CALS News and Announcements

  • Joel Cuello, professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, was honored by his alma mater, the University of the Philippines at Los Banos (UPLB), with a 2013 Outstanding Alumnus Award. He was selected for this recognition by the UPLB Alumni Association in honor of his contribution to community transformation and nation building. Cuello traveled to the Philippines to receive the award at a ceremony held October 9 during homecoming festivities.

  • Stephanie Tolbert is working to reduce toxicity in cosmetics. Erin Durban-Albrecht is investigating the effects of anti-gay ideologies in Haiti. Both University of Arizona doctoral students have earned American Fellowships from the American Association of University Women, or AAUW.

    The national association announced that it has granted $3.7 million in 245 fellowships and grants to scholars and programs across the nation. Of the total, Tolber and Durban-Albrecht are among nearly 80 women to earn American Fellowship recipients.

    Also, Kaitlin Charette, a UA nutritional sciences major with a focus on dietetics, earned an AAUW career development grant. A UA Honors College student, Charette aspires to be a registered dietitian and plans to work with women in low-income communities.

  • The American Geophysical Union (AGU) has announced its 2013 class of Fellows. This honor is given to individual AGU members who have made exceptional scientific contributions and attained acknowledged eminence in the fields of Earth and space science. AGU’s Fellows program was established in 1962. This designation is conferred upon not more than 0.1% of all AGU members in any given year.

    Russell K. Monson, professor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ School of Natural Resources and the Environment, is among 62 individuals who have been elected as 2013 AGU Fellows. They will be recognized during the Honors Tribute at the 2013 AGU Fall Meeting, which will take place on December 11, 2013 in San Francisco, Calif.

  • The Lunar Greenhouse Outreach and Teaching Module made a special appearance in April in the Arizona State Pavilion at the 2013 BIO International Convention in Chicago. This is the second time the module has visited Chicago. During the fall of 2012, the module was featured in a six-month exhibit at Chicago’s Museum of Science and industry.

  • Cheyanne Keith, a College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Ambassador, has been selected as the Arizona National Livestock Show Ambassador. She will begin her position in June, 2013. Keith is majoring in agricultural technology management and education and plans to graduate after finishing her student teaching next spring.

  • Once a year Hasbro, Inc. recognizes six inspiring kids and teens who have created unique ways to address challenging issues in their local and global communities. The six young service leaders are named Hasbro Community Action Heroes. Grace Anne Remey, a nine year old from Tucson, Ariz. and 4-H youth, is one of the six recognized for the honor in 2013.

  • Megan Hetherington-Rauth has been selected to receive a Science Foundation Arizona Graduate Research Fellowship for bone research. This fellowship was created to strengthen research in Arizona universities in order to promote a strong and bright workforce. Hetherington-Rauth will begin work toward a doctorate in nutritional sciences at the University of Arizona this fall.

  • Walter Morrow, applications systems analyst/developer, senior in College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Administration has been among fifteen employees selected in 2013 to receive University of Arizona Awards for Excellence.

  • Gresa Sylejmani, a senior majoring in microbiology, has been recognized by the University of Arizona with a Centennial Achievement Award. Sylejmani will graduate in May.

    Centennial Achievement Awards are presented to undergraduate and graduate students who have demonstrated integrity, overcome enormous challenges to achieve a college education, made a contribution to self, community and family, and who are the first in their families to graduate from college. Only two undergraduates are honored with Centennial Awards each year. Sylejmani was presented the award at UA’s winter commencement ceremony in December 2012.

  • Jennifer Mortensen, a doctoral candidate in the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences, has been selected to receive a Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being. This dissertation fellowship is designed to identify and develop a new generation of leaders interested in and capable of creating practice and policy initiatives that will enhance child development and improve the nation's ability to prevent all forms of child maltreatment. The fellowship is sponsored by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Chapin Hall, a policy research institute at the University of Chicago.

    Fellows receive an annual stipend of $25,000 for up to two years to support the completion of their dissertation and related research at their academic institution. Up to 15 fellowships are awarded annually. Fellows are guided by an academic mentor whom they select; fellows also identify a policy or program mentor to assist them in better understanding how to frame their research questions with an eye toward maximizing policy and practice relevance.