Science Scholars Symposium to Feature Keynote Speaker Dr. George Hudler, Student Presentations
The Science Scholars Program at St. John Fisher College will hold a two-day symposium on Tuesday, April 10, and Friday, April 13. The event will kick off with a keynote address on Tuesday evening featuring Dr. George Hudler, a Professor of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology at Cornell University, at 6:30 p.m. in Basil 135. Science Scholar final presentations take place April 13 in the Wegmans School of Pharmacy between 4:00 and 9:00 p.m.
For the past 35 years, Hudler’s research program has focused on diseases of trees in residential landscapes, parks, historic sites, city streets, and college campuses. His lecture will focus on his most recent work focused on the abrupt, and sometimes catastrophic, decline and death of majestic old European beech trees in much of the northeast U.S. He and his team have learned enough about the trees to provide plant health care professionals with tools for successful disease management.
Hudler’s research aims to learn enough about the cause of lethal bleeding cankers on European beech to address issues related to prevention and therapy with a sound background on the biology of the pathogen(s). He also conducts active outreach and research programs in the area of tree pathology, including publication of a bi-weekly pest management newsletter, BRANCHING OUT.
He has received the Award of Merit and the Distinguished Arborist Award from the New York State Arborists Association, the Innovative Teaching Award and the Professor of Merit Award from Cornell's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the Excellence in Teaching Award from the American Phytopathological Society, the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the USDA Northeast Region Award for Teaching Excellence.
In addition, Hudler is the author of “Magical Mushrooms, Mischievous Molds,” the same title as his popular undergraduate course. In 2004, Hudler became chair of Cornell's Department of Plant Pathology and, in conjunction with that appointment, also became the director of the Northeast Regional Center for the National Plant Diagnostic Network. In 2011, he received The Edgerton Career Teaching Award and became a Weiss Presidential Fellow.
Nine senior Science Scholars will be presenting their final projects on Friday evening. Additionally, junior Science Scholars will be presenting posters about their proposed research projects for fall 2012, which will then be presented at the Science Scholars Symposium in spring 2013.
The Science Scholars Program is a merit-based scholarship program for students majoring in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics, or statistics. Its mission is to recruit, retain, and graduate students who are engaged in mathematics, science, and technology in a way that supports collaborative approaches to problem-solving.