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Table of Contents
    The winding road in the hunt for a job
        Page 1
        Page 2
    A reply to Misty Nielsen's article (Feb.-Mar. 2000 issue of the PLPNews)
        Page 3
    Faculty, staff, students, alumni, and colleagues of our departments
        Page 4
    For those who travel
        Page 5
    Sad note
        Page 6
    Who is how in our department: graduate student profile
        Page 7
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The Nesletter of
the Plant P '
Volume 4 Issue 3
April-une 2000

The Windinq Road in the
Hunt for a Job

y r RobertKemerait, Jr.( Universiy of Georgia-Tifton)

Although the study
of plant pathology
at the University of
Florida is a reward-
ing endeavor in it-
self, to find a good
job after graduation
Sis the main reason
that most of us attend college and go
on to graduate school. However, fo-
cus on the ultimate goal of gainful em-
ployment is often lost to the more
immediate demands of research and
course work. During my years in the
Department, I must admit that I was
never completely convinced that I
would finish one day. My earliest
preparations for a job were very sim-
ple: I chose a research program that I
believed would prepare me for the type
of work I enjoyed, and selected an ad-
visor whom I trusted would nurture
these interests. As for the rest of the
-,1 ,ni-i ,it was, as they say in the Phil-
ippines, "bahala na", or "God will take
care of it".

With the birth of my baby
girl in 1999, I felt an imme-
diate need to make plans for
both graduation and a job.

Until this point, I hadn't paid any real
attention to job prospects. I had made a
few contacts with faculty members
around the country who might have
post- docs available in the future and had
also let representatives from various
chemical companies know of my interest
in future employment. Though unsure
of my date of graduation, I figured that it
would likely occur during the spring of
2000. With this target date in mind, I
began to pay close attention to job an-
nouncements in Phytopathology News
and on the APS web page. Thankfully,
by October of 1999, I had been offered
the position at the University of Georgia
that I currently hold and was under con-
sideration for a job with a chemical com-

When asked by the newsletter staff to
write about my experiences in the job
hunt, I was hesitant. I really don't feel
that I have any special knowledge or wis-
dom about the subject. Also, my interest
in applied plant pathology prepared me
for an extension position
that has different require-
ments than would a pure
research position. How-
ever, I do have strong feel-
ings about those things that helped me

find this job that
gives me enormous
satisfaction. I have
listed these points
below; I hope they
are of interest and helpful.

1. Early in the search, I became aware
that finding a job is not easy nor is it a
particularly enjoyable task. Finding a job
required some good luck and involved a
complex of factors over which I had no
control. The perfect job may be filled
weeks before you are able to apply, or
not opened until long after you have
graduated. You will feel that the appli-
cants for a job may have so much more
experience than you do that you are in-
timidated from even applying. There is
little that can be done about these things.
Because of the element of 'luck", the
more jobs that you apply for, the more
chances there are that you will find a job.
Applying for jobs, especially a faculty
position, is often a very involved process
and requires a considerable amount of
time and thought. Nonetheless, it is time
well spent, and application procedures
become easier as you gain experience
with the process. I applied for a number
of positions even though I felt that my
chances for success were very slim; how-

ever I believed it was important to be as
active as I could be in the job hunt. Also,
worrying the qualifications of others is
pointless. There is little that you can do
about it and "miracles" do occur. For a
variety of reasons, and this was my own
personal experience, candidates who ap-
peared unbeatable may not end up filling
the vacant position in the end.

