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Message from the Dean - Summer 2016

The 2015/2016 academic year has ended and summer is already upon us. This was a banner year for both the University of Nevada, Reno and CABNR. We awarded degrees to 154 undergraduate students and 17 graduate students. In each department, we recognized a number of outstanding students.

In the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science, these include:

  • Jake Austin Wiesner for Ecohydrology,
  • Spencer L. Weitzel for Environmental Science,
  • Andrea D. Moe for Forest Management and Ecology,
  • Jonathan Heywood for Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, & 
  • Danielle Walsh as Outstanding Graduate Student.

In the Department of Agriculture, Nutrition and Veterinary Sciences, we recognized:

  • Samira Clarisa Fatehyar for Agricultural Science,
  • Margaret Eileen Argon for Dietetics,
  • Kyla J Sweeney for Nutritional Science,
  • Christian G. Siemer for Rangeland Ecology and Management,
  • Rebecka Bittner for Veterinary Science, and
  • Laura Downing for Outstanding Graduate in Nutrition.

In the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology:

  • Juan L Macias was recognized as outstanding undergraduate in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and
  • Ryan Olsen as outstanding student for the Biotechnology BS/MS program.

Our faculty continue to receive recognition for excellence. We are very proud of Dr. Mae Gustin, who received the University of Nevada, Reno's 2016 Outstanding Researcher of the Year for her internationally acclaimed work with mercury and the environment. The university also recognized Dr. Nancy Markee and Ms. Julie Stoughton as Academic Advisors of the Year for their dedication to undergraduate student success. The Nevada Genomics Center, which is housed within CABNR, was selected for the 2016 Best of Reno Award in the Medical Laboratory category.

Within CABNR, we were pleased to recognize Dr. Antonio Faciola as Outstanding Researcher for his work on nutrient utilization in ruminants, Dr. Christie Howard, who was recognized as CABNR's Outstanding Teacher for her biotechnology program, and Teshome Shenkoru, who works in Dr. Faciola's lab as Research Associate, as Outstanding Staff Employee.

As the college continues to grow in both size and excellence, we continue to receive crucial support from our many friends and supporters. Recently, our herbarium, which plays such a vital role in our mission, received generous support from the estate of Mary A. Winter of Carlin, NV. Mary was a gifted wildflower scholar, botanist, adjunct college professor, gold miner, and author. Her generosity allows us to preserve and enhance this important collection of about 100,000 plant specimens, including 500 irreplaceable specimens, some of which date back to 1851.

We are very sad to inform the CABNR community of the passing of Robert E. and Eleanor Dickenson, two longtime friends and supporters of the college. Bob and Ellie established in 2012 the Robert E. Dickenson Scholarship Endowment, which has since benefited five deserving recipients each year. They made a point of personally meeting with scholarship recipients to offer support, counsel and wisdom. Scholarships benefit juniors, seniors, and graduate students in agriculture, biotechnology, and natural resources who had demonstrated financial need and maintained good grades. Bob and Ellie will be fondly remembered by CABNR and by the many students who benefit from their generosity.

We wish all of you a safe and pleasant summer.

Bill Payne, Dean of CABNR

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