James Van Etten, Ph.D.
Discovering a virus family and the rewards of science

William Allington Distinguished Professor of Plant Pathology
UNL

James Van Etten, Ph.D.

“Science is its own reward.”

That’s a message University of Nebraska-Lincoln Plant Pathologist Dr. Jim Van Etten tries to instill in anyone interested in research. There's plenty of repetition to verify results, he said, “but occasionally, you'll find something new that no one else in the world knows. To me that's the ultimate high.”

Van Etten and colleague Russ Meints discovered one of only about 60 known virus families, which have led to information that may be significant to human, animal and plant health. Van Etten's passion for scientific discovery was recognized earlier this year when he was elected to the prestigious National Academy of Sciences.

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