Awards and recognition

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COVID superhero

“There are heroes among us,” a recent MediFind article says, and one of them, we’re proud to note, is CFAES scientist Linda Saif. Saif, who is Distinguished University Professor in the Food Animal Health Research Program, was honored in “Beyond Fauci: Meet the Science Superheroes Leading the U.S. COVID-19 Response,” which MedFind published on Oct. 21.

“The real unsung Superheroes of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Saif said in the article, “are the frontline health care workers and first responders, some of whom have given their own lives in trying to save the lives of COVID-19 patients. We owe them our deepest and enduring gratitude. Masks on to them!”

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Best early-career teaching

Suzanne Gray, associate professor of aquatic physiological ecology in the School of Environment and Natural Resources, earned best early-career teacher honors in an annual awards program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU).

“We applaud this year’s winners of the Excellence in College and University Teaching Awards for Food and Agricultural Sciences,” Doug Steele, APLU’s vice president of food, agriculture, and natural resources, said in a Nov. 4 announcement. “The high bar they’ve set stands as a powerful example not only to their students, but to other faculty striving to better serve their students.”

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International fellowship

Rafael Quijada Landaverde, graduate associate and doctoral student in the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership (ACEL), has been named one of seven recipients of the Kirchner Food Fellowship. The Kirchner Food Fellowship is a pioneer in the lean investment movement, harnessing the power of highly committed millennial talent to find, fund, and assist promising socially responsible, for-profit agricultural businesses.

“We are excited for Rafael to be selected as recipient of this highly regarded fellowship,” said Shannon Washburn, ACEL professor and chair. “His knowledge, talents, and experience will be an asset to his cohort and participating partners.”

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First place in interview contest

Nicole McMullen, a junior studying agriscience education in ACEL, earned the top award in the interview contest during the virtual Region V Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS) Cluster. She will represent Ohio State and Region V at the National MANRRS Conference this spring.

MANRRS is a national society of people of all racial and ethnic groups in agricultural and related science careers, with a focus on promoting these fields in a positive manner among ethnic minorities. Region V includes MANRRS chapters from Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

“We are proud of Nicole for the growth and effort she put forward to lead to success in this contest,” Washburn said. “Participation in organizations like MANRRS and the opportunities they provide to students are valuable in the development of their careers. Nicole will benefit greatly from this experience as she enters the agricultural education profession.”

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