Daniel Award

2015 Dr. William H. Daniel Award


Mary Owen from The University of Massachusetts, was awarded the 2015 William H. Daniel Award.

This award recognizes Mary for her significant contributions to the sports turf industry through her research, teaching or extension outreach. A consummate professional,  Mary is a sought-after speaker for local, regional and national turf conferences. Her ratings place her as a “Top Presenter”. Mary is always available to sports turf managers, frequently answering questions in person or on a phone call.  Mary serves on STMA national committees and was also their chapter’s president for two years. She coordinates the education program for many organizations including their chapter, regional turf conference, and for two highly respected collegiate certificate programs. Not only does Mary present, she was a key contributor to developing and issuing the manual for “Integrated Pest Management Protocols for Turf and School Properties and Sports Fields”.

Brian Scott (right) is pictured with the 2015 winner, Mary Owens.

Dr. William H. Daniel Award Winners

2014 - Brian Scott, Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut (CA)

2013 - Dr. Brad Fresenburg, University of Missouri-Columbia (MO)

2012 - Dr. Beth Guertal, Auburn University (AL)

2011 - Dr. Leah Brilman, Seed Research of Oregon (OR)

2010 - John Sorochan, Ph.D., University of Tennessee (TN)

2009 - Tony Koski, Ph.D., Colorado State University (CO) 

2008 - Grady Miller, Ph.D., North Carolina State University (NC) 

2007 - Michael Goatley, Jr., Ph.D., Turfgrass Specialist, Virginia Tech University (VA) 

2006 - James McAfee, Ph.D., Extension Turfgrass Specialist, Texas A&M (TX) 

2005 - Jeff Fowler, Penn State Cooperative Extension (PA)

2004 - A.J. Powell, Jr., Ph.D., University of Kentucky (KY)

2003 - Pam Sherratt, Ohio State University (OH)

2002 - David Gilstrap, Ph.D., Michigan State University (MI)

2001 - Coleman Ward, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Auburn University (AL)

2000 - Andrew McNitt, Ph.D., Penn State University (PA)

1999 - Donald Waddington, Ph.D., Penn State University (PA)

1998 - Steve Cockerham, University of California/Riverside (CA)

1997 - James Beard, Ph.D., International Sports Turf Institute (TX)

1996 - Kent Kurtz, Ph.D., (deceased) Cal Poly Pomona (CA)

1994 - Dave Minner, Ph.D., Iowa State University (IA)

1993 - John N. "Trey" Rogers, III, Ph.D., Michigan State University (MI)

1992 - Henry Wilkinson, Ph.D., University of Illinois (IL)

1991 - Steve Cockerham, University of California/Riverside (CA)

(Note: The William H. Daniel Award was known as the Excellence in Research Award prior to 1997.)

Facility listed is where employed at time of award. Check Roster for current listing

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