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The second annual Molecular Plant Science (MPS) mini-symposium was held in March 2011 with the theme “Plants and Communication.” Professor Jim Westwood served as coordinator and 75 scientists and students attended.

Featured speakers Ian Baldwin (Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Jena, Germany), Bill Lucas (University of California-Davis), and Pamela Hines (“Science” magazine) covered topics ranging from the ecology of plant chemical signaling to phloem biology and its role in signaling within plants, as well as publishing and alternative careers in science.

Among the winners of the graduate student poster competition was Christopher Clarke (Vinatzer lab).

In addition, the MPS program announced the first winners of the MPS student grant competition, with PPWS students Ryan Anderson (McDowell lab), Christopher Clarke (Vinatzer lab), Gunjune Kim and Megan LeBlanc (Westwood lab), Shelley Moore (Okumoto lab), and Alex Weisberg (Jelesko lab) receiving awards.

Dennis Dean, director of the Fralin Life Science Institute, supported the symposium.

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Christopher Clarke, Ph.D. candidate in the Vinatzer lab, discussing his poster at the MPS Mini-Symposium. Clarke won first place in the student poster competition.

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Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.

Publication Date

September 7, 2011