Dr. Roch Gaussoin is the new Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) President-Elect. Dr. Gaussoin is the Head of the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture in the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Prior to assuming the head position, he was the Extension Turfgrass Specialist at UNL from 1991-2011. He has his Ph.D. in Crop and Soil Sciences from Michigan State University and MS and BS degrees in Agronomy from New Mexico State University. He has published more than 80 journal articles; more than 250 trade journal articles and is a frequent invited speaker to turfgrass conferences nationally and internationally. He has three UNL patents for buffalo-grass cultivars. He has received the Outstanding Young Scientist Award from the University of Nebraska Chapter of Sigma Xi, the Exceptional Service Award from Nebraska Golf Course Superintendents Association and the Presidential Award of Merit from the Nebraska Turfgrass Association. He was awarded designation as Fellow of both the Crop Science Society of America and The American Society of Agronomy, the highest award of these prestigious societies.

In 2008, he received the Fred V. Grau Turfgrass Science Award, awarded in recognition of significant career contributions in turfgrass science, from the Turfgrass Producers International group.

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