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Four Faculty Honored In UF’s College Of Agricultural And Life Sciences

Jimmy Cheek, (352) 392-1961

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Four faculty members in the University of Florida’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences were recognized for outstanding service at the college’s recent annual scholarship and leadership convocation.

P.K. Nair, professor of agroforestry in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation, received the Graduate Advisor of the Year Award; Elaine Turner, assistant professor in the department of food science and human nutrition, and John Zenger, assistant professor in the entomology and nematology department, each received the Undergraduate Teacher of the Year Award. James Leary, lecturer in the agricultural and biological engineering department, received the Undergraduate Advisor of the Year Award.

The awards were presented by Jimmy Cheek, dean of the college, which is part of UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

Nair, who joined the UF faculty in 1987, has developed an interdisciplinary program in agroforestry that has attracted international attention. During the past 10 years, 14 master’s and 10 doctoral students have graduated under Nair’s supervision. Currently, he advises nine graduate students, including seven at the doctoral level.

Turner teaches courses in the fundamentals of human nutrition, including an honors section of the course. She also teaches nutrition through the life cycle and team teaches current issues in dietary supplements. Some of her courses are offered statewide via distance education.

Zenger, who teaches undergraduate courses in the principles of entomology and insect classification, also has created a successful Web-based entomology course.

Leary, an undergraduate coordinator and advisor in his department, teaches three courses. His introduction to engineering laboratory class is taken by almost all freshmen students entering UF’s College of Engineering.