Paul W. Bosland
Regents Professor of Horticulture
Director, Chile Pepper Institute
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA
ASHS Member since 1981. BS 1976, University of California, Davis; MS 1977, University of California, Davis; Vocational Ag. & California Community College Teacher’s Credential, 1980; PhD 1986, University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Positions: Graduate Assistant, 1983–85, University of Wisconsin, Madison; 1986–90, Assistant Professor, Horticulture Department, New Mexico State University (NMSU); 1990–94, Associate Professor, Agronomy & Horticulture Department, NMSU; 1994–2003; Professor, Agronomy & Horticulture Department, NMSU; 2004–05 Interim Department Head, NMSU; 2003–06; Regents Professor, NMSU.
ASHS Activities: ASHS Fellows Screening Committee, 2009–11; ASHS Intel International Science and Engineering Fair Judge, 2007; ASHS Publications Committee, 2007–09; ASHS Outstanding Graduate Educator Award Committee, 2005–08; ASHS Outstanding International Horticulturist Committee, 2003–06; Associate/Consulting Editor, Journal of ASHS, 2001–06; Journal of ASHS Editorial Board, 2009–12; Reviewer for all three ASHS journals; Vegetable Publication Awards Committee; Vegetable Breeding Working Group; Genetics and Germplasm Working Group; Herbs, Spices, and Medicinal Plants Working Group; Organized ASHS symposium on “Chile Peppers as a Spice Crop in the Southwest.”
Honors: ASHS Fellow, 2007; ASHS Outstanding Graduate Educator, 2004, New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Award; Regent’s Professorship, University Research Council Award for Exceptional Achievements in Creative Scholarly Activity, Who’s Who in America, Distinguished Award for Graduate Teaching/Achievement, Gamma Sigma Delta; IgNobel, Harvard University; Globe of the Month Award, NMSU International Programs; Distinguished Research Award, NMSU.
Statement: My friends, it is my great pleasure to be a candidate for the presidency of the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS). As one of the largest and most prestigious horticulture societies in the world, ASHS has provided a forum for horticultural education and research for more than a hundred years. ASHS as we know it today is very different from our original society. We have more women and minorities enriching our society. Electronic information exchange is taken for granted, and is no longer the "new" way. Today, ASHS is still relevant as we serve as a catalyst to advance horticultural knowledge through the groundbreaking ideas of our extensive membership of internationally prominent scientists. I believe what makes ASHS successful is our diversity in members and subject matter. ASHS welcomes researchers from a number of disciplines, but always with the mission to “support science for specialty crops: global solutions for nutritious food sources, and healthy, beautiful environments.” Scientists and students continue to find camaraderie in ASHS to discuss and debate horticultural issues. As a society, we will need to continue to recruit members at the professional and student levels. In addition, we must maintain our outstanding journals, while reducing the cost of publication. Unfortunately, we may be too successful for our own good. Like the Land-Grant system, we are often taken for granted. Industry and society look to ASHS to address the concerns and needs of horticulture, while state and Federal governments reduce their support of horticultural science. ASHS must continue to lobby for horticulture at all levels of engagement, whether it is assisting local schools with horticulture information, to Congress with assistance in drafting legislation to assure a safe, healthy, nutritious diet, or enhancing a beautiful and sustainable environment. ASHS has and will continue to make life worth living. I am excited about the chance to lead ASHS as we continue to grow and change. I look forward to working with the accomplished staff at headquarters, the Board of Directors, and our members to attract more non-traditional members, international members, and untapped branches of horticultural sciences to create a more complete reflection of horticulture today. Together, we can keep ASHS strong, relevant to today’s environment, and flexible to meet the challenges of tomorrow.
Joan R. Davenport
Department of Horticulture
Washington State University
Prosser, Washington, USA
ASHS Member since 1986. BS 1978, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey (Plant Science, Magna Cum Laude); MS 1981, Iowa State University (Soil Management); PhD 1985, The University of Guelph (Soil Chemistry).
