ARS Employee Honored for Excellence in
Information By Erin Peabody February 9, 2005
WASHINGTON, Feb. 9 Technical information specialist
Redlin of Sidney, Mont., has been named the winner of the Agricultural
Research Service (ARS) 2004
Excellence in Information Award for her work in disseminating research
information about some of the most important plant and insect invaders in the
American West. ARS is the chief scientific research agency of the
U.S. Department of Agriculture.
In a ceremony today at USDA headquarters here, Redlin received a cash
award and a certificate.
Redlin works at the ARS Northern Plains Agricultural Research
in Sidney. The facility is committed to solving agricultural problems that
affect the Northern Plains states including invasive plants, irrigation and
dryland challenges, and insect pests such as grasshoppers and Mormon crickets,
which have been known to overrun local rangelands during times of drought.
Ms. Redlins knowledge of information technologies and her
personal creativity have resulted in the development of many new and innovative
methods of information sharing, said
Shanower, NPARL research leader.
Among her most noteworthy accomplishments, Redlin helped develop
multimedia software while working with TEAM Leafy Spurge, a multiagency group
trying to control this invasive weed on western rangeland.
Thanks to Redlins efforts, the software program features
commentary by research scientists that allows listeners to learn directly from
experts in the field of invasive weed management. In addition, she helped
create similar computer software for the ARS grasshopper research program and
has overseen distribution of more than 75,000 copies of the leafy spurge and
Redlin also has played a major role in writing and distributing the
electronic newsletter and its popular Just for
Kids webpage, as well as overseeing the continued development of the
labs Internet site.
ARS presents the Excellence in Information award to
recognize outstanding contributions to the creation and distribution of
information products and technologies that support agricultural research and
Redlin lives in Sidney with her husband, Dan Mocko, and daughter Rhea.
She joined ARS in December 1999 with a background in journalism and print