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Plant & Microbial Biology Department News:

Congratulations to Danielle Young, recipient of the Whitford award for academic excellence! (5/5/15)

Congratulations to Xavious Allen and Meredith Hemphill for winning Chilton Unvergraduate Research awards! Xavious will work in the Franks lab and Meredith will work in the Haigler lab. (5/5/15)

Congratulations to Profs Marcela Rojas-Pierce and Paul Hamilton for being promoted to Associate Professor with tenure! (4/23/15)

Applications for the Chilton Undergraduate Research Awardare due Monday, April 27. The winner will be announced Tuesday, May 5, at our Ice Cream Social.

Adam Fisher, a graduate student in the Sozzani lab, has been awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship! Now he can concentrate entirely on his own research. Way to go, Adam! (4/1/15)

Congratulations to Stephanie Hollingsworth, recipient of a CALS Outstanding Teaching Assistant award! Stephanie works in the Hoffmann lab. (4/1/15)

Profs. Ron Sederoff, Heike Sederoff and Dr. Richard Trethewey (BASF) will be teaching a new special topics course this fall entitled “Innovation in Agricultural Biotechnology”.  This 2-credit course is open to both graduate and undergraduate students and will meet on Thursday evenings. (3/20/15)

Andrew Pais, a graduate student working under the guidance of Prof. Jenny Xiang, was awarded a BSA Public Policy Award from the Botanical Society of America. This will allow Andrew to travel to Capitol Hill to learn more about public funding of scientific research. Congratulations Andrew! (3/23/15)

Wendy Boss, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor Emerita, has been awarded the Charles Reid Barnes Life Membership Award from the American Society of Plant Biologists. Congratulations Wendy! (3/19/15)

Congratulations to Prof. Chad Jordan, recipient of the prestigious 2014/2015 Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor Award! (3/9/15)

Congratulations to the winners of the 10th annual Plant Biology Graduate Student Research Symposium!

  • First Place:  Yu-Hung Hung (Tzung Fu Hsieh)
  • Second Place: Stephanie Mathews (Amy Grunden)
  • Third Place: Adam Fisher (Ross Sozzani)
  • Honorable Mention: Jiameng Zheng  (Marcela Pierce)

Congratulations to Natalie Clark, a graduate student in Prof. Sozzani's lab, who received an NSF-funded EAPSI award to spend next summer studying and doing research in Japan!

PMB members win 4 out of 5 of the awards presented at the recent NC Agriculture & Biotechnology Summit! Congratulations to:

  • Innovation Fair Winners: Linda Robles (Second Place) $1000 and Kamy Singer (Third Place) $500

  • Research Video Award Winners: Anna Stepanova (Faculty) $5000 and Alice Broadhead (Student) $2500

Final presentations for the Masters in Microbial Biotechnology's Industry Case Studies will be made on Tuesday, Dec. 9 in the Stephens Room, 3503 Thomas Hall from 9am - 12pm.

NCSU ranked #31 in the US News and World Report for Best Global Universities for Plant and Animal Science!

Masters of Microbial Biotechnology Industry Internship presentations will be held on Thursday, November 6, 2014 in the Stephens Room, 3503 Thomas Hall. For a list of the presentations, please click here.

Congratulations to Profs. Amy Grunden and Heike Sederoff and their research team! They are one of six groups to receive funding from the Chancellor's Innovation Fund. The video explains their research on algal biofuels with value-added enzymes from extremophiles.

Congratulations to Andrew Pais and Qing Ma, who received first and second prize, respectively at the NCSU 2014 Genomic Sciences Retreat in the Functional Genomics Session last weekend at Wilmington, NC. Andrew and Qing are Ph.D. students who work under the direction of Prof. Jenny Xiang.

Congratulations to Profs. Anna Stepanova and Jim Mickle who were recognized through the Office of Faculty Development’s “Thank a Teacher” program.

Ice Cream Social! Join us on Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 3:45 on the brickyard to have cake and ice cream and meet new members of the PMB department. Dr. Blum will make sure it doesn't rain!

