Celebrating Excellence

HONORING THE CANR COMMUNITY

 

George M. Worrilow Award

Named for a leader whose belief in the art and business of agriculture and whose respect for the Delaware farmer were steadfast, the award is presented by the Ag Alumni Association to a graduate of the college who has exhibited outstanding service to agriculture and natural resources. He led the college with vision, compassion and a determination to make it the best agricultural school in the land.

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George M. Worrilow Award

2022 Recipient  

William "Jay" Meany

Graduation: 1981 BS

Degree: BS Agricultural Business Management

 

 

William “Jay” Meany graduated with a degree Agribusiness Management from the University of Delaware College of Agriculture & Natural Resources in 1981. He, along with his wife – Kathleen – are the proud parents to three University of Delaware alumni –

  • Jessica – a 2007 graduate from the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
  • Daniel – a 2009 graduate of the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources; and
  • Sarah – a 2013 graduate from the Lerner College of Business

Jay serves as President of Hy-Point Farms, located in Northern, New Castle County – Delaware. Founded in 1919, the company employs over 110 people – Jay has been with the family operation for over 60 years. Currently, there are 12 members of the Meany family working with the company!

Along with his family, Jay has been a tremendous partner and friend of the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources through the years – specifically to the dairy initiatives and UDairy Creamery operations. In 2015, Jay and Kathleen established the Dr. U. Carl Toensmeyer Scholarship to support students in UD’s Food and Agribusiness program.

Each year the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) selects outstanding faculty, staff and alumni whose achievements and commitment represent the very best of our storied college and its mission to feed the world and protect the planet.

Excellence in Extension

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Kathleen Splane

Kathleen Splane began her career with Cooperative Extension in 1995 working part time statewide, training teachers to conduct food safety education. In 1997, she became the program assistant for Dr. Sue Snider, the Cooperative Extension Food Safety and Nutrition Specialist, helping to coordinate the work of the EFNEP Nutrition Assistants and conducting food safety education for professionals and volunteers. Dr. Snider encouraged Kathleen to returned to school to attain a master’s degree in Health Promotion in 2006. Later that year she became the Kent County Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Extension Agent responsible for direct education in nutrition, food safety, financial management and child development. Volunteer management of Master Food Educators, mentoring UD students and management of several grants have also been part of her role. She also serves as co-program leader for the FCS team. Splane is a member of professional organizations including the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Science Educators and the Society of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 

Excellence in Service

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Dr. Adrienne Shearer

Dr. Adrienne Shearer is a Scientist in the University of Delaware Department of Animal and Food Sciences for which she conducts both laboratory and education-based research in food science with an emphasis on microbial food safety. Dr. Shearer also serves as an instructor or co-instructor for several undergraduate courses including Introductory Animal and Food Sciences Laboratory, Fermentation Sciences, Perspectives in Career and Professional Development, and Food Science. Previously, she worked in the food industry with oversight for quality assurance of processing and laboratory operations as well as for a food trade organization with responsibility for research in food quality and education of food safety regulations for industry members. Dr. Shearer is a UD alumna, having completed undergraduate and graduate degrees in Food Science (B.S. 1989; M.S. 1996) and Animal and Food Sciences (Ph.D. 2018).

Excellence in Research

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Dr. Pamela Green

Pamela Green received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. After postdoctoral research with Nam-Hai Chua at Rockefeller University, she joined the Department of Energy Plant Research Laboratory and the Department of Biochemistry at Michigan State University, where she was a professor for 13 years. She moved to the University of Delaware in 2002 where she is the Unidel Crawford H. Greenewalt Chair and Professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences and the Delaware Biotechnology Institute. Green holds joint appointments in Chemistry and Biochemistry, Biological Sciences and the School of Marine Science and Policy. Research in the Green lab focuses on mRNA decay, ribonucleases, environmental stress, miRNAs, and the development of new transcriptomic approaches, primarily in plants with some studies in animal systems. Green has served on or chaired the boards of the Gordon Research Conferences, the Committee on Science and the Arts of The Franklin Institute, the International Society of Plant Molecular Biology, Trends in Plant Biology, and the Arabidopsis Steering Committee. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Society of Plant Biologists. 

Dean's Distinguished Service Award

The COVID Testing Team at Allen Laboratory

After pursuing and receiving national accreditation for human health diagnostic testing through Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA), Allen Laboratory became ground zero for COVID-19 testing of UD employees and students. The team of Brian Ladman, Amy Anderson, Erin Bernberg, Marcy Murphy, Oscar Damminger and Lauren Sauble began testing a few hundred samples twice a week. In subsequent semesters, the lab team tested over a thousand samples a day for four days a week. In total, the lab now has handled more than 140,000 samples, supplying the UD community with high-quality data. They turned around PCR-based COVID detection results in only a few hours. Throughout the pandemic, the laboratory staff worked long hours to help keep UD operational all while maintaining their normal job responsibilities. 


 

CANR EXCELLENCE AWARDS

CANR Inclusive Excellence Award (Faculty and Staff)

The award recognizes individuals whose work embodies UD’s Inclusive Excellence initiative to advance inclusive excellence within the institution or community.

