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USDA Honors ARS Employees in Annual Awards Ceremony
By Sharon Durham
June 5, 2000
WASHINGTON, June 5, 2000--Agriculture
Secretary Dan Glickman today honored 61 Agricultural Research Service employees in
the 54th annual U.S. Department of Agriculture Honor Awards ceremony.
Nothing at USDA has impressed me more
than the dedication of our workforce,
Glickman said. The Honor
Awards are a tribute to our employees for their diligence, commitment, and
sacrifice in carrying out their responsibilities and serving the American
Glickman presented plaques to the ARS employees and other awardees at a 1
p.m. ceremony in the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center here. ARS is the
USDAs chief scientific research agency.
It is with great pride and gratitude that we honor these award
recipients, ARS Administrator Floyd Horn said. The scientific
research they have conducted has led to increased yield and nutrient quality of
food crops, enhancement of the environment and human health by reducing the
amount of pesticides used on crops, and effective epidemiology of animal
diseases and strategies to protect our agricultural resources.
The ARS awards are as follows:
- The ARS Tilletia Controversa Kuhn Pest Risk Assessment Task Force was
honored for developing the Tilletia Controversa Kuhn Pest Risk Assessment Model
that has helped expand U.S. wheat export trade in China, Brazil, Mexico and
India. Wilda H. Martinez, ARS North Atlantic Area Director, based in Wyndmoor,
Pa., led the eight-member collaborative group. The group included two other ARS
workers and employees of other USDA agencies, as well as the
Outlook Board, the Grain Inspection,
Packers and Stockyards Administration, and private industry.
- Michael J. Kasperbauer, a plant physiologist with the ARS
Coastal Plains Soil, Water and
Plant Research Center, Florence, S.C., was honored for having a major
impact on improved yield and nutrient quality of food crops through pioneering
research contributions in plant physiology.
- Henry L. Shands, Office of the ARS Administrator, Washington, D.C., was
cited for excellence in development and enhancement of the global genetic
resources base for sustainable agriculture and food security.
- The seven-member Hong Kong H5N1 Avian Influenza Research
Group, led by David Swayne of the ARS
Southeast Poultry Research Lab at
Athens, Ga., was honored for research leading to advanced understanding of the
pathobiology and epidemiology of Hong Kong H5N1 avian influenza and development
of strategies to protect U.S. poultry from this disease.
- Richard Brenner, research leader at the ARS Imported Fire Ant and Household
Insects Research Unit at Gainesville, Fla., was honored for development
and leadership of a multi-disciplinary research program to enhance
the environment and human health through reduction of pesticide use,
risk assessment and precision targeting of pest control measures.
- Carrol O. Calkins, research leader at the ARS
Yakima Agricultural Research
Laboratory, Wapato, Wash., was honored for organizing and coordinating the
Areawide Codling Moth Suppression Program that reduced pesticides on pome fruit
by 82 percent in the western United States.
- Ronald F. Follett, research leader at the ARS
Soil, Plant and Nutrient Research
Unit at Fort Collins, Colo., was honored for promoting sensible management
of soil and water resources for environmentally friendly and sustainable
- Neal R. Spencer of the ARS Pest
Management and Agricultural Systems Research Unit at Sidney, Mont., was
honored for providing outstanding leadership in the development and
implementation of research and management programs that promote the sensible
use of natural resources.
- A 24-member Sustainable Agriculture Research Program team was honored for
developing new technologies and greater understanding of the fundamental
principles supporting sustainable agricultural systems. James Anderson of the
ARS Beltsville Area, Beltsville, Md., was the team leader.
- A 20-member team at the ARS Western
Regional Research Center, Albany, Calif., was honored for demonstrating
exemplary dedication, effort and commitment to prepare students for careers in
science. James Seiber of the Albany center was the team leader.
- Lori Delgado, a member of the Secretarys Hispanic Advisory Council
Adopt-A-School Program Workgroup, was honored for outstanding efforts in
developing an effective Adopt-A-School program by which the Department of
Agriculture may reach out to the schools in the community.
- Gary L. Peterson, Wilda Martinez, and David J. Chitwood, members of the
Wheat Export Resolution Team, were honored for exceptional performance,
creativity, and perseverance in successfully opening and expanding markets for
export of United States wheat to Brazil, India, China, Mexico, and Canada.
- Dan Ellerman and Withers G. Horner, members of the USDA Workplace Violence
Prevention Steering Committee, were honored for exceptional and expeditious
efforts that have made the Department of Agriculture a safer place to work.
- Richard Parry and Valencia Winstead of ARS, members of the Continuity of
Operations Plan, were honored for superb professional performance in the
development of the first Department of Agriculture Headquarters Continuity of
- The ARS members of the Y2K Millennium Rollover Team were honored for
outstanding achievement in meeting the challenges of the Y2K millennium
rollover while ensuring continued operation and delivery of program services.
Scientific contact: Sharon Durham, ARS Information Staff, phone (301)
504-1611, fax (301) 504-1641, firstname.lastname@example.org, for fax or
electronic copies of news releases about these specific awards to ARS