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Message from the Bull Penn
Being successful in an academic department like PPEM is more than a walk in the field. It takes a variety of skills (technical, communication, and interpersonal that we have or are developing), hard work, tenacity, balance and patience (for ourselves and others). We are challenged with meeting, and often exceeding, the high expectations rooted by our past and present peers. As Dr. Leon Kneebone celebrated his 99th birthday recently, I reviewed his life’s work and was reminded again that we stand on the shoulders of giants.

But scientific giants are not a thing of the past. Step by step, members of our department are laying down the foundations for their bodies of work which will, in turn, be the giant’s shoulders that support those who come after. This spring, we help many celebrate the recognition and awards received for the fruits of their labor. We are delighted that each of the four faculty members in our department who went up for promotion this year was successfully promoted. We also celebrate the success of several of our students who continue the tradition of winning high stakes national awards, top university honors and fellowships.

As a department, we hope that you are also being recognized for the great work you are doing. If you are alumni, former staff member or emeritus faculty member and have news you would like to share, please contact me or share your information here, post something on Twitter and use our handle @psuPPEM, or tag us on Facebook to notify us. We enjoy celebrating your success.
 
Have a healthy and productive summer all.
Carolee
PROMOTIONS
Gugino Promoted to Full Professor
Collins Promoted to Associate Research Professor
Collins Promoted to Associate Research Professor
Kari Peter
Peter Promoted to Associate Research Professor
Pecchia Promoted to Associate Research Professor
Pecchia Promoted to Associate Research Professor
AWARDS
Klee receives College of Agricultural Sciences Outstanding Dissertation Award
Ehau-Taumaunu awarded newly established Phytobiomes Fellowship
Ehau-Taumaunu awarded newly established Phytobiomes Fellowship
Plant pathology, environmental microbiology doctoral student receives NSF award
Yang's genome editing technology leads to Research Innovators Award
Yang's genome editing technology leads to Research Innovators Award
FUNDING ANNOUNCED
Citrus greening on a pomelo tree. IMAGE: FLORIDA DIVISION OF PLANT INDUSTRY, FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER SERVICES, BUGWOOD.ORG
NIFA awards grant for microbial stress tolerance research
NIFA awards grant for microbial stress tolerance research
Characteristic angular spots caused by downy mildew on cucumber, as the disease progresses the leaves shrivel and curl upward. IMAGE: BETH GUGINO
Faculty Awarded General Education Microgrant
Faculty Awarded General Education Microgrant
EXTENSION HIGHLIGHTS
Ed Kaiser, research technologist, of the Penn State Mushroom Spawn Lab
'A fungus among us': Penn State Mushroom Spawn Lab aids industry
Graduate students Melissa Mercado, left, and Elisa Lauritzen pose for a photo at the 2019 PA Farm Show
PA farm show provides opportunity to network
Something is rapidly killing young apple trees in North American orchards. Scientists are stumped
Something is rapidly killing young apple trees in North American orchards. Scientists are stumped
Penn State Extension marks milestone in outreach to Spanish-speaking growers
Penn State Extension marks milestone in outreach to Spanish-speaking growers
NEW STAFF
  • William Boone
    Farm Manager
     
  • Jennie Diehl Mazzone
    Plant Disease Clinic
     
  • William Fescemyer
    Research Technologist
     
  • Rachel Herschlag
    Research Technologist
     
  • Rhea Lumactud
    Scholar-Postdoctoral
IN MEMORIAM
John M. Skelly
Remembering Professor Emeritus John M. Skelly
PPEM Presents
Crop losses and global production of major field crops: impacts and perceptions for disease management
Paul Esker, Ph.D.

Translational taxonomy for bacterial plant pathogens and needs of diagnostics clinics
Carolee Bull, Ph.D.

Microbial Invasion in Agriculture: Harder to stop it or to make it happen?
Terrence Bell, Ph.D.

Mycobiome management of Agaris bisporus targeting green mold (Trichoderma aggressivum) and blotch (Pseudomonas spp.)
Samuel Martins, Ph.D.

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