Commendations Corner - July 2019

In the Commendations Corner, we highlight the awards, achievements, and recognition of our faculty. Please send your own accomplishments to so that your good news can be included in future newsletters.

  • Dr. Andrew Muhammad (Agricultural and Resource Economics) was nominated to the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee.
    He also received the Glyn and Lynda Newton Creative and Critical Thinking Award during the Herbert College of Agriculture Awards Reception.

  • Dr. Jennifer DeBruyn (Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science) was quoted in an NPR story for her work on professor Dr. Douglas Hayes’ SCRI Biodegradable Mulch project.

  • Dr. Edward Yu (Agricultural and Resource Economics) was awarded nearly $1 million to study Woody Biomass Feedstock Logistics.

  • Dr. Vermont Dia (Food Science) received the Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award during this year’s Herbert College of Agriculture Awards Reception.

  • Dr. Phillip Myer (Animal Science) and his work were featured in the Retaking the Field publication.

  • Dr. Laura Russo (Entomology and Plant Pathology) received the Early Career Robert May Award from the British Ecological Society.

  • Dr. Meg Staton’s (Entomology and Plant Pathology) work was featured in Discover Magazine for her work with TreeSnap.

  • Dr. Juan Luis Jurat-Fuentes (Entomology and Plant Pathology) was selected to serve as panel manager on the Biotechnology Risk Assessment Grants Panel.

  • Dr. David Buckley (Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries) received the W.S. Overton Faculty Award of Merit during the Herbert College of Agriculture Awards Reception.

  • Dr. Neelam Poudyal (Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries) received the Gamma Sigma Delta Excellence in Research Award.

  • Dr. Sreedhar Upendram (Agricultural and Resource Economics) and his UTIA colleagues (eight from Agricultural and Resource Economics and one from Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science) have been awarded a $350,000 grant from TDEC. The group will develop a framework to determine the ability of communities to pay for infrastructure improvements that comply with federal and state water regulations.

  • An interdisciplinary team of researchers from UT Knoxville and UTIA has been awarded a $40,000 seed grant from University of Tennessee’s Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment (ISSE) to collaborate with Resource Capture on designing a more sustainable solution for the Nashville-Davidson County metro area’s organic wastes and providing a valuable input for the area’s farmers.