K-State Faculty, Student Honored for Work in Agronomy

Seven faculty members, one PhD student recognized for work in education, research and service.

Published on: Oct 18, 2013

Seven faculty members and one student at Kansas State University are being honored for outstanding contributions to the science of agronomy through education, research and service.

The awards, presented by the Crop Science Society of America, Soil Science Society of America and the American Society of Agronomy, will be presented during the international meeting of the organizations in Tampa, Fla., Nov, 3-6.

Kansas State University student in agronomy Sruthi Narayanan, is working toward his doctorate. He received the Crop Science Society of America Gerald O. Mott Scholarship for Meritorious Graduate Students in Crop Science.

About the recipients

Seven K-State faculty members and one student are being honored for contributions to the science of agronomy through education, research and service. They will be presented with awards by the Crop Science Society of America, Soil Science Society of America, and the American Society of Agronomy in November.
Seven K-State faculty members and one student are being honored for contributions to the science of agronomy through education, research and service. They will be presented with awards by the Crop Science Society of America, Soil Science Society of America, and the American Society of Agronomy in November.

Faculty members receiving awards include Guihua Bai, professor of agronomy and Daniel Sweeney, professor of soil and water management, both of whom have been elected as prestigious Crop Science Society of America fellows. CSSA members nominate worthy colleagues based on their professional achievements and meritorious service. Only about  three-tenths of all active and emeritus members are elected CSSA fellows in any given year.

Bai is a research geneticist at USDA and a professor in the Agronomy Department at Kansas State University. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees from Nanjing Agricultural University, China and a Ph.D. degree from Purdue University.

Sweeney is a professor at the Kansas State University Southeast Agricultural Research Center. Dr. Sweeney is currently the editor of Crop Management, was a technical editor for row crops with Agronomy Journal, and is a Fellow of ASA and SSSA.

Nathan Nelson, K-State associate professor of soil fertility and nutrient management, will receive the Agronomic Resident Education Award from the American Society of Agronomy.

Kraig Roozeboom, Dorivar Ruiz Diaz, and Curtis Thompson—all faculty members of K-State's Department of Agronomy—will receive an American Society of Agronomy Extension Excellence Award for the publication titled, "Diagnosing Corn Production Problems in Kansas."

James Shroyer, K-State professor and extension crop production specialist, received the Crop Science Teaching Award from the Crop Science Society of America.