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Nelson J. Shaulis Award Goes to Two Cornell Students at Geneva


By Lianne Barry

David Bower
David Bower

David Bower and Michael Tracy (see student focus), both students in the department of horticulture at Cornell University, have been named the recipients of the Nelson J. Shaulis Advancement of Viticulture for 2010 Summer Research Scholarship Award. Both have been working this summer in Dr. Alan Lakso's grape physiology program at Geneva.

The award was established in 1978 to honor then retiring viticulturist Nelson J. Shaulis, who pioneered research in grapevine physiology, integrated management systems, and vineyard mechanization. The goal of the scholarship is to encourage students to enter the field of viticulture as a career by directly working with Cornell grape research and extension faculty.

"I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity," said Tracy, who will concentrate in enology but believes "a rigorous understanding of viticulture is crucial to producing high-quality wines."

"We want to make the Finger Lakes and New York state known for wine production," said Bower, who was "beyond excited for the program," upon hearing of his scholarship award.

Lianne Barry is a summer intern with CALS Communication at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva.