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Table of Contents
    1999: the year past - 2000: the year ahead
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    Faculty, staff, students, alumni, and colleagues of our department
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    Millennium chili cookoff
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    Leisure and culture in Gainesville, February 2000 and beyond
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* Chili Cookoff 2000!
* Who's Who in Our Department

* A Year in Review: The Year Past, The Year Ahead


The Newsletter of
the Plant '
Volume 4 Issue 1
Jcanua 2000

1999: The Year Past -

2000: The Year Ahead

Sr. GCm.-os

Looking back at 1999 and for-
ward to 2000 at nearly the end of De-
cember it feels a little like being at the
peak of a mountain ridge and looking
both ways, forward and backward: It has
definitely been an uphill trip with some
hairpin turns so far, but the ascent has
been steady. In the opposite direction,
there is a
ahead but
with a few distinguishing features as to
the direction (up, straight, down) of the
road to be followed. Our Department
will soon be embarking on a new leg of
the endless trip to perfection and, hope-
fully, it will choose the right direction.
1999 was another "active" year
in the annals of the Department. Dr.
WenYuan Song joined the Department
in February and has been building his
research program in molecular biology of
disease resistance by using new and bor-
rowed laboratory space and equipment,
getting new personnel and a graduate
student, and writing and submitting grant
proposals. Dr. Song will be teaching the
course "Molecular Plant Pathology". In
the fall semester he also was in charge of

the "Colloquium" course of the Depart-
ment. In April, the Department was au-
thorized to hire a new faculty member
with expertise in molecular biology of
plant pathogenic fungi to replace Dr.
H.C. Kistler, who had announced that he
would be leaving in June for a USDA
position in Minnesota. A Search Com-
mittee was appointed, with Dr. JeffJones
as its chairman, to find and recommend
suitable candidates for the position. In
the meantime, Dr. Carol Stiles accepted
our offer to join our departmental faculty
in January 2000. Her position was given
to the Department as a result of our in-
creased t, ._1ii_., therefore, she will have
primarily teaching responsibility but also
'.*".. responsibility for research on
turfgrass pathology. Her teaching as-
signment includes the development and
teaching of courses in "Diseases of Turf
and Ornamentals", "Plant Disease
Diagnosis", and "Plant Pathogenic
Fungi". Another personnel change
involves the transfer of Dr. C.L. Niblett
and his program administratively out of
the Plant Pathology Department and
physically to a different building. The
Department also participated in a search
for a citrus pathologist to be located at
the Citrus Research Center at Lake
Alfred, but so far no suitable candidate

far no suitable candidate has been identi-
In July 1999, the Florida Board
of Regents approved the "Doctor of
Plant Medicine (DPM) Professional De-
gree Program". The DPM is an inter-
disciplinary professional degree offered
by the College of Agricultural and Life
Sciences and not by any specific depart-
ment, but it is likely to have profound
effects on the teaching and, possibly, the
extension programs of the Department.
It is a 3-year program consisting of 90
credits of graduate courses and 30 semes-
ter credits of internship in crop produc-
tion and crop protection. The DPM
could add as many as 30-50 students per
year taking most of our courses. Dr.
Agrios was asked to implement the pro-
gram and was appointed its Director in
October. After working for a while on
defining and publicizing the DPM pro-
gram, Dr. Agrios, in consultation with
IFAS Vice President Mike Martin and
with Academic Programs Dean Jimmy
Cheek, decided in early October to stay
on as Director of the DPM program and
to step down as Chairman of the De-
partment on May 1, 2000. This, of
course, created a new situation and a new
vacancy in the Department, and Vice
President Martin has appointed a Search


