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ARS Employees Receive 1999 Honor Awards

By Kathryn Barry Stelljes
June 9, 1999

WASHINGTON, June 9--Thirty-seven Agricultural Research Service employees will receive individual or team awards here today from U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman at USDA's 53rd annual Honor Awards ceremony.

Glickman is scheduled to present plaques to the ARS and other awardees at a 1 p.m. ceremony on the West Lawn of the Jamie L. Whitten Federal Building, 1400 Independence Ave., S.W. ARS is the USDA's chief scientific arm.

Said ARS administrator Floyd P. Horn: "We're proud of and grateful to the people being honored today. Through their scientific research and other hard work, they have helped to stop outbreaks of animal and human disease, to strengthen our farm economy and our farmer's ability to feed people, to tackle trade barriers, to beautify and protect the environment, and to guard U.S. agriculture from foreign pests."

Contact ARS News Service (phone 510-559-6069, for fax or electronic mail copies of news releases about specific awards given to the ARS scientists and others in the award categories below.

Emergency Response

· For outstanding accomplishments in response to leptospirosis outbreaks in Nicaragua, Ecuador and the United States, to Carole A. Bolin, veterinary medical officer and research leader, Zoonotic Diseases Research Unit, National Animal Disease Center, Ames, Iowa. Bolin helped isolate the causal organism, diagnose the disease and develop control strategies in three epidemics since 1995. Leptospirosis is an animal disease that can infect humans.

Environmental Protection

· For pioneering research on the cultivation of crop plant species on marginal soils and in the use of plants to remediate soils contaminated with heavy metals, to Leon V. Kochian, plant physiologist and research leader, U.S. Plant, Soil and Nutrition Research Laboratory, Ithaca, N.Y. Kochian has made key discoveries about the basic plant mechanisms governing toxicity and tolerance to aluminum in acid soils and uptake of metals and radioisotopes in contaminated soils.

Personal and Professional Excellence

Also recognized at the ceremony were four research agency employees who recently received Presidential Rank Awards. These annual awards honor members of the Senior Executive Service for exceptional achievements over an extended time period.

The 1998 Distinguished Executive rank was awarded to Roger Breeze, director of ARS’ South Atlantic Area, in recognition of his “visionary leadership” of the Area and of Plum Island Animal Disease Center in Greenport, N.Y.. The South Atlantic Area encompasses research laboratories in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Meritorious Executive ranks were awarded to: