A retirement reception honoring Carol Windels, Ph.D., professor/faculty member at the Northwest Research and Outreach Center (NWROC) and in the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul is slated for Wednesday, Dec. 5. The reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. in Bede Ballroom at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. Windels is retiring on Dec. 31 following 28 years at the NWROC.
Windels is a world-renowned expert in sugar beet root diseases and has made major contributions to the understanding of sugar beet root diseases and their control or management in the sugar beet industry of Minnesota and North Dakota. Previous to that, she made significant contributions to the understanding of Fusarium Head Blight (scab disease in small grains) and the organism that causes it.
Her professional career began with the University of Minnesota as a junior scientist rising through the rank of scientist. In 1984, she came to Crookston and the Northwest Experiment Station as an assistant professor. In 1998, she was promoted to full professor and has been a valued member of the faculty at NWROC. She is also an adjunct professor at North Dakota State University's Department of Plant Pathology.
Windels has been teacher and mentor to several graduate students as well as numerous undergraduate students who have worked in her lab and on her projects these many years. She has co-edited two books and authored/co-authored over 200 publications and 16 book chapters along with serving on the editorial boards of three journals.
A member of several professional societies, Windels has served as an officer in various capacities, including president, of the American Phytopathological Society. She has earned several awards and honors including the Sugarbeet Distinguished Service Award by the Sugarbeet Industry of Minnesota and North Dakota, the Meritorious Service Award by the American Society of Sugar Beet Technologists, and is a Fellow in both the American Phytopathological Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
In 2011, Windels was recognized for her work with the Torch & Shield Award, the highest honor given by the U of M, Crookston. The award honors contributions of significance to higher education, the Crookston campus, and the region; recognizes champions of the U of M, Crookston, NWROC and Extension for their impact on the region through teaching, research, and outreach; and distinguishes both high profile individuals and those who have been "quiet" contributors to the success of the Crookston campus.