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Three SUNY-ESF faculty honored for research and scholarship

William Powell, Francis Webster, and Ruth Yanai

Albany—Three faculty members at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) were honored Wednesday, May 4, by the Research Foundation of SUNY for their outstanding research and scholarship.

Dr. William A. Powell, Dr. Francis X. Webster, and Dr. Ruth D. Yanai were among 52 distinguished professors from 26 SUNY campuses recognized for their dedication and hard work to ensure that the State University of New York is recognized as a leader in research and scholarship.

Powell is director of the Council on Biotechnology in Forestry and on the Faculty of Environmental & Forest Biology at ESF, where he has worked to rejuvenate the American chestnut and elm trees. He has been an associate professor at ESF since 1995 and his area of expertise is biotechnology in forest pathology.

Webster and his research group try to decipher how organisms communicate with one another using chemical signals. Recently he identified the chemicals in a sex pheromone that female cockroaches use to attract males ? and replicated the substance in his laboratory for the first time ? possibly providing a new tool in the battle against a common urban pest. Webster has been at ESF since 1987.

Yanai, an assistant professor at ESF since 1994, received a Ph.D. in forest ecology from Yale University in 1990. Her research interests include nutrient cycling in forest ecosystems, developing models for optimal growth, plant-soil interactions, forest harvesting, and forest regeneration.

The Research Foundation of SUNY recognition dinner was held May 4, at the State University Plaza in Albany, N.Y.


Release No. 37, May 5, 2005

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