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John Pecchia
May 20, 2019

John Pecchia has been promoted to the rank of associate research professor, effective July 1, 2019.

Kari Peter
May 20, 2019

Kari Peter has been promoted to the rank of associate research professor, effective July 1, 2019.

Alyssa Collins
May 20, 2019

Alyssa Collins has been promoted to the rank of associate research professor, effective July 1, 2019.

Sara Klee, center, poses with Regina Vasilatos-Younken, dean of the Graduate School, and Neil Sharkey, vice president for research, at The Graduate School Alumni Society’s Spring Social and Recognition Dinner on March 23, 2019. IMAGE: STUDIO 2 PHOTOGRAPHY
May 14, 2019

Sara Klee, a doctoral student in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology and USDA NIFA Predoctoral Fellow, has been selected as a recipient of the 2019 Alumni Association Dissertation Award.

Laura Kaminsky, a doctoral student in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. IMAGE: PENN STATE
May 13, 2019

Laura Kaminsky, a doctoral student in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, will be able to advance her research interests in plant pathology after receiving a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Siyi Ge
May 13, 2019

Siyi Ge successfully defended her thesis on May 10, 2019.

Beth Gugino
May 10, 2019

Beth Gugino has been promoted to the rank of full professor, effective July 1, 2019.

Using Penn State’s entrepreneurial resources, biology student Sherveen “Shevy” Karbasi is bringing complete blood count testing out of the clinic and onto a smartphone via HemoGO, an app capable of delivering a CBC in less than a minute, all within the co
May 9, 2019

Using Penn State’s entrepreneurial resources, biology student Sherveen “Shevy” Karbasi is bringing complete blood count testing out of the clinic and onto a smartphone.

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May 6, 2019

Members of the Penn State Science Policy Society recently visited Washington, D.C., where they met with officials from several congressional offices and nongovernmental organizations to discuss the promotion of science and evidence-based policy.

Jorge Manzo of McCleaf’s Orchard in Adams County inspects buds on a kiwi vine. He is one of many Spanish-speaking growers who take part in bilingual agricultural education provided by Penn State Extension. IMAGE: TARA BAUGHER
May 6, 2019

For close to a decade, Jorge Manzo has worked at McCleaf’s Orchard, a fifth-generation family farm near Gettysburg in Adams County, where he is responsible for preparing a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables for market, including a few of his favorites — kiwi, blackberries and raspberries.

Emma Wallace
April 29, 2019

Congratulations to Emma Wallace for passing her oral qualifying exam on April 26.

Hanareia Ehau-Taumaunu, doctoral candidate in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology. IMAGE: PENN STATE
April 24, 2019

Hanareia Ehau-Taumaunu, doctoral candidate in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, has been selected as the recipient of the Phytobiomes Fellowship for the 2019-20 academic year.

Yinong Yang, professor of plant pathology, is the 2019 recipient of the Research Innovators Award. IMAGE: PENN STATE
April 17, 2019

Yinong Yang, professor of plant pathology, is the 2019 recipient of the Research Innovators Award, given by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences to recognize faculty and staff who have commercialized intellectual property generated by their Penn State research.

Sara Klee
April 12, 2019

Sara Klee successfully defended her dissertation on April 12.

Early freezes or severe cold can damage apple trees, a possible cause of later, rapid deaths. The decline is more common among densely planted trellised orchards (above right). MELISSA DOBERNIGG/THE BX PRESS CIDERY
April 1, 2019

Six years ago, an unpleasant surprise greeted plant pathologist Kari Peter as she inspected a research orchard in Pennsylvania. Young apple trees were dying—and rapidly. At first, she suspected a common pathogen, but chemical treatments didn't help. The next year, she began to hear reports of sudden deaths from across the United States and Canada. In North Carolina, up to 80% of orchards have shown suspicious symptoms. "Rows of trees collapse for what seems like no reason," says Peter, who works at the Pennsylvania State University Fruit Research and Extension Center in Biglerville.

John M. Skelly
March 25, 2019

John M. Skelly, 78 Sr., Ph.D., 78, passed away Friday, March 22, 2019.

Sara Klee IMAGE: PENN STATE
March 18, 2019

Sara Klee, doctoral student in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology and USDA NIFA Predoctoral Fellow, has been selected as a recipient of the 2019 College of Agricultural Sciences Outstanding Dissertation Award.

Graduate students Melissa Mercado, left, and Elisa Lauritzen pose for a photo at the 2019 PA Farm Show. IMAGE: PENN STATE
February 28, 2019

The 103 PA Farm Show took place on January 5 – 12 and was held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg. Members from the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology, along with other members of the College of Agricultural Sciences and members of the Mushrooms Framers of Pennsylvania (MFPA) volunteered at the event.

An international team of crop-health scientists, including a Penn State researcher, studied the effect of pests and pathogens on wheat, rice, maize, soybean and potato. IMAGE: PIXABAY
February 27, 2019

Pests and diseases are taking a substantial bite out of the world’s five major food crops — in some cases, up to 40 percent — according to a recently released publication, one of the first to inventory the impact on a global scale.

A doctoral student in plant pathology, Terry Torres-Cruz has an interest in fungi and works with David Geiser, professor of mycology, in Penn State's Fusarium Research Center. IMAGE: PENN STATE
February 7, 2019

Students and faculty members from the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently attended the National Diversity in STEM Conference.