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Congratulations to all for these well-deserved awards!! Special thanks go to Burton Johnson, our 2012 AAIC Past President from North Dakota State University, for his work in awards nominations and selection, and for a very entertaining presentation ceremony.

 Many thanks to all who assisted in conference organization, especially Valerie Teetor (Registrar, Answer Person, Greeter, etc.), Marisol Berti (Technical Program Chair), and Division Chairs and Moderators (Greg Holt, Brad Morris, Grace Chen, Burton Johnson, and Lauren Johnson). Additional technical support by De Wood (ARS, Albany, CA), Travis Teetor (University of Arizona) and John Christensen (TriMark Technical Marketing) was appreciated.  Finally, a special note of thanks to PanAridus, LLC (Casa Grande, AZ) who generously provided tote bags stuffed with thoughtful welcome gifts.

 See you all in Washington D.C.!!!

2012 Award Winners

  • Congratulations to Dr. Terry Coffelt (USDA-ARS, U.S. Arid-Land Agricultural Research Center, Maricopa, AZ) on receiving this year's 2012 Anson E. "Tommy" Thompson Career Achievement Award.  This award is given to the person who throughout his or her career has made significant contributions to the development and/or utilization of industrial crops and/or products. 

Terry’s 39-year career in genetics and breeding is diverse and rich in accomplishments that involve million dollar grants, more than 80 publications, and germplasm improvement for peanut, vernonia, lesquerella, and guayule. His guayule releases have become the staple of the guayule industry, and the lesquerella releases are very important for their improved oil traits. Although the focus of Terry's research was genetics and breeding, he also worked on whatever was needed to answer the questions necessary to commercialize the crop. Topics could be crop production oriented, post-harvest management, or new product development. Terry’s service to the AAIC is exemplary, spanning many years and including roles as President, Chair Natural Rubbers and Resins Division, Board of Directors Industrial Crops and Products, and recipient of the Outstanding Researcher Award. A quote from his nomination letter, “Terry’s is held in great admiration, high respect, and portrays unparalleled honesty and integrity in his professional career and personal life.”

  • The Outstanding Researcher of the Year Award was presented to Dr. Winthrop B. Phippen (Professor of Plant Breeding and Genetics, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL).

Win established a new crops plant breeding program that engages family, students, and the agricultural and scientific communities with an awareness and appreciation of new crops (cuphea, milkweed, and field pennycress) in a corn and soybean dominated region. His grantsmanship is exceptional in research and education, with implementation of an internship program (Capacity Building Program) to train and place scientists in developing agricultural regions to improve sustainability in southern Mexico. Win’s dedication to the AAIC is reflected by his past and present service roles as President, Oilseeds Division Chair, Treasurer, and webmaster. A quote from his nomination letter, “Win portrays the highest integrity, is hard working, is an excellent role model for students and peers, and displays a tireless passion for new crops and teaching.”

  • The Gail A. Dahlquist Award was presented to Dr. Maria Jenderek (NCGRP, USDA-ARS, Fort Collins, CO). This award is given to a person who has effectively promoted the study and/or development of industrial crops and/or products. 

Maria is an expert in developing procedures for both seed- and clonal-propagation of a variety of crops, and provided most notable characterizations for Limnanthes alba and lesquerella. No detail is too insignificant for Maria, a factor contributing to her successful efforts to help curators conserve and provide plant genetic resources for crop development. Maria works diligently to help others be successful.  Her thoughtful consideration of others has resulted in unsolicited offers of assistance that solved technical, logistical, and scientific challenges.  Her sensitivity extends beyond a feeling for the plants to a feeling for the humans working with them.  A quote from her nomination letter, “Beyond being an outstanding scientist and contributor, Maria is an outstanding person.”

  • The Student of the Year Award was awarded to Liv Soares Serevino (Embrapa Algodão, Brazil. currently a student at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX ). This award is given to an undergraduate or graduate student who has performed outstanding research in the field of industrial crops and/or products.

