UD students, faculty honored at annual meeting

University of Delaware students and faculty were honored at the Northeastern Branch of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America (NEBCSA) annual meeting in Philadelphia last week as part of the Northeastern Plant, Pests and Soils Conference.

Zhixuan Qin, a doctoral student in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR), took second place in the Graduate Student Oral Paper Competition for her presentation on “Trends in Soil Test Phosphorus Dynamics Following Long-term Application of Poultry Litter and Commercial Fertilizers.”

Katie Clark, a master’s student in CANR, was awarded third place in the same competition for her presentation on “Using Electrical Resistivity Imaging to Characterize Subsurface Phosphorus Movement to Drainage Ditches.”

Tom Sims, professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, and Richard Taylor, an extension specialist for agronomy, were given Outstanding Career Service Awards that recognize those individuals who, during their careers, have not only distinguished themselves through contributions and service to the discipline and/or industry but have also contributed to improve the effectiveness of plant and soil science professionals within the Northeast by providing avenues for interaction among research, teaching and extension faculty, graduate students and industry personnel, one of the major objectives of the NEBCSA.

Cathy Olsen, a lab coordinator for the Soil Testing Program in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, received an Outstanding Support Staff Award that recognizes the excellent contributions made by professional research, Cooperative Extension, and support staff.

The awards conferred by the NEBCSA represent the highest in personal achievement in recognition of exceptional contributions to the agronomic, crop or soil sciences, education, and/or service.