2. You never know when you might be
evaluated by potential employers (first
impressions are important).
In January of 1999, I was
invited to present a semi-
nar on my research as a
part of the Sigma Xi series
at the University of Georgia's experiment
station in Tifton. While I was a bit nerv-
ous about the event, I agreed to speak to
the group as I thought that it would be a
good experience. As it turns out, this
seminar gave me a chance to meet many
of the same people who would have an
input into my job here. In fact, it was
during this visit to Tifton that I first
learned that a cotton-peanut position
would be advertised later in the year. A
willingness to speak at the experiment
station allowed me to establish profes-
sional relationships with folks who later
became my co-workers. I considered it a
great stroke of luck to be known to these
people prior to my application. In a simi-
lar manner, after I presented a paper at
the APS meeting in Montreal, two man-
agers from and international chemical
company approached me. They were
looking to hire two new plant patholo-
gists. I didn't know that they would be at
my presentation, but they attended with
the intention of evaluating both my re-
search and my potential to work with
them. As a result, the representatives
visited with me after my talk and then set
up an informal interview for the follow-
ing day. This meeting was eventually
followed by an invitation for a formal
interview and a visit their research facili-
ties in the Midwest. My point is that I
neither knew that these individuals would
attend my talk nor did I know that these
pathology positions would be open. It is

important to recognize the potential im-
portance of any presentations that you
make and the value of first impressions.

3. We all recognize that in any applica-
tion process, we will be
required to include letters
Sof reference from faculty
4 members. Letters from
the faculty in our depart-
ment were extremely important in my
application process. This is reason
enough to remain on good professional
terms with as many faculty members as
you can. However, since going through
the job hunt, I now recognize that faculty
can affect your job prospects in at least
two more ways that are less obvious.
When you apply for a position, you may
not ask "Dr. X" for a recommendation
for any number of valid reasons. How-
ever, given the relatively small size of the
community of plant pathologists, a
member of the search committee may
personally know Dr. X and call him or
her for an unofficial evaluation. Also,
members of search committees in the
future may contact Dr. X looking for
suitable candidates for a position that
they are trying to fill. You are more likely
to be recommended by Dr. X for this
position if you have a good working rela-
tionship. When you are looking for a
job, you can't have too many friends.

4. Just like when a guy asks a girl out on
a date for the first time, it is disastrous to
appear too anxious, or worse yet, desper-
ate, when talking to a potential employer.
Desperation tends to scare both girls and
employers away. (For the record, I don't
know this from any personal experiences,
but have heard it to be true.) However, I
do believe that one should be confident
and enthusiastic when approaching
future employers. For the jobs in which
I was most interested, there is no doubt
that those on the search committees rec-
ognized that I was excited about the po-
sition and that I believed I had the ex-
perience necessary to be successful at the
job. This was most important when ap-
plying for the position at the University

of Georgia. The job was announced 9
months before I defended my disserta-
tion and was advertised at the associate
professor level. I felt that I had to do
something to convince the selection
committee that I was not only able and
qualified to do this job, but that I was
also worth waiting for. To be honest, I
figured that it was a long shot, but I was
so interested in the position that I figured
I would give it my best try. I made it a
point to get to know members of the
plant pathology department and to do
Smy part to demonstrate
motivation. When the
chairman of the depart-
i ment at UGA, Dr. John
Sherwood, visited our
department for the dedication of Dr.
Niblett's lab, I took the opportunity to
introduce myself and made plans to talk
to him at length in the future. I always
followed up meetings with potential em-
ployers with letters further indicating my

5. I have just a few notes on the inter-
view process itself. In an
interview, you normally
prepare yourself for a
number of questions that
will be asked about your
research, your interests, your goals in life,
etc., in order to determine your ability to
perform on the job. These ques-
tions will be asked of you repeat-
edly, but what was even more im-
portant during my interviews was an
ability to relate to the people already
employed by the institution or company.
For example, on an interview at a univer-
sity, you are likely to have time to talk
individually with faculty members. A
faculty member will tell you a little bit
about his or her own program and then
asks you some basic questions. Invaria-
bly, the interview reaches a point where
the faculty members ask, "Well, do you
have any questions for me?" This is
where you have a chance to really make
an impression. The answer, "No, I don't
think I have any questions." is not neces-
sarily the best remark. I would advise

someone preparing for any type of inter-
view to leam as much as possible about
the organization and its employees be-
fore the interview. This allows you to
ask intelligent, thoughtful questions and
to appear interested and informed about
the job. Most people enjoy telling you a
little bit about themselves and are flat-
tered if you have taken the initiative to
explore their research interests. It is a
good thing to know a little bit about their
research projects, recent publications,
and a few other professional details. One
of the most important aspects of an in-
terview is to convince the interviewers
that you will be good to work with. My
goals during an interview were to con-
vince the interviewers that my knowledge
of plant pathology was sound, that I
would bring motivation and creativity to
the program, and that I was the type of
person with whom they would like to

