Leading the way in pesticide safety education

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When it comes to cockroaches and other creepy-crawlies, our tendency is to take aim with the strongest and quickest chemicals available, or to call the pros in hopes they will unleash their extensive arsenal. Luckily for us, there are people like Dan Wixted working behind the scenes to ensure homeowners and professionals alike are also equipped with clear, concise and engaging information about how to apply pesticides safely and correctly.

Wixted ‘82, extension support specialist with Cornell’s Pesticide Safety Education Program since 2002, has been named an American Association of Pesticide Safety Educators (AAPSE) Fellow, the highest honor in his field.

Wixted (pictured, right, with AAPSE president Michael Weaver) was credited with being a gifted writer who has used his considerable talent and background in biology to revamp state and national training manuals, exams, brochures and other materials.

"Dan was an early leader who inspired many of his colleagues, including me, on the importance of quality educational materials, a feat that deserves significant recognition," wrote one nominator from Nebraska.. "His efforts have impacted virtually all PSEP programs across the country."

Wixted’s colleague, extension specialist Ron Gardner, was also recently honored with the Emmett R. Gauhn Memorial Award from the New York State Association for Food Protection

And alumna Joanne Kick-Raack ‘77 was named an Ohio Agriculture Woman of the Year, in recognition of her work as the state director for the Pesticide Safety Education Program at The Ohio State University Extension.

Today in History for 9th September 2014

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Today in History for 9th September 2014
Historical Events

1776 - Congress officially renames the country as the United States of America (Was the United Colonies)
1817 - Alexander Lucius Twilight, probably 1st black to graduate from US college, receives BA degree at Middlebury College
1942 - Compulsory work for women, children and old males in Batavia
1962 - WNYS (now WIXT) TV channel 9 in Syracuse, NY (ABC) begins broadcasting
1986 - Minn Tommy Krammer passes for 6 touchdowns vs Green Bay (42-7)
1990 - Oakland beats NY 7-3 to complete a 12-game sweep of Yankees this year

More Historical Events »

Famous Birthdays

1878 - Sergio Osmeña, 4th President of the Philippines (d. 1961)
1898 - Frank “Fordham Flash” Frisch, NYC, baseball player (NL MVP 1931)
1926 - Yusuf al-Qaradawi, prominent Egypt Muslim cleric
1960 - Hugh Grant, London England (4 Weddings and a Funeral, 9 Months)
1966 - Alison Sydor, Edmonton Alberta, x-ctry cyclist (Olympics-silver-96)
1978 - Mariano Puerta, Argentine tennis player

More Famous Birthdays »

Famous Deaths

1683 - Algernon Sidney, English Whig politician/plotter, beheaded
1913 - Count Paul J Smet de Naeyer, Belgian politician, dies
1978 - Hugh MacDiarmid, Scottish poet (b. 1892)
1996 - Bill Monroe, bluegrass vocalist (created bluegrass music), dies at 84
1996 - William Smith Monroe, bluegrass musician, dies at 84
2006 - Richard Burmer, American composer and musician (b. 1955)

More Famous Deaths »

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