Faculty Receives Dr. BP Pal Distinguished Chair Award from the Indian National Science Academy
Dr. Hanu Pappu, Sam Smith Distinguished Professor in the department of plant pathology, was selected by the Indian National Science Academy (INSA) to receive Dr. BP Pal Chair Award for 2013. The Academy instituted the INSA BP Pal Chair to recognize distinguished scientists from all over the world and to facilitate their visit to India and interactions with the Indian scientists at various scientific Institutions. The BP Pal Chair is awarded to those scientists with an exemplary record of scholarship with national and international stature in the field of agricultural research. Pappu plans to deliver seminars, guest lectures in undergraduate and graduate classes at various agricultural universities in India and meet with several Indian scientists engaged in research in agricultural biotechnology to explore and develop joint research projects and grant pro
Pappu’s research focus is on the biology, epidemiology and molecular biology of insect-borne plant viruses especially on thrips-tospoviruses pest complex affecting vegetables. He published more than 150 refereed journal articles, several invited reviews, and delivered invited talks at national and international conferences. He served on the organizing committees of several international conferences on plant viruses held in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North and South America. He has ongoing international collaborations and research projects in more than 18 countries. Pappu was recently elected to serve as the Secretary of the International Working Group on Viruses of Legumes and Vegetables with more than 150 members from 27 countries. He is a graduate faculty of the WSU’s Interdisciplinary PhD program in Molecular Plant Sciences. Pappu teaches a graduate course in virology and team teaches an undergraduate course in plant pathology and a graduate course on molecular genetics of plant-microbe interactions. He serves as the Director of the Plant Pathology Graduate Program – the largest plant pathology graduate program in the country with students receiving NSF, Fulbright and ARCS Fellowships.
Dr. B.P. Pal (May 26, 1906- September 14, 1989), in whose honor this award was instituted by INSA, was the first Director of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, India’s premier federal agricultural research agency. He was one of the foremost scientists in wheat genetics and breeding. He obtained his PhD from Cambridge and was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1972.