6. On a final note, rejections for differ-
ent positions are inevitable and some-
times difficult to deal with. This is espe-
cially true after you have invested a great
deal of time and effort in an application
package and then might not hear any-
thing back from the prospective em-
ployer. (Believe it or not, some employ-
ers, including some university search
committees, do not acknowledge receipt
of you application package nor do they
inform you when you are no longer in
contention for the position!!!!) I was fre-
quently discouraged, but decided not to
dwell on the rejections but rather to hope
for the next job. I was very, very fortu-
nate that this job that I love so much,
worked out for me. Many talented, quali-
fied, and deserving people have to search
for long periods of time before finding a
job. This is never easy, but I am proof
that jobs do exist and will eventually be

My e-mail account here in Tifton is
Kemerait@arches.uga.edu. If I can be of
any help to anyone, please don't hesitate
to contact me.

A Reply to Misty Nielsen's
Article (Feb-Mar 2000 issue
of the PLPNews)

The Myth of the Noble Savage

In a recent article in the PLP
News, Misty Nielsen writes idolizing and
idealizing the peasant farmer and the
value of their farming practices. Over
the years, I have had occasion to work
with some of these farmers. I, too, have
developed a respect for these people.
They work very hard, often much more
than we do, just to achieve many things
that we take for granted. They are no
more or less intelligent and have many of
the same desires as the rest of us-a de-
cent living, better education and a better
future for their children. They just, un-
fortunately, find themselves in a situation
where those things are much harder to
However, I think we need to be
careful about imitating their farming
practices. The thought is always that they
are somehow more in tune with the envi-
ronment around them and that practices
have evolved to the point where they are
optimal and somehow better than what
we do in commercial agriculture in the
developed countries. However, if you
want to grow cor, I suggest you talk to a
modern farmer in Illinois rather than the
traditional farmer in Bo-
livia. While the peasant
farmer may have some
seed sources and even
some practices that we can
leam from, the Illinois farmer will pro-
duce far more corn, of better quality, that
is safer to eat than will his Bolivian coun-
terpart. They may be using time tested
practices, but they still only produce 20
bushels to the acre.

Modem commercial agricultural
practices including ,. in inputs, fertiliz-
ers and yes, genetically modified plants
and, yes, those dreaded pesticides, and
will be absolutely essential if we hope to
feed most of the world above a subsis-
tence level. The Green Revolution has
been an incredible success. Despite huge
increases in population, the peoples of
Latin America and Asia are much better
fed with a higher standard of living than
30 years ago.
The modern farm field in the
U.S. is probably an environmental disas-
ter area. However, we now fill our need
for cor, and that of some of the rest of
the world, on many fewer acres that we
did 50 years ago. Agricultural efficiency
has allowed removal of many acres from
agriculture in New England, the Upper
Midwest and the mid-Atlantic states. It
makes available land for reserves and
recreational areas as well as for the urban
sprawl that surrounds us. If we adopted
the old practices which produced far
lower yields, we would probably be like
the Chinese-planting our lettuce in the
freeway cloverleafs with virtually no areas
not utilized for agriculture.
Further large increases in the
population are inevitable given the huge
percentage of the people that are in their
reproductive years. If we hope to feed
those people and maintain any reason-
able standard of living, we need modern
commercial agriculture.
Fertilizers, pesticides, and ge-
< netically modified plants
.- will be essential to maintain
that productivity. I gew
Wr^c up on a small family farm
and appreciate the values of that lifestyle.
However, only 3% of the population of
the U.S. is now involved in food produc-
tion. Obviously few of our children will
enjoy those by gone benefits. It is a
trade-off, but we can't live in the past
either. It is far preferable to keep every-
one eating than try to preserve a lifestyle
which is no longer consistent with our
current situation. I'm afraid if we imitate
the noble savage, we'll all wind up living
like he does.


