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Keith receives Team Research Award

2016 College of Agricultural Sciences

Team Research Award – Land Use and Greenhouse Gas Research Team
Left: Dr. Keith Paustian accepts the award from Dr. James Pritchett
Research Award – Dr. Meagan Schipanski
Right: Dr. Schipanski accepts the award from Dr. Jan Leach

Meagan receives 2016 Research Award


Gary “Pete” Peterson honored by the American Society of Agronomy

Pete received the American Society of Agronomy Distinguished Service Award.  This award recognizes an individual or team who has made a transformational contribution to the profession of agronomy through their efforts as a member of the American Society of Agronomy.

SCS Student Awards 2015-2016

Outstanding Senior Awards

Red Leonard/ASA Outstanding Senior- Alex Cass

Scotty Robertson Outstanding Crops Senior- Shawna Lyons

Rocky Mountain Agribusiness Association- Jonathan “LJ” Kuhlman

Graduate Student Awards

Tak Tsuchiya Award-  Angie Moore and Heather Robinson


SCS Student Awards 2014-2015

Outstanding Senior Awards

Red Leonard/ASA Outstanding Senior- TJ Knecht

Scotty Robertson Outstanding Crops Senior- Patrick O’Brien

Rocky Mountain Agribusiness Association- Kurt Lieberknecht


Graduate Student Awards

Hunter Follett Award- Josh Wenz, MS 

Tak Tsuchiya Award-  Craig Beil, PhD and Sarah Grogan, PhD

Wahid Awad 5-8-13

Wahid Awad, PhD Candidate, was elected as a new director of graduate student affairs for ASCSU and Vice President of External Affairs for the Graduate Student Council.  He also served as a Graduate School Senator the past year for ASCSU.

In January 2014, Wahid was elected as chair for the international students concerns committee for the western region, National Association of Graduate-Professional Students (NAGPS); as well as a member of the ASA-CSSA-SSSA Graduate Student Committee.

Read more about Wahid

Raj Khosla honored by the Soil Science Society of America

Applied Research Award. Khosla, a professor of precision agriculture in the CSU Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, has developed an undergraduate program in applied information technology in agriculture. He has served as president of the International Society of Precision Agriculture. Khosla also serves on a federal panel, called the National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation and Timing Advisory Board. The board, sponsored by NASA, helps develop national policy on the use of space-based technologies. In 2012-13, Khosla holds an appointment as a Jefferson Science Fellow. The fellowship program, coordinated by the National Academies, allows Khosla to work with the U.S. Department of State to shape federal policy on global food security.


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Gary “Pete” Peterson honored by the Soil Science Society of America

Distinguished Service Award. Peterson is a professor emeritus and former head of the CSU Department of Soil and Crop Sciences. He served as president of the Soil Science Society of America in 2008. Peterson also has served as editor-in-chief of American Society of Agronomy publications, and as editor, soils-technical editor, and soils-associate editor for Agronomy Journal. His research has focused on the application of soil science principles to management problems in the field, with emphasis on dryland cropping systems that conserve water and minimize soil erosion. He has been a major professor dozens of graduate students and has authored or co-authored numerous scientific papers.

Patrick Byrne honored by the Crop Science Society of America

Society fellow. Byrne is graduate studies coordinator and a professor of plant breeding and genetics. His research program has focused on understanding the genetic basis of drought tolerance and bread making quality in wheat, disease resistance in common bean, and insect resistance in maize. He has evaluated the risks and benefits of transgenic wheat and maize, and has been active in agricultural biotechnology education, both on-campus and in outreach programs. Earlier in his career, Dr. Byrne spent 10 years in international agricultural development, in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.



Please Welcome Rick Novak, Director of Colorado Seed Programs

Rick Novak is the new Director of Colorado Seed Programs. He is the Manager of the Colorado Seed Growers Association and will provide leadership and oversight to the Managers of Seed Certification, Agronomy Foundation Seed, and the Colorado Seed Lab.

