Food Science Assistant Professor Wins T.J. Whatley Distinguished Young Scientist Award

 
Faith Critzer, UT Whatley Award Winner

Dr. Faith Critzer (center), an A​ssistant Professor in Food Science and UT Extension Specialist, is the winner of the T.J. Whatley Distinguished Young Scientist Award. Also pictured are UTIA Chancellor Tim Cross (right) and Bill Brown, dean of UT AgResearch. Photo courtesy UTIA.


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture recently presented several awards to top faculty, staff, researchers and extension experts. More than two dozen people were recognized at UTIA’s annual Awards and Promotions luncheon held on the UTIA campus in Knoxville July 28, 2017. Many of the awards are gifts made possible by past faculty, alumni and friends of the Institute.

Faith Critzer, Assistant Professor in Food Science and UT Extension Specialist, is the winner of the T.J. Whatley Distinguished Young Scientist Award. 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.

“It is a great honor to be this year’s recipient of the T.J. Whatley Distinguished Young Scientist Award,” Critzer says. “I am very fortunate to have benefited immensely from the wonderful colleagues, students and staff who have worked with me during my tenure at UTIA.”

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professional career also includes consulting work for companies such as Bush Brothers and Great Lakes Cheese, as well as partnering with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and extension programs in Georgia and North Carolina. Critzer has also been recognized by the Food Technologists Microbiology Division with its Outstanding Service Award for 2015.

UTIA Chancellor Dr. Tim Cross hosted the award winners, and praised them for their work. “The people at the UT Institute of Agriculture word hard every day to deliver real life solutions to our many stakeholders,” Cross says. “Recognition of the outstanding work by our award winners inspires all of us to strive for excellence and make a difference in the lives of Tennesseans.”

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Contact:

Charles Denney, 865-382-8058 (mobile),
cmdenney@utk.edu

Dr. Faith Critzer, 865-974-7274,
faithc@utk.edu

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