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ASEV Platform – August 4, 2020

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Patty Skinkis Confirmed as President for 2020-2021

As of July 1, Dr. Patty Skinkis, Viticulture Extension Specialist and Professor at Oregon State University (OSU), has been confirmed as the 2020-2021 president. She succeeds Kristen Barnhisel, winemaker for white wines at J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines. Dr. Skinkis will lead ASEV’s 12-member board.

Dr. Skinkis spends most of her time developing and delivering research information and educational outreach materials for the commercial winegrape industry in Oregon. As part of her viticulture program at OSU, Dr. Skinkis conducts applied research that impacts the commercial winegrape industry and contributes to the broader knowledge of grapevine physiology and vineyard sustainability. She teaches an upper-division viticulture course in the Department of Horticulture. Some of her outreach efforts include building community between industry members and researchers through technical groups to allow information exchange that drives research and innovations.

“I am pleased to be serving as ASEV president during these trying times. The challenges provide us with opportunities to change as a society and envision a new reality that may better serve the industry and the culture of scientific exchange long-term,” says Skinkis.

In addition to Patty Skinkis, the board’s Executive Committee for 2020-2021 includes: Tom Collins, assistant professor at the Wine Science Center, Washington State University, Tri-Cities, first vice president; R. Keith Striegler, grower outreach specialist of E. & J. Gallo Winery, California, second vice president; and Merilark Padgett-Johnson of the Natural Resources Department at Santa Rosa Junior College, California, secretary-treasurer. Continuing on with their board positions are Markus Keller, professor and Chateau Ste. Michelle distinguished professor in viticulture at the Department of Horticulture, Washington State University, Prosser, Washington, as the ASEV science editor, and James Harbertson, associate professor of enology at the Wine Science Center, Washington State University, Tri-Cities, as the technical program director. Current directors include Torey Arvik, Sonomaceuticals/WholeVine Products, California; Anna Katharine Mansfield, Cornell University, New York; Michelle Moyer, Washington State University, Prosser; and James Osborne, Oregon State University. New incoming ASEV directors include Kristen Barnhisel, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, California, and Federico Casassa, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. For a full board list, click here.

For the full press release and to read more about this, click here.

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50 Students Received ASEV Scholarships in 2020

ASEV is proud to announce that 50 scholarship recipients received a total of $107,500 in financial support for their pursuit of scientific research and advancement in enology or viticulture.

Rachel Allison Two of the scholarship recipients, Rachel Allison (Enology) from Cornell University, New York [top photo], and Jaclyn Fiola (Viticulture) from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg [bottom photo], received the ASEV Presidents’ Award for Scholarship in Enology and Viticulture, our top scholarships. Allison and Fiola were awarded with $12,500 each for exceeding expectations of the traditional ASEV scholarship program as well as demonstrating their leadership capacity.

Jaclyn Fiola Forty-eight students throughout the United States and Canada received the traditional scholarship for a total of $82,500. For a full list of the scholarship recipients, click here.

Thanks to the ASEV Scholarship Committee, chaired by Chandra Richter of Drinkworks in Vermont, for the hard work of reviewing all the applications and for the challenge of deciding who receives the scholarships. For a list of committee members, click here.

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ASEV Best Student Video Presentation Award Winners

logo for Lallemand Congratulations to this year’s Best Student Presentation Award winners! Due to the National Conference being canceled this year, ASEV had to find other ways to continue with the student activities and presentations that are normally held during the conference. This year, students were required to submit a video to be considered for the Best Student Presentation Awards, and with Lallemand’s generous sponsorship, we were able to award six students. All the winning videos can be viewed here.

This year’s winners are as follows:



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Upcoming Webinars: Extension Distinction Award & AJEV Best Enology Paper

Mark your calendars for these August webinars:

Michelle Moyer ASEV Extension Distinction Award Presentation

Wednesday, August 5 | 9:00 am – 10:00 am (PDT)

Land Grants and Grapes: Traditional Approaches for Modern Extension Programs,” presented by Dr. Michelle Moyer, Washington State University, Prosser.


Dominik Durner AJEV Best Enology Paper Presentation 

Wednesday, August 19 | 9:00 am – 9:45 am (PDT)

“Distribution of Yeast Cells, Temperature and Fermentation By-Products in White Wine Fermentations” (2020 Best Paper Award for Enology), presented by Dominik Durner of Dienstleistungszentrum Ländlicher Raum (DLR), Rheinpfalz, Germany.

Webinars are free to ASEV members and $50 for non-members for each webinar. For more information and to register for one or all webinars, visit ASEV’s webinar events’ page.


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We recommend using the navigation menu or the following links to browse for information on our Board of Directors and committees. These resources will help introduce you to a range of professional volunteer opportunities to consider. If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the volunteer form and let us know how you want to become involved in ASEV.

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Showcase Your Job Openings to Industry Members

Did you know that you can announce an academic or industry technical position on the ASEV job board? This feature is available to all industry members.  

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ASEV is committed to providing resources for lifelong learning and professional growth. ASEV offers access to decades of peer-reviewed research, videos on-demand, free webinars and discounted fees to ASEV-sponsored professional development events, such as the Unified Symposium and the ASEV National Conference. But more importantly, ASEV nurtures future leaders and fosters a professional community. Join us by clicking here or call us at (530) 753-3142. 

zelma long Zelma Long, Winemaking Partner at Vilafonté:

“I believe that an ASEV membership is essential to having a fully rounded and grounded wine/vine career. I wanted to work at the top of my profession, and ASEV facilitated that in many ways.”