2023 Excellence in Multistate Research
W 4045-Agrochemical Impacts on Human and Environmental Health: Mechanisms and Mitigation
2023 New Teacher Award of Excellence
Dr. Jennifer Lachowiec
Montana State University
Department of Plant Sciences & Plant Pathology
2023 Teaching and Student Engagement Award
Wanda Crannell
M.Sci.Advisor, Instructor and Program Coordinator
2023 Regional Teaching Award of Excellence
Dr. Kathleen Boyce Rodgers
Washington State University
Department of Human Development
2022 Excellence in Multistate Research
Multi-state W-4003 Parental Practices supporting positive eating behaviors during independent eating occasions among early adolescent children. Research team member, Siew Sun Wong, Oregon state with Chris Davies.
2022 Teaching and Student Engagement Award
Dr. Heloisa Moreno Rutigliano
The Western Academic Program Section presented the Teaching and Student Engagement Award to Dr. Heloisa Moreno Rutigliano, Assistant Professor, Department of Animal, Diary and Veterinary Sciences, Utah State University. Claus Tittiger, Associate Director of Academic Affairs, University of Nevada with Chris Davies.
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Western Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors


2021 Excellence in Leadership – Western Region

John A. Tanaka

Retired Associate Director of the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station and
Professor Emeritus, Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, University of Wyoming

John Tanaka

John Tanaka had a passion and commitment to the land-grant system. He has spent his career looking for opportunities and helping others take those opportunities to find answers for producers, agencies, and communities. He has always sought to be a team player.

John was actively engaged in WAAESD and served on the APLU-BAA. He was the Administrative Advisor for WCC and WERA committees as well as being a participant and officer on several regional research committees since 1982. He was appointed to the Department of Interior’s John Day-Snake Resource Advisory Council (Oregon and Washington) where he served as Chair for 7 years.

He has served as the Director and the Science Advisor for the Sustainable Rangelands Roundtable, Science Advisory Board Member for the Policy Analysis Center for Western Public Lands, representative and chair of the National Association of University Rangeland Programs, representative on the National Association of University Forest Resource Programs, and President of the Society for Range Management.

John served as the Associate Director of the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station, the Director of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center and the Powell Research and Extension Center, and the Department Head of Ecosystem Science and Management at the University of Wyoming.

Dr. Tanaka earned a B.S. and M.S. degree at Oregon State University and a Ph.D. at Utah State University.

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