SporePrints 2015-11

Contents of the November 2015 electronic debut of SporePrints.

Welcome from Carolee

Dear Alumni, Emeritus Faculty, Retirees, Industry Supporters, and other Friends,

This is a vibrant, exciting time in your Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology (PPEM). And if having a new department head weren’t enough, anticipation is mounting as we review candidates for our two new positions in Phytobiomes and Microbial Ecology. New initiatives are allowing us to strategize about our role as an international leader in plant pathology and to invest in recruitment of diverse undergraduate and graduate students.

It is a brand new day in PPEM. We want to share it with you because you built the foundation on which we are growing. We want to be in touch, want to know what you have been up to recently, and want to share our success with you—our broader PPEM family. To do this we updated our beloved SporePrints department newsletter to an electronic, quarterly format. The work we, our alumni, emeriti, retirees, and friends do is important to the nation and the planet. We hope news from PPEM will encourage you to recommit to your work and mission.

I recently had the opportunity to meet with Justin Pita, a former postdoc from the department. It was exciting for me to see where he has gone in the short time since he left PPEM. Your former colleagues all over the world and here at Penn State want to know about what is driving you now and your successes. We want to celebrate with you and help promote your causes. Please share your news with us via Share Your News.

Now, more than ever, is a great time to be at Penn State University and the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology. Please stop by and visit us if you are in the region. Until the next edition, we send our wishes for happy holidays and a peace-filled New Year.

Carolee T. Bull, Head
The Pennsylvania State University
Department of Plant Pathology & Environmental Microbiology


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