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Wendy K. Wintersteen
Professor; Ph.D., Iowa State University (1988)
Department Position: College of Agriculture administration
Wendy Wintersteen has served as the dean of the College of Agriculture and director of the Experiment Station since Jan. 1, 2006. Previously, she served as the senior associate dean and associate director of the Experiment Station from 2000-2005 and as director of Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension from 1995 to 2000.
Wintersteen was appointed as extension entomologist and assistant professor, Department of Entomology in 1988 and was promoted to full professor in 1996. In 1990, Wintersteen served as the acting National Pesticide Education program leader for the Cooperative Extension Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
As Senior Associate Dean and Associate Director, Wintersteen was responsible for budget planning for the College of Agriculture and the Experiment Station. In addition, she works closely with the agricultural associations and commodity boards. She served as chair of the North Central Research Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors and is a member of the Multistate Research Committee.
As a faculty member, Wintersteen coordinated the activities of the Pest Management and Environment Program, which seeks to reduce the health and environmental risks of pesticide applications. Her extension research interests focused on the development and assessment of pest management strategies including the environmental economic injury level and measuring IPM adoption levels.
Wintersteen has accepted 29 invited presentations, presented 30 papers or poster presentations and given hundreds of extension presentations. She has published 16 referred journal articles, seven book chapters and 59 extension publications.
Wintersteen received her bachelor's degree in agriculture in 1978 from Kansas State University and her doctorate in entomology in 1988 from Iowa State University.
She has received numerous awards including the Early Achievement in Extension Award from the Iowa State University Foundation (1993), Outstanding Extension/Regulatory Display, Entomological Society of America (1994), USDA and EPA Certificate of Appreciation for outstanding service and dedication in establishing the national program for the certification and training of pesticide applicators (1999) and Honorary Member, Iowa Independent Crop Consultants Association (2000).
Petrzelka, P., S.C. Padgitt, C. Pilcher, W.K. Wintersteen. 2002. "The Role of Sociologists in Evaluation of a Pest Management Tool." Journal of Applied Sociology. Vol. 19, No.2, pgs. 68-80.
Manikowske, L., J. Stone, B. Farr, J. Wilson, W.K. Wintersteen. 2002. Teaching about chemical resistant gloves with educational exhibits. Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences.
Blair, A., R. Tarone, D. Sandler, C.F. Lynch, A. Rowland, W.K. Wintersteen, W.C. Steen, C. Samanic, M. Dosemeci, M.C.R. Alavanja. 2002. Reliability of reporting on lifestyle and agricultural factors by a sample of participants in the Agricultural Health Study from Iowa. Submitted to Epidemiology.
Padgitt, S.C., P. Petrzelka, W.K. Wintersteen & E. Immerman. 2001. Integrated crop management: the other precision agriculture. American J. of Alternative Ag. 16(1): 16-22.
Higley, L. G., M. R. Zeiss, L. P. Pedigo & W. K. Wintersteen. 1992. National pesticide policy: a call for action. Am. Entomol. 38: 139-146.
Higley, L. G. & W. K. Wintersteen. 1992. A novel approach to environmental risk assessment of pesticides as a basis for incorporating environmental costs into economic injury levels. Am. Entomol. 38: 34-39.