Paul A. Backman
221 Buckhout Laboratory
University Park, PA 16802
University of California, Davis, CA
Ph.D., Plant Pathology, Minor in Plant Physiology 1970
Major Professor J. E. DeVay (Bacterial Phytotoxins)
University of California, Davis, CA
B.S., Plant Pathology, 1966
Yuba College, Marysville, CA
A.A., Biological Sciences, 1964
NASULGC Deans/Directors Leadership Workshop 1998
Natl. Conf. On Continuous Quality Improvement: Malcolm Baldrige Award
Criteria in Education. 1995.
ESCOP Leadership Courses, Class 4, Indianapolis, 1994, Washington
Pennsylvania State University, 1998-present
Professor of Plant Pathology & Biological Control 1998-present
Director, Pennsylvania Agricultural Experiment Station, and Associate
Dean for Research and Graduate Education 1998-2001
Auburn University, 1971-1997
Director, Biological Control Institute, 1993-1977
Board of Directors, Alabama Center for Biotechnology, 1994-1995
Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station, IPM Research Coordinator
Emeritus Professor, 1998
Professor, Asst. and Assoc. Professor of Plant Pathology, Auburn University,
Graduate Faculty, 1978-1998
USDA ARS at Clemson University
Research Plant Pathologist (GS-12) USDA/ARS @ Clemson University,
September, 1970 to October, 1971. Emergency appointment on etiology
and control of peach decline and bacterial canker in the southeastern
N.C. State University
Post-doctoral Research Associate, January, 1970 - August, 1970 under
G.B. Lucas and Ron Welty, evaluating role of tobacco mycotoxins in
University of California, Davis Campus
Graduate Research Fellow (NDEA), University of California, 1966-1969
California Dept. of Agriculture, Bureau of Fruit and Vegetable Standardization
Inspector (Tomato and Peach), 1963-1965 (Summers)
Responsibilities and Activities
Available on Request:
Senior Plant Pathologist/ Consultant, Uruguay, FAO United Nations,
1978?79 (Leave of Absence), Developing Management Methods for Sugar
Beet Sclerotium rot.
Consultant/Expert, Intl. Atomic Energy Agency of United Nations 1989-1991,
Evaluating and Recommending Changes in Thailand project on mutation
breeding for crops and animals.
Numerous fact-finding, research, cooperative agreement visits to Central
and South America, Europe and Australia.
Research leave to USDA/ARS, European Biological Control Laboratory,
Montpellier France, to strengthen pathology at the station, and to provide
linkage to Auburn's BCI. Also, worked with Spain's (Catalonia) IRTA
group (Cabrils) on biological control of weeds. 1997.
Awards and Honors
USDA, Group Honor Award for Excellence, 2002, For Multistate Project
NE-501, Serving as project developer and administrative advisor.
Penn State University Outreach, Pathfinder Award, 2002
NERA Project of the year (2001) for NE-501, serving as administrative
AL Agricultural Experiment Station's Directors Award for Research,
Senior Award, with $10,000 to professional development
Agricultural Experiment Station's Director's Award for Research, 1981
Junior Award (First Recipient),
NSF Travel Grant, 1970 (while at North Carolina State University)
NDEA Fellow, 1966-1969 (Univ. of California-Davis)
Memberships in: Sigma Xi, N.Y. Academy of Sciences, Gamma Sigma Delta,
Committees and Other Responsibilities
\ Penn State College, University & Department
Member of the executive committee of the Research Council to the Vice
President for Research, to develop policies and procedures supportive
of the Universities research agenda. 2000-2001
Member of the Implementation Committee to the Graduate School, to
develop policies and procedures supportive of University efforts to
recruit and retain the best graduate students. 1998-2001
Member, vice chair and chair of the International Council to the University’s
Office of International Programs 1998-2001
PSU Representative to the Lake Erie Regional Grape Program (Cooperating
with Cornell to Coordinate Research & Extension Needs for the Erie
Guidance Committee Co-chair for the Eastern Division of The Viticulture
Advisory Board member for the Environmental Resources Research Institute
Committee member to develop the guidelines for an inter-college consortium
for Environmental Research 1998-99.
Selection Committee for the associate vice president for research
for multidisciplinary and integrated programs. 1998-99.
Development of the Research Plan of Work required by the federal AREERA
Development of the response to the civil rights review of the Agricultural
Member of a committee that developed the College of Agricultural Sciences
University Committee on Sensor Technologies
University Steering Committee on Defense Threat Reduction Agency Relationship
Departmental DAIR Committee.
Regional and National Activities While
at Penn State
Member of the Board of Directors of the National Agricultural Biotechnology
Council (NABC) 1998-2001
Member of the Board of Directors of Global Research on Environment
and Agricultural Nexus (GREAN), a 16 member University consortium to
do international research—group terminated August 2001
Member of the Board of Directors of AID’s Integrated Pest Management
Member of the Research Coordinating Committee for NE regional activities
supported by Northeastern Agricultural Experiment Stations (NERA) 2000/01
Regional administrative advisor for the Pasture consortium, and NE-187
regional research project on turfgrass management
Member of the ESCOP (Experiment Station Committee on Policy) committee
on Science and Technology 1999-2001
Administrative advisor to a regional research and extension team to
contain the invasive pathogen called Plum Pox (Sharka), NE-501
Administrative advisor to research and extension team on best management
practices for turfgrass. NE-187.
Principal Instruction Contributions
|Courses Taught (Course No. & Title)
||Contact Hrs (Qtr)
|PPath 540 Plant Disease Control
|PPath 496 Individual Research
|PLP 551, Foliar & Post Harvest Disease
|PLP 553, Principles of Plant Disease Control
|PLP 407, Concepts in Pest Management
|PLP 554, Practical Plant Pathology
|PLP 719, Adv. Plant Pathology for Ph.D. students
|PLP 728, Field Research in Plant Pathology
|Graduate Students Directed
|John T. Turner, Jr., Ph.D.
||Walter F. Mahaffee, M.S.
|Elisa F. Smith, M.S.
||Barbara H. Cosper, M.S.
|Nancy Kokalis, M.S.
||Mary J. Williams, Ph.D.
|Richard F. Davis, M.S.
||Nina Knox Zidack, Ph.D.
|H. Gary Hancock, M.S.
||Kenneth Seebold, M.S.
|Ronald Clay, M.S.
||Benjaporn Tangsukkasemsan, M.Agr.
|John M. Hammond, M. Agr.
||Phillip M. Brannen, Ph. D.
|James Jacobi, Ph.D.
||Gloria Garner, M.S.
|Kanchalee Jetiyanon, M.S.
||Jason Burkett, M.S.
|George Boyhan, Ph.D.
||Anissa Demers, M.S
|Susan Sheng, M.S.
||Rachel Melnick, M.S.
|Charles Crawford, M.Agr.
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Graduate Program Officer (Dept. of Plant Pathology) 1985-1991
Graduate Student Evaluation Committee