KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The
University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture recently presented several awards
to top faculty, staff, researchers and outreach experts. Thirty-two people were
recognized at UTIA’s annual Awards and Promotions Luncheon held in early
August. Many of the awards are gifts made possible by past faculty, alumni and
friends of the Institute.
Jennifer DeBruyn, associate
professor in biosystems engineering and soil science, was honored with the
Institute’s T.J. Whatley Distinguished Young Scientist Award.
DeBruyn does research in
environmental microbiology with a focus on identifying microorganisms in
certain critical situations. DeBruyn does work for both UT AgResearch and UT
Extension, and looks at contamination events, agricultural additives and
management practices as they relate to soil microbiology.
She also provides
environmental science training to educators through programs such as Backyard
STEM for 4-H agents, and the Soils and Our Environment workshop for middle and
high school teachers.
“We are so proud of the many
talented and dedicated people working for the UT Institute of Agriculture
across the state,” says UTIA Chancellor Larry Arrington. “It was an honor to
recognize all these award winners for their hard work.”
This award is one of the most
prestigious given by UTIA every year, and was established by Dr. Thomas J.
Whatley, Associate Dean Emeritus of the Agricultural Experiment Station. The
honor recognizes a young scientist who has less than 12 years of professional
experience, and a minimum of five years of service on the agricultural faculty.
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teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture
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Dr. Jennifer DeBruyn,