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Dr. Bingcan Chen with his award

Chen Recognized by American Oil Chemists’ Society

Dr. Bingcan Chen is the recipient of the 2020 American Oil Chemists’ Society Young Scientist Research Award. The award recognizes a young scientist who has made a significant research contribution in oils, fats, lipids, proteins, surfactants or related materials.

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Dr. Deckard with the award (photo courtesy of NDSU University Relations)

Deckard Honored with Mary McCannel Gunkelman Award

Dr. Ed Deckard was awarded the 2020 Mary McCannel Gunkelman Award for making NDSU a happy place for students. Deckard has taught in the Department of Plant Sciences for 50 years and was nominated for the award by six students.

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Pradeepika Chintha

Pradeepika Chintha Defends Ph.D. Dissertation

Pradeepika Chintha successfully defended her Plant Sciences doctoral dissertation, Functional Bioactive Compounds from Sweet Potatoes for Human Health Benefits, on October 8, 2020 at North Dakota State University. She was advised by Dr. Kalidas Shetty.

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New Soybean Breeder Joins Department of Plant Sciences

New Soybean Breeder Joins Department of Plant Sciences

Dr. Carrie Miranda was hired as an assistant professor and leader of the soybean breeding program in the Department of Plant Sciences at North Dakota State University.

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Sara Moayedi Defends Ph.D. Thesis

Sara Moayedi Defends Ph.D. Thesis

Sara Moayedi successfully defended her cereal science Ph.D. on July 14, 2020. Her thesis is titled Genotype and Environmental Effects on Quality Traits of Durum Wheat Grown in North Dakota. Her advisor is Dr. Frank Manthey.

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NDSU Administrator and Plant Breeder Announces Retirement

NDSU Administrator and Plant Breeder Announces Retirement

Dr. Kenneth F. Grafton has had a significant impact working in multiple roles at North Dakota State University, from the humble beginnings of the dry edible bean breeding program to his administrative leadership on important initiatives for NDSU Agriculture. He retired June 30, 2020, after 40 years of distinguished service.

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Escobar Romero Defends M.S. Thesis

Escobar Romero Defends M.S. Thesis

Edgar Gabriel Escobar Romero successfully defended his Plant Sciences Master’s thesis, Multi-parent Advanced Generation Inter-cross Population for Improvement of Genetic Resistance of Dry Bean to White Mold, on May 27, 2020 at North Dakota State University. He was advised by Dr. Juan Osorno.

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Peters Promoted and Granted Tenure

Peters Promoted and Granted Tenure

Dr. Tom Peters has been promoted to associate professor with tenure, effective July 1, 2020.

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Oliver Honored with Educator Award

Oliver Honored with Educator Award

North Dakota State University Department of Plant Sciences Associate Professor of Practice Rebekah Oliver received the 2020 North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Educator Award on June 18.

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Dr. Ted Helms

NDSU Soybean Breeder Announces Retirement

Dr. Ted Helms has had a distinguished 34-year career as the soybean breeder at North Dakota State University. He plans to retire June 30, 2020.

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Jayani Dona Defends  M.S. Thesis

Jayani Dona Defends M.S. Thesis

Jayani Dona successfully defended her cereal science M.S. degree on May 7, 2020. She is advised by Dr. Senay Simsek and the title of her thesis is Comparative Study on Hulled Wheats: Kernel, Flour, Dough Quality and Dietary Fiber Variation.

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Supun Sandaru Fernando Defends Ph.D. Dissertation

Supun Sandaru Fernando Defends Ph.D. Dissertation

Supun Sandaru Fernando successfully defended his Cereal Science doctoral dissertation, Black Bean Milling and Flour Functionality, on May 11, 2020 at North Dakota State University. He was advised by Dr. Frank Manthey.

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Kyla Splichal Defends Horticulture M.S. Thesis

Kyla Splichal Defends Horticulture M.S. Thesis

Kyla Splichal successfully defended her horticulture M.S. research, "High Tunnels Extend the Growing Season in Warm Season Crops Tomato, Cucumber and Bell Pepper," on April 23, 2020. She was advised by Dr. Harlene Hatterman-Valenti and Dr. Esther McGinnis.

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Deckard Honored by NDSU Student Government

Deckard Honored by NDSU Student Government

Department of Plant Sciences Professor Ed Deckard received the Adviser of the Year Award from NDSU Student Government for advising the NDSU chapter of Circle K International.

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Jacob J. Muir Defends M.S. Thesis

Jacob J. Muir Defends M.S. Thesis

Jacob J. Muir successfully defended his Plant Sciences M.S. thesis, Nitrogen Sources and Their Management on Wheat Yield and Protein, on April 9, 2020 at North Dakota State University. He was advised by Dr. Joel Ransom.

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Simsek Receives Andersons Cereals and Oilseeds Award

Simsek Receives Andersons Cereals and Oilseeds Award

Senay Simsek has been awarded the NC-213 U.S. Quality Grains Research Consortium 2020 Andersons Cereals and Oilseeds Award of Excellence. Simsek is the North Dakota State University Bert D’Appolonia Cereal Science and Technology of Wheat Endowed Professor and has been with NDSU since 2007. She leads the hard red spring wheat end quality project in the Department of Plant Sciences.

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Ikbal Tatar Defends  M.S. Thesis

Ikbal Tatar Defends M.S. Thesis

Ikbal Tatar successfully defended her horticulture M.S. degree on April 9, 2020. The title of her thesis is Comparison of Two Single Curtain and Two Double Curtain Trellis Systems with Marquette and Petite Pearl Wine Grapes. Her advisor is Dr. Harlene Hatterman-Valenti.

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Graduate Student Recognized by Food Technologists

Graduate Student Recognized by Food Technologists

North Dakota State University cereal science doctoral student Serap Vatansever was selected by the Minnesota Section of the Institute of Food Technologists to receive the prestigious Elwood F. Caldwell Scholarship Award for Volunteer Service. She also received a travel scholarship.

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Serap Vatansever Defends Ph.D. Dissertation

Serap Vatansever Defends Ph.D. Dissertation

Serap Vatansever successfully defended her Cereal Science Ph.D. dissertation, Improvement of Organoleptic Attributes of Yellow Pea Flour through An Emerging Green Technology: Supercritical Carbon Dioxide + Ethanol Extraction, on April 7, 2020 at North Dakota State University.

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Graduate Student Receives Food Technologists Scholarship

Graduate Student Receives Food Technologists Scholarship

North Dakota State University cereal science doctoral student Yang Lan was selected to receive a graduate scholarship and travel award by the Minnesota Section of the Institute of Food Technologists.

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