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Norsworthy named WSSA fellow, earns research awards; Meyer honored as outstanding grad student

Feb. 2, 2018

By Mary Hightower
U of A System Division of Agriculture

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  • Jason Norsworthy named WSSA fellow, honored as outstanding researcher
  • Chris Meyer named outstanding grad student

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(Newsrooms: with 02-01-2018-Ark-Scott-Southern-Weed; With downloadable photos of Norsworthy, https://flic.kr/p/XmgfDk, https://flic.kr/p/K4tqmZ  and Meyer, https://flic.kr/p/WhAKFA, https://flic.kr/p/241jQPk )

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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. 

Division of Agriculture Award Recipient
U of A System Div of Ag Weed Scientist Jason Norsworthy

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. (See:https://www.uaex.edu/media-resources/news/february2018/02-02-2018-Ark-Scott-Southern-Weed.aspx 

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PhD Candidate Chris Meyer

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 Hightower
Dir. of Communication Services
U of A System Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2126
mhightower@uaex.edu