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Christine Smart to lead Cornell plant science

Christine Smart has been appointed director of the School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS). (Lindsay France/University Photography)

Christine Smart has been appointed director of the School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS). (Lindsay France/University Photography)

Cornell Chronicle [2017-08-04]

Christine Smart, a professor of plant pathology who specializes in the development of management strategies for vegetable diseases, has been appointed director of the School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS). She began her tenure Aug. 1.

Smart had been serving as interim director since July 1, 2016, when Alan Collmer, the Andrew J. and Grace B. Nichols Professor in the SIPS Section of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology, finished his two-year appointment as the inaugural director.

“Chris has done an outstanding job this year leading SIPS as its interim director,” said Kathryn J. Boor, the Ronald P. Lynch Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). “I will continue to count on her to advance the visibility and meaningful impact of Cornell’s work in plant sciences and advance SIPS as a global leader.”

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