Committee, with Dr. Jerry Bennett,
Chairman of the Agronomy Department,
as Chair of the Search Committee for a
new Chairman of the Plant Pathology
Department. A national search for a suit-
able candidate is in progress.
Further personnel changes in
the Department became imminent when,
in October also, Dr. Dan Purcifull an-
nounced that he would be retiring on
December 31, 1999 and, in December,
Dr. Gary Simone requested that he work
half time between January and July, 2000,
and announced his retirement near the
end ofJuly 2000. The possibility of hiring
new faculty to fill the vacancy created by
the retirement of Dr. Simone is good but
its timing is uncertain. The Department
has already requested a position in "Sig-
nal Transduction in Disease Resistance"
and another position in "Biological Con-
trol of Plant Diseases through Genetic
Engineering" for implementation of
"Florida First", but whether either posi-
tion will be granted and whether it will be
counted as replacement of Dr. Purcifull's
position is not known. It should be
noted here that at least three faculty
members have joined the DROP pro-
gram and will be retiring in the next three
years or so, while a fourth faculty mem-
ber has indicated that he will be retiring
in less than two years from now. These
retirements, taken together with those
mentioned above and with the newly
hired faculty, make for a drastic change in
the faculty make-up of the Department.
Wise hiring of new faculty can catapult
the Department to the very top.
In 1999, both our undergradu-
ate and graduate programs continued to
make progress. The number of our un-
dergraduate majors continued to be be-
tween 20 and 25, and several of them
worked part-time in our faculty's labs
through the departmental work-study
program. Our outstanding student Jes-
sica Roberts has won several College of
Agriculture awards and honors and is
now in her last year of her combined
BS/MS program. The number of our
graduate students has been about 30,
with several of them having co-advisor

plant pathology faculty and doing part of
their research at one of the IFAS Re-
search Centers.
The number of students taking
our undergraduate courses has increased
steadily to almost exponentially, espe-
cially in Dr. Zettler's PLP 2000 Plants,
Plagues, and People" (325 students took
the course in the spring and summer of
1999 while more than 300 are already
pre-registered for the course in the spring
semester 21 1 11, and in Dr. Kimbrough's
PLP 2060 "Molds, Mildews, Mush-
rooms, and Men", which in 1999 was
taken by 275 students. PLP 3002 had 60
students; Dr. Zettler taught the lectures,
while the teaching of the labs of the
course was shared by Drs Bill Zettler and
Jeff Jones. Dr. Zettler also videotaped
the PLP 3002 lectures and the tapes were
sent to Milton Junior College where the
course was offered by our new Courtesy
Assistant Professor, Dr. Henry Stelzer.
Other courses taught in 1999 included
"Plant Disease Control" (Dr. Bartz),
"Disease Epidemiology" (Dr. Berger),
and "Plant Virology" (Dr. Hiebert).
At the request of the IFAS
Dean of Academic Programs, Dr. Zettler
also taught the College Honors Collo-
quium (AGG 4921) to 11 students in
summer B of 1999 while 17 students are
already pre-registered for the spring 2000
semester. On the other hand, Dr. Carlye
Baker for the first time offered PLP 2000
through the internet and, although only a
small number of students took the
course that way the first time, she is will-
ing to try again and give the effort a sec-
ond chance.
Among the student activities de-
serving mention are the travel of some of
them to the Research and Education
Center at Apopka where Dr. Dave Nor-
man was an excellent host and had pre-
pared a very interesting program for
them. Several of our students prepared
and manned a very nice exhibit for high
school students at the IFAS Spring Open
House in Fifield Hall and the surround-
ings. Several of our students prepared
and manned an equally nice exhibit at the
"TailGator" event at the center of the

UF campus in early October. Many
thanks to all our graduate and under-
graduate students who helped in these
events. They made the Department
Several of our students, and
some of the post-docs and USPS, put
together fun-filled spring and fall picnics
and a superb Winter Social party that the
families of most in our Department en-
joyed. I thank them all for their hard
Research in our Department has
continued to push the frontiers of sci-
ence in some traditional and several new
areas. Disease etiology and epidemiology,
always at the center of plant pathology,
are pursued at Gainesville and in almost
all the IFAS Research Centers where our
colleagues work. Similarly, attempts to
manage and control plant diseases, the
reason for having plant pathology and
plant pathologists, go on in all locations:
in some by applying traditional methods
such as fungicide applications and cul-
tural practices, and in others by trying
new, still mostly experimental, but never-
theless very promising methods of ge-
netic engineering and biological control.
Some of our scientists continue to dissect
and characterize the genetic material of
pathogens causing plant disease, be they
viruses, bacteria, or fungi, while others try
to produce transgenic disease-resistant
plants by introducing into them resis-
tance-inducing genetic material taken
from the pathogen. Still others of our
scientists attempt to find and isolate re-
sistance genes in plants and to figure out
how such genes function in mobilizing a
plant's defenses against a pathogen. Sci-
entists working on biological control of
diseases have their own highs and lows,
working mostly with soilbome diseases
of vegetables because such diseases are
very important, little else exists that con-
trols them, and seem to respond best to
biocontrols. On the other hand, biologi-
cal control of weeds seems to be coming
of age and to be seriously considered as a
potential alternative if chemicals (herbi-
cides) were banned. Our weed biocontrol
scientist, Dr. Charudattan, has developed

