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  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Horticulture Section
  • Soil and Crop Sciences Section

Cornell weed science researchers and graduate students brought home numerous awards at the joint annual meeting of two major societies January 30 in Arlington, Va.

From the Northeastern Weed Science Society (NEWSS):

  • Lynn Sosnoskie, assistant professor in the Horticulture Section of the School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS) received the NEWSS Outstanding Researcher Award.
  • Andy Senesac, recently retired weed scientist at the Long Island Horticultural Research and Extension Center (LIHREC) received the NEWSS Award of Merit
  • Sophie Westbrook, graduate student in the DiTommaso Lab, received the Robert D. Sweet Outstanding Graduate Student Award (MS category), took first place in the NEWSS  Graduate Student Presentation Contest and tied for first in the NEWSS Graduate Student Writing Contest (MS category).  
  • Laura Pineda-Bermudez, graduate student in the Sosnoskie Lab, tied for first with Westbrook in the NEWSS Graduate Student Writing Contest (MS category).  
  • Bethany Schulteis, graduate student in the Sosnoskie Lab, received second place in the NEWSS Graduate Student Writing Contest.

From the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA):

  • Antonio (Toni) DiTommaso, chair of the Soil and Crop Sciences Section of SIPS, received the WSSA Fellow Member Award.
  • Vipan Kumar, associate professor in the Soil and Crop Sciences Section of SIPS, received the WSSA Outstanding Early Career Weed Scientist Award.
  • Rebecca Stup (Plant Sciences ’23) received the John Jachetta Undergraduate Research Award for her project, Impact of burial depth and root segment length on vegetative propagation of common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca L.).
  • Laura Pineda-Bermudez and Aleah Butler-Jones graduate students in the Sosnoskie Lab tied for second place in the WSSA’s Single Slide Thesis (SST) M.Sc. competition.
  • Bethany Schulteis, graduate students in the Sosnoskie Lab, received a travel award from the WSSA to attend the national meeting.

Annika Rowland, graduate student in the Ryan Lab, was the only student speaker in   Novel Weed Control Technology symposium. “She just killed her talk, holding her own presenting among 10 assistant, associate and full professors,” says Sosnoskie. “I was blown away by how well she presented her thesis material.

More information about the awards and biographical sketches of the winners are available on the WSSA website.

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