Lawrence, Kansas (PRWEB) February 05, 2014
This week the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) honored nearly three 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 Vancouver, Canada.
“We’re proud to honor true innovators who are making a significant mark on our profession through their research, teaching, publishing and outreach,” said Jim Kells, Ph.D., president of WSSA.
New Fellows. WSSA presented the Fellow award – its highest recognition – to:
Honorary Member Award. WSSA honored Per Kudsk, Ph.D., of Aarhus University in Denmark – a professor, head of Crop Health and deputy head of the Department of Agroecology. Trained as a weed scientist, Kudsk is actively involved in both national and international research projects on integrated weed management. He represents Denmark on the European Plant Protection Council Working Party on Plant Protection Products and on the OECD Expert Group on integrated pest management. In 2012 he chaired the Scientific Committee of the International Weed Science Congress in China. He is a former president of the European Weed Research Society and a member of the editorial boards of the journals Weed Research, Pest Management Science and Journal of Plant Protection Research. He also is member of the Danish Strategic Research Council’s Food, Health and Welfare program committee.
Outstanding Extension Award. WSSA honored Russell R. Hahn, Ph.D., a member of the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at Cornell University. Hahn is responsible for field crop weed science extension and applied research in New York State. He has been recognized for his extension outreach efforts by the New York State Association of County Agricultural Agents. He also received the 2013 College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Research and Extension Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach. Hahn is a past president of the Northeast Weed Science Society and is a WSSA Fellow.
Outstanding Teacher Award. WSSA honored Peter Dotray, Ph.D., a professor and extension weed specialist with three organizations: Texas Tech University, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service - Lubbock. Dotray teaches graduate and undergraduate courses, conducts weed control research in crops and serves as an extension weed specialist for 20 counties on the Texas Southern High Plains. He also has served as an advisor for 33 graduate students. He has given 84 presentations at professional meetings and conducted 631 seminars and presentations at grower meetings. He also has authored or coauthored 573 abstracts and proceedings, articles and book chapters.
Outstanding Graduate Student Award. WSSA honored Erin Haramoto, a Ph.D. candidate at Michigan State University. Haramoto’s research focuses on weed population dynamics, nitrogen loss and profitability in strip-tilled vegetable systems. She has authored or co-authored 10 publications in refereed journals and has presented her research at 10 conferences. She also has given many extension talks during field days and grower meetings. Haramoto has worked as a teaching assistant and as a guest lecturer on weed management. She now is helping to organize an annual Plant Science Graduate Student Research Symposium.
Outstanding Research Award. WSSA honored K. Neil Harker, Ph.D., part of the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada team at Lacombe, AB. Harker has studied the impact of herbicides on weeds and crop yields, weed biology and the impact of adjuvants on herbicide activity. His current research focuses on integrated weed management, competitive crop stands, production and sustainability of canola and barley, weed interactions with insects, and cropping system impacts on soil microorganisms. Harker has published 166 refereed journal articles and 12 book chapters. He is a WSSA Fellow.
Outstanding Early Career Weed Scientist. WSSA honored Bradley D. Hanson, Ph.D., a cooperative extension specialist at the University of California at Davis. His statewide research and extension program focuses on weed management in orchards and vineyards, management and physiology of herbicide-resistant weeds, and methyl bromide alternative soil fumigants in nursery and orchard systems. While earning his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, Hanson researched herbicidal weed control and crop safety in dryland cereal/legume farming systems and the risks of gene flow from herbicide-resistant wheat.
Outstanding Industry Award. WSSA honored Carol Somody, Ph.D., a pesticide stewardship and safety education manager at Syngenta. Somody is responsible for programs in pesticide stewardship and safety education, integrated pest management and resistance management. She has served on the WSSA Public Awareness Committee since its formation in 2007, most recently as committee chair. She currently co-leads the National Stakeholder Team for Pesticide Safety Education Program Funding. She also is industry coordinator of the Pesticide Environmental Stewardship (PES) website and serves on the Board of the Pesticide Safety Education Program Improvement and Modernization Initiative (PSEP IMI).
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:
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.