The Ratledge Family Award for Delaware Public Service has been presented to three members of the University of Delaware community – Darryl Chambers, James Flynn and Joanne Whalen – for their contributions to the well-being of the people of the state. The recipients were honored during a ceremony April 28 at Marriott’s Courtyard Newark-University of Delaware campus hotel. Joanne Whalen Whalen joined the University in 1979 as an associate in Cooperative Extension’s Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program. She became the Extension IPM coordinator and Extension entomologist for agriculture in 1983. Whalen, who received her master’s degree in entomology and wildlife ecology from UD in 1983, has served on statewide, regional and national committees. She is a current member and past chair of the Northeast Region’s Technical Committee on Integrated Pest Management, responsible for improving communication and cooperation throughout the region. As a past member of the International Certified Crop Adviser Exam Committee and current Mid-Atlantic Certified Crop Adviser Board member, she has worked to establish base standards of knowledge and continuing education for individuals who advise growers on crop and pest management practices. As the Extension IPM coordinator, she focuses on developing and delivering recommendations that have both economic and environmental benefits. She conducts research and extension programs that educate agricultural clientele on a range of practices including the use of cover crops, reduced tillage, conservation biological control, trap cropping, insecticide resistance management and the proper use of insecticides to manage insect pests in crops. She was recognized by Michelle Rodgers, associate dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and director of Cooperative Extension. George Watson, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, presented welcoming remarks, and Mark Rieger, dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, closed the program. Dan Rich, University Professor of Public Policy, presented a talk on the value of community engagement. About the Ratledge Family Award The Ratledge family, Delawareans who can trace their roots back to the 1700s, established the award to encourage and recognize significant public service contributions with at least one award of $1,000 made each year. Recipients of the award must be members of the UD community. Professional staff, faculty and students are eligible. Preference is given to members of the School of Public Policy and Administration and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The award is presented to those who exemplify excellence in public service to citizens in the state, and those contributions are defined to include both paid and volunteer work. Photos by Duane Perry To read more about the other award recipients, check out the full article on UDaily.