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2020 Department awards and scholarships recipients announced

The Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology announced its 2020 awards and scholarships recipients during their annual winter celebration on February 17 at the Ramada Hotel & Conference Center in State College.

Vegetable pathology professor receives Excellence in Extension Award

Beth Gugino, professor of vegetable pathology in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, received this year’s Excellence in Extension Award presented by the American Phytopathological Society. This year’s meeting, Plant Health 2019, was held in Cleveland, Ohio, from Aug. 3 to 7.

Grant funds citrus greening resistance research

Tim McNellis, an associate professor in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, received a $171,000 grant from the Citrus Research and Development Foundation to research citrus greening resistance.

Industry groups award funding for fruit research and extension projects

New and ongoing tree-fruit research in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences received a boost with the recent awarding of funds totaling more than $261,000 by the State Horticultural Association of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Apple Program.

NIFA awards grant for microbial stress tolerance research

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) recently awarded Kevin Hockett $453,000 to assist in research focusing on how microbes tolerate distinct stresses.

Faculty Awarded General Education Microgrant

The Office for General Education recently awarded a General Education Microgrant to Timothy McNellis, an associate professor of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, in the amount of $500.

Klee receives Alumni Association Dissertation Award

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.

Klee receives College of Agricultural Sciences Outstanding Dissertation Award

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.

Gugino and Isard receive funding to monitor and forecast cucurbit downy mildew

Cucurbit vegetables grown in the U.S., namely watermelon, cucumber, squash, pumpkin and muskmelon, are worth $1.35 billion. Faculty at Penn State in collaboration with 16 other universities will utilize funding awarded by the 2018 USDA Specialty Crop Multi-State Program to monitor and forecast cucurbit downy mildew (CDM) over the next three years.

Faculty receive USDA grant to develop reliable biocontrol for Fusarium wilt of tomato

Biocontrol has long been touted as a safer alternative to synthetic pesticides for both, farmworker safety and the environment. However, inconsistent efficacy has hampered its wide adoption for disease management. To address this issue, faculty at Penn State are leading a project, funded by the USDA Specialty Crop Multi-State Program. Their focus is on generating critical knowledge and resources needed to develop and deploy reliable biocontrol strategies that can help protect tomato production from Fusarium wilt, an increasingly problematic soilborne disease.

Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and Penn State Postdoc Society award Molla for contribution to research and discovery

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and the Penn State Postdoc Society presented the 11th annual Postdoc Research Exhibition on September 28 in Alumni Hall and the HUB-Robeson Center.

Faculty receive SNIP Level I Launch grant to develop Spotted Lanternfly monitoring system

Research and awareness around the Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) continues to increase as proposals are selected for funding to help fight this invasive species. These sap-feeding insects are a major threat to U.S. agriculture, timber industry, and many managed and natural ecosystems, feeding on over 70 species of plants.

Graduate students receive SACNAS travel scholarships, present at STEM diversity conference

Students and faculty from the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology attended The National Diversity in STEM Conference on October 11, 2018, hosted by the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). The three-day conference was held in San Antonio this year and is scheduled to take place in Honolulu next year.

Ehau-Taumaunu receives Rose Hellaby postgraduate scholarship

Hanareia Ehau-Taumaunu, Ph.D. student in Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology, is the 2018 recipient of the Rose Hellaby postgraduate scholarship.

Graduate Students Receive Grants from Northeast SARE

The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) program selected proposals of three plant pathology graduate students for the 2018 Graduate Student grant awards. Of the 61 proposals received, Northeast SARE awarded a total of 28 proposals at a funding level of $405,373. SARE offers competitive grants to projects that explore and address key issues affecting the sustainability and future economic viability of agriculture.

Tesdall Receives AIARD award and Fulbright scholarship

The Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development (AIARD) recently announced the recipients of 12 Future Leaders Forum scholarships.

Kang and Wee Receive Funding to Initiate New Research on Mycotoxins in Crops

Funding by the Jeanne and Charles Rider Endowment to Dr. Seogchan Kang, professor of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology, and Dr. Josephine Wee, assistant professor of Food Science, will support their project entitled “Chemical ecology-based control of mycotoxin contamination in food/feed crops”.

