Alumna Bowen PPEM Workshop and Colloquium Speaker
Posted: October 31, 2016
On October 31, 2016, colloquium speaker Dr. Kira L. Bowen visited the Dept. of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology (PPEM) to present her seminar titled "Predicting aflatoxin contamination in peanuts." Prior to the seminar Dr. Bowen led a professional development workshop titled "Manuscripts: the publication process from preparation to review" for dept. graduate students and postdoctoral scholars and scientists.
Professor Bowen is a 1980 Penn State Plant Sciences alumna whose adviser was PPEM's Dr. William (Bill) Merrill, Jr., a forest pathologist. Merrill, PPEM facilities staff member Leona Price, and Dr. Richard D. Schein, who taught Bowen's epidemiology class, were influential in Dr. Bowen's decision to pursue graduate degrees in plant pathology, obtaining her master's degree from the University of Minnesota (Merrill's alma mater) and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.
After a one-year postdoctoral position with the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) in the Dept. of Plant Pathology at NC State, Dr. Bowen has spent the past nearly thirty years as a member of Auburn University's Entomology and Plant Pathology faculty.
Vice-President of the American Phytopathological Society (APS), Dr. Bowen will become President after the 2018 Annual Meeting as part of a four-year cycle of service. Her best advice for graduate students: take the work seriously and get it done, move on, and have fun on weekends!