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Weed Science Society of America Announces 2019 Award Winners

Weed Science Society of America - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 8:49am

WESTMINSTER, Colorado – February 12, 2019 – Yesterday 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 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

“This year’s honorees are actively spearheading innovations and advancing weed science through their research, teaching, publishing and outreach,” says Larry Steckel, 2019 annual meeting chair and incoming president of WSSA.   

2019 winners include:

FELLOW AWARDS (WSSA’S HIGHEST RECOGNITION)  

  • Adam S. Davis, Ph.D., University of Illinois
  • Dallas E. Peterson, Ph.D., Kansas State University

HONORARY WSSA MEMBER

  • Pedro Jacob Christoffoleti, Ph.D., University of Sao Paulo

OUTSTANDING EXTENSION AWARD  

  • Stephen F. Enloe, Ph.D., University of Florida   

OUTSTANDING RESEARCH AWARD

  • Bruce Maxwell, Ph.D., Montana State University  

OUTSTANDING TEACHER AWARD

  • Karen A. Renner, Ph.D., Michigan State University

OUTSTANDING PAPER AWARD, INVASIVE PLANT SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT

    • Matthew J. Rinella, U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service
    • Josh S. Davy, University of California Cooperative Extension
    • Guy B. Kyser, University of California-Davis
    • Fadzayi E. Mashiri, University of California Cooperative Extension
    • Susan E. Bellows, U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service
    • Jeremy J. James, UC Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center
    • Vanelle F. Peterson, Dow AgroSciences

OUTSTANDING PAPER AWARD, WEED SCIENCE

  • Andrew R. Kniss, Ph.D.,  University of Wyoming

OUTSTANDING PAPER AWARD, WEED TECHNOLOGY

  • Michael J. Walsh, Ph.D., University of Sydney
  • John C. Broster, Ph.D., Charles Sturt University
  • Stephen B. Powles, Ph.D., University of Western Australia

OUTSTANDING GRADUATE STUDENT AWARD

  • Thomas (Tommy) R. Butts, Ph.D. candidate, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

OUTSTANDING EARLY CAREER WEED SCIENTIST

  • Todd Gaines, Ph.D., Colorado State University

OUTSTANDING INDUSTRY AWARD

  • Rakesh Jain, Ph.D., Syngenta Crop Protection

OUTSTANDING REVIEWER AWARDS

  • Paul Tseng, Ph.D., Mississippi State University (for Weed Science)
  • Caleb Dalley, Ph.D., North Dakota State University (for Weed Technology)
  • Jacob Barney, Ph.D., Virginia Tech (for Invasive Plant Science and Management)

PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD

  • Donn Schilling, Ph.D. University of Georgia

EXCELLENCE IN JOURNALISM AWARD

  • This year WSSA introduced a new Excellence in Journalism award to recognize individuals whose outstanding news coverage increases public understanding of weeds and their impact. The first recipient is Pamela Cole Smith, crops technology editor with DTN/The Progressive Farmer.

Biographical sketches of the winners are available in the 2019 annual meeting awards program, posted online on the WSSA website:  http://wssa.net/2019/02/weed-science-society-of-america-announces-2019-award-winners/

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 Society 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 www.wssa.net.

Press Contact:

Lee Van Wychen  

Executive Director of Science Policy

National & Regional Weed Science Societies

Lee.VanWychen@wssa.net

202-746-4686

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Weed Science Society of America Announces 2019 Award Winners

Weed Science Society of America - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 6:46am

WESTMINSTER, Colorado – February 12, 2019 – Yesterday 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 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

“This year’s honorees are actively spearheading innovations and advancing weed science through their research, teaching, publishing and outreach,” says Larry Steckel, 2019 annual meeting chair and incoming president of WSSA.   

2019 winners include: (see awardee biosketches here)

FELLOW AWARDS (WSSA’S HIGHEST RECOGNITION)  

  • Adam S. Davis, Ph.D., University of Illinois
  • Dallas E. Peterson, Ph.D., Kansas State University

HONORARY WSSA MEMBER

  • Pedro Jacob Christoffoleti, Ph.D., University of Sao Paulo

OUTSTANDING EXTENSION AWARD  

  • Stephen F. Enloe, Ph.D., University of Florida  

OUTSTANDING RESEARCH AWARD

  • Bruce Maxwell, Ph.D., Montana State University

OUTSTANDING TEACHER AWARD

  • Karen A. Renner, Ph.D., Michigan State University

OUTSTANDING PAPER AWARD, INVASIVE PLANT SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT

OUTSTANDING PAPER AWARD, WEED SCIENCE

OUTSTANDING PAPER AWARD, WEED TECHNOLOGY

 OUTSTANDING GRADUATE STUDENT AWARD

  • Thomas (Tommy) R. Butts, Ph.D. candidate, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

OUTSTANDING EARLY CAREER WEED SCIENTIST

  • Todd Gaines, Ph.D., Colorado State University

OUTSTANDING INDUSTRY AWARD

EXCELLENCE IN JOURNALISM AWARD

  • This year WSSA introduced a new Excellence in Journalism award to recognize individuals whose outstanding news coverage increases public understanding of weeds and their impact. The first recipient is Pamela Cole Smith, crops technology editor with DTN/The Progressive Farmer.

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 Society 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 www.wssa.net.

