LAWRENCE, Kansas (PRWEB) February 05, 2013
This week the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) honored nearly two dozen individuals for their outstanding contributions to the field of weed science. The awards were presented during the organization’s annual meeting, held this year in Baltimore, Md.
“These are true innovators from academia, government and private industry who are making a significant mark on our profession through their research, teaching, publishing and outreach,” said Rodney Lym, Ph.D., president of WSSA and host of the award ceremonies.
Among the award winners were:
New WSSA Fellows. The organization presented its highest recognition – the Fellow award – to three weed scientists:
Outstanding Extension Award. WSSA honored William S. Curran, Ph.D., professor at Penn State University. Curan is responsible for statewide weed management education for agronomic crops. He has developed many educational materials and regularly speaks at statewide, regional, and county meetings and workshops. He conducts research on herbicide evaluation, weed biology and ecology, integrated weed management, weed management in conservation tillage systems and managing weeds in organic crop production systems.
Outstanding Teacher Award. WSSA honored William K. Vencill, Ph.D., a weed scientist with the Crop and Soil Sciences Department at the University of Georgia. Vencill conducts research in herbicide physiology, herbicide persistence and weed management. He is undergraduate coordinator for Crop and Soil Sciences and teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels on a wide variety of weed science topics – from an introductory weed science to herbicide physiology.
Outstanding Graduate Student Award. WSSA honored Angela R. Post, a Ph.D. candidate at Virginia Tech. Her current research involves control of silvery thread moss (Bryum argenteum) on golf course putting greens. Post has authored or co-authored seven peer reviewed publications, a book chapter and 30 scientific abstracts. She has presented her research at two international meetings and is an active part of Virginia Tech’s turfgrass weed science extension program. She is nearing completion of her Ph.D. and intends to continue working in the field of weed science.
Outstanding Research Award. WSSA honored Dale L. Shaner, Ph.D., who has conducted research in university, industry and government settings. He is currently with the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, where he conducts research on weed management under deficit irrigation. Shaner helped establish the intercompany Herbicide Resistance Action Committee and has been active in herbicide resistance management for ALS inhibitors and glyphosate. He is a former WSSA president and board member and was elected a WSSA Fellow in 2000.
Outstanding Early Career Weed Scientist. WSSA honored Scott McElroy, Ph.D., an associate professor at Auburn University, whose research focuses on weed management in turfgrass and on herbicide resistant weed species. McElroy is currently an elected board member of the European Turfgrass Society. He regularly collaborates with researchers in other countries and speaks both nationally and internationally on weed management. He is an associate editor for Weed Technology and serves as a reviewer for Weed Science, Agronomy Journal, Crop Science, HortScience, and HortTechnology.
Outstanding Industry Award. WSSA honored Steven R. Gylling, Ph.D., CEO of Gylling Data Management. Gylling and his wife Fran created software to standardize how data is handled for weed research trials and for efficacy trials in crop protection and agronomy. The software is currently used by more than 7,500 clients in 75 countries and nearly 1,000 institutions, and it has been translated into 11 languages. Gylling is active in WSSA and has chaired its Computer Applications Committee. He has participated as an exhibitor or presenter at more than 150 meetings globally to discuss computerized data management.
Outstanding Paper Awards. WSSA honored the following individuals for published papers:
Outstanding Reviewer Awards. WSSA honored the following individuals for their review of scientific papers:
The Weed Science Society of America, a nonprofit scientific society, was founded in 1956 to encourage and promote the development of knowledge concerning weeds and their impact on the environment. The Weed Science Society of America promotes research, education and extension outreach activities related to weeds, provides science-based information to the public and policy makers, fosters awareness of weeds and their impact on managed and natural ecosystems, and promotes cooperation among weed science organizations across the nation and around the world. For more information, visit http://www.wssa.net.