Bell Awarded Joan Luerssen Faculty Enhancement Funding

Dr. Terrence Bell was recently awarded funding to attend the International Phytobiomes Conference in December.

Mercado Ties First Place for Course-Based Category at Undergraduate Exhibition

Students showcased their work at the 2018 Undergraduate Exhibition at the HUB-Robeson Center on April 18.

Undergraduate Andrew May Receives Award at Phage Research Symposium

Innovative undergraduate research programs from Penn State and Gettysburg College came together this weekend at Lake Raystown to share experiences hunting phages from land and sea.

PPEM Department Members Place in the 24th Annual Gamma Sigma Delta Research Expo

On March 27, 2018, the Penn State Chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta held its 24th annual research expo on the Huck Life Sciences Bridge followed by the Celebration of Excellence on March 29th held in partnership with the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Ozber Awarded CAS Graduate Student Competitive Grant

Natali Özber's proposal was selected for funding by College of Agricultural Sciences Graduate Student Competitive Grants Program.

Stephens Recognized for Outstanding Leadership by Penn State Ag Council

Jon Stephens, Plant Pathology minor, receives Penn State Agricultural Council's Youth Leadership Award.

Interdisciplinary Graduate Assistantships Funding Awarded

Drs. Terrence Bell and Kevin Hockett were awarded funding from the Strategic Networks and Initiatives Program on November 17.

College of Agricultural Sciences Department Head Honored by Alma Mater

Dr. Carolee Bull was recognized for her professional achievements by her alma mater, Ohio University, during a ceremony in Athens, Ohio, on October 27.

Bell Awarded Teaching Transformation and Innovation Grant

Dr. Terrence Bell is one of the recipients of the 2017-2018 Teaching Transformation and Innovation Grant Awards.

Northeast SARE Selects Bautista Jalón for 2017 Grant

Northeast SARE awards Laura del Sol Bautista Jalón a 2017 Graduate Student Grant.

Rosa Proposal Selected to Faculty Development Fund

Cristina Rosa's travel proposal was selected to a faculty development fund to support her travel to Croatia.

2017 APS Foundation Student Travel Awardees Announced

Anita Behari and Ningxiao Li receive APS travel awards to present research at 2017 Annual Meeting.

Minkenberg Selected for Alumni Association Dissertation Award

Ph.D. candidate Bastian Minkenberg was selected for Penn State's Alumni Association Dissertation Award of $5,000.

PPEM Annual Awards Ceremony

The Dept. of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology held its 2017 Annual Awards Ceremony on April 13.

Rosenthal Receives NASA PSGC Graduate Fellowship

Commitment to outreach a major focus of Rosenthal's 2017-2018 NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium Graduate Research Fellowship.

Gamma Sigma Delta Chapter Recognizes Beyer for Extension Excellence

Dr. David Beyer was recognized for Extension Excellence in Gamma Sigma Delta chapter ceremony on March 30.

Wodzicki Places Second in Gamma Sigma Delta Research Expo

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

Ph.D. candidate Maliheh Safari received 2nd Place award in 2017 Graduate Exhibition.

Elena Christian Wins APS Poster Competition

Undergraduate Elena Christian (McNellis Lab) won first place in the APS-Potomac Division Poster competition on March 23.

Martin Named NSF Graduate Research Fellow

Congratulations to Phillip Martin, a 2017 awardee of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program.

INTAD Competitive Grant Winners Announced

M.S. student Genna Tesdall's research project was one of five student research projects awarded funding in the Fall 2016 grant cycle.

Erwinia amylovora Research Proposal Awarded to Elena Christian

McNellis lab undergraduate Elena Christian receives $2000 for her Spring 2017 student research proposal.

Fusarium Research Proposal Awarded to Clara Miller

Geiser Lab undergraduate Clara Miller receives $2000 for her Spring 2017 student research proposal.