- Author: Carol Mallory-Smith
- Posted by: Gale Perez
Dr. Brad Hanson was selected as a Fellow of the Western Society of Weed Science (WSWS) at the 76th annual meeting held February 27-March 3, 2023, in Boise, Idaho. The Fellow Award is the highest honor of the Society and recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the Society and to the discipline of Weed Science. Brad has a long record of serving the Society in leadership roles and was previously recognized as WSWS Outstanding Early Career Weed Scientist in 2011. In addition to WSWS, he is active in the California Weed Science Society and the Weed Science Society of America.
Brad has been a Cooperative Extension Specialist at UC Davis since 2009. His statewide weed management research and extension program is focused on orchard and vineyard crops and he also provides weed science support for agronomic and horticultural crops and supervises the UC Davis IR-4 Field Research Center. From 2005-2009, he was a research agronomist with USDA-ARS in Parlier, CA, where he conducted research on soil fumigants and weed control in nursery crops.
The committee recognized the productive career that Brad has had as a weed scientist. He has co-authored 92 peer-reviewed articles, 16 book chapters and extension publications, and more than 60 research papers presented at WSWS meetings. Brad and members of his lab delivered more than 500 extension presentations during his career at UC Davis. Brad is considered an excellent mentor for graduate students and young weed scientists.
One letter of support noted that Brad is “committed to solving problems. He has the ability to blend curiosity-driven scientific advances with a problem-solving Extension mindset”.
Carol Mallory-Smith is a Professor emeritus at Oregon State University.
Also posted on the UC Davis Plant Sciences Dept. website: https://www.plantsciences.ucdavis.edu/news/hanson-fellow-WSWS
(excerpted from an obituary prepared by Trina Kleist from the UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences)
Albert Fischer, a professor emeritus of weed ecophysiology in the UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences, was recently named recipient of the Outstanding International Achievement Award by the International Weed Science Society.
Shortly after the award was announced, Fischer passed away on Nov. 22 in Davis, Calif. He was 72. Former student Whitney Brim-DeForest accepted the award on Fischer's behalf at the society's quadrennial meeting Dec. 8 in Bangkok.
Born in Montevideo, Fischer earned his bachelor's degree in crop science and animal husbandry from the University of the Republic of Uruguay; and his master of science and Ph.D. from Oregon State University in crop science. He had a lifelong passion for ending hunger in developing countries and collaborated extensively with colleagues around the world.
He started his career in weed research and extension at the Plant Protection Center, Uruguay, in 1975. He was a professor at the Autonomous University of Chapingo, Mexico, from 1979 to 1981. He was a rice and weed physiologist at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Cali, Colombia, from 1989 to 1996. During that time, he also was a visiting weed biologist at North Dakota State University, Fargo.
Fischer joined the faculty at UC Davis in 1997 and spent his time there specializing in weed ecology, competition of weeds in rice and integrated weed management until his retirement in 2016. During that period, he mentored more than 15 graduate students and six postdoctoral researchers, and he hosted short-and long-term visiting scholars from many countries. Fischer and his colleagues published more than 80 papers in peer-reviewed journals and more than 300 non-refereed scientific documents, reports, and presentations at scientific meetings. His writings were mostly in the areas of weed physiology and management.
His research and scientific service were highly regarded, both in California and internationally. He held the Melvin D. Androus Professorship for weed research in rice for most of his career. In 2017, the Cooperative Rice Research Foundation awarded him the Marlin Brandon California Rice Industry Award for his impact on weed management. His peers elected him vice-president of the IWSS, which he served as president in 2014. His students and colleagues remember him as a good scientist and collaborator, an outstanding mentor, and a man of sharp wit and humor.
The UC Weed Science group is saddened by the loss of our friend and colleague. He was a respected weed scientist and a good man. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.
- Posted by: Gale Perez
Kurt D. Getsinger and John D. Madsen. 2021. Drawdown herbicide applications for control of flowering rush on dewatered littoral sites. Journal of Aquatic Plant Management 59:85-89.
Dr. Getsinger is a scientist with the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center in Vicksburg, MS. He is a long-time collaborator with Dr. Madsen. Dr. Madsen is a USDA Agricultural Research Service Research Biologist in Davis, CA and an affiliate of the Department of Plant Sciences, University of California, Davis.
- Posted by: Gale Perez
The memorial fellowship was established to provide financial assistance to students pursuing careers in rice production science and technology. The award was presented at the annual California Rice Field Day (Aug. 25, 2021) in Biggs, CA.
Original source: UC ANR Employee News
Cheryl Wilen, UCCE integrated pest management advisor emeritus for San Diego, Orange and Los Angeles counties, received the 2020 Outstanding Contribution to Agriculture award by the California Association of Pest Control Advisers (CAPCA).
The Outstanding Contribution to Agriculture award recognizes individuals or organizations that have made a significant contribution to California agriculture. The former leader of UC ANR's Endemic and Invasive Pests and Diseases Strategic Initiative is known for her research and development of integrated pest management strategies for the turf, ornamental horticulture and nursery industries. Over the course of her career, Wilen has helped reduce the use of toxic pesticides, cut the cost of pest control and promote the use of environmentally sound methods in production.
Wilen, who retired from her 25-year UC ANR career in July, received the award during CAPCA's virtual annual conference on Oct. 12. She is currently on recall to serve as interim director for UCCE in San Diego.