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Congratulations to our
Spring 2014 MS Graduates,
Favio Herrera, Addition
Plaisance (pictured below) and Andres Gutierrez.
Rebecca Melanson Wins an AAUW Eleanor Earle Memorial
Scholarship and an Sarah Bradley Tyson Memorial Fellowship
PhD candidate under the direction of Jong Hyun Ham in the
Department of Plant Pathology & Crop Physiology, was the
recipient of one of two 2013 Eleanor Earle Memorial American
Association of University Women (AAUW) scholarships from the
Baton Rouge Chapter of the AAUW awarded to female doctoral
students pursuing degrees at either Louisiana State
University or Southern University. She received the award
at a campus study luncheon of the AAUW Baton Rouge Chapter
on April 18, 2013. Melanson also received one of four 2013
Sarah Bradley Tyson Memorial Fellowships awarded to graduate
students by the Women’s National Farm and Garden
Association, Inc. Melanson is currently working to complete
her PhD research on the “Characterization of a novel
negative LysR-type transcriptional regulatory factor of
toxoflavin production in Burkholderia glumae, the causal
agent of bacterial panicle blight of rice” for which she
received a USDA AFRI-NIFA Predoctoral Fellowship Grant in
2012 and plans to graduate in 2014.
McGawley Receives Prestigious Society of Nematologists
Outstanding Teaching Award
Professor, Department of Plant Pathology & Crop Physiology
recently received the inaugural Outstanding Teaching Award
at the 2013 annual meeting of the Society of Nematologists
(SON). Dr. McGawley and his co-authors have produced
numerous teaching aids over the years that include
biological illustrations of nematode anatomy and morphology,
videotape presentations on identification of common genera
of plant parasitic nematodes, preparation of perineal
patterns of root-knot nematodes, and early season soybean
diseases caused by nematodes. Recently, an internet-based
presentation entitled “Introduction to Nematodes” has been
featured on most major nematology and parasitology websites
with over 4,000 downloads to date.
Melanson Receives the “Ray And Dorothy Young Endowed
Assistantship in Crop Intergrated Pest Management”
Rebecca A. Melanson was
honored at the 2013 College of Agriculture Alumni Awards
Reception, held at the Lod Cook Alumni Center on March 20,
2013, as the first recipient of the “Ray and Dorothy Young
Endowed Assistantship in Crop Integrated Pest Management”.
Melanson is a graduate student in the Department of Plant
Pathology and Crop Physiology under the direction of
associate professor Dr.
Jong H. Ham. She
is currently working to complete her dissertation research
on the “Characterization of a novel negative LysR-type
transcriptional regulatory factor of toxoflavin production
in Burkholderia glumae, the causal agent of bacterial
panicle blight of rice”. The knowledge gained from this
research will give scientists a better understanding of how
the bacterial pathogen Burkholderia glumae causes disease in
rice and will ultimately lead to the development of disease
management methods that rice producers can utilize to
prevent yield losses attributed to bacterial panicle
and Dorothy Young Endowed Assistantship in Crop Integrated
Pest Management” was established to honor Mr. Young for his
professional contributions and service to agricultural
industries for more than 40 years as an agricultural
consultant. The establishment of the award was announced at
the annual Louisiana Agricultural Technology and Management
Conference in 2011 and was formalized by a donation from the
Louisiana Agricultural Consultant’s Association.
Young was in attendance at the alumni awards reception to
present the award.
left to right: Dean Kenneth Koonce, Dr. Jong H. Ham, Ms.
Rebecca Melanson, Mr. Ray Young, Dr. Rogers Leonard, and Dr.
Plant Health Clinic wins
Education Excellence Award
‘Plant Health Clinic’ in
association with ‘Weeds of Louisiana’ won the Education
Excellence award at the New Orleans Spring Garden Show on
April 6th, 2013. The team of specialist consisted of
Dr. Raj (Nick) Singh
(Plant Doctor), Dr. Ron Strahan (Weed Doctor), Dr. J. Bird
(State Soil Specialist) and
Ms. Kirandeep Kaur
(Graduate Student PPCP). The award was presented by Dan
Kularathana and Xavier win honors at Beltwide Cotton
the recent Beltwide Cotton Conference held in San Antonio,
Texas on January 7-10, 2013, two students in the Department
of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology won awards in the
graduate student competition sponsored by the Cotton Disease
Council. Manjula T.
