KULUMSA, ETHIOPIA: The Kulumsa Agricultural Research Center dedicated a corner of the Kulumsa University Library to Dr. Jesse Dubin and Dr. William (Bill) Bruckart, in a small ceremony at the center on November 5. The two men championed the acquisition and donation of reference materials in wheat and pathology to the library.
The dedication was celebrated by remarks by center administrators and friends during an Ethiopian style coffee ceremony.
Kulumsa Center Director, Mr. Abebe Delesa, spoke about the Kulumsa Research Center and thanked Dr. Dubin and Dr. Bruckart very much for their contributions to enhance knowledge of young researchers at Kulumsa.
Dr. Jesse Dubin, retired CIMMYT wheat pathologist, visited Kulumsa a number of times to train young pathologists and wheat breeders. And Dr. William Bruckart, retired USDA-ARS wheat breeder, has long had a "special love and heart for Kulumsa," according to Dr. Bedada Girma Buta, coordinator of DRRW-Ethiopia, who spoke during the gathering. He credited Dr. Ronnie Coffman for covering postage for the first large shipment of books and other printed materials, and thanked Dr. Gordon Cisar for carrying the rest of the books with his luggage during the many times he traveled to Ethiopia. Dr. Gordon Cisar said a few words. He and his wife Kathy were in attendance."I am thrilled to have the photos from the dedication of Annual Reviews of Plant Pathology at Kulumsa University," wrote Bruckart in a subsequent email, noting that Jesse Dubin made the original suggestion and provided considerable encouragement and linkages with shippers. "It's a wonderful feeling to know this has been accomplished. My hope now is that they will become worn out from use. It's very important work that you do at the University."
Editor's Note: Thank you to Dr. Bedada for providing the photos and much of this write-up.