Speakers

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Trudi Baker, J.D.
Counsel, Intellectual Property
Indigo Agriculture
Websites:
Indigo Agriculture
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Gwyn Beattie, Ph.D.
Professor Robert Earle Buchanan Distinguished Professor of Bacteriology for Research & Nomenclature
Iowa State University
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Carolee Bull, PhD
Head/Professor, Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology
Penn State University

Originally a Pennsylvania native, Dr. Bull graduated with a degree in Botany at Ohio University in 1985. Work with a mycologist and courses in mycology and microbiology transformed her interest in botany to a passion for plant pathology. She received an MS in Plant Pathology from Washington State University in 1987, and a PhD in Plant Pathology from Oregon State University in 1992. Her work on biological control of plant pathogens and phytobacteriology continued as a NSF Postdoctoral Fellow in Switzerland. For the past 20 years she worked for the USDA?ARS in California to develop alternatives to chemical pesticides for vegetable and small fruit production. Dr. Bull served on the Administrative Council for the Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program and was key to the development of organic research programs at the USDA/ARS. For outstanding mentorship women and Latino student research interns, she received the Secretary's Honor Award (the highest award service to the nation in agriculture) from the USDA Secretary Thomas Vilsack. Dr. Bull joined the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology at Penn State on September 1.

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Joana Falcao Salles, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Science & Engineering
University of Groningen
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Gary Felton, Ph.D.
Professor & Department Head, Entomology
Penn State University
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Gary Felton, Ph.D.
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Mary Firestone, Ph.D.
Professor, Soil Microbial Ecology
University of California, Berkeley
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Karen Garrett, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Plant Pathology
University of Florida
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Leland Glenna, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Rural Sociology and Science, Technology, and Society
Penn State University
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Linda Kinkel, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Plant Pathology
University of Minnesota
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George Kowalchuk, Ph.D.
Professor, Ecology & Biodiversity
Utrecht University
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Sarah Lebeis, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology
University of Tennessee
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Jennifer Martiny, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of California, Irvine
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Andrea Ottesen, Ph.D.
Research Microbiologist
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
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Joel Sachs, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Biology
University of California, Riverside
Websites:
Joel Sachs, Ph.D.
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Ashley Shade, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
Michigan State University
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Neil Sharkey, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research
Penn State University
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David Weller, Ph.D.
Research Leader
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service
Dr. David Weller is Research Leader of the USDA-ARS, Wheat Health, Genetics and Quality Research Unit, Pullman, WA and Adjunct Professor of Plant Pathology, Washington State University. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in plant pathology from Michigan State University. His research focuses on the control of soilborne pathogens, the rhizosphere microbiome and metabolome, and disease-suppressive soils. In 2003 and 2013, he was the Willie Commelin Scholten (WCS) Endowed Professor of Phytopathology, and in 2004, 2005 and 2013 OECD Fellow at Utrecht University, The Netherlands. Dr. Weller is a Fellow of the American Phytopathological Society (APS) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a recipient of the APS Ruth Allen Award for outstanding research. He has published over 180 journal articles and reviews and regularly lectures at universities worldwide. Dr. Weller founded and directs the nationally-recognized Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) outreach program “Pumping-Up the Math and Science Pipeline,” which provides novel educational opportunities in science and mathematics to underserved students in rural and Native American communities in the Pacific Northwest. For these activities, Dr. Weller received the Washington State University 2010 Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Service Award and the USDA Secretary’s Honor Award in 2011.
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Kyle Wickings, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology
Cornell University
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Etienne Yergeau, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Microbial Ecology
INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier
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