Axel Elling was the featured speaker at the 13th Annual Iowa State University Plant Pathology and Microbiology Retreat held on August 28 at McFarland Park near Ames, Iowa. The title of Axel’s presentation was “There and Back Again: A Nematologist’s Tale”. Axel, an alumnus of Iowa State University, received his Ph.D. in Genetics in 2006, under the direction of Department Chair, Thomas Baum. As has become the custom in recent years, the Plant Pathology and Microbiology’s Graduate Student Organization (GSO), presently led by GSO President Jared Jensen, had selected Axel Elling to be the honored speaker because of his outstanding accomplishments after his Ph.D. Axel is currently the Nematology Group Leader at Bayer CropScience in Morrisville, North Carolina.
Although a full day's of constant rain put a stop to the annual canoe race, the GSO was prepared to entertain the masses with a trivia game about faculty gossip and fun facts. The trivia game was a huge hit and will most certainly become a mainstay in the annual department retreat.