Crop Science Society of America announces 2012 award recipients

August 29, 2012

MADISON, WI - Aug. 29, 2012 - The Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) announces the following 2012 awards that will be formally presented during their Annual Meetings, Oct. 21-24, 2012 in Cincinnati, OH.

Kenneth G. Cassman, University of Nebraska-Lincoln - CSSA Presidential Award: Ken Cassman is the Robert B. Daughertry Professor of Agronomy at the University of Nebraska, and Chair of the CGIAR Independent Science and Partnership Council. He received a B.S. degree from the University of California-San Diego, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Hawaii.

Bill Cox, Cornell University - Crop Science Extension Education Award: Bill Cox, Professor and Agronomist in the Crop and Soil Sciences Dep. at Cornell University, conducts the NY corn silage hybrid and soybean variety tests. He received a B.A. from Holy Cross, M.S. from Fresno State University, and Ph.D. from Oregon State University.

Ravi P. Singh, CIMMYT - Crop Science Research Award: Ravi Singh is Distinguished Scientist and Head of Bread Wheat Improvement at International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center in Mexico. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees from Banaras Hindu University, India, and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Sydney.

Charles A. [Chuck] Francis, University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Crop Science Teaching Award: Charles Francis is Professor of Agronomy and Horticulture, University ofNebraska Lincoln. He received a B.S. from University of California-Davis, M.S. and Ph.D. from Cornell University, and D.Sc. [Hons causas] from Helsinki University.

Darrell L. Hanavan, Colorado State University - CSSA Honorary Membership: Darrell L. Hanavan is Executive Director of the Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee, Colorado Association of Wheat Growers and Colorado Wheat Research Foundation. He received his B.A. from the UNCO and his M.A. from the University of Denver.

David Spooner, University of Wisconsin-Madison - Frank N. Meyer Medal for Plant Genetic Resources: David Spooner is a Research Botanist in the USDA Agricultural Research Service, with an appointment as Professor in the Horticulture Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received a Ph.D. degree from Ohio State University.

Leah A. Brilman, Seed Research of Oregon - Fred V. Grau Turfgrass Science Award: Leah Brilman is the Director of Research and Technical Services for Pickseed and Seed Research of Oregon . She received a B.S. degree from California State University Bakersfield, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from University of Arizona.

C L Laxmipathi Gowda, ICRISAT - International Service in Crop Science Award: C L Laxmipathi Gowda is Director of Grain Legumes Program at ICRISAT, Hyderabad, India. He received B.Sc (Ag.) from University of Agricultural Sciences, Bengaluru, and Ph.D. from Indian Agriculture Research Institute, New Delhi, India.

Gregory E. Welbaum, Virginia Tech - Seed Science Award: Gregory E. Welbaum is a Professor and Plant Biologist in the Department of Horticulture at Virginia Tech where he teaches and conducts research. He received his BS from Ohio State University and M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis.

Twain Butler, Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation - Young Crop Scientist Award: Twain Butler is an Associate Professor and Research Agronomist in the Forage Improvement Division at the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation. He received B.S. degree from Texas Tech University, M.S. degree from Oklahoma State University, and Ph.D. degree from Texas A&M University.
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