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Virology ​Then & Now: Bridging Generations of Expertise in Teaching Plant Virology

Broadcast Date: March 26, 2024 | 9:00 – 10:00 ​AM Central

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​​​Webinar Summary​

Inspired by the "Pathologists of Distinction (POD)" talks, join us for the fourth installment of this webinar series for a conversation between a retired plant pathologist and an early career scientist on the topic of teaching, specifically teaching plant virology.
This webinar series touches upon topics not usually covered in other technical seminars or at least not framed in this manner. These webinars are a rare chance to share the unspoken side of science – not just the data but how ways of knowing and participating in science have evolved and will continue to evolve.


Dr. Elizabeth (Libby) Cieniewicz
Assistant Professor of Plant Virology 
Clemson University.

Dr. Elizabeth (Libby) Cieniewicz ​is an Assistant Professor of Plant Virology at Clemson University. She received her B.S. in Biology from Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania and her Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from Cornell University, where she worked with Dr. Marc Fuchs on grapevine red blotch virus ecology. At Clemson, she teaches Plant Virology, Molecular Plant-Pathogen Interactions, Grant Writing for Graduate Students, and frequently guest lectures in other courses such as Introduction to Plant Pathology. Her research program is focused on virus ecology and epidemiology, diagnostics, and virus disease management primarily in fruit crops and wild virus hosts. Her lab is researching transmission mechanisms and ecological aspects of pollen-borne and vector-borne viruses of peach and blackberry. She also studies the dynamics of viruses and bacterial pathogens in mixed infections and is investigating virus populations in various crops and wild reservoirs. In addition to research and teaching, she leads the Clemson Clean Plant Center, affiliated with the National Clean Plant Network, to provide the peach industry with sources of virus-negative propagative materials. She has mentored seven graduate students and more than 20 undergraduates at Clemson. She served as the APS Virology Committee Chair and participated in the 2020 Schroth Faces of the Future Symposium.
​​Herman Scholthof
Professor  Emeritus
Texas A&M ​University
Dr. Herman B. Scholthof is a Professor Emeritus at Texas A&M University. He received his B.S. and M.S degrees (Plant Pathology) from Wageningen University, The Netherlands, and a Ph.D. (Plant Pathology) from the University of Kentucky. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California-Berkeley (1990 to 1994) where he began his work on the molecular biology of Tomato bushy stunt virus (TBSV) and the utility of TBSV components in biotechnology. He joined the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology at Texas A&M University in 1995 and rose through the ranks to become full professor in 2005. His innovative research program involved: the host-dependent roles of virus-encoded proteins, RNA silencing/suppression-related host defense mechanisms, the development of virus gene vectors, the use of those to express CRISPR/Cas9 for studies on silencing, and newly emerging diseases. Scholthof is an enthusiastic educator with thirty years of teaching experience and taught graduate courses on topics such as molecular plant virology, methods in molecular biology of plant-microbe interactions, theory of research, and virus gene vectors. He was a much sought after graduate and undergraduate student mentor and has been recognized for his teaching excellence. He is a member of the APS and a past recipient of the Ruth Allen Award and an APS Fellow.

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