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Name: Marcia Harrison
Title: Professor
Office: Biological Science/COS
Phone: 304-696-4867
Email: harrison@marshall.edu
Expert:
 
Achievements

Research Based:
 
Book Chapters:
Harrison, M.A. (2012) Cross-talk between phytohormone signaling pathways under optimal and stressful conditions. Chapter 2 In: Phytohormones and Abiotic Stress Tolerance in Plants, Professor Dr. Nafees A. Khan (ed.), Springer-Verlag GmbH Berlin Heidelberg

Harrison, M.A. 2006. Plant hormones and signal transduction. In: Plant Cell Biology, W.V. Dashek and M.H. Harrison (eds), Science Publishers, Enfield, NH, pp 451-487

Harrison, M.A. (2005) Role of ethylene in the regulation of stem gravitropic curvature In: Ethylene Action in Plants, Professor Dr. Nafees A. Khan (ed.), Springer-Verlag GmbH Berlin Heidelberg (invited article to be submitted July 2005)

Harrison, M.A. (1997). Analysis of ethylene biosynthesis in plant tissue by GC-FID. In W. V. Dashek (Ed.), Plant biochemistry/molecular biology laboratory manual. New York: CRC Press.
 
 
Funded Projects (2005-2012):
NSF: UBM-Group: RUI: Undergraduate Mathematical Biology Research at Marshall University (2010-2013) $236,659 (PI: M. Harrison; CoPIs: S. Collier, J. Kovatch, A Mummert, S. Sarra)

NSF: MRI-R2: Acquisition of a Confocal/Multiphoton Microscope to Advance Cellular and Physiological Research at Marshall University (2009-2012) $930,058 (PI: Michael Norton; Co-PIs: Marcia Harrison, Simon Collier, Brian Antonsen)

NSF: ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award: ADVANCE Transformation Award: Advancing Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math at Marshall University. (2009-2011) $ 750,000 (PI: M. Harrison; Co-PIs: B. Delidow, E. Murray, J. Silver, P. Logan)

NSF: ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award: Advancing women in science, math and engineering at Marshall. (2006-2010) $1,200,000 (PI: M. Harrison; Co-PIs: B. Delidow, E. Murray, J. Silver, K. Miezio)

WV EPSCoR Seed Grant: Cross-disciplinary research initiative in biological mathematics. (2006) $5,000 (PI: S. Collier; Co-PIs M. Harrison, P. Saveliev, S. Sarra)

MUF: College of Science multidisciplinary research initiative: A college-wide faculty development proposal to foster collaboration. (2006-2008) $50,000 (primary author: M. Harrison)

USDA CSREES NRI Equipment Grant: Kinetic analysis of plant ethylene production using photoacoustic spectroscopy. (2005-2006) $21,000 (PIs: M. Harrison and J. Miksovska)

 
 
Publications:
Gilkerson, J.G., J.A. Kelley, and M.A. Harrison. 2009. Evaluation of ethylene production in tobacco and Arabidopsis induced by particle bombardment. Bio-Rad Bulletin 5847

Hogan, J., E. Murray, and M.A. Harrison. 2006. Evaluation of ethylene as an indicator of plant stress in hydroponic systems. Scientia Horticulturae 110: 311-318

Steed C.L., L.K. Taylor, and M.A. Harrison. 2004. Red-light regulation of ethylene biosynthesis and gravitropism in etiolated pea stems. Plant Growth Regulation 43: 117-125.

Bassett, C.L., Nickerson, M.L., Farrell, R.E. and Harrison, M. 2004. Multiple Transcripts of a Leucine-rich Repeat Receptor Kinase from Morning Glory Originate from Different TATA boxes in a Tissue-specific Manner. Molecular & General Genetics 271: 752 – 760.

Gonzales, D., J. Traylor, A. Hubbard, B. Lowman, and M.A. Harrison. 1999. Growth and gravitropic curvature in ethylene mutants of Arabidopsis thaliana. Proc. WV Acad. Sci. 71: 33-42.

Reuschel, W., J. Fikes, and M.A. Harrison. 1998. Effects of cytosolic calcium regulators on ethylene biosynthesis in etiolated pea stems. Proc. WV Acad. Sci. 70: 29-39.

