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K-State Today

April 8, 2013



Grain science distinguished lecturer Craig Morris to speak April 10

By Susan Kelly

Dr. Craig Morris

The department of grain science and industry presents Craig Morris, director and supervisory research chemist at the USDA-ARS Western Wheat Quality Laboratory in Pullman, Wash., at 10 a.m. April 10 in Hale Library's Hemisphere Room for the department's distinguished lecture series. Refreshments will start at 9:45 a.m.

Morris earned his bachelor's in agronomy and seed science in 1982 from Iowa State University. He earned his master's and doctorate in agronomy from Kansas State University focusing on pre-harvest sprouting in wheat. He served as a postdoctoral research associate for Kay Walker-Simmons at Washington State University prior to joining the USDA-ARS Western Wheat Quality Laboratory.

In his role as director and supervisory research chemist, Morris supervises the breeding line evaluation and conducted directed research on wheat quality traits. Morris also holds adjunct professor appointments in the department of crop and soil sciences at Washington State University, the bi-state School of Food Science at Washington State University/University of Idaho and department of soil and crop sciences at Colorado State University.

He is an honorary research professor at the National Wheat Improvement Center in the Science and Research Institute at the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences. Morris is also the U.S. chair of the Joint Oversight Committee and is the U.S. center director for the Sino-U.S. Centers for Wheat Quality and Pathology, which is co-located in his laboratory and at the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences in Beijing.

Morris is a member and fellow of AACC International, Crop Science Society of America, American Society of Agronomy and the Pacific Northwest Section of AACCI. He has recently been appointed the editor-in-chief for Cereal Chemistry, AACC's flagship research journal.