Liv was selected in 2008 by the U.S. Department of State as one of three Brazilian scientists to travel across the Unite States to promote scientific cooperation between those two countries. He coordinated several Brazilian and International research projects, partnering private companies and governmental agencies to develop oilseed crops for biodiesel production.  Liv has an extensive publication listing (44 manuscripts, book authorship, 160 technical publications/proceedings/abstacts) and has demonstrated a high level of leadership among the International scientists conducting research in industrial crops. As quoted from his nomination letter, “It is rewarding to see the future of our profession in the hands of young scientists such as Liv.”

 

AAIC 2012 Best Paper Presentation Awards (by Division)

Best Fibers and Cellulosics Division Paper Presentation

 

OPTIMIZING BIOMASS BLENDS FOR MANUFACTURING MOLDED PACKAGING MATERIALS USING MYCELIUM

 Greg Holt1, Gavin McIntyre2, and Eben Bayer2

 1USDA-ARS, Cotton Production & Processing Research Unit, Lubbock, TX 79403

2Ecovative Design, LLC. 70 Cohoes Ave, Green Island, NY 12183

 

Best Oilseed Division Paper Presentation

 

POLLEN DISPERSAL AND GENE FLOW IN CASTOR (RICINUS COMMUNIS L.)

 

Brian S. Baldwin1, J. Brett Rushing1, Charles Webber2, and Thomas Sebastian3

 

1Dept. of Plant & Soil Sciences, Box 9555, Mississippi State, MS 39762 USA

2USDA-ARS, Sugarcane Research Unit, 5883 USDA Rd. Houma, LA 70360 USA

3University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS 39216 USA

 

Best Medicinal and Nutraceuticals Division Paper Presentation

 

MEASURING CHEMICAL COMPOSITION IN YERBA MANSA POPULATIONS, A MEDICINAL PLANT IN THE US SOUTHWEST

 

Mary O’Connell and Andrea Medina-Holguin

 

Plant and Environmental Sciences, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM

 

Best Natural Rubber and Resins Division Paper Presentation

 

ANALYSIS OF COLD-ACCLIMATED GUAYULE TRANSCRIPTOME

Grisel Ponciano1, Colleen McMahan1, Wenshuang Xie1, Gerard Lazo1, Terry Coffelt2, Jillian Collins-Silva3, Aise ural-Taban3, Martin Gollery3, David Shintani3, and Maureen Whalen1

 

1USDA-ARS, Western Regional Research Center, Albany, CA 94710

2USDA-ARS, U.S. Arid-Land Agricultural Research Center, Maricopa, AZ 85239

3University of Nevada, Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Reno, NV

 89557

 

Best General Crops Division Paper Presentation

 

CARYOPSIS EXTRACTION FROM BIG BLUESTEM SPIKELETS (ANDROPOGON GERARDII) WITH SEED CONDITIONING EQUIPMENT: OPTIMAL WATER ACTIVITY TO ACHIEVE HIGH SEED QUALITY

 

A. G. Taylor1 and S. Kavak2

 

1Department of Horticulture, New York State Agricultural Experimental Station,  

 Cornell University, Geneva, NY 14456-0462

2Department of Horticulture, Faculty of Agriculture, Suleyman Demirel University,

 32260, Cunur, Isparta, Turkey

 

AAIC 2012 Best Poster Presentation Awards (by Division)

 

Best Oilseed Division Poster Presentation

 

FIELD PENNYCRESS (Thlaspi arvense L.) RESPONSE TO NITROGEN RATES

 

B. Mason, M. Phippen, and W. Phippen

 

Western Illinois University, School of Agriculture, Macomb, IL 61455, USA

 

Best Medicinal and Nutraceutical Plants Division Poster Presentation

 

