2011 Elizabeth Roche, Metro High School (Columbus) graduae and Plant Health Management major in the Department of Plant Pathology, was a 2011 Borlaug-Ruan intern at CIMMYT in Mexico.
Alumni of Zamorano University in Honduras, or "Zamoranos," gathered for the 1st Annual Symposium of Zamoranos in the U.S. at OARDC in Wooster, May 21, 2011. The event included over 50 students and scholars from nine Latin American countries and around the U.S. Zamorano plant pathologists included Jorge David Salgado, PhD student in plant pathology at Ohio State, and Christian D. Cruz, Ohio State alumnus (MS 2008) and currently a PhD student in plant pathology at Kansas State.
Spencer Debenport traveled to Senegal and conducted demonstrations of diagnostic tests for mycotoxins and plant pathogens for students and faculty of the Université Dakar and the Université Gaston-Bergier.
2010 Jorge David Salgado, PhD student, participated in the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) Regional Conference on Building Capacity for Improved Food and Livelihood Security in Africa in Entebbe, Uganda, September 20-24, 2010. Salgado presented his graduate research, “Relationship Between Grain Yield and Fusarium Head Blight in Soft Red Winter Wheat as Influenced by Cultivar Resistance."
2009 Margaret Ellis and Alissa Kriss were the first recipients of the department's Blair F. Janson and Wilmer G. Stover Scholarship. The travel awards to Ellis and Kriss helped fund their participation in Atatürk University's international summer school program in July 2009. During their three-week visit, Ellis and Kriss also met with plant pathologist Dr. Recep Kotan (OSU Plant Pathology visiting scholar, 1998) and other faculty and students in the Department of Plant Protection. They also visited Yeditepe University in Istanbul as guests of Dr. Fikrettin Sahin (PhD OSU Plant Pathology 1997), professor and chair of the Department of Genetic and Bioengineering.
2003 Melanie Lewis Ivey (Research Associate and current Ph.D. student) traveled to the 8th International Congress of Plant Pathology in Christchurch, NZ to present her work on characterization of anthracnose (Colletotrichum acutatum) on bell peppers and pepper cultivar response to the pathogen.
2002 Melanie Lewis Ivey presented her work on the coffee wilt pathogen, Fusarium xylarioides, at the Integrated Pest Management Conference for Sub-Saharan Africa in Kampala, Uganda.