Awards for Excellence in Extension, Teaching, and Research.

The Outstanding Research Award

The Outstanding Research Award was presented to Dr. Richard Ready (left). Dr. Ready is a Professor of Agricultural and Environmental Economics in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology and Education. He received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1988, where he was inducted into Gamma Sigma Delta as a graduate student. He has been a faculty member at Penn State since 2000. Prior to that, he was a faculty member at the University of Kentucky and at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. He has published over 50 peer reviewed journal articles, books, and book chapters. He has served on the editorial board of Land Economics and as an Associate Editor of American Journal of Agricultural Economics. He currently serves on the EPA Science Advisory Board Environmental Economics Advisory Committee and as the Pennsylvania representative to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Committee on Economics and Social Sciences.

The Outstanding Teaching Award

The Outstanding Teaching Award was presented to Dr. Theodore Alter (center). Dr. Theodore R. Alter is professor of agricultural, environmental and regional economics and co-director of the Center for Economic and Community Development in Penn State’s Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education. He is also the Program Coordinator for the Intercollege Civic and Community Engagement Minor and a Scholar in Residence with the Penn State Sustainability Institute. He serves as Adjunct Research Fellow in the School of Law at the University of New England in Australia. His research and teaching focus on community and rural development, resource and environmental economics, public sector economics and policy, institutional and behavioral economics, and public scholarship and civic engagement in higher education. In recent years, Dr. Alter has advanced his work to include the study of public and collective choice, democracy and innovation, and how paradigms of public discourse have shaped complex societal issues from technology and communications development to entrepreneurship and public-private partnerships. He serves as one of the lead researchers for the institutional analysis and community engagement subprogram of the Invasive Animal Cooperative Research Center Initiative (IACRC) in Australia; the IACRC recently received an AU$19.7 million grant from the Commonwealth of Australia Government. He also recently co-lead an international initiative to explore innovation in natural resource governance which brought together colleagues from Penn State, UNE, the Soil Conservation Service of Iceland, the Global Soil Partnership, and the United Nations University’s Land Restoration Training Program.

The Outstanding Extension Award

The Outstanding Extension Award was presented to Dr. Jud Heinrichs (right). Dr. Jud Heinrichs has been at Penn State since 1982. Jud’s career in extension and research can be generally described as dairy nutrition with three major areas of emphasis: dairy forage nutrition, calf management, and heifer nutrition. His extension program covers all three areas for producers, county educators, the dairy feed industry, and veterinarians. Jud's interest in the growth and management of dairy heifers has allowed him to work on several population studies of dairy heifers as well as revise the Holstein weight tapes currently used worldwide. He is also a co-inventor of the Penn State Forage and TMR Particle Size Separator that has is used by dairy nutritionists and researchers around the world. In 2000 he organized the first Penn State Dairy Cattle Nutrition Workshop as a way to bring together the feed industry in Pennsylvania and surrounding states for an applied dairy nutrition conference. This conference has grown to be the largest of its kind in the US. The Penn State Dairy Cattle Nutrition Workshop also currently serves as the meeting place for the North East Chapter of American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists, of which Jud served as the second President. Jud’s web site on ‘Dairy Cattle Nutrition’ is consistently #1 in a Google search due to the large number of extension publications, spreadsheets, videos, and the Penn State Dairy Digest Newsletter that are located there. Jud spent a sabbatical from 2008 to 2009 at the University of Bologna studying physically effective fiber needs of lactating cows. During a previous sabbatical in 1992 he was with the USDA in Colorado conducting the National Dairy Heifer Evaluation Project. He has authored over 140 journal articles and book chapters as well as many extension publications, primarily in the area of dairy replacements and forages.

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