Dr. Michael Fidanza, Professor of Plant and Soil Sciences at Penn State Berks, was recently elected President of the Northeastern Branch of the Crop Science Society of America (CSA), which is the northeastern branch of the tri-society of the Crop Science Society of America, Soil Science Society of America, and Agronomy Society of America, for 2013?2014. He also received the Northeastern Branch Outstanding Teaching Award, presented at the annual conference held at the University of Delaware from June 22?24, 2013.
The Outstanding Teaching Award is based on four criteria: the ability to inspire students to make the most of their talents and to serve humanity; the ability to influence students to acquire the commonly admired attributes of good judgment, sound thinking, objectivity, and integrity; excellence in the classroom and proficiency in teaching; and overall quality of teaching.
The Northeastern Branch of the CSA provides a forum for the interaction of persons interested in all aspects of agronomic, crop, and soil sciences and management. The Northeastern Branch comprises the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia; and the Provinces of Newfoundland/ Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, and Quebec.