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CALS Research and Extension Awards

Overview

CALS Research and Extension Awards are intended to recognize a broad range of accomplishments contributing to the realization of the college’s vision, “Leading science and education toward a resilient future.” No single award can adequately capture the diverse achievements of CALS faculty; therefore, six distinct awards have been established.

Nominations will be solicited annually but the number and type of awards presented may vary depending on the qualifications of the available pool. 

Each award comes with a payment of $1,000 for individual awards, and $500 per individual or a maximum of $2,500 shared equally among all team members for team awards.


Nomination Procedures

The Outstanding Service to the CALS Community, Career Accomplishment and Early Achievement Awards are intended only for individuals. All other awards are intended for individuals or teams.

A team nomination should describe an interactive group of individuals who carry out jointly planned and collaboratively executed research and/or extension programming, not simply an administratively defined compilation of individual programs. For team awards, nominations may include individuals of professorial and extension and research associate ranks who are integral to the team, as well as support staff (not students) whose job is primarily dedicated to the team’s efforts.

Please note that nominations for all awards (other than the Early Achievement Award) will be kept active for two years. Thus, 2017 and 2018 nominees who did not receive awards will be considered along with any new nominations received this year. Previous nominations may be assessed based on the original nomination package; however submission of an updated nomination package is strongly encouraged. 

Previous awardees are not eligible to be considered for another award for a period of three years after their most recent award date.

How to Nominate Your Colleagues

To nominate colleagues for any one of the CALS Research and Extension Awards, please provide the following documentation.

  • A cover letter that includes:
    • Award for which nomination is being made (an individual nomination may be designated for more than one award category)
    • Name, title, and department of nominee
    • Current appointment (% FTE — teaching, research, extension)
    • Name(s) and signature(s) of nominator(s)
  • A nominating statement (maximum of three pages) that responds to the criteria specific to the award(s). Note that nominations will be evaluated by faculty from a broad range of disciplines. As such, disciplinary jargon should be avoided.
  • A CV (maximum of three pages) including relevant research and/or extension/outreach publications (CVs are required for all team members on team nominations). Please attach an explanation to the CV describing the disciplinary standards for authorship on publications and the level of competitiveness/exclusiveness of any awards highlighted as part of the nomination.
  • A maximum of three letters of support (may include letters from stakeholders). Support letters should focus on adding perspective to the nomination, not restating accomplishments and recognitions.

Nomination materials must be submitted as one document, in PDF or Word format. Updates to previous nominations may be submitted as a separate single PDF or Word document addendum to the originally submitted nomination package, or the entire package may be updated and submitted as a single new document.

Electronic nomination packets must be submitted no later than Wednesday, April 10, 2019, to Margaret Smith.


Award Descriptions

Outstanding Accomplishments in Research

This award recognizes outstanding contributions to research, including everything from solving critical problems facing New York state, the region or beyond to contributions to knowledge, understanding, and theory at the disciplinary level. Multiple awards may be given out, specifically chosen to recognize contributions along the spectrum from the most foundational discoveries to their applications.

Candidates for this award will have demonstrated effectiveness in integrating research and extension and applying scientific expertise to a need that has resulted in positive impacts to many people and/or to a large geographic area; or will have been recognized nationally and internationally for their scholarly contributions through publication in disciplinary journals or awards from professional societies; or any combination thereof. Examples could include leading an assessment of specific environmental risks, development of a new practice that solves a pressing agricultural or environmental problem, development of community policies to resolve conflicts, research on the molecular biology of a plant pathogen resulting in improved understanding of fundamental aspects of pathogen biology, or fundamental discoveries in molecular, cellular, or organismal biology.

Candidates should stand out among peers based on one or two key factors in their research program. Individuals of professorial rank and extension and research associates in CALS may be nominated to receive this award.

Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach

Candidates for this award have demonstrated leadership in developing a highly innovative and responsive extension/outreach program that addresses stakeholder needs. Extension/outreach encompasses a broad range of non-credit education and training programs. It is expected that the extension/outreach program will have demonstrated effectiveness in benefiting a significant segment of the population or an important area of the state.

Examples could include a program for the implementation of a management model for enterprises with resulting environmental benefits for all citizens, the implementation of an improved educational program in New York schools, or workforce training that improves worker well-being and employer profitability. Individuals of professorial rank and extension and research associates may be nominated to receive this award.

