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.
Cornell faculty members Joseph Halpern, Paul McEuen and Karl Niklas have been named fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Read more
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 andPhysiology, 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.
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
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.
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
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
Faculty, students and alumni of the Department of Plant Biology celebrated the department's centennial June 28-29. 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.
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
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
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
When a rare corpse plant showed signs of imminent blooming on Cornell's campus March 14, the university opened its greenhouse doors to the public and live-streamed the event through two separate feeds. Read more