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Scientist seeks synergies in associations

New chair of CESSE leads four groups


July 28, 2017
By Lori Sharn

An aversion to grant writing led Ellen Bergfeld away from academia.

Today she is a CEO times four. She leads the Alliance of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Science Societies, as well as the three founding associations of the nonprofit organization. Used to multiple responsibilities, Bergfeld also became board chair of the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives during the group’s July 25-27 conference in Quebec City.

Bergfeld grew up on an Angus cattle farm in Ohio, studied animal science as an undergrad and earned a Ph.D. in reproductive physiology.

“I really enjoyed teaching and working with the animals, but I hated writing grants and lab work,” Bergfeld said. Instead, she spent a year on Capitol Hill on a congressional science fellowship, and then became executive director of the American Society of Animal Science in 1998.