a huge, internationally recognized pro-
gram in this area and was recently elected
"Fellow" of the Weed Science Society of
America. Of course, where our scientists
go, their postdocs, students, and USPS
follow, all learning and discovering new
things in the process.
Florida's diverse agriculture and
disease-favoring climate are served quite
effectively by the presence of plant pa-
thologists in its many Agricultural Re-
search Centers. Interactions of plant pa-
thology faculty at the various Research
Centers and between Centers and
Gainesville have been at an all-time high,
as evidenced by the number of projects
on which they cooperate and the number
of graduate students they co-advise. This
cooperation is further evidenced by the
number of joint publications produced
by faculty at different locations.
Funding of our faculty's re-
search continues to become more com-
petitive and more limiting as to the kinds
of research that can be done. Commodity
groups and special USDA agreements
have been funding the research of most
faculty at the Research Centers reasona-
bly well, but our faculty at Gainesville
must depend on increasingly scarce ex-
ternal agency grant funds. Some exten-
sion-related programs are well-funded by
commodities or by the agri-chemical in-
dustry, but other programs, especially
more traditional research programs of
our older faculty, find it very difficult or
impossible to attract grant funds. Con-
sidering that the funds the Department
receives from the Deans are barely
enough to cover general operational ex-
penses of the Department and a few
"departmental" graduate assistantships to
domestic students, it is obvious that de-
pendency of our faculty on grant funds
will continue. As a matter of fact, since
modern research costs much more than
traditional research, our younger faculty
will depend much more, indeed abso-
lutely, on grant funds. I wish them luck
and success in their efforts.

No new plant diseases were re-
ported in Florida in 1999. The same

problems that existed in 1998 continued,
with a few twists, in 1999. Tomato yellow
leaf curl virus became more widespread
and permanently established in Florida
tomatoes, as did some new races of the
late blight fungus, Phytophthora infestans, in
potato and tomato. Stem and root rot,
caused by Phytophthora capsici, also became
widespread on tomato, pepper, and cu-
curbits. Tomato root and crown rot,
caused by the fungus Fusarium radicis-
jycopersii, also spread to more areas. In
spite of millions of dollars spent for its
eradication, citrus canker seems to con-
tinue to be found in ever widening urban
areas in southeast Florida.
Our plant pathology extension
program has continued to deliver its cus-
tomary first-rate program and services
through our Extension Pathologists, our
four Plant Disease Clinics, and the diag-
nostic expertise of all our faculty. A big
step towards accelerating our diagnostic
capabilities through "Distance Diagno-
sis" has been taken by Dr. Tim Momol
of the NFREC at Quincy and the coop-
erating extension faculty of several North
Florida counties. They have adopted, and
are verifying the in-the-field or in-the-
county office diagnosis of diseased plants
or plant samples by sending images
through the computer to the Extension
Plant Pathologist at the Plant Disease
Clinic. County faculty, then, in most
cases receive from the Extension Special-
ist an immediate diagnosis and control
recommendation. I am sure this is just
the beginning of a statewide and, before
too long, nationwide system of distance
diagnosis that will increase productivity
and benefit everyone involved.
The Year 2000 can be a new be-
ginning for our Department towards
ever-greater success and recognition by
our peers and our statewide clientele, the
Florida growers. The conditions for
greatness are in place: An outstanding
graduate and undergraduate teaching
program; one of a few successful under-
graduate majors in the country; an excel-
lent network of research and extension
plant pathology faculty at Gainesville and
all the IFAS Research and Education