Outstanding Accomplishments in Science and Public Policy

Candidates for this award have demonstrated innovation and leadership by integrating science-based knowledge into public policy and/or management. Such integration requires the development of relationships between scientists and policymakers based on trust and confidence in the integrity of scientific findings.

Examples of such work might include collaboration in the establishment of science-based regulatory criteria directed at addressing an environmental issue or advice for the development of legislation that includes scientific standards. Individuals of professorial rank and extension and research associates may be nominated to receive this award.

Early Achievement Award

This award recognizes individuals who have shown extraordinary leadership and/or scholarship in applied or basic research, extension, outreach, integration of science-based knowledge into public policy, or service to the college and university during the initial years of their career and of their time at Cornell. Nominations focused on a single area or a combination of areas of excellence will be considered.

Examples could include building and leading a multidisciplinary team that effectively addresses a major issue facing the state, region, or world through research alone or in combination with extension and outreach, or extraordinary accomplishments in any of the designated areas that establishes the individual as a national leader among peers. Assistant and associate professors and extension and research associates may be nominated to receive this award anytime during their first five years in the college and their first ten years after attaining their terminal degree.

Outstanding Service to the CALS Community

Candidates for this award have demonstrated leadership in a specific role such as a chair, or leader of a task force or program. Examples of specific roles include the enhancement of departmental/unit recognition through increased scholarly achievements within or across disciplines, development of new strategic directions for CALS resulting from the efforts of a task force, or exceptional leadership in administration.

Candidates being recognized for career-long accomplishments should have sustained exemplary efforts throughout their time with CALS and are widely recognized for this by their CALS peers. Candidates may have advanced the CALS Land-Grant mission through scholarship, extension and outreach, and/or administration. Individuals of professorial rank and extension and research associates may be nominated to receive this award.

Career Accomplishment

Candidates for this award have achieved widespread recognition nationally and within CALS for their scholarly accomplishments, teaching, leadership, service to their discipline, and/or application/extension of knowledge in the biological, physical, or social sciences.

This award recognizes sustained accomplishments throughout the candidate’s career, and is a capstone for individuals who have achieved extraordinary distinction for their scholarly efforts in research and/or extension. Individuals of professorial rank and extension and research associates who are nearing retirement may be nominated to receive this award.



CALS Research Extension Award Recipients from 2005-2018

 First Name

Last Name

Category

Year

Arthur

Agnello

Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Individual)

2011

Herbert

Aldwinckle

Career Accomplishments

2009

Dave

Barbano

Applied Research

2007

Christopher

Barrett

Outstanding Accomplishments in Science and Public Policy

2011

Dale

Bauman

Career Accomplishments

2007

Robin

Bellinder

Applied Research

2005

Gary

Bergstrom

Applied Research

2008

Rachel

Bezner Kerr

Early Achievement Award

2016

Adam

Bogdanove

Outstanding Accomplishments in Research

2015

Yves

Boisclair

Outstanding Accomplishments in Research

2017

John

Brady

Career Accomplishments

2018

Elizabeth

Buck

Outstanding Accomplishments in Ext/Outreach (Team)

2014

Thomas

Burr

Outsanding Service to the CALS Community

2015

W. Ronald

Butler

Applied Research

2009

Ron

Butler

Career Accomplishments

2017

Larry

Chase

Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Individual)

2012

Alan

Collmer

Basic Research

2008

Alan

Collmer

Career Accomplishments

2014

William

Crepet

Outstanding Service to the CALS Community

2015

Paul

Curtis

Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach

2017

Bryan

Danforth

Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Team)

2017

Margaret

Daughtrey

Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Individual)

2014

Daniel 

Decker

Outstanding Service to the CALS Community

2013

Angela

Douglas

Outstanding Accomplishments in Research

2014

Parfait

Eloundou-Enyegue

Outstanding Accomplishments in Science and Public Policy

2018

Sarah

Evanega

Early Achievement Award

2014

Shelly

Feldman

Outstanding Accomplishments in Science and Public Policy

2008

Melissa

Foley

Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Team)

2018

Thomas 

Fox 

Outstanding Accomplishments in Research 

2015 

William 

Fry 

Outstanding Service to the CALS Community 

2007 

Geraldine 

Gay 

Outstanding Service to the CALS Community 

2009 

John 

Gibbons 

Outstanding Accomplishments in Ext/Outreach (Team) 

2014 

Jennifer 

Grant 

Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Team) 

2017 

Robert 

Gravani 

Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Individual) 

2009 

Robert 

Hadad 

Outstanding Accomplishments in Ext/Outreach (Team) 

