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December 2017 Bulletin

December  Seminars

Dec. 5              Mukesh Jain, UF/Plant Pathology DepartmentCandidatus L. asiaticus: Insights into pathogenicity and culturability.

 

Special Departmental Coffee Break

The December 8th coffee break will be our department’s holiday celebration hosted by the department.  The lab groups of Jones, Smith, Gabriel and Greenhouse (Mike) will be the co-hosts.  The celebration will begin at 9:30 until 11:00 in conference rooms 1308, 1306, and 1304.  There will also be a Wellness-Boost Presentation given by Kim Holton, Coordinator of Health/Wellness Programs at UF.

 

Greenhouse Updates

For all personnel new to the department (and again annually for everyone) the Worker Protection Standard video must be viewed before gaining access to any greenhouse.  Please contact Mike Stilwell for the next scheduled viewing session if you need to view this training video. 

Reminder: Wednesday is “Spray Day”.  If special arrangements are needed, you must send your request via e-mail to mstilwel@ufl.edu by 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Disposal of your Biohazard Waste: Please be aware that there is a designated EH&S approved protocol for using the departmental lab refuse service.  Many lab programs are not following this procedure.  Here are the steps to follow if you will be leaving your biohazard waste in the pick-up containers.

  • Clear autoclave bags only. Do not overfill. Secure bag with autoclave tape. Do not include items that will puncture bags.
  • Use a permanent marker to identify each bag with lab room number and P.I.
  • Containers will be in Rm. 1311F after 1:00 p.m. on Wednesdays. Containers will be removed at 9:00 a.m. Fridays.  DO NOT LEAVE BAGS ON THE FLOOR, as this will result in a citation from EH&S.

If you have questions, or need assistance, please call Mike Stilwell at 392-4478.

 

Announcements and Other Interesting Items

Narrated presentations of 10-15 minutes in length -Profiles of Plant Viruses and Viroids- is a project of PLP6223C, a graduate class taught in the department by Dr. Jane Polston.  Each profile is designed to be an overview of a plant virus covering basics of particle and genome structure, replication, transmission, host range, detection and management.  To see the profiles, go to http://plantpath.ifas.ufl.edu/plant-virus-profiles/ .

 

Reminding everyone that All USED Toner Cartridges can be recycled by UF Mail and Document Services – here is what you need to do.

  • Place the used toner cartridge in the same bag in which your replacement cartridge arrived.
  • Place bag with used toner cartridge in the same box in which your replacement toner cartridge arrived.
  • Seal the box (both ends) with tape.  Do not use UPS return label !!
  • Place sealed box with your outgoing campus mail.  Do not place the replacement cartridge in your mail tub/container unless it has been properly packaged.

UF Mail and Document Services will take the used cartridges to Central Stores to be returned to the manufacturer for recycling.

Positions in Plant Pathology*

During the month of November there were two “available position” announcement posted.

 

Assistant/Associate Professor in Plant Breeding and Genetics at Colorado State University.

Assistant Professor/Extension Plant Pathologist at the University of Delaware.

 

*Jobs are now posted online – see the JOBS button on the front page of the Department of Plant Pathology Web site.  http://plantpath.ifas.ufl.edu/

 

Upcoming Holidays and Events

Dec. 5-7          International Soilborne Oomycete Conference, Islamorada, FL

Dec. 7-8          ENH Student Club Poinsettia Show and Sale

Dec. 8              PLP Holiday Breakfast Celebration – Fifield Hall

Dec. 21            First Day of Winter

Dec. 25-          Christmas Holiday

Jan. 1              UF Closed for holidays

Jan. 15            UF Holiday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Mar. 11           Daylight Savings Time Begins

Mar. 20           First Day of Spring

Mar. 7-8          Southern Soybean Disease Workers Meeting, Pensacola Beach, FL

Mar. 19-22      9th International Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Symposium, Baltimore, MD

November 2017 Bulletin

November  Seminars

 

Nov. 7             Steve Lommel, North Carolina State University.  Viral nanotechnology and textile technologies to control nematode diseases in developed and undeveloped regions of the World.

Nov. 14           Ariena van Bruggen, UF,Plant Pathology.  Risk assessment and mitigation of the introduction and spread of new plant pathogens in a changing world.

Nov. 21           Shamsunnaher, UF, Plant Pathology.   EXIT Seminar, Title to be announced.

