Dr. Andreas Westphal appointed as the Tukuji and Bettie L. Furuta Endowed Chair
Andreas Westphal, UCR Professor of CE Nematology in the Department of Nematology at UC Riverside (UCR) was recently appointed as the Tukuji and Bettie L. Furuta Endowed Chair for his contribution to nematode IPM research in perennial crops. The Tukuji and Bettie L. Furuta Endowment was established in honor of the late Tukuji, who was also a CE Specialist and professor of botany and Plant Science at UCR. His wife Bettie L. Furuta, a horticulturalist and chair of the Watkins Society, donated their estate to support the study of control and pest management of insects and diseases. Westphal follows in their legacy as he continues to conduct research on nematodes, outreach to the community, advisement to growers, and exploring alternative methods for disease management. He is seen with his research group, from left to right Tom Buzo, Rainier Medina, Andreas Westphal, Savannah Coss, Maria Martinez, Zin Thu Zar Maung, Caroline Eberlein, missing Stephen Abbott.