Penn State weed scientist receives national honor


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- A professor in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is among nearly two dozen individuals honored by the Weed Science Society of America for outstanding contributions to the field of weed science.

William Curran, professor of weed science, received the Outstanding Extension Award for his statewide weed-management educational programs for agronomic crops. The award was presented during the society's annual meeting, held recently in Baltimore.

Curran has developed many educational materials and regularly speaks at statewide, regional and county meetings and workshops. His research focuses on herbicide evaluation, weed biology and ecology, integrated weed management, weed management in conservation tillage systems and managing weeds in organic crop production systems.

"These honorees are true innovators from academia, government and private industry who are making a significant mark on our profession through their research, teaching, publishing and outreach," said Rodney Lym, president of the society.

The Weed Science Society of America, a nonprofit scientific society, was founded in 1956 to encourage and promote the development of knowledge concerning weeds and their impact on the environment. The society promotes research, education and extension outreach activities related to weeds, provides science-based information to the public and policy makers, fosters awareness of weeds and their impact on managed and natural ecosystems, and promotes cooperation among weed science organizations across the nation and around the world.


Last Updated February 25, 2013