Congratulations to Rozalynne Samira, who won a poster prize in the metallobiochemistry of plants at the 9th International Biometals Symposium recently held at Duke University! Rozalynne is a PhD student working under the direction of Prof. Terri Long. The award was sponsored by Monsanto.

Congratulations to Prof. Jose Alonso, who made the list of "The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds in 2014"! This award is given by Thomson Reuters and is based on the high number of citations to his research.

Exploring Southern Appalachian Forests, by Profs. Tom Wentworth and Stephanie Jeffries (Dept. of Forestry and Environmental Resources), is being published by UNC Press and will be available in September. Ecological information for 30 hikes is provided, along with maps, photos, illustrations of common trees and shrubs, and more.

Congratulations to Nathan Howell, the recipient of a $1000 Tom and Bruce Shinn Grant from the North Carolina Native Plant Society and one of two nationwide recipients of a $500 Society of Herbarium Curators Research Grant!  These grants will support Nathan's work developing a guide to the vascular flora of the Natural Lake Shoreline Community of Carolina Bays in the Carolina Flatwoods Ecoregion, under the direction of Prof. Alexander Krings.

Congratulations to Jim Mickle for promotion to Full Professor, José Bruno-Bárcena for promotion to Associate Professor with tenure, and Chad Jordan for promotion to Teaching Associate Professor!

Prof. Tom Wentworth received the Elizabeth Ann Bartholemew Award for distinguished service from the Southern Appalachian Botanical Society. This photo shows him receiving the award with his wife, Linda Rudd, who is also a member. Congratulations, Tom!

Congratulations to Kipp Callahan, one of two recipients of the NC Native Plant Society's 2014 Tom and Bruce Shinn Grant1  The $1000 award will support his work developing a guide to the vascular flora of Pondberry Bay, a NC Plant Conservation Preserve in Sampson County, under the guidance of Prof. Alexander Krings.

Applications for the Chilton Undergraduate Research Award are due Monday, April 28. The winner will be announced Tuesday, May 6, at our Ice Cream Social.

The Plant Biology Graduate Student Association is co-hosting Prof. Carol Auer, University of Connecticut, for Horticulture's Mason Pharr Seminar on Thursday, April 10, 2215 Williams Hall, 3:30 - 4:30. Her title is Pollen and Policy: How gene flow research can inform ecological risk assessment, containment strategies, and co-existence with transgenic crops.

NCSU to host the 53rd Phytochemical Society of North America meeting at the McKimmon Center, August 9-13. More information and a letter from Prof. Deyu Xie, chair of the organizing committee, can be found here. Registration forms can be found here.

NCSU Thank a Teacher program honors Profs. Amy Grunden, Chad Jordan, Alexander Krings, Deyu Xie, and graduate student Bhupinder Sehra, in Bob Franks' lab. This award honors teachers who have made a difference in student's lives. Congratulations to the recipients!

Vegetation abides by different rules depending on the continent, new research shows. Prof. Bill Hoffmann participated in a study published in Science suggesting that, in contrast to Australia and South America, woody growth in Africa would continue to increase during a 4°C increase in global temperatures.

Looking for Plant Biology? As of July 1, the Plant Biology Dept. became the Plant and Microbial Biology Dept. and incorporated five faculty from Microbiology and three from Genetics. Graduate and undergraduate degree programs in plant biology and microbiology have not changed, and information about both can be found under the "Academics" tab. The change in faculty distribution is a result of the realignment between CALS and the new College of Sciences.

Android apps on Google Play! The herbarium is pleased to announce three apps new to Google Play:

The apps facilitate the identification, respectively, of the federally listed rare plants of North Carolina and their congeners, pitcher plants of North Carolina, and Citrus in the United States. The apps were variously developed with support from the North Carolina State University Office of Extension, Engagement, and Economic Development, the US Department of Agriculture, and the US Fish & Wildlife Service. Clicking on the icons above will redirect to Google Play. More information and web versions may be accessed here.

Congratulations to Prof. Bill Hoffmann, honored as a University Faculty Scholar!


Click here for a full listing of the Plant and Microbial Biology Department accomplishments