Oklahoma State University’s Don S. Murray has been named 2009 Weed Scientist of the Year by the Southern Weed Science Society.

Murray is a Regents professor in the department of plant and soil sciences, part of OSU’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Murray’s honor was announced during the SWSS meeting at Little Rock, Ark. in late January.

“Dr. Murray has made many outstanding contributions to weed science and is most deserving of this prestigious award,” said Dave Porter, plant and soil sciences department head. “His work in developing and testing new weed control technologies has had a tremendous positive economic benefit for Oklahoma crop producers.”

The holder of OSU’s P.E. Harrill Distinguished Professorship of Crop Science since 1991, Murray designs and conducts fundamental and applied weed science research with an emphasis on challenges associated with cultivated row crops, including experiments with reduced- and no-till production systems. Additional research projects with which he is involved include field experiments on pastures, forages and rangelands.

Murray received the SWSS Outstanding Educator Award in 2006, and the SWSS Distinguished Service Award in 2004. He served as the organization’s president from 1999-2000. Murray was named a Fellow of the society in 1999, the most prestigious honor a member can attain in the organization.

Additional honors include being recognized by the Oklahoma Peanut Industry in 1993, and receiving the department’s Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award in 1997 and a Faculty-Staff Appreciation Program Award from the University Offices of Intercollegiate Athletics and Academic Affairs in 2006.

A faculty member with the division since 1978, Murray has authored or coauthored 60 refereed journal articles, three book chapters and 137 presentations to SWSS. He has advised 32 Master of Science students and 18 doctoral degree students.

“Don’s historical perspective has been instrumental in providing newer faculty with an understanding of the important role that the department has played in strengthening the state’s agricultural industry throughout the years,” said Daren Redfearn, associate professor of forages with the OSU department of plant and soil sciences. “His insights help give us a continuity of vision that is beneficial to producers, agribusiness operators and researchers in terms of focusing on issues of importance to Oklahoma.”

A Cowboy alumnus, Murray earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in agronomy from OSU in 1966 and 1968, respectively. He earned his doctoral degree in crop science from OSU in 1974.

Prior to joining the OSU faculty, Murray served on the faculty of Auburn University from 1975 to 1978. He was a Ciba-Geigy Corp. field research representative for North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana in 1974.