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2020

Research technologist joins Hockett Lab
February 25, 2020
The Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology is pleased to announce the addition of Liina Eek to its staff as she assumes the position of research technologist in Hockett Lab.
Smith Passes Qualifying Exam
February 24, 2020
Congratulations to Mary for passing her qualifying exam on February 24.
What are viruses anyway, and why do they make us so sick? 5 questions answered
February 20, 2020
You may sometimes have felt like you “have come down with a virus,” meaning that you became sick from being exposed to something that could have been a virus. In fact, you have a virus – actually, many – all the time. Some viruses cause the common cold, and some are crucial to human survival. New viruses can also emerge, and they typically create illness in humans when they have very recently jumped from another species to humans. As world health leaders try to determine how to respond to the new coronavirus, virus expert Marilyn J. Roossinck answers a few questions.
President forms task force to look at student food and housing security
February 11, 2020
Food and housing insecurity is a growing issue for students at colleges and universities across the United States. Recent reports from both The Hope Center and the U.S. General Accounting Office have found these issues on college campuses nationwide. To help address this problem at Penn State, University President Eric Barron has formed a University Task Force on Food and Housing Security.
Sutherland Passes Qualifying Exam
January 27, 2020
Congratulations to Jeremy for passing his qualifying exam on January 27.
Department welcomes new building coordinator
January 24, 2020
The Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology is pleased to announce the addition of Janice McMahon to its staff as she assumes the position of building coordinator.
Aleman Passes Qualifying Exam
January 21, 2020
Congratulations to Max for passing his qualifying exam on January 21.
Fire blight publication featured in American Society for Microbiology podcast
January 15, 2020
A publication from the lab of Timothy McNellis, associate professor in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology, was recently featured on “This Week in Microbiology,” a podcast produced by the American Society for Microbiology.