Press Contact:                                                         

Lee Van Wychen 
Executive Director of Science Policy
National & Regional Weed Science Societies
Lee.VanWychen@wssa.net
202-746-4686

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February’s National Pesticide Safety Education Month Highlights Nationwide Efforts to Promote Safe Pesticide Use

Weed Science Society of America - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 8:46am

WESTMINSTER, Colorado – February 1st, 2019 – The second annual National Pesticide Safety Education Month gets underway February 1st, to reinforce core principles of safe handling and use and to raise awareness of and support for the land-grant university Pesticide Safety Education Programs (PSEPs). The Weed Science Society of America (WSSA), American Phytopathological Society (APS) and Entomological Society of America (ESA) are among the many organizations promoting safe handling and use of pesticides and the important role of PSEPs. Pesticide safety is a must, whether the applicator is an unlicensed homeowner or certified in one or more of the federal or state categories of use.

“Every day, educators across the United States are helping individuals apply pesticides in the best way on a variety of sites,” says Lisa Blecker, University of California PSEP coordinator. “PSEPs serve consumers and the pesticide applicator industry, educating on the need for the safe use of pesticides in both the home and workplace,” explains Jon Johnson, Penn State University PSEP coordinator.

“There is a growing need for education on pesticides and proper use, especially newer technologies and how to avoid non-target injury,” observes Cecil Tharp, Montana State University PSEP coordinator. “Understanding all the available pest management tools and making the appropriate decisions are central to Integrated Pest Management,” adds Clyde Ogg, University of Nebraska PSEP coordinator.

“A dedicated National Pesticide Safety Education Month reinforces education before many pesticide users are getting ready to apply pesticides in the spring,” notes Mimi Rose, Ohio State University PSEP coordinator. Gene Merkl, Mississippi State University PSEP coordinator, sums it up – “Following the pesticide label and other pesticide regulations are absolute requirements.”

Visit the National Pesticide Safety Education Month webpage to see how many of the 24 types of pesticides you use, and review basic pesticide safety principles and key safety information from the label. Learn how hazard, toxicity, exposure, and risk management relate to the pesticide label and what to consider when hiring a pest management professional. Score your own pesticide safety practices; visit the website of your state’s Pesticide Safety Education Program, and more.

Organizations interested in becoming a sponsor are encouraged to complete and submit the appropriate sponsor commitment form located on the webpage. Current ‘Adopt-A-PSEP’ sponsors of 2019 National Pesticide Safety Education Month are Syngenta, Tessenderlo Kerley, Inc./NovaSource, and Valent U.S.A. LLC. Current government sponsors are the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

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 Society 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 www.wssa.net.

About the American Phytopathological Society
The American Phytopathological Society (APS) is a nonprofit, professional scientific organization. The research of the organization’s slightly less than 5,000 worldwide members advances the understanding of the science of plant pathology and its application to plant health. For more information, visit www.apsnet.org.

About the Entomological Society of America
The Entomological Society of America (ESA) is the largest organization in the world serving the professional and scientific needs of entomologists and people in related disciplines. Founded in 1889, ESA today has over 7,000 members affiliated with educational institutions, health agencies, private industry and government. Members are researchers, teachers, extension services personnel, administrators, marketing representatives, research technicians, consultants, students and hobbyists. For more information, visit www.entsoc.org.

Contact:
Lee Van Wychen
Executive Director of Science Policy
National & Regional Weed Science Societies
Lee.VanWychen@wssa.net
202-746-4686

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2019 Weed Science Society Meetings Focus on New Developments in Global Research, Education & Extension

Weed Science Society of America - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 7:46am

WESTMINSTER, Colorado – January 30, 2019 – Today the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) released further details on its 59th annual meeting, which is scheduled for February 11-14 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Scientists, students and educators from around the globe are expected to attend.

The opening session will feature an update on the International Weed Science Congress delivered by Chanya Maneechote from the Weed Science Society of Thailand. Mike Strain, commissioner of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture, will deliver the keynote address.

WSSA will offer six symposia this year. Topics include:

  • Herbicide banning: An international forum
  • Weed seeds, phytosanitary restrictions and trade implications
  • Understanding current status and implications of herbicide-resistant weeds in turfgrass, ornamental and nursery crops
  • An integrated weed management approach to addressing herbicide resistance in field crops
  • Long-term effects of urbanization on agricultural regulation
  • Weather and the environment: Understanding the basics to better address off-target pesticide movement

Other activities include a teaching workshop for those interested in weed science education and extension activities, a networking event for women in weed science, and a contest for the best poster or oral presentation by Master’s or Ph.D. students.

Upcoming Regional Meetings

Two regional weed science societies are also hosting annual meetings during the first quarter of 2019.

The Southern Weed Science Society (SWSS) will meet February 3-6 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. More than 100 talks and 120 paper presentations are planned on a wide range of topics – from herbicide resistance and the soil and environmental aspects of weed science to weed control in forests, agronomic crops, horticulture and turf. In addition, the event will feature a special symposium on new technologies in weed science.

The Western Society of Weed Science (WSWS) will meet March 11-14 in Denver, Colorado. Two symposia will be offered. A session on integrated pest management research in the West will focus on weed science research and extension efforts funded by the Western Integrated Pest Management Center. A second session will focus on rights-of-way and how to move beyond integrated vegetation management to integrated habitats.

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 Society 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 www.wssa.net.

 

Media Contact:

Lee Van Wychen

Executive Director of Science Policy

National & Regional Weed Science Societies

Lee.VanWychen@wssa.net

202-746-4686

 

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