Kularathna won second place for his presentation
entitled “Influence of soil nutrients on reproduction and
pathogenicity of Rotylenchulus reniformis on cotton”.
Xavier won third place for her presentation
“Influence of soil texture on reproduction and pathogenicity
of Rotylenchulus reniformis on cotton”. Both students are
working on their master’s degree under the direction of
Manjula Kularathna receiving his award
Deborah Xavier receiving her award
Plaisance Wins Grodner Scholarship Award
Addison Ray Plaisance, an M.S. student studying
Nematology under the direction of
McGawley, Department of Plant Pathology and Crop
Physiology, was selected as the 2013 Dr. Mary Grodner
Scholarship Award recipient by the Louisiana Vegetation
Management Association (LAVMA). On Wednesday, February 6th
he will attend the annual LAVMA conference in Marksville,
LA, to give a brief summary of his research and career
goals, and to receive a plaque and monetary award.
Deborah Xavier wins student poster competition at ONTA
Deborah M. Xavier, a Master’s candidate in the
Department of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology under the
Overstreet, won second place in the Rod
Rodríguez-Kábana student poster competition at the recent
44th Organization of Nematologists of Tropical America (ONTA)
meeting held in Cancun, Mexico. She received this highly
competitive international award for her poster entitled
“Population development of Rotylenchulus reniformis in a
field over a nine year period”.
Dr. Charles Overstreet presenting award to Deborah Xavier.
Representation at National Corn Growers Association in
Dr. Kenneth Damann
of the Dept of Plant Pathology & Crop Physiology organized a
session on biological control of aflatoxin at the “Corn
Utilization and Technology Conference” of the National Corn
Growers Association in Indianapolis, Indiana, June 4-6,
2012. Dr. Eric Tedford of Syngenta Crop Protection provided
the industry perspective in his talk on “Development and
refinement of Afla-Guard for reduction of aflatoxins in corn
in the US”. Rebecca Sweany
of the LSU AgCenter’s Dept. of Plant Pathology spoke on her
work on “Aspergillus flavus niche specialization in
Louisiana corn fields” which was a population biology study
of soil and kernel strains. Damann concluded the session
with a talk on “Aflatoxin biocontrol: What have we learned?”
which emphasized the mechanism of biological control and
attributes of good biocontrol strains as well as the
infective toxigenic strains. Powerpoints of the
presentations are available online at the National Corn
Growers Association website under CUTC-Presentations.
Warr Wins APS Travel Award
Warr, an undergraduate student conducting research with
Dr. Raymond Schneider in the Department of Plant
Pathology and Crop Physiology, won the American
Phytopathological Society (APS) Raymond G. Grogan Student
Traval Award. This highly competitive award was given to Ms.
Warr in recognition of her achievements in plant pathology
research. The award will be used for travel expenses to the
national APS meeting in Providence, RI, this coming August
where Ms. Warr will present her research findings entitled
Genetic Relationships among Subpopulations of Competitive
Nonpathogenic Strains of Fusarium oxysporum and F. oxysporum
f. sp. lycopersici.
elected Fellow of the Mycological Society of America
Catherine Aime was selected as a 2012 Fellow of the
Mycological Society of America (MSA). Aime is an Assistant
Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology and Crop
Physiology with an internationally recognized program in
systematic mycology. MSA Fellows are outstanding
mycologists selected on the bases of an outstanding record
of mycological research, successful teaching in mycology,
and significant service to the MSA. Aime has published more
than 90 peer-reviewed papers in the last ten years and
served a three-year term as Secretary of the MSA and is
currently an Associate Editor of the Society’s journal,
Mycologia. Aime is major advisor to six graduate
students and serves on the graduate committee of 15 students
at LSU, Humboldt University, University of Florida, and
University of Southern Mississippi. She joins 36 previously
awarded preeminent mycologists as Fellow of the MSA.
