CASNR awards ceremony honors outstanding faculty, staff members
By: Norman Martin
Eight standout faculty and staff members were honored for service and support of Texas Tech University's College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Thursday (Aug. 19) during a special evening ceremony at the Department of Animal and Food Sciences livestock arena.
The 2021 CASNR award recipients included:
- CASNR Teaching Award: Jamie Bologna Pavlik, Assistant Professor (Department of Agricultural & Applied Economics)
- CASNR Research Award: Amy Boren-Alpizar, Associate Professor (Department of Agricultural Education & Communications)
- CASNR Junior Faculty Award: Vinicius Machado, Assistant Professor (Department of Veterinary Sciences)
- CASNR Service/Outreach Award: Katy Schroeder, Assistant Professor (Department of Animal & Food Sciences)
- CASNR International Impact Award: Rosalyn Shim, Assistant Professor (Department of Plant & Soil Science)
- CASNR Student Advising Award: Alicia Thomas, Instructor (Department of Plant & Soil Science)
- CASNR Staff Award: Neal Nordstrom, IT Support Technician II (Department of Agricultural & Applied Economics)
- CASNR Research Staff Award: Jaspreet Kaur, Post Doctoral Research Associate (Department of Plant & Soil Science)
On Friday (Aug. 20) morning CASNR faculty participated in a retreat at the university's McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center that focused on a tactical synergy discussion led by Matthew Barnes (NRM); Courtney Meyers (AEC) and Katy Schroeder (AFS); a CASNR research report from Texas Tech's Office of Vice President for Research &Innovation; and a CASNR faculty equity advocate, ADVANCE program review by Jyotsna Sharma, a professor of plant ecology and conservation.
A following presentation included a review of Texas Tech research priorities, which included a discussion of current areas for research that the Office of Research and Innovation has been developing with the help of focus groups across campus. The speakers included CASNR Associate Dean for Research Christy Bratcher as moderator, along with Luis Herrera-Estrella with the Institute of Genomics and Crop Abiotic Stress, and Monty Christian, Executive Director of Marketing Strategies with the Office of Vice President for Research and Innovation. An overview of the college was provided by CASNR Interim Dean Cindy Akers.
The day before (Aug. 19), CASNR leaders met with members of the CASNR Advisory Board for a half-day meeting at the newly renovated Texas Tech Dairy Barn. The session included a state-of-the-college presentation by Akers. In addition, the program included a presentation on Texas Tech's new four focus research areas by Bratcher, followed by breakout sessions. Topics outlined were energy, climate change, one health, and rural resiliency.
CONTACT: Cindy Akers, Interim Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2808 or email@example.com
0820NM21 / PHOTO: (clockwise from top, left) Jamie Bologna Pavlik, Amy Boren-Alpizar, Vinicius Machado, Katy Schroeder, Rosalyn Shim, Alicia Thomas, Neal Nordstrom and Jaspreet Kaur
- Agricultural & Applied Economics
- Agricultural Education & Communications
- Animal & Food Sciences
- Landscape Architecture
- Natural Resources Management
- Plant & Soil Science
- Veterinary Science
Editor: Norman Martin
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