Centers; well-equipped t. ii-, re-
search, and extension laboratories; fully
computerized offices and labs; a network
of statewide Plant Disease Clinics; and
best of all, new, young faculty already
here or about to be hired. Besides, the
Department starts the new year with two
more faculty vacancies and so the oppor-
tunities for hiring more young faculty
with appropriate training and interests
will continue. Add to this the upcoming
hiring of a new Department Chairman,
an event usually associated with some
new thrusts and renewed i ,n.-- by all,
and we will have the opportunity to cre-
ate a new renaissance of the Department.
There are still many improve-
ments that can and will be made in many
areas of the Department in the new and
subsequent years. The use of computers
in t ,_!i_ ,. research and extension has
become commonplace with some of our
faculty, but others are still shy and are
falling farther behind. I am sure our
younger faculty will forge ahead with the
new technology.

The biggest change will proba-
bly occur in the teaching program, both
as a result of the new teaching faculty
and, even more, as a result of implemen-
tation of the Doctor of Plant Medicine
program. Computer use in teaching is
already a reality in some of our courses
but it needs to become adapted by all,
especially the younger faculty. Distance
teaching must be expanded to some of
our other courses besides the offering of
PLP21 II through the Intemet and of
PLP 3002 through videotapes. Dr. Carol
Stiles, who has a majority teaching FTE,
is not only introducing a new course
("Diseases of Turfgrass and Oramen-
tals") but will also teach on a regular
schedule the courses "Plant Disease Di-
agnosis" and "Plant Pathogenic Fungi".
Most of our graduate courses
will be taken by several or all of the 25
students who will be starting classes in
the DPM program this fall semester
(August 2 11 I, It is possible, indeed
likely, that the DPM students will be the
majority of students in all these classes.

The instructors of these courses will be
expected to place greater emphasis than
they used to in the identification of the
pathogens, diagnosis of diseases, and
recommendations for management and
control of the type of diseases the course
is about. Since a new group of 25 to 50
DPM students are likely to be enrolled in
the program every year, we may have to
teach each of the courses every year and
to have more than one lab section for
Improvements in research are
likely to be both qualitative and quantita-
tive. Our new and younger faculty are
likely to pursue lines of research quite
different from those of the older faculty
and, since their survival and advancement
are much more dependent on grants and
publications, their incentive for greater
productivity is quite clear. Molecular ge-
netics of pathogens and hosts is the cur-
rent rage and we all bet that it will pay
off. In addition to those we already have,
we have recently hired one molecular
geneticist (Dr. Song), we are searching
for a second (of plant pathogenic fungi),
and we have a request in the IFAS Ad-
ministration for two more (one in signal
transduction in disease resistance and
one in the use of molecular genetics in
biological control of plant diseases).
Potential retirements in the near
future may allow us to hire more faculty.
We must be careful, however, to main-
tain a balance in the expertise of the fac-
ulty we hire. We are and must continue
to be a Department of Plant Pathology.
As such we must try to have a mix of
faculty who, amongst them, can do re-
search and teach about the molecular
basics and techniques, as well as about
the various plant pathogens and the dis-
eases they cause, their identification and
diagnosis, their epidemiology and their
management or control. Such a balanced
faculty will have the advantage of being
able to collaborate with statewide col-
leagues, will be able to respond to the
plant pathological needs of the Florida
citizens who pay our salaries and provide
our labs, and will please our higher Ad-
ministrators who have to represent us

and to justify our existence and our pro-
grams to the citizenry and to the legisla-
Improvements in extension are
likely to come through greater use of
computers in distance diagnostics, a pro-
ject well on its way thanks to Dr. Tim
Momol and several North Florida county
faculty, with some help from Dr. Tom
Kucharek. Expanding distance diagnos-
tics statewide and becoming part of a
national and international network is the
next goal and we may have to hurry
preparing our state for something that
may shortly be available at an intera-
tional level. With the pending departure
and subsequent early retirement of Dr.
Simone, the duties of his successor and
of the personnel at the Gainesville Plant
Disease Clinic may need to be redefined.
His successor should, most of all, be ex-
pected to carry out extension program-
ming and some research on ornamentals.
Other assignments may be added but
they should not be piled on to the point
of overwhelming the faculty member.
The issue of charging for samples
brought in for diagnosis has been clari-
fled somewhat but it is still problematic
in some cases.
Well, it is time to sum it up.
1999 was a hectic year for me and for the
Department but it ended on a high note.
The single most important event was
probably the approval of the Doctor of
Plant Medicine Degree Program by the
Florida Board of Regents. My being
asked to implement the DPM and to
serve as its first Director rejuvenated and
challenged me. This opportunity made
the choice between starting a new pro-
gram like the DPM and a new profession
of practitioner generalist plant doctors, or
staying on as Chairman of the Depart-
ment, quite easy. I elected to take on the
challenge of implementing the DPM
program and serving as its Director and I
will step down as Chairman of the Plant
Pathology Department May 1, 2000.
Having served as Chairman of
the Plant Pathology Department for al-
most 12 years (July 1, 1988 May 1,
2I I gave me a great deal of satisfaction

