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CALS Tailgate

Dave Shew, Michael Cannon, Barbara Shew, Jim Kerns, Lucky Mehra, Rick Davis, and Lina Quesada represented Plant Pathology well at the annual CALS Tailgate event held on Sept. 6. Tailgate was held for the first time in PNC Arena
Dave Shew, Michael Cannon, Barbara Shew, Jim Kerns, Lucky Mehra, Rick Davis, and Lina Quesada represented Plant Pathology well at the annual CALS Tailgate event held on Sept. 6. Tailgate was held for the first time in PNC Arena and drew a record crowd of over 2,300 attendees. Visitors enjoyed looking a specimens through the microscope and playing the match-the-disease game presented in the Plant Pathology display.

2014 Outstanding Alumnus Award from the NCSU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Dr. Luis Felipe Arauz received the 2014 Outstanding Alumnus Award from the NCSU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences on September 5.  In 1988, Felipe earned a Masters of Science in Plant Pathology and in 1990, a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology both from NC State University under the direction of Dr. Turner Sutton. Dr. Arauz returned to his native Costa Rica in 1990 as a Professor of Plant Pathology in the Department of Crop Science at the University of Costa Rica. In 1997-2005, he served as Director of the Department of Crop Science and from 2004-2009 Felipe was Director of the Institute for Agricultural Research at UCR. He was appointed Dean of the UCR College of Agriculture and Food Science in 2009 and held this position until 2014. In May 2014, he was appointed Minister of Agriculture for Costa Rica by the new President of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solis.
Dr. Luis Felipe Arauz received the 2014 Outstanding Alumnus Award from the NCSU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences on September 5. In 1988, Felipe earned a Masters of Science in Plant Pathology and in 1990, a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology both from NC State University under the direction of Dr. Turner Sutton. Dr. Arauz returned to his native Costa Rica in 1990 as a Professor of Plant Pathology in the Department of Crop Science at the University of Costa Rica. In 1997-2005, he served as Director of the Department of Crop Science and from 2004-2009 Felipe was Director of the Institute for Agricultural Research at UCR. He was appointed Dean of the UCR College of Agriculture and Food Science in 2009 and held this position until 2014. In May 2014, he was appointed Minister of Agriculture for Costa Rica by the new President of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solis.

Peanut Field Day 2014

Dr. Barbara Shew presents her peanut disease research trials to stakeholders that attended the 62nd Annual Peanut Field Day at the Peanut Belt Research Station in Lewiston-Woodville, N.C. on Sept. 4, 2014
Dr. Barbara Shew presents her peanut disease research trials to stakeholders that attended the 62nd Annual Peanut Field Day at the Peanut Belt Research Station in Lewiston-Woodville, N.C. on Sept. 4, 2014

Dr. Ignazio Carbone receives the Ruth Allen Award

Dr. Ignazio Carbone (center) receives the Ruth Allen Award at the 2014 annual meeting of the American Phytopathological Society from APS Past-President, Mike Boehm (left) and current APS President George Abawi (right).
Dr. Ignazio Carbone (center) receives the Ruth Allen Award at the 2014 annual meeting of the American Phytopathological Society from APS Past-President, Mike Boehm (left) and current APS President George Abawi (right).

The APS Ruth Allen Award recognizes individuals who have made an outstanding, innovative contribution to research that has changed or has the potential to change the direction of research in any field of plant pathology. Dr. Carbone is internationally recognized for his advances in our understanding of how evolutionary forces contribute to population structure, developing novel web-based tools for contemporary population analysis and translating this knowledge into application.

Tomato Field Day 2014

Plant Pathology faculty, staff and students made presentations at the Tomato Field Day held at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Extension Center in Mills River, NC on August 7. Pictured R-L: Lina Quesada, Mike Adams, and Emma Wallace
R-L: Lina Quesada, Mike Adams, and Emma Wallace

Plant Pathology faculty, staff and students made presentations at the Tomato Field Day held at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Extension Center in Mills River, NC on August 7.

2014 Kelman Scholars

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L-R: Julia Heiken (Dr. Rick Davis), Jillian Perrine (Dr. Mina Mila), Harper Niver (Dr. Rick Davis), Andrew Scruggs (Dr. Lina Quesada), Joe Doherty (Dr. Jim Kerns) , & Kathryn Nilsson (Dr. Christina Cowger).

Congratulations to our 2014 Kelman Scholars who presented posters of their research projects at the NCSU Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Talley Ballroom on July 30.  Their research and presentations were truly professional, which speaks volumes to their abilities as young scientists and the mentorship that they received in their projects from faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students.

North Carolina Tobacco Tour 2014

(L-R) Rick Davis, Department Head, Jane Dove Long, Asmina Mila, and Graduate Students, Hsien-Tzer Tseng and Jack Bittner
(L-R) Rick Davis, Department Head, Jane Dove Long, Asimina Mila, and Graduate Students, Hsien-Tzer Tseng and Jack Bittner
The North Carolina Tobacco Tour was held July 14-15. The tour began with a Welcome Dinner on Monday evening at the Fargo Cattle Company in Zebulon. A field tour followed on Tuesday morning at the Upper Coastal Plain Research Station in Rocky Mount.  The tour is the combined effort Departments of Plant Pathology, Crop Science, Entomology, and Biological & Agricultural Engineering.

Marc Cubeta elected MSA Fellow

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Marc Cubeta was recently elected as a Fellow of the Mycological Society of America (MSA). MSA Fellows are members who are outstanding mycologists on the basis of a solid record of mycological research, successful teaching and development of teaching materials for mycology, and significant service to the Society. This award is meant to recognize a core group of mid-career mycological achievers and outstanding MSA volunteers.