Terry Niblack is proud to be sitting at the helm of “what’s arguably the best plant pathology department in the country.”
Niblack, who took the reins as chair of Ohio State University’s Department of Plant Pathology on Aug. 16, admits she feels like she can brag about the department, because its reputation preceded her.
The National Research Council has ranked the department’s graduate program among the best in the country for years. Now, Niblack will enjoy the challenge of “increasing the gap between us and the also-rans,” she said, smiling, and also launching a newly created master’s degree in plant health management as well as a bachelor’s degree in plant pathology.
“Plant pathology has traditionally been graduate study, because there’s so much detail one has to master in the field,” Niblack said. “But lately, industry — including seed companies and plant breeding programs — has seen the need for pathologists with broad training.… Continue readingRead More »