L. W. "Pete" Timmer

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

Several of our students received
special awards at the College of Agricul-
ture and Life Sciences Scholarship and
Leadership Convo-
cation on March
31, 2000, at the
University Audito-
rium. Camilla B.
Yandoc (picture,
left) received the F.
A. Wood Scholar-
ship and Christina M. Fulford received
the G. F. Weber Scholarship. Christina,
who is co-majoring in Plant Pathology
and Agronomy, also received the Florida
Foundation Seed Producers, Inc. Schol-
arship and was presented with a Univer-
sity of Florida Agricultural Alumni and
Friends Award Plaque. She currently
serves as the Agricultural Gardens Man-
ager for the Student Agricultural Council
and is a CALS Ambassador. In Novem-
ber 1999, Christina was elected National
Corresponding Secretary of the Ameri-
can Society of Agronomy (Student Ac-
tivities Subdivision) and is responsible
for producing the nationally circulated
ASA Newsletter, which appears four
times a year. As an officer of this organi-
zation, she attended regional meetings of
the ASA at Blacksburg VA in April and
will be attending the national meetings in
Minneapolis, MN in November.

The International Student Aca-
demic Awards ceremony was held April

19, 2000 at the J. Wayne Reitz Union,
where Juliana Freitas-Astua (picture,
left) received the Certificate of Award
for Outstanding Academic Achievement
by an International
Student. She and
Yolanda Petersen
also received special
recognition at that time
for maintaining a per-
fect 4.0 GPA since
they arrived at the
University of Florida. Recognizing the
important contributions made by our
international students, the Department
awarded the following students with cer
tificates of appreciation for their ser-
vices: Eduardo Carlos, Bayram Cevik,
Juliana Freitas-Astua, Ricardo Harakava,
Alva Nava, Francisco Ochoa, Yolanda
Petersen, In6s Marlene Rosales, Denise
Tombolato, Alvaro Urefia, and Camilla

One of our faculty members, F.
William Zettler, received one of the
two CALS Undergraduate Teacher of
the Year Awards for 1999-2000. (Not to
be outdone by her father, his daughter,
Jennifer, who received her BS degree
from UF's Entomology/Nematology
Department, received Clemson Univer-
sity's Outstanding Graduate Student
Teaching Award for 1999-2000.)

-On April
14, Richard Bla-
charski and
Alvaro Urefia
represented our
department at the
2000 Graduate
Student Forum.
Richard (pic-
turejeft), who will
earn his Master's degree in May, pre-
sented the paper "Internalization of Mi-
crobe Risk Associated with Hydrocool-
ing Strawberries". Richard pursued his
Master's degree working for Drs. Bartz
and Legard.
Alvaro won second place in the competi-
tion with his participation in the session

dedicated to Life and Environment with
the talk "Etiology and Population Genet-
ics of Colletotichum spp. Responsible for
Di*.,1 \ i,'fr rittinmi-r'". The paper is
co-authored by H. C. Kister and D. E.
Legard and it will be presented at the
upcoming APS Anual Meeting in Louisi-
ana. Way to go, Alvaro!!!

(Note: Asha Brunings from the Plant
Molecular and Cellular Biology Program
working with Dr. D. Gabriel was part of
the organization of this 11it Graduate
Sudent Forum.)

