September 7, 2010
St. Paul, Minn. (September 7, 2010)—The American Phytopathological Society (APS) Foundation presented several awards at the society’s annual meeting, August 7–11, 2010, in Charlotte, NC.
Scott Evan Gold, a professor in the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Georgia, received the Lucy Hastings de Gutiérrez Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Gregory B. Martin, professor in the Department of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology at Cornell University, received the Noel T. Keen Award for Research Excellence in Molecular Plant Pathology.
The 10th I. E. Melhus Graduate Student Symposium Awards, organized by the APS Seed Pathology Committee, were given to support student speakers at this year’s APS Annual Meeting. Students, chosen by a selection committee, presented at the symposium, “Seed Pathology: Epidemiology, Management, and Phytosanitary Concerns.” Awardees included Bhabesh Dutta, University of Georgia; Robert Louis (Lou) Hirsch, University of Arkansas; Kameka Johnson, University of Georgia; and Jose Pablo Soto-Arias, Iowa State University.
Olufemi J. Alabi, Washington State University; Lucy Stewart, USDA-ARS; Ioannis Tzanetakis, University of Arkansas; and Anna Whitfield, Kansas State University, have been named “up and comers” in virology. The awardees had the opportunity to highlight their current work and speculate on the future directions of their discipline at the Schroth Faces of the Future Early Career Professionals Symposium held at the annual meeting.
Additionally, travel assistance awards were presented to 28 students, selected out of a competitive pool of more than 80 applicants. These awards are designed to help students studying in the field of plant pathology present their work, either in an oral or poster presentation, at the APS Annual Meeting. The 2010 student travel awards included Lisa Beirn, Rutgers University; TeeCie Brown, Oklahoma State University; Michele Burnham, University of Georgia; H. Y. Kitty Cheung, Trent University, Canada; Marcos da Silva, Iowa State University; Tiffany Enzenbacher, Michigan State University; Samuel Glucksman, University of Florida; Lorena Gomez, Kansas State University; Andrew Gougherty, Iowa State University; Lingyun Hao, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Peter Horevaj, University of Arkansas; Karen Lackermann, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Erica Lassiter, North Carolina State University; Marco Mammella, Universita’ Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria (Italy); Chakradhar Mattupalli, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Richard McNally, Michigan State University; Lucky Mehra, University of Georgia; Kehinde Obasa, Kansas State University; Andrea Payne, Oklahoma State University; Bindu Poudel, University of Arkansas; Claudia Probst, University of Arizona; Diego Quito, Oregon State University; Pamela Rojas, Universidad de Talca (Chile); Andre Souza, North Carolina State University and Universidade Federal de Vicosa (Brazil); Nicole Ward, Louisiana State University; Ye Xia, University of Kentucky; and Guirong Zhang, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
A full description of each award is available at www.apsnet.org/members/foundation/awardees/Pages/default.aspx.
The American Phytopathological Society is a nonprofit, professional scientific organization. The research of the organization’s more than 5,000 worldwide members advances the understanding of the science of plant pathology and its application to plant health.