Lawrence, KS (PRWEB) February 07, 2012
This week the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) honored more than 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 Waikoloa, Hawaii.
“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 Michael Barrett, Ph.D., outgoing president of WSSA and host of the award ceremonies.
New WSSA Fellows. The organization presented its highest recognition – the Fellow award – to three weed scientists:
Outstanding Extension Award. WSSA honored A. Stanley Culpepper, Ph.D., professor in crop and soil science at the University of Georgia. Culpepper is actively involved in weed science extension programs involving cotton, vegetable and small grain weeds, as well as in applied weed management research. He is frequently published and has spoken at nearly 400 county grower meetings throughout Georgia. Culpepper was the first extension expert to win the EPA’s Montreal Protocol Award for the preservation of the ozone layer.
Outstanding Teacher Award. WSSA honored Gregory MacDonald, Ph.D., a professor of weed science and agronomy at the University of Florida. In 2005 MacDonald expanded his weed science courses to include an online format, allowing him to reach students throughout the state of Florida and beyond. His research focuses on the physiology, ecology and management of invasive species, especially perennial grasses and cogongrass.
Outstanding Research Award. WSSA honored Prasanta C. Bhowmik, Ph.D., a professor of weed science at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. His research focuses on weed biology, allelopathy and invasive species, perennial weed control and integrated weed management in field crops and turfgrass. Bhowmik has made more than 500 presentations in 22 countries around the world and has authored numerous peer-reviewed papers, extension articles, abstracts and reports. He is a WSSA Fellow.
Outstanding Early Career Weed Scientist Award. WSSA honored Shawn Askew, Ph.D., an assistant professor and extension specialist in turfgrass weed science at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Va. Both Askew and his students are very active in WSSA, as well as the Southwest and Northeast regional weed science societies. In fact, they have presented at every meeting over the past decade.
Outstanding Paper Awards. WSSA honored the following individuals for published papers:
Outstanding Graduate Student Award. WSSA honored Sam Wortman, a Ph.D. candidate in agronomy at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Wortman is currently studying the effects of cover crop diversity and alternative termination methods on weed suppression and community composition, soil properties and crop performance.
Outstanding Reviewer Awards. WSSA honored the following individuals for their review of scientific papers:
Honorary Member Award. WSSA selected the husband and wife team of Carol and Jerry Baskin for honorary membership in the society. Both are professors at University of Kentucky. Their book Seeds: Ecology, Biogeography, and Evolution of Dormancy and Germination (Academic Press, 1998; paperback, 2001), received the New York Botanical Garden Henry Allan Gleason Award. They also have published more than 450 papers and book chapters.
About the Weed Science Society of America
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.