Plant Pathology & Crop Physiology Student wins two
Prestigious Travel Awards
Koch, a PhD student in the Department of Plant Pathology
and Crop Physiology, recently won two highly competitive
student grants. The first was the Forest Fungal Ecology
grant from the Mycological Society of America. This award
is given to one student each year and supports ecological
studies of fungal interactions in old growth forests. The
second is a student grant from the Explorers Club. The
Explorers Club is a professional society that focuses on
linking field research and exploration. This award supports
doctoral students pursuing field research in remote
locations. With these awards, Rachel will be able to cover
the cost of her research trip to the remote forests of the
Guiana Shield. During her research trip and for her
dissertation, she will be studying a novel fungal/insect
interaction. A newly described fungus that is endemic to
the Guiana Shield was found to have termites feeding on
it—an occurrence thought not to exist outside of Africa.
Rachel is advised by Dr. Catherine Aime and is
finishing her first year at LSU.
Rush wins Fulbright Award
Rush, a graduate
student in the Department of Plant Pathology and Crop
Physiology, was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship. The
Fulbright Scholarship is a prestigious and competitive award
sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. The Fulbright
program is the largest U.S. international exchange program,
established to increase mutual understanding between the
U.S. and other countries. Tomas’ research will focus on the
use of fungal biological control agents against the pathogen
Burkholderia glumae on rice panicles at Chulalongkorn
University in Bangkok, Thailand from July 2012-March 2013
under the direction of LSU Plant Pathology alum, Dr.
Pongtharin Lotrakul. Tomas will complete his Master’s
degree in May 2012 under the direction of Drs.
Raymond Schneider and Cathie Aime.
89th annual meeting of the American Phytopathological
Society-Southern Division was held 5-6 February 2012 in
Birmingham, AL. During this meeting, a graduate student
paper competition was held, and a record number of graduate
students, 36, from nine universities competed. Felix
Francis, an M. S. candidate in the Department of Plant
Pathology & Crop Physiology under the supervision of Dr.
Jong Ham, won first place for his presentation entitled
“Comparative genomic analyses of the rice pathogenic
Burkholderia glumae strains reveals plasticity
among the genomes”, while Jake Fountain, an M. S.
candidate in the Department under the supervision of Dr.
Zhi-Yuan Chen, won second place for his presentation
entitled “Identification and analysis of differentially
expressed maize WRKY transcription factors in response to
Aspergillus flavus colonization of resistant and
Chanda, Ph. D. candidate, in the Department of Plant
Pathology & Crop Physiology at Louisiana State University
and the LSU AgCenter, recently won the prestigious C. W.
Edgerton Award. He was nominated by his co-advisors,
Drs. Z. Y. Chen and R. W. Schneider. He won this award
for his outstanding academic and professional achievements,
especially his significant contributions toward our
understanding of the causal agent of Cercospora leaf blight
of soybeans, Cercospora kikuchii, with regard to time
of infection, growth and development of the pathogen during
the crop season, and the molecular mechanism underlying
Felix Francis, M.S. student in the Department of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology, Louisiana State University, received two competitive NSF funded travel fellowships. The
first fellowship of $1000.00 was to attend a workshop “High Performance Computing Application of R and Other Codes for Biological Research”, the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis
(NIMBioS) in Knoxville, TN. The second fellowship of $750.00 was to participate in the “Oomycete Bioinformatics Training Workshop” at Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA.
Francis was also awarded a Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology Graduate Student Association Scholarship for the 2010-2011 school year to attend the Oomycete Bioinformatics Training Workshop.
He is studying comparative genomics and transcriptome analysis of
Burkholderia glumae strains that cause bacterial panicle blight (BPB) of rice, under the supervision of Dr. Jong Hyun Ham.
Recognized for Publication
88th annual meeting of the American Phytopathological
Society-Southern Division was held 6-7 February 2011in
Corpus Christi, TX. During this meeting, a graduate student
paper competition was held, and Ashok Chanda, a Ph.D.
candidate under the supervision of Dr. Zhi-Yuan Chen,
won third place for his presentation entitled
“The roles of light-induced proteins in the
biosynthesis of cercosporin by Cercospora kikuchii”.
Receives Prestigious Fellow of The Linnean Society
M. Cathie Aime,
Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology,
was elected as a Fellow of the Linnean Society. Dr. Aime is
one of the only experts on systematics of rust fungi in the
world and also an expert on the biodiversity of neotropical
basidiomycetes. She has published closed to 50 new species
and a new genus.
