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Feb. 2, 2018
By Mary HightowerU of A System Division of Agriculture
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WESTMINSTER, Colo. – Jason Norsworthy, weed scientist for the University of Arkansas
System Division of Agriculture, was honored by his peers as a fellow of the Weed Science
Society of America.
Norsworthy was also honored as outstanding researcher of 2018 and was co-author on
the work recognized as for outstanding paper-weed technology during the society’s
annual meeting held Monday at Arlington, Virginia.
Chris Meyer, a Ph.D. candidate in weed science at the University of Arkansas, was
named outstanding grad student. While pursuing his Ph.D., Meyer has been recognized
for his academic and extracurricular achievements with awards including the 2015 Arkansas
Soybean Promotion Board Ph.D. Fellowship and the 2015 Bumpers College of Agricultural,
Food, and Life Sciences Distinguished M.S. Student Award.
“We’re extremely proud of the achievements of our faculty and students,” said Robert
Bacon, head of the Crop, Soils and Environmental Sciences department within the Division
of Agriculture and the Bumpers College. “Our weed science group is one of the best
in the nation and this week’s recognition from the Weed Science Society of America
– the highest in this field – certainly underscores that excellence.
“It’s especially rewarding considering the past year, when weed science was on the
front page as dicamba made headlines not only around the country and around the world,”
Bacon said. “Jason was one of weed scientists in the glare as he and others had their
research scrutinized over and over as the issue drew the attention of media and industry.”
There were other Arkansas connections honored this year.
Nicholas Korres, co-honored as an outstanding reviewer, is a post-doctoral research
associate at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture working under
the direction of Norsworthy. Korres’ work revolves around weed demographics and population
dynamics within crops and cropping systems or between diverse environments, weed ecophysiological
aspects and weed-crop interactions.
Prashant Jah of Montana State University-Bozeman, the outstanding early career weed
scientist, earned his PhD at the University of Arkansas.
Also this week, Bob Scott, extension weed scientist for the University of Arkansas
System Division of Agriculture was named president of the Southern Weed Science Society.
To see more about the WSSA awards, visit: http://wssa.net/wp-content/uploads/2018-WSSA-Awards-Program-Final.pdf.
About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen
agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption
of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative
Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work
within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas
System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension
and Research programs to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, sex,
gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital
or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and
is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
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Media Contact: Mary HightowerDir. of Communication ServicesU of A System Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service(501) firstname.lastname@example.org