On July 1, ASEV confirmed Nichola Hall of Scott Laboratories as the 2016-2017 Board president. She succeeds Mark Greenspan of Advanced Viticulture, Inc. to lead ASEV’s 11-member board.
Nichola currently serves as a technical consultant for all areas of enology with a particular focus on fermentation management, microbial nutrition, wine microbiology and analysis, and winery hygiene at Scott Laboratories. She’s been an ASEV member since 2003 and has served on numerous committees, including the Best Paper Awards Committee, Early Career Members Committee, Membership Committee, Exhibitor Advisory Committee, Nominating Committee and Best Student Paper Award Committee. She’s been a presenter and moderator at the National Conference and an invited speaker at national and international meetings. Nichola also serves on the American Vineyard Foundation Grant Management Committee and is a published author in international and trade publications.
Along with Nichola, ASEV has confirmed James Harbertson of Washington State University, Tri-Cities, as first vice president. Harbertson is also continuing as interim technical program director. We welcome our newly elected board members Merilark Padgett-Johnson from Santa Rosa Junior College as a new director and John Thorngate of Constellation Brands as second vice president. TomCollins of Washington State University, Tri-Cities, was elected for a second term as secretary-treasurer. Board members continuing their current terms are: ASEV Science Editor Markus Keller of Washington State University, Prosser; Directors Lise Asimont of Francis Ford Coppola Presents; Kay Bogart and Anita Oberholster, both from the University of California, Davis; Patty Skinkis of Oregon State University, Corvallis; and Hans Walter-Peterson of Cornell Cooperative Extension, New York.
The Society has been a big supporter of building up a new generation of professionals in the fields of enology and viticulture. Many professional members, including our past president Mark Greenspan, were once recipients of ASEV scholarships. This year, the Board raised the total scholarship amount given to students from $75,000 to $100,000. Join us in congratulating the 28 scholarship recipients from throughout the country, with special recognition to Jacob Uretsky of the University of California, Davis, for receiving the ASEV Michael Vail Scholarship.
The ASEV Board has also approved a new showcase scholarship program, named the ASEV President’s Award for Scholarship in Enology/Viticulture, beginning the 2017-2018 academic year. One enology and one viticulture student will be awarded scholarships (for a total of $25,000) for exceeding expectations of what is typically required. More information will be available online detailing the criteria and expectations for this new scholarship. All scholarship applications are due March 1 each year.
At the National Conference in Monterey, ASEV recognized enology and viticulture students for their oral, poster, and flash talk presentations. Congratulations to the following award winners:
Viticulture: Eric Gale for Grapevine Root Cold Hardiness (Major Professor: Michelle Moyer, Washington State University, Prosser)
Enology: Courtney Tanabe for Method Optimization for Total Arsenic Analysis in Wines using HG-MP-AES (Major Professor: Sue E. Ebeler, University California, Davis)
Viticulture: Timothy Weber for Effect of Various Levels of Biochar and Compost on Growth of Valvin Muscat Grapevines in a Controlled Environment (Major Professor: Arianna Bozzolo, University of Missouri, Columbia)
Enology: Zachary Cartwright for Analysis of Brettanomyces bruxellensis Penetration Depths in Different Types of Oak Barrel Stave (Major Professor: Charles Edwards, Washington University, Prosser)
Viticulture: Joseph Schmidt for The Impacts of Cluster Thinning and Cluster-zone Leaf Removal on the Hormone Dynamics of Ripening Pinot noir Berries (Major Professor: Laurent Deluc, Oregon State University, Corvallis)
Enology: Sydney Morgan for Sulfur Dioxide Addition Alters Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Populations and Wine Sensory Characteristics in Spontaneous Fermentations (Major Professor: Daniel Durall, University of British Columbia, Canada)
Still high from the buzz at Monterey, the National Conference had many attendees talking about the networking opportunities and different programs offered at this year’s event. Despite some construction, that small inconvenience didn’t deter attendees from checking out the supplier displays that were in high demand this year and for early career members to eat breakfast and get professional development tips from mentors. To see some of the activities from the National Conference, click on this link for photos. Audio recordings are now available for purchase. Videos are available for free for ASEV members and can be accessed here.
The next conference will be held in Bellevue, Washington, on June 26-29, 2017.
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