Jones, R.L. and M.A. Harrison. 1996. Autoinhibition of ethylene biosynthesis in seedlings grown in closed containers. Proc. WV Acad. Sci. 68: 24-36.

Steed, C.L. and M.A. Harrison. 1993. Effect of short-term heat-stress on the regulation of ethylene production in etiolated pea stems. Physiol. Plant. 87:103-107.

Harrison, M.A. 1991. Evidence of a heat-stress signal in etiolated pea epicotyls. Plant Science 75:19-24.

Elmore, H.W., B. Samples, S. Sharma, and M. Harrison. 1990. Influence of cultural and physio-chemical factors on ascorbate stability in plant tissue culture media. Plant Cell Tissue Organ Culture 20:131-135.

Harrison, M.A. and B.G. Pickard. 1989. Auxin asymmetry during gravitropism by tomato hypocotyls. Plant Physiol. 89:652-657.

Harrison, M.A. 1986. Apical Dominance in The Encyclopedia of Science and Technology, McGraw Hill, New York.

____ and B.G. Pickard. 1985. Red light shifts the locus and rate of gravitropic curvature in etiolated pea epicotyls. The Physiologist 28 suppl.: 103-104.

_____ and B.G. Pickard. 1985. Evaluation of ethylene as a mediator of gravitropism by tomato hypocotyls. Plant Physiol. 80:592-595.

_____ and P.B. Kaufman. 1984. The role of hormone transport and metabolism in apical dominance in oats. Bot. Gaz. 145:293-297.

_____ and B.G. Pickard. 1984. Burst of ethylene upon horizontal placement of tomato seedlings. Plant Physiol. 75:1167-1169.

_____ and P.B. Kaufman. 1983. Estimates of free and bound indole-3-¬acetic acid and zeatin levels in relation to regulation of apical dominance and tiller release in oat shoots. J. Plant Growth Regul. 2:215-223.

Thomas, R.J., M.A. Harrison, J. Taylor, and P.B. Kaufman. 1983. Endogenous auxin and ethylene in Pellia (Bryophyta). Plant Physiol. 73:395-397.

Harrison, M.A. and P.B. Kaufman. 1982. Does ethylene play a role in the release of lateral buds (tillers) from apical dominance in oats? Plant Physiol. 70:811-814.

_____ and P.B. Kaufman. 1980. Hormonal regulation of lateral bud (tiller) release in oats (Avena sativa L.). Plant Physiol. 66:1123-1127.

______ and R.M. Klein. 1979. Role of growth regulators in initiation of secondary xylem and phloem cells. Bot.Gaz.140:20-24.


 
 
Recent Presentations (2005-2012):
Harrison, M.A. and Siver, D. 2012. Modeling Gravitropic Curvature in Plant Stems: An Undergraduate Mathematical Biology Research Project. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research, New Orleans, Louisiana

Mick, H. and Harrison-Pitaniello, M. 2012. Development of a screening method for identification of new proteins that regulate gravitropism kinetics in Arabidopsis thaliana. Poster presentation at Botany 2012, Columbus, Ohio

Whited, B. and Harrison-Pitaniello, M. 2012. Modeling gravitropic curvature in plant stems. 2012 Meeting West Virginia Academy of Science, Institute, WV (1st place oral presentation by undergraduate students)

Chuchiak, K., Whited, B., Harrison, M., and Sarra S. 2012. Modeling gravitropic effects using pea stems, Poster presentation at the 2012 Marshall University Sigma Xi Research Day

Chuchiak, K. and Whited*, B. 2011. Modeling gravitropic effects using MATLAB. Poster presentation at the Marshall University Summer Undergraduate Research Experience Research Day

Harrison, M.A. 2010. Using MATLAB to process images for the analysis of plant organ growth and curvature. Plant Biology 2010, Montreal, Canada

Harrison, M.A., P. Saveliev, S. Sarra, and D. Silver. 2008. Using MATLAB to process images for the analysis of plant organ growth and curvature. The 19th International Conference on Arabidopsis Research, Montreal, Canada

