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2017

Graduate Assistantships Now Available for Fall 2018
November 20, 2017
Plant Pathology Graduate Research Assistantships are available for highly-qualified applicants. Apply by December 15 for full funding consideration.
PPEM Offers Array of Job Opportunities
November 20, 2017
PPEM seeks enthusiastic researchers and technologists to join our team and help advance the mission of the department, college, and university.
Interdisciplinary Graduate Assistantships Funding Awarded
November 17, 2017
Drs. Terrence Bell and Kevin Hockett were awarded funding from the Strategic Networks and Initiatives Program on November 17.
Jim Travis: Fruit Specialist by Trade, Grower by Passion
November 14, 2017
Professor Emeritus Dr. James Travis grows organic apples, peaches, and pears in Adams County, PA.
We Are...Entering the Golf Business
November 10, 2017
Penn State turf network helps PPEM 2016 alumnus and entrepreneur Hunter Swisher launch Phospholutions.
Mercado Leads Adult Learners of Penn State Club
November 6, 2017
B.S. student Melissa Mercado is President of Adult Learners of Penn State and models for family and fellow students persevering hard work.
College of Agricultural Sciences Department Head Honored by Alma Mater
November 1, 2017
Dr. Carolee Bull was recognized for her professional achievements by her alma mater, Ohio University, during a ceremony in Athens, Ohio, on October 27.
John McDowell Visits PPEM
October 31, 2017
Dr. John M. McDowell, Professor at Virginia Tech, visited PPEM October 29-31 as a student-invited colloquium speaker.
Kira Bowen Given College of Ag Outstanding Alumni Award
October 25, 2017
Merrill Lab alumna Dr. Kira Bowen was presented the Outstanding Alumni Award by the College of Agricultural Sciences on October 25.
Lindsay Triplett Visits PPEM
October 24, 2017
Dr. Lindsay Triplett from The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station visited PPEM October 22-24.
Martins Presents at SACNAS 2017 Annual Meeting
October 21, 2017
Dr. Samuel Martins presented at the 2017 conference, which took place in Salt Lake City, Utah, October 19-21.
Safari Successfully Defends Dissertation
October 16, 2017
Ph.D. candidate Maliheh Safari successfully defended her dissertation on October 16.
PPA Announces Oyster Mushroom Kit Fundraiser
October 11, 2017
The Plant Pathology Association (PPA) offers oyster mushroom grow-kits to raise funds to send PPEM graduate students to conferences. Pre-order by October 18.
Manan Sharma Visits PPEM
October 9, 2017
Dr. Manan Sharma, Research Microbiologist at USDA-ARS, visited PPEM October 8-9.
Carolyn Malmstrom Visits PPEM
October 3, 2017
Dr. Carolyn Malmstrom, Associate Professor of Plant Biology at Michigan State, visited PPEM October 1-3.
Postdoc Kutubuddin Molla Joins Yang Lab
October 2, 2017
Dr. Kutubuddin Molla joined the Yang Lab as Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow on October 2.
Research Center Completes Potato Building Upgrades
September 29, 2017
The upgraded potato processing building at the Larson Agricultural Research Center will provide post-harvest research opportunities.
James Bradeen Visits PPEM
September 26, 2017
Dr. James Bradeen, Professor and Department Head at the University of MN, visited PPEM September 24-26.
Zhonglin Mou Visits PPEM
September 19, 2017
Dr. Zhonglin Mou, University of Florida Associate Professor, was PPATH 590 Colloquium speaker on September 18.
Justin Shih Passes Oral Candidacy Exam
September 7, 2017
Justin Shih passed his Ph.D. oral candidacy exam on September 7.
Bell Awarded Teaching Transformation and Innovation Grant
August 30, 2017
Dr. Terrence Bell is one of the recipients of the 2017-2018 Teaching Transformation and Innovation Grant Awards.
Samuel Martins Joins Bull Lab
August 28, 2017
Dr. Samuel J. Martins began work as Bull Lab Research Technologist and Lab Manager on August 28.
Postdoc Prem Kandel Joins Hockett Lab
August 14, 2017
Postdoctoral scholar Prem Kandel joined the Hockett Lab on August 14.
Ramos-Sepúlveda Accepts Assistant Professor Position
July 31, 2017
Laura Ramos-Sepúlveda becomes Assistant Professor of Microbiology at Millersville University on Aug. 1.
Plant Disease Clinic Provides Diagnostic, Management Services
July 28, 2017
The Plant Disease Clinic provides clinical diagnoses of plant diseases for Pennsylvania's agricultural producers, gardeners, and homeowners.
Moorman Trains Graduate Students in Plant Disease Diagnoses
July 27, 2017
Emeritus Professor Gary Moorman offers valuable plant disease diagnosis techniques through PPATH 502 course.
Northeast SARE Selects Bautista Jalón for 2017 Grant
July 24, 2017
Northeast SARE awards Laura del Sol Bautista Jalón a 2017 Graduate Student Grant.
