Outstanding faculty recognized

Former Dean Andy Swiger (left), Renee Boyer, and Dean Alan Grant.

Renee Boyer, an associate professor and Virginia Cooperative Extension specialist in the Department of Food Science and Technology, received the 2015 Andy Swiger Land-Grant Award. The award recognizes faculty whose creative accomplishments help to fulfill the land-grant mission of addressing state and national needs through teaching, research, or extension.Boyer’s programs focus on food safety, including routes of fruit contamination and the evaluation of antimicrobial agents. In addition to a plaque, Boyer received a $2,000 award, plus an additional $2,000 in operating funds. She is pictured at right with former Dean Andy Swiger (left) and Dean Alan Grant.

Associate Dean Saied Mostaghimi (left), Zach Adelman, and Dean Alan Grant.

Associate Professor of Entomology Zach Adelman received the Excellence in Basic Research Award.He heads a basic research program in molecular and vector biology, focusing primarily on the mosquito and the diseases it transmits, such as yellow fever, Dengue, and chikungunya viruses. Adelman (center) received the award from Associate Dean Saied Mostaghimi (left) and Dean Alan Grant.

Associate Dean Saied Mostaghimi (left), Percival Zhang, and Dean Alan Grant.

Professor of Biological Systems Engineering Percival Zhang (center) won the Excellence in Applied Research Award for his significant scholarly contributions with a focus on disruptive biomanufacturing for food, biofuels, and biochemical production.Adelman and Zhang received plaques, and each was awarded $5,000 from the college to be used in support of their research programs.