Congratulations to Andrew Scruggs who won the award for best Masters oral presentation at the National Sweetpotato Collaborators Group Annual Conference, January 24-25, 2015, Nashville, TN. The tittle of his presentation was “Epidemiological conditions that promote Rhizopus soft rot and Fusarium root rot on sweet potato”.
Anna Thomas is the recipient of the 2015 Raymond J. Tarleton Student Fellowship Fund from the APS Foundation. The Raymond J. Tarleton Student Fellowship Fund was established by Raymond J. Tarleton in 2009 to support graduate students in plant pathology research and encourage students to further their careers in plant pathology. The award which is $1,000 will be presented to her during the 2015 APS Annual Meeting in Pasadena, CA. She plans to use these funds in her graduate research work that focuses on the epidemiology and population genetics of Pseudoperonospora cubensis that causes downy mildew of cucurbits. She is co-advised by Drs. Peter Ojiambo and Ignazio Carbone.
Ignazio Carbone Selected as University Faculty Scholar
Congratulations to Dr. Ignazio Carbone for his selection as a 2014-15 NCSU University Scholar! The annual University Faculty Scholars Program was established in 2012 by Chancellor Woodson to recognize and reward emerging academic leaders among our faculty. Dr. Carbone is among eighteen NCSU faculty members that were honored as University Scholars in this third group of recipients. The recognition comes with a significant award supplement and will be formally presented in a university ceremony in early 2015.
Dr. Carbone is recognized as a world authority and driving force in contemporary evolutionary genetics that is highly valued by his peers at NCSU and abroad as a leader and collaborator. At the time of his promotion to associate professor with tenure in 2008, Dr. Carbone received the C.J. Alexopoulos Prize from the MSA as outstanding early career mycologist. In 2009 Dr. Carbone received the Syngenta Award from the American Phytopathological Society (APS) for excellence in scholarship during his first decade in a plant pathology career. He was recognized for research excellence by NCSU with the Stewards of the Future Outstanding Research Award in 2012. Most recently, he was selected to receive the 2014 Ruth Allen Award from APS for innovative research that has the potential to change the direction of research in any field of plant pathology. In total, Dr. Carbone is valued as an outstanding teacher, researcher, and faculty mentor of students and young professionals – he is truly a consummate scholar in every sense and most deserving of recognition as University Faculty Scholar.
Joseph Roberts receives Gerald O. Mott Scholarship for Meritorious Graduate Students in Crop Science
The Gerald O. Mott Scholarship is provided to a meritorious graduate student in crop science. The scholarship is supported by gifts from the Gerald O. Mott family to the Agronomic Science Foundation and is Administered by the Crop Science Society of America. Joseph is a graduate student in the Plant Pathology Program at NC State. His Ph.D. dissertation focused on understanding the etiology of bacterial diseases in turfgrass systems and developing management options to reduce bacterial etiolation. In addition to his dissertation research, Joseph has mentored multiple undergraduate students participating in research experiences, instructed undergraduate and graduate level courses, and participates regularly in community outreach events to illustrate the excitement of science to younger generations.
Lucky Mehra, a PhD student with Drs. Peter Ojiambo and Christina Cowger, spoke to about 100 visitors to the Northeast Ag Expo in Tyner, NC. Lucky explained the life cycle of Stagonospora nodorum, a widespread fungal pathogen that causes a sometimes damaging leaf and glume blotch of wheat. He also described best management practices and his research on factors that determine epidemic severity.
Dr. Barbara Shew recently visited Dr. Kuldeep Jadon who was a Borlaug Fellow from India at NCSU last fall. Drs. Shew and Jadon visited several peanut fields and farmers in the state of Gujarat India. They visited his fellow scientists at the Directorate of Groundnut Research, and scientists at Junadadh Agricultural University. They also traveled to KVK Centers in Porbandar and Kodinar where they met with farmers and discussed Extension Programs in India and the United States.