Awards of the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences
CAAS takes great pride in the standard of excellence it has established for over 100 years. Each year the college recognizes several members who have gone above and beyond the norm to continue to make the college a place of increased quality and merit.
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Current Award Recipients
CAAS Student Awards
She received both a Bachelor and Masters of Science from Utah State University and is currentlyenrolled as a doctoral student at Utah State University (again). She is seeking a Ph.D. in Curriculum andInstruction from the College of Teaching, Education, and Leadership (TEAL), with a concentration inInstructional Leadership and Instructional Technology. Her dissertation work will focus on building anassessment instrument to determine if university students are agriculturally and environmentallyliterate.
Rose has a passion for all aspects of higher education and seeks for ways to build relationships with herstudents. She feels that student mentoring is one of the most important ways we can accelerate andsecure student success at the university level. She is the mother of three children and proud to be an Aggie.
Following completion of coursework and a successful thesis defense in July 2016, Tanya began working for USU’s Landscape Architecture Department. Outside of work and school, Tanya is an avid traveler, gardener, and outdoorenthusiast. From trail running and kayaking with family and friends, to sketching and painting local landscapes in solitude,she is known to take advantage of her surroundings. She also enjoys freelance residential design projects providing clientswith a personalized sanctuary of their own.
When the divorce was finalized, Lea decided to become the woman she knew she had the potential to be, and take advantage of every opportunity she could. She fought mild PTSDand damaged self-efficacy to chase those dreams. She worked for a year to get back on her feetfinancially and then began studying at USU. She started off by going to as many office hours,dietetic club events, and extra seminars as she could to build connections and gain experience.A professor became a mentor and introduced her to Food $ense, where she was able to startworking as an intern and be more involved in nutrition related work. Every experience, andevery good grade she receives is considered a success to her. She went from being told to justdrop out and work because she was worthless, to becoming an experienced student with goodgrades who will one day be a successful Registered Dietitian who impacts many lives.
Following high school, I decided to serve as a missionary in Malaysia for twoyears. I learned the Malay language and used it to help me serve the people there,resulting in lasting friendships with some of the most inspiring people I have ever met.After serving my mission, I returned to the states with a renewed ambition to succeed.The success I am after is not monetary based, but centered on my ability to inspire andserve. Thank you for taking the time to consider me for the 2017 Scholar of the YearAward.
CAAS Staff Awards
CAAS Faculty Awards
Dr. Silvana Martini obtained her BSc in Biochemistry in 1997 from the University of La Plata, BuenosAires, Argentina. She obtained her PhD in Chemistry from the same institution in 2003. She spent 2years in the Department of Food Science at the University of Guelph as a Postdoctoral Researcher andjoined the Department of Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Sciences in Utah State University in November2005 as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Martini was promoted to Associate Professor in 2011 and to FullProfessor in 2016.
Dr. Martini’s research interests are related to the physicochemical and sensorial characterization of food materials, lipids in particular. She studies how the quality of food materials is affected by their nano-,micro- and macroscopic characteristics. Over the years Dr. Martini published over 70 papers in peer-reviewed journals, participated in more than 120 conferences, published 11 book chapters, and 1 book.Dr. Martini serves as Senior Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society.
Dr. Heidi Wengreen is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Associate Professor in the Department ofNutrition, Dietetics, and Food Sciences at Utah State University. She joined the faculty at USU in 2004after completing her PhD in the area of nutritional epidemiology in the same department. Dr. Wengreenteaches a wide range of undergraduate and graduate classes in the department’s Nutrition Science andDietetics programs. She has an active research program exploring strategies to help promote healthyeating among people across the life-span and has been awarded more than $1,000,000 in federalfunding including awards from both USDA and NIH. She has authored 38 peer-reviewed publications andmentored 26 graduate students along the way. In 2015 Dr. Wengreen was acknowledged for herleadership in dietetics education by being recognized as the Outstanding Dietetics Educator of the yearby the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Dr. Wengreen has three children and together her familyenjoys being active in many ways including canyoneering, skiing, and mountain biking.
Dr. S. Clay Isom’s success as a teacher can be accredited to his sincere desire to seehis students learn the material and perform well in his difficult courses. Sincejoining Utah State University’s Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences’ faculty, he hasre-designed and re-structured multiple classes. While doing so, he has expanded thecurriculum in animal sciences in many ways.
Students in Dr. Isom’s classes find that, although the curriculum is demanding, hisvariety of teaching methods and contagious enthusiasm relieve some of the stress oflearning complex material. He continually works to find new and innovativemethods of presenting information so that students of all backgrounds and skill setscan learn the material. Many students note that although Dr. Isom’s classes arechallenging, they are often their favorite classes because of his passion for teaching.
Dr. Isom gained practical experience with animals growing up in Lyman, Wyoming,and working alongside his siblings and cousins on a cattle ranch. His academicspecialty is reproductive physiology. His research focuses on characterizing andmitigating the causes of early embryo failure, and on improving reproductivetechnology efficiency in livestock. His teaching extends to the laboratory, as heinvolves many undergraduate and graduate students in his research. He receivedthe 2014 Graduate Research Mentor of the Year Award from the College ofAgriculture and Applied Sciences.
An alumnus of Utah State University, Dr. Isom earned a bachelor of science degree inanimal science in 2000 and then a Ph.D. in animal sciences from the University ofMissouri in 2006. He worked as a post-doctoral research fellow at University ofMissouri, and joined the faculty at Utah State as an assistant professor in 2010.
As a student, I came to believe that the most successful landscape architects were generalists. Although welive in an age of specialization, my career is a reflection of this belief. Early in my career, I founded adesign/build business in the Midwest. After eight years, I sold that business and joined a former professor inhis real estate development planning practice in New England. As the Vice-president of his company, Imanaged a satellite office in southern New Hampshire during an intense period of development growth. Thisexperience was a profound shift in scale for me, and added significantly to my generalist skills.
As the development market in New England changed, I moved west to California. In the San Francisco BayArea, I joined an established landscape architecture firm that focused on parks, trails, playgrounds and sportsfacility design. After three years, I became a partner in the firm. Seven years into this professional chapter, Ireturned to school and received a Master of Urban Design from UC Berkeley. After graduation, I re-joined myformer partners and added urban design to our practice profile, which provided access to a growing urbandesign market. In 2012, my business partner retired, and I applied for teaching positions, believing that mygeneralist journey would be a valuable asset to students. Now in my fifth year at USU, this professionalbreadth allows me to mentor students on an array of interests from first-hand experience.
I received my Ph.D. in Animal Science from the University of Delaware, with specialization inexperimental pathology (pathogenesis of infectious disease). My M.S. degree in Microbiologyand Immunology was completed at the Louisiana State University Medical Center, and myundergraduate work in Microbiology was done at Weber State University. I joined the Institutefor Antiviral Research at Utah State University (USU) in 2008. Prior to joining USU, I wasemployed in Research and Development at Intervet Inc. (now Merck Animal Health), a globalleader in the discovery, development, and manufacture of veterinary medicines. During thetwelve years that I worked at Intervet, I completed research in the area of vaccine development.
My current research includes evaluation of experimental therapies and vaccines againstinfluenza virus and enterovirus infections in animal models. In addition, I teach Ethical Issues inGenetic Engineering and Biotechnology in the Department of Animal, Dairy and VeterinaryScience, and am a faculty member in the USU School of Veterinary Medicine, where I teachcourses in Microbiology and Infectious Disease and a course in Leadership.
I also serve on the editorial boards of Antiviral Chemistry & Chemotherapy, Antiviral Research,and Therapeutic Advances in Vaccines.