Nov. 28           Robin Choudhury, UF, Plant Pathology.  Impact network analysis of laurel wilt disease.

 

Departmental Coffee Break

The November 3rd coffee break will be hosted by the Rollins, Polston, Dufault groups in conference rooms 1308, 1306 at 10:00 a.m.

 

From the Chair’s Desk

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Romina Gazi, Assistant Professor and Director of the diagnostic lab at the Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead effective November 3, 2017. 

 

Dr. Monica Elliott, Professor of plant pathology at the Ft. Lauderdale Research and Education Center, will be retiring on January 31, 2018.  Dr. Elliott is an expert on palm diseases and will be missed by all of her colleagues.  Due to the holidays, she will be away from the office effective December 21, 2017.  However, she will continue to finalize her many projects including the Plant Pathology Teacher’s Workshops in the Summer of 2018.

 

Greenhouse Updates

For all personnel new to the department (and again annually for everyone) the Worker Protection Standard video must be viewed before gaining access to any greenhouse.  Please contact Mike Stilwell for the next scheduled viewing session if you need to view this training video. 

Reminder: Wednesday is “Spray Day”.  If special arrangements are needed, you must send your request via e-mail to mstilwel@ufl.edu by 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Disposal of your Biohazard Waste: Please be aware that there is a designated EH&S approved protocol for using the departmental lab refuse service.  Many lab programs are not following this procedure.  Here are the steps to follow if you will be leaving your biohazard waste in the pick-up containers.

  • Clear autoclave bags only. Do not overfill. Secure bag with autoclave tape. Do not include items that will puncture bags.
  • Use a permanent marker to identify each bag with lab room number and P.I.
  • Containers will be in Rm. 1311F after 1:00 p.m. on Wednesdays. Containers will be removed at 9:00 a.m. Fridays.  DO NOT LEAVE BAGS ON THE FLOOR, as this will result in a citation from EH&S.

If you have questions, or need assistance, please call Mike Stilwell at 392-4478.

 

Announcements and Other Interesting Items

The department will be celebrating the holidays this year on December 8th.  This would normally be our department coffee break, however, this year, we’ll have a bigger celebration with a departmental breakfast.  Mark it on your calendar and please try to come.  More information soon.

 

Positions in Plant Pathology*

During the month of October there were no new position announcements posted.

 

*Jobs are now posted online – see the JOBS button on the front page of the Department of Plant Pathology Web site.  http://plantpath.ifas.ufl.edu/

 

Upcoming Holidays and Events

Nov. 3-4          Wilmot Gardens Camellia & Azalea Sale

Nov. 6-7          The 29th Annual Downtown Arts Show & Festival, Gainesville

Nov. 10           Veterans Day – UF closed

Nov. 16           IRREC 70th Anniversary Celebration – Ft. Pierce

Nov. 23-24      Thanksgiving holidays – UF Closed

Dec. 5-7          International Soilborne Oomycete Conference, Islamorada, FL

Dec. 7-8          ENH Student Club Poinsettia Show and Sale

Dec. 8              PLP Holiday Breakfast Celebration – Fifield Hall

October 2017 Bulletin

October  Seminars

 

Oct. 3              Bryony Bonning, UF, Entomology/Nematology.  Plant virus – aphid vector molecular interactions and associated technologies.

 

Oct. 10            Ryan Stephens, Univ. of New Hampshire.  Title to be announced.

 

Oct. 17            Ke Zhangc UF, Plant Pathology.   The population structure of Phyllosticta citricarpa and seasonal dynamics of Phyllosticta spp. In Florida citrus groves.

 

Oct. 24            Bing Yang, Iowa State Univ.  Genome editing enables engineering resistance to bacterial blight of rice.

 

Oct. 31            Mustafa Ojonuba Jibrin, UF, Plant Pathology .  Recombination mediated evolution in bacterial spot xanthomonads.

 

Departmental Coffee Break

The October 13th coffee break will be hosted by the Goss, Song, and Folimonova groups in conference rooms 1308, 1306 at 10:00 a.m.

 

Congratulations

Dr. Gary Vallad (GCREC-Wimauma) was awarded Researcher of the Year at the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association’s (FFVA) annual convention earlier this week. 

