CANR Students Honored for Volunteerism

May 16, 2011 under CANR News

Thirty University of Delaware student volunteers (6 from CANR) were honored for their work in the community at the annual Town and Gown Awards ceremony held May 12 in the Trabant University Center Theatre.

The awards are presented by the city of Newark, and the program is in its 15th year. University of Delaware Career Services solicits nominations of deserving UD student volunteers from local, regional and campus nonprofit organizations.

Read more about the students and their projects by visiting this UDaily announcement.


Tallamy awarded gold Eddie Award for article

February 8, 2011 under CANR News

Doug Tallamy, chairperson of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Delaware, has received the gold Eddie Award from Folio magazine for his article “A Call for Backyard Biodiversity,” first published in American Forests.

The Eddie Award is part of the Eddie and Ozzie Awards Gala in New York City, which has celebrated editorial and design excellence in the magazine industry for over 20 years.

The article deals with the dangers of the diminishing biodiversity in the American urban and suburban landscape and the need for suburban lawns to be populated with natural native plant species instead of unnatural plant species imported from across the globe.

It also focuses on the importance of functional landscaping, using plants that, in addition to their beauty, help support ecosystem development, instead of aesthetical landscaping, using plants which may look nice but serve little ecosystem function.

Tallamy was honored in the category for association/non-profit publication with circulation less than six times a year.

Article by Adam Thomas

This article can also be viewed online on UDaily by clicking here.


Blake Meyers appointed Rosenberg Professor of Plant and Soil Sciences

December 1, 2010 under CANR News, Events

Blake C. Meyers, a faculty member in the University of Delaware’s Department of Plant and Soil Sciences since 2002, has been named the Edward F. and Elizabeth Goodman Rosenberg Professor of Plant and Soil Sciences, UD Provost Tom Apple has announced.

“Named professorships honor faculty members who have achieved distinction in their disciplines, both on this campus and in the greater world of academia,” Apple said. “It is a pleasure to add Dr. Meyers’ name to this select and important group of UD faculty.”

Meyers, who is currently serving as the chairperson of the department, also holds a joint appointment in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences.

He will present his inaugural lecture as Edward F. and Elizabeth Goodman Rosenberg Professor of Plant and Soil Sciences at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 7, in Room 102 of the Delaware Biotechnology Institute. His topic will be “Plant Genomes and Their RNA Products: Insights from Advances in DNA Sequencing.” Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP by calling (302) 831-2502.

The full article with photo can be viewed online on UDaily by clicking here.


Delaware 4-H’s Martell wins Air Force Aim High Award

November 30, 2010 under CANR News, Cooperative Extension

“I know it can be tough to be a member of a military family; my husband is retired military. I understand the importance of community support for military families,” says Rhonda Martell, military liaison for Delaware 4-H.

It’s that attitude — plus plenty of hard work, creativity and long, irregular hours — that has earned Rhonda Martell the 4-H/Air Force Aim High Award.

This award is presented annually to a 4-H youth development professional who has excelled at creating programs for Air Force, Air Guard and Air Reserve families. Martell received her award from National 4-H and Air Force’s Family Member Programs at recent ceremonies in Arizona.

Martell has been responsible for Delaware 4-H’s Military Programs since 2000. Previously, she oversaw 4-H’s substance abuse prevention programs in Kent County.

The full article with photo can be viewed online on UDaily by clicking here.


CANR Grad Awarded UD Presidential Citation

November 8, 2010 under CANR News

The newest recipients of the University of Delaware Presidential Citation for Outstanding Achievement awards were honored during a ceremony held Friday, Nov. 5, in the Roselle Center for the Arts, as part of Homecoming Weekend festivities.

Natalie Durrett Crawford, who received a bachelor’s degree in animal science in 2000 at UD, is a veterinary anatomic pathologist who has spent the last two years as an associate anatomic pathologist at Covance Laboratories, Inc. Her work has been published in Veterinary Clinical Pathology and The Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

Speaking via video from her home in Ashburn, Va., where she is expecting the birth of her second child, Crawford said it was nice to know that after all this time she has made a lasting impression on the faculty at UD.

“I’m very appreciative to receive this award, and it is an honor to know that in some way I have given back to the University,” Crawford said. “I hope to be involved with the University and to give back to UD.”

The full UDaily article about the awards can be viewed online by clicking here.


CANR to Celebrate UD Homecoming

November 1, 2010 under CANR News, Events

The University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources invites you to Homecoming Weekend, November 5-7!

