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Dr. Mary Hausbeck – Rosie Perez Memorial Seminar 2015

Lucky Mehra presenting the Rosie Perez Memorial Seminar 2015 Award to Dr Mary Hausbeck
Dr Mary Hausbeck – Rosie Perez Memorial Seminar 2015

Lucky Mehra, current President of the NCSU Plant Pathology Graduate Student Association, presents a commemorative plaque to Dr. Mary Hausbeck of Michigan State University for her invited presentation at the annual Rosie Perez Memorial Seminar. This graduate student-sponsored seminar is named in honor of a former student in NCSU Plant Pathology, the late Rosie Perez. The Plant Pathology graduate students deliberate on the choice of speaker every year, and this year Dr, Hausbeck was chosen to present based upon her outstanding faculty career as a vegetable and ornamental extension plant pathologist at MSU. Dr. Hausbeck is a Professor in the Department of Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences that has earned a Distinguished Faculty Award from the MSU Agriculture and Natural Resources Alumni Association, the Alex Laurie Award from the Society of American Florists, the outstanding MSU Extension Specialist Award, the Beal Outstanding Faculty Award from MSU, and the Master Farmer Associate Award from the Michigan Vegetable Council. She has been awarded the Excellence in Extension Award from the American Phytopathological Society and was elected as a Fellow of APS in 2014. The title of Dr. Hausbeck’s presentation was “A smorgasbord of vegetable diseases is on today’s menu”.

Anna Thomas – 2015 Raymond J. Tarleton Student Fellowship Fund

Anna Thomas

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.

University Faculty Scholar

Ignazio Carbone Headshot

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.

 

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University Faculty Scholars

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.