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U of M, Crookston Assistant Professor in Golf & Turf Management Rob Golembiewski, Ph.D., Speaker on Turf-Related Topics at Recent Conferences
March 13, 2008

Contact: Rob Golembiewski, Ph.D., assistant professor, (, Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (

Rob Golembiewski, Ph.D., (center of back row) was one of 13 turf pathologists invited to a conference held recently in Puerto Rico.
Rob Golembiewski, Ph.D., (center of back row) was one of 13 turf pathologists invited to a conference held recently in Puerto Rico.
Crookston, Minn. (March 12, 2008) – While the region might be covered in snow, many turfgrass professionals are planning for spring and summer and that is keeping Rob Golembiewski, Ph.D., an assistant professor in golf and turf management at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, very busy.

Golembiewski was one of only thirteen turf pathologists from across the U.S. invited by Arysta LifeScience Corporation to a conference held recently in Puerto Rico. The purpose of the conference was to determine research priorities with regard to turfgrass diseases and update the latest in turfgrass management practices.

As a featured speaker at the annual Minnesota Green Expo held in Minneapolis, Minn., Golembiewski reported on dollar spot and snow mold disease control in turfgrass. He was also an invited speaker at the Association of Montana Turf & Ornamental Pest Professionals (AMTOPP) in Bozeman, Mont., and the North Central Turf Grass Association (NCTGA) in Fargo, N.D.  “The Crookston campus is very fortunate to have someone of Rob’s technical credentials in turfgrass and golf course management,” notes Dan Svedarsky, Ph.D., head of the Natural Resources Department. “His national reputation provides him the opportunity to stay abreast of current trends in the industry so our students can be competitive with students from anywhere. It’s also great visibility for our program in golf and turf management.”

Most recently, Golembiewski conducted a live Web seminar for the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) on “Fungicides, Resistance and Turf Disease Control.” The webcast was hosted by the GCSAA but actually originated from Golembiewski’s office via his laptop computer and a microphone. The web seminar was available for a fee and accessible literally all over the world to interested practitioners, researchers and students of the association. The GCSAA is the leading professional organization for the men and women who manage golf courses in the United States and worldwide and consists of more than 20,000 members.   

For information about golf and turf management at the U of M, Crookston, contact Golembiewski at 218-281-8116 ( or visit

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