Linnean Society of London is the
premier and oldest active society for the study and
and natural history. The society aims to promote the study
of all aspects of the biological sciences, with particular
emphasis on evolution, taxonomy, biodiversity
The Linnean Society was founded in 1788,
taking its name from the Swedish naturalist
Individual membership categories are: Student member,
Associate member and full Fellow. All forms of membership
require nomination by at least two Fellows and are subject
to election. Fellows use the designation FLS after their
Introduction to Nematodes: A New Multimedia
Presentation IS Released
E. C. McGawley, C. Overstreet,
Dept. of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology, and M. J.
Pontif, Sugarcane Research Station, recently published
the first ever multimedia presentation entitled
“Introduction to Nematodes”. This presentation contains 481
photographs, 155 illustrations, 17 tables and 14 videos.
The presentation also is accompanied by a 13 page syllabus
and an index of the 18 sections (General, History,
Morphology, Body Systems, Symptoms, Loss Estimates, Movement
& Dissemination, Sampling, Extraction, Population Dynamics,
Thresholds, Management, Taxonomy, Parasitism, Key for
Identification, Highlighted Genera, Disease Complexes and
Entomogenous Nematodes). It may be formatted as a Quicktime
movie and therefore is compatible with both Macintosh and PC
operating systems. A FREE download is available courtesy
of the websites of the
Organization of Nematologists of Tropical America and
Society of Nematologists.
Pathology and Crop Physiology Graduate Students Win Awards:
Louisiana Agricultural Consultants Association (LACA)
awarded two $2,000 scholarships to LSU AgCenter Plant
Pathology and Crop Physiology doctoral students during the
organization’s 2010 annual conference. The two Ph.D.
candidates, Mr. Trey Price, who studies under Dr.
Boyd Padgett, LSU AgCenter plant pathologist, and Ms.
Rebecca Melanson, working with Dr. Jong Hyun Ham,
LSU AgCenter plant pathologist, tied for the scholarship.
Han (M.S. student with Dr. Z. Y. Chen) was
selected as a recipient of the prestigious Tom W. Dutton
Scholarship Award 2009-2010 for demonstrating a commitment
to community service, and who have made extraordinary
efforts to enhance their leadership skills or to make their
organization a success.
(Ph.D. student with Dr. Ray Schneider) received 1st
place in the competitive student presentation competition at
the Southern Soybean Disease Workers Annual Meeting,
Pensacola, FL, held on March 10 & 11 for her work on “Field
Evaluations of Simplicillium lanosoniveum as a
Biological Control Agent for Phakopsora pachyrhizi”.
In addition, she recently received the competitive
Larry Wallace Moore and John F. Schafer Student Travel Award
for the APS Annual Meeting to be held in Nashville, TN,
Rush wins Sigma Xi and Mycological Mentor
Tomas Rush, Master’s student in the Department of Plant
Pathology and Crop Physiology (Co-Advisors, Drs. Cathie
Aime and Ray Schneider) won two highly competitive and
prestigious awards. He was awarded a Sigma Xi Research
Grant-in-Aid ($400) for validating the ITS locus for
diagnostic assays of Phakopsora pachyrhizi, and a
Mentor Travel Award from the Mycological Society of America,
MSA, ($500) for “Placement of the yeast genus Moniliella
in the Ustilaginomycotina and description of a new species”
that will be presented at the National MSA Meetings June
2010 in Lexington, KY.
PPCP Graduate Assistant Honored by Southern Division of the APS
88th annual meeting of the American Phytopathological
Society-Southern Division was held 6-7 February 2011in
Corpus Christi, TX. During this meeting, a graduate student
paper competition was held, and Ashok Chanda, a Ph.D.
candidate under the supervision of Dr. Zhi-Yuan Chen
and Dr. Raymond Schneider,
won third place for his presentation entitled “The roles of light-induced proteins in
the biosynthesis of cercosporin by Cercospora kikuchii”.
Congratulations to Ashok!
Two PPCP Faculty Honored by the Southern Division of the APS
Southern Division of the
American Phytopathological Society (APS) meeting was held
Feb. 7-8, 2010, in conjunction with annual SAAS (Southern
Association of Agricultural Scientists) meeting at the
Wyndham Resort Hotel in Orlando, FL. During this meeting,
Dr. Chris Clark
was named the Outstanding Plant Pathologist for 2010 by his
peers in the Southern Division of the APS, and
Schneider was elected Vice President of the Southern
Division for 2010-11. He will then also serve as President
Elect for 2011-12, President for 2012-13 and Past President
for 2013-14. Congratulations to Dr. Clark and Dr. Schneider
for being honored by their peers.
