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December update from SIPS director Chris Smart

Dear SIPS Community,

HOLIDAY PARTY! Please join us for the annual SIPS Holiday Party Wednesday December 12 from 3-6 PM in the Statler Hotel, Ballroom.

SAVE THE DATE – SIPS-wide meetings with the Director. Please attend if at all possible, I will be discussing our program review, building renovations, and other important items.

  • SIPS-wide faculty meeting December 6, 2018 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM, 404 PS
  • SIPS-wide staff meeting December 6, 2018, 3-4 PM 404 PS
  • SIPS-wide graduate student meeting December 11, 2018 3:00 – 4:00 PM G22 PS
  • SIPS-wide postdoc meeting December 13, 2018, 1:15-2:15 PM G22 PS
  • Geneva campus SIPS meeting with students and postdocs, December 14, 2018, A134 Barton
  • Geneva campus SIPS meeting with faculty, December 14, 2018, A134 Barton Lab
  • Geneva campus SIPS meeting with staff, December 17, 2018, 10-11 AM, A134 Barton Lab

Faculty search updates: Please forward position links to potential applicants!

  • Assistant Professor: Grape Disease Ecology & Epidemiology. Zoom interviews of seven candidates will occur this week.
  • Assistant/Associate Professor: Specialty Crop Systems. Position description can be found at Review of applications will begin Dec 10.
  • Assistant/Associate Professor: Breeding for Sustainable Forage Cropping Systems. Position description can be found at

Review of applications will begin Feb 1.

Congratulations to the following people who were recognized with a SIPS Kudos in the last month! Thanks for your effort and passion in support of SIPS

  • Peter Davies, PhD (going above and beyond)
  • Jackie Armstrong (strong team spirit)
  • Michele Blackmore (going above and beyond)
  • Travis Johns (going above and beyond)
  • Alexandra Bennett (going above and beyond)

PLEASE remember to recognize people in our SIPS community that have gone out of their way to enhance our School. All you have to do is complete the brief form here:

All the best,


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