Portrait of Taylor Miller

Taylor Miller Reflects On Graduate Experience within the Herbert College of Agriculture

    Taylor Miller, a recent graduate student, sat down for an insightful interview with the Herbert College of Agriculture to share her remarkable journey and experiences during her time in graduate school. In the interview, Miller recounted her favorite memories and classes that left a lasting impression. Graduating from the Herbert College of Agriculture was not just an academic achievement for Taylor; it was a testament to her unwavering dedication and the invaluable impact of her alma mater. To read Miller’s interview, visit Achieving Academic Excellence at Herbert: Taylor Miller.    

Portrait of Shade Niece

Shade Niece Receives 2023 Student Research Award

    Shade Niece, a graduate student studying plant pathology, and mentor Marcin Nowicki, a research assistant professor within the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, were selected to receive the 2023 Student/Faculty Research Award by the UT Graduate School. The award will support Niece’s project, “Establishing the first whole mitochondrial genomes for Cornales.” Nowicki said, “This is a proud mentor moment. Congratulations, Shade!”   For more information about the Student and Faculty Research Award, visit gradschool.utk.edu/faculty-student-research-award.

Portrait of Zane Smith

Zane Smith Receives 2023 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

    Zane Smith, a graduate student within the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, was selected to receive the 2023 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. This highly competitive award recognizes graduate students who are anticipated to become knowledge experts and contribute significantly to research, teaching, and innovations in science and engineering. Smith’s research focuses on generating and utilizing computational genomic resources for the conservation of imperiled and endangered forest trees, primarily native ash trees. Through his research, Zane seeks to understand how genomic techniques can be applied to understand and leverage adaptive potential for the conservation of at-risk species to secure their presence in the wild. “Thank you to

Corey Day

Corey Day Selected as a 2022 ESA Science Policy Fellow

  Corey Day was selected as a 2022 Entomological Society of America (ESA) Science Policy Fellow. The Science Policy Fellows program is a two-year program that provides entomologists with the necessary skills to efficiently and effectively advocate for their discipline. Day researches the spatial epidemiology of La Crosse virus disease. “I am so grateful for this opportunity! I can’t wait to meet the other Fellows and begin training to serve as an advocate for entomology,” Day said. ESA is a not-for-profit scientific organization that serves the needs of entomologists and individuals in related disciplines worldwide. Each year, the organization selects five individuals for the program. To learn more about ESA, visit https://entsoc.org. Congratulations, Corey!    

Identification and Management Recommendations of Common Fungal Diseases of Eastern Black Walnut

Managing Common Fungal Diseases of Eastern Black Walnut

  Aaron Onufrak, doctoral candidate and research lab manager, recently published a paper entitled “Identification and Management Recommendations of Common Fungal Diseases of Eastern Black Walnut” (Publication W1101) alongside William Klingman, professor in the Department of Plant Sciences, and his mentor, Denita Hadziabdic Guerry, associate professor in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology. The publication introduces the Eastern black walnut and identifies key characteristics of the tree and its common fungal diseases.