Wingfield Receives MSA Honorary Member Award
July 19, 2017
Mycological Society of America awards Brenda Wingfield the Honorary Member, the highest award to international fungal scholars.
Plant Pathology Association Tours Campus Green Roofs
July 19, 2017
Plant Science Ph.D. student Julianna Razryadov gave PPA students a campus green roofs tour on July 19.
Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology Course Concludes
July 11, 2017
Ph.D. candidate Natali Özber concluded her Upward Bound 2017 course on July 11.
San Joaquin County Farm Advisor Visits Gugino Lab
June 26, 2017
Dr. Brenna Aegerter, UC Cooperative Extension Vegetable Crops Farm Advisor, visits Gugino Lab.
Financial Assistant Bell Confer Joins PPEM
June 26, 2017
Arabella (Bell) Confer joins PPEM as Financial Assistant beginning June 26.
Plant Friends and Foes 2017 Program Launches
June 5, 2017
Year two of three-year USDA NIFA AFRI project directed by Dr. Tim McNellis began eight-week summer program on June 5.
Dr. Lydia Tymon Visits Bull Lab
June 2, 2017
Dr. Lydia Tymon from WSU Mount Vernon NW Washington Research & Extension Center visits Bull Lab.
Visiting Ph.D. Student Joins Bull Lab
May 30, 2017
Ph.D. student Khumbuzile Bophela joins the Bull Lab this summer, beginning May 30.
Rosa Proposal Selected to Faculty Development Fund
May 23, 2017
Cristina Rosa's travel proposal was selected to a faculty development fund to support her travel to Croatia.
Kang Elected Fellow of American Phytopathological Society
May 18, 2017
Dr. Seogchan Kang was elected as an APS Fellow, an honor given to members in recognition of distinguished contributions to the discipline of plant pathology.
2017 APS Foundation Student Travel Awardees Announced
May 18, 2017
Anita Behari and Ningxiao Li receive APS travel awards to present research at 2017 Annual Meeting.
Hockett Lab Welcomes Stacey Scott
May 15, 2017
The Hockett Lab welcomed new Research Technologist Stacey Scott on May 15.
Professor Emeritus James R. Bloom, Sr., Dies
May 11, 2017
PPEM mourns the loss of Dr. James R. Bloom, Sr., who died on May 10. He was Dept. Head, 1975-1976, and retired as Professor Emeritus in 1987.
Student from South Africa Visits PPEM
April 27, 2017
PPEM welcomes Ph.D. student Andrea Wilson, visiting for two months from the University of Pretoria.
Melissa Finley Defends Master's Thesis
April 25, 2017
Congratulations to M.S. student Melissa Finley for successfully defending her thesis on April 25.
Alumna Pfeufer Enjoys Statewide Responsibilities at University of Kentucky
April 24, 2017
Emily Pfeufer (M.S. 2010, Ph.D. 2014) is Assistant Extension Professor in Dept. of Plant Pathology at the University of Kentucky.
Bull Presents Lightning Talk at Blue-White Science Expo
April 22, 2017
Dr. Carolee Bull discussed her research in a lightning talk for the Blue-White Science Expo on April 22.
Minkenberg Selected for Alumni Association Dissertation Award
April 18, 2017
Ph.D. candidate Bastian Minkenberg was selected for Penn State's Alumni Association Dissertation Award of $5,000.
Ohio State Exchange Lecturer Vrisman Visits PPEM
April 17, 2017
Cláudio Maurício Vrisman, Ph.D. student from Ohio State, was a seminar exchange program speaker on April 17.
Aarushi Rana Uses Mushroom Minor to Benefit Her Home
April 17, 2017
Mushroom Science and Technology minor Aarushi Rana aims to make life better in Mumbai, India.
PPEM Annual Awards Ceremony
April 13, 2017
The Dept. of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology held its 2017 Annual Awards Ceremony on April 13.
Rosenthal Receives NASA PSGC Graduate Fellowship
April 12, 2017
Commitment to outreach a major focus of Rosenthal's 2017-2018 NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium Graduate Research Fellowship.
Student-Invited Staskawicz Gives R.R. Nelson Memorial Lecture
April 10, 2017
Dr. Brian Staskawicz delivered the Richard R. Nelson Memorial Lecture on April 10.
Ramos-Sepúlveda and Bull Collaborate with Lincoln University
April 6, 2017
Drs. Carolee Bull and Laura Ramos-Sepúlveda began mushroom research collaboration with Lincoln University on April 6.
Dr. Erica Goss Visits PPEM
April 4, 2017
Dr. Erica Goss, Assistant Professor, University of Florida, was PoppR Workshop instructor and colloquium speaker on April 3.
Yueying Chen Begins Work at Kansas State
April 3, 2017
December 2016 graduate Yueying Chen begins work as postdoctoral fellow at Kansas State on April 3.
