It Came from the Apiary

November 7, 2013 under Spotlight on Success

It Came from the Apiary: an educational thriller about honey bee pests.

Jen LoDico, Becky Burgess, Lauren Cruz, Melissa Richard, Matt White

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Harsh Bais featured in “The Scientist” magazine

January 3, 2013 under Spotlight on Success

Harsh Bais, associate professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, has been featured in “The Scientist” magazine for his work with beneficial microbes.

The study featured in the article takes a look at how plants rely on bacteria and fungi for health and defense, and how plant biologists are starting to look at ways in which they can use beneficial soil microbes to aid plants as a sort of vaccine.

Bais is quoted in the article as explaining “The idea is that we can reduce pesticide and fungicide use by utilizing the microbiome. But we need to know more about the mechanisms of action; relationships between microbes and plants are very complex.”

To read the full article on the Scientist website, click here.

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Pictured are UD alumnus and benefactor Dave Plastino, center, with 2011 Plastino Scholars, from left, Lisa Russo, Allison Rogers, Chris Kerwien and Stephanie Halperin.

Allison Rogers named Plastino Scholar

May 19, 2011 under Spotlight on Success

Allison Rogers, a pre-veterinary medicine and animal biosciences major and wildlife conservation minor from Scarborough, Maine, has been named a Plastino Scholar.

With the Plastino Scholarship, Rogers will travel across the country–from Los Angeles to Pittsburgh to Rhode Island–spreading awareness about the world parrot crisis, an issue involving the smuggling, overcrowding and neglect of the exotic birds.

Rogers said that being named a Plastino Scholar is “very surreal; it’s hard to grasp the magnitude of an award like the Plastino Scholarship. The students I have met who have received this award are such amazing individuals, and though I’m a scholar just like them, I feel so humbled when I talk with them.”

Working with birds is nothing new for Rogers. She has raised ducks and chickens since the age of eight, and in addition to all that she learned during her time at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR), she pursued various internships to gain even more hands on experience with birds.

When Rogers found out about the award, she said that she was “over the moon. I literally teared up. When you have worked so hard towards a goal such as this scholarship, to have someone say ‘We believe in you, you should pursue this dream, and we will help you’ is the most incredible feeling. It’s indescribable.”

Rogers said that she hopes other CANR students will apply for the award in the future. “I really believe that some of the brightest and best minds are in CANR. The students in CANR are really out there trying to improve our world and the environment, and I think this scholarship could be a stepping stone for those talented and creative students.”

To follow Rogers as she travels across the country, visit her blog, which she will be updating throughout the summer.

For information on all the Plastino Scholar check out UDaily >>

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Spotlight on Success

December 4, 2009 under Spotlight on Success
Lonie Jean

Lonie Jean

Alumnus Jean Lonie (AG ’96) serves as Executive Assistant to the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. Jean spent almost four years as the agriculture career and technical education coordinator for the School District of Philadelphia, based at W.B. Saul High School of Agricultural Sciences. In addition, she was a part of Farm Journal Media for more than seven years, most recently serving as the company’s marketing communications manager. Jean also worked for Holstein Association USA as their promotional web specialist.

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