Congratulations to Glenda Gillaspy, winner of the 2014 Andy Swiger Land-Grant Award. Gillaspy received $2,000, plus an additional $2,000 in operating funds for her accomplishments.
The award recognizes a faculty member who has helped to fulfill the land-grant mission of addressing state and national needs through teaching, research, and Extension.
Gillaspy has demonstrated both a talent for and commitment to the fundamental elements of the land-grant mission and the Virginia Tech motto, Ut Prosim. Her desire to serve has resulted in visits to 39 Virginia high schools where she has assisted 82 faculty, and almost 4,000 students in designing and performing experiments. Her accomplishments in research regarding a family of enzymes that turn off the signal transduction switch in plants have established an internationally recognized program of inositol signaling and plant stress, as well as her own reputation as a leader in critical research on inositol depletion in multicellular organisms.