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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

August 27, 2014

Weekly Report

Research, Education, and Economics


Under Secretary Catherine Woteki          Report Date:  September 08 – September 19, 2014


Agency Accomplishments (press/media achievements of the week)


Reform Based Actions


Important Events for the Upcoming Week


ARS researcher Eddy Langendoen, Watershed Physical Processes Research Unit, Oxford, MS will meet with collaborators at the Electricity Department of France to discuss ongoing research from August 28 – 29, 2014, and then will be attending the River Flow 2014 Conference in Lausanne, Switzerland from September 3 - 5, 2014.  He will present a paper entitled, "Using terrestrial-based LiDAR to improve bank erosion assessment."


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ARS researcher Matthew Moore, Walter Quality and Ecology Research Unit, Oxford, MS will receive the Outreach, Diversity, and Equal Opportunity (Non-supervisory/Non-managerial Category) Award at the ARS Employee Recognition Ceremony held in Beltsville, MD on September 9, 2014


ARS researcher Michele Reba of the Delta Water Management Research Unit, Jonesboro, AR will be traveling to China with other ARS scientists to attend the World Congress of International Commission of Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering (CIGR), September 12-21.  She will present the paper, "Water management impacts on measured turbulent fluxes of heat, water carbon and methane of Mid-South US rice.”  Besides attending the meeting, she will travel with ARS scientists to tour research facilities in Yangling, China.


ARS researcher Sophie Uchimiya, Commodity Utilization Research Unit, New Orleans, LA was selected as the Mid South Area Early Career Research Scientist of the Year Award.  On behalf of the ARS Administrator and the entire ARS family we are proud of her notable achievement.  Uchimiya will be recognized, among other winners, at the ARS Annual Awards Ceremony to be held on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, in Beltsville, MD. 

ARS researcher Soheila Maleki, Food Processing and Sensory Quality Research Unit, New Orleans, LA has been invited to give a talk on September 11, 2014, at the University of Buffalo Biology Department, Buffalo, NY.  Her talk will be titled, “Thermal Processing Alters Allergenicity of Peanuts”.  Maleki will also attend the Asthma Allergy Association of Ontario Annual meeting at Niagara on the Lake Symposium, Niagara on the Lake, Ontario on September 13, 2014, to give a talk titled, “cross-reactivity between peanuts and tree nuts.”

ARS researcher Katherine Aronstein, Honey Bee Breed, Genetics, and Physiology Research Unit, Baton Rouge, LA will be attending the Arthropod Genomics Workshop being sponsored and funded by the Office of National Programs from 16-19 September 2014 in Beltsville MD.

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ARS News Articles

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