Congratulations to PPEM 25-year service awardees
Posted: December 12, 2012
At the award ceremony, Barbara Christ, Interim Dean, recognized the contributions
of each employee, and the University awarded a University Chair to mark the
occasion attended by family and friends.
Randy Dreibelbis, manager of the Plant Pathology Research Farm at Rock
Springs, is responsible for supervision of operations including research
field plot preparations, use and maintenance of field equipment, pesticide
applications, worker production standards, marketing and sales, and facilities. Douglas Keith works as a biological
technician at the Mushroom Research Center and is responsible for assisting
faculty in mushroom cultivation used for research. Doug works to prepare specialized compost for
mushroom production tests, crop maintenance and harvesting, and ensuring the
high levels of building sanitation needed for mushroom cultivation as a food
commodity. Vija Wilkinson is a research
support technologist working with Dr. Dan Royse on mushroom research projects
and manages the Mushroom Spawn Lab which supplies mushroom spawn used to grow
mushroom crops worldwide. Vija also
contributes by assisting graduate students and visiting scientists in learning
the many techniques for characterizing and growing mushroom fungal cultures. The College and the Department of Plant
Pathology and Environmental Microbiology thank each of these individuals for
their contributions to our research, teaching, and extension programs.
For more photos from the 25-Year Award ceremony, click here.