Danforth Center

Where are they now? An update on Missouri EPSCoR Undergrad, Will McHargue

Friday, December 1, 2017

Will McHargue standing in front of his poster, "The use of thermography for quantifying plant transpiration," at the Missouri Transect Annual Meeting in June 2015
Will McHargue standing in front of his poster, The use of thermography for quantifying plant transpiration" at the Missouri Transect Annual Meeting in 2015
 

 

 

Will McHargue was one of Missouri EPSCoR's first undergraduates.  He did research on plant transpiration in Rico Holdo's lab at the University of Missouri (MU) from 2014-2016.  At the first Missouri Transect annual meeting, his poster and presentation on "The use of thermography for quantifying plant transpiration" received honorable mention.  In 2016, McHargue graduated with his Bachelor's of Science in Biological Engineering.  He now works as a Lab Technician at the Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis.  First introduced to the Danforth Center in 2015 as a summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) intern, McHargue returned to work in the new laboratory of Ru Zhang after graduating from MU.  McHargue continues to research plant responses to climate change, which is an integral component to Missouri EPSCoR research that he first started testing in the Holdo lab in 2014.  You can read more about Will McHargue's experience and research at the Danforth Center by reading his guest contribution for the Roots & Shoots Blog.

Missouri Transect Sponsors New Faculty Hires Across Missouri

Friday, October 6, 2017

New Faculty Hires

Missouri Transect has committed to providing a total of $800,000 to start-up packages to five faculty hires across the partner institutions. These faculty hires reflect both future needs of the project and gaps in specific areas, and are designed to strengthen the overall mission of Missouri Transect.  The final faculty hire will begin in January 2018 at Lincoln University in the field of ecology.  Learn more about the current new faculty hires that have provided expertise and innovation at Misssouri S&T, UMKC, University of Missouri, and the Danforth Plant Science Center:

Xiong Zhang, Missouri University of Science and Technology (MS&T)

Xiong Zhang is Associate Professor in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering at MS&T in Rolla.  He moved to Rolla from the University of Cincinnati as Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, and Architectural Engineering, and Construction Management.  Dr. Zhang earned his Ph.D. and worked as a postdoctoral research associate in civil engineering at Texas A&M University.  He is an established member of the Missouri Transect Plant Team.  His research interests include remote sensing for geo-engineering applications, unsaturated soil mechanics, constitutive and numerical modeling of coupled climate-soil- structure systems, advanced laboratory testing techniques, geothermal and ground source heat pump systems, soil stabilization and ground improvement, and frozen ground engineering.

MS&T profile: https://care.mst.edu/people/faculty/profiles/zhang/

 

Fengpeng Sun, University of Missouri–Kansas City (UMKC)

Fengpeng Sun is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geosciences at UMKC.  As an established climate scientist, Dr. Fengpeng Sun brings to the Climate Team added expertise in high-resolution regional climate modeling. His research focus includes climate variability and change, regional climate modeling and downscaling, climate change impacts and sustainability, and geosciences data analysis and statistics. Dr. Sun received his Ph.D. in Earth System Science with a focus on Climate Dynamics from UC-Irvine. Before he joined UMKC in 2016, he was an assistant researcher in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at UCLA, developing regional climate downscaling framework to construct historical climate and to project future climate change in the Greater Los Angeles Area and California’s Sierra Nevada.

Research website: http://s.web.umkc.edu/sunf/index.html

 

Malia Gehan, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center (DDPSC)

Malia Gehan is an Assistant Member at DDPSC.  She joined the Plant Team at the inception of the Missouri Transect project in 2014 as a postdoctoral fellow at DDPSC.  She has since established her own lab, with start-up funds provided by Missouri Transect’s new faculty hire initiative.  Her research focus is on improving temperature stress resistance in plants using grasses and quinoa as model plant systems.  The Gehan Lab is conducting high-throughput phenotyping using plant imaging techniques to measure abiotic stress and identify traits that could resist temperature stress.  Dr. Gehan is also dedicated to outreach and has led computer science training for the Missouri Transect Computer Science Institute for Women (CSIW) in 2015 and other student and teacher workshops.

Danforth Center profile: https://www.danforthcenter.org/scientists-research/principal-investigators/malia-gehan

Lab website: http://www.gehan-lab.org/

 

Ruthie Angelovici, University of Missouri-Columbia (MU)

Ruthie Angelovici specializes in improving amino acid presence in staple crop seeds.  Her lab is working to understand the metabolic and genetic mechanisms driving the response of amino acids to environmental stress and other constraints.  Dr. Angelovici received her M.S. from Tel Aviv University, and her Ph.D. in Plant Sciences at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel.  She continued on as a postdoctoral fellow at the Weizmann Instutite and then continued on as a postdoctoral fellow at Michigan State University from 2010-2015.  She became the first new faculty hire of Missouri Transect in 2015 when she joined the Division of Biological Sciences at MU and became a member of the Missouri Transect Plant Team.

Research profile: http://biology.missouri.edu/people/?person=165

Lab website: https://angelovici.biology.missouri.edu/

Job Announcements at the Danforth Center

Monday, May 9, 2016

Dr. Malia Gehan’s lab at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is looking to fill two positions: a postdoctoral position and lab technician position. See the details for each position below. Applications should be sent to careers [at] danforthcenter [dot] org.

