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Three CALS alumns receive WAA Distinguished Alumni Awards

Three of eight University of Wisconsin-Madison alumni being honored by the Wisconsin Alumni Association with Distinguished Alumni Awards this year are CALS alumns.

The Distinguished Alumni Award celebrates outstanding UW-Madison graduates whose professional achievements, contributions to society and support of the university exemplify the Wisconsin Idea. This year’s honorees include alumni who have made significant impacts on an international level. These alumni will be recognized during Alumni Weekend in April and at the International Convocation on campus in July. More details are available at uwalumni.com/daa.

The CALS honorees are:

– Dennis Dimick MS’74, Arlington, Va.: Dimick is National Geographic Magazine’s executive editor for the environment. He’s served as picture editor for a dozen National Geographic books, and has overseen projects on energy and climate change that have been recognized by the Overseas Press Club, the Society of Environmental Journalists and Pictures of the Year International.

– Krishna Ella PhD’93, Hyderabad, India: A scientist turned entrepreneur, Ella is most notably a humanitarian, supplying affordable hepatitis vaccines to millions of people around the globe. His company, Bharat Biotech International, Ltd., has supplied 1.5 billion vaccine doses to more than 65 countries and has paved the way for many other biotech businesses in India.

– Aicardo Roa-Espinosa MS’85, PhD’89, Madison: President of Soil Net LLC, a global industry authority in the use of biodegradable polymers in agriculture, Roa-Espinosa was also the first president of Centro Hispano of Dane County. Today, he supports UW-Madison student researchers through his company’s work and is an honorary fellow of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

For more information, contact: Kate Dixon, (608) 265-8769, news@uwalumni.com.