In This Issue – 49.2
President’s Report 2015 Meeting Update
Welcome to the 2015 Meeting Membership Matters
Good Teaching Is…? Workshop Offered at 2015 Meeting Member News
Journal Highlights New Members
weathers09-sDr. Pamela J. Weathers, Ph.D., was elected as a 2014 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow for her distinguished contributions to the field of plant biotechnology, particularly for producing and developing technology for increasing the yield of the anti-malaria pharmaceutical artemisnin. Dr. Weathers was recognized at the Award Breakfast at the 2015 AAAS meeting in San Jose, CA on February 14, 2015.Dr. Weathers has also published the manuscript titled “Dried whole-plant Artemisia annua slows evolution to malaria drug resistance and overcomes resistance to artemisinin” in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (Elfawal MA, Towler MJ, Reich NG, Weathers PJ, Rich SM, Dried whole-plant Artemisia annua slows evolution of malaria drug resistance and overcomes resistance to artemisinin, Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 112:821-826, 2015).Please use the following link to read the abstract for this publication: .  

In January of 2015, Dr. Mindy Fitter, Ph.D., accepted a new job as Group Leader, Plant Transformation Pipeline, at KWS Gateway Research Center (St. Louis, MO).

Sukalya PoothongsmSukalya Poothong has successfully defended her dissertation at Oregon State University, and Dr. Barbara Reed served has her major Professor. Dr. Poothong has returned to Thailand as a lecturer at the University of Phayao where she is teaching a course in “Plant mineral nutrition and fertilizer technology”. Dr. Poothong’s current contact information is:

Dr. Sukalya Poothong, School of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Phayao, Tambon Maeka, Muang District, Phayao Province, Thailand 56000

WWCsmDr. Wong Wei Chee, Ph.D., has been promoted to Senior Officer (Biotechnologist), Advanced Agriecological Research Sdn Bhd, AAR-UNMC Biotechnology Research Centre (Selangor, Malaysia).




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 Michael Fay before Saint Baldrick’s  Michael Fay after Saint Baldrick’s

Dr. Michael J. Fay, Ph.D., Professor and Program Director (Department of Biomedical Sciences, Midwestern University, Downers Grove, IL), was a member of Midwestern University’s 2015 Saint Baldrick’s team. On March 10th the team helped to raise more than $75,000 to fund research to find cures for childhood cancer.


new haven logoDr. Michael J. Rossi, Ph.D., has a new job as Associate Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of New Haven (West Haven, CT).