The American Phytopathological Society announces 2003 awards

October 14, 2003

St. Paul, Minn. (October 14, 2003) - The American Phytopathological Society (APS) is pleased to announce its 2003 award recipients. These awards were presented at the APS Annual Meeting, August 2003, in Charlotte, N.C.

APS grants its highest honor, the Fellow designation, to current members in recognition of distinguished contributions to plant pathology or to the Society. The eight members named Fellows in the Society were: Jeremy J. Burdon, CSIRO, Australia; Clive M. Brasier, Forest Research Station, UK; Martin Dickman, University of Nebraska; Byung Kook Hwang, Korea University; Hei Leung, IRRI, Philippines; Jerald Pataky, University of Illinois; Christopher Schardl, University of Kentucky; and Carol Windels, University of Minnesota.

Edward A. Brown, University of Georgia, was presented the Excellence in Extension Award. This award recognizes excellence in extension plant pathology.

Chester Sutula, Agdia, Inc., received the Excellence in Industry Award. This award recognizes outstanding contributions to plant pathology by APS members whose primary employment involves work outside the university and federal realms either for profit or non-profit.

The International Service Award was presented to Kitty Cardwell, USDA-CSREES. This award honors outstanding contributions to plant pathology by APS members for a country other than his or her own.

The Lee M. Hutchins Award was presented to Harald Scherm, University of Georgia. This award honors the best contribution presented in one or more full-length papers reporting basic or applied research of diseases of perennial fruit plants published in a recent, official APS publication.

The Ruth Allen Award for Innovative Research was presented to Laurence Madden, Ohio State University. This award honors individuals who have made an innovative research contribution that has changed, or has the potential to change, the direction of work in any field of plant pathology.

The Noel T. Keen Award for Research in Molecular Plant Pathology went to Alan Collmer, Cornell University. This award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions in host-pathogen interactions, plant pathogens or plant-associated microbes, molecular biology of disease development, or defense mechanisms.

The Syngenta Award went to Sophien Kamoun, Ohio State University. Syngenta gives this award to an APS member for an outstanding recent contribution to teaching, research, or extension in plant pathology.

Full descriptions of each of the awardees are available at The American Phytopathological Society (APS) is a non-profit, professional scientific organization dedicated to the study and control of plant disease with 5,000 members worldwide.

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