Agriculture honor society recognizes faculty, student accomplishments

April 13, 2015
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Dave Edmark, Division of Agriculture Communications
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta, the honor society of agriculture, presented its annual achievement awards April 10 to faculty and students. Chapter president Nilda Burgos, professor of crop, soil, and environmental sciences in the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, presided at the ceremony.

Three faculty awards were presented to:

• Jason Norsworthy, professor of crop, soil, and environmental sciences, who received the Research Award of Excellence;
• Thad Scott, associate professor of crop, soil, and environmental sciences, who received the Teaching Award of Excellence;
• Tom Barber, associate professor of crop, soil, and environmental sciences, who received the Extension Award of Excellence.

Norsworthy, who holds the Elms Farming Chair of Weed Science, conducts research centered on developing strategies to manage herbicide-resistant weeds in Arkansas. His research includes applied and basic studies on most Southern row crops in collaboration with basic research and development companies, other universities and government entities with a stake in sustainable weed management.

Scott teaches courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. His two undergraduate courses are required or optional courses in the environmental, soil, and water science major in the Department of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences. Scott has taught 13 courses since 2010 and one course, Water Quality, has recurred annually since the time of his appointment in 2008. Scott has also re-developed the Introduction to Water Sciences course and developed a separate laboratory component for the Water Quality course.

Barber served as the Division of Agriculture’s cotton extension agronomist from 2007 to 2012 and became an extension weed scientist in 2012. During the past eight years Barber's extension programs have focused on ways to improve cotton production and new ways to control weeds in Arkansas row crops.

Barber has worked extensively with county extension agents, producers, crop consultants, industry representatives and colleagues within the university and across the Mid-South and country and is regarded as a leader in the cotton and weed science disciplines.

Students receiving scholarships from the society were:
• Gamma Sigma Delta Scholarship – Jennifer Clampitt, a junior in human nutrition and hospitality innovations.
• Lippert Ellis Scholarship – Lesleigh Beer, a sophomore in poultry Science.
• John W. White Scholarship – Ashley Cleek, a senior in human nutrition and hospitality innovations.

Awards were presented to students for oral and poster presentations on research topics in their disciplines at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels. A list of the winners and their presentations’ titles is online at

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.