Barbara Ohlendorf retires
Principal Editor Barbara Ohlendorf retired June 29 after 28 years with UC IPM. Many know Ohlendorf from her role as coordinator of the UC IPM Pest Management Guidelines publications series. Working with many UC ANR authors, she coordinated revisions of 44 different crop guidelines.
Coordinating the guidelines is an intense task requiring good people, organization, and scrupulous editing and writing skills. Before concentrating on the pest management guidelines, Ohlendorf revised several manuals such as Integrated Pest Management for Almonds, Integrated Pest Management for Apples and Pears, Integrated Pest Management for Cotton, and Integrated Pest Management for Rice. She also was the first to help coordinate the Pest Notes series for urban clientele.
As a testament to her generosity and work ethic, she was a recipient of the 2009 Common Threads award, which recognized her contribution to both the local community and agriculture. In retirement, she plans to keep swimming, finish her internship to attain her Marriage and Family Therapist license, and relax in her backyard hammock.
Ohlendorf earned a bachelor’s degree in art education from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a master’s degree in entomology from the University of Maryland, College Park. She developed pest management manuals for crops grown in the Mid-Atlantic states prior to coming to UC IPM in 1982.
Ed Morgan retires
.After serving nearly 29 years with UC IPM, Programmer Ed Morgan retired June 29.
Morgan joined UC IPM to help develop the original online IPM computer system. IMPACT was the first to give ANR employees access to plant and pest models, weather data, calculators, mail and news, plus other programming tools.
In the mid-1980s Morgan helped solve the technical challenges that would open up the system to computer users who were beginning to have modems. In the mid-1990s, he was part of the team that converted the entire system to the Web, where it could be more available to anyone, anywhere. He used his strong analytical and programming skills to create and give users access to complex databases, including the UC IPM weather database, California pesticide use data summaries, and an interactive version of the USDA program that determines water quality risks from pesticides, among other projects.
Morgan earned his bachelor’s degree in physics from UC Davis and worked on campus in the computer center and Agricultural Economics department. Before returning to UC in 1981, he worked at ROLM Corporation. An avid aeromodeler, Morgan plans to spend as much time as possible flying remote-controlled model aircraft and camping, when he can get away from all those chores that he and his family have been saving.
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