exPlantsBook CoverThe book “Convergence of Food Security, Energy Security and Sustainable Agriculture” was published by Springer at the end of 2014 (David Songstad, Jerry Hatfield and Dwight Tomes, Editors). The rollout of this book was at the World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa, where a panel consisting of Dr. Gale Buchanan, Dr. Jerry Hatfield, Mr. Thomas Redick, Dr. Sharon Megdal and Dr. David Songstad (Dr. Manjit Misra, moderator), discussed the book and entertained questions from the audience. Dr. Robb Fraley, Monsanto, also was present and gave the keynote address prior to the panel discussion. This event was videotaped and will be publically available in the near future.

Dr. Jayasankar (Jay) Subramanian, Ph.D., Associate Professor at the University of Guelph, is part of a research team that has received $4.2 million in federal grant support from the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund (CIFSRF). The project involves using nanotechnology to develop innovative packaging to improve the shelf life of mangoes and other crops.Please use the following link to read the full press release:

Also, Dr. Jayasankar (Jay) Subramanian has published the article titled “A stable JAZ protein from peach mediates the transition from outcrossing to self-pollination” in the journal BMC Biology (Sherif S, El-Sharkawy I, Mathur J, Ravindran P, Kumar P, Paliyath G, Jayasankar S. A stable JAZ protein from peach mediates the transition from outcrossing to self-pollination, BMC Biology, 13 February 2015, doi:10.1186/s12915-015-0124-6).

The research in this publication represents work that Sherif Sherif performed as a PhD student and as a Post-Doctoral fellow, and Dr. Sherif received the best Post-Doctoral presentation for this research 3 years ago at the World Congress in Bellevue, WA. Dr. Sherif is currently a post-doctoral fellow working with Dr. Saxena at The Gosling Research Institute for Plant Preservation at the University of Guelph.

Please use the following link to read an article about this research that appeared on the University of Guelph website:

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Beltwide 2015 awardSaranya Ganapathy, SIVB student member and graduate student in the Department of Biological Sciences at Texas Tech University (Lubbock, TX), was awarded the Gary A. Herzog Ph.D. student award for outstanding oral presentation for her presentation titled “Use of a modified viral gene to confer resistance against aphids in transgenic plants” at the Beltwide Cotton Conference (San Antonio, TX, January 5 – 7, 2015).

Martina Garda, SIVB student member and graduate student at Arkansas State University (Jonesboro, AR), has published the paper titled “Assessment of field-grown cellulose-expressing corn” in the journal Transgenic Research (Garda M, Devaiah SP, Vicuna Requesens D, Chang YK, Dabul A, Hanson C, Hood KR, Hood EE. Assessment of field-grown cellulose-expressing corn, Transgenic Research, September 23, 2014 – DOI 10.1007/s11248-014-9838-4).

MartinaG-OurFamily2Please use the following link to read the abstract for this publication:

In addition, congratulations to Martina and Charles Damberger on the birth of their son Benjamin Charles Damberger (9 pounds, 21 inches) who was born on October 23, 2014.

sciNews2Dr. Kolla Kristjansdottir, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Biomedical Sciences Department at Midwestern University (Downers Grove, IL) is a co-author on the paper titled “Quantitative proteomics of the yeast Hsp70/Hsp90 interactomes during DNA damage reveal chaperone-dependent regulation of ribonucleotide reductase” that was published in the Journal of Proteomics (Truman AW, Kristjansdottir, J, Wolfgeher D, Ricco N, Mayampurath A, Volchenboum SL, Clotet J, Krom SJ. Quantitative proteomics of the yeast Hsp70/Hsp90 interactomes during DNA damage reveal chaperone-dependent regulation of ribonucleotide reductase. J Proteomics, 112:285-300, 2015).Please use the following link to read the abstract for this paper: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25452130 .

Dr. Laura Schramm, Ph.D., Associate Dean, and Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at St. John’s University (Queens, NY) published the paper titled “BRF2, a Biomarker in Cancer?” in the Journal of Carcinogenesis and Mutagenesis (Koo J, Cabarcas-Petroski S, Schramm L. BRF2, a Biomarker in Cancer? J Carcinog Mutagen, 6:1, 2014.

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Sarah Veen, M.B.S., SIVB Student member, has graduated from the Master of Biomedical Sciences Program at Midwestern University (Downers Grove, IL), and has accepted the position of Research Assistant at Midwestern University.

AuerspergSociety for In Vitro Biology Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Dr. Nelly Auersperg, has published the following papers. Please use the link to read the abstracts for these publications.

Fatty acid synthase is a metabolic marker of cell proliferation rather than malignancy in ovarian cancer and its precursor cells.

Veigel D, Wagner R, Stübiger G, Wuczkowski M, Filipits M, Horvat R, Benhamú B, López-Rodríguez ML, Leisser A, Valent P, Grusch M, Hegardt FG, García J, Serra D, Auersperg N, Colomer R, Grunt TW.

Int J Cancer. 2014 Oct 10. doi: 10.1002/ijc.29261. [Epub ahead of print]

The stem-cell profile of ovarian surface epithelium is reproduced in the oviductal fimbriae, with increased stem-cell marker density in distal parts of the fimbriae.

Auersperg N.

Int J Gynecol Pathol. 2013 Sep;32(5):444-53. doi: 10.1097/PGP.0b013e3182800ad5.

Ovarian surface epithelium as a source of ovarian cancers: unwarranted speculation or evidence-based hypothesis?

Auersperg N.

Gynecol Oncol. 2013 Jul;130(1):246-51. doi: 10.1016/j.ygyno.2013.03.021. Epub 2013 Apr 2. Review.

The origin of ovarian cancers–hypotheses and controversies.

Auersperg N.

Front Biosci (Schol Ed). 2013 Jan 1;5:709-19. Review.

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