Greg Buda selected for Barbara McClintock award Buda's thesis involves a the characterization
of moss cuticles, using the sequenced moss Physcomitrella patens as
a model system. He is assembling a complete chemical, structural, and
physiological profile of the Physcomitrella cuticle, using adapted
techniques from previous work in angiosperms.
Understanding the roles of cuticle-associated genes in moss will shed light on the evolution of a hydrophobic barrier to the environment, and will supplement current knowledge in the areas of bryophyte physiology and plant evolution.
Barbara McClintock received a Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine for her work on the cytogenetics of Zea mays in 1983. McClintock earned three degrees in botany from Cornell; BS 1923, MS 1925 and PhD 1927.
Eric Fich named a Presidential Life Science Fellow
Eric has conducted research on two Arabidopsis organic acid efflux proteins that are important for aluminum tolerance while working with Miguel Pineros in the Kochian lab. He is presently investigating hormonal responses to temperature changes Arabidopsis in the Hua lab.
New Graduate Students Fall 2011 attending the department Ice Cream Social. From L to R: Yann-Ru Lou, Samuel Leiboff, Robert Harbert, Eric Fich, and Samantha Mainiero.Sam Crowell Awarded NSF Fellowship
Sam first came to Cornell University in 2009 as a NSF-REU summer undergraduate researcher, funded by the Boyce Thompson Institute. He began his Ph.D. in the Plant Biology Graduate Program in fall 2010, researching cell wall modifying enzymes during a rotation in the Rose Lab. With the help from Dr. Rose, Sam applied for and was successfully awarded a grant from the NSF graduate research fellowship program (NSF-GRFP), which will fund three years of his graduate studies at Cornell. Now a member of the McCouch lab, Sam intends to use this funding to study the genetic basis of transgressive variation in rice, focusing on the diversity of panicle morphology and development among numerous domesticated and wild species of Oryza.
Laetitia Martin has received an outstanding teaching assistant award. Laetitia was the TA for BioPL 4480, Plant Evolution and the Fossil Record.
Liz Hermsen in Patagonia. Graduate students brave the rigors of international fieldwork.
Francis M. Hueber Seminar on Prototaxites
Friends from the University of Binghamton meeting with Fran before his seminar. Curt Pueschel, MS 1975, PhD 1978, William Stein, Francis M. Hueber, MS 1959, PhD 1960 and Patricia Bonamo, MS 1965, PhD 1966.
Five Plant Biology graduate students receive outstanding teaching assistant awards for 2009-2010. Robert Bode, James Cohen, Dezi Elzinga, Margaret Frank and Anne Rea.
- Natalie Uhl co-authors an exceptional new palm book
- Plant Biology and the Botanical Society of America