Visiting Professor Brenda Wingfield Joins PPEM
April 1, 2017
Visiting Professor Brenda D. Wingfield brings mentorship and enhances University of Pretoria collaboration beginning April 1.
Gamma Sigma Delta Chapter Recognizes Beyer for Extension Excellence
March 31, 2017
Dr. David Beyer was recognized for Extension Excellence in Gamma Sigma Delta chapter ceremony on March 30.
Composters Value Mushroom Review Workshop
March 31, 2017
Composters discussed composting theory and practical applications at Mushroom Review workshop held on March 31.
Bell Lab Welcomes New Research Technologist
March 29, 2017
Ryan Trexler joins the Bell lab as Research Technologist on March 29.
Wodzicki Places Second in Gamma Sigma Delta Research Expo
March 28, 2017
Undergraduate Lianna Wodzicki was awarded 2nd Place in the Gamma Sigma Delta Research Exposition held March 28.
Safari's Research Poster Places Second in Grad Exhibition
March 26, 2017
Ph.D. candidate Maliheh Safari received 2nd Place award in 2017 Graduate Exhibition.
Elena Christian Wins APS Poster Competition
March 23, 2017
Undergraduate Elena Christian (McNellis Lab) won first place in the APS-Potomac Division Poster competition on March 23.
Cornell Exchange Student Lecturer Cieniewicz Visits PPEM
March 20, 2017
Elizabeth Cieniewicz, Ph.D. student, Cornell University-Geneva campus, was a seminar exchange program speaker on March 20.
Martin Named NSF Graduate Research Fellow
March 17, 2017
Congratulations to Phillip Martin, a 2017 awardee of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program.
Alumna Garzón is PPEM Colloquium Speaker
March 15, 2017
Alumna Carla Garzón visits PPEM faculty and students and delivers PPATH 590 seminar on March 13.
Alumnus Castaño-Zapata Recognized by Colombia's Ministry of Education
March 10, 2017
Alumnus Dr. Jairo Castaño Zapata (Ph.D., 1981), was recognized by Colombia's Ministry of Education on March 10.
Ramos-Sepúlveda Presents at APS Caribbean Division Meeting
March 1, 2017
Dr. Laura Ramos-Sepúlveda presented in Costa Rica at the APS meeting which incoming faculty member Dr. Paul Esker helped to organize.
Mitchell Promoted to Full Professor at Ohio State
March 1, 2017
Dr. Thomas K. Mitchell, former undergraduate in the Royse Lab, was promoted to full professor at Ohio State in February 2017.
Minkenberg Successfully Defends Dissertation
February 27, 2017
Ph.D. candidate Bastian Minkenberg successfully defended his dissertation on Feb. 27.
Student Stories: Fungi Fun
February 16, 2017
B.S. student Sara Getson discovers love for plant sciences through PPEM courses, faculty mentors, and lab experiences.
Fruit and Vegetable Convention Offers Workshop for Spanish Growers
February 2, 2017
Carolee Bull and Laura Ramos-Sepúlveda were among collaborators for Spanish-growers session at the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention on Feb. 1.
INTAD Competitive Grant Winners Announced
January 31, 2017
M.S. student Genna Tesdall's research project was one of five student research projects awarded funding in the Fall 2016 grant cycle.
Adams County Fruit Tour Benefits PPEM Members
January 27, 2017
Ph.D. student Phillip Martin organized a Jan. 27 PPEM group tour to learn about the fruit industry in Adams County.
Dept. Welcomes Alumni and Family Members at Annual Winter Party
January 26, 2017
See photos from the PPEM Annual Winter Party held at Celebration Hall on Jan. 26.
Magdama Successfully Defends Dissertation
January 20, 2017
Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Freddy Magdama for successfully defending his dissertation on Jan. 20.
Bull Speaks at SASPP Congress and Collaborates at FABI
January 17, 2017
Carolee Bull gives memorial lecture at Southern African Society for Plant Pathology congress and plans 2017 collaborative research.
Behari Passes Comprehensive Exam
January 12, 2017
Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Anita Behari for passing her comprehensive exam on Jan. 12.
Erwinia amylovora Research Proposal Awarded to Elena Christian
January 9, 2017
McNellis lab undergraduate Elena Christian receives $2000 for her Spring 2017 student research proposal.
Fusarium Research Proposal Awarded to Clara Miller
January 9, 2017
Geiser Lab undergraduate Clara Miller receives $2000 for her Spring 2017 student research proposal.
Plant Pathologist from Korea Conducts Sabbatical Research in Kang Lab
January 1, 2017
Dr. Yongho Jeon and his family arrive to begin sabbatical year in Kang lab.
Talented Students Sought for 2017 PPEM Grad Assistantships
January 1, 2017
Highly-qualified candidates are invited to apply for PPEM graduate research assistantships that begin Summer or Fall 2017.