Awards
Dylan Franks, Ph.D. Plant Science candidate, is being awarded the 2016 Mary Rosenthal Memorial Student Travel Grant from the Algae Foundation! This grant award was initiated to provide support for students in attending the Algae Biomass Summit. Dylan will be attending the 2016 Algae Biomass Summit in Pheonix, AZ in October.

Nicole Parker, PhD Plant Science candidate, is being awarded the 2016-17 OSU Otto Cox Distinguished Graduate Fellowship in Genetics. These fellowships are designed to help support outstanding graduate students with a proven record of research in genetics, regardless of discipline.
Justin Dee, PhD candidate in the Biodiversity Laboratory under the direction of Dr. Mike Palmer, is one of the two first recipients of the Morris Gray Fellowship. This fellowship supports research and communication of such research to the general public. It will allow Justin to pursue pioneering research on herb chronology. This is a new discipline similar to the science of tree rings (dendrochronology) except that it studies the rings formed in wildflower roots. Justin is studying species from Oklahoma, Minnesota, and Kansas. He has recently returned from a trip to Brazil, where he is beginning a collaboration with root ecologists investigating the vast cerrado ecosystem.
Dr. Janette Steets was named Sigma Xi Young Investigator of the Year at OSU in recognition of her research successes and productivity. Dr. Steets and her collaborators, Drs. Tiffany Knight (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Martin Luther University, and German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research) and Tia-Lynn Ashman (University of Pittsburgh), were awarded funding from the Synthesis Centre of Biodiversity Sciences (sDiv) in Leipzig, Germany to organize a working group on plant-pollinator interactions. Through this funding, 16 scientists in the field of pollination ecology met at the sDiv research facility in Leipzig in January 2016. The group will also meet in Hamburg, Germany in July for continued collaboration. The group will quantitatively synthesize hundreds of studies on pollen limitation of plant reproduction to provide a global assessment of how human perturbations to the environment influence plant-pollinator interactions and plant reproductive success.