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Collmer to lead new School of Integrative Plant Science

Alan Collmer

Alan Collmer

He’s been an innovator in his field for 30 years. Now, Alan Collmer will help mold the future of plant sciences at Cornell as director of the new School of Integrative Plant Science.

Collmer, the Andrew J. and Grace B. Nichols Professor of Plant Pathology, will lead the integration of five departments – plant biology, horticulture, plant breeding and genetics, crop and soil sciences, and plant pathology and plant-microbe biology – into one administrative unit within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS).

Details about the new school will be revealed at an official launch June 6.

“Professor Collmer has been visionary and collaborative throughout his impressive scientific career,” said Jan Nyrop, a senior associate dean at CALS. “That vision and his determination to strengthen our talented plant science community will help us create an integrated unit that is nimble in responding to wider scientific trends and societal needs.”

Read the whole article. [Cornell Chronicle 2014-05-21]

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