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News » 4/25/2017

Congratulations to Dr. Suxing Liu, post-doctoral associate working with Dr. Argelia Lorence at Arkansas State University on his recent award at the MCBIOS 2017 Conference. Dr. Liu won second place for the Young Scientist Excellence Award based on the research he presented at the conference.

News » 4/21/2017

Dr. Argelia Lorence’s lab was well-represented at Create@State 2017: A Symposium of Research, Scholarship and Creativity. Lucia Acosta-Gamboa and Nirman Nepal, PhD students working on Models 1 and 3 for PIC, gave oral presentations in the Life Sciences, Plant and Animal session, and Erin Langley, undergraduate student working with Acosta-Gamboa, presented during the College of Sciences and Mathematics poster session. Acosta-Gamboa won the award for Best Oral Presentation for her division. Congrats to all of these students for their hard work and excellent presentations!

News » 2/20/2017

Fiona Goggin, a PIC faculty member at the University of Arkansas, and Chris Topp, a PIC affiliate from the Danforth Center, were interviewed recently in a Nature article featuring the implementation of new technologies in high throughput phenotyping. Check out the Nature article and a follow-up article in Scientific American!

News » 12/01/2016

Halley Fowler completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Missouri – Saint Louis. Fowler participated in Danforth’s REU Summer Intern Program in 2016 and worked with Dr. Margaret Frank on the PIC seed grant project dealing with confocal imaging of graft junction formation. Fowler presented her work on this project at the 2016 Danforth Plant Science Center Summer Research Symposium.

News » 4/20/2016

Lucia Acosta-Gamboa, a Costa-Rican graduate student working in the Lorence Laboratory received the Richmond-Haydar Scholarship. This scholarship is an award given to the top international graduate student at Arkansas State University. The winner of this prestigious award is chosen by a committee based on the student’s exceptional academic work and contributions to A-State and the Jonesboro community. Lucia’s PhD project involves using high throughput phenotyping approaches to study the contribution of the various pathways leading to vitamin C formation at conferring Arabidopsis plants tolerance to abiotic stresses.

News » 6/17/2016

The Plant Imaging Consortium hosted its second annual Plant High Throughput Phenotyping Workshop June 13 - 16, 2016 at the Arkansas Biosciences Institute at Arkansas State University. Participants learned the experimental design of a phenotyping experiment, plant material preparation and collection, image acquisition, and image and data analysis relevant to the research in their home institutions’ laboratories. Invited speakers talked about how radiochemicals and positron emission tomography (a.k.a. PET) can be used to study transport, metabolism, and other processes in plants. Two faculty, three post-doctoral associates, five graduate students, two undergraduate students, and two laboratory technicians attended the workshop from seven institutions in Arkansas and Missouri and one in Mexico.

News » 4/11/2016

Lucia Acosta-Gamboa (pictured on right), a PIC- supported PhD student in the Lorence Laboratory won second place for best graduate student poster in the STEM category at the 2016 Create@State event that took place April 6-7, 2016 in Jonesboro, AR. Lucia presented the work entitled “Optimization of drought stress high throughput phenotyping assays in Arabidopsis”. This is a collaborative project between the Mendoza-Cozatl (Model 1 lead) and Lorence (Phenomics Core lead) Laboratories. The co-authors of this poster are: Lucia Acosta-Gamboa, Erin Langley, Zachary Campbell, Suxing Liu, Norma Castro-Guerrero, David Mendoza-Cozatl and Argelia Lorence.

Kendl Fischer (pictured on left), a Chemistry major working in the Lorence Group, won first place for best undergraduate poster in the division of other analytical studies and STEM at the same event. Kendl presented the work “Identifying salt tolerant accessions within a rice diversity panel using phenomic approaches” This work is part of a collaborative project funded by the NSF-Plant Genome Program between the Walia Group (University of Nebraska Lincoln) and the Lorence Laboratory. The co-authors of this poster are: Kendl Fischer, Nathan Tripod, Zachary Campbell, Malachi Campbell, Harkamal Walia, and Argelia Lorence.

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