The CANR will recognize our Distinguished Alumni on Friday, November 5th at a college-wide luncheon, to be held at noon in the Townsend Hall Commons. The luncheon is open to faculty, staff, award winners and their guests. Please RSVP to the luncheon to Alice Moore at The alumni winners will be visiting with their respective departments that day as well.

The 2010 CANR Distinguished Alumni Award winners are:

Stewart Ramsey, Principal and Senior Economist, U.S. Agriculture Services, IHSGLOBAL INSIGHT INC.
Nominated by the Department of Food and Resource Economics (Drs. Ilvento and Hastings)

Steven Leath, Vice President for Research, University of North Carolina
Nominated by the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences (Drs. Jim Hawk and Blake Myers)

J. Dennis Byrne, Manager, Herr Angus Farm
Nominated by Dr. Lesa Griffiths, Department of Animal and Food Sciences

In addition, we would like to recognize Natalie Crawford, a CANR alumnae, who will receive a 2010 Presidential Citation Award from UD’s Office of Alumni Relations.

For a listing of all past CANR Alumni Award winners visit

Join UD College of Agriculture and Natural Resources alumni, faculty, students and friends for a pre-game lunch with UDairy Creamery ice cream in celebration of Homecoming on Saturday, November 6 at 12:30 p.m. in the Townsend Hall Commons. During the event attendees will hear from Dean Robin Morgan about CANR’s latest achievements and reconnect your classmates and former faculty members! UD President Dr. Patrick Harker will be joining us.

To attend the brunch, register online by clicking here.

Hope to see you at UD Homecoming Weekend! For a full listing of all UD Homecoming events visit


Local 4-Hers Win at National Engineering Event

October 19, 2010 under CANR News, Cooperative Extension

Three local Delaware 4-H members representing the University of Delaware 4-H Engineering Cooperative Extension Program at the 60th Annual National 4-H Engineering, Science and Leadership Event in West Lafayette, Indiana, September 26-28, 2010.

Joseph (JT) Robbins of the Peach Blossom 4-H Club, Harrington, Delaware had the highest national placement in the parts identification and written test examination in the lawn tractor event.

Lee Severson of the New Horizons 4-H Club, Dover, Delaware finished in the top five in the lawn tractor event.

Michael Severson of the New Horizons 4-H Club, Dover, Delaware competed in the electric event.

The event drew in 60 contestants from 12 states. Areas of competition include aerospace, bicycle, computer, electric, lawn tractor, robotics, small engines, tractor and welding. All of the contestants had won county and state competitions to qualify for the national event.

Contestants and accompanying adults spend a day on educational field trips at Purdue University and Indianapolis. Included were workshops in the Departments of Electrical Engineering Technology, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, and Aviation Technology, and guided tours of Fowler Ridge Wind Farm and Rea Magnet Wire Company.

The event was conducted by Extension agricultural engineers and 4-H professionals from participating states. John Deere and Company sponsored the lawn tractor and small engines contests. Lincoln Electric sponsored the welding contest. Landis and Gyr and Stuart C. Irby Company sponsored the electric contest. Additional funds were provided for hotel, transportation, registration, and meals by the Delaware 4-H Foundation.


Call for Nominations for 2011 Worrilow Award

October 19, 2010 under CANR News

Given in honor of the dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources from 1954 to 1965, George M. Worrilow, this award recognizes a College alumnus who has made significant professional contributions in an agriculture related field.

Past honorees include producers, educators, and industry leaders. Three nominees are chosen by a committee consisting of past award winners and then forwarded to the Ag Alumni Board of Directors to select one winner.

The Ag Alumni Board of Directors requests nominations at this time.

Please submit letters of recommendations, including contact information and current resume of the nominee to Cathy Kinney, 113 Townsend Hall, or via email at by Wednesday, October 27, 2010. The award will be presented to the winner at the annual Ag Alumni Social in Spring 2011.

Please visit the Ag Alumni website and click on Alumni Awards to see a list of all Worrilow Award recipients.


Ted Carski, AG ’86, Named to UD Wall of Fame

June 30, 2010 under CANR News, Events

Theodore H. Carski, an alumnus of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, was one of 10 University of Delaware graduates inducted into the University Alumni Association Wall of Fame during Forum & Reunion Weekend.

The award honors UD graduates with outstanding professional achievements who remain connected to the University.

Carski was nominated by Donald Sparks, S. Hallock du Pont Chair in Plant and Soil Sciences and director of the Delaware Environmental Institute, and Carski’s doctoral advisor.

“Ted has been a strong supporter of UD and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources,” Sparks said. “He richly deserves this fine accolade.”

