Date(s) - 16 Dec 2013
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Dr. Dennis Ray, University of Arizona
“Guayule Breeding: A Historical Perspective”
Dennis T. Ray, Ph.D., is a University Distinguished Professor of Plant Sciences and Arid Lands Studies. Dr. Ray’s research interests focus on the genetics and domestication of crop plants, specifically in the cultivation of new or under-utilized crops for arid and semi-arid environments. He was just awarded the 2013 A. E. Thompson Career Achievement Award for his work in developing industrial crops that are now the basis of several industries worldwide. His work has been recognized for his outstanding achievement in the development of new crops by groups in Mexico and Argentina, received the Outstanding Researcher Award by The Association for the Advancement of Industrial Crops, and was named a Fellow in the American Society for Horticultural Science in 2002. Dr. Ray is the Editor-in-Chief of the principal journal concerning industrial Crops research, Industrial Crops and Products. His teaching has been acknowledged by being named a University Distinguished Professor (2004) and elected Vice President of the Education Division of the American Society for Horticultural Sciences (2002). Other teaching awards include: The Bart Cardon Sustained Excellence in Teaching Award (2011), election into The Bart Cardon Academy for Teaching Excellence (2010), Outstanding Honors Faculty Member (2010), the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Agriculture Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award (2009), Five Star Faculty Award (2003), the Provost General Education Teaching Award (2001), and Faculty Teaching Award, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (1999).