The American Phytopathological Society Announces 2012 Awardees
August 8, 2012
St. Paul, Minn. (August 8, 2012)—The American Phytopathological Society (APS) is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2012 awards. The awards were presented during the APS Awards & Honors Ceremony, Sunday, August 5, 2012, during APS Annual Meeting held August 4–8, in Providence, Rhode Island.
The following APS members were recognized as Fellows in 2012 in recognition of distinguished contributions to plant pathology or the society: Yehoshua Anikster, Tel Aviv University, Israel; Richard M. Bostock, University of California-Davis; Xianming Chen, USDA-ARS; Bruce B. Clarke, Rutgers University; Margery L. Daughtrey, Cornell University; Kenneth B. Johnson, Oregon State University; Deborah A. Samac, USDA-ARS; Ariena H. C. van Bruggen, University of Florida; and Guo-Liang Wang, The Ohio State University.
The Excellence in Extension Award was presented to Gail E. Ruhl, senior plant disease diagnostician at the Purdue University Plant and Pest Diagnostic Lab.
Wm. Ronald Landis, CEO of LANDIS International, Inc., received the Excellence in Industry Award.
William W. Bockus, professor in the Department of Plant Pathology at Kansas State University, received the Excellence in Teaching Award.
The William Boright Hewitt and Maybelle Ellen Ball Hewitt Award was presented to Peter Ojiambo, assistant professor in the Department of Plant Pathology at North Carolina State University.
Andrea Ficke, cereal pathologist at the Norwegian Institute for Agricultural and Environmental Research; Lisa Hoffman, product development manager with DuPont Crop Protection; and Megan Kennelly, associate professor in the Department of Plant Pathology at Kansas State University, received the Lee M. Hutchins Award.
Vitaly Citovsky, a professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology at the State University of New York-Stony Brook, received the Noel T. Keen Award for Research Excellence in Molecular Plant Pathology.
The Ruth Allen Award was presented to Jeff L. Dangl, a professor at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Rodrigo P. P. Almeida, assistant professor at the University of California-Berkeley in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, received the Syngenta Award.
The new Excellence in Regulatory Affairs and Crop Security Award was presented to Robert P. Kahn, retired. The newly established award recognizes outstanding contributions to regulatory plant pathology, crop security, and trade enhancement efforts by APS members.
Lawrence E. Datnoff received the International Service award. Datnoff is currently a professor and head of the Department of Plant Pathology & Crop Physiology at Louisiana State University (LSU)/LSU AgCenter.
Full descriptions of each of the awardees are available at www.apsnet.org/members/awards.