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!!!

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 … 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

Government Shutdown Update: CR Advances

On Monday afternoon, the Senate voted to advance a Continuing Resolution (CR) to end the three-day federal government shutdown and extend funding for government programs at Fiscal Year 2017 levels through February 8.  The stalemate that led to the shutdown ended after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) gave Democrats assurances that the Senate will … Read moreGovernment Shutdown Update: CR Advances

Pathways Not Pipelines: Reflections on a Plant Science Research Network Workshop from an Early Career Scientist

It was a quiet morning in August. I sat in my apartment, sipping coffee and sifting through emails. “We are seeking early career scientists . . . who are eager to participate in a facilitated ‘visioning’ exercise on the future of plant science training.” Uncertain, but intrigued by what the experience would entail, I submitted … Read morePathways Not Pipelines: Reflections on a Plant Science Research Network Workshop from an Early Career Scientist

Top altmetric scoring papers from The Plant Cell and Plant Physiology – 2017

The American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) is a not-for-profit member society, and the publisher of two the top plant science journals, The Plant Cell and Plant Physiology. ASPB is also a member of the Scientific Society Publisher Alliance (SSPA). Like other society-published journals, ASPB’s journals provide authors with the opportunity to have their work … Read moreTop altmetric scoring papers from The Plant Cell and Plant Physiology – 2017

Fond farewell to Patti Lockhart, ASPB Managing Editor

The staff and editorial boards of ASPB, The Plant Cell, and Plant Physiology would like to offer our appreciation and best wishes to Patti Lockhart, who is leaving her position as managing editor of the ASPB journals for a new opportunity at the Transportation Resource Board of the National Academies. Patti has been with ASPB … Read moreFond farewell to Patti Lockhart, ASPB Managing Editor

Summer undergraduate researcher update (applications open now!)

This article is by guest author Abigail Miller, whose ASPB-funded research has just been published in Nature Communications. Congratulations Abigail! Applications for the summer undergradate research fellowships are new being accepted, through March 15, 2018. Learn more here. The American Society of Plant Biologists Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship award (SURF) was a great experience for … Read moreSummer undergraduate researcher update (applications open now!)

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