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Communicators Win ACE Awards

May 09, 2015 John Stumbos University of California, Davis
Two CA&ES communicators receive Association for Communication Excellence awards.
Communicators Win ACE Awards

Diane Nelson (left) and Kathy Keatley Garvey will receive their awards in June at the ACE conference in Charleston, S.C. (UC Davis)

Two communicators from the UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences have won a total of five awards from the Association for Communication Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Life and Human Sciences (ACE).

Kathy Keatley Garvey, communications specialist with the Department of Entomology and Nematology, won a gold award in “Writing for Newspapers;” a silver award for “Writing for the Web;” and bronze awards for two photographs.

Diane Nelson, senior writer with the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ Dean’s Office, won a gold award for promotional writing. Her article, “When Good Oil Goes Bad,” looks at the award-winning team of UC Davis students who built a biosensor to help ensure olive oil quality for producers, retailers, and consumers.

Garvey's article for best news writing featured forensic entomologist Robert Kimsey's plans for a field trip to Alcatraz, a day that happened to fall on Super Bowl Sunday. Her silver award for web writing - “What’s for Lunch?” - focused on a lady beetle eating aphids. She received bronze awards for a photo of a praying mantis eating a western tiger swallowtail and another photo of participants at the 2014 “Bugs and Beer” event sponsored by the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science.

Nelson and Garvey will receive their awards at the ACE conference in June in Charleston, S.C. To learn more about these stories, photos, and the awards, read Garvey’s blog post in Entomology and Nematology News.

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