Positions: Appointment as affiliate faculty in the Department of Horticulture at Washington State University, 2011; Professor/ Soil Scientist, Washington State University, Prosser, 2009–present; Associate Soil Scientist, Washington State University, Prosser, 2002–09; Visiting Scientist, CSIRO, Adelaide, Australia, 2004–05; Assistant Professor/Soil Scientist, Washington State University, Prosser, 1997–02; Manager, Agricultural Research, Ocean Spray Cranberries, Lakeville, Mass., 1993–96; Senior Agricultural Scientist, Ocean Spray Cranberries, Lakeville, Mass., 1988–93; Postdoctoral Research Associate, Washington State University, Wenatchee, 1986–88.
ASHS Activities: Consulting Editor, HortTechnology, 2001–present; Past Chair of American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) Mineral Nutrition Working Group
Professional Activities and Interests: Professor and Research Soil Scientist at the Washington State University Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center in Prosser, conducting research in soil fertility and plant nutrient management of crop yield and quality with a focus on site-specific management and developing monitoring systems for plant stress avoidance and environmental stewardship. Primary emphasis is on perennial crops. Past teaching included: 1) team teaching Horticulture 313 (Small Fruits and Viticulture), Horticulture 413/513 (Advanced Viticulture), and SoilS 441 (Soil Fertility); 2) SoilS 451 (Pedology) and SoilS 413 (Soil Physics). Current teaching consists of developing and offering SoilS 201 (Soils: A living system) and SoilS 547 (Soil Fertility Management), both of which are 100% on-line courses.
Authored/coauthored 44 refereed journal articles, 7 extension bulletins, numerous proceedings articles and abstracts. Past Chair Potato Association of America (PAA) Production and Management Working Group; Co-recipient of ASA Certificate of Excellence 1997 Publications–Circular and 2000–Publications (16 or more pages); Secretary/Treasurer NW Chapter American Society Viticulture and Enology (2006–present); Member and Chair, Student Speech Contest, American Society of Agronomy, 2008–10; Soil Science Society of America since 1980, American Society of Enology and Viticulture since 2000, Certified Professional Soil Scientist.
Statement: When I completed my PhD in Soil Sciences, I accepted a postdoctoral position working in mineral nutrient management in apple. Since that moment in 1986, my career has stood at the cross roads of Horticultural and Soil Sciences. Cross roads are not necessarily easy places to stand, but they are always exciting. And being nominated for the position of President-elect of the American Society for Horticultural Science is a great and amazing honor that I never had imagined.
Throughout my career, whether in teaching, research, or outreach, and in both industry and academia, I have always worked in collaborative teams. To me, this provides an opportunity to share what I know and learn more from colleagues, to build and to strengthen science, and to enhance and improve human life. I envision the opportunity as President-elect of ASHS to apply my learnings as a team leader and player to take these skills to a higher level of service to our Society.
It is my viewpoint that success in Horticultural Sciences relies upon partnerships. In the recent past, the importance of our science to the nation and the world has been recognized through a federal funding source called the Specialty Crops Research Initiative (SCRI). The advent of this initiative was due to the partnerships that our organization, the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS), has developed and fostered. Success in securing SCRI funding relies heavily on not only research, but also on strong and effective outreach. And it relies on partnerships with stakeholders, including smaller family operations and larger industry groups. My experience in both the academic and industry segments of our science gives me an understanding of how to work across these groups to further enhance and build our partnerships.
The ASHS has long championed the need for basic and applied research, with the concomitant outreach component, as is exemplified by our three high-impact publications: Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science, HortScience, and HortTechnology. However, in this age of both state and federal budget challenges, funding for quality research, outreach, and education is being adversely impacted. The ASHS is in the ideal position to champion the successes that are the outcomes of the recent influx of funding to this broad, diverse, and valuable discipline. These efforts will encourage funding continuation as well as the restoration of redirected funds, such as regional competitive “earmark” grants.
Funding and our efforts, as exemplified through the SCRI, showcase how Horticulture improves human life through nutritious and high quality foods as well as through improved environmental aesthetics. I envision the ASHS, working through partnerships and memberships, to drive the recognition of the value of Horticultural Science. It is time to leverage the successes the recent influx of funding has provided our science and industry and use this to pave the path to our future.