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2011

Becky Peplinski Retirement
December 31, 2011
Becky Peplinski, Administrative Assistant to the Department of Plant Pathology, has retired after 40 years of excellent service in the front office of 212 Buckhout Laboratory.
Big Congratulations to Three Recent Graduates
December 27, 2011
Li Guo, Dylan Short, and Dharmendra Singh
Disease-causing fungi prevalent in sink drains, study finds
December 19, 2011
A study examining the prevalence of the fungus Fusarium in bathroom sink drains suggests that plumbing systems may be a common source of human infections.
Students visit Bolivia for Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resource Management Collaborative Research Support Program supported by USAID
November 24, 2011
When most people went home to eat turkey over Thanksgiving break, Hilary Kessler-Cheesman and Anna Testen went to Bolivia on a research trip for SANREM CRSP (Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resource Management Collaborative Research Support Program supported by USAID).
Dr. Elwin Stewart honored for 18 years of service to the Department of Plant Pathology
November 18, 2011
Dr. Elwin Stewart was honored for his 18 years of service to the Department of Plant Pathology and to the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State during a recognition ceremony held on November 18, 2011.
Plant Pathology faculty and students attend 2011 Global Food Security and Plant Biosecurity Symposium
November 9, 2011
This November, Dr. Gretchen Kuldau, along with graduate students Steve Conaway and Anna Testen, attended the 2011 Global Food Security and Plant Biosecurity Symposium at Southern University and A& M College in Baton Rouge, LA. Nine universities and 10 government units participated in this symposium. Special topics in this symposium included emerging issues in plant biosecurity with a keynote seminar on global food security by Dr. Helene Dillard at Cornell University. There was also a special session which highlighted the contributions of Dr. George Washington Carver to plant pathology and global food security.
Sara May receives Outstanding Service Award from National Plant Diagnostic Network
November 9, 2011
Sara May, coordinator and manager of the Plant Disease Clinic in the Department of Plant Pathology at Penn State University was awarded the Outstanding Service Award by the National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN) at their national meeting held November 6-9, 2011 in Berkeley, CA.
Dr. Laurence D. Moore receives Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society’s Outstanding Alumnus Award
October 21, 2011
Dr. Laurence D. Moore was awarded the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society’s Outstanding Alumnus Award by Dean Bruce McPheron at a ceremony held at the Nittany Lion Inn on October 21, 2011.
Dr. Beth Gugino receives APS Early Career Award
October 19, 2011
Dr. Beth K. Gugino received the Northeastern Division - American Phytopathological Society Early Career Award in recognition of her achievements in vegetable plant pathology Extension and research. She received a plaque at their annual banquet on October 13, 2011 in New Brunswick, NJ. Also at that time, Dr. Gugino completed her duties as Vice-President of the Division and became President of the APS - Northeast Division. She will preside over the 2012 annual Division meeting in New England.
Penn State Plant Pathology Association wins at Kennett Square Festival
September 15, 2011
This past summer, an enthusiastic and artistic subset of the Penn State Plant Pathology Association (PPA) painted a 108-pound concrete garden stool mushroom for a competition at the 2011 Kennett Square Mushroom Festival on September 9, 2011. The mission of PPA is to provide members with a platform to develop and discuss topics related to plant pathology, and to explore and promote plant pathology within the Penn State community.
Jilin Agricultural University Delegation Visit to Plant Pathology
September 12, 2011
Mushroom scientist and faculty from Jilin Agricultural University located in Changchun, China visited the Department of Plant Pathology on September 12, 2012 to tour the Mushroom Research Facility and discuss international collaborative research and teaching programs on mushrooms with interested faculty.
Penn State Plant Pathology and Southern University Urban Forestry Collaborate in Agricultural Biosecurity Education
July 27, 2011
On July 10-12, Dr. Dan Collins and four students from the Department of Urban Forestry at Southern University, Baton Rouge, LA, visited Penn State University to participate in a Short Course on Agricultural Plant Biosecurity developed by the Department of Plant Pathology.
Plant Pathology plays a role in Plum Pox eradication from Pennsylvania orchards
May 31, 2011
University Park, Pa. -- Seven members of the faculty and staff in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences received an Honor Award from U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on Aug. 3 for their efforts in helping to wipe out plum pox virus in Pennsylvania. USDA Honor Awards recognize accomplishments that help ensure access to safe, nutritious and balanced meals for America's children.
Department honors Dr. James Tammen: Department Head (1963-1976)
May 25, 2011
The Penn State Department of Plant Pathology is very pleased to announce the development of The James F. and Marilyn L. Tammen Memorial Endowment for International Plant Pathology.
Plant Doctors and Detectives: Students learn about Plant Pathology Careers
May 13, 2011
In early April 2011, the Department had an opportunity to share its love of plant pathology with young women from across the state through participating in the 2011 WISE Day Camp.