College of Agricultural Sciences honors seven outstanding alumni

September 14, 2011

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has honored seven of its graduates with 2011 Outstanding Alumni Awards. The awards recognize alumni for their achievements and provide opportunities for recipients to interact with the college's faculty, students and other alumni.

The Penn State graduates named Outstanding Alumni are Carlos Aguilar, of El Salvador, residing in Mexico City, Mexico; John Graham Sr., of Lee's Summit, Mo.; Larry Hull, of Biglerville, Pa.; Renfu Lu, of Okemos, Mich.; Laurence Moore, of Radford, Va.; and Michael Nolan, of Montrose, Colo., formerly of Columbia, Mo. Jennifer (Flinchbaugh) Beidel, of Springfield, Pa., was named Outstanding Recent Alumna, an award that honors alumni who have graduated in the last 10 years.

-- Carlos Aguilar, who in 1993 earned his doctorate in food science, is the director of global research and development operations for Latin America at Mead Johnson Nutrition, a global leader in pediatric nutrition. His work in the microstructure of milk powders is ongoing. He has worked internationally as an engineer, food scientist and research and development manager in El Salvador, Ecuador, the United States, the Netherlands and Mexico. He received the 1990 McCarthy Graduate Student Teaching Award at Penn State and has received numerous awards at Mead Johnson.

-- John Graham Sr., who graduated with a degree in animal nutrition in 1953 after serving in the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II, is a retired head cattle buyer for Swift & Co. He is co-founder of First National Bank of Missouri in Lee's Summit. Graham has had a long career in public service and is currently chairman of the board at the Lee's Summit Housing Authority. In 2003 he received Penn State's Animal Science Distinguished Alumnus Award.

-- Larry Hull, who graduated in 1977 with a doctoral degree in agriculture, is a Penn State professor emeritus in the Department of Entomology. He retired from the University in June 2011. While on the faculty, Hull attracted more than $10 million in research grants for development of integrated pest management programs for deciduous fruit systems. As a result of his work, fruit growers have been able to significantly reduce the amount of pesticides they use. He is a member of the Entomological Society of America and the State Horticultural Association of Pennsylvania. Hull received the Alex and Jessie C. Black Award in 2008 for excellence in research from the College of Agricultural Sciences.

-- Renfu Lu, who graduated in 1990 with a doctorate in agricultural engineering, is a supervisory research agricultural engineer and research leader with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service Sugar Beet and Bean Research Unit. He is a leading expert in sensors and sensing for food-quality assessment and has made significant contributions to spectral imaging and spectroscopic technologies for food-quality inspection. He has led and served on numerous American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers committees and has received numerous awards from that organization.

-- Laurence Moore, who earned a master's degree in 1961 in plant pathology and a doctorate in 1965, is a professor emeritus of plant pathology at Virginia Tech. He has received teaching and service awards from his department, college, university and professional societies/organizations. His research involved disease physiology and air pollution. He and a colleague established and funded a program for the recruitment, retention and graduation of low income/first generation undergraduate and graduate students. Moore and his wife established the Laurence D. and Mary Ann Moore Faculty and Staff Award in Plant Pathology in 2007.

-- Michael Nolan, who received his bachelor's degree in rural sociology in 1965, a master's degree in 1967 and a doctorate in 1970, is a retired professor at the University of Missouri. He served for 16 years as the director of the Division of Applied Social Sciences in that university's College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. Even in retirement, he remains responsible for more than $15 million in external awards and approximately $5 million in annual grant expenditures. His contributions to the University of Missouri have been recognized with various awards. The Nolan family has endowed a scholarship at the University of Missouri that supports international experiences for undergraduates.

-- Jennifer (Flinchbaugh) Beidel, who graduated in 2003 with a bachelor's degree in animal sciences and graduated summa cum laude from the Penn State Dickinson School of Law in 2006, is currently an attorney at Saul Ewing LLP. She counsels clients in many industries, including agriculture, aquaculture and food service. While at Dickinson, she co-founded the Penn State Agricultural Law Society. She also is active in the livestock industry, serving on several committees and boards at the state and local levels. She serves on the Agricultural Law Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and remains an active volunteer for the College of Agricultural Sciences.

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Last Updated October 11, 2011