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May 15, 2017
He Appointed HHMI Investigator
He Appointed HHMI Investigator

Sheng Yang He, a University Distinguished Professor of plant biology and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) – Gordon Betty Moore Foundation (GBMF) Investigator since 2011, has been re-appointed as an HHMI Investigator, which extends his appointment to 2024.

May 4, 2017
Schemske Elected to NAS
Schemske Elected to NAS

Douglas Schemske, a John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor emeritus of plant biology at Michigan State University, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Schemske earned the honor for his distinguished and continuing achievements in original research in the fields of population biology and evolutionary ecology.

April 20, 2017
Thousand Tales of Plant Defense
Thousand Tales of Plant Defense

André Velasquez and Matt Oney wanted to find out how many types of defenses a plant could muster against harmful bacteria. . . So, André, Matt, and their mentor, Sheng Yang He, examined over 1000 natural variations of one plant – found in places ranging from Europe to Western Asia – and dipped them into pots full of harmful bacteria to see who would make it through unscathed.

April 20, 2017
Acheampong Earns UURAF Award
Acheampong Earns UURAF Award

Plant Biology senior undergraduate Akua (Nana) Acheampong won a first-place award for her oral presentation at the 19th annual MSU University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF) in the Biochemical & Molecular Biology category. In her talk entitled, “Investigating Analogous Functions of Cyanobacterial MinC and Arabidopsis ARC3 in Cell and Chloroplast Division,” Nana described the research she has been conducting in the laboratory of Dr. Katherine Osteryoung under the mentorship of postdoc Katie Porter.

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