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College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

Department of Plant Pathology

March in the News

On Solid Ground Feature:
AgWeatherNet is highlighted in the March 21, 2007, issue of CAHNRS’ On Solid Ground with a feature, “Decisions, Decisions–Just Got a Little Easier (And More Accurate).” A wireless network of 120 weather stations distributed throughout the state is analyzing near real-time data to aid growers in pest and disease-control decisions. Dr. Gary Grove is directing the project.

Guest Lecture:
Dr. Bob Martin, Research Leader and Research Plant Pathologist at the Horticultural Crops Research Unit, USDA-ARS, Corvallis, OR, visited the department on March 27, 2007, and presented an invited lecture in the graduate course, PlP 511, Viruses and Virus Diseases of Plants, taught by Dr. Hanu Pappu. Dr. Martin’s lecture covered various viruses of small fruits and their characterization, diagnostics and control. see photo

Winning Research:
Amo Segwagwe was selected as third place winner in the AgMed category for her poster and presentation at the 2007 Wiley Exposition of Graduate and Professional Studies. Amo will receive a $300 award.

Showcase:
WSU Showcase was held on March 23, where Dr. Jack Rogers received recognition for his promotion to Regents Professor. see photos

Faculty Travel:
Dr. Hanu Pappu attended the annual meeting of the WERA-089 (Potato Virus Disease Control), San Diego, CA, March 14-15, 2007, and presented a talk on his ongoing research on potato viruses. see photo

Faculty Recognition:
A reception was held to honor Dr. Jack Rogers, who has been promoted to the rank of Regents Professor. This is the highest academic rank awarded at WSU and is reserved for the most productive and professionally recognized faculty in the University. WSU Today posted an article featuring Dr. Rogers. see photos

Student Presentation:
Vihanga Pahalawatta, PhD student with Dr. Hanu Pappu, is selected to deliver a presentation based on her dissertation research at the 7th I.E. Melhus Graduate Student Symposium to be held during the annual meeting of the American Phytopathological Society, San Diego, July 28-August 1, 2007. Her committee members include Drs. Gary Chastagner, Ken Eastwell, and Pat Okubara. Invited speakers receive a financial award toward the cost of travel, provided by the APS Foundation from the I. E. Melhus Fund. Melhus, a plant disease epidemiologist, was a renowned teacher, innovative researcher, and outstanding administrator at Iowa State College. Melhus served as president of APS in 1926 and was elected a fellow of APS in 1965.

Civil Rights Award:
Kathleen Parker, USDA secretary for the Root Disease and Biological Control Research Unit, recently was awarded the 2006 ARS Administrator’s Equal Employment Opportunity and Civil Rights Award for her work with establishing a partnership between ARS and Native Americans in the Northwest. Earlier this year, Kathleen received an ARS Pacific West Area EEO/Civil Rights Award. Read the national news release here.

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