School of Agriculture and Natural Sciences faculty and students receive research awards
PRINCESS ANNE, MD – (April 20, 2011)Several University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) researchers are recipients of awards won at the 16th biennial research symposium of the Association of Research Directors held in Atlanta, Ga., earlier this month. Dr. Anugrah Shaw, Xavier Henry and Mark Gooden were recognized among some 700 faculty, staff, researchers and students representing the 1890 Land-Grant Universities (17) and Tuskegee.
Guided by the theme, “1890 Research: Sustainable Solutions for Current and Emerging Issues,” more than 300 undergraduate and graduate students competed for recognition in oral and poster competitions. Faculty presentations were non-competitive.
Xavier Henry, a professional pilot via the UMES Aviation Sciences program and a graduate student specializing in food and agricultural science, won first place out of 26 in the graduate oral presentation. A part of the Sustainable Plant and Animal Production Systems category, his research is titled “Using Variable Rate Seeding to Maximize Corn Yield and Profit on a Field with Management Zones.”
Mark Gooden, a doctoral student in the Food Science and Technology Ph.D. Program, placed third in the graduate poster presentation for Sustainable Plant and Animal Production Systems. His research is titled “Effect of Garlic and Papaya Seed on Fecal Egg Counts in Sheep and Goats.” Gooden returned to the university after earning a Master of Science degree in poultry science in 1996. Prior to returning to the university, he taught in an agricultural college in Jamaica.
Dr. Anugrah Shaw, professor and textile technologist in the Department of Human Ecology, is internationally-known for her extensive research in protective clothing for pesticide applicators. Spanning more than two decades, her studies are the basis of a comprehensive database that includes more than 130 fabrics that were evaluated at UMES. She has worked to help establish the standardization of test methods, the development of performance specifications, and studies related to the development and evaluation of personal protective equipment for hot climates. She was presented the Excellence in Multistate Research Award during the symposium for her research.
Having as its motto “Progress through Research and Service,” the ARD brings together the administrators of the 1890 Research Programs to conduct regional research projects and initiatives. The ARD collectively promotes the training of young researchers as well as the research goals of their institutions in a way that benefits their states, their regions and their nations. ARD members serve on state, regional and international bodies.
As members of the UMES Agricultural Experiment Station, Henry, Gooden and Shaw work to further the goals of the university. The aim of the UMES Agricultural Experiment Station is to provide enhanced knowledge and technology to improve the viability and sustainability of agriculture and food systems; enhance the quality of natural resources and the environment; and to serve communities, families and consumers.
For more information concerning research conducted at UMES, visit www.umes.edu/aes.
Suzanne Waters Street, agriculture communication specialist, School of Agricultural & Natural Sciences, 410-621-3850, firstname.lastname@example.org.