Lab Technician Opportunity:
The Gehan lab (http://www.gehan-lab.org/) is looking to add an enthusiastic and creative fulltime Laboratory Technician / Laboratory Manager (40 hours / week). The position would mainly focus on research, but also include some managerial tasks like ordering supplies. Therefore good organizational skills, the desire to work in a team, and the ability to communicate are essential for this position. An ideal applicants might have experience in media making, sterile techniques, and basic plant care.

The Gehan laboratory actively engages the community through outreach and education activities, and lab members are encouraged to participate in mentoring and teaching programs. The position is renewable upon satisfactory performance and availability of funds. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Candidates should provide a current CV, list of at least three contacts for recommendation. Please email all application materials to careers [at] danforthcenter [dot] org with the subject line ‘Gehan Lab’.

The international, inclusive, and interdisciplinary research environment at the Danforth Center (http://www.danforthcenter.org/) offers an excellent opportunity for career development. Salaries are competitive and commensurate with experience, and the Danforth Center offers an excellent benefits package including medical and 403B matching. The Danforth Center is currently ranked in the top ten of places to work in scientific research, and the St. Louis region is a rich environment to work and live.

Postdoctoral Opportunity:
The Gehan lab (http://www.gehan-lab.org/) is looking to add an enthusiastic and creative postdoctoral researcher to work on mechanisms of temperature stress in grasses and pseudocereals. Ideal candidates would have recently obtained a Ph.D. in biochemistry, cell, developmental, genetics, genomics, molecular biology, plant biology, plant physiology, or other related field. Candidates with interest or experience in highthroughput plant phenomics or bioinformatics are highly encouraged to apply.

The Gehan laboratory actively engages the community through outreach and education activities, and lab members are encouraged to participate in mentoring and teaching programs. The position is renewable upon satisfactory performance and availability of funds. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Candidates should provide a current CV, list of at least three contacts for recommendation, and a cover letter that includes a statement of past research experience, an outline of future research objectives, and career goals. Please email all application materials to careers [at] danforthcenter [dot] org with the subject line ‘Gehan Lab’.

The international, inclusive, and interdisciplinary research environment at the Danforth Center (http://www.danforthcenter.org/) offers an excellent opportunity for career development. Salaries are competitive and commensurate with experience, and the Danforth Center offers an excellent benefits package including medical and 403B matching. The Danforth Center is currently ranked in the top ten of places to work in scientific research, and the St. Louis region is a rich environment to work and live.

Crop Improvement: Climate Resilience for Nutrition 20th Fall Symposium

Event date(s): Wednesday, September 25, 2019 to Friday, September 27, 2019
Location: Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, 975 North Warson Road, Saint Louis, Missouri, 63132


The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center will be hosting its 20th Annual Fall Symposium in St. Louis, Missouri, from 25–27 September. This year’s Symposium, Crop Improvement: Climate Resilience for Nutrition is being organized with an international focus on approaches to improving resilience, examining agricultural development through a gender lens, and exploring the pathway from agriculture to nutrition. Panel conversations will go beyond scientific and technical solutions to also address agricultural development priorities and policies.

The Symposium will begin with the presentation of the Danforth Award for Plant Science to Dr. Segenet Kelemu, Director General & CEO, International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) on Wednesday, September 25. The Symposium will be held at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, 975 North Warson Road, Saint Louis, Missouri, 63132, phone: 314-587-1000. Free parking is available in lots adjacent to the building. For more information, email Tam McGuire, tmcguire [at] danforthcenter [dot] org

More Information: https://www.danforthcenter.org/events/symposia-workshops/fall-symposia/2019-fall-symposium

 

EPSCoR Imaging Workshop - April 13, 2017

Event date(s): Thursday, April 13, 2017
Location: Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, 975 North Warson Road, Saint Louis, MO 63132


Date:                               April 13, 2017, 8:45 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Location:                       Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
                                            975 North Warson Road
                                            Saint Louis, MO 63132

 

The EPSCoR imaging workshop will be held April 13, 2017 at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in Saint Louis, MO. The purpose of the workshop is to link imaging and image processing to phenotyping and to share collective capacity on plant imaging technology and data. There will be presentations and work groups so that researchers can interact with each other’s data.  There will also be opportunities for imaging equipment demonstrations and presentations during breaks and lunch.   There is a $25.00 registration fee to attend this workshop.  

Click here for the workshop agenda.

Register here: 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/missouri-transect-imaging-workshop-tickets-32164138805

Hotel:

Click here for hotel accommodation at the Drury Inn and Suites-Creve Coeur located at 11980 Olive Blvd, Creve Coeur, MO 63141.  If you require shuttle service between the Drury and the Danforth Center, please request during check-in.

For questions, contact:

Kathleen Mackey, kmackey [at] danforthcenter [dot] org, 314-587-1203

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St. Louis Raspberry Pi Jam

Event date(s): Saturday, October 15, 2016
Location: Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, 975 N. Warson Rd., St. Louis, MO


All-Hands Meeting

Event date(s): Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Location: Danforth Plant Science Center, 975 N Warson Rd., St. Louis, MO 63132


Mark your calendars for Tuesday, November 17, 2015 for the next Missouri Transect All-Hands Meeting.  We will meet at the Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis at 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM.  The goal of the meeting is to increase team-to-team interactions and find connections in research.  An agenda and a list of team accomplishments to-date will be released before the meeting.  We will also make important announcements about the program, including the Reverse Site Visit at the NSF headquarters in Washington, DC on March 15, 2016.

Raspberry Pi Jam

Event date(s): Saturday, October 3, 2015
Location: Danforth Plant Science Center, 975 N Warson Rd., St. Louis, MO 63132