R. James Cook (James Cook)
U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service Washington State University
R. James Cook is dean and professor emeritus, Washington State University. During his 40 years at WSU, he served from 1965 to 1998 as Research Plant Pathologist with USDA-Agricultural Research Service (ARS) conducting research on biological and ecological approaches to manage root diseases of Pacific Northwest wheat; from 1998 to 2003 as the R. J. Cook Endowed Chair in Wheat Research at WSU, a position endowed with a $1.5 million gift from the Washington Wheat Commission to the WSU Foundation; and from 2003 to 2005 as Interim Dean of the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences. From October, 1993 through March, 1996, he served in Washington DC on a 50% appointment as Chief Scientist for the USDA’s National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program. In addition to some 200 peer-reviewed journal papers and book chapters, he has co-authored two books: Biological Control of Plant Pathogens and Wheat Health Management. In 1988, he led the team of researchers at Washington State University that made the first field test of a genetically modified organism in the Pacific Northwest, which was a microorganism for root disease control on wheat.