Jim Hill, Robert Bertram, Don Bransford: Awards of Distinction

On Friday, October 14, 2016, the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will bestow the Awards of Distinction at College Celebration. The awards are the highest recognition presented by the college.

Jim Hill: Outstanding Faculty Award of Distinction

Jim Hill, recently retired faculty member in the Department of Plant Sciences, will receive the Outstanding Faculty Award. Hill was Associate Dean for International Programs in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at UC Davis, a Cooperative Extension rice specialist, and leader of the college’s International Programs Office.

Jim Hill, UC Davis
Jim Hill, UC Davis

Hill took assignments at UC Davis first as an extension weed scientist and then as the rice specialist. He worked with growers to increase crop productivity and he helped the rice industry reduce pesticides in irrigation runoff and develop alternative techniques to decompose rice straw.

He chaired the Department of Agronomy and Range Science intermittently from 1984 to 1999. From 1999 to 2002, he worked at the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines and with agricultural research and extension systems throughout Asia. In 2005, Hill was appointed CA&ES Associate Dean for International Programs and has since led projects in Vietnam, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, and other countries.

Robert Bertram: Outstanding Alumni Award of Distinction

Robert Bertram, US AID
Robert Bertram, US AID

Robert Bertram, chief scientist of the Bureau for Food Security at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and leader in international efforts to end hunger in the developing world, is being honored at College Celebration with an Outstanding Alumni Award.

Bertram earned his B.S. in plant science from UC Davis (1976); his adviser was Charlie Schaller. He then earned an M.S. in plant breeding from the University of Minnesota, an M.A. in Middle East Studies from Georgetown University, and a Ph.D. in botany from the University of Maryland.

Don Bransford: Friend of the College Award of Distinction

Don Bransford, Sacramento Valley grower
Don Bransford, Sacramento Valley grower

Donald Bransford, a fourth generation family farmer, is a widely respected leader who believes that environmental stewardship and agricultural progress go hand in hand. He is being honored as a “Friend of the College” with an Award of Distinction.

Bransford grows rice, prunes, and almonds on 1,200 acres in the Sacramento Valley. He is quick to acknowledge the partnership of production agriculture, UC Davis research, and the applied expertise of Cooperative Extension specialists. “I am reminded every day of the importance of the university to my success as a farmer,” he says.

Additional Awards of Distinction

The seven Award of Distinction recipients are:

Outstanding Faculty: Jim Hill
Outstanding Staff: Israel Herrera
Outstanding Alumni: Robert Bertram
Outstanding Alumni: Therese Watkins McMillan
Friend of the College: Carlos Alvarez
Friend of the College: Robert Bertram
Friend of the College: Peter Mattson

Read about all award recipients here.

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