Ramaswamy Delivers Smith Lecture
Sonny Ramaswamy, Director of USDA-NIFA, visited Washington State University (WSU) Pullman Campus on July 9 and 10. Ramaswamy was selected to deliver this year’s President Sam Smith Lecture. The lecture series was established to honor Sam Smith, Professor and Plant Pathologist, who was the eighth president of WSU from 1985 to 2000. During his visit, Ramaswamy interacted with WSU administrators, faculty, postdoctoral associates, and graduate students. He delivered a presentation entitled “Setting the table for a hotter, flatter, more crowded earth”. Prior to his appointment as the Director of the NIFA, Ramaswamy served as the dean of the college of agricultural sciences and director of the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station at Oregon State University. In his more than 30 years of career at four land grant universities, he held increasingly responsible administrative positions as experiment station director, department head, associate dean, and dean. Ramaswamy was a recipient of several awards and recognitions including the Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow of the Entomological Society of America, and Distinguished Graduate Alumnus of Cook College, Rutgers University. He holds a Ph.D. in entomology from Rutgers University, M.S and B.S. degrees from the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, India. He is also a graduate of the University of Nebraska’s New Academic Chair’s Program and Harvard University’s Management Development Program. Ramaswamy’s visit was hosted by Hanu Pappu, President Samuel Smith Distinguished Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology.