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NMSU weed researcher honored by Western Society of Weed Science

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State University research specialist Cheryl Fiore received the Western Society of Weed Science 2010 Outstanding Professional Staff Award during the organizations' annual conference March 8 in Waikoloa, Hawaii.

Cheryl Fiore, NMSU weed research specialist, received the 2010 Outstanding Professional Staff Award from the Western Society of Weed Science at the organization's annual conference. (Photo courtesy of Western Society of Weed Science)

This is Fiore's second recognition from professional weed science societies. The NMSU Master of Science graduate received an Undergraduate Research Award from the Weed Science Society of America in 1996.

"It is an honor to be nominated for this recognition and to be selected for the award by this professional organization," she said.

As a research specialist, Fiore is responsible for managing the weed science field research program at the weed science lab in Las Cruces.

"Cheryl is a conscientious and talented researcher, excelling at developing methods and troubleshooting problems that could affect the outcome of the projects," said Jill Schroeder, NMSU professor in entomology plant pathology and weed science who nominated Fiore for the award.

As a supervisor, Fiore looks for ways to allow the student researchers to develop their skills and learn on the job.

"She has worked with undergraduates on special research projects, both the research and the development of poster presentations, which they have subsequently presented at Western Society of Weed Science meetings," Schroeder said. "She also works with graduate students to help them achieve their research goals and graduate."

Other researchers in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, as well as local consultants, rely on Fiore's expertise to help with weed identification, sprayer calibration, herbicide label interpretation, and other issues related to weed control in their programs.

Fiore has published one journal article, one experimental station report, 21 abstracts and 12 annual weed science progress reports during her time at NMSU. She continues to be active in the weed science discipline, both in her job and as a society member. She has attended every society annual meeting since becoming a member in 1997 and has presented a poster on research conducted at NMSU at all but one meeting. She has served on the poster committee and currently as the society's newsletter editor.