MEXICAN CANDELILLA WAX COVERS EFFECT ON AVOCADO FRUITS SHELF LIFE

 

D. Jasso de Rodriguez1, S. Saucedo-Pompa2, R. Rodríguez- García1, A. Sáenz-Galindo2, and C. N. Aguilar-González2

 

1Universidad Autónoma Agraria Antonio Narro, 25315, Saltillo, Coahuila, México

2Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila. Blvd. Venustiano Carranza s/n. Col. República,

 25280, Saltillo, Coahuila, México

 

 Best Medicinal and Nutraceutical Plants Division Poster Presentation

 

RABBITBRUSH: A RENEWABLE SOURCE OF RUBBER AND BIOFUEL

 

Upul Hathwaik1, Mohammad Yazdani1, Glenn Miller2, Curtis Robbins3, Barry Perryman4, Colleen McMahan5, and David Shintani1

 

1Department of Biochemistry, University of Nevada, Reno, 89557, USA

2Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science, University of Nevada,  

 Reno, 89557, USA

3Division of Atmospheric Sciences, Desert Research Institute, Reno, NV 89512, USA

4Department of Agriculture, Nutrition and Veterinary Sciences, University of Nevada,

 Reno, 89557, USA

5USDA, Western Region Research Center, CA, 94710, USA

 

2012 AAIC Student Travel Awards

 

Congratulations to Ivan Ayala-Diaz Iowa State University. Ivan presented his work;

 

GENETIC and PHENOTYPIC DIVERSITY in CAMELINA GERMPLASM

 

I.M. Ayala-Diaz1, T. Isbell2, L. Marek3, M. Westgate1, B. Johnson 4, I. Parkin5, and C. Gardner6

 

1Iowa State University (ISU), Department of Agronomy, Ames, IA 50011, USA

2 USDA-ARS-NCAUR, Peoria, IL 61604, USA

3North Central Regional Plant Introduction Station, Department of Agronomy, ISU,

 Ames, IA 50011, USA

4Department of Plant Sciences, North Dakota State University (NDSU), Fargo, ND   

 58108, USA

5Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7N 0X2

6USDA-ARS-MWA-PIRU, NCRPIS, Department of Agronomy, ISU, Ames, IA

 50011, USA

 

 

Congratulations to J. Lauren Slutzky The Ohio State University. J. Lauren presented her work;

 

PERFORMANCE OF LATEX PRODUCTS CONTAINING MACRO, MICRO AND NANO FILLERS MADE FROM AGRICULTURAL, INDUSTRIAL AND FOOD PROCESSING WASTES

 

J. Lauren Slutzky1 and K. Cornish1,2

 

1Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, Food, Agricultural and

 Biological Engineering, The Ohio State University, Wooster, Ohio, USA

2Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, Horticulture and Crop Science,

 The Ohio State University, Wooster, Ohio, USA

 

2012 AAIC Fibers and Cellulosics Division Travel Grant Award

 

Congratulations Dulan Samarappuli North Dakota State University. Dulan presented his work;

 

COVER CROPS IMPACT ON ENERGY CROPS PRODUCTIVITY IN NORTH DAKOTA

 

D.P. Samarappuli and M.T. Berti

Dept. of Plant Sciences, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND 58108, USA

 

 

2012 AAIC Photo Contest

Brad Morris (ARS, Griffin, GA) won the first AAIC Photo Contest by popular vote with his image of a bee pollinating sunn hemp.

 

Previous Award Winners

2011 Conference Awards

2010 Conference Awards

2009 Conference Awards

2008 Conference Awards

2007 Conference Awards

 

Conference Photos

A few highlights from the 2012 annual conference in

Sonoma, California

2012 AAIC President Colleen McMahan opening the conference


 

The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa in Sonoma California

Beautiful vineyards of Sonoma California

 

Members receiving a behind the scenes tour at Benziger Family Winery

 

Members asking questions during pleninary session

   

Members enjoying poster session