Profile of a Graduating Student

Jessica Morgan Roberts will
be receiving her master's degree May 6
as the first graduate of the Plant Pathol-
ogy 3-2 program. She obtained her B.S.
in Plant Pathology with a double minor
in women's studies and plant molecu-
lar/cell biology in August 1999. During
her career at U. F. she has received many
honors including the University of Flor-
ida Four-Year Scholar, William and Ber-
tha Comett Fellowship, and the George
Webber Award to name just a few. Be-
sides excellent academic achievement,
Jessica has also given a lot to the com-
munity by volunteering with Habitat for
Humanity, preparing meals for the
homeless at St. Francis house, and volun-
teering and organizing the annual Cor-
nerstone School Chili Cookoff for over
17 years. Jessica was born and raised in
Ocala, Florida and this coming Septem-
ber she will be getting married to Grant
Misterly, an environmental engineer.
Currently she is searching for a job in
both academia and industry as a research

Jessica has been offered a
lab tech position at Whitney Lab in St.
Augustine. If she decides to accept the
position, she will be working with mo-
lecular genetics of ion channels in hu-
man parasitic flatworms in order to
hopefully discover novel targets for the

development of new drugs against

Jessica looks at her years at
UF in a positive manner. "I have en-
joyed my years at UF so much, and it's
all the people I have had the pleasure
to interact with that have made it so
memorable. I appreciate the opportu-
nities that have been available to me in
the plant path. dept., and I realize how
unique my experience has been. Not
all students at UF get the individual
attention that we take for granted. I
would like to thank everyone for their
support and friendship. Please keep in
touch, and remember that I am mov-
ing to the beach" :) (MB)

The APS Southern Division Annual
Meeting was held from March 5-7, 2000
at the Holiday Inn in Gainesville, FL. A
number of papers authored or co-
authored by people from the department
were presented in the meeting.

Congratulations to the depart-
ment's graduating students Rich Bla-
charski, Bob Kemerait, Kristin Fox,
Jessica Roberts and Misty Nielsen.
We wish them the best of luck and a
happy future!

1. Travelers are now allowed to
purchase tickets directly from
airlines, the Worldwide Web, or
from one of the preferred travel

2. Travel agencies are now charg-
ing $10.00 service fee for issuing
tickets, an additional $10.00 will
be charged for requesting paper
tickets rather than electronic
tickets. The Department will de-
cide whether to pay the extra
$10.00 for paper tickets. You
may wish to check with your
agency if they have another tick-


eating system that will reduce or
eliminate the service charge.

3. If you purchased your ticket
from the Web or directly from
the airlines, a justification is re-
quired. You don't need to ob-
tain a written quote from the
agency, all you need is a state-
ment placed on the reimburse-
ment voucher claiming that the
traveler received a lower rate by
utilizing the Web or by dealing
directly with the airline.

Coffee Break Schedule and
Birthdays for May-June 2000

Friday Coffee Break
5-5 Charudattan
5-12 Gabriel
5-19 Jones
5-26 Kucharek, Kim-
borough and Song
6-2 Pring and Chourey
6-9 Disease Clinic, Zettler and Purci-
6-16 Hiebert
6-23 Bartz, Berger and Stiles


5-5 Dr. Chourey
5-7 Polly Teele
5-8 Karen Owens
5-20 S. Chandramohan
5-28 Dr. Hiebert
6-6 Dr. Pring
6-13 Gerry Benny
6-15 Ulla Benny and Angela Vincent
6-17 Matt Brecht
6-18 Winette Clark
6-26 Gail VandeKerckhove
7-1 Dr. Mitchell and Dr. Purcifull
7-2 Simone Tudor
7-4 Wayne Jurick and Richard Cullen
7-8 Lucious Mitchell
7-10 Ronald French
7-22 Patti Rayside

Recent Publications

De Sa, P. A., Hiebert, E., and Purcifull,
D. E. 2000. Molecular characterization
and coat protein serology of watermelon
leaf mottle virus (Potyvirus). Arch. Virol.
145:3, 641-650.

McGovern, R. J., McSorley, R., and Urs,


R. R.. 2000. Reduction of
phytophthora blight of
Madagascar periwinkle in
Florida by soil solarization
in autumn. Plant Disease

84: 185-191.

