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Larry Murdock and Barry Pittendrigh Join the Millionaire's Club

September 28, 2007

left to right: Co-Investigators Larry Murdock, Jess Lowenberg-DeBoer, Barry Pittendrigh, and Principal Investigator Joan Fulton

Larry Murdock and Barry Pittendrigh were recognized at the 2nd Annual Millionaire’s Club Award ceremony on September 28, 2007 for their work in bringing home one of the biggest single grant in the College of Agriculture and the biggest ever in the Department of Entomology.  Murdock and Pittendrigh, along with their colleagues, were awarded and signed a contract with the Gates Foundation for $11.4 million over the next 5 years to implement post harvest pest management of the cowpea weevil in West Africa. Dean Woodson presented plaques to each team member and their names will be listed on the Millionaire’s Club Board in the main hallway of the Agricultural Administration Building. The Millionaire’s Club was established for College of Agriculture personnel who have been awarded a grant of $1 million or more. 

Additional recognition was made by the University at a special luncheon for the Seeds of Success Award, a program established in 2003 for faculty who receive a sponsored research grant of $1 million or more. Each award recipient was presented with a bronze acorn, engraved with their name. The award group will be honored by having a tree planted on campus with a plaque to recognize their accomplishments.

College of Agriculture 2006-07 Sponsored Program Awards over $1,000,000