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Niblack Named Fellow of Society of Nematologists

August 17, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The chair of Ohio State University's Department of Plant Pathology has been inducted as a Fellow in the Society of Nematologists.

Terry Niblack was one of two new Fellows named to the society at its annual meeting in Savannah, Ga., earlier this week.

The recognition is bestowed upon society members in honor of their distinguished contributions to the science of nematology. Less than one-half of 1 percent of the society's members are elected as Fellows to the society in any given year.

Niblack is well known for her research and Extension efforts in fighting the soybean cyst nematode, the No. 2 soybean pest in Ohio, as well as her study of disease interactions involving plant-pathogenic nematodes on corn and other crops.

Niblack served as president of the Society of Nematologists in 2004 and received the Excellence in Soybean Research award from the Illinois Soybean Association in 2007 and 2011. She also received the United Soybean Board Outstanding Achievement Award in 2004.

At Ohio State, Niblack also advises graduate student Horacio Lopez-Nicora, who took honors at the meeting for best graduate student poster for his research on the gelatinous material in which the soybean cyst nematode lays some of its eggs and which protects the eggs from biological control measures. Lopez-Nicora was also named to the Society of Nematologists' executive board -- the first graduate student to hold a position on the board -- and was elected president of the society's graduate student group.  

Niblack took the helm of the Department of Plant Pathology in August 2011. Before that, she served as a professor of crop sciences at the University of Illinois from 2001 to 2011 and as a faculty member at the University of Missouri from 1988 to 2000.


Martha Filipic