Johanns Announces Top USDA-ARS Scientists for 2005
Pons February 7, 2006
WASHINGTON, February 7, 2006Agriculture Secretary
Johanns today announced
G. Hunt, a USDA soil scientist based in
Florence, S.C., has been named the Agricultural Research Service Distinguished
Senior Research Scientist of 2005 and also recognized the seven Area Senior
Research Scientists of 2005.
We lead the world in innovation, in part through the impressive
record of accomplishment of the scientists at the Agricultural Research Service
that we celebrate today, said Johanns. Your scientific discoveries
provide solutions to agricultural problems that affect Americans every day from
the field to the dinner table and help to sustain a competitive agricultural
Johanns recognized Hunt and other ARS scientists at an awards ceremony
today. Hunt, who works at the
Coastal Plains Soil, Water and Plant Research Center in Florence, was
honored for his scientific research and exemplary leadership in managing
nutrients and wastes in agricultural and environmental systems.
"For 35 years, Patrick Hunt has conducted high-quality, innovative
research for the U.S. government in multiple areas of science and technology,"
said ARS Administrator Edward B. Knipling. "High on his list of achievements is
his contribution to balancing the protection of the environment with the
production needs of small- and large-scale agriculture. His work on the
management of waste and wastewater associated with municipalities and livestock
operations can only be classified as landmark scientific research."
David Johnston, ARS Outstanding
Early Career Research Scientist of the Year for 2005.
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Hunt has also made significant discoveries pertaining to oil-spill
recovery, photobiology and colored-mulch technology. His research has been
published in more than 200 technical publications and more than 100
peer-reviewed journal articles. (More about Hunt's
ARS also recognized seven "Area Senior Research Scientists of 2005."
- Beltsville AreaRobert J.
Wall, animal physiologist, ARS
and Germplasm Laboratory, Beltsville, Md., for outstanding research
accomplishments in the introduction of recombinant DNA molecules into the
genome of agricultural animals. (More)
- Mid-South AreaElaine T.
Champagne, chemist, ARS
Processing and Sensory Quality Research Unit, New Orleans, La., for vision
and international leadership in developing innovative technologies to add value
to, and achieve maximum use and profitability of, rice and other crops.
- Midwest AreaJ. Perry
Gustafson, plant geneticist, ARS
Genetics Research Unit, Columbia, Mo., for pioneering research on the
characterization and manipulation of genes and gene complexes from wild species
into wheat to improve world wheat production. (More)
- North Atlantic AreaJames B.
Russell, microbiologist, ARS
Soil and Nutrition Research Unit, Ithaca, N.Y., for performing research on
ruminal fermentation that has increased the productivity, feed efficiency and
food safety of the American cattle industry and decreased the impact of manure
on the environment. (More)
- Northern Plains AreaRonald F.
Follett, soil scientist, ARS
Plant Nutrient Research Unit, Fort Collins, Colo., for developing and
delivering information and tools for enhanced carbon and nitrogen management
and national assessments to protect the environment. (More)
- Pacific West AreaKatherine
I. O'Rourke, microbiologist, ARS
Diseases Research Unit, Pullman, Wash., for scientific excellence leading
to implemented measures for controlling transmissible spongiform
encephalopathies within North America. (More)
- Southern Plains AreaC. Jack
DeLoach, entomologist, ARS
Soil and Water Research Laboratory, Temple, Texas, for outstanding
scientific investigation and program leadership in biological control of
saltcedar and other invasive aquatic and rangeland weeds. (More)
ARS also presented awards to eight "Early Career Scientists of the
Year" who have earned their doctorates within the past decade and have been
with the agency for seven years or less. The highest of these honors is the
Herbert L. Rothbart Outstanding Early Career Research Scientist of the Year,
which for 2005 was awarded to
Johnston, a research food technologist with the ARS
Conversion Science and Engineering Research Unit in Wyndmoor, Pa.
Johnston was honored for developing novel, environmentally sustainable
biochemical and engineering processes that are improving the way corn is
processed into foods and fuels around the world. He has been nominated for
inclusion in the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers.
(More about Johnston's
The seven other ARS Area Early Career Scientists for 2005 honored
- Beltsville AreaDawn E.
Gundersen-Rindal, molecular biologist, ARS
Biocontrol Laboratory, Beltsville, Md., for fundamental and applied
advances in research on the agriculturally important unculturable microbes
known as phytoplasmas and polydnaviruses. (More)
- Mid-South AreaIsabel M.
Lima, chemist, ARS
Utilization Research Unit, New Orleans, La., for collaborative research and
technology transfer related to commercialization of a sunflower butter product
and value-added adsorbents from animal manure. (More)
- Midwest AreaW. Ray
Waters, veterinary medical officer, ARS
Diseases of Livestock Research Unit, Ames, Iowa, for outstanding
contributions in the diagnosis and control of tuberculosis in livestock and
- Northern Plains AreaJustin
Faris, plant geneticist, ARS
Crops Research Unit, Fargo, N.D., for outstanding contributions to advance
the understanding of the wheat genome through cutting-edge research in wheat
genomics and molecular genetics. (More)
- Pacific West AreaJennifer
Fletcher, plant molecular geneticist, ARS
Gene Expression Center, Albany, Calif., for outstanding research in
developmental plant genetics with far-reaching applications for crop
- South Atlantic AreaPaul D.
Pratt, entomologist, ARS
Plant Research Laboratory, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for outstanding
contributions to biological control of invasive species and transfer of this
- Southern Plains AreaBrian E.
Haggard, hydrologist, ARS
Production and Product Safety Research Unit, Fayetteville, Ark., for
outstanding research evaluating nutrient sources and transport of nutrients
from the landscape through aquatic ecosystems.
ARS is USDAs chief scientific research agency.