Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station Presents 2022 RoPE Awards

Fred Miller

The Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station presented Early Career Professional Excellence Awards to, from left, Brad Austin, Spring Sneed and Sam Rochell. (Photos by U of A System Agriculture Division)

The Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station recognized three faculty and research staff for sustained outstanding performance at a May 31 staff appreciation event.

The Early Career Professional Excellence Awards recognize full-time employees who have completed at least two years and no more than seven years of service at the experiment station. This year’s prizes were awarded by Jean-François Meullenet, senior vice-president associated with agriculture-research and director of the experiment station, and by the supervisor or department head of each winner.

Brad Austinresearcher and laboratory manager at the Arkansas Water Resources Center, received the RoPE award for his support of unclassified research.

Austin started at the AWRC with responsibilities split between teaching, field service, and producing written materials. At this time, he focused much of his energies on publishing research papers and developing fact sheets for the AWRC Water Quality Laboratory. He has published five peer-reviewed research articles and several fact sheets for the center.

With AWRC personnel changes, Austin’s responsibilities now include field and laboratory services and management.

“Dr. Austin is moving the lab forward and helping to train new staff, including a lab technician and several graduate students,” said Brian Haggard, professor of biological and agricultural engineering and director of the AWRC, in his letter of release. Austin nomination for the award.

“The AWRC would not be able to have the impact it has on the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station without Dr. Austin’s continued and unwavering dedication to these duties and his service to the AWRC. “, said Haggard.

need springaccountant of Northeast Rice Research and Extension Center, Arkansas State University Research Unit, and Lon Mann Cotton Research Station, received the RoPE award for unclassified business and administrative support.

Tim Burcham, director of the Northeast Rice Research and Extension Center, said in his appointment letter that he hired Sneed as a fiscal support analyst in 2019 when he was dean of the Arkansas State College of Agriculture. University and Unit Head of the U of A. ASU Research Unit System Division of Agriculture. He brought Sneed with him after being named Director of NERREC that year.

“Let me say categorically that Spring Sneed is a ‘powerhouse’ when it comes to labor productivity,” Burcham said. “Her education and extensive work experience have provided her with exceptional tools to be extremely productive.”

In addition to his duties for the Division of Agriculture, Sneed serves on the steering committee of the Arkansas Soil and Water Education Conference. Burcham said she was instrumental in financial reporting, meeting logistics and any other duties necessary to make the conference a success.

“Ms. Sneed is a ‘shining star’ among the division’s many wonderful employees,” Burcham said.

Sam RochelAssistant Professor of Poultry Science, received the RoPE Research Faculty Award.

Rochell conducts research in poultry nutrition with a primary focus on amino acid, mineral and energy utilization in broilers. It also emphasizes the nutritional evaluation of feed ingredients and the interaction between nutrition and relevant diseases affecting the poultry industry.

He is also the faculty director of the Central Analytical Lab. The lab provides nutrition and water quality testing services to the Poultry Science Department and other educational institutions.

“Dr. Rochell’s research initiatives and collaborations have been brilliant,” said Dave Caldwell, head of the Department of Poultry Science and director of the Agriculture Division’s Center of Excellence for Poultry Science, in his letter of release. nomination.

“The industry needs scientists to evaluate and provide nutritional recommendations for their ever-improving broiler strains, as well as sustainable production methods, and Dr. Rochell has risen to the challenge,” Caldwell said.

“We believe that within five years, Dr. Rochell will be one of the most sought-after academic poultry nutritionists for industry-relevant research and services, both nationally and internationally,” said Caldwell. “Taken together, and in our collaborations and evaluations of animal and poultry science departments, globally, we can attest that Dr. Rochell’s early career performance has been exceptional.”

To learn more about Agriculture Division research, visit the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station website: Follow us on Twitter at @ArkAgResearch. To learn more about the Agriculture Division, visit Follow us on Twitter at @AgInArk.

About the Agriculture Division: The mission of the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture System is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research with the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the country’s historic land grant education system. The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities in the University of Arkansas system. It has offices in all 75 counties of Arkansas and faculty at five system campuses. The Agricultural System Division of the University of Arkansas offers all of its extension and research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin , religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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