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UW Extension Horticulturist Receives National Honor

August 12, 2009

A horticulturist in the University of Wyoming College of Agriculture has received a national award from the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS).

Karen Panter, UW Cooperative Extension Service horticulture specialist and an academic professional in the Department of Plant Sciences, was awarded the Extension Division Commercial Horticulture Distinguished Achievement Award.

She received the honor, in part, for an 18-month project that brought together eight speakers on high tunnels (hoop greenhouses) for a colloquium, which she moderated, at the 2007 ASHS conference in Scottsdale, Ariz. She oversaw publication of all eight papers from the proceedings published in the January-March 2009 issue of the ASHS journal HortTechnology .

Panter has held several positions in the ASHS.

"Recognition like this, from a national organization, is very special -- and humbling," says Panter. "I've been an active member of the ASHS for almost 30 years, so this is a particularly satisfying award."

She joined UW in 1998 and became the extension horticulturist. Her responsibilities include teaching and working with commercial horticultural crop producers.


Karen Panter

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