and a few heartaches. Overall and in ret-
rospect, however, it has been a very en-
joyable experience. I enjoyed working
with our faculty, staff, and students and I
enjoyed meeting and working with our
colleagues and administrators statewide. I
worked well and have a high regard for
each one of our IFAS Administrators
who helped me implement all the pro-
gram, personnel and space changes in the
Department. As I mentioned above,
there is still room for improvement in all
areas, but there will also be opportunities
to bring them about through the present
and especially through the new faculty
the Department has hired and will be
hiring soon. I wish my successor the best
of luck in making these opportunities
materialize. I also wish to thank all of you
for working with me through the years
and for helping our Department achieve
its goals.

Best Wishes to
you for the New
for the years to

each of
Year and

Faculty, staff, students,
alumni, and colleagues of our

Dr. Earl Taliercio was hired as
a USDA-ARS P.I. in Stoneville, Missis-

Best wishes to Xiomara Sinis-
terra and former post-doc associate, Dr.
Wayne Hunter, who got married in
December 1999.

Congratulations to Richard
Blacharski and Mariadaniela Lopez,
who graduated with an M.S. from our
department last December. Richard's
major professor was Dr. Bartz and
Mariadaniela's major professor was Dr.

Polston. Both graduates were part of the
PLP News Staff throughout 1999.

Dr. Dan Purcifull and Dr.
Gary Simone recently retired from our
department. We wish them the very
best in this new chapter in their lives.

Congratulations to Lisa Nod-
zon and welcome Chelsea Elizabeth
Champion to the world! Lisa gave birth
to Chelsea, a beautiful 8 lb. 8 oz. baby girl
on Dec. 23d. Best wishes!.

Millennium Chili Cookoff

On Monday, January 31,
2000, the USPS Plant Pa-
thology Staff organized the
12th Annual; Chili Cookoff
A total of twenty-six competitors from
10 labs, the front office and plant disease
clinic, represented our department. Ten
other competitors were from outside the
Attendance at this annual event
was estimated at about one hundred at-
tendees. There was a slight increase in
the number of participants who brought
in their home-cooked chili, as compared
to last years count of thirty-two.
At a bargain cost of $3.50, at-
tendees had the time of their life sam-
pling the meat chili, vegetarian chili, as
well as an exotic chili section with about
half a dozen participants.
The 12th Annual Chili Cookoff raised
approximately .ii, which will benefit
the departmental Reading Room.
The overall winner of this year's
event was the "Black Bean Ancho" chili
( Susan Carlson), followed by "Indica"
(Chandrika Ramadugu). Curiously, both
belonged to the "Exotic" category. In
the "Meat" category, "Simply Charmin"
(avid Davison) was the top vote getter,
followed by a three-way tie between ".30-
06" (Bob Kemerait), "Megabite" (Bart
Schutzman), and "Maxi Millennium"
(Karen Owens). And, in the "Vegetarian"
category, the winner was 1- First At-
tempt" (Jessica Roberts).

All the above winners will re-
ceive a chili-themed prize award for their
great efforts and dedication. Prizes were
donated by Maureen Petersen (who
handmade them!!), Beth Mitchell, and
Patti Rayside. Many thanks to Polly
Teele and Ernest Hiebert for each spon-
soring a chili dish. Next year promises to
be even bigger and better. See you in

Important Dates : Spring

February 4 Deadline to apply for
spring graduation.
February 7-18 ICBR announces a
seminar series on "Tools for Differential
Gene Expression Analysis." Faculty in-
terested in meeting individually with any
of the speakers may contact: David Mo-
raga, 352-846-1337
(moraga@tbiotech.ufl.edu) For speaker
information, please visit the website -
March 4-11 Spring Break

Where in The World Wide
Check out this month's feature website,
Plants for a Future!

