ASPB: Evolving In A Digital Age

BY THE ASPB DIGITAL TEAM Some of you may remember when academic correspondence took place by post. Authors sent manuscripts by mail to journals, which passed them on to reviewers, whose comments were ultimately returned to the authors, who then started the process again with a revised manuscript. ASPB published annually a printed membership directory … Read moreASPB: Evolving In A Digital Age

Policy Update: Senate Hearing on Student Visas and National Security

Lewis-Burke Associates LLC – June 6, 2018 On June 6, the Subcommittee on Border Security and Immigration of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing entitled, “Student Visa Integrity: Protecting Educational Opportunity and National Security.”  The hearing focused on the potential threats international students and academics, particularly those from China, pose to national … Read morePolicy Update: Senate Hearing on Student Visas and National Security

Join the 2018-2019 Planting Science Master Plant Science Team!

ASPB invites members to join the 2018-2019 PlantingScience Master Plant Science Team. PlantingScience is a free online resource to teachers and schools. The program provides volunteer scientists, resources, and activities to support innovation in teaching, learning, and mentoring. PlantingScience is a learning community where scientists provide online mentorship to student teams as they design and think through their own … Read moreJoin the 2018-2019 Planting Science Master Plant Science Team!

ASPB’s 2018 Election Results

Many thanks to those members who took the time to vote this spring; and hearty congratulations to our newly elected Council members: Judy Callis (incoming president-elect) and Wayne Parrott (incoming secretary-elect)! Judy and Wayne will begin their next cycles of service to ASPB on October 1, 2018. Thanks, too, to Laura Wayne and Phil Taylor … Read moreASPB’s 2018 Election Results

President’s Letter: Your ASPB – The Things You Most Value

The results are in from our membership survey. First, I want to acknowledge the work of Shea Keene, a University of Florida graduate student, and her mentor Dr. Thomas Colquhoun, who collected and analyzed all of the data. I also sincerely thank those of you who participated and am taking this opportunity to explain the … Read morePresident’s Letter: Your ASPB – The Things You Most Value

Announcing the 2018 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF)

The ASPB Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF) program funds promising undergraduate students so they can conduct research in plant biology during the early part of their college careers over the course of 10 consecutive weeks. This year’s SURF recipients will present their research at Plant Biology 2019. Congratulations to these 2018 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows … Read moreAnnouncing the 2018 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF)

ASPB Education & Outreach Booth Takes Visitors into the World of Plants at USA Science and Engineering Festival

ASPB’s Education and Outreach Committee hosted an outreach booth at the 5th USA Science & Engineering Festival (USASEF) in Washington, DC on April 6-8, 2018. Held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, the event brought in over 370,000 visitors and occupied 2.3 million square feet of convention space. The Festival drew a large, diverse … Read moreASPB Education & Outreach Booth Takes Visitors into the World of Plants at USA Science and Engineering Festival

ASPB Wins 2018 Excellence in New Communications Award for Plantae

(ASPB) is pleased to announce that Plantae, the online home for the global plant science community, has been awarded an Excellence in New Communications Award from the Society for New Communications Research of The Conference Board (SNCR) in the Communications, Communities, and Collaboration category – nonprofit division. This prestigious award honors organizations for their exemplary use of digital, mobile and … Read moreASPB Wins 2018 Excellence in New Communications Award for Plantae

Policy Update: House Agriculture Committee Approves Farm Bill

On April 18, 2018, the House Agriculture Committee approved H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (Farm Bill).  As expected, the markup was extremely partisan in nature with Democratic Members strongly opposing the proposed changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and noting the lack of transparency.  Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-MN) … Read morePolicy Update: House Agriculture Committee Approves Farm Bill

Anna Groves Awarded ASPB/AAAS Mass Media Fellowship

Anna Groves, a PhD candidate in Michigan State University’s Department of Plant Biology, has been awarded the ASPB/AAAS Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellowship for 2018. Anna will spend 10 weeks this summer training and practicing science journalism with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Anna graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University with a B.A. … Read moreAnna Groves Awarded ASPB/AAAS Mass Media Fellowship

