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Theodore Ellmore receives Staff Career Achievement Award

Theodore EllmoreTheodore Ellmore, retired programmer in the Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences, has received the university’s 2016 Staff Career Achievement Award.

Ellmore retired from the university in February 2015 after 43 years of service.

Created in 2011 to recognize retiring staff members, the Staff Career Achievement Award is presented annually to as many as five individuals who have distinguished themselves through exemplary performance and service during their university careers. Nominees must have worked a minimum of 10 years at Virginia Tech. Each recipient is awarded a $1,000 cash prize.

Ellmore began as a laboratory and research technician, running various assays on forage materials, but was a man of many talents. As the university moved into the technological world, Ellmore became a self-taught computer technician, which resulted in his role changing to information technology specialist. He served as the department communications and network liaisons, webmaster, and photographer.

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J.B. Daniel wins national award for pastureland conservation

Native Virginian J.B. Daniel recently received the American Forage and Grassland Council’s Pastureland Conservationist of the Year award for his exceptional education and outreach to promote sustainable grazing practices statewide.

This annual award recognizes a natural resources conservation service employee who has exemplified outstanding service to the agency, our clients, and the science of grazing land management. Daniels received this recognition for excelling in five categories: communication, training, partnerships, conservation application, and job complexity.

J.B. Daniel receives his award after being selected as the American Forage and Grassland Council’s Pastureland Conservationist of the Year

(Left to right) J.B. Daniel receives his award from NRCS National Rangeland Management Specialist Sid Brantly and AFGC President Gary Wilson.

As the state’s forage and grassland agronomist, Daniel is committed to education and outreach. He serves as an advisor to the Virginia Forage and Grassland Council, providing key support to the annual VFGC winter conference series with an annual attendance of more than 500 producers and grazing advisors. He also spearheaded the development of the Beginning Grazier School, a multi-day, immersion-style training course on management-intensive grazing.

Demonstration farms are another key component of his outreach strategy to promote sustainable practice implementation. In 2010, Daniel began working with Shenandoah Valley farmers to launch a project promoting year-round grazing and reduce the need to feed stored hay. Many other demonstration farms have now been added throughout the state, and other initiatives followed to explore the use of annuals in livestock grazing systems and the silvopasture practice, which integrates forage grazing and forest production.

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Ryan Stewart named Scholar of the Week

Ryan StewartThe Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation recognizes Ryan Stewart, an assistant professor in the Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences, who works at the “critical zone” between water, soil, and plant communities.

His program at the Critical Zone Research Lab fosters collaboration across disciplines, with diverse researchers working on topics that span ecology, engineering, agriculture, and urban systems. The effort involves field work, laboratory analysis, and development of modeling frameworks to focus on quantifying and scaling interactions between water, soil, and plant communities.

Stewart is involved in a variety of research projects. Among them, he is interested in the effects of land-use changes on the movement, distribution, and quality of water, especially in areas where forests are being established or re-established.

Another research interest includes study of soil-water interactions in shrink-swell clay soils, including the changing hydraulic conductivity of soil matrix due to swelling and shrinking, the time-dependence of swelling, threshold behaviors in runoff and infiltration, and scaling of hydrologic processes.

In other areas, Stewart characterizes structural pathways caused by plants and soil aggregation by describing nutrient transport and preferential flow using parsimonious models, development of new soil parameters to use in infiltration and runoff modeling, and numerical modeling to better understand processes.

His lab also works to develop novel instruments and methods, including a new “resonating” rain gauge, instruments to monitor soil crack swelling dynamics, a new device to measure plot-scale runoff, and accelerometers to monitor environmental processes.

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Mike Goatley receives Founders Award from SportsTurf Managers Association

Mike Goatley receiving awardMike Goatley, professor of turfgrass science in the Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences since 2004, received the Harry Gill Founders Award from the SportsTurf Managers Association. The award acknowledges long-standing service to the association.

Goatley served two terms as president of STMA, which serves more than 2,500 members, including sports turf managers for schools, parks, universities, professional sports teams, the commercial sector, and students and faculty in higher education.

Congratulations, Mike!

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CSES / HORT Graduate Student Research Symposium

On Friday, Feb. 5 from 3-6 p.m., the Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences and the Department of Horticulture will be holding the Graduate Student Research Symposium at the Inn at Virginia Tech.

Mark Alley, professor emeritus in the Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences and AAAS Fellow, will be our keynote speaker. Following his speech, there will be a poster session to showcase the outstanding research our graduate students are doing in the departments. We are also inviting potential graduate students to attend the event to learn more about the graduate programs and have the opportunity to talk with faculty and current graduate students.

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CSES students win SSSA awards and scholarships

Congratulations to the following Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences students on their recent recognition at the Tri-Societies annual meeting in Minneapolis:

  • Emily Ott won first place in the 2015 Soil Sciences Society of America Pedology Division Presentation Competition
  • Steffany Yamada won the Golden Opportunity Scholarship
  • Michael Badzmierowski won the Hubert J. Byrd Sr. Scholarship for SSSA

 

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Virginia Tech wins regional soil judging championship

The Virginia Tech Soil Judging Team won first place at the 2015 Southeast Region Collegiate Soil Judging Contest held in Murray, Kentucky, on Oct. 15. The overall team standings were:

  1. Virginia Tech
  2. University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  3. Tennessee Technological University
  4. University of Georgia
  5. West Virginia University
  6. Western Kentucky University
  7. Clemson University
  8. Auburn University
  9. University of Tennessee at Martin
Front row, left to right: Jake McGaughey, Steffany Yamada, Coach John Galbraith, Naina Sharma, and Caitlyn Herron. Back row, left to right: Robert Goodwin, Hunter Wyatt, Janelle Salapich, Jessica Cox, Scott Bauman, Coach Dan Johnson, and Olivia Simpson.

Front row, left to right: Jake McGaughey, Steffany Yamada, Coach John Galbraith, Naina Sharma, and Caitlyn Herron. Back row, left to right: Robert Goodwin, Hunter Wyatt, Janelle Salapich, Jessica Cox, Scott Bauman, Coach Dan Johnson, and Olivia Simpson.

The top 5 teams advance to the National Championship in Manhattan, Kansas, on Apr. 3, 2016. In the individual contest, the following students placed in the top five out of 67 contestants:

  1. University of Georgia – Patty Lawson
  2. Tennessee Technological University – Mandy Millard
  3. University of Tennessee, Knoxville – Kristen Moretz
  4. Virginia Tech – Rob Goodwin
  5. Virginia Tech – Steffany Yamada

Also for Virginia Tech were: No. 10 Hunter Wyatt and No. 13 Caitlyn Herron. Congratulations to these students and all of the 67 participants!

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