Inside Iowa State
October 8, 1999

Gift announcement highlights institute’s lectures

by Steve Sullivan
A lecture series and gift announcement will highlight the inaugural colloquium of the Plant Sciences Institute on Saturday, Oct. 16.

The colloquium will be from 8:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Kildee Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

The ISU Plant Sciences Institute consists of a group of research centers that focus on specific interests in the plant sciences, including plant genomics, designer crops, bioinformatics and gene research. The institute recently was approved by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, and received more than $2 million in funding from the Iowa Legislature last spring.

At 8:45 a.m., President Martin Jischke will announce a major gift for a Plant Sciences Institute research center. The announcement will be in the atrium.

Colin Scanes, interim director of the Plant Sciences Institute, will speak on "Plant Sciences at Iowa State for the New Millenium," at 9:10 a.m. in Lush Auditorium.

A series of brief lectures by Plant Sciences Institute research center directors and ISU faculty will follow from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in Lush Auditorium.

The colloquium will conclude with a complimentary lunch in the Judging Pavilion. Lunch reservations should be made by Oct. 13; contact Sandra Gartz, external affairs, 4-7730,

Plant Sciences Institute, Inaugural Colloquium
Saturday, Oct. 16, Kildee Hall, 4-1823

  • 8:15 a.m., Continental breakfast, atrium.
  • 8:45 a.m., Gift announcement for a Plant Sciences Institute research center, President Martin Jischke, atrium.
  • 9:10 a.m., Introduction, "Plant Sciences at Iowa State for the New Millenium," Colin Scanes, interim director, Plant Sciences Institute, Lush Auditorium.
  • 9:30-10:30 a.m., Program, "Advances in Traditional Plant Breeding," Arnel Hallauer, ISU agronomy and director of the Center for Plant Breeding; "Adding Value to Advances in Plant Sciences," Lawrence Johnson, ISU food science and human nutrition and director of the Center for Crops Utilization Research; "High-Throughput Mapping Technologies for Maize Genomics," Pat Schnable, ISU agronomy and director of the Center for Plant Genomics and Center for Plant Transformation and Gene Expression; and "A Vision for Plant Stress Management," Charlotte Bronson, ISU plant pathology and interim director of the Center for Plant Responses to Environmental Stresses, Lush Auditorium.
  • 10:30 a.m., Poster session and coffee, atrium.
  • 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Program, "Crops as Chemical Factories — Opportunities and Challenges," Basil Nikolau, ISU biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology and director of the Center for Designer Crops; "Gene Identification by Sequencing — Recent Progress for Maize," Volker Brendel, ISU zoology and genetics; "Plant Transformation and Gene Expression for the New Millenium," W. Allen Miller, ISU plant pathology; and "Quality Seeds to Feed the World — The Role of the Seed Science Center," Manjit Misra, ISU agricultural and biosystems engineering and director of the Seed Science Center, Lush Auditorium.
  • 12:15 p.m., Lunch (reservations, contact Sandra Gartz, 4-7730,, by Oct. 13), Judging Pavillion.
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