The End of an Era
I had lunch last week with Steve Tjosvold and Steven Koike last week to mark Steve K's leaving UC Cooperative Extension after 28 years of service. It's been a huge run, and his innumerable contributions to plant pathology have been of great benefit not only to science , but also Central Coast agriculture and beyond. He'll be moving on to Trical, and I look forward to continuing my work with him there.
For those of you who are happy with my research and extension program in berries, you have just Steven Koike to thank. I met him first as a graduate student touring the vegetable industry, and then continued to interact later on as a researcher in private industry. Steve's leadership, commitment to the industry, the depth and breadth of his knowledge accompanied by a first class program of extension delivery impressed me deeply and I resolved to get a job in this organization. As luck would have it, a few years later, I got one and have been loving it ever since.
Thank you Steve!