Faculty Recognition

  1. Photo by Ken Chamberlain, CFAES, 2014.

    Suzanne Gray's School of Fish

    Nov 12, 2020

    “Initially, I wasn’t sure how much I liked teaching,” CFAES faculty member Suzanne Gray said in a 2018 interview, just after receiving a prestigous teaching award. “I think it’s something I grew into as I saw how I could help provide students with experiences they might never have had.” Gray did that interview after receiving the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching from The Ohio State University, Ohio State’s highest recognition for teaching excellence. Now, two years later, the quality of her teaching has been honored again. On Nov. 4, Gray, who is an associate professor of aquatic physiological biology in the CFAES School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR), was named a winner of the Early Career Teacher Award from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. The national award goes to new teachers in higher education—ones with no more than seven consecutive years of experience—who demonstrate “a commitment to a career in teaching” and who exhibit “meritorious teaching.”

  2. Renowned soil scientist Rattan Lal is one of Ohio State's most decorated teachers and researchers. (Photo by Jo McCulty, Ohio State Communications)

    Lal to speak at Borlaug Dialogue, receive World Food Prize, and be honored by Ohio State

    Oct 12, 2020

    Rattan Lal, one of the most decorated professors to teach and conduct research at The Ohio State University, will receive the 2020 World Food Prize on Thursday, Oct. 15, during the virtual Borlaug Dialouge streaming from Des Moines, Iowa. That same day, he will also be honored by Ohio State in a virtual ceremony to honor his legacy.

  3. Rattan Lal (shown 2nd from the right) received the 2019 Alumni Medalist Award. A reception was held after the awards ceremony recognizing the honorees at the Longaberger Alumni House.

    Professor Lal Receives 2019 Alumni Medalist Award

    Oct 1, 2019

    Congratulations to alumnus and Ohio State Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science Rattan Lal, who received the 2019 Alumni Medalist Award, the single highest honor bestowed by The Ohio State University Alumni Association, Inc., on Friday, Sept. 20. 

  4. Jeffory Hattey, professor in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University was awarded the 2019 North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Distinguished Educator Award.

    Faculty member receives national recognition

    Aug 19, 2019

    Jeffory Hattey, professor in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University was awarded the 2019 North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Distinguished Educator Award. The NACTA Distinguished Educator Award recognizes individuals for their meritorious service to NACTA and to higher education through teaching, educational research, and/or administration

  5. Dr. Suzanne Gray is a recipient of the 2019 NACTA Educator Award.

    Faculty Member Receives National Award

    Jul 9, 2019

    Suzanne Gray, assistant professor of aquatic physiological ecology in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University was awarded the 2019 North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Educator Award at the 2019 NACTA annual meeting held at the College of Southern Idaho, Twin Falls, Idaho with the theme “Connecting to STEM.” The NACTA Educator Award recognizes individuals whose efforts represent the very best in agricultural higher education. 

  6. Recognizing Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring

    Apr 30, 2019

    Nicole Sintov, assistant professor of behavior, decision making and sustainability in the School of Environment and Natural Resources received the Office of Student Academic Success—Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry 2019 Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award at a luncheon at the Faculty Club on April 24. The award honors individuals who have demonstrated success in mentoring undergraduates in their research and/or creative inquiry endeavors. Undergraduates are invited to submit nominations that describe how their research mentor has supported and inspired them to grow intellectually as a researcher, encouraged and enabled them to reach their future goals and supported and encouraged them on a personal level. 

  7. Professor Rattan Lal. Photo credit: The Japan Prize Foundation

    Ohio State's Rattan Lal receives Japan Prize

    Apr 9, 2019

    Professor Rattan Lal, a soil scientist at The Ohio State University, received the 2019 Japan Prize on April 8. The Japan Prize is considered one of the most prestigious honors in science and technology.

    Lal is the first Ohio State scientist and the first soil scientist to ever receive the prize. He is Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science at the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. President Michael V. Drake traveled to Japan with Lal for the award ceremony. Read more and view photos of the award ceremony in the Ohio State News story. 

  8. Rattan Lal, Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science at CFAES, is the first Ohio State scientist and the first soil scientist to win the annual Japan Prize. (Photo: John Rice, CFAES.)

    Japan Prize goes to Ohio State soil scientist Rattan Lal

    Jan 16, 2019

    Rattan Lal, a soil scientist at The Ohio State University, has been awarded the 2019 Japan Prize, considered one of the most prestigious honors in science and technology.  Lal is the first Ohio State scientist and the first soil scientist to ever receive the prize. He is Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science at the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences(CFAES).  The Japan Prize recognizes scientists and engineers from around the world for original and outstanding achievements that “not only contribute to the advancement of science and technology, but also promote peace and prosperity for all mankind,” the Japan Prize Foundation said today (Jan. 16) in announcing the award.

  9. Rattan Lal, Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science at Ohio State, received the World Soil Prize at a ceremony on Dec. 5, World Soil Day, in Rome. (Photo: Ken Chamberlain. CFAES.)

    Ohio State Scientist Honored on World Soil Day

    Dec 5, 2018

    The way Ohio State University scientist Rattan Lal sees it, many of Earth’s biggest challenges — from growing enough food to protecting water quality to reversing climate change — have answers in the soil.

    As Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences(CFAES), Lal has spent his career working to find those answers. Along the way, he’s gained a global reputation for his research and advocacy on soil-related matters along with multiple honors and awards.

    His latest recognition, a big one, comes on an appropriate day.

    Today, Dec. 5 — designated by the United Nations as World Soil Day — Lal received the Glinka World Soil Prize in a ceremony at the Rome headquarters of the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Named for a prominent Russian soil scientist, the award is considered the highest honor in the soil science profession.

  10. Rattan Lal, Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science at The Ohio State University, has received the 2018 World Agriculture Prize from the Global Confederation of Higher Education Associations for Agricultural and Life Sciences. (Photo: John Rice, CFAES.)

    Ohio State’s Rattan Lal Receives International Agriculture Award

    Oct 29, 2018

    Rattan Lal, Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science at The Ohio State University, yesterday (Oct. 28) received the 2018 World Agriculture Prize from the Global Confederation of Higher Education Associations for Agricultural and Life Sciences (GCHERA). His work focuses on the ability of soil to address such global challenges as climate change, food security and water quality.  The award honors Lal’s “exceptional and significant lifetime achievements” in the agricultural and life sciences, GCHERA officials said. It was presented in a ceremony at China’s Nanjing Agricultural University.  Lal is a faculty member in Ohio State’s School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR), part of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). He is the director of CFAES’s Carbon Management and Sequestration Center (CMSC), conducts research with support from the college’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, is an adjunct professor with the University of Iceland, and is the current president of the Vienna-based 60,000-member International Union of Soil Sciences.

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