College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

Department of Plant Pathology

September in the News

Alum Visits:

Dr. Pat Lipps and his wife Amanda recently visited the Department of Plant Pathology on a trip to visit their son in Seattle. Pat received his Ph.D. in 1979 under the direction of Dr. G.W. Bruehl and had not been back to WSU since leaving for a position with the Ohio State University at Wooster (from which he recently retired). Pictured in the photograph are Jack Rogers (Ph.D. committee member), Pat Lipps, Amanda Lipps, George W. Bruehl (major professor), and Tim Murray (also a Bruehl lab member).

Guest Seminar Speaker:

Robert Smawley is a life-long resident of Pullman.  He is an alumnus of WSU, formerly WSC.  He rose through the ranks to become head of General Services, which in years passed encompassed Buildings and Grounds, Motor Pool, Purchasing et al.  He also served in other capacities over the years, especially in alumni relations.  He is one of the fathers of the Alumni Center.  Bob, as he is universally known, has great affection for WSU and probably knows more about its history than any contemporary person.  Mr. Smawley will present “Aspects of the History of WSC and WSU” during our regularly scheduled seminar series on September 18. see photo

Fall Foray Scheduled:

The fall foray for the Palouse Mycological Association will be held on Sunday, October 15.  We will meet at 8:30 am in the parking lot of the Rosauer’s supermarket in Moscow, and head up to the vicinity of Mountain Gulch/Eldorado Gulch (approx. 10 miles past Laird Park) for the foray. Please bring a basket or bucket, pocket knife, mushroom field guide, and sack lunch;   dress for a day in the woods, eg., sturdy boots, warm clothes and rain gear (if necessary).   Plan on a 60-70 mile round trip drive.  The road is dirt/gravel for at least 10 miles, but has been passable for most types of vehicles in the past.  We will try to arrange for carpooling when we meet to minimize the number of vehicles.  Dogs and children are welcome, but please keep in mind that some of the terrain at Mountain Gulch and Eldorado Gulch is rugged and will limit where small children can go.

Undergraduate Internship:

Nicolaas “Coen” de Jong is participating in a 9-week internship in the Vegetable Seed Pathology program at the WSU Mount Vernon NWREC in the fall of 2006, assisting with field, greenhouse, and lab research on vegetable seed crop diseases, under the direction of Dr. Lindsey du Toit. Coen was born in Zuidbroek, the Netherlands, where his parents raise spinach stock seed in a greenhouse. Coen graduated from high school in 2005, and started college that year at the Van Hall Larenstein Institute, an agricultural college in the city of Leeuwaarden, the Netherlands. At the end of his first year of college, Coen completed a 10 week internship at Pop Vriend Seeds B.V. in Andijk, the Netherlands, where he worked primarily on parental lines in spinach seed production. Coen likes to work in his spare time, and has spent 5 years working part-time at Aardse Orchids B.V., a company that produces orchids in greenhouses.

Virologist to Participate in Agricultural Initiative:

Dr. Naidu Rayapati, virologist in the Department of Plant Pathology, located at the WSU Prosser Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center, has received funding to particpate in the U.S.-India Agricultural Knowledge Initiative to help train Indian scientists. See the full story featured in WSU Today Online.

Mission to DC Highlights:

The Office of Research Faculty Development Series coordinated by The Office of Grant and Research Development will present, Highlight: Mission to D.C., on September 12, 2006, from 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m. in the ETC, Neil Hall 416.  Several Mission to DC attendees: Drs. Eric Anctil, Stephen Bollens, Gary Chastagner, Kenn Daratha, Sinisa Mesarovic, Sirisha Medidi, Tobin Peever, Barbara Rasco, and Angela Starkweather will present a brief summary of their visit to different federal agencies and the benefits received as result of their trip. Please come to learn about the specific findings of each individual, to encourage and support their work and to find out more about future opportunities. This session will also be available through Polycom for the regional campuses. Space is limited, so please sign up for your appropriate location at OGRD’s workshop Web site:


Dr. Colin R. Wellings, principal research scientist, New South Wales Department of Primary Industries and adjunct associate professor, the University of Sydney, Plant Breeding Institute, Camden, Australia, is visiting Xianming Chen’s lab in the USDA-ARS and WSU Department of Plant Pathology in September.  Dr. Wellings is a world expert on rust diseases of cereal crops. During his visit of three-weeks, Dr. Wellings is conducting research on variations of cereal rust pathogens and resistance of Australian barley germplasm to barley stripe rust.  see photo

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