Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station

UW biomechanics research draws scientist early career award

Jay Gatlin, left, during his nomination at the annual Agricultural Experiment Station awards banquet

Jay Gatlin, left, during his nomination at the annual Agricultural Experiment Station awards banquet

Work in the biomechanics of cell division and the cell biology of cancer has earned a Department of Molecular Biology scientist the Early Career Achievement Award from the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) at the University of Wyoming.

Assistant professor Jay Gatlin in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources received the honor Feb. 12 during the AES honors banquet in Laramie.

“Jay Gatlin’s research accomplishments are absolutely amazing for a scientist at this stage of his career,” said Bret Hess, associate dean of research in the college and AES director. “Having received a perfect score on a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant and publishing results of his research from UW in Science are testaments to the quality of hiswork. The college is blessed to have a scientist of Jay’s caliber.”

University of Wyoming president Dick McGinity spoke to the audience and acknowledged the importance of the land-grant university’s mission of boosting the state’s economy and the general well-being of its citizens.

Gatlin joined UW in 2010. In 2012, Gatlin receive two NIH grants totaling more than $1.6 million. In 2013, he received a research award from the Marine Biological Laboratory. The grant paid for Gatlin and doctoral student James Hazel to conduct research at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute laboratories in Massachusetts. Last November, Gatlin and his laboratory published a paper in Science – the most prestigious scientific journal in the United States.

“Although these remarkable accomplishments should command the utmost respect, Jay doesn’t let them influence his attitude and demeanor,” said Hess. “He is the same kind, likable person everyone has come to know.”

Other award nominees were Anowar Islam and Urszula Norton, who are assistant professors in the Department of Plant Sciences.

UW Extension, college of agriculture publications earn awards

University of Wyoming Extension and College Reflections of Agriculture and Natural Resources publications received top awards in the associate’s track competition of the Wyoming Press Association (WPA).

The awards were announced during the WPA annual conference Jan. 16-18 in Laramie. The publications are produced through theOffice of Communications and Technology in UW Extension.

Barnyards & Backyards magazine, produced by the Small Acreage Issue Team, received first place in the Publications category. Produced quarterly, the magazine features information from natural resource experts for small-acreage owners in Wyoming.

            Reflections magazine, the annual publication that highlights research in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, received second place. The magazine is published by the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station.

Sugar beet analysis earns University of Wyoming Reflections magazine top award

What would happen to producer profits if Roundup Ready sugar beet technology was no longer available and how facilitators help Wyoming citizens make group decisions received first and second places in the University of Wyoming’s Reflections magazine.Reflections highlights research in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and is a publication of the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station (AES). An anonymous group of faculty members and researchers in the college rank the articles.

Sugar beet

Sugar beet

Scientists in the Departments of Agricultural and Applied Economics and Plant Sciences found that producers who use Roundup Ready sugar beet seed, and assuming a 2-ton per acre increase because of the technology, gain on average $95 per acre more than if low-cost, conventional tillage and seed was used. If a producer utilizes high-cost, conventional production practices, the Roundup Ready system is $107 more profitable without any yield increase and $223.73 more profitable if assuming a 2-ton/acre yield increase for the Roundup Ready system.

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Wyoming Forage Field Day June 27 near Lingle

Alfalfa production concerns, potential Wyoming hay markets and producers sharing their experiences growing forages are part of the Wyoming Forage Field Day Thursday, June 27.

Anowar Islam

Anowar Islam

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center (SAREC) near Lingle, said Anowar Islam, University of Wyoming Extension forage agroecologist.
“This year’s Wyoming Forage Field Day will be a wonderful event for producers, growers and participants to learn more about forage production and management including economics and irrigation practices, nutritional advantages of alfalfa, latest field equipment and products,” said Islam.

Most importantly, he said, those attending will hear experiences from other growers during the producer panel discussion. Continue reading

Science program provides students Mother’s Day gifts

written by Haley Lockwood, AES intern

Brensyn Baker focuses on the red wiggler he pulled from the compost bucket.

Brensyn Baker focuses on the red wiggler he pulled from the compost bucket.

A seed planted in 2007 continues to blossom for Master Gardeners – and delight mothers – in Powell.

The program teaching local students about plants started seven years ago after a Thanksgiving dinner discussion between Bob Prchal, Park County Master Gardener, and his sister, Judy DeBock, a second grade elementary education teacher at Parkside Elementary. They wanted to expose children to an age-appropriate, first grade science program.

Two first grade classes started the program, and the Master Gardeners now reach up to 10 classes. The children are taught the six basic plant parts, the purpose of good bugs and bad bugs, special plant characteristics, importance of worms, bug cages and transplanting.

Students receive instruction in the greenhouse at the University of Wyoming Powell Research and Extension Center (PREC).

“The plants, varying from a vegetable to an annual flower mix, give the childrenhands- on experiences to apply concepts taught in class as well as a Mother’s Day gift after the plants are acclimated,” said Prchal. Continue reading