ASPB Has a New Section for Primarily Undergraduate Institutions

The American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) is a leader in supporting career development opportunities for a wide variety of plant scientists at all different career stages and different institution types. One prominent group of members are those associated with Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUIs), either as faculty or students at PUIs;  graduate students or post-docs … Read moreASPB Has a New Section for Primarily Undergraduate Institutions

Promoting Plant Biology Education at NABT 2017

The ASPB Education Committee hosted an Education & Outreach booth at the National Association of Biology Teachers Professional Development Conference  in St. Louis, MO this past November.  Held in the historic Union Station hotel, this year’s booth was organized by ASPB Education Committee members Valerie Haywood and Scott Woody, and Winnie Nham, ASPB Education Coordinator. … Read morePromoting Plant Biology Education at NABT 2017

Next Generation of Training for Arabidopsis Researchers: Bioinformatics and Quantitative Biology

In a new Commentary in Plant Physiology, Friesner et al. write a compelling vision for next-generation training for plant scientists. We asked three of the 39 authors, Joanna Friesner, Molly Megrew and Siobhan Brady, to tell us about their motivations and goals for writing this commentary. You and several other authors (see the full list … Read moreNext Generation of Training for Arabidopsis Researchers: Bioinformatics and Quantitative Biology

Phenome 2018 speakers, sessions, and workshop topics

Join us this February in Tucson, AZ at Phenome 2018 – the nexus of technology, data, plant biology, and community! Register now at phenome2018.org. The Phenome 2018 organizers welcome abstracts from researchers across the phenomics space, including plant biologists, engineers, data and computer scientists, ecologists, agronomists, breeders, and our many allies. Learn more about the … Read morePhenome 2018 speakers, sessions, and workshop topics

Plant Scientists Share Their ASPB Stories for #GivingTuesday

One of the many ways that ASPB supports plant science is to provide professional development opportunities for plant scientists now and for future generations. We recently asked 10 plant scientists to share their stories with us and to tell us about how ASPB has impacted their career and research. On #GivingTuesday, help us expand our … Read morePlant Scientists Share Their ASPB Stories for #GivingTuesday

10 Awesome Reasons to Support ASPB on #GivingTuesday!

This year, ASPB is participating in #Giving Tuesday, an international “Global Day of Giving” designed to promote the good works of charities and nonprofit organizations.  #Giving Tuesday takes place on Tuesday, November 28. Here are ten reasons why we believe that ASPB is a nonprofit worth supporting on #GivingTuesday! ASPB provides research fellowships to undergraduate plant … Read more10 Awesome Reasons to Support ASPB on #GivingTuesday!

DARPA BTO Announces Proposers Day for Advanced Plant Technologies Program

Lewis-Burke Associates LLC – November 21, 2017 On November 17, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Biological Technologies Office (BTO) announced a Proposers Day for the newly created Advanced Plant Technologies (APT) Program. The Proposers Day, in support of a planned Broad Agency Announcement (BAA), will be held on December 12, 2017 at the … Read moreDARPA BTO Announces Proposers Day for Advanced Plant Technologies Program

Nominations Opening Soon for 2018 ASPB Awards!

The Time to Recognize and Honor Excellence among Our Fellow Plant Scientists is Approaching The 2018 Call for Award Nominations will be sent to all ASPB members on January 3, 2018, and nominations will be due by Wednesday, February 14. ASPB encourages you to participate in the 2018 awards program by nominating highly deserving individuals. … Read moreNominations Opening Soon for 2018 ASPB Awards!

Agency Update: NSF Seeks Members for STEM Education Advisory Panel

Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC – November 10, 2017 On November 8, the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced that it is accepting recommendations for members of a new STEM[1] Education Advisory Panel.  This panel will provide input to the interagency Committee on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education (CoSTEM), which is made up of agency leads for … Read moreAgency Update: NSF Seeks Members for STEM Education Advisory Panel

Research Coordination Networks in Undergraduate Biology Education (RCN-UBE): Call for Proposals

RCN-UBE (NSF 18-510) is designed to enhance undergraduate biology education using networks of faculty and professionals to communicate and coordinate their research, training, and educational activities. The theme of RCN-UBE proposals can be on any topic likely to enhance undergraduate biology education. RCN-UBE provides opportunities to: foster new collaborations address interdisciplinary topics explore innovative ideas … Read moreResearch Coordination Networks in Undergraduate Biology Education (RCN-UBE): Call for Proposals

