Category Archives: Faculty

Maeda joins AgriLife Extension cotton program in Lubbock

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, Contact: Dr. Murilo Maeda, 806-746-6101, Dr. Murilo Maeda is returning to his roots when he trades the Texas coast for the South Plains to take the position as Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service cotton specialist in Lubbock, effective Oct. 1. “My family’s roots run deep into the cotton industry, and I would like to contribute to its improvement,” Maeda said, as he leaves his position as a Texas A&M AgriLife Research assistant research scientist in Corpus Christi. “Working out of the Corpus… Read More →

Texas A&M Soil and Crop Science Department Head named to USDA Advisory Board

Dr. David Baltensperger, head of the department of soil and crop sciences at Texas A&M University in College Station, has been named by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to serve on the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education and Economics Advisory Board. Baltensperger is one of 10 members named to the Advisory Board. The members will help ensure that the work at the U.S. Department of Agriculture is facts-based, data-driven and customer-focused, Perdue said in the announcement. The board regularly advises the Secretary and land-grant colleges and universities on top… Read More →

Two Soil & Crop Sciences Faculty named Fellows at CSSA, ASA

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, Contact: Dr. Amir Ibrahim, 979-845-8274, Dr. Seth Murray, 979-845-3041, Two Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists were honored for their professional achievements with the title of Fellow by the Crop Sciences Society of America, or CSSA, and the American Society of Agronomy, or ASA, during the annual conference in Baltimore, Maryland. The two honored were Dr. Amir Ibrahim, one of 14 Fellows named this year by ASA, and Dr. Seth Murray, one of nine named Fellow by CSSA. The designation of Fellow… Read More →

Turfgrass expert clips last blades of grass for research purposes

Dr. Richard White retires from Texas A&M Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, Dr. Richard White intends to sit back and let the grass grow under his feet for a while after spending 29 years helping develop turf for Texas’ sometimes unforgiving conditions. White retired from his positions as a professor in the Texas A&M University soil and crop sciences department and Texas A&M AgriLife Research turfgrass management scientist in College Station on Aug. 31. He came to Texas A&M after working as an assistant professor at Rutgers University-Cook… Read More →

New Texas A&M soil scientist aims research at global change effects on carbon sequestration

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, Contact: Dr. Peyton Smith, 979-845-5669, Dr. Peyton Smith was soaring through the skies before she could drive, but it’s what is on the ground, or beneath the ground, that grabbed her fascination and led to her latest position with Texas A&M University. “I received my private pilot’s license the last year of high school and was enrolled in the Aviation Technology degree program at Purdue University, but I was quickly captivated by the biological sciences,” she said. Now Smith, who’s been on… Read More →

Extension Turfgrass Specialist joins faculty in Dallas

By: Gabe Saldana Contact: Dr. Lindsey Hoffman, Efficient varieties and informed management practices can help Texans make the most of turfgrasses’ natural human health and environmental benefits, said the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s new turfgrass specialist. Dr. Lindsey Hoffman assumed her post at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Dallas July 9. She said her public outreach initiatives will deliver holistic approaches for coaxing maximum benefit from turfgrass use. “Turfgrasses provide a number of services to the ecosystem,” Hoffman said. “They control erosion, contribute… Read More →

Soil and Crop Science Faculty on X-Grants teams

Written by: Beth Ann Luedeker   Part of President Michael Young’s excellence program, X-Grants is an interdisciplinary program intended to find creative solutions to some of the most important challenges facing the global society. Several projects selected to receive X-Grants funding include Soil and Crop Sciences faculty. “CRISPER Gene Editing for Healthier Foods and Crop Resistance” is led by Dr. Michael Thomson; “Multi-functional and Sustainable Materials for 3-D Printing Environmentally Adaptive Resilient Buildings” is led by Dr. Paul Schwab; and Dr. Cristine Morgan is involved with “Monitoring Rapidly… Read More →

New statewide turfgrass specialist joins TAMU Soil and Crop Sciences faculty

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, Contact: Dr. Becky Grubbs, 979-845-0603, COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Becky Grubbs expects to spend the next chapter in her life growing the Texas turfgrass industry through collaborative and interdisciplinary actions as the new Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service statewide turfgrass specialist in College Station. Grubbs said her philosophy in approaching her new job, which she began April 1, will be to establish strong, credible relationships with producers and industry stakeholders through regular site visits and a steady person-to-person dialogue. “My research will… Read More →

Dr. Bill Rooney appointed to Texas A&M’s Borlaug-Monsanto Chair for Plant Breeding

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, Contact: Dr. Bill Rooney, 979-845-2151, COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Bill Rooney, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research sorghum breeder in the Texas A&M department of soil and crop sciences in College Station, has been appointed as the first holder of the Borlaug-Monsanto Chair for Plant Breeding and International Crop Improvement. Texas A&M and Monsanto created the chair in honor of Dr. Norman Borlaug, who won the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize for his work in plant breeding. Funding for the chair comes from a… Read More →

Smith honored with AgriLife Vice Chancellor’s administration award

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, Contact: Dr. Wayne Smith, 979-845-3450, COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Wayne Smith, Texas A&M University department of soil and crop sciences graduate coordinator, associate department head and cotton breeder, was honored with the Texas A&M AgriLife Vice Chancellor’s Award of Excellence in the Administration category. The Vice Chancellor awards program was established in 1980 to recognize the commitment and outstanding contributions of faculty and staff across Texas A&M AgriLife. Smith was presented his award Jan. 9 in College Station. Smith has contributed to… Read More →