ASPB Educational Outreach: A Rockstar Booth at NSTA 2018

The ASPB Education Committee hosted an Education & Outreach booth at the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Conference in Atlanta, Georgia during March 15th– March 17th, 2018. Located at the Georgia World Congress Center, the booth was organized by ASPB Education Committee member Scott Woody and ASPB Education Coordinator Winnie Nham. Local volunteers helping to … Read moreASPB Educational Outreach: A Rockstar Booth at NSTA 2018

Elections open April 9th: Your opportunity to guide ASPB’s future

In this election cycle, you are being asked to vote for a new President-Elect, Secretary-Elect, and Corresponding Members. The President-Elect will serve ASPB for three years: in year two becoming the President. The Secretary serves on the program committee for four years, serving as chair in years two and three: this committee organizes the scientific … Read moreElections open April 9th: Your opportunity to guide ASPB’s future

ASPB Conviron Scholars Program: Highlights of the 2017-2018 program

The experience from the ASPB Conviron Scholars program serves as a foundation for a career in plant science. The scholarship consisted of the four major themes: 1) Career Planning 2) Writing and Communications 3) Leadership 4) Effective Presentations  Within each theme, the participants read collections of articles, attended webinars and completed assignments within a private Plantae Network. The assignments required … Read moreASPB Conviron Scholars Program: Highlights of the 2017-2018 program

Announcing the 2018 ASPB Award Winners

The American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2018 awards, which honors excellence in research, education, outreach and service. Charles Albert Shull Award Nathan Springer, University of Minnesota, St. Paul Charles Reid Barnes Life Membership Award Deborah Delmer, University of California, Davis Jane Shen-Miller, University of California, Los … Read moreAnnouncing the 2018 ASPB Award Winners

President’s Letter: Why Are You an ASPB Member?

Why did you join ASPB? Why do you continue to be a member? We need to know the answers to these questions. As I mentioned in my first President’s Letter, there has been a slow but continuous erosion in membership over the past decade. It is vital that we understand what you value most about … Read morePresident’s Letter: Why Are You an ASPB Member?

Plant Scientist Runs for Congress

I believe science can help us develop solutions to global food insecurity. I study the effects of drought on maize roots at the University of Missouri, and I hope my findings will contribute to improving crop resilience as rainfall patterns change in the Midwest. Currently, I am represented in Congress by an anti-science politician, U.S. … Read morePlant Scientist Runs for Congress

First Look at Trump’s FY 2019 Budget Proposal

  By Lauren Broccoli (Lewis-Burke Associates)   The Trump Administration released its fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget request overview this morning that did not include the National Science Foundation (NSF) and provided scant details on other research programs.  While we wait on NSF and DOE budget specifics, I wanted to share USDA numbers.  As expected, … Read moreFirst Look at Trump’s FY 2019 Budget Proposal

ARPA-E Announces Workshop on Energy-Smart Farming

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) will host a workshop on the integration of 21st Century technologies into farming practices to maximize crop yields and meet the rising global demands for food, fuel, and fiber.  The workshop, entitled The Energy-Smart Farm: Distributed Networks for Highly Variable and Resource Constrained Crop … Read moreARPA-E Announces Workshop on Energy-Smart Farming

Announcing the 2018 Travel Grant Winners

The Travel Grant Program aims to increase attendance of early career scientists at the annual meeting by providing travel funds for those in financial need. Increasing diversity among the annual meeting attendees is another primary goal. Undergraduate students, graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and professionals beginning their careers in plant science are strongly encouraged to apply. … Read moreAnnouncing the 2018 Travel Grant Winners

Announcing the 2018 ASPB Sharon Gray Women’s Young Investigator Travel Award (WYITA) Winners

The goal of the ASPB Women’s Young Investigator Travel Award is to increase attendance at the Plant Biology annual meeting of young female investigators who are within the first five years of their appointment in academic faculty-level positions, government research positions, or industry research scientist positions, as well as experienced postdocs. By naming the 2018 … Read moreAnnouncing the 2018 ASPB Sharon Gray Women’s Young Investigator Travel Award (WYITA) Winners