriLife Extension county agent-agricultural and natural resources, District 6; Dr. Steven George, professor and AgriLife Extension horticultural specialist, Dallas; Timothy Hartmann, AgriLife Extension program specialist, horticultural sciences, College Station; David Rodriguez, AgriLife Extension county agent-horticulture, District 10; Dr. Justin Scheiner, assistant professor and AgriLife Extension viticulture specialist, College Station; Randy Nelson, extension educator, University of Minnesota Extension; and Dr. David Zlesak, professor of horticulture, University of Wisconsin-River Falls.