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2012 Awards for Athens Faculty and Staff

During the annual D.W. Brooks awards ceremony on October 2, 2012, the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences presented awards to Athens-based staff.

Administrative/Professional Support — Pamela J. Brown

 Pamela J. Brown has been affiliated with the University of Georgia since 1988 when she returned to school to pursue a degree in history.

She joined the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences in 1994 and worked as an accounting assistant and technical editor before moving into her current position.

In her present role, she assists the department head in running a diverse and complex department, managing 45 faculty and 60 temporary and classified staff at three locations.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to handling all personnel issues, information technology and computer support, departmental reporting, faculty appointments, promotion and tenure, award and review processes, as well as ensuring the department is in compliance with university policies and procedures.

She also works closely with statewide faculty and staff to handle both routine and problem situations, and provides guidance on a multitude of issues.

Pam believes that her greatest purpose as a manager is to provide her faculty and staff with everything they need to be successful.

Skilled Trades Support — H. Ryan Crowe

 Ryan Crowe is a graduate of the University of Florida where he majored in animal science.

While in college he was employed by Publix Super Markets in their meat department as well as the University of Florida's meat processing facility. Upon graduation Ryan continued employment with Publix as a meat manager.

In July 2002 he joined the University of Georgia's Meat Science Technology Center as the meat lab manager.

Since coming to the UGA, Ryan has expanded the operations of the facility to include increased research activities and projects, expanded the number of hands-on class labs, led numerous outreach and Extension programs, hosted annual state and district meat judging contests and expanded the retail sales market.

In July 2011 he married his wife Ashley, and in December they will welcome their first child — a baby boy named Cullum.

Technical Support — Donna Tucker

 Donna Tucker is a Christian, a wife, a mother and a lab technician — in that order. She loves God, is thankful for Jesus, her Savior, and attends Blacks Creek Baptist Church in Commerce, Ga. Tucker will have been married to her husband, Jay, for 33 years on October 6. She is the proud mother of two grown daughters, Annie and Jamie.

She graduated from Athens Area Technical School with a diploma in research laboratory technology in 1977, and has been employed by various laboratories at the University of Georgia since then. For the last 21 years, Tucker has worked in Dr. Wayne Parrott's lab in the Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics, a part of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences' Athens campus.

Her main focus in the lab is soybeans. She is responsible for the initiation and maintenance of tissue culture, and the transformation of soybeans with desired genes.

She has helped introduce insect resistance and carotenoid production traits into soybean varieties. She is currently working with nematode resistance and other value added traits.