CANR recognizes the George M. Worrilow Award winner and Distinguished Alumni Award recipients

October 30, 2013 under CANR News

Three graduates of the University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) were presented with the college’s Distinguished Alumni Awards, while Robin L. Talley was presented with the George M. Worrilow award at a ceremony held on Friday, Oct. 11, as part of Homecoming festivities.

The awards are given based on a clear record of outstanding career accomplishments, service and leadership to the profession, and community service, including service to UD.

George M. Worrilow Award

Robin L. Talley received her bachelor of science degree, with distinction and Cum Laude, in Agricultural Economics from the University of Delaware in 1984. She went on to receive her master’s of Business Administration from the University of Delaware in 1996.

Talley currently serves as the District Director for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency. As the District Director, Talley is responsible for administration of federal farm programs delivered by three field offices in Delaware. She provides leadership to field office managers in planning, managing and carrying out program responsibilities and provides training for all field personnel. She also evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of program operations, advises management on the need to adapt or revise national policies and procedures to meet needs within the state and trouble-shoots program and management issues and institutes change management.

Distinguished Alumni Awards

John Cantello received his undergraduate degree (B.S.) and graduate degrees (M.S., Ph.D.) from CANR. His graduate work focused on molecular virology. Cantello pursued post-doctoral training in gene therapy at the California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, CA. Cantello currently serves as Vice President, at Worldwide Business Development in GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) R&D organization. In this role, he leads the business development activities for the Metabolic Pathways & Cardiovascular Therapy Area and the newly created Bioelectronics R&D Unit.

Bernie Murphy received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware in 1975 in animal science.  He subsequently attended the University of Arkansas and Iowa State University where he obtained his master’s and doctorate degrees in poultry science and meat and poultry products technology respectively.

Murphy currently serves as President of the Jones-Hamilton Co.  Murphy worked internationally for 7 years supporting the development and marketing of animal health products.  Murphy’s career has been closely aligned with the poultry industry having managed business related to nutrition, primary genetics, processing, food safety and air quality.  Murphy was instrumental in the development and ongoing support of the University of Delaware Environmental Research facility in Georgetown, DE.

Distinguished Young Alumnus

Zaiqi Pan, who received his Masters degree in 2008 from the CANR statistics program, currently works as a research scientist at DuPont Pioneer. He joined DuPont in December 2007, working in the Insect Resistance Management Science group.  His major role is to develop insect population genetics models with biologists and simulate insect resistance development on Bt crops by using statistical tools and computer modeling techniques.

Pan is one of the key members in the Optimum® AcreMax® execution team.  The team developed and implemented an innovative method to deploy refuge for Bt corn. Their creative approach allowed DuPont Pioneer to claim the first position in insect control trait product offerings in the company’s history.

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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.

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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 ammoore@udel.edu. 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 http://ag.udel.edu/alumni/honorsandawards.html.

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 www.udel.edu/homecoming.

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