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Dr. Jagadamma receives Mid-Career Research Excellence Award!

Dr. Jagadamma received UTIA’s Mid-Career Research Excellence Award. This award is for faculty members who finish 7 to 15 years of service, and she earned it after just 7 years of service! Dr. Jagadamma says this was only possible because of the hard work and dedication of current and past lab members. Congratulations and well-earned, Dr. Jagadamma!

Here is Dr. Jagadamma with Keith Carver, senior vice president and senior vice chancellor of UTIA, and Hongwei Xin, dean of UT AgResearch. Photo credit: Keith Carver.

Dr. Avishesh Neupane now Soil Microbiology Post Doctorate at Bayer

Dr. Avishesh Neupane has been a postdoc in our laboratory since 2019. This past month, he joined Bayer as a post doctorate soil microbiologist. While in our lab, Avi’s research has contributed to our understanding of SOC in agricultural systems, including the influence of manganese, nitrogen, biochar, and microplastics on SOC dynamics, and the use of stable carbon isotopes to determine how global change will influence SOC. He has been instrumental in optimizing analytical techniques in our lab with his expertise in gas chromatography, dry combustion, and isotope-ratio mass spectrometry machines. Most importantly, he has helped all of us to grow into better scientists and people. He is now stationed in St. Louis, Missouri. Congratulations Dr. Neupane and please stay in touch!

Amanda Kramer and Emily Walker are named Volunteers of Distinction

Master’s student Amanda Kramer and undergraduate student Emily Walker have received the award for “Volunteer of Distinction” from UTK’s Office of the Provost. This award recognizes academic excellence among undergraduate and graduate students, and only a few awards are granted to each department every year. Amanda’s research has focused on the impacts of cover crop diversity on nutrient availability and crop productivity, and Emily’s research has focused on the effects of agricultural farming practices on pollinator diversity and abundance. We are very proud of Amanda and Emily for this huge recognition!

Lab alumni Surendra and Shikha Singh to lead Lind Dryland Station

Drs. Surendra and Shikha Singh have recently joined Washington State University to lead Lind Dryland Station. Surendra has become the new director and agronomist at the Station, and Shikha has taken the role of research assistant professor and soil scientist. They will lead long-term soil health research in arid farmlands, one of the largest and most challenging areas to grow crops in the world. We are looking forward to see what Surendra and Shikha will accomplish in their new roles!

Masters Student Amanda Kramer successfully defends thesis

Congratulations to Amanda Kramer, who successfully defended her Masters thesis: “The impacts of cover crop diversity on nutrient availability and crop productivity.” Her major advisor was Dr. Sindhu Jagadamma and committee members were Dr. Lori Duncan, Dr. Debashish Saha, and Dr. Sreedhar Upendram. Amanda is working towards becoming an extension agent.

We are very proud of you Amanda!

PhD student Ravi Teja Neelipally receives Hans Jenny Soil Field Trip Award

Ravi Teja Neelipally, PhD student in Dr. Sindhu Jagadamma’s group, was selected for the 2022 Hans Jenny Soil Field Trip Award from the Soil Science Society of America. In his research, Ravi is developing organic grain rotation systems to meet the needs of Tennessee farmers and facilitate their transition to organic agriculture. This award will fund his trip to the Rodale Institute near Kutztown, Pennsylvania, where the modern Organic Movement began 70 years ago. He is eager to learn about exciting new research and to discuss his own research with professionals and farmers. Way to go, Ravi Teja!