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2012

Congratulations to PPEM graduate student competitive grant recipients
December 12, 2012
Sara May and Sarah Bardsley, PhD Candidates in Plant Pathology, have been selected for funding by the College of Agricultural Sciences Graduate Student Competitive Grants Program. Each will receive $2,000 from the Alex and Jessie C. Black Research Fund Endowment to support their thesis research projects.
Congratulations to PPEM 25-year service awardees
December 12, 2012
The College of Agricultural Sciences held the annual 25-year Service Award ceremony on December 5, 2012, at the Nittany Lion Inn. The Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology honored three 25-year employees this year including: Randy Dreibelbis, Vija Wilkinson, and Douglas Keith.
PPEM graduate student diligently promotes cultural diversity at Penn State
December 12, 2012
Brian Aynardi will address promoting cultural diversity at the Faculty Senate meeting on January 29, 2013.
2012 Outstanding Alumni Award to Dr. James Moyer
October 23, 2012
Dr. James Moyer was recently honored with the College of Agricultural Sciences 2012 Outstanding Alumni Award by Dean Bruce McPheron at an award ceremony held on October 19th at the Nittany Lion Inn.
Dr. Daniel Klessig Gave the 2012 Richard R. Nelson Memorial Lecture
October 19, 2012
Dr. Klessig from Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research/Cornell University presented a talk titled “SOS-too many mobile signals in systemic acquired resistance? & CTR1, a key player in multiple layers of immunity" on Monday, October 15.
Plant Disease Diagnosis (PPATH 502) course offers diverse learning opportunities
August 1, 2012
Graduate students enrolled in this summer’s PPATH 502 organized by Drs. Don Davis and Fred Gildow, had the opportunity to learn about plant disease diagnosis from many experts during July gaining hands-on experiences in the field and lab. The sudents also networked and learned about different job opportunities in industry and government.
Congratulations to Drs. Don Davis and Dennis Decoteau for receiving two grants
July 31, 2012
Drs. Don Davis and Dennis Decoteau have received two grants totaling $539,000 from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Air Quality, to monitor ambient ground-level ozone in the Marcellus Shale natural gas areas of PA and study impacts of ozone on PA vegetation.
Congratulations to Dr. John Pecchia
June 26, 2012
Effective July 1, 2012, Dr. John Pecchia will be the newest addition to the Faculty of Plant Pathology. Dr. Pecchia has been hired as a dual-titled Assistant Professor/Research Associate and Manager of the redesigned Mushroom Research Center. John will have teaching responsibilities for PPATH 405 and will be designing a new undergraduate general education course in Mushroom Biology. He will also be the new advisor for the Mushroom Science Minor in Plant Pathology.
Dr. James Moyer - College of Agricultural Sciences 2012 Outstanding Alumni
June 15, 2012
Dr. James Moyer a MS (1973) and PhD (1976) graduate of the Department of Plant Pathology at Penn State University has been selected as an Outstanding Alumni of the College of Agricultural Sciences for 2012.
Plant Pathology Graduate Student Emily Pfeufer in the News!
May 31, 2012
Emily’s hard work over the past few years has paid off! Emily was recently interviewed for an article titled “Kelly working to dig up ailments as plant pathologist” published in her hometown newspaper the Saint Marys Daily Press on May 25, 2012.
Master in Professional Studies in Homeland Security option in Agricultural Biosecurity and Food Defense has first graduate!
May 30, 2012
Congratulations to Dr. Joe Smith, DVM the first graduate of the Master in Professional Studies in Homeland Security option in Agricultural Biosecurity and Food Defense!
Congratulations to Katy Baldwin, winner at the Undergraduate Exhibition poster session
April 30, 2012
Katy Baldwin, an undergraduate researcher working in Dr. Tim McNellis’s program won "best overall" at the Undergraduate Exhibition poster session this week on Wednesday, April 11, 2012. Her poster was titled "Exploring the genetics of fire blight from Erwinia amylovora." Katy was first author, with Caroline Black, Laura Ramos, Judy Sinn, and Tim McNellis as co-authors. Katy prepared the poster on her own and you can view it hanging in Old Main until the end of the semester.
