BTI member Gary Muehlbauer, was recently named a Distinguished McKnight Professor. This award is granted to outstanding faculty members who have recently made the transition to full professor status. Muehlbauer is head of the Department of Plant Biology, and is also a part of the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics. His research is concentrating on wheat and barley and molecular genetics, as well as integrating genomics resources into barley breeding programs. Highest regards to Gary Muehlbauer.