UGA Plant Pathology PhD student wins prestigious Storkan-Hanes-McCaslin Foundation Award Nov 4, 2016 UGA Plant Pathology Graduate Student Minglu (Hugo) Gao is the recipient of the 2016-2017 Storkan-Hanes-McCaslin Foundation Award. Mr. Gao is a PhD candidate under the direction of Drs. Scott Gold and Anthony E Glenn in the Toxicology and Mycotoxin Research Unit, USDA-ARS, Athens, GA. Minglu’s research area is on the functional characterization of beta-lactamases in fungi and their role in soil competitive success, with Fusarium verticillioides as paradigm, a major mycotoxigenic cereal pathogen. This award, named in honor of the three founding members of TriCal, encourages graduate student research on soil-borne plant diseases through financial awards. The Foundation grants awards on a yearly basis. As of 2016, a total of $495,5000 has been awarded to 78 students across the United States. As part of the award, recipients also receive round-trip fares to the American Phytopahtological Society (APS) Annual Meeting. Students attend an award luncheon along with their advisors, previous awardees, and members of the Foundation Committee. Mr. Gao was joined by Dr. Scott Gold and UGA Plant Pathology alumnus Johanna Takach also a past winner of the Storkan-Hanes-McCaslin Foundation Award.