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2017 Spring Awards: William M. Brown Professional Development Award

Spring of 2017 brought with it rain, sunshine, pollen, and awards! The recipients of this years William M. Brown Professional Development Award were as follows:

Sarah Miller

Sarah will be heading to the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) conference in Waikoloa, Hawaii. This meeting combines professionals including scientists, educators, and students to improve horticultural practices including integrated pest management (IPM). She will be attending this conference to present a poster on some of her current research characterizing sorghum root exudation.

Raven Bough

Raven will be heading to the USDA-ARS Natural Products Utilization Research station in Oxford, Mississippi. One of the primary missions of the research center is to develop pesticides with novel, naturally occurring modes of action. At the research center, part of her training will include high-throughput screening of her own kochia extracts for metabolites applicable to pest management.

Alyx Shigenaga

Alyx will be heading to the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Los Baños, Philippines. She will be taking a 3 week short course called “Rice: Research to Production” which gives students and young scientists of various backgrounds the opportunity to learn about all aspects of rice production and research.

Curtis Hildebrandt

Curtis will be heading to San Diego, CA in January to attend the Plant and Animal Genome Conference. While there he will be presenting a poster on his research related to mutations conferring herbicide resistance in wheat. He will also attending a specific section hosted by the International Wheat Genome Consortium to join conversations related to wheat genome sequencing and gene editing technologies.

Congratulations students!


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