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

2015 Women’s Young Investigator Travel Award Winner: Aruna Kilaru

We are pleased to announce that Aruna Kilaru has received one of our seven Women’s Young Investigator Travel Awards. Aruna Kilaru is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at East Tennessee State University.  Aruna joined as a tenure­‐track assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at East Tennessee State University … Read more

2015 Women’s Young Investigator Travel Award Winner: Sowmya Subramanian

We are pleased to announce that Sowmya Subramanian has received one of seven Women’s Young Investigator Travel Awards. Sowmya Subramanian is currently an Associate Research Scientist at the New Mexico Consortium.  Sowmya’s research focuses on understanding and finding solutions to factors that affect photosynthetic productivity. Photosynthesis is a complex phenomenon with several kinetically slow processes in … Read more

FoPD Grows More Plant-tastic Events

Event coordinators around the world are making plans to celebrate and explore plants with their communities. Here’s what’s happening: US Events – inspiring ideas and coordinator’s contact information US Event Locations – an interactive map; find or add something where you live! General Information about Fascination of Plants Day International Events and Country Networks It’s … Read more

Recognizing Our Authors

At ASPB, we are privileged to publish the work of a range of authors whose scientific experience and academic leadership have helped establish our journals, Plant Physiology and The Plant Cell, as highly respected sources of knowledge for the advancement of plant science. In 2009, we analyzed citations to our journals for papers published between … Read more

Several Distinguished Plant Scientists Elected to National Academy of Sciences 2015 Class

We are pleased to announce that several distinguished plant scientists – most of them members of the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) – have been elected as members or foreign associates of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Three members of the … Read more

FOIAs Chilling a Scientific Dialog- Your Call to Communicate

One morning in early February I received an unusual email.  It was from my colleague here at University of Florida, Dr. David Oppenheimer.  It simply said, “FYI”, and was followed by a note from university General Counsel that email records were demanded back to 2012 under auspices of Florida Sunshine, or Freedom of Information Act … Read more