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Crop Science Society of America 2014 Award Recipient

Joseph Roberts receives Gerald O. Mott Scholarship for Meritorious Graduate Students in Crop Science award on Monday November 3rd, 2014 from the residing president of the Crop Science Society of America, David D. Baltensperger.
L-R: David D. Baltensperger & Joseph Roberts – Gerald O. Mott Scholarship

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.

Small-Grains Field Day in Chowan County

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.

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 visited Dr. Kuldeep Jadon in India

Dr. Barbara Shew recently visited 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.
L-R: Dr. Kuldeep Jadon, Dr. A.M. Parakhia and Dr. Barbara Shew

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.

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 Master 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. 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.