UMES researcher earns journal's Best Article award

  • Wednesday, September 14, 2011

                                                                                                                  

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD -(September 14, 2011) Dr. Arthur Allen, associate research director and associate professor at UMES, was awarded the 2011 Journal of Soil and Water Conservation's Best Research Paper award for Impact and Quality.

    Allen is co-author of the journal article titled "Dynamics of Phosphorus Transfers from Heavily Manured Coastal Plain Soils to Drainage," which is one of the journal's most cited articles to date. 

    His research is centered on reducing soluble phosphorus losses to drainage ditches, while using synthetic gypsum.  He is also involved in a technology that applies dry poultry litter beneath surface soil to reduce nitrogen and phosphorus in run-off into nearby waterways that can pollute the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.  Allen works collaboratively with USDA-ARS scientists: Drs. Peter Kleinman, Brian Needelman, Andrew Sharpley, Peter Vadas, Lou Saporito, Gordon Folmar and Ray Bryant at Penn State University.

    Employed with the university since January 1996, Allen serves as associate professor in the Department of Agriculture, Food and Resource Sciences.  The bulk of his time, however, is reserved for research and for assisting graduate students.  He encourages them to value the importance of professional development in the areas of publishing in refereed journals and making presentations at professional conferences.  He has authored and co-authored more than 40 published journal articles and two book chapters. 

    Allen has attracted competitive funds to support his innovative research.  In the last four years, he has been responsible for bringing or helping to bring some $4.3 million in grants to the university. Most recently, he received a $2 million grant award (which included a $1 million match from Constellation Energy Inc., in Baltimore) from the Natural Resource Conservation Service.  He has developed unique partnerships with USDA-ARS units at three locations (Penn State University, Auburn University, University of Arkansas' Small Farm Research Unit at Booneville, Arkansas) and with an 1862 land-grant university, the University of Maryland, College Park.   Allen also serves as director of the university-wide Geospatial Information Technologies Center at UMES.

    Call 410-621-3850 for more information about Allen and his cutting-edge research.

    Photo caption:    Dr. Arthur Allen (third from left), associate research director and associate professor at UMES, was awarded the 2011 Journal of Soil and Water Conservation's Best Research Paper award for Impact and Quality.                                                       

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    Suzanne Waters Street, agriculture communication specialist, School of Agricultural & Natural Sciences, 410-621-3850, sstreet@umes.edu.