Ward Receives Sigma
Nicole Ward, PhD student in
the Department of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology, has
received a competitive grant-in-aid from the scientific
research society - Sigma Xi. This award comes with a
certificate and $500.00 which will be used to support her
current research. She was recognized for winning this
competition at the Sigma Xi Spring Banquet, 22 April. Ms.
Ward is studying the biocontrol of Asian Soybean Rust under
the supervision of Dr.
Receives College of Agriculture Award
Marc A. Cohn,
Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology and Crop
Physiology, has received this year's Sedberry Graduate
Teaching Award from the LSU College of Agriculture. This
award recognizes Cohn's outstanding record of excellence and
achievement in teaching and mentoring of graduate students.
He will be recognized at the College Honors Convocation to
be scheduled Fall 2009 and at the Dean's Teaching Conference
in January 2010.
In July 2007,
Dr. Milton Rush
was awarded the "F. Avalon Daggett Professorship in Rice
Research". This Professorship includes a $5,000/year
stipend. Congratulations to Dr. Rush for this important
Named Director of Forest Health Cooperative at Auburn
Dr. Lori G.
Eckhardt, a former student of Dr. J. P. Jones, Professor
Emeritus, has been names as the Director of the new Forest
Health Cooperative of Auburn University and is in the
process of hiring employees to cover the positions in the
Coop. Dr. Eckhardt currently has 3 graduate students and 3
more will be starting in January on projects funded by the
Coop. She is also President of the Auburn University
chapter of Sigma Xi. Traveling between projects in
Nicaragua and South Africa and she has been invited to
New Zealand to give a talk at a Forest Biosecurity
distinguished alumnus researches corn-based carinogenic
By NATHANIEL WEST, Staff Writer
BATON ROUGE, La. — This year’s class of Eastern Illinois
University Distinguished Alumni includes a man who does
battle with a cancer-causing fungus.
class of 1966, is a Louisiana State University professor and
researcher in the areas of plant pathology and crop
physiology whose work focuses on a type of fungi that preys
on corn and produces a highly carcinogenic toxin that has
been linked to liver cancer.
A Charleston native, Damann will be recognized Saturday
during the EIU Alumni Association awards dinner as part of
this weekend’s Homecoming festivities.
“I’m very pleased” with the award, Damann said from his cell
phone while en route to Charleston Thursday.
“I remember fondly my years in Charleston,” he also said,
noting that his father, the late Kenneth Damann Sr., was
head of the botany department at EIU for many years.
“That’s where I got an interest in (this) area,” Damann
A 1962 graduate of Charleston High School, Damann earned a
master’s degree from the University of Arkansas in 1968 and
a doctorate from Michigan State University in 1974. That
same year, he joined the faculty at LSU.
Damann spends most of his time researching fungi that make
what are called aflatoxins — one of the most carcinogenic of
all naturally occurring substances.
These fungi are known to affect corn, cotton seed, peanuts
and tree nuts, Damann said. While crops in the Midwest are
attacked on rare occasion, such fungi are more commonly seen
in corn grown in the Gulf South, from Texas to North
Carolina, said Damann.
The Food and Drug Administration limits the presence of this
fungus to 20 parts per billion, he said.
“So we’re interested in trying to control this organism in
the field,” said Damann.
To that end, his team is experimenting with another
naturally occurring fungus that does not make aflatoxins. If
applied to a field, these benign fungi “compete with (the)
toxigenic forms and suppress them” both in the soil and on
the plants themselves, Damann said.
“It appears to be an effective strategy, and we’re trying to
His work is supported by the Louisiana Soybean and Grain
Research and Promotion Board, and Damann’s team also has
partnered with researchers in Thailand.
He said the key concept is “biological control” — inhibiting
toxigenic forms of fungi.
In addition to his recognition this weekend as one of the
latest Distinguished Alumni, Damann is slated to speak with
EIU undergraduate students about his work at ISU.
“I’m interested in trying to establish a pipeline of
interested students to work in plant pathology,” he said.
Damann and his wife, Catherine, live near the ISU campus in
Baton Rouge. They have four children and three
Contact Nathaniel West at firstname.lastname@example.org or 238-6860.
