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We offer Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, Accelerated Bachelor/Masters, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees, with classroom and research opportunities in many areas of contemporary plant and microbial biology. Need more information? Contact plantbio_info@ncsu.edu


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Plant & Microbial Biology Department News:

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!

 




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