Seminar Speaker Walcott Leads Diversity Workshop

Posted: April 4, 2016

Dr. Ron Walcott led a diversity workshop for PPEM and presented a seminar on managing seed-borne bacterial diseases on April 4.
(L-R) Drs. Carolee Bull and Ron Walcott

(L-R) Drs. Carolee Bull and Ron Walcott

Professor Ron R. Walcott from the University of Georgia visited the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology (PPEM) on April 3-5, 2016.

Dr. Walcott enjoyed breakfast with Bunton-Waller scholars Kayla Echols and Edelio Bazán, Vice Provost for Educational Equity Dr. Marcus Whithurst, and the College of Agricultural Sciences Associate Dean for Multicultural Affairs Dr. Patreese Ingram. Dr. Walcott’s trip was partially funded from a multicultural initiative supported by Dr. Ingram’s office.

During much-appreciated meetings with individual laboratories and other meals with students and faculty during his visit, Dr. Walcott shared his expertise in management of seed-borne bacterial diseases.  His seminar titled "Virulence and Host Range Determinants of Acidovorax citrulli, the Causal Agent of Bacterial Fruit Blotch" was presented on April 4.

Dr. Walcott greatly contributed to the department by also facilitating a workshop on diversity and inclusion. To develop the workshop themes he used anonymous responses to four prompts:

  1. Having a more diverse and inclusive workforce will strengthen our department by...
  2. Barriers to increasing diversity in PPEM include...
  3. The department would be more inclusive if it...
  4. One area that we excel in promoting diversity and inclusion is...

The conversations he stimulated resulted in numerous efforts within the department to initiate additional training and inclusive activities.


(L-R) Matthew Wheatley, Melissa Finley, Jennie Mazzone, Freddy Magdama, Genna Tesdall, Dr. Ron Walcott, and Kaixi Zhao.


The Bull Lab with Dr. Ron R. Walcott (L-R): Drs. Laura Ramos-Sepulveda, Irda Safni, Ron Walcott, and Carolee Bull.

Contact Information

Carolee T. Bull, Ph.D.
  • Department Head, Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology
Phone: 814-865-7448