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Cindy H. Nakatsu, Department of Agronomy, Purdue University, will present “What Everyone Should Know About Soil Microbial Communities”. Her visit is sponsored by the ISU Women’s and Diversity program and ADVANCE.
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She is an award-winning professor of agronomy at Purdue University. Her research expertise is in microbial ecology, and she has current projects on the impact of anthropogenic factors on microbial community structure, source tracking and genetic fingerprinting of E. coli collected from the environment, biochemical and genetic basis of metal resistance and hydrocarbon degradation by bacteria, environmental factors influencing gene transfer, and microbioal ecology of wastewater treatment. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate classes, and is involved in K-12 outreach through the “Bob the Bacterium” program. Her many achievements have been honored by being named a Purdue University Faculty Research Scholar (2002-07) and receiving the AIST Foreign Researcher Invitation Award, Agency of Industrial Science and Technology (1996 and 2001), Sustainable Agriculture Travel Award, OECD (1997) and Dow Elanco's Young Investigator's Award (1995).
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