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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

ARS and MWA Awards
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2016 Area Award Recipients Receiving the Agency Award

Science Hall of Fame - Cletus Kurtzman, Peoria, IL
For groundbreaking research on the identification and utilization of microbes to advance agriculture, biotechnology, and medicine.

Distinguished Senior Research Scientist - Edward Sadler, Columbia, MO
For outstanding leadership and research accomplishments focused on conservation of soil and water resources and delivering ARS data to the U.S. public.

Research Leader and Center Directorship Award - Craig Abel, Ames, IA
For sustained creative leadership encouraging scientific excellence, agricultural impact, and human capital development.

Administrative and Program Management Award
Category 2: Customer Service & Technical Expertise - Carol Moran, Ames, IA
For outstanding customer service as an Administrative Officer for the Ames, IA location and service to ARS.


2016 Midwest Area Award Recipients

Early Career Research Scientist of the Year - Torey Looft, Ames, IA
For pioneering the field of metagenomics analysis of food-producing animals receiving in-feed antibiotics.

Scientific Support Award - Judith Stasko, Ames, IA
For exceptional scientific support and contributions to the NADC research programs.

Outreach, Diversity, and Equal Opportunity Award
Non-Supervisory Category - Gary Amundson, Morris, MN
For serving as role model to elementary students, by using visual aids and hands-on experiences demonstrating the value of soil.

Office Professional of the Year - Lori Burma, Ames, IA
For outstanding administrative support of the Agroecosystems Management Unit, and her leadership role with the Midwest Area Council for Office Professionals and the National Council for Office Professionals.

Location and Administrative Staff Award - Pamela Groth, St. Paul, MN
For excellence in administrative service, innovative approaches that positively impact multiple units and locations, and effective communication with scientists, partners, and union representatives.

Technology Transfer Award-GRIN - Global Development Team


Midwest Area Team Members: Ames, Iowa

  • Lisa Burke
    For outstanding service in testing, feedback, and staff training for the development of the GRIN-Global System, a global plant genetic resources information management system.
  • Peter Cyr
    For outstanding leadership of the GRIN-Global System Development Team and creation of a plant genetic resources information management system for global germplasm conservation .
  • Candice Gardner
    For outstanding service in the development of the GRIN-Global System, a global plant genetic resources information management system.
  • Mark Millard
    For outstanding research and service as the business analyst for the development of the GRIN-Global System, a global plant genetic resources information management system.

Other Team Members:

  • Peter Bretting
    For outstanding leadership and contributions to creation and implementation of the GRIN-Global System, a global plant genetic resources information management system.
  • Jeanette Duncan
    For leadership and OCIO's contributions to creation and implementation of the GRIN-Global System, a global plant genetic resources information management system.
  • Kurt Endress
    For outstanding research and service as security specialist and developer for the GRIN-Global System, a global plant genetic resources information management system
  • Laura Gu
    For outstanding research and service as a web developer and build master for the GRIN-Global System, a global plant genetic resources information management system.
  • Gary Kinard
    For outstanding services in the development of the GRIN-Global System, a global plant genetic resources information management system.
  • Martin Reisinger
    For outstanding research and service in documentation & training for the GRIN-Global System, a global plant genetic resources information management system.
  • Quinn Sinnott
    For outstanding research and service as database administrator for the GRIN-GlobalSystem, a global plant genetic resources information management system.
  • Josef Pohl
    For outstanding service in development of the GRIN-Global System, a global plant genetic resources information management system.





Last Modified: 8/1/2016