• Students in Rare Plants of North Carolina (PB 464/564; Fall) learn about southern Appalachian endemics on Bluff Mountain, Ashe Co, from Prof. Alexander Krings, curator of the herbarium.
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Plant & Microbial Biology Department News:

Congratulations to Sirius Li for being the 2016 recipient of the Arthur C. Neish Young Investigator Award from the Phytochemical Society of North America. The award is given each year by the PSNA to outstanding early career scientists. (6/23/2016)

Alexandria Szakacs has been awarded one of two graduate research grants given by the Society of Herbarium Curators this year for her proposal: A Guide to the Phytolith Assemblages Produced by the Vascular Flora of Picture Creek Diabase Barrens (Granville Co., NC): A precursor for understanding vegetation history of a remnant Piedmont prairie community.  The $500 award will help support an undergraduate research assistant to assist her in the field and lab. (3/7/16)

Jenny Xiang & Brian Wiegmann will be hosting an international workshop: “Building US-China Collaboration in Biodiversity Studies – Frontier Issues, New Approaches, and Opportunities“. The National Science Foundation of both the United States & China have supported the workshop to lay the foundation for multi-institutional collaborations that will lead to advances in frontier issues, new approaches, and opportunities for additional collaborative research on biodiversity. The workshop will be held at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, 121 Jones St, Raleigh, North Carolina from October 16th to 18th, 2015. For the schedule and further information on the workshop click here.

Terri Long and Cranos WIlliams’ research has been featured on NSF’s research news site, Science 360. (9/30/15)

Congratulations to Bob Franks, for being recognized by the Thank a Teacher Program.  The program recognizes faculty who have gone beyond their standard teacher roles and made a positive impact on the lives of NCSU students. (9/30/15)

Congratulations to Linda Handley-Bowdoin, along with George Kennedy (Entomology), Ignazio Carbone (Plant Pathology), Trino Ascencio-Ibanez (Biochemistry) and Timothy Goodale (STEM Education)on funding of a $5 million NSF PIRE (Partnerships for International Research and Education) proposal entitled “U.S. – East Africa Research and Education Partnership: Cassava Mosaic Disease, A Paradigm for the Evolution of Insect-Transmitted Plant Virus Pathosystems”.   The project will build a research and education partnership with scientists in East Africa to study viral evolution in relationship to the host, the insect vector and the environment with a focus on Cassava mosaic disease. Partners include Rutgers University, Auburn University, NC A&T University, the BecA-ILRI Hub in Kenya, and MARI in Tanzania. (8/12/15)


Congratulations to Jose AlonsoAnna Stepanova and Cranos WIlliams  along with Steffen Heber in Computer Science on the funding of their $3.2 million NSF Plant Genome proposal entitled “Identification of Translational Hormone-Response Gene Networks and cis-Regulatory Elements”.   The work will investigate changes in translation efficiency in Arabidopsis and tomato in response to hormones ethylene and auxin, and uses ribosome footprinting and dynamic modeling of translation-based gene regulatory networks to identify the so-called “genetic hubs” that connect hormone perception with the control of plant growth. (8/12/15)

Congratulations to Ross Sozzani on funding of a $740,000 NSF Career grant entitled “Modelling emergent behaviour of gene networks controlling plant stem cells”. The proposal will investigate the stem cell regulatory networks in the Arabidopsis root by integrating genome-wide approaches with cutting-edge imaging technologies and mathematical modeling.  The project includes development of individualized educational programs for students, promotion of Science Café conversations to facilitate interdisciplinary interactions, and outreach to the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences. (8/12/15)

Congratulations to Terri Long  and Ross Sozzani on funding of a $500,000 Bilateral BBSRC (Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council)- NSF/ Bio grant entitled “Modelling Cellular Differentiation in Plants”.   The grant is a collaborative effort with Yrjo Helariutta of the Sainsbury Lab in the United Kingdom to use mathematical modeling to explore the effects of intrinsic and extrinsic signals on molecular processes involved in root vascular differentiation. (8/12/15)


Congratulations to Terri Long, Amy Grunden, and Colleen Doherty on being highlighted in the summer 2015 Perspectives magazine: http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/agcomm/news-center/perspectives/seeding-north-carolinas-future/ (8/12/15)

Congratulations to Ross Sozzani who is featured in the NCSU Results publication focused on the faculty clusters: http://research.ncsu.edu/results/2015/08/work-that-matters/ (8/12/15)

Congratulations to Prof. JoAnn Burkholder, recipient of the Fred A. Harris Fisheries Conservation Award from the North Carolina Chapter of the American Fisheries Society.  It is the highest award in the NCAFS, for service and commitment to the fisheries and aquatic resources of North Carolina. (5/14/15)

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