Three graduates of the University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) were presented with the college’s Distinguished Alumni Awards, while Robin L. Talley was presented with the George M. Worrilow award at a ceremony held on Friday, Oct. 11, as part of Homecoming festivities.
The awards are given based on a clear record of outstanding career accomplishments, service and leadership to the profession, and community service, including service to UD.
George M. Worrilow Award
Robin L. Talley received her bachelor of science degree, with distinction and Cum Laude, in Agricultural Economics from the University of Delaware in 1984. She went on to receive her master’s of Business Administration from the University of Delaware in 1996.
Talley currently serves as the District Director for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency. As the District Director, Talley is responsible for administration of federal farm programs delivered by three field offices in Delaware. She provides leadership to field office managers in planning, managing and carrying out program responsibilities and provides training for all field personnel. She also evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of program operations, advises management on the need to adapt or revise national policies and procedures to meet needs within the state and trouble-shoots program and management issues and institutes change management.
Distinguished Alumni Awards
John Cantello received his undergraduate degree (B.S.) and graduate degrees (M.S., Ph.D.) from CANR. His graduate work focused on molecular virology. Cantello pursued post-doctoral training in gene therapy at the California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, CA. Cantello currently serves as Vice President, at Worldwide Business Development in GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) R&D organization. In this role, he leads the business development activities for the Metabolic Pathways & Cardiovascular Therapy Area and the newly created Bioelectronics R&D Unit.
Bernie Murphy received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware in 1975 in animal science. He subsequently attended the University of Arkansas and Iowa State University where he obtained his master’s and doctorate degrees in poultry science and meat and poultry products technology respectively.
Murphy currently serves as President of the Jones-Hamilton Co. Murphy worked internationally for 7 years supporting the development and marketing of animal health products. Murphy’s career has been closely aligned with the poultry industry having managed business related to nutrition, primary genetics, processing, food safety and air quality. Murphy was instrumental in the development and ongoing support of the University of Delaware Environmental Research facility in Georgetown, DE.
Distinguished Young Alumnus
Zaiqi Pan, who received his Masters degree in 2008 from the CANR statistics program, currently works as a research scientist at DuPont Pioneer. He joined DuPont in December 2007, working in the Insect Resistance Management Science group. His major role is to develop insect population genetics models with biologists and simulate insect resistance development on Bt crops by using statistical tools and computer modeling techniques.
Pan is one of the key members in the Optimum® AcreMax® execution team. The team developed and implemented an innovative method to deploy refuge for Bt corn. Their creative approach allowed DuPont Pioneer to claim the first position in insect control trait product offerings in the company’s history.