Datnoff to receive Virginia Tech alumni award

Tobie Blanchard, Datnoff, Lawrence

Lawrence Datnoff

News Release Distributed 01/15/16

BATON ROUGE, La. – Lawrence Datnoff has been named to receive the 2016 Alumni Award from the Virginia Tech University Department of Plant Pathology, Physiology and Weed Science. Datnoff is a professor and department head in the LSU AgCenter and LSU College of Agriculture Department of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology.

He received his master’s degree from Virginia Tech in 1981.

The award recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of plant pathology, physiology or weed science.

Datnoff has been a professor and department head with the AgCenter since 2008. Before that, he served on the faculty of the University of Florida for 20 years. He also was a research affiliate with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service in Fort Detrick, Maryland. He worked with the U.S. Agency for International Development-Zambian Agriculture in Lusaka, Zambia, and served with the Peace Corps in Brazil.

Datnoff earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia and his doctorate from the University of Illinois.

“I am honored and thrilled to be this year’s recipient,” Datnoff said. “At Virginia Tech, I received excellent training in conducting research, presenting seminars and working with scientific and agricultural communities. I also developed many life-long friends and colleagues.”

The award will be presented at a banquet at the Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center on April 1.

Tobie Blanchard

1/15/2016 9:29:25 PM
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