Alumni News

On May 30th, 2019 we celebrated the retirement of Carol Ishimaru. Carol has been an esteemed member of the University of Minnesota for 15 years, and she will be greatly missed by students and colleagues alike. 

Marty Carson was from Arcola IL, and was an undergraduate at Eastern Illinois University, and obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. in plant pathology at the University of Illinois. Marty was on the faculty at South Dakota State University for eight years and then joined the USDA-ARS Plant Science Research group at Raleigh NC in 1989. In Raleigh, Marty became well known for his research on many different maize diseases.

Alan Pierce worked in the department as a scientist on the nematology project with Dr. David McDonald from 1974 through 1990. Alan passed away on July 27, 2018 in Austin, Texas. His humor and storytelling, as well as dedication to the mission of the department, were legendary. He will always be remembered fondly, which is his greatest legacy. Read more >>

The World Food Prize Foundation announced that Matthew Rouse, a U.S. Department of Agriculture Research Plant Pathologist, and Department of Plant Pathology Adjunct Associate Professor, is the winner of the 2018 Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application. The award recognizes exceptional, science-based achievements of individuals under the age of 40, who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. Read more >>

Alumnus Austin Case (Ph.D. 2017) will begin a new position as a barley breeder for Anheuser-Busch, focusing on spring and winter two-rowed malting barley for North America. The position will be based in Fort Collins, CO and will specifically focus on breeding for malting quality, disease resistance, and winter hardiness.

Recently Bob Blanchette was at the University of Florida for a Ph.D. dissertation defense and met with Jason Smith and Zane Grabau, two departmental alumni now on the faculty at the University of Florida. Read more >>

As Plant Pathologist with the USDA-ARS Cereal Disease Laboratory alumnus Jim Kolmer's (M.S. 1982) work focuses on the population genetics and biology of the wheat leaf rust pathogen, Puccinia triticina in the U.S. and worldwide. Read more >>

As Research Leader with USDA-ARS, alumnus Bob Bowden's (M.S. 1981) research is focused on resistance to wheat stripe rust, leaf rust, and stem rust and discovering useful new resistance genes in wheat wild relatives and cultivars. Read more >>

The department remembers Roy D. Wilcoxson, an alumnus and Professor with the Department of Plant Pathology. Roy contributed greatly to the department in teaching, research and administration during his tenure as a faculty member. Roy worked on a number of different crops (corn, forage legumes, grasses, wheat, barley, and oat) and pathogens (ascomycetous and basidiomycetous fungi, bacteria, and viruses) during his career, and was widely known as an expert in cereal pathology. Read more about his contributions to science and the department >>

As Research Scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada alumnus Brent McCallum's (Ph.D. 1995) research is focused on various aspects of wheat diseases including discovering new sources of resistance, determining the genetics of resistance, molecular mapping, marker development and incorporating resistance into new wheat cultivars. Read more about McCallum in this month's alumni spotlight >>

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