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Ilse A. Huerta Arredondo working in the lab of Dr. Bill Fry at Cornell University.
March 4, 2013

Thanks to donations from current and past Department alumni, an endowment was established for the enhancement of graduate student education. The latest recipient received a travel award to visit the lab of Dr. Bill Fry at Cornell University.

February 17, 2013

While most farmers consider viruses and fungi potential threats to their crops, these microbes can help wild plants adapt to extreme conditions, according to a Penn State virologist.

Dr. Marilyn Roossinck
February 13, 2013

Researchers have studied viruses as agents of disease in humans, domestic animals and plants, but a study of plant viruses in the wild may point to a more cooperative, benevolent role of the microbe, according to a Penn State virologist.

Sara May (left) and Sarah Bardsley (right)
December 12, 2012

Sara May and Sarah Bardsley, PhD Candidates in Plant Pathology, have been selected for funding by the College of Agricultural Sciences Graduate Student Competitive Grants Program. Each will receive $2,000 from the Alex and Jessie C. Black Research Fund Endowment to support their thesis research projects.

(Left to Right) Douglas Keith, Randy Dreibelbis, and Vija Wilkinson
December 12, 2012

The College of Agricultural Sciences held the annual 25-year Service Award ceremony on December 5, 2012, at the Nittany Lion Inn. The Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology honored three 25-year employees this year including: Randy Dreibelbis, Vija Wilkinson, and Douglas Keith.

Brian Aynardi, PhD Candidate in Plant Pathology, and Faculty Senate representative for the Penn State Graduate Student Association
December 12, 2012

Brian Aynardi will address promoting cultural diversity at the Faculty Senate meeting on January 29, 2013.

Dr. James Moyer, 2012 Outstanding Alumni
October 23, 2012

Dr. James Moyer was recently honored with the College of Agricultural Sciences 2012 Outstanding Alumni Award by Dean Bruce McPheron at an award ceremony held on October 19th at the Nittany Lion Inn.

Dr. Daniel Klessig
October 19, 2012

Dr. Klessig from Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research/Cornell University presented a talk titled “SOS-too many mobile signals in systemic acquired resistance? & CTR1, a key player in multiple layers of immunity" on Monday, October 15.

August 1, 2012

Graduate students enrolled in this summer’s PPATH 502 organized by Drs. Don Davis and Fred Gildow, had the opportunity to learn about plant disease diagnosis from many experts during July gaining hands-on experiences in the field and lab. The sudents also networked and learned about different job opportunities in industry and government.

Dr. Don Davis (Dr. Dennis Decoteau not pictured)
July 31, 2012

Drs. Don Davis and Dennis Decoteau have received two grants totaling $539,000 from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Air Quality, to monitor ambient ground-level ozone in the Marcellus Shale natural gas areas of PA and study impacts of ozone on PA vegetation.

Dr. John Pecchia, Assistant Professor/Research Associate and Manager of the Mushroom Research Center
June 26, 2012

Effective July 1, 2012, Dr. John Pecchia will be the newest addition to the Faculty of Plant Pathology. Dr. Pecchia has been hired as a dual-titled Assistant Professor/Research Associate and Manager of the redesigned Mushroom Research Center. John will have teaching responsibilities for PPATH 405 and will be designing a new undergraduate general education course in Mushroom Biology. He will also be the new advisor for the Mushroom Science Minor in Plant Pathology.

Dr. James Moyer
June 15, 2012

Dr. James Moyer a MS (1973) and PhD (1976) graduate of the Department of Plant Pathology at Penn State University has been selected as an Outstanding Alumni of the College of Agricultural Sciences for 2012.

Emily Pfeufer hard at work grading onions at harvest at one of the on-farm survey locations in July 2011.
May 31, 2012

Emily’s hard work over the past few years has paid off! Emily was recently interviewed for an article titled “Kelly working to dig up ailments as plant pathologist” published in her hometown newspaper the Saint Marys Daily Press on May 25, 2012.

Dr. Joe Smith, DVM and Dr. Gretchen Kuldau
May 30, 2012

Congratulations to Dr. Joe Smith, DVM the first graduate of the Master in Professional Studies in Homeland Security option in Agricultural Biosecurity and Food Defense!

Katy Baldwin, Graduating Senior majoring in English with minors in Agronomy and Technical Writing
April 30, 2012

Katy Baldwin, an undergraduate researcher working in Dr. Tim McNellis’s program won "best overall" at the Undergraduate Exhibition poster session this week on Wednesday, April 11, 2012. Her poster was titled "Exploring the genetics of fire blight from Erwinia amylovora." Katy was first author, with Caroline Black, Laura Ramos, Judy Sinn, and Tim McNellis as co-authors. Katy prepared the poster on her own and you can view it hanging in Old Main until the end of the semester.

Dr. Scott Isard, Professor of Aerobiology
April 26, 2012

Scott was awarded the International IPM Award of Excellence at the 7th International IPM Symposium held March 27-29 in Memphis, TN.

Brian Aynardi, PhD Graduate Student in Plant Pathology
April 23, 2012

Brian is a student in the Plant Pathology Ph.D. Graduate program working on turf grass disease management with Dr. Wakar Uddin. Brian was recently elected in a university-wide election as the Faculty Senate representative for the Penn State Graduate Student Association for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Dr. David Geiser, Professor of Plant Pathology and Director of the Fusarium Research Center
April 18, 2012

David Geiser was elected a Fellow of the Mycological Society of America (MSA) for 2012. MSA Fellows are recognized as outstanding mid-career mycologists on the basis of their record of mycological research, teaching, and service. Fellows will be honored at a ceremony at the MSA meeting in New Haven, Connecticut in July.

Dr. Seogchan Kang, Professor of Plant Pathology
April 13, 2012

Seogchan Kang has been selected as a 2012 Penn State Institute for CyberScience (ICS) Faculty Fellow based on the proposal titled “iFungi: A Comprehensive Cyberinfrastructure Supporting Data Management and Utilization and Knowledge Sharing on Fungi” and will receive $25,000.