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Thursday, November 30, 2017
Nebraska students and visiting scholars attend World Food Prize

Nine undergraduate College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) students and three visiting Borlaug Fellows attended the 2017 Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium in Des Moines, Iowa, last month, named for famed agronomist, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and “Father of the Green Revolution,” Norman Borlaug.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Streaming Science: Studying What Goes on Below Ground: Good versus Bad Bacteria

In this Streaming Science video, University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate student Michael Meier explains his current research in plant pathology, which focuses on root and soil microbiomes. Meier explains the importance of his work and opportunities that UNL provides. He also discusses his passion for science and the importance of science communication. Meier is a member of the UNL graduate student organization SCImPLE (Science Communication Impacting Policy, Learning, and Engagement).

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Monday, November 27, 2017
Students/Postdocs: Submit your 100-word essay to Science now!

The new Science Magazine NextGen survey is now open!  This is your chance to submit a 100-word essay describing one thing that your field's research community could do better in the coming year and answer the question What's your new year's resolution for plant pathology?

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Sunday, November 26, 2017
The Daily Nebraskan: UNL graduate students react to repercussions of Turning Point USA incident

Graduate Student Assembly president, Karen Da Silva, speaks during October's Graduate Student Assembly meeting on Oct. 3, 2017, at the Centennial Room in the Nebraska Union in Lincoln, Nebraska. 

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Friday, November 17, 2017
Lincoln Journal Star: Nebraska graduate students concerned about provision in House tax bill

“It pushes me into the next tax bracket based on money I don’t have any control over,”

Karen Da Silva, Department of Plant Pathology graduate student, explains in the Lincoln Journal Star how the proposed tax plan will affect grad student income. 

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Cultivating access: Huskers aim to increase diversity in agricultural science workforce

A new project at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is focused on increasing women and minority interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-related agricultural majors and careers. The project is called “Cultivate ACCESS: Agriculture Career Communities to Empower Students in STEM.” 

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Stacy Krueger-Hadfield visits PLPT

Dr. Stacy Krueger-Hadfield visited the Department of Plant Pathology November 15 as a invited 2017 FALL 2017 BIOTECHNOLOGY / LIFE SCIENCES SEMINAR SERIES speaker. Dr. Krueger-Hadfield is a Assistant Professor at University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her seminar was titled “The Curious Case of Complex Life Cycles: Mating System Variation in Haploid-Diploid Seaweeds” Krueger-Hadfield met with faculty and students during her stay for further discussion during meals and appointments.  

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Dr. Loren Giesler accepted the position of Acting Head of the Department

Dr. Loren Giesler has agreed to serve as Acting Head of the Department effective November 6, 2017 through January 2, 2018. The IANR Senior Leadership Team appreciates Loren’s willingness to accept this important role. 

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Thursday, November 9, 2017
Quality SCN Samples are Part Science, Part Art

John Wilson - Extension Educator | Loren Giesler - Extension Plant Pathologist

Growers frequently ask about why we need to sample for soybean cyst nematodes or SCN, a pest causing more yield losses than all other soybean diseases combined. As harvest winds down, we are entering the time when the most samples are taken each year. This prompted a related question on sampling: What is the proper way to take a soil sample to test for SCN in your field?

There is both science and art in collecting good soil samples.

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Foiling Rice-Spoiling Fungus

Rice blast spoils between 10 and 30 percent of annual rice yields worldwide — enough to feed as many as 60 million people. Recent outbreaks of the disease, which also strikes wheat and grass crops, have ranged from Brazil to Bangladesh.

Plant pathologists at Nebraska have revealed how the fungus behind blast disease can evade rice’s first immune response and silence the molecular sirens that mobilize reinforcements. The team’s identification of a key fungal gene and associated protein could inform genetic modification efforts to combat the disease.

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