2014 

Russell 

Hahn 

Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Individual) 

2013 

Maureen 

Hanson 

Basic Research 

2009 

John 

Helmann 

Basic Research 

2012 

Christy 

Hoepting 

Outstanding Accomplishments in Ext/Outreach (Team) 

2014 

Christy 

Hoepting 

Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Individual) 

2018 

Adam 

Howell 

Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Team) 

2018 

David 

Just 

Outstanding Accomplishments in Research 

2014 

Alon 

Keinan 

Early Achievement Award 

2013 

Kenneth 

Kemphues 

Basic Research 

2006 

Quirine 

Ketterings 

Applied Research 

2012 

Quirine 

Ketterings 

Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach 

2016 

Julie 

Kikkert 

Outstanding Accomplishments in Ext/Outreach (Team) 

2014 

Alan 

Lakso 

Applied Research 

2008 

Andrew 

Landers 

Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Individual) 

2007 

Brian 

Lazzaro 

Early Achievement Award 

2012 

Ruth 

Ley 

Early Achievement Award 

2011 

Shanjun 

Li 

Early Achievement Award 

2015 

Amanda 

Link 

Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Team) 

2018 

Charles 

Linn 

Career Accomplishments 

2017 

John 

Lis 

Basic Research 

2007 

Barbara 

Lockwood 

Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Team) 

2018 

Greg 

Loeb 

Outstanding Accomplishments in Research 

2017

Dan 

Luo 

Basic Research 

2012 

Carol 

MacNeil 

Outstanding Accomplishments in Ext/Outreach (Team) 

2014 

Tim 

Martinson 

Outstanding Accomplishments in Ext/Outreach 

2015 

Scott 

McArt 

Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Team) 

2017 

Dennis 

Miller 

Outstanding Service to the CALS Community 

2008 

Timothy 

Mount 

Career Accomplishments 

2013 

Emma 

Mullen 

Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Team) 

2017 

Martha 

Mutschler-Chu 

Applied Research 

2010 

June 

Nasrallah 

Career Accomplishments 

2016 

Rebecca 

Nelson 

Outstanding Accomplishments in Science and Public Policy 

2017 

David 

Orr 

Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Team) 

2018 

Angela 

Parr 

Outstanding Accomplishments in Ext/Outreach (Team) 

2014 

Sarah 

Pethybridge 

Early Achievement Award 

2018 

Marvin 

Pritts 

Outstanding Service to CALS Community 

2014 

Marvin 

Pritts 

Outstanding Service to the CALS Community 

2014 

Sara 

Pryor 

Outstanding Accomplishments in Research 

2018 

Joe 

Regenstein 

Outstanding Accomplishments in Science and Public Policy 

2014 

Judson 

Reid 

Outstanding Accomplishments in Ext/Outreach (Team) 

2014 

Stephen 

Reiners 

Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Individual) 

2010 

Bruce 

Reisch 

Applied Research 

2011 

Jeffery 

Roberts 

Basic Research 

2010 

Terence 

Robinson 

Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Individual) 

2008 

Geoff 

Scott 

Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Team) 

2018 

Anthony 

Shelton 

Applied Research 

2007 

Peter 

Smallidge 

Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Individual) 

2010 

Christine 

Smart 

Applied Research 

2013 

R. David 

Smith 

Outstanding Service to the CALS Community 

2009 

Maragaret 

Smith 

Outstanding Service to the CALS Community 

2012 

Mark 

Sorrells 

Applied Research 

2012

Tammo 

Steenhuis 

Career Accomplishments 

2015 

Patrick 

Sullivan 

Outstanding Accomplishments in Science and Public Policy 

2013 

Maria 

van Dyke 

Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Team) 

2017 

Volker 

Vogt 

Career Accomplishments 

2012 

Mike 

Walter 

Outstanding Service to the CALS Community 

2016 

Brian 

Wansink 

Outstanding Accomplishments in Science and Public Policy 

2012 

Mary Kate 

Wheeler 

Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Team) 

2017 

Gerald 

White 

Career Accomplishments 

2006 

Kyle 

Wickings 

Early Achievement Award 

2017 

Stephen 

Winans 

Basic Research 

2012 

Dan 

Wixted 

Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach (Team) 

2017 

Randy 

Worobo 

Outstanding Accomplishments in Research 

2016 

Haiyuan 

Yu 

Early Achievement Award 

2014 

Stephen 

Zinder 

Basic Research 

2011 

Tom 

Zitter 

Career Accomplishments 

2005