Peever, T. L., Olsen, L., Ibanez, A., and
Timmer, L.W.. 2000. Genetic differen-
tiation and host specificity among popu-
lations of Altemania spp. causing brown
spot of grapefruit and tangerine X grape-
fruit hybrids in Florida. Phytopathology
90: 407-414.

Timmer, L.W., Zitko, S. E., Gotwald, T.
R., and Graham, J. H.. 2000. Phy-
tophthora brown rot of citrus: Tempera-
ture and moisture effects on
infection, sporangium production, and
dispersal. Plant Disease 84:157-163.

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Sad Note
Dr. Daniel A. Roberts (1922-2000)

Dr. Daniel A. Roberts, Emeritus Profes-
sor in the University of Florida's Plant
Pathology Department, died Saturday,
April 15, following a brief illness. He was
78. Bom in nearby Micanopy, Dr. Rob-
erts attended local schools in Alachua
County, after which he entered the Uni-
versity of Florida and received his Bache-
lor's degree in Agronomy in 1943. After
serving in the U.S. Army in Europe dur-
ing World War II, he returned to the
University of Florida, where in 1948, he
obtained his Master's degree in Plant
Pathology under the direction of the late
Dr. George F. Weber. He then attended
Comell University, where, in 1951, he
received his Ph.D. degree in Plant Pa-
thology and assumed a faculty position in
that department. In 1959, Dr. Roberts
returned to the University of Florida
where he taught the basic plant pathology
course for many years and co-authored
the text, "Fundamentals of Plant Pathol-
ogy." During his 35-year tenure at the
University of Florida, Dr. Roberts served
as Major Advisor of 10 Master's and 6
Ph.D. students. Dr. Roberts retired six
years ago.
As a researcher, Dr. Roberts
worked with a variety of different plants
and pathogen groups. He conducted
basic research on the phenomenon of
systemic acquired resistance associated
with hypersensitive plants inoculated
with viruses such as tobacco mosaic and
tobacco ringspot. His applied research
included diseases of alfalfa and other
forage plants grown in Florida. Dr. Rob-
erts also studied the etiology of two en-
igmatic diseases that created quite a stir in
the news media. The first, now recog-
nized as being caused by a phytoplasma,
was the aptly named lethal yellows dis-
ease that exterminated 75% of the majes-
tic coconut palms in Key West between


1955-1965 before fading away almost as
mysteriously as it had arrived. The sec-
ond disease, an equally mystifying die-
back of Spanish moss, wreaked havoc in
some regions of the Southeastern United
States in the late 1960s, causing many to
believe the very existence of this icon of
the Old South was threatened. The epi-
demic, determined by Dr. Roberts to be
caused by Fusarium solani, eventually sub-
sided, fortunately.
Dr. Roberts was a member of the
American Phytopathological Society and
is listed both in American Men and
Women in Science and in Outstanding
Educators in America. He was awarded a
Guggenheim Fellowship in 1958 to study
abroad in Wales, received the Alpha Zeta
Professor of the Year Award in 1971,
and the Florida Department of Agricul-
ture Award of Eminence in 1976.

Aside from his many contributions to the
department and to the profession, Dr.
Roberts will always be remembered for
his unique ability with words and being
able to express himself eloquently, both
orally and in writing. Clearly, he was an
excellent plant pathologist, but was well
versed in other fields of academia as well.
In an article he wrote in 1992, for exam-
ple, he quotes several literary figures, in-
cluding Henry James ("It takes a great deal
of history to produce a AttLe literature) to de-
scribe our discipline's own brief history
in Florida. An excellent teacher, compas-
sionate mentor, honorable colleague,
good friend, and always a gentleman, Dr.
Roberts will surley be missed by those
who knew him.
Dr. Roberts was preceded in death
by his wife, Ruth E. Remsen Roberts and
is survived by one daughter, Katherine R.
Veline of Warner Robins, Georgia, two
sons, Peter R. Roberts of Marietta,
Georgia, and Stephen B. Roberts of
Larkspur, Colorado, five grandchildren,
and one great-grandchild.

