University of Wisconsin college names Ricke a Distinguished Alumnus
By Fred Miller
U of A System Division of Agriculture
- Steven Ricke is director of the Division of Agriculture’s Center for Food Safety
- UW College of Agricultural and Life Sciences names Ricke Distinguished Alumnus
- Recognizes outstanding service to communities, career fields and people
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Steven C. Ricke, professor of food science for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, has been named a Distinguished Alumnus by the University of Wisconsin College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.
Ricke is the Donald “Buddy” Wray Endowed Chair in Food Safety and director of the Division of Agriculture’s Center for Food Safety. He is also a faculty member of the food science department of the Division of Agriculture and Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences, and the Cellular and Molecular Graduate program at the University of Arkansas.
Ricke’s research program in the division’s Arkansas Agriculture Experiment Station is primarily focused on Salmonella, with projects spanning nearly 15 years, emphasizing studies on growth, survival and pathogenesis of the pathogen during food animal production and processing.
The award was presented during a recognition banquet Oct. 17 by Kate Vandenbosch, dean and director of the UW College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.
Each year since 2009 the University of Wisconsin-Madison college recognizes alumni who have demonstrated outstanding service to their communities, chosen career fields and citizens of their state and country. Ricke was recognized for his lifetime research and academic achievements in the field of food safety.
Ricke earned his Ph.D. in a double major in bacteriology and animal sciences. Before that, he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
His Ph.D. dissertation on the cattle rumen organism Selenomonas ruminantium yielded ten publications
After completing his doctoral degree, Ricke did postdoctoral work for USDA-ARS at North Carolina State University on the genetics of the nitrogen fixing organism Azotobacter vinelandii, which trained him in the molecular tools he needed to pursue basic research on foodborne pathogens.
Ricke served on the faculty of Texas A&M University’s department of poultry science for over a decade before becoming the Wray Endowed Chair in Food Safety at the University of Arkansas. As director of the Division of Agriculture’s Center of Food Safety, Ricke’s work focuses on food microbiology research in poultry and food production systems.
The UW-CALS Distinguished Alumnus award recognizes his publication of nearly 400 peer-reviewed research papers and numerous service roles as an editor and editorial board member of scientific journals and editor or co-editor of academic-based books.
Ricke was also acknowledged for his mentoring efforts to instill the importance of combining quality research with well-developed writing and publication skills in all of the students and postdoctorates he has advised over his academic career. As a result, many have become successful faculty members in their own right at universities both in the United States and abroad.
To learn more about Division of Agriculture research, visit the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station website: https://aaes.uark.edu. Follow us on Twitter at @ArkAgResearch and Instagram at ArkAgResearch.
About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
Media Contact: Fred Miller
U of A System Division of Agriculture
Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station