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North Central Weed Science Society Looks Back and Forward at Historic 75th Annual Meeting

The North Central Weed Science Society celebrated its 75th Annual Meeting virtually on November 30-December 2, 2020. Past and present North Dakota State University weed scientists participated and were honored during the historic meeting.

December 17, 2020

The North Central Weed Science Society (NCWSS) celebrated its 75th Annual Meeting virtually on November 30-December 2, 2020. Past and present North Dakota State University weed scientists participated and were honored during the historic meeting.

NDSU graduate students and staff competed in the Quiz Bowl and scientific presentation competitions. NDSU’s Weed Team, consisting of Nathan Haugrud, Jeffery Stith, Joseph Mettler, and Stephanie DeSimini, took second place in the Quiz Bowl. Haugrud also placed second in the graduate student oral paper presentation contest in the Agronomic Crops I – Corn section with “Herbicide Safener Effects on Goss's Wilt Severity in Corn”.

Three NDSU representatives were elected to official offices. Dr. Harlene Hatterman-Valenti was elected the NCWSS 2021 President; Dr. Joseph Ikley is the NCWSS Communications Editor on the Board of Directors; and Haugrud is vice-chair of the Agronomic and Specialty Crops section. 

Also, as part of the historical celebration, professor emeritus Dr. Calvin Messersmith and Dr. Tom Peters presented historical overviews of the society in the General Session of the meeting. Messersmith presented the rich history of the NCWSS and Peters reflected on the current state of the organization and how it has adapted through the years.

Notable NCWSS members also were recognized, including past presidents and Honorary Members and Fellows. NDSU past presidents are the late Dr. John Nalewaja in 1979, Messersmith in 1985, professor emeritus Dr. Alan Dexter in 1996, and Peters in 2005, after previously serving as Program Chair. Honorary Members/Fellows and year of induction are Nalewaja (1980), Messersmith (1988), Dexter (1990), Peters (2008), Hatterman-Valenti (2011), and professor emeritus Dr. Richard Zollinger (2019).

For more information on the NCWSS and the 75th Annual Meeting, see http://ncwss.org/.

Source: Joe Ikely, joseph.ikley@ndsu.edu 
Author: Karen Hertsgaard, karen.hertsgaard@ndsu.edu

Editor: Kamie Beeson, kamie.a.beeson@ndsu.edu

 

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