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William L. Ogren

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Professor

Rebeiz Foundation for Basic Research Lifetime Achievement Award
 
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • B.S.
    University of Wisconsin
  • Ph.D. degree
    Wayne State University
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LTAAward William Ogren 10-11
www.vlpbp.org, 10 Sept 2011 [cached]
Ceremony of the Rebeiz Foundation for Basic Research Lifetime Achievement Award to Professor William Ogren
William (Bill) L. Ogren got his B.S. in 1961 at the University of Wisconsin. He was awarded a Ph.D. degree in 1965 from Wayne State University.
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In 1965 Bill joined the USDA Regional Soybean Laboratory (Town or State), and in 1978 he headed the newly created USDA Photosynthesis Research Unit at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and held the titles of Professor of Agronomy and Plant Biology.
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The ceremony was concluded with a Champagne toast to Bill.
A copy of the mahogany framed certificate of recognition to Bill Ogren is Shown Below
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By recognizing the achievements of Bill Ogren, we hope to encourage young scientists to build on Bill's work in inventing the future.
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I also would like to acknowledge David Krogman, Professor Emeritus, Purdue University and Bill's Ph.D Advisor who made the trip from Purdue University in honor of Bill.
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Finally, I would like to acknowledge the Board Directors of the Rebeiz Foundation who by casting their vote have chosen Bill Ogren as the recipient of the 2010 RFFBR Life Time Achievement Award.
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With this said I would like to introduce tonight speakers, and the platform was turned over to Govindjee, Professor Emeritus at UIUC, 2006 recipient of the RFFBR LTAAward; Archie Portis, UIUC, a collaborator and friend of Bill Ogren; Jack Widholm, UIUC, a collaborator and friend of Bill Ogren, David Krogman, Perdue University and Bill's Ph.D thesis advisor, and Christoph Benning , Michigan State University, East Lansing, who read the testimonial mailed to us by Chris Somerville, Professor at the University of California in Berkeley and a former postdoctoral trainee in Bill's laboratory.
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With this said I would like to introduce tonight speakers, and the platform was turned over to Govindjee, Professor Emeritus at UIUC, 2006 recipient of the RFFBR LTAAward; Archie Portis, UIUC, a collaborator and friend of Bill Ogren; Jack Widholm, UIUC, a collaborator and friend of Bill Ogren, David Krogman, Perdue University and Bill's Ph.D thesis advisor, and Christoph Benning , Michigan State University, East Lansing, who read the testimonial mailed to us by Chris Somerville, Professor at the University of California in Berkeley and a former postdoctoral trainee in Bill's laboratory.
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Govindjee started by congratulating Bill for receiving the 2010 RFFBR award then listed Bill's University training and the various awards he received. Then he mentioned that he team taught with Bill a course on photosynthesis and recalled that several of the students who took that course became professors elsewhere and remembered Bill's thorough lectures. Then Govindjee proceeded to mention that Bill was inducted in 1997 in the Science Hall of Fame of the Agricultural Research Service for his pioneering work in discovering how plants use sunlight to make food. He mentioned that Bill's work on photosynthesis helped making it a key factor worldwide for crop improvements.
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Archie Portis reviewed the research and leadership accomplishments of Bill Ogren.
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Bill and william Laing then developed equations that quantitatively related the enzymes kinetic constants to the photosynthetic response of leaves to O2, CO2 and temperature. Soon thereafter, Bill and Chris Somerville demonstrated the power of Arabidopsis as a model system in plant biology by creating the first plant nuclear gene mutants with lesions in a specific physiological process, i.e. photorespiration.
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Doug Jordan and Bill then showed that variation in the specificity of rubisco for CO2 versus O2 occurs in diverse photosynthetic species as an evolutionary response to their environment and geological changes in the atmosphere.
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Next, using a mutant isolated by Somerville, Mike Salvucci, Archie Portis and Bill were able to establish genetically, physiologically and biochemically that the activity of rubisco is regulated by a previously unknown protein, named rubisco activase.
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Jeff Werneke and Bill applied recently developed molecular biology tools to isolate the Rubisco activase gene and discovered that expression of the protein involves an alternative pre-mRNA splicing process, the first characterization of such a process in plants.