Schneider named organizer and chair of National Soybean Rust
W. Schneider was named the organizer and chair of the
National Soybean Rust Symposium, sponsored by the American
Phytopathological Society, held in Louisville, KY, December
12-14, 2007. The symposium attracted more than 250
participants from the U.S., Central and South America, and
other countries. The symposium examined the disease from
virtually every angle. In addition to opportunities to
network and explore new areas of investigation, participants
appreciated and actively engaged in important presentations,
posters and discussions, and the symposium received rave
Overstreet Receives Bayer
CropScience International Award
Dr. Charles Overstreet receiving
the Bayer CropScience Award
Overstreet, AgCenter nematologist, is the recipient of the
Bayer CropScience Award presented by the Organization of
Nematologist of Tropical America (ONTA) during their 39th
annual meeting in Villa Carlos Paz, Argentina, Oct. 28–Nov.
2. Overstreet was cited for his outstanding research work in
applied nematology, in particular the management of the
reniform and other nematodes in cotton and other crops grown
in Louisiana and for his service to Latin America
ONTA’s focus is the Latin
American area including the southern United States and
Central and South America. Membership includes scientists
from these areas as well as much of Europe who have
interests in Latin America. Overstreet is involved with a
number of national and international organizations that work
with nematode problems on plants, serving on various
committees, has held several officer positions within the
Louisiana Plant Protection Association, and serves as an
editorial reviewer for three journals. He is currently the
chairman of the ONTA Foundation.
Chappell was the recipient of the 2007 C.W. Edgerton Award
in Plant Pathology & Crop Physiology, and received a best
graduate student paper award at the 2007 Crop Science
Society of America annual meetings in New Orleans. Mr.
Chappell has accepted a postdoctoral position at the Harvard
Medical School, beginning in mid-2008. His research will
focus on diabetes-induced oxidative stress in the laboratory
of Dr. Mary Loeken. Mr. Chappell has completed his doctoral
research concerning oxidative stress and smooth cordgrass
seed death under the direction of
Dr. Marc Cohn.
James Chappell (left) receives
award from Dr. Dalton Gossett, Chair of the ASPB-Southern
(right). Dr. Crispin Taylor, Executive Director, ASPB
applauds in the background.
Chappell Receives Award for
Best Graduate Student Paper
James Chappell (left), senior
graduate student from the Cohn lab, receives his award for
the Best Graduate Student Paper at the American Society of
Plant Biologists - Southern Division annual meeting, held at
Dauphin Island, AL in March 2007. Mr. Chappell presented
results of his research about the role of oxidative stress
in the death of recalcitrant Spartina seeds.
Dr. M. A. Cohn (left) and James
Dr. M. A. Cohn congratulates
James on his award.
CSSA President Steve
Fales (left) of Iowa State University and Dr. Cohn (right)
at the award ceremony in Indianapolis.
Cohn Receives CSSA Seed
Dr. M.A. Cohn was the recipient of the 2006 Seed Science
Award of the Crop Science Society of America. The award is
presented in recognition of distinctive service to the
development and utilization of quality seeds in agriculture.
Cohn received the award at the CSSA annual meeting in
Dr. Peter Toorop, Seed Conservation Unit, Royal Botanic
Gardens, UK (left), Dr. Norman Pammenter, Meeting
Co-organizer, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (center) and
James Chappell (right) at the 2007 Desiccation Workshop.
Chappell Presents Invited
Talk in South Africa
Mr. James Chappell, senior Ph.D. student in the Cohn lab,
presented results of his research at the 5th International
Workshop on Desiccation Tolerance and Sensitivity of Seeds
and Vegetative Plant Tissues (DesWorks) in Drakensberg,
South Africa in January of 2007.
Dr. Gerard Berggren, Department
Head (left), Charalambos Kokkinos (center), and Dr. Chris
Clark, Kokkino's Major Professor (right).
Kokkinos Presented 2005
Kokkinos, center, was presented the 2005 C. W. Edgerton
Award, which is given to the most outstanding student in the
Department of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology selected
by the faculty. A native of Cyprus, Kokkinos has recently
completed his final examination/dissertation defense and
will graduate with a Ph.D. in May. He completed his graduate
studies under the direction of
Christopher A. Clark, at
right. Gerard Berggren, at left, is department head.