Rick attended North Dakota State University where he received a B.S. in Soil Science with a minor in Crop Science. Prior to being hired as the Director of Seed Programs at Colorado State University, he was with Syngenta for 10 years as the Production and Supply Manager for North America Cereals. Before coming to Colorado, Rick worked for North Central Research Extension near Minot, North Dakota as the Seed Production Specialist.

Raj Khosla Selected for Jefferson Science Fellowship Program

Congratulations to Raj Khosla who has earned an influential national fellowship that will allow him to work with the U.S. Department of State to shape federal policy on global food security.

Khosla is among only 13 university professors nationwide to gain new appointments through the unique program, which draws upon some of the country’s best minds in science, engineering and medicine to hone federal policies on a wide range of complex issues.

“We are delighted that Dr. Khosla has been selected for the prestigious Jefferson Science Fellowship program,” said Rick Miranda, CSU provost and executive vice president. “Not only will he be very valuable to the effort, but following the appointment Colorado State will benefit for years to come from his experience.”


Emily Heaton 6-7-13

Emily Hudson Receives CAS Distinguished Research Associate Award

Each year, the College of Agricultural Sciences (CAS) recognizes employees with outstanding achievement at a Winter Reception held in December. One employee is selected from three categories; State Classified, Administrative Professional and Research Associate. This year Emily Hudson received the CAS Distinguished Research Associate Award based on the following nominations from her colleagues:

“In the five short years that Emily has been with us she has become an invaluable and indispensable member of our wheat breeding team. Emily is a key member of our team in all aspects of our field research. During preparation for planting Emily is the primary person that keeps the project moving. She is extremely conscientious, motivated, and organized. She recognizes what needs to be done and systematically assembles the resources necessary to get it done.” “Emily constantly amazes me with her demeanor and positive attitude. She tackles the most omplicated of projects, one after another, and makes it all look so easy!”

“Emily has been a key contributor to the success of wheat breeding and genetics efforts in the college. Her competence, trustworthiness, and positive attitude make her a very deserving recipient of the Distinguished Research Associate award.”

Congratulations Emily, for your contributions to the department and a well-deserved award!

Tori Valdez Receives 2012 Jeannie Borlaug Laube Women in Triticum Award

Tori Valdez, a research associate in the CSU Wheat Breeding Program, has received the 2012 Jeannie Borlaug Laube Women in Triticum (WIT) Award. This award, established in 2010, provides professional development opportunities for women working in wheat during the early stages of their career. The award is named after Jeanie Borlaug Laube, mentor to many, and daughter of Nobel Laureate Dr. Norman E. Borlaug. Jeanie Borlaug Laube has served as Chair of the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative (BGRI) since October 2009. Tori is among a group of five women internationally who will be receiving the award in 2012.

Recipients of the Jeanie Borlaug Laube WIT award are invited to the annual Borlaug Global Rust Initiative technical workshop, to be held in Beijing, China in September 2012. Award recipients are also eligible to attend a training program at CIMMYT in Obregon, Mexico, in 2013, along with the 2013 Jeanie Borlaug Laube WIT Award recipients.


Dr. Peterson Receives 2011 Distinguished Career Award

Dr. Peterson was the 2011 recipient of the College of Agricultural Sciences Distinguished Career Award and received his award at the College’s 2011 Spring Recognition Reception.

This annual award was developed to recognize an outstanding faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in teaching, research and outreach throughout his or her academic career.

Congratulations Dr. Peterson!

Dr. Scott Haley Named 2010 ASA and CSSA Fellow

Congratulations to Dr. Scott Haley for being nominated as an ASA and CSSA Fellow for 2010. ASA has been selecting outstanding members as Fellows since 1924. Members of the Society nominate worthy colleagues based on their professional achievements and meritorious service. Only .3 percent of the Society’s active and emeritus members may be elected Fellow.

Scott Haley is a professor and wheat breeder in the Soil and Crop Sciences Department at Colorado State University. Dr. Haley received a B.S. from Washington State University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Colorado State University. His research focuses on winter wheat cultivar development for eastern Colorado and the High Plains region. Haley has served as associate and technical editor for Crop Science and has been active in service with the Hard Winter Wheat Improvement Committee and the National Wheat Improvement Committee.


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