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Then Jack widholm took the podium and gave a personal account of his experiences with Bill. He made the following statement:
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Clearly, if we had succeeded in eliminating photorespiration, the yields of many crops would have increased greatly, but we did not, and later work by Bill and Chris Sommerville with Arabidopsis showed that the photorespiratory pathway cannot be blocked and still have viable plants and attempts to alter Rubisco to not react with oxygen have so far been unsuccessful.
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I will always remember talking with Bill about his ideas about how photorespiration occurs and his competition with Zelitch and Tolbert, about his problems with Martin Gibbs and publication of his papers in Plant Physiology.
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I always admired Bill since he was such a thinker who persevered and solved complex problems like the mechanism of photorespiration that clearly is a landmark discovery. His approach was the key to being a great scientist and the awards he has won, including this one, have been justly deserved. Along the way he also helped nurture a group of very astute researchers.
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David is a professor Emeritus at Purdue University and was the Ph.D advisor of Bill.
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A few weeks of classes and an exam revealed that Bill Ogren was the best of the thirty students attending the course. Immediately I asked Bill to consider post-graduate studies. A week later, Bill decided to enter the MS/PhD program. He became a fine bench worker and a man of powerful intellect. He graduated in 1965 and his PhD thesis was perfectly written. It explained his work in the roles of pyridine nucleotides in photosynthesis and respiration. After graduation, he began his career at the USDA.
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I am delighted that Bill is being honored with this award - and particularly that these remarks are to be read by my former student Christoph Benning, a scientific grandson of Bills.
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That was only possible because Bill was a brilliant and very supportive mentor who always pointed me in productive directions and provided both a theoretical basis and a lot of practical advice for everything we pursued. He was also unstinting in material support for our experimental work. I not only learned plant physiology from Bill, but also how to support and motivate younger scientists (such as Christoph Benning).
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Indeed, during the many years since Bill and I worked together I have frequently found myself thinking about the conversations that he and I had during our time together and realizing that there were a lot of timeless truths in the essence of those conversations. Those of us who studied with Bill were unusually lucky to have had not only the advice of one of the major figures in photosynthesis, but also someone who was wise and generous and thoughtful - a model scientist in my experience.
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Second row from left to right: Archie Portis giving his Testimonial, David Krogmann giving his testimonial, seated David Krogman and Bill Ogren,listening to testimonials,David Krogman proceeding with his testimonial
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Third row from left to right: Bill Ogren holding the certificate of recognition, C. A. Rebeiz, Caroline Ogren, Govinjee giving his Power Point presentatikon
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Fourth row from left to righe: Seated, David Krogmann and Bill Ogren, Archie Portis giving his testimonialn, Govindjee giving his Power Point Presentation, Group photo tosting Bill Ogren
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Fourth row from left to righe: Seated, David Krogmann and Bill Ogren, Archie Portis giving his testimonialn, Govindjee giving his Power Point Presentation, Group photo tosting Bill Ogren
ASPB - Awards - Main Page - Fellow of ASPB
www.plantbio.org, 24 Jan 2010 [cached]
William Ogren (1964) Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois Bill is well known for his studies on the biochemistry, physiology, and molecular genetics of photosynthesis and photorespiration. Bill served on the editorial board and then as associate editor of Plant Physiology and had an eight-year tenure on the Executive Committee in various capacities. He has served on the Futures and Monographs Committees, and he received the 1986 Kettering Award. Bill was ASPB secretary from 1987 to 1989 and president in 1990.
Bill Ogren was the 2010 ...
www.vlpbp.org, 8 Sept 2012 [cached]
Bill Ogren was the 2010 recipient of the RFFBR, and a distinguished photosynthesis researcher.
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Bill Ogren is a recipient of the 5th Rebeiz Foundation LTAAward. He was Team leader of the USDA Photosynthesis Group at the University of Illinois
ASPB - American Society of Plant Biologists Archives
www.plantbio.org, 24 Jan 2010 [cached]
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