September 7, 2010
St. Paul, Minn. (September 7, 2010)—The American Phytopathological Society (APS) is pleased to announce its new Council members for 2010–2011. The new officers began their terms at the conclusion of the 2010 Annual Meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina, August 7–11, 2010.
John L. Sherwood, professor and head of the Department of Plant Pathology in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of Georgia, has been named president for the 2010–2011 term. Sherwood, whose research has focused on the detection of plant viruses, the etiology of virus diseases, and the relationship of plant viruses with their insect vectors, has been a member of APS since 1977.
As a member, Sherwood has been a strong advocate for the society and its members in the public policy arena. Now, as president, Sherwood’s goal is to continue to keep policy makers informed on the importance of plant pathology in meeting society’s need for healthy plants and plant products.
“I appreciate the opportunity to serve as APS president during this time of unprecedented change in national programs that support research, teaching, and extension related to plant health,” commented Sherwood.
“APS is considered a leader in advocacy for plant health issues, and I plan to identify and pursue opportunities where we can be effective in moving an agenda forward that will serve our profession and our members’ needs.”
Sherwood also noted that APS is working with many other scientific societies and industries to deliver an effective message for support of educational initiatives.
“The enthusiasm of APS members for what they do through scientific inquiry and effective outreach in providing solutions to plant diseases and plant health problems is almost boundless, and APS will continue to be the organization that harnesses this passion for the benefit of members and society,” said Sherwood.
Sherwood succeeded Barbara J. Christ, Penn State University, who now serves as immediate past president. Other 2010–2011 APS Council members include Carol A. Ishimaru, University of Minnesota, president-elect; Michael J. Boehm, Ohio State University, vice president; Danise T. Beadle, Bayer CropScience, internal communications officer; Randall C. Rowe, Ohio State University, treasurer; Carolee T. Bull, USDA-ARS, senior councilor-at-large; Anne E. Dorrance, The Ohio State University, intermediate councilor-at-large; Walter F. Mahaffee, USDA-ARS, junior councilor-at-large; Anthony P. Keinath, Clemson University, publications councilor; and David G. Schmale, VPI SU, divisional councilor.
A listing of the 2010-2011 APS Council can be found at www.apsnet.org/members/directories/Pages/Council.aspx.
Information on the society’s recent annual meeting can be found online at www.apsnet.org/meetings/meetingarchives/2010Annual.
The American Phytopathological Society (APS) is a non-profit, professional scientific organization. The research of the organization’s more than 5,000 worldwide members advances the understanding of the science of plant pathology and its application to plant health.