Department News

News on current and former faculty, staff, postdocs, and students at UGA Department of Plant Biology.

Faculty vs Grad Students in a series of three minute talks to see who can best explain their science to a nonspecialist audience.

Watch the whole thing here.

The Plant Genome Mapping Laboratory that Regents Professor Andrew Paterson directs addresses dimensions of plant biology relevant toward a more bio-based economy, balancing increased food security with expanded bioenergy supplies while mitigating the challenges of a looming worldwide water crisis.

Read the full article on the UGA website at http://www.uga.edu/faculty/profile/andrew-paterson/

Daniel Wubbah

Daniel Wubah, a former graduate student in our department, is now the provost at Washington & Lee. Daniel completed his degree in mycology with emeritus professor Mel Fuller. Our congratulations to Daniel!

Read the article in The Chronicle of Higher Education http://chronicle.com/article/New-Provost-Looks-to-Lessons/140587/

Kudos to Burke lab post-doc Jennifer Mandel! The work she did as a graduate student is having an impact on the management and protection of an endangered species of sunflower. Jennifer stated, "the US Fish and Wildlife Service is about to list the species and much of their data presented for listing the species is the work I did as a graduate student (i.e., they cite our publications on the taxon)".

Dr. John Burke is in the local news discussing research on heirloom crop varieties and meeting global food demands.

Read the full article at: http://classiccitytoday.com/2013/07/researchers-say-heirloom-crop-variet...

Our own amazing graduate student Chase Mason is featured on the UGA homepage. Congratulations Chase!

See the full article at: http://www.uga.edu/amazing/profile/mason-chase/

Dr. John Burke has been awarded the 2013 Creative Research Medal, which is awarded annually for faculty doing outstanding research or creative activity focusing on a single theme identified with University of Georgia.

For the full article go to: http://columns.uga.edu/news/article/2013-creative-research-medals/

Dr. Peggy Brickman is one of two faculty at UGA being named in 2013 as Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professors, the University's highest recognition for superioir instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels!

See the full article at: http://news.uga.edu/releases/article/meigs-professors-news-release-2013/

Recently Congressman Paul Broun said, "all that stuff I was taught about evolution, embryology and the Big Bang theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of hell."

His statement generated a response from 10 department heads reassurin...g Congressman Broun and Georgia taxpayers that we develop our course material from the scientific literature rather than "the pit of Hell" he claims.

Stephanie Pearl is our recipient of the 2012 Wilbur Duncan Award for Outstanding Plant Biology Graduate Student. Congratulations Stephanie!

A new University of Georgia study shows that some native clearweed plants have evolved resistance to invasive garlic mustard plants—and that the invasive plants appear to be waging a counterattack. The study, published in the early edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is thought to provide the first evidence of coevolution between native and invasive plant species.

Burke Lab Press

John Burke's lab is getting GREAT press coverage (Nature online news, History.com, Scientific American, Wired, Yahoo! News, MSNBC.com, USAToday.com and more) of a paper that just came out of his lab this week - the gene behind van Gogh's double-flowered sunflowers.

Here's the link to the paper http://www.plosgenetics.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pgen.1002628

Shu-Mei Chang

Kudos to Dr. Shu-Mei Chang. She is being awarded the Sandy Beaver Excellence in Teaching Award from Franklin College this year! Way to go!