Three USU faculty to be recognized with Governor’s Medals for Science and Technology

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LOGAN – Three Utah State University faculty members will be recognized Wednesday, Jan. 18 as recipients of the 2016 Governor’s Medals for Science and Technology. USU faculty members Terry Messmer, Debra Spielmaker and John Morrey will receive three of the 12 total medals.

According to a USU press release, USU President Noelle Cockett said she was “very pleased” with the “outstanding work and achievements” by the faculty.

“The diversity of disciplines they represent illustrates the excellence we find throughout the university,” she said. “Also, these individuals showcase USU’s commitment to helping people in Utah and beyond through our land grant mission of discovery, learning and outreach.”

According to the release, Messmer has spent 25 years at the university as a USU Extension wildlife specialist and a Department of Wildland Resources professor. Through directing the Utah Community-Based Conservation Program, he has helped restore more than 500,000 acres of sage grouse habitat and protected more than 94 percent of Utah sage grouse population.

Spielmaker is a USU professor that has spent 18 years directing the Utah Agriculture in the Classroom program and is the current director of USDA’s National Agriculture in the Classroom program.

Morrey is the director of USU’s Institute for Antiviral Research and a professor in USU’s Department of Animal, Dairy and Veterinarian Sciences. He has dedicated much of his time researching neurological diseases caused by the West Nile virus.

USU is no stranger to receiving these honors. Last year, USU tied its personal record with four recipients.

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