National First-Generation College Student Celebration Being First-Generation is beautiful and provides a unique perspective, and our department is teeming with first-generation students and faculty. To showcase this personally, we wanted to feature one of our students’ thoughts. Shelly Pate is a Graduate Research Assistant who is working on her Masters with a concentration in Plant Pathology and is currently stationed at the West TN Research & Education Center. She is also a First-Generation College Student and wanted to share her experience: As an only child, I have always received an abundant amount of love, support, and guidance. However, when the time came to start applying to colleges as an undergraduate, I realized something was starting to become a little different.
The Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology is represented well at Down on the Farm at the TVA&I Fair in Knoxville. Matthew Longmire, David Bechtel, and Jerome Grant are sharing insects with ca. 1,000 students today!
Julian Cosner, a Ph.D. student in EPP, is one of five PhD students recently honored as Tennessee Doctoral Fellows. Tennessee Doctoral Fellows are chosen every three years; this is only the second group of fellows at UT. The fellowships are funded by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and UT’s Graduate School. Congratulations, Julian! For more information, please see UT News here.
The American Phytopathological Society (APS) announces that Nourolah Soltani received the Myron K. Brakke Student Travel Award to supports his travel to the APS meeting in Cleveland, OH. Mr. Soltani was also awarded support for travel from the Plant Research Center and the Graduate Student Senate. At the meeting, he will present two posters on the quinoa-Cucumber mosaic virus interaction.
The poster created by Nourolah Soltani was chosen for display by Pendergrass Library as an example of the #betterposter approach. Research on the impact of infection of quinoa by Cucumber mosaic virus on expression of genes regulating terpene biosynthesis is described in the poster. Nourolah will present the poster at the American Phytopathological Society meeting in Cleveland (Aug. 3- 7). Dr. Meg Staton, and Dr. Kimberly Gwinn are also authors on the poster.
A tick survey study in Tennessee by Dr. Trout Fryxell and graduate student David Theuret highlighted in Entomology Today. The study revealed that one in six cattle and at livestock monitoring locations in all regions of the Tennessee have ticks. For more details, please see summary article Tick Surveillance Project Offers Model for Monitoring Livestock. The original article can be found here.
EPP graduate student Amy Michael will present her exit seminar entitled “Interactive Ecology of the Kudzu Bug in Eastern Tennessee” on Friday, April 20th, at 10am in PBB 160.
EPP graduate students Clay Perkins and Scott Graham recently published a paper entitled “Grasshoppers in Soybean.” The full article can be found here.
EPP graduate student Satyendra Pothula will present his exit seminar entitled “Resilience of nematode food webs under temperature stress associated with climate change” on Friday, April 13th, at 10am in PBB 160.
EPP graduate student Ratnasri Mallipeddi will present her exit seminar entitled “Characterization of the cellulolytic system in Zygentoma for identification of novel enzymes with industrial application” on Friday, April 6th, at 10am in PBB 160.