A Graduate Student at the
GCREC in Dover

Since moving to the GCREC-
Dover in January of 1999, Alvaro
Urefia, a doctoral candidate working for
Dr. D. E. Legard, has also shared part of
his doctoral research with farmers and
industry people in two field days con-
ducted in the research plots of the straw-
berry research station, and at the 1999
AgriTech Meeting held in Tampa last
August. According to the ever-smiling
Alvaro, "It has been hard to move out of
campus, specially during the first months,
but the rewards of direct involvement
with farmers and international visitors
have been great". He is the only graduate
student at the GCREC at Dover at this
time. This situation has presented him
and the staff and faculty working at the
research station with some challenges but
it has mainly brought with it a unique
learning experience.
"I'm just surrounded by the eve-
ryday facts of strawberry production and
my own research", Alvaro fondly recalls
as the main advantage of working at the
GCREC-Dover. He remembers how in

occasions he
had to wear his
lab coat and
pretend to be
doing some
A important sci-
entific work
even though he
was just looking
at the empty space in front of him just to
provide some interesting footage for the
crews of local television and newspaper
media. However, the most important
events for him are the experiences shared
with researchers and extension people
from all around the world. So far, every-
body has been great to him, but the best
personal interaction has been with an
extension researcher from Greece... "I
still have some of that "MYTIAHNHS"
that he brought with him". Alvaro will
be finishing his studies by next fall and is
looking for job opportunities and future
challenges. Thus far, in the near future,

he already has one that makes him very
happy because he will be a brand new
father this coming September.

Who is Who In Our Department
: Graduate Student Profile

Who IS ..'

Glenn Curds Colburn was born and
raised in Hilliard, Ohio. Curt was an ac-
complished golfer in high school and
upon graduating went to Ohio State
University. Like many students, Curt
remembers when he was first introduced
to the little known plant disease major.
"When I was a sophomore I asked a girl
what her major was and she said, plant
pathology. That was the first time I had
ever heard of it, and she explained to me
that it was like being a plant doctor. I
never knew plants had diseases too. I
thought it was the most ridiculous major
I had ever heard and I laughed at her."
At the time he envisioned a plant ER
with physicians running around in blue
scrubbies. He later saw an advertisement
in the OSU paper about plant health
management, which said that there were
scholarships available. Curt, being fed up
with chemistry and math courses and


very much interested in plants and the
environment, applied and got the schol-
arship. Curt then went on to get his B.S
in Plant Health Management, which was
a new degree within the plant pathology
department. As an undergraduate he sang
in the choir at his church and was a
member of Circle K, which is a division
of the Kwanas service club. He also
worked in the plant disease clinic and was
awarded the A.J. Hoffman Award for
outstanding academic achievement.
Curt stayed on at OSU to receive his
M.S. in Plant Pathology under the ad-
visement of Dr. Sally Miller. The thesis
title was "Characterization and Manage-
ment of Rhizoctonia species that are
pathogenic on radish". He also won third
place in the College of Agriculture annual
poster competition. Curt is now doing
his PhD with Dr. Jim Graham at Lake
Alfred and his co-advisor in Gainesville,
Dr. Dave Mitchell. Curt is working with
Phytophthorapalmivora and P. nicotiaiae on
citrus and he is looking at low virulent P.
nicotianae to control high virulent strains.
Mr. Colbum's hobbies include
golf, camping, coin collecting, and Tae
Kwon Do. Curt is thoroughly enjoying
the weather here in Florida and notes the
full bloom of Azaleas in February not
May like in Ohio. He also likes the wide
array of pathogens and broad selection of
vegetables and fruits gown here year
round. (MB)

Greetings to all PI's at REC's! We
would like to hear from you! Do you
have any visiting scientists/scholars or
post-docs that we haven't heard about?
If so, we would like to feature them in
future issues of PLP News. Please send
us a short summary of where they are
from, their educational background, the
project they are working on, and personal
interests and/or hobbies. You can email
us at plpnews@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu. We look
forward to hearing from you!

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