Action Alert – Contact Congress to Prevent Major Tax Increase on Graduate Students

Please read the urgent request below and contact your Member of Congress regarding a harmful provision in a piece of legislation under consideration by Congress. The situation: The U.S. House of Representatives is currently considering tax reform legislation, H.R. 1, that would change the way graduate student income is considered and result in large tax … Read moreAction Alert – Contact Congress to Prevent Major Tax Increase on Graduate Students

President’s Letter: A Challenging Time to Assume the Presidency

It seems like only yesterday that the members of ASPB entrusted me with the presidency. My year as president-elect has flown by. When I was elected, I wondered, what exactly does a president-elect actually do, and is it necessary? A year later, I am pleased to say that the system devised by my predecessors is … Read morePresident’s Letter: A Challenging Time to Assume the Presidency

Candidate Search: NSF Assistant Director, Directorate for Biological Sciences (AD/BIO)

The National Science Foundation is initiating a national search for the Assistant Director for Biological Sciences (BIO) and they are seeking your assistance in the identification of visionary candidates to lead the Directorate during the coming years. The Assistant Director, BIO, manages a budget of approximately $750.0M and a portfolio comprising the various fields of … Read moreCandidate Search: NSF Assistant Director, Directorate for Biological Sciences (AD/BIO)

ASPB/AAAS 2018 Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows Program

Are you interested in science writing? Do you want to help people understand complex scientific issues? Apply for the ASPB/AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows Program and learn how to increase public understanding of science and technology. Fellows in the 10-week 2018 summer program will work as reporters, researchers, and production assistants in mass … Read moreASPB/AAAS 2018 Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows Program

Incorporating Venus Flytraps into K-12 STEM Curriculum

Simran Kaur, Sreyashi Ghosh, Juliet Malkowski, and Aileen Wu, high school students at Princeton High School, recently presented at the ASPB Mid-Atlantic conference under the auspices of the ASPB BLOOME Grant, headed by educator Mark Eastburn. They weigh in on their research and bringing STEM to the K-12 classroom below: In a collaboration between researchers … Read moreIncorporating Venus Flytraps into K-12 STEM Curriculum

DC Teachers’ Night at the U.S. Botanic Garden: An Evening Filled with Plant-astic ASPB Outreach Activities

On September 22, ASPB participated in an evening of outreach at the United States Botanical Garden in Washington, D.C., as an exhibitor at the annual D.C. Teachers’ Night hosted by USBG and the District of Columbia Environmental Education Consortium. The evening features dozens of exhibitors with hands-on activities, lesson plans, and resources for K-12 teachers … Read moreDC Teachers’ Night at the U.S. Botanic Garden: An Evening Filled with Plant-astic ASPB Outreach Activities

NIFA Listens: Investing in Science to Transform Lives

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture Needs Stakeholder Input on Food, Agriculture Priorities The National Institute of Food and Agriculture is accepting input from stakeholders regarding research, extension, and education priorities in food and agriculture. A series of four in-person listening sessions hosted in different regions across the country and submission of written comments … Read moreNIFA Listens: Investing in Science to Transform Lives

President’s Letter: Where Do We Go from Here?

A research community thrives best when it acts with a consensus voice and agrees to commonly held priorities. An effort to achieve such consensus within the plant science community was first launched with the 2013 publication of the document Unleashing a Decade of Innovation in Plant Science: A Vision for 2015–2025 (http://bit.ly/DecadalVision). The Decadal Vision … Read morePresident’s Letter: Where Do We Go from Here?

Announcing the Inaugural Class of the ASPB Conviron Scholars Program

Congratulations to the inaugural class of the ASPB Conviron Scholars Program.  These 21 scholars were selected from a strongly competitive group of over 150 applicants.  Read more about each awardee. Special thanks to Conviron for making this program possible through their financial support. Mary Modupe Adewole, University of Ibadan, Osun State, Nigeria Beverly Agtuca, University of … Read moreAnnouncing the Inaugural Class of the ASPB Conviron Scholars Program

Scientists Urgently Needed to Mentor Students Online

PlantingScience.org is seeking scientists (undergraduates through retired/emeritus) willing to mentor middle and high school students this fall (Sept – Nov). We expect over 1000 student teams and we don’t have enough mentors to work with them all! Mentors work online with 1-3 teams of students to help them design and carry out investigations on a … Read moreScientists Urgently Needed to Mentor Students Online