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.