CELS extends excellence awards to four

The annual CELS excellence awards were made May 1 at the spring faculty meeting.

The Outstanding Researcher Award went to Dr. Evan Preisser of Biosciences for his work on a number of projects including development of trees that are resistant to the hemlock woolly adelgid.

The Outstanding Outreach Award went to Heather Faubert of Plant Sciences and Entomology who provides assistance on pest and disease issues to farmers in the state.

The Outstanding Teaching Award went to Dr. Farhad Atash of Landscape Architecture for his devotion to students.

The Outstanding Staff Award went to Judy Palmer for her work in support of Marine Affairs and Environmental Economics.

In other business a proposed set of policies for a committee to be charged with space allocation issues was tabled until the fall pending further deliberation and discussion.

Dean John Kirby also announced that work will begin soon to realign the college, possibly consolidating some of the 10 departments into a lower number. It is hoped, he said, the changes could be made by the end of the calendar year.