And also be sure to keep updated on the
latest in plant pathology at the Plant Pa-
thology Internet Guide Book at

Coffee Break Schedule and
Birthdays for February

Friday Coffee Break
2-4 Niblett
2-11 Disease Clinic
2-18 Bartz and Berger
2-25 Hiebert
3-3 Charudattan

2/15 Charles Niblett
2/17 Gary Marlow
Maureen Petersen
2/22 Juliana Freitas-Astua
2/24 Asha Brunings
2/27 Manjunath Keremane

"Proceedings of the 8th Interna-
tional Workshop on Fire Blight"
Published by ISHS

By Dr. Tim Momol
Chairman of the ISHS Working Group
on Fire Blight
University of Florida, IFAS, NFREC,
Plant Pathology Department
30 Research Road, Quincy, FL 32351


The 8th International Workshop
on Fire Blight (IWFB) was held at Kusa-
dasi, Turkey, on October 12-15, 1998.
The workshop was organized by the In-
ternational Society for Horticultural Sci-
ence (ISHS) Working Group on Fire
Blight. Delegates from 25 countries were
in attendance to learn and discuss the
latest progress on several topics regarding
fire blight caused by Eninia amylovora.
Fire blight is a very serious disease of
pome fruit worldwide. It could be very
severe on pears, apples and quince.
Many woody ornamental plants in the
family of Rosaceae are also affected,
some quite severely, such as cotoneaster,
crabapple, hawthorn and firethom.

A total of 121 papers were given
at the 8th IWFB, both oral and poster
presentations that cover these areas:
Spread Detection and Quarantine, Resis-
tance: Breeding and Biotechnology, Cel-
lular and Molecular Biology, Etiology and
Epidemiology, and New Control Op-
tions. Workshop papers are published in
Acta Horticulturae Volume 489 in July
1999. Information on ordering this book
could be obtained from International
Society for Horticultural Science.



ISHS Secretariat
K. Mercierlaan 92,
3001 Leuven, Belgium
Phone: 3216229427 Fax: 32 1 .22-. '4.,
e-mail: info@ishs.org

Dr. Chris Hale from HortResearch of
New Zealand is organizing the 9th IWFB
in Napier, New Zealand on 8-12 Octo-
ber 2001. News regarding the workshop
could be found at this web site

Leisure and Culture in
Gainesville February 2000
and Beyond

"Asian Art from the Permanent
Collection" on display in the Ham
through March 26. Call 392-9826
for museum hours and more in-

"35th Anniversary Exhibition of the
University of Florida Art Faculty"
on display in the Ham through
April 23.

"The Prophetic Photographs of
Roman Vishniac: Jewish Life in
Eastern Europe Before the Holo-
caust" on display in the Ham
through June 18..

"The Perpetual Well: Contemporary
Art from the Collection of the Jew-
ish Museum" on display in the Ham
through April 9.

"Insistent Memory: The Architec-
ture of Time in Video Installation"
on display in the Ham through De-
cember 17.

Feb. 4- The Velveteen Rabbit, Cen-
ter for the Performing Arts.

Feb. 5- Bats, Bats, and More Bats
with Ken Glover and representa-
tives from the Lubee Foundation.
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Powell Hall
classroom. Call 846-2000 for more

Feb. 5 Men's Basketball: UF vs.
Georgia (Gainesville, FL). O'Con-
nell Center.

Feb. 8 Men's Basketball: UF vs.
Kentucky (Gainesville, FL). O'Con-
nell Center.

Feb. 9- Women's Tennis: UF vs.
Florida State (Gainesville, FL). Scott
Linder Stadium.

Feb. 9 Baseball: UF vs. Jackson-
ville (Gainesville, FL). McKIethan

Feb. 9 Wind Symphony Concert
with conductor David Waybright.
University Auditorium.