NOMINATION FORM

Inclusive Excellence Award Winners

Year

Recipient

Department

2021

Christy Mannering

Communications

2019

Dr. Tanya Gressley

Animal and Food Sciences

 

 

 

 

CANR Excellence in Research Award

(Faculty)

The award recognizes individuals that are involved in research that involves the mentoring of graduate students, post-docs, undergraduates, and/or junior faculty

NOMINATION FORM

Excellence in research award winners

Year

Recipient

Department

2020

Dr. Kali Kniel

Animal and Food Sciences

2018

Dr. Yan Jin

Plant and Soil Sciences

CANR Teaching & Advising Award

(Faculty)

The award recognizes CANR faculty involved in teaching, mentoring and advising students.
 

NOMINATION FORM

Teaching and advising award winners

Year

Recipient

Department

2021

Dr. Thomas Ilvento

Applied Economics and Statistics

2019

Dr. Thomas Evans

Plant and Soil Sciences

2017

Dr. Joshua Duke

Applied Economics and Statistics

2015

Dr. Kali Kniel

Animal and Food Sciences

CANR Excellence in Service

(Support Staff)

Recognizes superior work ethic, noteworthy performance, outstanding and meritorious service, and positive impact on the goals of the department and CANR.

NOMINATION FORM

Excellence in service award winners (support staff)

Year

Recipient

Department

2021

Tammy Schirmer

Carvel Center

2019

Susan Biddle

Plant and Soil Sciences

2017

Michele Walfred

Carvel Center

2015

Sharon Webb

Carvel Center

CANR Excellence in Service

(Research Support Staff)

Recognizes superior work ethic, noteworthy performance, outstanding and meritorious service, and positive impact on the goals of the department and CANR.

NOMINATION FORM

Excellence in service award winners (research staff)

Year

Recipient

Department

2020

Tecle Weldekidan

Plant and Soil Sciences

2018

Maddi Valinski

Applied Economics and Statistics

2016

Richard Morris

Animal and Food Sciences Newark Farm

CANR Excellence in Extension

The​ ​CANR​ ​Excellence​ ​in​ ​Extension​ ​Award​ ​is​ ​based​ ​on​ ​the​ ​ECOP​ ​National​ ​Excellence​ ​in​ ​Extension Award.​ ​The​ ​CANR​ ​Excellence​ ​in​ ​Extension​ ​Award​ ​is​ ​presented​ ​in​ ​even​ ​years​ ​to​ ​an​ ​individual​ ​who has​ ​strived​ ​throughout​ ​his or her​ ​career​ ​to​ ​achieve​ ​the​ ​benchmarks​ ​reflective​ ​of​ ​excellence​ ​in Extension​ ​educational​ ​programming.​ ​​

Name

Year

Maria Pippidis

2020

Gordon Johnson

2018

Richard Taylor

2016

Benton Graduate Student Award

The award is presented annually to two graduate students (one Ph.D. and one M.S.) who have excelled in research and have an outstanding record of academic accomplishments and service to their profession are eligible for nomination.

NOMINATION FORM

Benton Graduate Student Award Winners

Year

Recipient

Department

2021

Emma Ruggiero 

Ryan Moore

Plant and Soil Sciences (M.S.)

Plant and Soil Sciences (Ph.D.)

2020

Sergio Cabrera-Cruz

Shania Craighead

Entomology and Wildlife Ecology (Ph.D.)

Animal and Food Sciences (Ph.D)

2019

Alyssa Lutgen

Tyler D. Sowers 

Water Science and Policy (M.S.)

Plant and Soil Sciences (Ph.D.)

2018

Hannah L. Clipp

Desiree L. Narango

Entomology and Wildlife Ecology (M.S.)

Entomology and Wildlife Ecology (Ph.D.)

2017

Adrienne Shearer

Grace Savoy-Burke

Animal and Food Sciences (Ph.D)

Entomology and Wildlife Ecology (M.S.)

2016

Amanda Roberson

Solny Adalsteinsson

Plant and Soil Sciences (M.S.)

Entomology and Wildlife Ecology (Ph.D.)

2015

Sarah Markland

Melissa Savin

Animal and Food Sciences (Ph.D.)

Agriculture & Natural Resources (M.S.)

2014

Rebecca Kern

Allison Rogers 

Entomology and Wildlife Ecology (Ph.D.)

Animal and Food Sciences (M.S.)

2013

Jacquelyn Marchese

Michelle Windle

Entomology and Wildlife Ecology (M.S.)

Animal and Food Sciences (Ph.D.)

2012

Rachael Vaicunas                    

Kirsten Hirneisen                   

Jixian Zhai                               

Bioresources Engineering (M.S.)

Animal and Food Sciences (Ph.D.)

Plant and Soil Sciences (Ph.D.)

2011

Sudarshan Dutta

Jacob Fooks

Plant and Soil Sciences (Ph.D.)

Food and Resource Economics (M.S.)

2010

Zachary Ladin

Laura Nemec

Meredith Biedrzycki

Entomology and Wildlife Ecology (M.S.)

Animal and Food Sciences (M.S.)

Plant and Soil Sciences (Ph.D.)

2009

Ellen Lake

Entomology and Wildlife Ecology (M.S.)

2008

Hudaa Neetoo

Bridget Collins

Animal and Food Sciences (Ph.D.)

Entomology and Wildlife Ecology (M.S.)

2007

Kristian Paul

Anthony Gonzon

Plant and Soil Sciences (Ph.D.)

Entomology and Wildlife Ecology (M.S.)