UGA Plant Pathology Blog

Awards and Recognition at the 2017 Southern Division APS Meeting

UGA Plant Pathology was well represented at the recent American Phytopathological Society (APS) Southern Division (SD) annual meeting held in College Station, TX, February 17-20, 2017.  Dr. Katherine Stevenson (pictured uppper left) was the recipient of the Donald M. Ferrin Memorial Service Award in recognition for her distinguished service to APS.  Stevenson, who is a professor on the Tifton Campus, joined the UGA Plant Pathology faculty in 1992.  While most of her time is dedicated to research, she spends 20% of her appointment educating students about the epidemiology of plant diseases.  Her contributions to SD-APS and the discipline of plant pathology including teaching, advising graduate students, writing and publishing, editing numerous journals, overseeing the APS Education Center, and chairing the APS Epidemiology and Pathogen Resistance Committees are why she is deserving of this award.

During the meeting, many of the faculty, staff, graduate students and some of our alumni presented papers.  This year, three of our graduate students were recognized for their research and presentations. Katrina Laurel (pictured with award upper right), received 1st place for her poster presentation entitled “Fungicide sensitivity of Corynespora cassiicola (target spot) isolates”.  Katrina is an M.S. student under the guidance of Marin Brewer and Bob Kemerait. Jeff Standish (pictured at left), Ph. D. student under the direction of Tim Brenneman and Katherine Stevenson, received 2nd place for his oral presentation, following his 2016 2nd place award at SD-APS.  His presentation was entitled “Impact of reduced fungicide sensitivity in Fusicladium effusum on fungicide efficacy under field conditions”.  And Leilani Sumabat (pictured at right), Ph. D. candidate under the direction of Marin Brewer and Bob Kemerait, received an honorable mention for her oral presentation entitled “Host-specialized populations of Corynespora cassiicola causing emerging target spot epidemics in the southeastern U.S.”