HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 8, 2011 ? Dr. Nicole Hughes, assistant professor of biology at High Point University, was recently named finalist for the Tansley Medal ? an international research award.
The award recognizes outstanding botanists in the early stages of their career. Hughes was the only American to make the final round, and one of only two women.
“The paper I submitted for the competition was a review of research on winter leaf reddening in evergreen plants,” Hughes says. “Winter reddening has been the focus of my research for the past seven years. It’s a topic that plant physiologists tend to overlook, because, basically, autumn leaves usually steal the show.”
Her manuscript will be published in the April edition of the journal “New Phytologist,” along with the other finalists, and the winner, who was from the Netherlands.
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