Carski received his doctorate in plant and soil sciences with an emphasis on environmental soil chemistry in 1986. The innovative research methods he developed during his time at the University are currently used by scientists and engineers around the world, and his research has been published in several scientific publications.

“Dr. Carski is one of those students who yielded rich returns on the investment that this university, his advisor, and others made in his education,” said Robin Morgan, dean of the college.

After graduating from UD, Carski worked as a research chemist at Du Pont, where he conducted research on pesticides in soils. In his 24-year career with the company, Carski held numerous positions and received 15 major employee awards. Today, he serves as Du Pont’s Global Registration Product Manager, where he leads global business projects to support the Du Pont Crop Protection portfolio.

Carski has been a dedicated member of the CANR Advisory Board for eight years. He is also an adjunct professor at UD in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, where he has served on graduate student advisory committees and frequently guest lectures in a number of classes.

“He is a terrific colleague who works on our behalf and makes his best effort to contribute to the college, its current programs, and its future,” Morgan said.

Carski is active in the Soil Science Society of America and in the American Society of Agronomy. He is also a member of the Board of Directors and Co-Chair of the Science Committee for the Sassafras River Association in Maryland.


4-H Prepared Miss Delaware for Life

June 21, 2010 under CANR News, Cooperative Extension

Last Saturday, Kayla Martell competed in the Miss Delaware pageant as Miss Kent County and came home with the crown.

Martell has been active in the 4-H youth development program since she was 5 and she credits 4-H, in part, for who she has become today.

“Delaware 4-H was where I learned poise and self-confidence,” says Martell, who turns 22 on June 27.

The Milford resident demonstrates that poise every day in dealing with alopecia areata, an auto-immune disorder that causes hair loss on the scalp and sometimes on the body.

Martell wore a wig during the Miss Delaware competition but often goes without one, equating a wig to other accessories such as rings and watches. “Sometimes I wear a wig but sometimes I don’t,” says Martell. “4-H helped me become comfortable in my own skin so when I was diagnosed with alopecia areata I didn’t feel like I have to hide the condition,” she says. “This is simply who I am.”

During her reign as Miss Delaware, Martell’s platform will be the National Alopecia Areata Foundation. In 2006, she created an effort called Caps for Yaps – Caps for Youth Alopecia Patients. She designed simple hats and taught youths how to make these hats for youngsters with alopecia. More than 2,000 hats, caps and scarves have since been collected and distributed.

Martell began her involvement in 4-H as a kindergarten Cloverbud. She was a member of the Harrington Sunshine, Houston Cardinals and Holler and Hooves clubs. She has played an integral role in Delaware 4-H initiatives to combat substance abuse by youth and teens. In 2000, she became a certified peer educator for the Health Rocks program, a 4-H curriculum that teaches at-risk youth about the hazards of tobacco, alcohol and illegal drugs. The cause is personal for Martell, who is driven by the loss of an 11-year-old friend who died of a drug overdose when they were in 6th grade together.

As a 4-Her, Martell devoted more than 2,500 hours of community service to the Health Rocks program and she continues to be active in Health Rocks today. During high school she also created the organization PLEDGE — People Learning to Eliminate Drugs by Gaining Education.

“The mission of 4-H is to be a catalyst for positive change and I can’t think of anyone who epitomizes this better than Kayla Martell,” says Dr. Jan Seitz, associate dean and director of UD Cooperative Extension. “She is such a force for good in the community.”     

“Kayla’s life has always been about giving to others and serving as mentor and supporter to those in need,” adds Seitz. “I cannot think of an individual more suited to be named the new Miss Delaware.”

Martell is the daughter of Ron and Rhonda Martell of Milford. Rhonda Martell is an Extension educator who has served a number of roles in Delaware 4-H.

“4-H provided Kayla with opportunities that not only enhanced her public speaking and communication skills but helped her to develop leadership, citizenship and community service skills,” says Rhonda Martell. “Her desire to help others was not only instilled by her father and I but by her 4-H volunteer leaders and county and state 4-H staff.”

Martell is a graduate of Dover High School and while in high school was the Delaware state winner (out of 20,000 nominations) of the Prudential Spirit of Community Award. This month, she received the Top Ten Outstanding Young American award from the United States Jaycees. The only other Delawarean so honored was Vice President Joe Biden, who received the award in the early 1970s.

A rising senior at Marymount University in Arlington, Va., Martell will be taking a year off from school to commit to her responsibilities as the new Miss Delaware. She will compete in the Miss America pageant on Jan. 15 2011 in Las Vegas.