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CAFE Recognizes its Top Researchers
Kentucky Ag Connection - 06/07/2019

The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment recently recognized outstanding research projects from the past year.

The Kentucky Agriculture Experiment Station awarded the Prestigious Research Paper Award, the Bobby Pass Excellence in Grantsmanship, Research-Extension Impact Award and the Thomas Poe Cooper Research Award to deserving scientists in the college conducting cutting-edge research.

"The college is proud of the outstanding accomplishments of these researchers," said Robert Houtz, director of the Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station and the college's associate dean for research. "Each year, the college honors excellence through several faculty awards. We are fortunate to have so many who qualify for these awards, and it is a pleasure to bring special recognition to some of them."

The Prestigious Research Paper Award is given to a scientist whose work is published in a high impact research journal. Clare Rittschof, assistant professor of entomology, received the award for a paper published in the journal Nature Communications. In the paper, Rittschof showed how the mechanisms in the brain that control honey bee's social behavior may be similar to those in other organisms' brains including humans.

The Bobby Pass Excellence in Grantmanship honors a faculty member who has received the most significant external award or combination of awards. It is given in honor of the late Pass, who was chair of the UK Department of Entomology from 1968-2001.

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