Tuesday, June 12, 2012

P-G: Obituary: Mary L. Alleman / Leading maize scientist at Duquesne University

NOTE: Dr. Alleman was a Mt. Lebanon resident. The family and friends of Mary Alleman, associate professor of biological sciences at Duquesne University, can only assume the yellow cornfields sprawling across her small Illinois hometown sparked a fascination with the plant.

Ms. Alleman became a leading scientist in the field of maize genetics and a professor who demanded the most from her students and colleagues.

"The first plant that was really studied in any detail was maize," said her colleague David Lampe, an associate professor of biological sciences. "It has a really, really long history of people working on this, and she was really good at it."

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