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Archive for the ‘Botany & Plant Pathology’ Category

Carrington named fellow in microbiology academy

Posted by The College of Science at OSU on February 25, 2009

Professor James Carrington is a newly elected Fellow at the American Academy of Microbiology. One of 72 microbiologists to be elected, James was selected based on his record of scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced microbiology.

James is the Director for the Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing at OSU.


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OSU Receives Grants to Study Cellulosic Ethanol

Posted by The College of Science at OSU on August 19, 2008

The USDA and Department of Energy recently announced plans to award 10 grants totaling more than $10 million to accelerate research in biomass genomics to further the use of cellulosic plant material for bioenergy and biofuels. Scientists at OSU are to receive two of the grants, totaling $2.4 million.

Assistant Professor of Botany, Todd Mockler says:

“Ethanol made from cellulose, instead of a food crops such as corn, is clearly one direction the future of biofuels is headed. These projects will all lay the groundwork for applied studies in this field, and give us the fundamental knowledge we need to make cellulosic ethanol more efficiently and help it become a working reality.”

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Investigate, examine, experiment and report

Posted by The College of Science at OSU on May 20, 2008

jimcarringtonCongratulations to Jim Carrington, professor of botany and plant pathology, for his election to the National Academy of Sciences!

“This is an extraordinary accomplishment and recognition for any scientist,” said Sabah Randhawa, OSU provost and executive vice president. “It reflects well on the quality of world-class science that is being done here at OSU, and Jim’s election to the academy is an honor for the university.”

Read more about Jim and his work here.

National Academy of Sciences

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Victory Over Tree Fungus

Posted by The College of Science at OSU on February 29, 2008

Major Research Effort Saves Prized Oregon Tree



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Ernest and Pauline Jaworski Summer Research Internship for Undergraduates in Plant Sciences

Posted by The College of Science at OSU on February 8, 2008

Ernest (College of Science ’50 and ’52) and Pauline (College of Science ’50) Jaworski of St. Louis, MO put in place a grant for summer internships almost 10 years ago. They have since endowed the account, guaranteeing this support for perpetuity. 

Terra featured a story on scholarships in the Winter 2008 article, and gave us a glimpse into the life of a student benefiting from the Jaworski’s philanthropic vision.


Nikki Marshall

Year and discipline: Senior, Bioresource Research

Hometown: Portland, Oregon
Scholarship: The Jaworski Scholarship has opened up opportunities or me in sustainable, organic farming and ecosystem restoration. Financially, it has enabled me to pay for childcare for my daughter. (Note: Marshall has also received the E.R. Jackman Scholarship, support from the Oregon Seed Trade Association and an award from the American Seed Trade Association with Future Seed Executives.)
Inspiration: My daughter Trinity is 8 years old. She is always asking questions and giving me hope.
Career goal: To own a farm and to restore lands harmed by invasive species or toxic chemicals.
Academic focus: I have been learning how to control seeds through heat treatments and consumption by beetles. Seeds of invasive species and other weeds pose problems for agriculture and environmental restoration.

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