Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman has announced Thomas J. Jackson of Beltsville, Md., a U.S. Department of Agriculture hydrologist and international expert on hydrologic remote sensing, has been named “Distinguished Senior Research Scientist of 2002” by USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS). The award is the top scientific honor given by ARS, the internal scientific research agency of USDA.

Jackson works at the ARS Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory at Beltsville.Jackson and other ARS scientists will be recognized in an awards ceremony today at ARS' Henry A. Wallace Beltsville Agricultural Research Center. Each winner receives a plaque, a cash award and additional research funding.

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Joseph Stanley Bailey, Ed Cleveland and Susan Moran were also named as outstanding senior research scientists of 2002. Bailey is at the agency's Poultry Microbiological Safety Research Unit in Athens, Ga., Cleveland leads research at the ARS Food and Feed Safety Research Unit in New Orleans, La., and Moran leads research at ARS' Southwest Watershed Research Center, Tucson, Ariz.

Bailey is being recognized for accomplishments in microbiological methods, pathogen control and technology transfer. Cleveland is being honored for his leadership in the fight to eliminate aflatoxins and other natural toxins from corn, cotton, wheat and other crops. Moran is being cited for leadership and research contributions in developing computer models and remote-sensing techniques for improved land use and water management.