Feb. 10 Women's Basketball: UF
vs. Arkansas (Gainesville, FL).
O'Connell Center.

Feb. 12- Florida Museum of Natu-
ral History's 21st Collectors Day,
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Feb. 14 "The Importance of Being
Earnest" at the Constans Theatre.

For more events, check out the
University of Florida Events calen-
dar at http://calendar.ufl.edu.

New Travel Information

Recently some changes were
made to the University Preferred Agency
Contract. These changes, which were
effective January 1, 2000, are listed be-
* Travelers are now allowed to purchase
tickets directly from the airlines, the
Worldwide Web, or from one of the pre-
ferred agencies.
* Travel agencies are now charging a
$10.00 service fee for issuing tickets. An
additional $10.00 fee will be charged if a
paper ticket is requested rather than an
electronic ticket. It will be the depart-
ment's decision whether to pay the extra
$10.00 fee for a paper ticket. Some of the

agencies now offer a web-based ticketing
system that will reduce or eliminate the
service charge. You may wish to check
with the agency of your choice to see if
this system is available.
* A justification should be provided if the
traveler purchases the ticket from the
web or directly from the airline. It is no
longer necessary to obtain a written
quote from the agency for a justification.
All that is needed is a statement placed
on the reimbursement voucher claiming
that the traveler received a lower rate by
utilizing the Web or by dealing directly
with the airline.

Who's Who In Our Department

Who S who?

Dr. Carol M. Stiles recently
joined the plant pathology faculty here in
Gainesville as the new turfgrass patholo-
gist. As an assistant professor, her ap-
pointment is 7," .. teaching and '.I ".. re-
search. Dr. Stiles is currently teaching
Diseases of Turf and Omamentals, and
will also teach Fungal Plant Pathogens
and Plant Disease Diagnosis in future
After growing up in Kansas, Dr.
Stiles went to the University of South
Dakota at Springfield on an athletic
scholarship, where she received an Asso-
ciate of Applied Science in Biotechnol-
ogy in 1984. She received a B.S. in
Agronomy from South Dakota State
University in 1986 and a M.Sc. in Plant
Pathology at the University of Illinois in
1989. Her thesis research examined the
interactions between soybean cyst nema-
todes and fungi. She then went on to
obtain a Ph.D. in 1994 at Washington
State University where she researched
Cephalosporium stripe on winter wheat.
Feeling the need to move again, Dr. Stiles
left for Rutgers University in NJ to do a
post-doc at the Blueberry and Cranberry

Research Center. Then, from 1996 to
1999, she was at Valdosta State Univer-
sity in Georgia where she taught
Introductory Biology, Botany, Mycology
and Microbiology.
When Dr. Stiles is not working,
she enjoys researching her genealogy,
which gives her an excuse to travel. It
probably comes as no surprise that she
has visited all 48 continental states (as
well as living in most of them!) and vis-
ited parts of England, Scotland, and Can-
ada. Her other pastimes include attending
various symphony, theatre, and dance
productions as well as listening to jazz
and folk music. She is also enjoying the
wide selection of bookstores, restaurants
and cuisines here in Gainesville.
We would like to extend a warm
welcome to Dr. Stiles and hope that her
time here is an enjoyable and fulfilling

Patty E. Hill is the biologist in
Dr. Stiles' lab. She received her B.S. in
Animal Science from the University of


Florida in 1978 and while a senior in col-
lege, she worked in the plant disease
clinic. Upon graduation, Patty got a full
time position with Dr. Freeman, the
former turfgrass pathologist. She worked
with him for 13 years until his retirement.
For the past seven years she has worked
for Dr. Gabriel, Dr. Kistler, Dr. Martin,
and Dr. Mitchell on various projects.
Outside of work, Patty enjoys
cooking volunteering with 4H, and at-
tending her daughter's horse shows. The
Hill family lives on a farm and they run a
cow-calf operation. They raise a Red An-
gus-Brahman cross and currently have 40
head of cattle. Patty also has 20 hens lay-
ing fresh eggs, which she says are for sale.

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News Team January 2000
Ronald French
Misty Nielsen
Matthew Brecht
Angela Vincent
Camilla Yandoc
Juliana Freitas-Astua
Robert Kemerait

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