Eighth R.R. Nelson Memorial Lecture Series Held
Posted: February 16, 2016
Dr. Jeffrey B. Jones, Professor of Plant Pathology at the University of Florida, visited the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology (PPEM) at Penn State University on February 15, 2016, as the guest speaker for the eighth Richard R. Nelson Memorial Lecture Series. Dr. Jones presented his work “Insights into variation of Xanthomonas perforans and other xanthomonads using multilocus sequence analysis and whole genome sequencing" to a packed room in Buckhout Laboratory. Dr. Jones had vibrant discussions with members of the department after his seminar, during meals, and in one-on-one meetings. His visit strengthened current collaborations and more than fulfilled the expectations of the R.R. Nelson Memorial Lecture endowment.
The Richard R. Nelson Memorial Lectures Endowment was established by Dr. Nelson’s family, friends, and colleagues in honor of his distinguished career at Penn State (1966-1985) and beyond. Dr. Nelson made groundbreaking contributions in the fields of fungal virulence, host resistance, and plant disease epidemiology. In 1974 he was named Evan Pugh Professor, Penn State’s highest faculty distinction. We honor Dr. Nelson’s dedication to graduate education by inviting leaders in plant pathology to Penn State to educate, mentor, socialize, and collaborate with students, faculty, and staff.