Woolley, Sanford Honored by Graduate Students
May 5, 2010
Writer: Bill Gibbs, email@example.com, 979-777-0171
COLLEGE STATION—James Woolley, Ph.D., and Michelle Sanford received awards from the Texas A&M University Graduate Student Council during a presentation held April 27.
Woolley was presented the Teaching Excellence Award. He is a professor of entomology and chair of the Interdisciplinary Research Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Texas A&M.
Sanford was presented the Distinguished Graduate Student Research Award for work done at the doctoral level. She was a graduate student in the department of entomology.
Woolley has been on the faculty of Texas A&M for 27 years and was named Outstanding Professor of the Year by the department. “Professor Woolley has demonstrated exemplary service to students, fellow faculty, and the university,” according to the awards program. “Most notable, however, is his dependable daily enthusiasm as a mentor for his students and his ability to spark a passion for scientific discovery.”
Woolley also has been assistant department head for graduate studies, president of the International Society of Hymenopterists, and representative the of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to the Faculty Senate.
Sanford has just completed a doctorate in the department of entomology. Her doctoral research topic involves the associative learning abilities of mosquitoes with an emphasis on Culex quinquefasciatus. Associative learning in vector insects has the potential to greatly increase our understanding of vector behavior and disease transmission cycles, according to the website, http://forensicentomology.tamu.edu/people/sanford.html.
The Distinguished Graduate Student Research Awards program is offered in cooperation with the Association of Former Students.
About the college:
With an enrollment of almost 6,500 students in 14 academic departments, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degrees and has a faculty of over 400 members, including a Nobel laureate and a Pulitzer Prize winner. Research programs include food sustainability and safety, human and animal health, genetics, renewable natural resources and bioenergy. Mark Hussey is Vice Chancellor and Dean.