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Cellular Research, Grapevine Studies Receive University of Wyoming Honors

March 7, 2016
Sadanand Dhekney and David Fay

The professor who is head wrangler at the Wyoming Worm Lab in the University of Wyoming’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and an assistant professor gaining national attention for grapevine research, received research awards from the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station (WAES).

“What can I say?” says Bret Hess, associate dean of research in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and WAES director. “This year’s award winners epitomize the quality, depth and breadth of research being conducted by our college’s fantastic faculty and students.”

Molecular biology Professor David Fay received the Outstanding Research Award. His Wyoming Worm Lab uses the nematode C. Elegans to gain insight into how genes and the proteins they encode control fundamental molecular and cellular processes during animal development. Fay directs the Wyoming IDeA Networks for Biomedical Research Excellence’s Developmental Research Project Program at UW.

Department of Plant Sciences Assistant Professor Sadanand Dhekney, based at the Sheridan Research and Extension Center, received the Early Career Research Award. His research focuses on grapevine genetic improvement. Dhekney, in 2013, received the Society for In Vitro Biology Young Scientist Award.

Professors KJ Reddy and David Legg, both in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, were recognized as having the top faculty story in the college’s research magazine Reflections. Their article, titled “From wallpaper and green dresses and across the centuries to your well water,” details how arsenic has affected humans, from being used as pigment in cloth to contaminating groundwater in the modern-day West.

Entomology master’s student Lawrence Haimowitz, from Belle Mead, N.J., was recognized for having the top student story in Reflections. His article is “Tiny wasps take big bite out of bark beetle populations.”

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