University of Illinois entomologist Michael Gray was recently named an honorary member of the Entomological Society of America (ESA). Membership acknowledges those who have served ESA for at least 20 years through significant involvement in the affairs of the society that has reached an extraordinary level. Gray is a professor and assistant dean in the Department of Crop Sciences and Extension at U of I. He is internationally recognized for his research and extension programs on management of the western corn rootworm.
Neal Merchen, Associate Dean for Research and the Director of the Experiment Station in the College of ACES, has been named a Fellow in the administration category of the American Society of Animal Science.
Dr. Laurie Kramer of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES), University of Illinois, has received international recognition for meritorious service to higher education. She was presented the 2015 Distinguished Educator Award, a premier honor bestowed by the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) organization.
Animal Sciences researcher Hans Stein won the DSM Nutritional Sciences Award which was presented at the 13th Symposium on Digestive Physiology in Pigs, Kliczków, Polan on May 19. This lifetime achievement award honors scientific discovery that has significantly contributed to improving animal nutrition and health through innovative concepts and more sustainable animal farming.
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Stephen Long will serve as project director on a five–year, $25-million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to improve the photosynthetic properties of key food crops, with Don Ort serving as Associate Director. Illinois research will take place at the Institute for Genomic Biology.
Crop sciences researchers Lisa Ainsworth and Andrew Leakey have received a five-year, $5.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation through the Institute of Genomic Biology to develop ozone-resistant corn.