which the bacterium delivers a large fragment of DNA into the host plant’s genome, which is the basis for plant genetic engineering, and in the defenses mounted by the plant in response to this pathogen. Dr. Banta has served as the honors thesis adviser to 45 students and has mentored summer/winter projects for more than 60 students. She also teaches courses in agricultural biotechnology in developing economies and in bioinformations, genomics, and proteomics at Williams College. Dr. Banta served as a thesis committee member for two Ph.D. students at the University of Pennsylvania Plant Science Institute. As a Fulbright Senior Fellow in 2000, she taught and carried out research at the Institute for Molecular Plant Sciences at Leiden University in the Netherlands. Over the past 14 years, as a liberal arts college faculty member, she has received continual grant support from the National Science Foundation and has served on NSF review panels on metabolic biochemistry, signal transduction, prokaryotic molecular and cellular biology, and symbiosis, defense, and self-recognition.
Roger Boerma is a distinguished professor in the Crop and Soil Sciences Department at the University of Georgia. He received his B.S. in general agriculture and agriculture education from Illinois State University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in plant breeding and genetics from the University of Illinois. His responsibilities at the University of Georgia include development of superior-yielding, multiple pest-resistant soybean cultivars; development of molecular technologies to improve the efficiency of soybean cultivar development; identification and characterization of useful genetic variation for soybean improvement; training of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in molecular breeding and genetics; teaching a graduate course entitled Quantitative Aspects of Molecular Breeding; program implementation for the Center for Soybean Improvement; and coordination of academic research for the Center for Applied Genetic Technologies. He was responsible for the creation of the University of Georgia Center for Soybean Improvement and currently serves as its director. Dr. Boerma also participated in the development of the University of Georgia Center for Applied Genetic Technologies Initiative (CAGT) and is currently serving as its director for academic plant research. He was the recipient of the American Soybean Association Soybean Production Research Award, American Society of Agronomy Agronomic Achievement Award, Illinois State University Alumni Achievement Award, National Council of Commercial Plant Breeders Genetics and Plant Breeding Award, Crop Science of America Research Award, and Southern Soybean Disease Workers Distinguished Service Award. He is a fellow of the Crop Science Society of America, American Society of Agronomy, and American Association for the Advancement of Science.