 

From the Chair’s Desk

I am very pleased to announce that we will be gaining another administrative assistant in the department, Treva Damron.  I know that everyone agrees that Lauretta Rahmes is an essential part of plant pathology – I can assure you that she will be staying.  However, the workload in the main office, and for me as Chair, has grown as the department has grown.  In addition, we have had to take on new HR and financial responsibilities, which have been shed by Shared Services.  I have worked with Treva for the last 18 months, as Interim Chair of the Department of Environmental Horticulture, and have come to appreciate her organizational and financial skills.  Importantly, Treva has a great sense of humor – so watch out.  Her start date in the department is October 2nd

 

Greenhouse Updates

For all personnel new to the department (and again annually for everyone) the Worker Protection Standard video must be viewed before gaining access to any greenhouse.  Please contact Mike Stilwell for the next scheduled viewing session if you need to view this training video. 

 

Reminder: Wednesday is “Spray Day”.  If special arrangements are needed, you must send your request via e-mail to mstilwel@ufl.edu by 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

 

Disposal of your Biohazard Waste: Please be aware that there is a designated EH&S approved protocol for using the departmental lab refuse service.  Many lab programs are not following this procedure.  Here are the steps to follow if you will be leaving your biohazard waste in the pick-up containers.

  • Clear autoclave bags only. Do not overfill. Secure bag with autoclave tape. Do not include items that will puncture bags.
  • Use a permanent marker to identify each bag with lab room number and P.I.
  • Containers will be in Rm. 1311F after 1:00 p.m. on Wednesdays.  Containers will be removed at 9:00 a.m. Fridays.  DO NOT LEAVE BAGS ON THE FLOOR, as this will result in a citation from EH&S.

If you have questions, or need assistance, please call Mike Stilwell at 392-4478.

 

Announcements and Other Interesting Items

The new material for our presentation board will be provided by Dr. Brantlee Spakes-Richter.  Please stop by and take a look at some of the projects done by her students.

 

With the new semester underway, the Human Resources office would like to remind everyone that they can provide resources and support to answer questions or provide information to anyone with concerns or anxieties, especially in light of current events.  Contact information – (352) 392-2477 or human-resources@ufl.edu .

 

Here are a couple of sites that may be helpful.

  • UF’s information line, which serves to dispel rumors and provide the latest information and UF news, may be reached by calling 1-866-UF-FACTS.
  • UF’s Emergency Management office is another great resource for information.  The scenarios on its “Take Action” page address a variety of emergencies about which all UF faculty, staff, and students should be informed.  Visit ufl.edu .

 

The updated Graduate Students/Research Scientists poster has been put up in the display case outside Dr. Loria’s office.  Please stop by and see what a great group we have.

 

There is quite a nice line up of Fall Festivals in the Gainesville area this year.

Oct. 1-3           High Springs Riverfest, Main Street, High Springs

Oct. 2              22nd Annual Central Florida Harvest & Peanut Festival, Williston

Oct. 2-3           Thornebrook Art Festival, Thornebrook Village, Gainesville

Oct. 17                        8th Annual Harvest Festival, Downtown Alachua

Oct. 23                        McIntosh 1890’s Festival

Oct. 23-24       Butterfly Fest, FL Museum of Natural History, Gainesville

Oct. 30-31       The 36th Annual Micanopy Fall Harvest Festival, Micanopy

 

Positions in Plant Pathology*

During the month of September there were two position announcements posted.

 

Assistant/Associate Professor at LSU, Baton Rouge, LA

Assistant Professor at Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

 

*Jobs are now posted online – see the JOBS button on the front page of the Department of Plant Pathology Web site.  http://plantpath.ifas.ufl.edu/

 

 

Upcoming Holidays and Events

Oct. 6              UF Homecoming – UF closed

Oct. 7              Art, Garden and Farm Family Festival – Quincy REC

Oct. 16                        First day of (Benefits) Open Enrollment at UF, ending 11/3/17

Oct. 19                        White nationalist Richard Spencer speaking event, UF Campus

Oct. 23-25       2017 Tomato Disease Workshop – GCREC, Wimauma

Nov. 6-7          The 29th Annual Downtown Arts Show & Festival, Gainesville

Nov. 10           Veterans Day – UF closed

Nov. 16           IRREC 70th Anniversary Celebration – Ft. Pierce

Nov. 23-24      Thanksgiving holidays – UF Closed

Dec. 8              PLP Holiday Breakfast Celebration – Fifield Hall