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USU President Albrecht Honors Two Inaugural Professors

Utah State University President Stan Albrecht honored two university professors in the Department of Plants, Soils and Climate as part of the Inaugural Lecture Series, a program coordinated by the provost’s office, in February 2014. Brent Black and Scott Jones presented for the series that highlights the accomplishments of faculty who have been promoted to full professor.

Brent Black

Black is a professor of pomology who presented “A Pomological Pathway to Professorship” at President Albrecht’s home. While completing his undergraduate degree in plant and soil science at Utah State University, he became interested in fruit trees. Black pursued graduate studies in plant physiology and pomology at Michigan State University, Oregon State University and University of Maryland at College Park. After graduating, Black spent six years studying how the physiology of berry crops were affected by crop management practices for the United States Department of Agriculture’s Beltsville Agricultural Research Center. His is now developing and adapting technologies that will help maintain the viability of the Utah tree- and small-fruit industries.

Black received the Paul H. Shepard Award from the American Pomological Society for best research paper and Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year for the College of Agriculture in 2010-11. He is also a member of the American Pomological Society, American Society for Horticultural Science, International Society for Horticultural Science, Utah State Horticulture Association and the Utah Berry Growers Association.

Scott Jones

Jones, who presented “Academic Synergy: Making Friends and Playing Well” at President Albrecht’s home, is a professor of environmental soil physics. Jones received a bachelor’s degree in irrigation engineering and a doctorate in soil science from Utah State University. After graduate school, Jones spent 18 months in Israel as a postdoctoral associate in the Volcani Center. He then returned to Logan and has spent the remainder of his career working his way through academic ranks. Some highlights from Jones’ career include flying in more than 300 parabolic flight parabolas on NASA’s zero-gravity aircraft, acting as science lead on two International Space Station experiments and developing new instruments and sensors for use in soils and porous media.

Jones received the 2013 Faculty Researcher of the Year Award, Wilford R. and Marjorie C. Gardner Junior Faculty Travel Fellowship, 2008 Undergraduate Mentor of the Year Award and more. He has also been part of review panels for the 2012 National Science Foundation, 2012 Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund and 2008 USDA-NRI Proposal Review.

Related links:
USU Plant, Soils and Climate Department

USU College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences

Contact: Kim Doyle, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, 435-797-1167,

Writer: Kelsey Richardson,

USU Inaugural Professor Brent Black with group

Brent Black (center) at his Inaugural Professor Lecture, with (from left to right) USU Vice President and Provost Noelle Cockett, Charlene Black, USU First Lady Joyce Albrecht and College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences Dean Ken White.

USU Inaugural Professor Scott Jones and group

Scott Jones (center) and (from left to right) USU Vice President and Provost Noelle Cockett, Teresa Jones, USU President Stan Albrecht and College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences Dean Ken White.


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