What is Plant Biology? (#plantbiology15)

The following was originally posted on the Quiet Branches Blog. Plant Biology is the name of the annual meeting organized by The American Society of Plant Biologists- ASPB (& sometimes co-organized with partner plant science societies from around the world). This is one gathering of the plant science community, one of the bigger ones that … Read more

2015 Women’s Young Investigator Travel Award Winner: Cora MacAllister

We are pleased to announce that Cora MacAllister has received one of our ten Women’s Young Investigator Travel Awards. Cora is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan’s Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology Department.  In this position, she will be responsible for establishing an independent research group, securing external funding and teaching graduate and … Read more

Plant Science Careers: Survey Summary and Infographic

In 2015, the traditional academic path remains the default and desired path for plant scientists. Further, there is a high degree of uncertainty for current early-career researchers who wish to pursue that traditional path. Those are two big takeaways from the ASPB career survey carried out earlier this year.  Worldwide, over 800 respondents from many … Read more

Plant Biology 2015 Career Chats: Get answers to your career path questions

Below is a list of the scheduled Career Chats and panelists that will take place in the Career Center at Plant Biology 2015.  Come prepared and bring your plant science career path questions. Attend as many as you want, there is no registration required. Schedule and speakers subject to change. Monday, July 27 12:00 – 1:30 PM … Read more

Plant Biology 2015 – Call for Volunteers

Help with event coverage: Call for Volunteers in Minneapolis Volunteer onsite and help the entire plant science community stay connected with Plant Biology 2015. Together, we can raise awareness, increase visibility around the amazing science, networking, and education happening at the meeting and beyond. Opportunities include: Event coverage via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn Taking … Read more

Plant Biology 2015: Getting Connected

We are hitting the road soon and heading to Minneapolis for what is shaping up to be a fantastic meeting. This year, Plant Biology 2015 includes: 1,000+ Abstracts 100+ Exhibits 1,100+ Posters 30+ Mini symposia 5 Major Symposia 20 Workshops and Career sessions A series of networking events and activities A team of volunteers and … Read more

Balticon 49: What do fairies and elves need to know about plant science?

Sex, maize and how to feed the world (despite herbicide tolerance) Balticon 49 – Established in 1967, Balticon is the annual convention sponsored by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society. This year’s version (May 22-25) offered everything surrounding science fiction including comic books, movies, kids’ programs, the presentation of the prestigious “Robert A. Heinlein” and the … Read more

President’s Letter

Time to PhD—Time to Publish In this letter I would like to address two interlinked problems and offer possible solutions to both of them: (1) the relatively long duration of PhD graduate studies in many countries and (2) the increasing time it can take from research advance to publication. In the latter case, I will … Read more

Recognizing Our Authors: Stierhof, Tohge, and Valent

This post is part of the Recognizing our Authors series. York-Dieter Stierhof The Plant Cell York-Dieter Stierhof is the head of the central facility for electron microscopy at the Center for Plant Molecular Biology ZMBP at the University of Tübingen. He studied biology at the University of Tübingen and got his PhD in zoology/parasitology. During … Read more

Recognizing Our Authors: David Casero, Yidong Liu, and Sheng Yang He

This post is part of the Recognizing our Authors series. David Casero The Plant Cell, Plant Physiology David Casero is an assistant researcher in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, UCLA. He earned his BS in theoretical physics and PhD in applied mathematics at Complutense University in Spain. David conducted postdoctoral research in Matteo … Read more

WILD Fascination of Plants

Our day-to-day life here at Western Institute for Leadership Development (WILD) is infused with the study and appreciation of plants. Several school-wide, year-round projects reflect our belief that the study of botany, ecology, and the environment is fundamental to an education that provides young people with the knowledge and skills needed to become leaders and changemakers … Read more

Cornell Alliance for Science Petition – A letter to our community

The following letter was sent to our USA members in regards to the Cornell Alliance for Science petition. This issue is extremely important regarding transparency concerning publicly-funded research and scientific investigations. Please read below to help support the plant science and research community with this issue. On January 28th, 2015, 14 scientists from four universities were targeted … Read more

Experimental Plant Sciences (EPS): Seven universities, one graduate school

By Hanna Rovenich and Setareh Mohammadin of the EPS PhD council. Benefits of a Netherlands-wide multi-university graduate school The interuniversity Graduate School ‘Experimental Plant Sciences‘ (EPS) trains over 300 PhD candidates at any given time across seven different universities including Wageningen University, Radboud University Nijmegen, the Free University of Amsterdam, the University of Amsterdam, Leiden … Read more

2015 Women’s Young Investigator Travel Award Winner: Anna Dobritsa

We are pleased to announce that Anna Dobritsa has received one of our seven Women’s Young Investigator Travel Awards. Anna is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Center for Applied Plant Sciences at Ohio State University.  As an assistant professor, Anna works on understanding the mechanism for formation and patterning of exine, … Read more

2015 Women’s Young Investigator Travel Award Winner: Carla Antonio

We are pleased to announce that Carla Antonio has received one of our seven Women’s Young Investigator Travel Awards. Carla is currently a Principal Investigator in the Plant Metabolomics Laboratory, Plant Sciences Division at Instituto de Tecnologia Quimica e Biologica (ITQB), in Oeiras, Portugal. Carla has established her own group in Plant Metabolomics. She was contracted as a … Read more

2015 Women’s Young Investigator Travel Award Winner: Emily Indriolo

We are pleased to announce that Emily Indriolo has received one of our seven Women’s Young Investigator Travel Awards.  Emily is an Assistant Professor at New Mexico State University. Emily’s professional obligations in the Department of Biology at NMSU are as follows: Research; supported by receiving extramural grants that include the training and mentoring of postdoctoral … Read more

2015 Women’s Young Investigator Travel Award Winner: Andrea Eveland

We are pleased to announce that Andrea Eveland has received one of our seven Women’s Young Investigator Travel Awards.  Andrea is an Assistant Member and Principal Investigator at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.  She is currently working on four collaborative proposals, which she anticipates submitting for federal funding within the next few months.  In addition, Andrea is … Read more

Advance Your Career at Plant Biology 2015

This year at Plant Biology 2015 in Minneapolis – we are organizing a variety of activities to help you navigate your career in plant science. These include: Career Workshops Job Opportunities Resume Review Career Coaching Panel Discussions Onsite Career Center Get your resume reviewed. Register for your time slot now! Volunteer to review resumes Participate in Career Chats to … Read more

Recognizing Our Authors: Baldwin, Bailey-Serres, and Boerjan

This post is part of the Recognizing our Authors series. Ian Baldwin The Plant Cell, Plant Physiology Ian Baldwin graduated with a PhD in chemical ecology from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, Section of Neurobiology and Behavior in 1989. He was an assistant (1989), associate (1993), and full professor (1996) in the Department of Biology … Read more

2015 Women’s Young Investigator Travel Award Winner: Lucia Strader

We are pleased to announce that Lucia Strader has received one of our seven Women’s Young Investigator Travel Awards. Lucia Strader is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at Washington University in St.Louis.  Her professional obligations include teaching, university service, and service to the greater scientific community.  At Washington University, she developed an inquiry-based … Read more