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.
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.
Congratulations to Will Sharpee on winning best poster at the Gordon Conference on Cellular and Molecular Fungal Biology. The conference, held from June 15-20 in Holderness, NH, is one of the premier venues for presenting cutting edge research. Nice job, Will!
Kestrel McCorkle, a NCSU Plant Pathology PhD student, was awarded a CALS Outstanding Teaching Award for 2014. As a recipient of this award, Kestrel was awarded a plaque and a check for $1000 for her contributions to teaching with the Department of Plant Pathology. Kestrel was also honored at the Celebration of Teaching Banquet in Riddick Hall Hearth on April 24th.
Not one, but two promising students have been awarded a 2014 Paul Ecke Jr. Scholarship. The merit-based scholarship honors the late floriculture pioneer and is awarded to M.S. or Ph.D. students who are on track to become exceptional researchers or educators.
Ecke recipient Emma Lookabaugh, a doctoral student at NCSU, has extensive experience in floriculture extension work and outreach activities, including more than five years experience at a diagnostic clinic. Her doctoral research focuses on Pythium and aims to combine sound floriculture research with disease management strategies.
Casey Ruark, a PhD student in the Department of Plant Pathology, was named as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow for 2014. The award includes three years of support for stipend as well as cost-of-education expenses. Casey’s proposed research topic is titled “Utilizing viruses within soybean cyst nematodes (Heterodera glycines) as a potential avenue for biocontrol”. In the United States as well as many other top soybean producing countries, soybean cyst nematode (SCN) is the most destructive pathogen to soybean crops. This damage is glaringly evident in North Carolina where an estimated sixty-percent of soybean acreage is infected with SCN resulting in annual yield losses of four to eight-percent. Casey’s research emphasis is in examining whether North Carolina field populations of SCN harbor viruses, and if these viruses result in a phenotypic change in the nematode that can be exploited as an environmentally safe biocontrol of SCN.