Brown, M.L. and M.A. Harrison. 2007. Ethylene regulation of gravitropic curvature in Arabidopsis stems. Plant Biology & Botany 2007: P32009. Joint Congress of the American Society of Plant Biologists and the Botanical Society of America, Chicago IL

Brown, M.L. and M.A. Harrison. 2007. Ethylene regulation of gravitropic curvature in Arabidopsis stems. Proc. WV Acad. Sci. 79: 24. Marshall University Sigma Xi Research Day; the West Virginia Academy of Sciences, Marshall University, WV

Harrison M.A. and M.L. Brown. 2006. Ethylene regulation of gravitropic curvature in Arabidopsis stems. Gravitational and Space Biol. Bull. 20: 27. The American Society for Gravitational and Space Biology, Alexandria, VA

Bruyer, J., K. Miller, S. Ogle, J. Phares, S. Smith, and M.A. Harrison. 2006. Imaging plant growth. Marshall University Sigma Xi Research Day

Brown, M. and M.A. Harrison. 2006. Ethylene regulation of the plant response to gravity. Proc. WV Acad. Sci. 78: 29. Marshall University Sigma Xi Research Day; the West Virginia Academy of Sciences, Shepherd, WV

Harrison, M., V. Boutwell, A. Hines, and Y-N. Jeong. 2005. Characterization of new gravity signaling components in plant stems. Marshall University Sigma Xi Research Day

Harrison, M.A., M. Brown, and M. Rivera. 2005. Ethylene regulation of the plant response to gravity. Proc. WV Acad. Sci. 77: 23. Marshall University Sigma Xi Research Day; the West Virginia Academy of Science, Morgantown WV; the Gordon Conference, Biddeford, ME

Hogan, J. and M.A. Harrison.2005. Study of hypoxic conditions in hydroponically-grown strawberries. Poster presented at the 2005 Sigma Xi Research Day, Marshall University, Huntington, WV
 
 
Teaching and Other Presentations (2005-2012):
Harrison, M. 2012. Imaging Plant Growth: A tool to enhance student learning in plant physiology at all levels. Botany 2012, Columbus, Ohio

Harrison-Pitaniello, M. 2012. Publishing your Teaching Resources through The National Science Digital Library, 2012 Meeting West Virginia Academy of Science, Institute, WV

Harrison, M. 2010. Disseminating Successful Practices of MU-ADVANCE: Advancing Women in Science, Math, and Engineering at Marshall, STaR Symposium, Marshall University, Huntington, WV; Poster presented at the 2010 ADVANCE PI Meeting, November 8-9, 2010, Alexandria, VA

Harrison M.A., H.M. Williams, E. Baker, B. Delidow, J. Silver, and P. Logan. 2010. Disseminating Successful Practices of MU-ADVANCE: Advancing Women in STEM at Marshall. NSF ADVANCE PI meeting, Arlington, VA

Harrison M.A., H.M. Williams, E. Baker, B. Delidow, J. Silver, and P. Logan. 2009. MU-ADVANCE: Developing Faculty-Administrative Partnerships to Drive Institutional Change. NSF Joint Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.; NSF ADVANCE PI meeting, Arlington, VA

Harrison, M. and E. Baker. 2008. Open forum on the status of women at Appalachian colleges and universities. The Appalachian Studies Association Conference, Marshall University, Huntington, WV

Harrison M.A., H.M. Williams, E. Baker, B. Delidow, J. Silver, and P. Logan. 2008. MU-ADVANCE year 2: Successes and challenges at an Appalachian, primarily undergraduate institution. The Appalachian Studies Association Conference, Marshall University, Huntington, WV
 

Professional/Community Based Service:
 
Offices in Professional Societies (2005-2012):
Board Member, American Society for Space and Gravitational Biology 2011-present

Communications Director and Webmaster, West Virginia Academy of Science, 1997 to present

Co-Editor of the Proceedings of the West Virginia Academy of Science, 2007

Host of the annual meeting of the West Virginia Academy of Science, 2007

Director, West Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair, 2000 to 2007

President of the West Virginia Jr. Academy of Science, and Director of the West Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair, 1999 to 2007



 

Awards:
 

Distinguished Service Award, Marshall University, 2011

Dr. Carolyn Hunter Distinguished Faculty Service Award, 2004
 

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