Congratulations to Dr. Scott Isard for receiving the International IPM Award of Excellence
April 26, 2012
Scott was awarded the International IPM Award of Excellence at the 7th International IPM Symposium held March 27-29 in Memphis, TN.
Congratulations to Brian Aynardi
April 23, 2012
Brian is a student in the Plant Pathology Ph.D. Graduate program working on turf grass disease management with Dr. Wakar Uddin. Brian was recently elected in a university-wide election as the Faculty Senate representative for the Penn State Graduate Student Association for the 2012-2013 academic year.
Big Congratulations to Dr. David Geiser on being elected a Fellow of the Mycological Society of America
April 18, 2012
David Geiser was elected a Fellow of the Mycological Society of America (MSA) for 2012. MSA Fellows are recognized as outstanding mid-career mycologists on the basis of their record of mycological research, teaching, and service. Fellows will be honored at a ceremony at the MSA meeting in New Haven, Connecticut in July.
Big Congratulations to Dr. Seogchan Kang on becoming a 2012 Penn State Institute for CyberScience (ICS) Faculty Fellow
April 13, 2012
Seogchan Kang has been selected as a 2012 Penn State Institute for CyberScience (ICS) Faculty Fellow based on the proposal titled “iFungi: A Comprehensive Cyberinfrastructure Supporting Data Management and Utilization and Knowledge Sharing on Fungi” and will receive $25,000.
Probing Question: What causes trees to be diseased?
April 13, 2012
From the delicate cherry blossoms of Washington, D.C. to the towering redwoods of northern California, many towns and institutions across the nation are known and loved for their iconic trees. Count the majestic elms of Penn State's University Park campus among these beloved arboreal symbols—but if you literally count them, you'll notice there are fewer today than ever.
Plant Pathologists Participate in University Graduate Research Exhibition
March 27, 2012
Seven Plant Pathology graduate students participated in the 2012 Penn State University Graduate Research Exhibition held on March 25 at the Hetzel Union Building (HUB).
2012 College of Agricultural Sciences Research Exposition
March 19, 2012
Six graduate students from the Department of Plant Pathology participated in the 2012 College of Agricultural Sciences Research Exposition, sponsored by the Gamma Sigma Delta Ag. Science Honor Society, on March 14-15.
SPOREPRINTS - Issue 1, February 2012
February 20, 2012
The first issue of SPOREPRINTS, a monthly newsletter for the Plant Pathology department, for 2012, is published.
Assistantships available
February 18, 2012
Assistantship opportunities for those interested in graduate studies in Plant Pathology.
Department of Plant Pathology’s Annual International Cookie Bake-off Contest
February 17, 2012
Thursday through Friday, February 16-17, was the Department of Plant Pathology’s annual international cookie bake-off contest.
New Fact Sheets are Posted
February 13, 2012
Dr. Gary Moorman posted the following new fact sheets:
Plant Pathology hires new Administrative Support Coordinator
January 20, 2012
The Department of Plant Pathology welcomes Ms. Diane Yoder in her new position as the Department’s Administrative Support Coordinator (Administrative Assistant).
Steve Conaway’s March 2011 trip to Cereal Disease Laboratory at University of Minnesota
January 1, 2012
With the assistance of the plant pathology departmental travel award Steve had the opportunity to travel to the USDA Cereal Disease Laboratory in March of 2011 and observe techniques used by the world's preeminent rust researchers. The scientists at the CDL were kind enough to explain the details of their work as well as provide helpful suggestions pertaining to my research questions. Although Steve does not work with cereal diseases, his research on Canada thistle biological control with the rust fungus Puccinia punctiformis considers many of the same issues that the CDL focuses on with rust diseases on grain. Topics that have become the center of Steve’s biological control research such as host resistance, virulence genes, dispersal characteristics and epidemiology have all been intensively studied for rust diseases of cereal crops.
Steve Conaway’s Summer 2011 trip to USDA-ARS in Hilo, Hawaii
January 1, 2012
In the summer of 2011 Steve had a rare opportunity to present his research at two conferences in the Hawaiian islands. Because of his interest in tropical agriculture and plant pathology he arranged to spend the month between the two conferences as a visiting scholar at the USDA-ARS Pacific Basin Agriculture Research Center in Hilo. He gained insights into a variety of interesting research projects being conducted by the USDA, Forest Service, and University of Hawai'i.