Past Symposiums​

2018 Graduate Student Plant Science Symposium

Future of Food Security

The third Graduate Student Plant Science Symposium focused on the Future of Food Security. Presentations and discussions focused on food security as the core of agricultural research, and the opportunities for collaboration among diverse disciplines that it presents.

Link to videos of 2018 presentations

Speakers

  • Dieudonné Baributsa , PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Entomology, Purdue University
  • Emily Weikert Bryant, Executive Director of Feeding Indiana's Hungry
  • Gebisa Ejeta, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Plant Breeding and Genetics and International Agriculture, Purdue University
  • Jian Jin, PhD, Assistant Professor, Agriculture and Biological Engineering, Purdue University
  • Jesse D. Munkvold, PhD, Research Scientist, Applied Technologies Lead, Corteva AgriScience
  • Matthew Stasiewicz, PhD, Assistant Professor of Applied Food Safety, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, University of Illinois
  • Prasad S. Thenkabail, PhD, Research Geographer, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Committee Members

  • Blake Russell, chair, Agronomy
  • Sarah Mueller, past chair, Agronomy
  • Rupesh Gaire, Agronomy
  • Connor Hodgskiss, Botany and Plant Pathology
  • Rachel Lapham, Plant Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
  • Youngwoo Lee, PULSe, Botany and Plant Pathology
  • Cheng-Hsien Lin, Agronomy
  • Rachel McCoy, Horticulture
  • Mariah Mobley, Botany and Plant Pathology
  • Fabiana Moreira, Agronomy
  • Raquel Peron, PULSe, Entomology
  • Lia Olmedo Pico, Agronomy
  • Shams Rahmani, Agronomy

Sponsors

  • Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont
  • Purdue Agricultural Alumni Association, Inc.
  • The Center for Plant Biology, Purdue University
  • Department of Agronomy, Purdue University
  • Department of Biological Sciences, Purdue University
  • Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, Purdue University
  • Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Purdue University

2017 Graduate Student Plant Science Symposium​

Phenotyping for the ​​Future

The second Graduate Student Plant Science Symposium focused on Phenotyping for the Future. Presentations and discussion highlighted advances in phenotyping at the molecular, greenhouse, and field scales, and discussed how technology can be translated from one scale to another.

Spe​akers

  • Melba Crawford, PhD, Professor, Departments of Agronomy, Civil Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University
  • Michael Gore, PhD, associate professor, School of Integrative Plant Science, Cornell University – “The Integration of High-Throughput Phenotyping and Quantitative Genetics to Improve Crop Resiliency”
  • Gordon McNickle, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, Purdue University
  • Mina Rostamza, PhD, postdoctoral researcher, Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, Purdue University
  • Christopher Topp, PhD, assistant investigator, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center – “What’s Going on Down There: Imaging Technologies and Analysis Frameworks for the Hidden Half”
  • James Schnable, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, University of Nebraska–Lincoln – “From Plots to Plant to Traits”
  • Jeff Schussler, PhD, senior research manager, DuPont Pioneer – “Precision Phenotyping of Drought Tolerance in Maize: Path to Optimum® AQUAmax™ Product Launch”
  • Ben Weers, MS, research scientist, DuPont Pioneer

Committee Members

  • Sarah Mueller,​ chair, Agronomy
  • Travis Beckett, Corn Breeding
  • Stephen Boersma, Agronomy
  • Elizabeth French, Botany and Plant Pathology
  • Christina Gans, Botany and Plant Pathology
  • Rachelle Lapham, Biological Sciences
  • Brent Mansfield, Botany and Plant Pathology
  • Fabiana Freitas Moreira, Agronomy
  • Clayton Nevins, Ecological Sciences and Engineering
  • Heather Pasely, Agronomy
  • Blake Russell, Plant Breeding and Genetics
  • Megan Taylor, Crop Physiology
  • Peng Wang, Biochemistry
  • Zhika​i Yang, Crop Physiology

Sponsors

  • DuPont Pioneer
  • Department of Agronomy, Purdue University
  • Department of Biological Sciences, Purdue University
  • Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, Purdue University
  • The Center for Plant Biology, Purdue University

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