Tara Auxt Baugher, PhD, received her initial training in pomology from her mother and grandfather, who grew apples and peaches in Paw Paw, West Virginia. She has a BA from Western Maryland College and MS and PhD degrees from West Virginia University. From 1980 to 1994, she was a West Virginia University tree fruit extension specialist and horticulture professor, and she is currently a tree fruit consultant in south-central Pennsylvania. Dr. Baugher conducts research in the areas of intensive orchard management systems and sustainable fruit production and has published more than 30 papers in refereed journals and books. Dr. Baugher's honors and awards include the Gamma Sigma Delta Award of Merit, West Virginia University's Outstanding Plant Science Teacher, and the International Dwarf Fruit Tree Association Researcher of the Year.
Suman Singha, PhD, was raised on an apple orchard in northern India. He received BS and MS degrees from Punjab Agricultural University and a PhD from Cornell University. He served on the faculty of West Virginia University from 1977 to 1990, and was promoted to Professor of Horticulture in 1986. In 1990, he accepted the position of Professor and Head of the Department of Plant Science at the University of Connecticut, and in 1995 was appointed Associate Dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Dr. Singha was named an American Council on Education Fellow in 2000. His research interests focus on tissue culture and fruit tree physiology and management. Dr. Singha has been recognized for teaching excellence and for contributions to first-year student programs.
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