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Adrienne Roeder awarded NSF CAREER grant

Roeder head shot
May 14, 2016

The National Science Foundation has awarded a grant of $500,000 to Cornell University for the project ” Initiation of Cell Size Patterning in Arabidopsis” under the direction of Adrienne Roeder. The award is expected to total  $988,503.
Roeder’s research group investigates the role that cell growth and division play in the diversity of cell size in the Arabidopsis sepal. Arabidopsis is a flowering plant and its sepal is the outermost green leaf-like floral organ that surrounds and protects the developing bud.
Adrienne Roeder is a Nancy M. & Samuel C. Fleming Term Assistant Professor at the the Weill Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology, and the Department of Plant Biology. Read more about her program’s research

Liberty Hyde Bailey Conservatory Ribbon Cutting

May 7, 2016
On May 5th, the ribbon was officially cut at a Student Open House for the Liberty Hyde Bailey Conservatory. Alan Collmer, Glenn Evans, Kevin Nixon, and Ed Cobb acknowledged the hard work of Capital Programs managers and directors, Cornell Agricultural Experiment Station employees, plant science undergraduates, and the many people who advocated for the rebuilding of the conservatory. Read more

Adrian Powell and Samuel Leiboff win Barbara McClintock Award

Feb 1, 2016
Adrian Powell, a graduate researcher in the laboratory of Professor Jeff Doyle and Sam Leiboff, a graduate researcher in the laboratory of Professor Michael Scanlon, both students in the Plant Biology section at Cornell University, received the 2016 Barbara McClintock Award from the directors of graduate studies in the plant sciences graduate fields.

Winners of the award are chosen because they have made significant contributions to plant science through their research and have “the best potential and greatest background merit.”

The award commemorates the Nobel Prize-winning work of Barbara McClintock, who discovered transposable elements—segments of DNA that can move throughout the genome—while working in maize. McClintock began this work at Cornell University in the 1920s, where she completed a masters and doctoral degree in plant genetics. The endowment for the award came from Robert Rabson, who led the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Biosciences Division for many years, enabling much novel plant physiology research.

Dean Boor announces Research and Extension, Core Value Staff Awards

Oct 15, 2015
Dean Kathryn J. Boor today announced the recipients of the 2015 College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, CALS Research, Extension, and Core Value Staff awards, which will be presented November 3 during a 4:00-6:30 p.m. reception in G10 Biotech.
The Outstanding Service to the CALS Community Award is one of several awards being presented this year.  The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Research and Extension Awards are intended to recognize a broad range of accomplishments contributing to the realization of the CALS vision, “To be the preeminent college for research, teaching and extension of agriculture and life sciences, developing leaders to address the global challenges of the 21st century.”  These awards signify our appreciation of and commitment to those who sustain our land-grant mission.
William Crepet, Plant Biology Section Chair, will receive the 2015 College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Research and Extension Award for Outstanding Service to the CALS Community for his efforts that have helped to make our CALS Community a better place including his 25 years of leadership in the Bailey Hortorium, and in Plant Biology.


Dr. Jian Hua promoted to full Professor

Jul 6, 2015
We are very pleased to announce Dr. Jian Hua’s promotion to full Professor within Cornell’s School of Integrative Plant Science- Plant Biology Section. Promotion to full Professor recognizes faculty members who have demonstrated significant achievements in teaching, research, and/or extension during their appointment as associate professors.  Professor Hua has research programs using molecular genetics to understand how plants perceive and integrate environmental signals to modulate growth and development.  ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­She also teaches courses in plant genetics and plant development and mentors graduate students. 
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Jian Hua on her promotion to full Professor.

Dr. Bruce Wallace, former member of Cornell Faculty, died on Monday, January 12, 2015

Jan 23, 2015
Bruce Wallace, distinguished geneticist, former member of the Cornell Faculty, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences,  died on January 12th after a short stroke related illness. Bruce first joined Cornell’s Department of Plant Breeding and then, as department organizations evolved, became a member of the Section of Genetics, Development and Physiology, and then Botany, Genetics and Development before Botany split from Genetics in 1980.  Many of the senior or Emeritus faculty now in Plant Bio. were colleagues or former students (i.e. Andre Jagendorf, Dom Paolillo, June and Mike Nasrallah).  Bruce ultimately left Cornell to join the faculty of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.

New school positions plant and soil science for the future

Jun 6, 2014
Five departments in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences – Plant Biology, Horticulture, Plant Breeding and Genetics, Crop and Soil Sciences, and Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology – have been consolidated into the School of Integrative Plant Science. Read more

Clint Ko Wins 2014 Excellence Award

Clint Ko with Professor Crepet
May 30, 2014
Shi Jun (Clint) Ko '14 won the 2014 Plant Biology Excellence Award.  Clint was a biological sciences major.  He worked in Professor Roeder's lab since the summer of 2012 studying cell patterning.  This fall he will enter the Ph.D. program in the Department of Biology at MIT.  He is interested in the mechanisms that drive dynamic changes in cell morphology or behavior.

Jagendorf receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Sep 30, 2013
Andre Jagendorf received a "Lifetime Achievement Award" from the Rebeiz Foundation for Basic Research in September 2013. The Rebeiz Foundation is dedicated to the promotion of fundamental research at the national and international levels. Congratulations to Andre on this well deserved award! Read more

Roeder selected for Fleming Term Assistant Professorship

Sep 12, 2013
Adrienne Roeder is selected as the Nancy M. and Samuel C. Fleming Term Assistant Professor in the Weill Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology for a three-year period beginning September 2013. The professorship is awarded in recognition of Adrienne's scientific excellence, creativity, and academic promise. The endowment for this professorship was made possible by the generosity of Nancy and Sam Fleming and in support of their commitment to discovery in the life sciences. Read more

Leiboff wins teaching award

May 15, 2013
Samuel Leiboff is the 2013 recipient of the outstanding teaching assistant in Plant Biology. Sam was TA for BioPL 2410 (An Introduction to Plant Biodiversity and Evolution) in the Fall of 2012 and was TA for BioPL 1120 (Issues in Social Biology) in the Spring of 2013.

In the News: Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium

A hand-colored 1758 Dutch book of apples and pears by Johann Hermann Knoop, titled "Pomologia."
Apr 1, 2013
Founded by Liberty Hyde Bailey in 1935, the Hortorium has historically been the major U. S. center for the systematics of cultivated plants. Today, the Hortorium's mission has expanded to include systematic studies of wild and cultivated plants, ethnobotany, molecular systematics, paleobotany, phylogenetic theory, biodiversity studies, and pharmaceutical studies of tropical plants. Read more

Scanlon receives $7M NSF grant for corn study

Feb 18, 2013
Michael Scanlon awarded $7 million by the National Science Foundation for his study, "Genetic networks regulating structure and function of the maize shoot apical meristem." Scanlon leads a team of nine researchers who study the maize shoot apical meristem (SAM) -- a pool of plant stem cells responsible for forming essentially all of the above-ground parts of the corn plant. Read more

Niklas honored as Weiss Presidential Fellow

Jan 15, 2013
Karl Niklas has been named a Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow at Cornell. The Weiss Presidential Fellowship is awarded for excellence in teaching and advising undergraduates. The award is named for Stephen H. Weiss '57, former chair of the Cornell Board of Trustees.  Read more

Follow the Titan Arum blog

Titan arum fruit
Mar 31, 2012
Follow "Wee Stinky," Cornell University's Amorphophallus titanum, part of the Department of Plant Biology's Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium collection. Read more