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In distinguished company: Three faculty to be honored


Three faculty members of Texas A&M University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences--Dr. Herman Scholthof and Dr. Karen-Beth Scholthof, in the department of plant pathology and microbiology, and Dr. James Richardson in the department of agricultural economics--will be honored with 2009 Distinguished Achievement Awards. These awards will be presented to 24 faculty and staff members by the university and the Association of Former Students.

This honor, which was first presented in 1955, is awarded to professionals who have exhibited excellence in their fields at Texas A&M.

This year's award presentation is scheduled for 1:30 p.m., April 28, at Rudder Theater on the Texas A&M campus. Each recipient will receive a $4,000 check, an engraved watch and a commemorative plaque.

Herman Scholthof, a recipient in the research category, is a professor of virology. He studies the molecular mechanisms that determine whether a plant is susceptible or resistant to infection with a virus. A separate research project involves a molecular characterization of a newly recognized virus on wheat and corn that is transmitted by wheat curl mites. With his wife ,Karen-Beth Scholthof, he co-directs the Plant Virology Program.

Karen-Beth Scholthof is being honored in the teaching category. She is a professor of virology and conducts research and teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in plant virology and pathogens. She has been researching St. Augustine Decline, a disease that affects lawn and pasture grasses in Texas and the southern United States.

Richardson, who will receive the award in the graduate mentoring category, is a Regents Professor of agricultural economics. In addition to his research, he teaches graduate-level courses and works in public policy and simulation analysis. Richardson's research emphasizes quantitative, risk-based policy analyses through the use of farm-level simulation models. He is also a Texas AgriLife Research Senior Faculty Fellow and co-director of the Agriculture Food Policy Center.

A list of all 2009 Distinguished Achievement Award winners can be found at http://dmc-news.tamu.edu/templates/?a=7516=15.

For more information about the awards, contact Kelli Hutka at The Association of Former Students at 979-458-7506.

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