Congratulations to our own Dr. Scott Lukas for winning the American Society for Horticultural Science’s 2020 Early Career competition!
At the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) annual conference, the Early Career Competition is hosted for new faculty and professionals (within the first 5 years of service) to communicate the impact of their extension, research, teaching, and other scholarly activities. The purpose of this national competition is to provide a platform for new scholars to advance their work and reputation in addition to helping facilitate peer-reviewed extension, teaching, and/or research from a wide range of horticultural professionals.
Each participant is required to submit an expanded 1000-word abstract detailing and explaining their entire program and how their research, teaching, extension and/or scholarly activities interact. From the extended abstract submissions, five selections are advanced to give a 20-minute presentation outlining their scholarly activities.
This award is significant because it allows for early career scholars to engage with colleagues from institutions across the country to share their successes and challenges. The competition culminates with an award that recognizes the most impactful scholarly achievements.
This year at the 2020 ASHS annual conference, Scott Lukas, an assistant professor in the Department of Horticulture, based at the Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center (HAREC) was selected as the first-place winner of the Early Career Contest. His horticulture program was recognized for his contribution of impacts to the field of horticulture on a national level, as well as the integrated framework of the research, extension, and teaching efforts. Scott’s program focuses on enhancing irrigated horticultural production systems while promoting environmentally centered approaches. Specifically, one aspect of his program aims to improve water and nutrient use efficiency to reduce nitrogen leaching into groundwater systems. Other aspects of his program work to reduce crop protection inputs, such as soil fumigants, through novel methods of plant grafting for disease resistance. Projects in his HAREC horticulture program are identified by regional needs and are intended to produce applied results that can be readily adoptable to agricultural producers.